Derek Cooper, PhD
Associate Prof of World Christian History, & Director LEAD MDiv

Dr. Derek Cooper has been teaching at Biblical Seminary since 2007. Before arriving at Biblical, he taught Spanish at Phil-Mont Christian Academy and Esperanza College of Eastern University. Derek’s primary teaching areas at Biblical are world Christian history and world religions. Derek is also the director of the LEAD Master of Divinity program. In addition to teaching, Derek has served on the pastoral staffs at two local churches and annually leads international trips.

Dr. Cooper is the author of several books, including 20 Questions that Shaped World Christian History, Exploring Church History, Hazardous: Committing to the Cost of Following Jesus, So You’re Thinking about Going to Seminary, Thomas Manton: A Guided Tour of the Life and Thought of a Puritan Pastor and, Christianity and World Religions: An Introduction to the World’s Major Faiths.

Derek is currently writing a four-volume series titled The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Candid History of Christianity.

A native East Texan, Derek enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys and cooking and eating Southern and Tex-Mex foods. He has been married to Barb, the love of his life, since 2002, and together they have three wonderful children: Gabriela, Mia, and Eli.

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BA, University of Texas
MA, MDiv, Biblical Seminary
PhD, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

Curriculum Vitae


World Christian History, World Religions


1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles (IVP, 2016)

Christianty: A New World History (IVP, 2016)

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