Jerry Pattengale

Senior Fellow

Now a prominent leader in the educational arena, Dr. Pattengale was raised in a family of 10 near Lafayette, Indiana in the little town of Buck Creek, which prompted his popular Buck Creek newsprint series. At the age of 16 he found himself both a high school graduate and homeless. In 2006, PBS/WIPB (Ball State University affiliate) included his journey in its special film, Leading the Way out of Poverty. In 2007 and 2008 he participated in Roundtable meetings at the White House on compassion efforts through the OFBCI. Additionally, Dr. Pattengale directs the Green Scholars Initiative, one of the world’s largest collections of ancient texts and items related to the Judeo-Christian story.

He currently serves as the first University Professor in the history of Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), after many years in upper administration. He was one of the two founding scholars behind the Museum of the Bible (DC), where he still serves as Executive Director of Education. He holds distinguished appointments at Tyndale House, Cambridge, Lumen Research Institute (IWU and Excelsia College, OZ), and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jerry is the executive director of The National Conversations series, a joint effort between IWU and Sagamore to convene events that generate productive conversations on the most controversial issues of our day. Additionally, Dr. Pattengale serves as vice chair of the Religion News Service board and on Yale’s board for the Jonathan Edwards’ Center. His 20-year news column at the Chronicle Tribune has garnered awards from the AP and the Hoosier State Press Association.

A prolific writer, in addition to national pieces in WSJ, RNS, Inside Higher Ed, Christianity Today, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, etc., Dr. Pattengale has authored or edited dozens of books, including:

  • The State of the Evangelical Mind (IVP, 2018)
  • Is the Bible at Fault? (Worthy, 2018)
  • Telling the Truth with a Smile: Matters of Life and Death (DJ, 2018)
  • The World’s Greatest Book (Worthy, 2017)
  • Faith Made Real (WPH, 2017)
  • The Dead Sea Scroll volume (managing editor, Brill, 2017)
  • Global Impact Bible(Worthy, 2017)
  • Telling the Truth with a Smile, Vols 1 & 2 (2015, 2016)
  • Book of Books: Biblical Canon, Dissemination, and Its People (Jerusalem Bible Lands Museum, 2014)
  • Buck Creek (DJ, 2013)
  • What Faculty Members Need To Know About Retention(Magna Publications, 2011)
  • Taking Every Thought Captive (ACU Press, 2011)
  • Biblical Evidence: A Logical Approach to Objectivity (Triangle, 2011)
  • Why I Teach and The Purpose-Guided Student (McGraw-Hill, 2009, 2010), Helping Sophomores Succeed (Jossey-Bass, 2010)
  • Leading Business by the Book: Fulfilling Principles for a Fulfilling Business Life (2009)
  • Straight Talk: Clear Answer About Today’s Christianity (2008)
  • Visible Solutions for Invisible Students (USC, 2000)

 And over 20 volumes of high-tech, in-depth curriculum:

  • The Bible in Augmented Reality (BAR, or TMR in Hebrew, 2016)
  • The Book: The Narrative, History and Impact of the Bible (2017)
  • The Bible and Its Impact on Western Culture (Compedia and MOTB, 2018)

In addtion, Dr. Pattengale is working on his forthcoming book expected in 2019: The New Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (Tyndale House, co-authored with Johnnie Moore). He also has significant contributions in Anchor Bible Dictionary (Anchor, 1992), Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity (Hendrickson’s, 2017), Integrative Pedagogy: Teaching the Whole Student with Heart, Mind, and Spirit (Stylus, 2018), Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Practice (Springer, 2018), etc.