John R. Franke, DPhil

Appointed Visiting Professor of Mission and Theology at

Houston Graduate School of Theology

Franke 2John R. Franke, DPhil, has been appointed Visiting Professor of Mission and Theology at Houston Graduate School of Theology effective August 1, 2016.

He currently serves full-time as Theologian in Residence with Second Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis. He is also Professor of Religious Studies and Missiology for the Protestant Theological Faculty of Leuven, Belgium, and the General Coordinator for the Gospel and Our Culture Network, North America.

Prior to his current role at Second Presbyterian Church, Dr. Franke taught theology at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA from 1993 to 2011, including a stint as Dean of the Faculty; served for three years as Theologian in Residence at First Presbyterian Church in Allentown, PA; and helped launch the Yellowstone Theological Institute in Bozeman, Montana serving as executive director and professor of missional theology.

Dr. Franke is a graduate of Nyack College and received his master’s degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. After doctoral study at Drew University, he completed the Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Oxford in England.

A prolific author, Dr. Franke as authored over 80 articles, reviews, and book chapters, as well as several books—The Character of Theology: An Introduction to its Nature, Task, and Purpose; Barth for Armchair Theologians; Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth; Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel in the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. He is co-author with Stanley J. Grenz of Beyond Foundationalism: Shaping Theology in a Post-modern Context. He is currently working on an introduction to missional theology.

John is married to Debra and their son, JJ, is a student at Messiah College.

A sought after speaker and teacher, John has taught classes at HGST in both the master’s and doctoral programs. We are delighted with this new level of partnership.