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Donald Guthrie spacer Donald Guthrie
Board Member

In 2012 Donald accepted a position at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago where he became director of their PhD Educational Studies. Previously, Donald was been at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis for fifteen years where he served as Associate Dean of Educational Ministries and Senior Director of the Francis Schaeffer Institute. We think the major perk of this position was that he can park anywhere he wants on campus. I don't know whether he continues this in Chicago or not.

Donald holds a doctorate in adult education from the University of Georgia which he occasionally uses to teach us such things as – I'm from Apollo, PA which spelled backwards is Apollo, PA. Donald is also an elder in his local church in St. Louis . He consistently models dialogical teaching – including people in true discussion as they process new ideas and apply them to real life. No one does it better, and we are inspired to follow his example.

Few people know that before Donald joined the faculty at Covenant, because he is such a kindred spirit, we asked him to be a co-worker with us here at Ransom Fellowship. We knew it would be a temporary between-jobs ministry position when the Guthries moved to St. Louis so their daughter, Erin, could attend a wonderful school for the deaf. We admired their faith and the risks they took in making a move without the common American securities tightly in place: job, home, and a community where you are known. Donald remains on our board of directors, and we benefit from his vision and ability to challenge and direct our gifts. We also enjoy his terrible impertinence.

Donald answered most of my questions for this bio with Jesus, Mary, or The Bible. It is true, however that his wife's name is Mary, and his favorite way to get recharged and inspired is to walk around Creve Coeur Lake with her. For the record: Though he will let you think it, he did not write the book New Testament Theology – a widely recognized theological work he describes as the go-to book for pastors, students, doulas, and, really, anyone with a question about Jesus' life. So for all the trusting seminary students who've been misled, the truth is, there's another “Donald Guthrie” out there. That man was writing as a scholar about the time Donald was learning to say ma-ma.

When he has the chance, Donald enjoys hanging out at a local store that sells fine, hand-crafted furniture. He says it inspires him to build pieces himself. There is something satisfying and calming about running your hand over an intricately grained, smooth piece of wood and imagining what it might become. The sight, the smell, the feel of unfinished wood all combine to make a lot of us wish our first calling in life was to be a carpenter, like Jesus.

Donald is husband to a remarkable woman, Mary, who teaches at a Christian day school and kindly indulges Donald's addiction to bland food. Their young adult children, Ben and Erin, continue to educate their parents, keeping them alert and responding the challenges of the real world.


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