Dean M. Erickson, PH.D.
Department Chair/Professor of Old Testament Studies
Department: Biblical, Theological & Ministry Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Bible, St. Paul Bible College (Crown College)
Master of Divinity in Bible, Denver Seminary
Doctor of Philosophy in Hebrew Bible, Luther Seminary
Evangelical Theological Society, Society of Biblical Literature
Society of Biblical Literature
Crown Teaching Award; Crown Church Service Award; Crown College Service Award
Old Testament History; Principles of Biblical Interpretation; Old Testament Electives
How Your Program Is Unique Here:
Our personal interaction with students to advance their academic and personal, spiritual growth
From A Career Standpoint, What Students Will Be Prepared To Do With A Degree From Your Program:
Better prepared for all aspects of Christian ministry; specifically prepared for graduate degrees in Bible and Theology.
Growing up in the church and professing Christ early in my life, I became involved in our church ministries in my teen years. While working at church camp, my youth pastor recognized my gifts for ministry and love for people and identified my call to ministry. After seminary, I planted a church with the C&MA (Christian and Missionary Alliance) in the Denver area before returning to Minnesota to pastor a redevelopment church. My heart’s desire in ministry centered on teaching, and God opened the door to come to Crown College. I am blessed to come to work each day and open the Word of God with students.
Favorite Bible Verse and Why:
Galatians 2:20. It summarizes the motivation and power for my Christian Life.
I was a church planter and pastor with the C&MA.
What You Enjoy Most About Teaching at Crown:
Opening the Word of God daily with students; partnering with godly colleagues. Spiritual climate/environment on campus.
How You Define “Academic Excellence”:
Moving from simplistic to sophisticated understanding of Scripture and theological concepts and understanding those who disagree, and learning from their positions.
What Students Say About Your Classes:
Challenging and stimulating; gaining a thorough knowledge, fascination and passion for God’s Word.
What You Would Say to Parents of Prospective Students About Having Their Son/Daughter at Crown:
Crown provides an environment for students to mature in their knowledge and experience with God. We take a personal interest in each student and gear the educational experience to their needs. The dorms, chapel, classroom and all aspects of Crown life work together to develop each student into a Christian leader.