Gregory C. Carlson PhD

Associate Dean for Leadership Studies; Professor of Leadership




University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Ph.D. Community and Human Resources, emphasis on Leadership Development, December, 1987.
Talbot School of Theology, Biola University (LaMirada, CA) M.A. Christian Education, June, 1977.
Grace University (Omaha, Nebraska) B.A. Bible & History/Philosophy (double major) with a Christian Education minor, May, 1975.


College/Seminary Advisory Board, International Network of Children’s Ministries, 2008-present.
Cooperating editor of Christian Education Journal. Published by Biola University.
Member of Evangelical Training Association (ETA) Board of Directors, 2000-present, Chair of the Board, 2003-present.
Founding member and Director of Children’s And Family Educators (CAFÉ), 2006-2010.
Member of North American Professors of Christian Education (NAPCE), 1987-present. Board member, 1996-2000. President, 1998-2000.
Member of Association of Youth Ministry Educators, 1996-present, not continuous.
Conference Pastor, Okoboji Bible and Missionary Conference, Arnold’s Park, Iowa, 2000-2005.
Visiting professor at Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, Kingston, Jamaica. “Leadership.”
Adjunct professor, Tennessee Temple University, doctoral program, 1990-93.
Seminars in the areas of family ministry, leadership, youth ministry, Christian education & Bible.
Three trips with CoMission to cities in the former Soviet Union.
Three trips to Beijing and Tianjin, China to teach in Tianjin International Schools.
President of the Heartland Christian Ministries Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, 1993-2002.
Board member, consultant, interim executive director, Omaha Area Youth for Christ, 1999-2004.


“Adult Development and Learning” (Chapter seven of eight), Christian Formation: Integrating Theology & Human Development, edited by Jonathan Kim and James Estep. Nashville: Broadman-Holman, 2010.
“Family Education–Jewish, Greek or American: Molding a Model of Christian Family Life Discipleship,” Passing the Torch of God’s Truth from Generation to Generation, edited by Paul Loth. Glen Ellyn, IL: GCSSA, 2009.
“Instructional-Analytical Model,” Four Perspectives on Children’s Spiritual Formation, edited by Michael Anthony. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, Publishers, 2007.
Rock Solid Teacher: Discover the Joy of Teaching Like Jesus. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 2006.
Shepherding Parents. Streamwood, IL: Awana Clubs International, 2006.
Contributing author in Evangelical Dictionary of Christian Education, edited by Michael J. Anthony, et al. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2001. Articles: “Active Learning,” “Adult Development,” “Andragogy,” “Recovery,” “Reward,” “Romanticism,” and “Team.”
Understanding Teaching: Effective Biblical Teaching for the 21st Century. Carol Stream, IL: Evangelical Training Association, 1998.

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Before Trinity, Dr. Carlson served as a pastor (13 years); dean of graduate studies and Christian education professor at Grace University (Omaha); and global training director for Awana Clubs
International. Areas of research and teaching interest include leadership, teaching the Bible, educational ministry and family ministry. Dr. Carlson is an associate instructor with Walk Thru the Bible and often speaks in ministry and leadership settings. Dr. Carlson is the Academic Director of the Emerging Leaders program and faculty mentor for the Advance BA/MDiv program.