Name: Joel T. Williamson
Office: Calvary Theological Seminary (full-time teaching faculty)
Rank/Title: Professor of Old Testament
Started at Calvary: Fall 1982 (adjunct/part-time); Fall 1988 (full-time)
Professional Information: B.A. (History), University of Texas at El Paso, 1970; Officer Basic Course, U. S. Army Adjutant General School, 1970; Th.M. (Old Testament) Dallas Theological Seminary, 1977; Ph.D. Candidate (Old Testament) Dallas Theological Seminary (present).
Favorite class to teach: Whatever class I am teaching at the time.
Originally from: I was born across the bay from San Francisco, California, the first of eight children in a godly Christian home. Before my first birthday, my parents moved to El Paso, Texas, the place I grew up and came to know Christ. I felt a call to the ministry while in junior high school, and never really considered any other job or career. In high school, I supported America’s involvement in Vietnam; therefore, in college, I enrolled in ROTC. The day I graduated, I was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army, ultimately serving seven months in Vietnam. While in the Army, I married Mona, my wife for almost 42 years. We have five children. Four of them are Calvary graduates; three are in full-time Christian service.
How did past ministry/professional experience lead to your position at Calvary? I came to Calvary full-time after eleven and one-half years of pastoral experience, and that colors my whole approach to college and seminary teaching. While I believe that students need to participate in rigorous Biblical scholarship, I am equally convinced that real education involves providing simple (but not simplistic) answers to the basic questions that “normal” people wonder about.
Ministry/Professional involvement outside of Calvary: Evangelical Theological Society, Who’s Who among America’s Teachers and Educators, Council on Dispensational Hermeneutics.