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Regent College Appoints New Academic Dean

Regent College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Paul Spilsbury as Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament, effective August 2015.

Dr. Spilsbury, who holds a PhD in early Christian and Jewish history and literature from the University of Cambridge, is a graduate of Regent College (Master of Christian Studies, 1990). After completing his doctoral work, Dr. Spilsbury joined the faculty of Canadian Bible College in Regina, Saskatchewan, where he became Professor of New Testament, and was an integral part of the early formation and development of Ambrose University in Calgary. Dr. Spilsbury is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of New Testament at Ambrose.

Regent President Dr. Jeffrey Greenman is "delighted that God has called Paul to join us. His proven leadership in Christian higher education and his valuable experience with institutional transition have prepared him exceptionally well for this key role at Regent. He knows Regent and understands our mission. Paul brings an integrative Christian vision to everything he does, and will lead us forward in offering high quality academic programs that are deeply transformative intellectually, personally, and spiritually.”

Greenman also notes that Spilsbury’s previous work as Dean of Theology and as Dean of Arts and Sciences over the years at Ambrose gives him valuable experience to carry forward Regent College’s core vision of Christ-centred interdisciplinary education, equipping Christians to integrate all aspects of life.

Dr. Spilsbury has a deep sense of God’s vocational call on him as a Christian educator. “The prospect of extending Regent College’s mission is exciting and challenging,” he says. “Regent is a global community that has nurtured the minds, spirits, and relationships of thousands of people. The potential to extend that in the current landscape is enormous.  I look forward to sharing in all that God will continue to accomplish here.”

Dr. Spilsbury’s teaching and research interests include New Testament studies, the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus, and Christian thinkers from the first few Christian centuries. He has authored two books, The Image of the Jew in Flavius Josephus’ Paraphrase of the Bible (Mohr Siebeck, 1998),  and The Throne, the Lamb and the Dragon: A Reader’s Guide to the Book of Revelation (InterVarsity, 2002). He is co-author of Judean Antiquities 8-10: Translation and Commentary (Brill, 2005); has published numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews; and has travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries associated with the ancient church. He is also a frequent speaker at churches, retreats, and conferences.

Paul Spilsbury is married to Bronwyn—a pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance—and they have two sons, Elliot and Oliver.