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Dr. Rollin Grams

Professor of Biblical Theology and Ethics


Dr. Grams has served in his current position at Gordon-Conwell, Charlotte since 2006. He directed the Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity from 2007-2014. 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, he has spent much of the past 30 years overseas in theological education. He has lived and taught in Croatia, England, Kenya and Ethiopia. He has held academic posts 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; the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in the United Kingdom, and the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. He was also a visiting lecturer at the Asia Theological Centre for Evangelism and Mission in Singapore and with TCM, International in Austria.

Dr. Grams currently ministers part of each year with United World Mission in South Africa. He maintains a blog on the Bible and mission and is a consulting 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, a reflective mission biography on his parents’ work in South Africa called Stewards of Grace, and a primary source work on the Bible and homosexuality, Unchanging Witness.

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


Bible and Mission
Bible and Ethics


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


  • Rival Versions of Theological Enquiry (Prague: International Baptist Theological Seminary, 2005)
  • 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)
  • Stewards of Grace: A Reflective, Mission Biography of Eugene and Phyllis Grams in South Africa, 1951-1962 (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010)
  • Unchanging Witness: The Consistent Christian Teaching on Homosexuality in Scripture and Tradition. Co-authored with Don Fortson, III (Nashville, TN: B&H, 2016)

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