Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
Expertise: Eastern Orthodox Christianity; classical theology, biblical interpretation, and spirituality in the early and Byzantine Church; Orthodox-Evangelical Christian dialogue
At North Park since: 2004
As a “leading academic expert on Orthodox-Evangelical dialogue,” (according to, among others, the New Republic and the New York Times) Dr. Brad Nassif first came to North Park for its integrated approach to Christian education. “We welcome people of all faith traditions,” says Dr. Nassif. “That’s the world in which we live, and that’s what I wanted my students to engage as they take their faith to work.”
Dr. Nassif finds this “unity-in-diversity” approach unique to North Park. “Our faculty hold diverse theological perspectives, yet are united in the Gospel and a common core of Christian faith,” he says. “Honest religious dialogue must be based not on theological compromise, but on integrity and mutual respect,” he says.
He believes that students can translate this approach to vocational success. “The relationship between career preparation and the liberal arts encourages future theologians to become increasingly relevant to the marketplace.”
In Dr. Nassif’s classes, students engage the city of Chicago through service learning projects and excursions to local churches to understand their approach to worship. “It’s our desire that students will leave our department with their faith deepened, knowledge expanded, and hearts aflame with love for God and neighbor,” he says.
- PhD, Theology (patristics), Fordham University
- MDiv, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary
- MA, European History, Wichita State University
- MA, New Testament, Denver Seminary
- BA, Religion and Philosophy, Friends University
Recent Publications and Presentations
- Bradley Nassif. Bringing Jesus to the Desert. Zondervan, 2012.
- Bradley Nassif, Brock Bingaman, eds. The Philokalia: A Classic Text of Orthodox Spirituality. Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Keynote speaker, “The Mission of God.” The Lausanne Initiative for Orthodox-Evangelical Consultation of Senior Leaders, Albania, 2013.