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Dr. David Wells

Senior Distinguished Research Professor of Theology


Prior to coming to Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Wells taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and chaired its division of systematic theology. Since arriving at Gordon-Conwell in 1979, he has served in a variety of positions. He moved to his current position in 2008 after having served as the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology since 1991. He was also Academic Dean of the Charlotte campus (1998-2000) and Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Planning (2001-2003). From 2003 to 2005, he directed Gordon-Conwell’s self-study for 10-year re-accreditation.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Wells is involved with a number of ministries. He serves on the board of the Rafiki Foundation, Inc., whose goal is to establish orphanages and schools in 10 African countries in order to raise and train orphans within a Christian framework. Rafiki’s hope is that the next generation of leaders for these countries will come from their orphanages. Dr. Wells travels to Africa annually to visit these orphanages. For a number of years, he was a member of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, its theology working group and its planning committee for the World Congress that was held in Manila in 1989. For many years, he has worked to provide theological education and basic preaching tools for Third World pastors.

Dr. Wells was appointed as Distinguished Lecturer for the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and was elected to the American Theological Society. He was also a recipient of a major grant for Senior Scholars from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Dr. Wells came to faith and sensed God’s call to Christian ministry while studying architecture at the University of Cape Town. He was ordained in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference in 1965.

Dr. Wells’ scholarly interests include church and culture. Much of his time is spent researching and writing.

Dr. Wells and his wife, Jane, live in South Hamilton, MA.


  • B.D. (University of London)
  • Th.M. (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
  • Ph.D. (Manchester University, England)
  • post-doctoral Research Fellow (Yale Divinity School)


  • God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love of God Reorients Our World (Publisher Crossway, 2014)
  • The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers and Emergents in the Postmodern World (William B. Eerdmans, 2008)
  • Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ in a Postmodern World (William B. Eerdmans, 2004)
  • Losing our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision (William B. Eerdmans, 1999)
  • Christian Faith and Practice in the Modern World: Theology from an Evangelical Point of View (Eerdmans, 1998)
  • Bleeding of the Evangelical Church (Banner of Truth Trust, 1995)
  • God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams (William B. Eerdmans, 1995)
  • No Place for Truth or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? (William B. Eerdmans, 1993)
  • The Gospel in the Modern World (Co-Editors: M. Eden, InterVarsity Press, 1991)
  • Dutch Reformed Theology (Baker Book House, 1989)
  • Southern Reformed Theology (Baker Book House, 1989)
  • Turning to God: Biblical Conversion in the Modern World (Baker, 1989)
  • Turning to God: Biblical Conversion in the Modern World (William B. Eerdmans, 1989)
  • Christian Faith and Practice in the Modern World: Theology from an Evangelical Point of View (William B. Eerdmans, 1988)
  • God the Evangelist: How the Holy Spirit Works to Bring Men and Women to Faith (General Editor & Part Author, William B. Eerdmans/Paternoster Press, 1987)
  • The Evangelicals: What They Believe, Who They Are, Where They Are Changing (Co-Editors: John D. Woodbridge, Abingdon Press, 1985)
  • The Person of Christ: A Biblical and Historical Analysis of the Incarnation (Crossway, 1984)
  • Eerdmans Handbook to Christianity in America (General Editor & Part Author, William B. Eerdmans, 1983)
  • The Prophetic Theology of George Tyrell (Scholars Press, 1979)
  • Revolution in Rome (InterVarsity Press, 1972)
  • Toward a Theology of the Future (Co-Editors: Clark Pinnock, Creation House, 1971)

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