KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) — Midwestern Seminary President Jason Allen announced Monday (May 11) the hiring of Patrick Schreiner, who will join the school’s faculty as associate professor of New Testament and biblical theology effective Aug. 1.
Schreiner comes to Midwestern Seminary after serving as associate professor of New Testament language and literature at Western Seminary, and as elder of Christ Church Sellwood, both in Portland, Ore., since 2014.
Of the decision to add Schreiner to the faculty, Allen said, “Like most every other institution and ministry in America, Midwestern Seminary remains in a season of focused financial stewardship due to COVID-19. Nonetheless, we are delighted to add Dr. Patrick Schreiner to our faculty, as he’ll meet both current and future seminary needs.
“Dr. Schreiner is one of evangelicalism’s most promising New Testament scholars,” Allen explained, acknowledging that Schreiner will fit in well with a new generation of rising scholars at Midwestern Seminary, and that adding him to the recent faculty hires of Andreas Köstenberger and Jason DeRouchie, among others, “strengthens the school’s already strong biblical studies faculty and is a significant institutional step forward.”
“His future is promising and through recent and forthcoming publications, Dr. Schreiner has already established himself as a serious and well-respected New Testament scholar,” Allen continued. “More importantly, he’s a churchman, and feels called to devote his energies to training a generation of pastors, ministers, and missionaries in Kansas City.”
Allen added that conversations with Schreiner took place well before COVID-19 emerged, and he’s grateful that “even through all the disruption this pandemic has brought that we can add such an accomplished scholar to our faculty. We remain grateful to the Lord for his ongoing provision.”
Schreiner shared that he’s eager to join Midwestern Seminary, particularly because of the school’s intentionality in serving the local church. He noted, “MBTS is a thriving place to be because they have great leadership, a clear vision, and a faculty that holds firm to confessional integrity, personal piety, and local church involvement.
He explained further that one of his main goals in joining the faculty is a desire to “bring a love and excitement for the Scriptures and, thus, the gospel and God himself through my teaching. This translates into a greater love for God and others as we train ministers of the gospel who will go out to the nation and the world with the message of Jesus.”
Schreiner earned both M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees at Southern Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and he was awarded a B.S. in news/editorial journalism from Western Kentucky University. In ministry, he has also served as an intern at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and as associate pastor at Burton Memorial Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Ky.
Current areas of interest when it comes to Schreiner’s studies include a focus on the narrative portions of the New Testament—his previous emphasis was Matthew’s Gospel, and now it is Acts.
Schreiner praised the Midwestern Seminary faculty members he’ll be joining, saying, “The current faculty is stellar, and I hope to contribute by connecting the message of the Scriptures and the centrality of the gospel to everyday life.”
A significant skill Schreiner brings to his new position is writing. He’s published books such as Matthew, Disciple and Scribe: The First Gospel and Its Portrait of Jesus, as well as The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross: Short Studies in Biblical Theology. He also has a book on The Ascension of Christ forthcoming this summer.
He has also written scholarly articles including, “Space, Place and Biblical Studies: A Survey of Recent Research in Light of Developing Trends” in Currents in Biblical Research, and he has future publications in the works through B&H Academic, Moody, Lexham Press, and Zondervan.
Schreiner admitted that it’s difficult to leave behind a great church and so many good relationships in Portland, but he and his family “are excited for this next chapter in our lives. We look forward to finding a gospel-centered local church, trying out some K.C. barbecue, getting to know students and other faculty and staff at MBTS, cheering for the Chiefs and Royals, and doing some CrossFit, basketball, and racquetball at MBTS.”
Midwestern Seminary Provost Jason Duesing echoed Allen’s sentiments about Schreiner, saying, “While I am thrilled to have the Schreiner family joining us at Midwestern, I am equally thrilled for our students in all of our programs.”
He added that “Patrick Schreiner is a writing scholar and a winsome instructor who compliments well the strengths of the Midwestern Seminary faculty. It will be a joy to count him as a colleague for the church.”