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Dr. Tim Laniak


Dr. Tim Laniak’s twin passions of the Bible and cross-cultural ministry have overlapped since his first overseas study program at Wheaton College in the 1970s. While continuing his education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Jerusalem University College, Brandeis University and Harvard University, Tim studied and ministered in over 30 countries. Since 1997 Tim has been serving at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, as Dean, Professor of Biblical Studies, Mentor for the Christian Leadership Doctor of Ministry Track and Director of the Urban Ministry Program. Tim founded ShepherdLeader Ministries ( after an extraordinary year of research among Bedouin shepherds in the Middle East. Two books from this research, Shepherds After My Own Heart and While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks, are widely used in academic and ministry contexts. Tim is Co-Founder and President of BibleJourney, Inc., (, an interactive Bible curriculum that merges cutting edge technology, advanced adult pedagogy and rich visual and written content. BibleJourney recently completed its 6-course curriculum and is now available for churches, ministries, organizations and schools.

Dr. Laniak is the author of Shame and Honor in the Book of Esther (Scholars Press, 1997), the NIBC commentary on the book of Esther (Hendrickson Publishers, 2003), Handbook for Hebrew Exegesis (Logos, 2010), Shepherds After My Own Heart: Pastoral Traditions in the Bible (InterVarsity Press, 2006), the award-winning While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks (ShepherdLeader Publications, 2007; Logos, 2009) and Finding the Lost Images of God (Zondervan Ancient Context, Ancient Faith series, 2012). Tim served as the Annual Professor of the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research in Jerusalem while researching pastoralism. Along with speaking, teaching and writing, Dr. Laniak leads educational tours of Bible lands.

After ordination in an independent evangelical church, Dr. Laniak and his wife Maureen (M.R.E., 1985) began ministering cross-culturally, with short-term involvements in numerous countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. They then co-directed an international community of students and scholars in Boston for five years, and served the city’s elderly immigrants for another five years in welfare housing. The Laniaks have been actively involved in public education in Union County, North Carolina. They co-founded Life Long Learning Group, Inc., a non-profit company that offered high quality, non-traditional educational opportunities, and Union Academy, a charter school emphasizing character education, community service and high academic standards, winner of the National School of Character Award. They have three adult children who live on the East Coast.


  • 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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