Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Jason Allen announced that Jason DeRouchie will join the institution’s faculty as research professor of Old Testament and biblical theology.
DeRouchie, upon relocating to Kansas City later this summer, will undertake the full-time duties of instructing and mentoring the next generation of God-called men and women at Midwestern Seminary.
“The addition of Jason DeRouchie to the Midwestern Seminary faculty is another tremendous addition to a faculty already teeming with accomplished scholars and devoted churchmen,” Allen said. “God continues to bless Midwestern Seminary beyond all I could ask or think. Exhibit A of that blessing is the gifted and devoted faculty he’s assembling in Kansas City.
“Not only is Dr. DeRouchie an accomplished Old Testament scholar, he’s also a man of deep personal piety, has a pulsating heart for the nations, and is a generous, sacrificial churchman. In fact, in every way he embodies what it means to be for the church. Thus, this is not only a tremendous addition to the Midwestern Seminary faculty but to the entire Midwestern Seminary community.”
DeRouchie comes to Midwestern Seminary after serving at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis as professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology since 2009. Before his tenure at Bethlehem, he was an instructor of biblical Greek and Hebrew at Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts (1997–2000), an associate pastor in a Southern Baptist church in Indiana (2001–2005), and assistant professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Northwestern College in Saint Paul, Minn. (2005–2009).
In addition to his professorial role at BCS, DeRouchie has also been active in Bethlehem Baptist Church, where he has been an elder and taught adult Sunday School since 2006.
A well-recognized writer, DeRouchie has published a number of books, including How to Understand and Apply the Old Testament: Twelve Steps from Exegesis to Theology; For Our Good Always: Studies on the Message and Influence of Deuteronomy; What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Jesus’ Bible; A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew; A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew: Workbook; and A Call to Covenant Love: Text Grammar and Literary Structure in Deuteronomy 5–11. He also has several forthcoming books.
DeRouchie has also written numerous scholarly articles and essays as well as lectured in numerous scholarly contexts. For more information on his books, articles, and audio materials, visit his website at www.jasonderouchie.com.
“As an established author and teacher, Dr. DeRouchie is widely respected as an accomplished Old Testament scholar,” Allen said. “Yet he’s young enough to be numbered among a rising generation of scholars here in Kansas City. By God’s grace, we hope to serve the church and reach the nations for decades to come.”
Of being named Midwestern Seminary’s newest faculty member, DeRouchie said, “My heart beats ‘for the Church’ of Jesus, both near and far, and I am eager to join Midwestern Seminary’s strong, God-dependent faculty in helping to mobilize biblically faithful, Christ-exalting, globally-minded Christian leaders who will seek the obedience of faith for the sake of Christ’s name among the nations.
“I bring to Midwestern a deep commitment to spread a passion for God’s supremacy in all things for the joy of all people through Jesus. I believe that we glorify God most when he satisfies us most, and I seek to enter the classroom as a lead worshipper—guiding rigorous original language exegesis that leads to faithful theology, whether biblical, systematic, or practical.
Looking into the future and his role at Midwestern Seminary, DeRouchie explained that he is called to train future and current church leaders to faithfully handle the Old Testament and to help them articulate how the whole of Christian Scripture progresses, integrates, and climaxes in Christ for the glory of God and the good of his church. He added that, Lord willing, this goal will be accomplished through three commitments: teaching Old Testament and biblical theology, mentoring students, and writing clear, compelling, and faithful works that can serve the church worldwide.
Midwestern Seminary’s Provost, Jason Duesing, echoed Allen’s excitement that DeRouchie will be joining the faculty saying, “While I am thrilled to have the DeRouchie family join us at Midwestern, I am equally thrilled for our students in all our programs, especially for those in our new Ph.D. emphasis in biblical theology. Jason DeRouchie brings an ideal balance of Bible-saturated, careful scholarship that is pointed always to the ends of the earth and the glory of God.”
DeRouchie is a graduate of Taylor University with a Bachelor of Arts in biblical studies. He earned a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament Literature from Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
He has been married to Teresa since 1994, and they have six children, three of whom have been adopted from Ethiopia.
T. Patrick Hudson is executive assistant to the president at Midwestern Seminary.