Westminster Seminary California (WSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bradley J. Bitner as Associate Professor of New Testament, effective July 1, 2020. Dr. Bitner has been serving as Lecturer in New Testament, Greek, and Biblical Theology at Oak Hill College in London since 2014. Administratively, he has served Oak Hill as Acting Academic Dean and Director of Learning, Teaching, and Assessment in recent years.
President Joel E. Kim commented, "We are delighted to have Dr. Brad Bitner join the faculty as we prepare specialists in the Bible for Christ's church. Dr. Bitner is an exceptional scholar of the New Testament whose work on Paul is widely respected and an engaging teacher of the Word. Moreover, he is an experienced churchman, and I am excited that our students will benefit from his years of ministry experience. We give thanks to the Lord for His gracious provisions for our institution."
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.BACK