Missiologist Ed Stetzer will serve as dean of the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, a nondenominational evangelical university in La Mirada, California. Stetzer is currently a professor and dean at Wheaton College and executive director of the Billy Graham Center.
He is a former vice president of Lifeway Christian Resources and previously served at the North American Mission Board. Stetzer begins his new role July 2.
“For decades, (his) visionary presence—most recently at Wheaton College’s Billy Graham Center—has deeply strengthened the cause of the gospel through men and women across America and around the world,” said Biola President Barry H. Corey. He called Stetzer “ a courageous and compelling voice” who will “bring the virtue of imagination through his creative ability to convene, inspire, and commission a wide range of students called to live out their Christian witness full of truth and full of grace.”
Stetzer has served as a church planter and pastor and has long trained fellow church leaders through outlets including his blog, books, and radio show. He is editor-in-chief of Outreach Magazine and host of the Stetzer Church Leaders Podcast. He holds degrees from Southern Seminary, Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, Liberty University.
While in Illinois, Stetzer was a regular contributor to Christianity Today based in Carol Stream. He served in leadership roles at Chicago’s Moody Church and High Point Church in Naperville, which is a NAMB partner and former partner with the Harvest Bible Chapel network of churches.