Phillip W. Sell, PhD

Emeritus Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology

Faculty Since 1998


BA, Wheaton College
ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary
PhD, University of Iowa


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Dr. Sell brings more than twenty years of diverse pastoral experience to Trinity. He has been a director of Christian Education in a church in Iowa, an executive pastor for a very large church in Southern California, and a senior pastor of a growing church in Texas. Dr. Sell taught educational ministries courses for his first seven years at Trinity and has published articles in such journals as Christian Education Today and the Christian Education Journal. His academic and practical passions revolve around the philosophy and strategy of ministry, small group ministry, adult development and ministry, spiritual formation and mentoring, and Christian leadership. Dr. Sell periodically consults with churches and Christian organizations.

Dr. Sell has been married for over thirty years to his wife Judy and they have two adult children, Adam and Emily, both of whom are graduates of TIU. In his leisure time Dr. Sell enjoys gardening, biking, keeping track of his favorite sports teams and ornithology (he is a “bird nerd”).

Selected Publications

“Essentials of Equipping Ministry” in Christian Education Today, 1988

“A Map for Ministry” in Christian Education Journal, 2003

“Lawrence O. Richards” in Christian Educators of the 20th Century, a commissioned entry in an electronic database, 2003

“Comparing Natural Talent Inventories for Use in Field Education” in Preparing for Ministry, edited by George M. Hillman, 2008

“The Seven in Acts 6 as a Ministry Team” in Bibliotheca Sacra, 2010

Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • Pi Gamma Mu National Social Science Honor Society, 1975
  • Phi Delta Kappa National Educational Honor Society, 1986
  • National Association of Professors of Christian Education
  • North American Society for Church Growth
  • Association of Theological Field Educators
  • Stephen Ministry Trainer
  • IDAK Career Match
  • StrengthsFinder Coach
  • Oversight of the Kern Scholars program at TEDS for seven years


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