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Jerry Pattengale

Distinguished Senior Fellow

Jerry Pattengale is Assistant Provost, Indiana Wesleyan University and a Distinguished Senior Fellow, Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion; Research Associate, Tyndale House-Cambridge; Research Scholar, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Senior Fellow, The Sagamore Institute; Exec. Dir. of National Conversations; Associate Publisher, Christian Scholar’s Review and board member for Religion News Service. He received the National Student Advocate Award (USC), two Professor of the Year Awards (APU), an NEH Award to Isthmia, Greece, and established the record viewership for the prominent Teaching Professor broadcasts (Madison, WI). Recent books include The Book of Books: Biblical Canon, Dissemination and Its People (co-edited with Lawrence Schiffman and Filip Vukosavovic (2013); Biblical Evidence: Logical Approaches to Objectivity; Beyond Integration (co-edited with Todd Ream and David Riggs); Taking Every Thought Captive (co-edited with Don King et al), and; Buck Creek: True Stories to Tickle Your Mind (from his humorous newsprint columns w/ Paxton Media). Other books include Straight Talk: Clear Answers about Today’s Christianity; Why I Teach; The Purpose-guided Student; Helping Sophomores Succeed; and Visible Solutions for Invisible Students. Dr. Pattengale is one of the leaders of Purpose-Guided Education ©, an approach to student success built around life’s ultimate questions and humanities curricula. Jerry has contributed to various national venues, e.g., Books & Culture, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Christian Post, Christianity Today and Wall Street Journal. He also speaks internationally on educational and ancient research topics, and has appeared in various televised, radio and printed interviews. His Odyssey in Egypt program received international acclaim, which he co-developed in the late 1990s, linking their excavation in Egypt to schools in Western Michigan. He one of the Co-Editors and Managing Editor for two early text series with Brill Publishing on the Green Collection, and has overseen the production of the various filmed lectures (which among its users are ACSI teachers at its 24,000 schools). In 2012, Indiana Wesleyan University, among the largest of the Christian universities in North America, awarded him its highest honour, only the second one given—“The World Changing Faculty Award.” As the founding director of the Green Scholars Initiative, he has helped shape and oversees research programs and a network of over 100 scholars and their students around primary research initiatives. His mantra is the fulcrum of his work presented in his McGraw-Hill books, “The dream needs to be stronger than the struggle.”