Dr. Bitner grew up in the PCA in Illinois, and has since lived in various places in the United States and around the world. After receiving his B.A. from Taylor University, he earned an M.A.R. in Biblical Theology and Exegesis from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Bitner served as a pastor for three years before pursuing doctoral studies. He completed his Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity in 2013 at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
Dr. Bitner has taught New Testament, Greek, and Biblical Theology at Oak Hill College and Macquarie University. In 2015, he authored Paul’s Political Strategy in 1 Corinthians 1:1-4:6: Constitution and Covenant (Cambridge University Press). He has two other book projects in progress on the biblical theology of Geerhardus Vos and Paul’s paradigm for building up the church in 1 Corinthians. He also serves as co-editor on the Ephesus volume in New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity (Eerdmans, forthcoming). In addition to these works, Dr. Bitner has published essays in edited volumes and articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Novum Testamentum and Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies. As a churchman, he serves as a Ruling Elder in the only Free Church of Scotland congregation in England, frequently preaching and teaching Christian education classes.
Dr. Bitner and his wife, Kathi, have seven children. He joins Dr. Nick Brennan as new faculty additions in the New Testament department at WSC.
What I hope to instill in my students
My hope is that my students would be formed by the Spirit of Christ into skillful gospel ministers. I pray that I might help to cultivate in them a love, a humility, and a quiet resilience that is rooted deeply in the gospel. As they study for ministry I want students to grasp their weakness afresh and thereby grow in their knowledge of the power of Christ resting upon them - divine power that is able to wonderfully manifest itself through ministerial weakness (2 Cor. 12:9-10).