Derek Cooper, PhD
Associate Professor 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 Eastern University. Derek’s primary teaching areas at Biblical are world Christian history and world religions. Derek is an enthusiastic teacher who seeks to instill his passion for history into the classroom. He delights in asking the big questions of life and in exploring thoughtful and gracious responses to them with students.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Cooper has served on the pastoral staffs at two churches and he regularly leads students and pastors on international trips. Most recently, he has led groups to such places as Israel, Palestine, Turkey, and Greece. On these trips, students not only experience the lands of the Bible and church history first-hand, but also the complex political and religious dynamics of life in the twenty-first century.
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.
- BA, University of Texas
MA, MDiv, Biblical Seminary
PhD, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
- World Christian History
History of Biblical Interpretation
Introduction to World Christian History (IVP, 2016)
1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles (IVP, 2016)
Twenty Questions That Shaped World Christian History (Fortress, 2015)
Exploring Church History (Fortress, 2014)