Seminary News

GRTS Welcomes New Professors

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary adds two new faculty this fall—Dr. John Hilber, who will serve as professor of Old Testament, and Dr. Jonathan Greer, who will be assistant professor of Old Testament.

Dr. Hilber previously taught Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, starting there in 2004. Prior to that, he co-pastored a church in Washington for 15 years.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, a master of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a doctorate from the University of Cambridge.

“[Dr. Hilber] brings a nice blend of experience in local church and graduate theological education," said John VerBerkmoes, GRTS vice president and academic dean.

Dr. Greer holds a bachelor’s degree from Messiah College, a master’s degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University

“[Dr. Greer] possesses some substantive teaching experience within the United States but also in international settings," VerBerkmoes said. "He taught for two years in Zimbabwe, Africa."

Dr. Greer has served on the faculty of Theological College of Zimbabwe, The Pennsylvania State University, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University and Beeson Divinity School.

"It is a great privilege and pleasure to serve at a place that takes seriously the academic study of the Bible while maintaining a profound understanding of the transforming power of what is learned and a desire to impact the world for the glory of the Lord,” said Dr. Greer.

Both Drs. Hilber and Greer demonstrate a genuine devotion to Jesus Christ, a love for the Christian Church, and a passion for participating in the development of current and future ministry leaders, VerBerkmoes said.

"They value critical thinking and academic quality, and engage others in a humble and gentle manner," he said. “And they are eager to serve our students for the sake of God’s Kingdom.”

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