Dr. Jerry Pattengale has spoken on many of the nation’s largest campuses, has founded and helped direct various national initiatives, and has numerous books, publications and unique life experiences. He serves as Executive Director of Education for The Museum of the Bible, repository of the world’s largest private collection of biblical texts and artifacts. The museum’s new building is forthcoming near Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and its Verbum Domini andPassages exhibits have been featured in prominent locations, including Cuba, Israel and the Vatican. Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), one the nation’s largest Christian universities, named Jerry its first University Professor in 2014, and gave him its “The World Changing Faculty Award” in 2012. In addition to securing around $40 million for educational causes, he has distinguished appointments at Baylor University, The Sagamore Institute, Tyndale House–Cambridge, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is the Director of National Conversations, the Associate Publisher for Christian Scholar’s Review, and on national boards for the Religion News Service and Yale University’s Jonathan Edwards Center. He received the National Student Advocate Award (USC), two Professor of the Year Awards (APU), a NEH Award to Isthmia, Greece, and established the record viewership for the prominent Teaching Professor broadcasts (Madison, WI). Recent authored and edited books include Telling the Truth with a Smile (DustJacket, 2014); Book of Books: Biblical Canon, Dissemination and Its People (Bible Lands Museum Israel, 2013); Buck Creek: True Stories to Tickle Your Mind (DustJacket, 2012), Biblical Evidence; Beyond Integration?; Taking Every Thought Captive; Straight Talk: Clear Answers about Today’s Christianity; Why I Teach; The Purpose-guided Student; Helping Sophomores Succeed, and; Visible Solutions for Invisible Students. From 2011 through 2014 he produced five lecture (and DVD) series involving over 100 top biblical scholars, including a series with the Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome), and in 2012 appeared in three History Channel segments. Jerry is one of the pioneers of Purpose-Guided Education, a humanities-based approach to student success. His Accidental Author newsprint series has run for over a decade. Jerry has contributed to various national venues, e.g., Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Post, Books and Culture, Christianity Today, Patheos, Inside Higher Ed and Wall Street Journal. He also speaks internationally on educational and ancient history topics, and has appeared in various televised, radio and printed interviews. He co-developed the acclaimed Odyssey in Egypt initiative, attached to their excavation in Egypt and schools in Western Michigan. His “Buck Creek Chronicles” newsprint column is in its 12th year. In August, 2012, he was appointed as a general editor for the first two of several book series with Brill Publishers(Leyden). Since January, 2014 he has also served as Editor-In-Chief of the much publicized curriculum of the Museum of the Bible. Jerry lives in Indiana with his wife, Cindy. They have four adult sons and two grandsons.
Ph.D., Miami Univ. (OH), Ancient History | M.A., Miami Univ. (OH), Tudor-Stuart History
M.A., Wheaton College (IL), Interpersonal Development | B.S., Indiana Wesleyan University, History, Religion