Petrovich Joins TBS Faculty

The Bible Seminary is pleased to announce that Dr. Douglas N. Petrovich has been selected to join the full-time faculty as Professor of Biblical History and Exegesis beginning July 1, 2017.

Dr. Petrovich was selected from among 60 candidates from around the world. 

A native Ohioan, Dr. Petrovich has been involved in Christian service and various educational institutions since the 1980s, and he has taught over 30 different courses. He was ordained in a non-denominational church in 1998, and he has served as a pastor in California and Siberia, Russia.

Prior to attending college, he recalls, "I worked full-time from 18-23 years of age because I was not sure whether God wanted me to go into vocational Christian service or computer programming." He worked his way up to the position of supervisor in a factory in California, learned valuable business and leadership skills, taught Sunday School and served as evangelism coordinator in his local church until he knew for sure that the Lord was calling him into Christian service.

Dr. Petrovich has since earned a Bachelor of Arts in Evangelism from Moody Bible Institute in 1992, a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary in 1996, a Master of Theology in New Testament from The Master’s Seminary in 1998, a Master of Arts in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology from The University of Toronto in 2009, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Syro-Palestinian Archaeology from The University of Toronto in 2016.

He was invited by Slavic Gospel Association to lead the founding of a seminary in Akademgorodok (Russia), called Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary, where he served as Academic Dean and Assistant to the President for 10 years.

According to the current President of the Slavic Gospel Association, Dr. Robert Provost, "I asked him to relocate his family to Siberia to organize a Bible Institute, operate it for a year, and then transition the program to a seminary level. Doug did so, then constructed the curricula for the Bachelor of Divinity program, the Master of Divinity program, the Master of Theology program, as well as a distance learning program. Ever since, the seminary has continued to thrive. The entire family proved to be strong, persevering modern day pioneers."

Dr. Petrovich later served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, North Carolina, and he has since taught at the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University.

While he has taught courses in ancient history, Egyptology, biblical studies, theology, and pastoral studies, his two areas of greatest specialization are biblical history and the exegesis of the biblical languages. He has studied and taught Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Middle Egyptian, and Late Egyptian. He is an historian, archaeologist, epigrapher, and Egyptologist, and has participated in archaeological digs at Hazor (Israel) and Tell Tayinat (ancient Syria). This summer he will work as a supervisor with TBS Provost Dr. Scott Stripling at Shiloh (Israel).

He enjoys integrating his experience and interest in ancient languages into his devotional life. "I translate a text from Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic - solving any textual variants, if present - and I meditate on the text I have translated. The meditation process leads my prayer time, where I praise God for who He is and what I have learned about Him from the text, pray for issues related to events in the world, and pray for events in my world."

Dr. Petrovich's groundbreaking research on the reading of inscriptions of the earliest alphabetic script led to the publication of his book, The World’s Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew as the Language of the Proto-Consonantal Script, and his publications can be found on his academia.edu webpage.

He recently appeared in the movie "Is Genesis History?" discussing the historical reliability of the Genesis 11 narrative on the tower of Babel, and will appear in the upcoming newest "Patterns of Evidence" film, most notably addressing the question of whether there was an existing Hebrew script for Moses to write the Pentateuch.

Doug and his wife, Sherri, have three children: Alexander, Elise, and Danielle. The family currently lives in Toronto, Canada where Sherri works as Regional Manager at Samaritan's Purse Canada.

When notified of his selection, Dr. Petrovich excitedly replied, "I can’t wait to be a part of helping God to build the seminary and to effect its impact on the church and the kingdom!"