Darrell Yoder

Director of Talking Points and the Pirsig Fellowship and Instructor of Christian Ministries

Faculty Positions:

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary - Bible, Theology & Ministry

Staff Positions:

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary - Administration

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Darrell Yoder has served in pastoral ministry since 2009 and is currently Program Director and Instructor of Christian Ministries at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He earned a B.A. from Liberty University and an M.Div. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

At GRTS, Darrell focuses on spiritual formation and pastoral ministry. He provides leadership to the Pirsig Fellowship, a scholarship program for Master of Divinity students, where he provides spiritual retreats and oversees small groups that seek to cultivate students' personal spiritual formation. He also teaches several ministries courses including Christian Formation in the Church, Evangelism and Discipleship Ministries and Small Group Ministries.

Darrell also gives leadership to the GRTS Talking Points program, which serves pastors, ministry leaders and counselors by providing events and resources that engage topics related to theology, culture and vocation.

Outside of GRTS, Darrell is an ordained minister and the director of the Evangelical Seminary Deans' Council, a professional development network of evangelical seminary deans. Darrell and his wife Cindy live with their three children in Rockford, Mich.

"Serving at GRTS matters to me because we are focused on serving the body of Christ, discovering the way of Christ and living in the love of Christ both personally and institutionally. I get to work alongside colleagues and students who are hungry for Christ and His kingdom and who are willing to have hard conversations in order to know God and obey Him more fully. My prayer is that students will experience Christ in a profound way as they identify and hone their gifts for ministry leadership."

Licenses and Awards

  • Ordained Minister of the Gospel
  • Educational Ministries Award at GRTS


"Revelation and its Application to Christian Education," published in Encyclopedia of Christian Education, Volume 2, eds. G. T. Kurian and M. A. Lamport, 1058-1061. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

"A Good-Natured Rejoinder to Gary Parrett's 'Nurturing Our Faith in The Faith: A Grateful Response to Mark A. Lamport and Darrell Yoder' (CEJ, Fall 2006, 362-364)," published in Christian Education Journal (Spring 2007): 126-135. Co-authored with Dr. Mark Lamport.

"Faithful Gestures: Rebooting the Educational Mission of the Church," published in Christian Education Journal (Spring 2006): 58-78. Co-authored with Dr. Mark Lamport.


  • M.Div., Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Liberty University


—Mountain biking
—Home improvement projects


—Pastoral ministry
—Spiritual formation/discipleship
—Contemplative spirituality
—Emotional and relational maturity
—Justice and the Gospel
—Poverty and community development
—Racial/cultural awareness and wisdom