The Thistle

Dr. Dan Doriani to Return to Covenant Seminary in Fall 2013

After a decade as senior pastor of Central Presbyterian church in Clayton, Missouri, Dr. Dan Doriani will return to Covenant Seminary full time beginning October 1, 2013. He will serve as vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology.

In his new role, Dr. Doriani will teach two core courses for the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program—Ethics and Reformation and Modern Church History—as well as some elective courses on exegesis and church life. In addition, he will teach and speak on behalf of the Seminary in areas related to recruitment, alumni, and church events, and will assist in fundraising, with a particular focus on seeking funds for endowing faculty chairs. Dr. Doriani will also work on special projects as directed by Seminary President Dr. Mark Dalbey, to whom he will report.

Before taking the senior pastorate at Central Presbyterian Church, Dr. Doriani served in various roles at Covenant from 1991 to 2003, including professor of New Testament, dean of faculty, and vice president of academics. During his time at Central, he taught part time at the Seminary as adjunct professor of systematic theology.

Doriani’s extensive teaching and pastoral experience includes five years as assistant professor of biblical studies at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and five years as solo pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Cumberland, Maryland, as well as a variety of associate pastor, interim pastor, and stated supply roles. He has been involved in several planning and study committees at the presbytery level in both the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), and was chair of the PCA’s Theological Examining Committee from 1999 to 2000. He holds a PhD and an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary, an STM from Yale Divinity School, and a BA from Geneva College, and is the author of several books, including Getting the Message: A Plan for Interpreting and Applying the Bible (P&R, 1996), Putting the Truth to Work: The Theory and Practice of Biblical Application (P&R, 2001), The Life of a God-Made Man (Crossway, 2001), and commentaries on Matthew and 1 Peter in P&R Publishing’s Reformed Expository Commentaries series. Dr. Doriani and his wife, Debbie, live in Chesterfield, Missouri, and have three grown daughters.

Seminary President Dr. Mark Dalbey commented, “Having known Dan Doriani for more than 35 years, and given his long and fruitful association with Covenant Seminary, I am looking forward to working with him again in this season of our lives and during this time in the Seminary’s history. His gifts and experience will be a great blessing to us as we focus increasingly on what it takes to prepare pastors and ministry leaders well for today’s church, and for the church of 2025 and beyond.”