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Dr. Dennis Hollinger

Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics

Dennis Hollinger is the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to assuming his present role in 2008, he served as President and Professor of Christian Ethics at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Myerstown, PA.

Over the years, Dennis has served in administrative, pastoral and seminary teaching ministries, including Vice Provost at Messiah College, Pastor of the Washington Community Fellowship on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and Associate Professor of Church & Society at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. He has served as an adjunct or visiting professor at several seminaries internationally, including Moscow Theological Seminary in Russia, Union Biblical Seminary in India, and the Eastern European Seminary for Evangelical Leadership in Ukraine. He is also a visiting professor of Christian Ethics at Trinity International University, in the graduate program in Bioethics.

Dennis is a frequent speaker in churches, pastors’ conferences, seminaries, colleges and academic forums. He is the author of four books, including The Meaning of Sex: Christian Ethics and the Moral Life (Baker), Head, Heart, Hands: Bringing Together Christian Thought, Passion and Action (Inter Varsity Press), and Choosing the Good: Christian Ethics in a Complex World (Baker). He has authored more than 80 articles, mostly in ethics (including bioethics), church and society, and preaching, and has served as the co-editor for the Eerdmans book series, Critical Issues in Bioethics. He is a board member for the National Association of Evangelicals and the Board of Advisors for the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. Dennis is a Distinguished Fellow with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Bannockburn, IL, and for many years was a member of the Health Care Ethics Committee at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, PA. He recently served as chair of the board for the Boston Theological Institute.

Dennis received the B.A. from Elizabethtown College, the M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Drew University, and did post-doctoral studies at Oxford University. He and his wife, Dr. Mary Ann Hollinger, live in Beverly, MA, and have two adult daughters, Daphne (married to Ryan Fowler) and Naphtali (married to Nathan Mitten). They have six grandchildren. Mary Ann serves as a Special Assistant to the Seminary for Global Education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.


  • Dip. (Moody Bible Institute)
  • B.A. (Elizabethtown College)
  • M.Div. (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
  • M.Phil., Ph.D. (Drew University)
  • Postdoctoral Studies (Oxford University)

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