TIU Presidential Appointee: David Dockery

Greg Strand – February 28, 2014 2 Comments

From the TIU Newsroom: “Trinity International University’s Board of Regents unanimously selected David S. Dockery to become its 15th president.”

This is great news! The Lord used Dockery for the past 18 years at Union University, Jackson, TN, to engage in significant and strategic ministry. His leadership was remarkable. It is great to know that he will now, Lord willing, be using those gifts at TIU for years to come, to build upon the great past and to expand into the future.

Dockery speaks of his gratitude and excitement for this new ministry: “We are overwhelmingly grateful to God for the invitation from the Trinity Board to serve the students, staff, faculty, and various institutional constituencies in the days ahead. We are humbled by the confidence that the Board has communicated to us in this call to guide Trinity forward in the days and years to come.”

With joy and humility, he recognizes he joins some of the evangelical giants of last century who contributed so much to Trinity, stating “What a joy it will be to seek to reflect the influence and leadership of 20th century evangelical giants like Kenneth Kantzer and Carl Henry, who invested so much at Trinity.” Furthermore, Dockery notes, “Their emphasis on serious and rigorous academics shaped and informed by the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the full truthfulness of Holy Scripture, international missions, cultural renewal and engagement, transdenominational and transcontinental evangelical cooperation and service to the global church will, we trust, continue to characterize all aspects of Trinity’s life and work.”

President Bill Hamel, who served on the presidential Search Committee and is a member of Board of Regents, speaks highly of Dockery and is quite certain he will fit well in the EFCA family: “I look forward to presenting Dr. Dockery to the EFCA Board of Directors and the Conference for final affirmation. His proven leadership and mainstream evangelical positions will make him a great partner with the EFCA in preparing students for service in the gospel.”

John Woodbridge, research professor of church history and the history of Christian thought at TEDS, long-time TEDS professor, shares in the gratitude for God’s leading and the excitement for Dockery’s commitment to lead this wonderful Christian University with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Woodbridge has the following to say about Dockery and his new role: “David Dockery is truly an evangelical statesperson. He is one of the most respected Christian educators, authors, theologians, and biblical scholars in the United States. Members of the community at TIU look forward to giving Dr. Dockery their full and enthusiastic support as he leads them in creating an education for students that integrates the gospel of Jesus Christ with a first-class education.”

I give Dockery the last word as he looks to begin this new ministry as Acting President on June 1, while waiting the official approval by the EFCA Conference: “We are indeed grateful to be given the privilege to provide leadership for an institution with a strong commitment to the preparation of leaders for the global church, an opportunity that we find both exciting and daunting, inviting and intimidating. To be granted such a key leadership role for the larger evangelical community in this country and around the world for the coming years of the 21st century is certainly a great blessing and a joyful opportunity to contemplate.”

Thank the Lord for this appointment and pray for the transition!

Greg Strand


Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to TIU Presidential Appointee: David Dockery

  1. If I’m not mistake Dr. Dockery is a Southern Baptist. Is this the first time Trinity has gone outside of the EFCA for this position?

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