Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies
Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary
Th.M. from Harvard Divinity School
M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary
About Dr. Worden
Dr. Worden has been a part of HGST since its inception. His formal education began at Friends Haviland Academy and Friends Bible College in Kansas, where his parents taught, and would later include George Fox University, Asbury Theological Seminary (earning an MDiv), Harvard Divinity School (ThM), and Princeton Theological Seminary (PhD). He and Barbara spent nine years teaching at Friends Bible College/Barclay College, after three years at George Fox College, before coming to Houston for the beginnings of Houston Graduate School of Theology.
Five and a half years of pastoral ministry, including two as a youth minister, gave him some perspective on his theological education and career in teaching. Assignments have included thirty-five years of teaching New Testament Greek, about half that in teaching Biblical Hebrew, and teaching every part of the Bible in addition to introductory and survey courses. As the academic dean for the first twenty years of HGST, he composed much of the first catalog, admitted and enrolled students, and directed self-studies for accreditation. For Dr. Worden, the most gratifying part of it all is the knowledge that many graduates and former students hold positions of leadership in churches and related professional organizations in Houston and beyond.