Remembering Professor Samir Massouh




The Trinity International University community was saddened today to learn of the death of retired professor Samir Massouh. Professor Massouh served as Associate Professor of Old Testament at Trinity College for 28 years.

Professor Massouh was a graduate of California State University (BA) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MA, MDiv). Before teaching at Trinity College, Professor Massouh taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, pastored Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin, and was on the Translation Committee of the Arabic Holy Bible. He was a contributor to the Expositor’s Bible Commentary and the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. Massouh was selected to the Chicago Tribune “All Professor Team” of small universities. Professor Massouh has also specialized in Islam, analytic philosophy, history of the cinema, and history of Western art.

In 2018, the Kenosha News covered Massouh’s journey through diagnosis and healing of esophagus cancer, and how relationships played a part in his recovery.

“Samir Massouh was a beloved professor, colleague and friend,” Karen Wrobbel, Dean of Trinity College and Trinity Graduate School recalled. “Over his nearly 30 years of ministry at Trinity College, Professor Massouh taught almost every TC student in the Understanding the Old Testament class. He was also an avid TIU Trojan fan who was a regular, especially at soccer matches. As a colleague, he was a caring friend who could be counted on for prayerful support and encouragement. Professor Massouh truly cared about his students, and kept in touch with many long after they graduated. Students describe him as a ‘favorite professor’ and one who ‘changed my life.’ He has left a lasting legacy in the hearts and minds of students he taught over his many years at Trinity College.”

H. Wayne Johnson, TIU Provost, added that while this is “sad news for the Trinity community, it’s also an opportunity to pause and thank God for an extraordinary professor. Professor Massouh is greatly appreciated for his love for God’s Word and warm encouragement to others. His tenure enabled him to impact generations of students, sometimes even teaching the children of his former students. As we mourn his loss we do so with gratitude for him and for the sure promise of the resurrection in Jesus Christ.”

Please be in prayer for the Massouh family in this time of grief, particularly for his son Jameel and his daughter Leila.

Details regarding services and expressions of sympathy will be added to this announcement and in the University e-newsletters as they become available.