Dr. Derek Cooper has been teaching at Biblical Seminary for six years. Before arriving at Biblical, he taught Spanish at Phil-Mont Christian Academy and Esperanza College of Eastern University. Derek’s primary teaching areas at Biblical are world Christian history and world religions. Derek is also the director of the LEAD Master of Divinity program and the director of the Doctor of Ministry program. In addition to teaching, Derek has served on the pastoral staffs at two local churches.
Dr. Cooper is the author of several books, including Hazardous: Committing to the Cost of Following Jesus, So You’re Thinking about Going to Seminary, Thomas Manton: A Guided Tour of the Life and Thought of a Puritan Pastor and, most recently, Christianity and World Religions: An Introduction to the World’s Major Faiths.
Derek is also currently co-writing a book tentatively entitled Messiah Wanted as well as editing 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture.
A native East Texan, Derek enjoys watching the Dallas Cowboys and cooking and eating Southern and Tex-Mex foods. He has been married to Barb, the love of his life, for ten years, and together they have three young and wonderful children: Gabriela, Mia, and Eli.
BA, University of Texas
MA, MDiv, Biblical Seminary
PhD, Lutheran Seminary
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
History of biblical interpretation, Evangelicalism and Pietism, World Christian History, World Religions
1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles (IVP, 2015)
Christianty: A New World History (IVP, 2015)