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Dr. Tim Laniak

Professor of Biblical Studies


Dr. Laniak served as a missionary in 15 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as the director of the International Fellowship House in Boston, and as a welfare housing manager for elderly immigrants in Brookline, MA. He launched the Urban Ministry Program at the Charlotte campus and directed it for eight years.

Dr. Laniak has fostered a lifelong interest in the intersection of cultures and Scripture. His publishing began with a social-scientific commentary, Shame and Honor in the Book of Esther. He spent two years studying in Israel, including one year of research that formed the basis for his books Shepherds After My Own Heart and While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks. While researching, he was the Annual Professor at the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. He periodically leads study tours to the region. He is also on the Chairman’s Advisory Council of the Overseas Council, an organization dedicated to furthering the training of Christian leaders worldwide.

Dr. Laniak also holds other leadership positions in both public and church-based education. He is a founding board member of the Union Academy Charter School in Monroe, NC. He is also the director of Shepherd Leader Ministries (www.shepherdleader.com), a ministry focused on equipping leaders to think biblically about their roles.

Dr. Laniak’s scholarly interests include the social world of the Bible, metaphor, biblical theology and hermeneutics, archaeology, leadership and ecclesiology.

His personal interests include mountain biking, travel and photography. He and his wife, Maureen, have three children.


  • B.A. (Wheaton College)
  • M.Div. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary)
  • graduate studies (Institute of Holy Land Studies, Brandeis University)
  • Th.D. (Harvard Divinity School)


  • Shame and Honor in the Book of Esther (Scholars Press, 1998)
  • Esther, in Ezra-Nehemiah-Esther, NIBC Series (with Leslie C. Allen, Hendrickson, 2003)
  • Shepherds After My Own Heart: Pastoral Traditions and Leadership in the Bible, NSBT (InterVarsity Press, 2006)
  • While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks: Reflections on Biblical Leadership (Shepherd Leader Publishers, Logos, 2007, 2008)
  • Guide to Hebrew Exegesis (Logos, 2008)
  • Finding the Lost Images of God (Zondervan, 2012)

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