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Dr. Rollin Grams

  • Associate Professor of New Testament

First Year at Gordon-Conwell:



  • B.A. (University of Michigan)
  • M.T.S. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • Ph.D. (Duke University)


  • Bible and Mission: A Conversation Between Biblical Studies and Missiology (Co-Editors: I. Howard Marshall, Peter F. Penner, and Robin Routledge, Scharzenfeld, Germany: Neufeld Verlag, 2008)
  • Towards an Understanding of European Baptist Identity: Listening to the Churches in Armenia, Bulgaria, Central Asia, Moldova, North Caucasus, Omsk and Poland (Co-Editor: Parush Parushev, Prague: International Baptist Theological Seminary, 2006)
  • Rival Versions of Theological Enquiry (Prague: International Baptist Theological Seminary, 2005)


Dr. Grams has served in his current position at Gordon-Conwell-Charlotte since 2006. He directs the Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity. He was the first professor hired for the Charlotte campus, where he taught from 1992–1997.

Dr. Grams has also been actively involved in foreign missions for most of his life. Born in South Africa to missionary parents, Dr. Grams has spent much of the past 30 years overseas in theological education. He has lived and ministered in Croatia, England, Kenya and Ethiopia. He taught full-time at the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Kenya; the Evangelical Theological College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia; and the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in the United Kingdom. He was also a visiting lecturer at the Asia Theological Centre for Evangelism and Mission in Singapore and, from 1999–2011, at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague.

He currently serves with United World Mission in South Africa, teaching in various programs and directing the Timothy Fellowship of East Mountain. He maintains a blog on the Bible and mission, and he has been an editor for Transformation, an academic journal on holistic mission published in the UK.

Dr. Grams’ scholarly interests include the integration of New Testament studies with missions, ethics and theological interpretation. Within New Testament studies, his interests lie in biblical ethics, Pauline theology, the Gospel of Matthew, biblical theology and hermeneutics. Among his various writings, Dr. Grams has written a primer for doctoral students entitled Rival Versions of Theological Enquiry and a reflective mission biography on his parents’ work in South Africa called Stewards of Grace.

The Grams worship at King of Kings in Charlotte, N.C. They have three children.