Timothy Valentino

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Applied Theology
Evangelical Legacy Faculty

ThD, Kairos University (ABD)

DMin, Southern Seminary

MDiv, Evangelical Seminary

BA, West Virginia University

Tim is a grace-loving husband, father, grandfather, pastor, seminary professor, conference speaker, and incurable Phillies fan. His research interests today include biblical studies, theology, homiletics, cultural engagement, and church history. Once an NCAA Division 1 championship swimmer, he now just floats and blows bubbles.

Tim has been a professor at Evangelical Seminary since 2007, teaching a variety of Bible, theology, pastoral ministry, and student writing courses. He has also taught online courses for the Huntington University graduate program since 2015 and has written a variety of scholarly articles for theological journals. He blogs occasionally at This New Life.

Tim received a high school diploma from Reading High School, Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1983 (salutatorian); a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, in 1988 (English); a Master of Divinity degree from Evangelical Seminary, Myerstown, Pennsylvania, in 1995 (summa cum laude); and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, in 2009 (expository preaching). 

His first round of doctoral work focused on the place and preaching of Old Testament law for Christians. “When I come to the law of God, I encounter the God of the law. My desire in this sacred meeting is to discover his character and then allow that character to shape my own by the power of the Holy Spirit. His law is not graceless, and his grace is not lawless.” Tim is currently finishing his second doctorate in Kairos University’s Th.D. program. His dissertation is titled, “Torn Veil in the Temple: God’s Commentary on the Death of His Son and Epicenter of His New Creation in Christ.”

Tim has served in pastoral ministry since 1992, and currently serves as the lead pastor at Christ Community Church in Myerstown, PA. His passion is to teach and preach the Scriptures in such a way that seekers might be captivated by the gracious character of God, and disciples might be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. His calling to gospel ministry is best summarized in the apostolic mandate: “Tell the people the full message of this new life” (Acts 5:20).

The historical resurrection of Christ from the dead and the present indwelling of the Holy Spirit are central to his message. These vital truths have led Tim to devote his life to “increasing love for God and neighbor by making disciples of Christ.” His great delight is inspiring believers to pursue a warm heart and a sharp mind, fully grounding their worldview in the truths of sacred Scripture. 

Tim and his wife Sonya reside in Myerstown, Pennsylvania. They have a son, Andrew, a daughter, Bethany, a son-in-law, Micah, and two young grandsons, Samuel and Levi.

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