Gregory C. Carlson, PhD

Director of Church Relations
Professor of Leadership

Faculty Since 2007


PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
MA, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University (LaMirada, CA)
BA, Grace University (Omaha, Nebraska)


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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 MA in Leadership program for the Graduate School and Director of Church Relations for the University.

Selected Publications

“Transformational Teaching” 21st Century Christian Education edited by Freddy Cardoza. Grand Rapids: Baker Academics, 2019.

Understanding Teaching; Creatively Prompting Biblical Life-Change. Calumet City, IL: Evangelical Training Association, 2018.

Editor of Special Focus Edition, “Christian Education and Special Needs Ministry,” “Reaching Those with Special Needs—Christian Education and Special Needs Ministry,” Christian Education Journal, Series 3, Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring, 2016.

Equip: Small Group Training for Family Prison Ministry. Streamwood, IL: Lifeline Global Prison Ministry, 2015.

Instructional Resource Paks Teaching Techniques; Old Testament I. Wheaton, IL: Evangelical Training Association, 2012.

“The Point of Children’s Ministry? Make Disciples!” Nexus; Central Theme’s in Children’s Ministry. Edited by Matt Guevara. KidMin, 2012.

“Teaching Scripture!” What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry? 33 Perspectives on How to Influence Children’s Faith Now. Amy Dolan, Henry Zonio and Matt Guevara, eds. KidMin, 2010.

“Adult Development and Learning,” 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.

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • Cooperating editor of Christian Education Journal. Published by Biola University.
  • Member of Evangelical Training Association (ETA) Board of Directors, 2000-2020, Chair of the Board, 2003-2012.
  • 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.


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