Academic / Faculty

Dr. Kevin Chen

Professor of Old Testament, Director of Admissions, Director of ThM Program


Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, Hermeneutics, Biblical Studies

Former Ministries:

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, Union University (2016-2019)

Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, Union University (2010-2016)

Visiting Scholar, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (2017)

Adjunct Professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2016, 2018-2019), Western Seminary (2008-2010), Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (2008)

Pastoral Intern, Pathway Bible Fellowship, Milpitas, CA (2007-2010)

Kevin Chen is a second-generation Chinese-American (ABC) who returned to his hometown of San Jose to teach at CWTS in July 2019. For the previous nine years, he taught biblical studies at Union University, which is a Christian liberal arts university in Jackson, TN. His research, teaching, and writing have focused on the Old Testament and Hebrew, although his interests also include biblical studies, hermeneutics, and biblical theology. Before beginning his Ph.D. studies and while doing M.Div. studies part-time at Western Seminary, he worked as an electrical engineer for three years in the Silicon Valley.

Kevin has spent many years in Chinese and Asian-American churches, which he has served in the areas of leadership, preaching, and teaching. Through his nine years in Tennessee and one year of Ph.D. study at Southeastern Seminary in North Carolina, he has also lived in the American South for ten years.

Kevin is married to Joyce, and they have one daughter (Kristina) and one son (Joel). He enjoys spending time with his family, exercise, travel, reading, learning languages, and following Bay Area sports teams.

  • Education:
    • Ph.D., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, 2009
    • M.Div., Western Seminary, 2006
    • M.S., Stanford University, 2003
    • B.S., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • Selected Publications (in Chinese):
    • A. Books:
      • Wonders from Your Law: Nexus Passages and the Promise of an Exegetical Old Testament Theology (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, forthcoming).
      • The Messianic Vision of the Pentateuch (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2019)
      • Eschatological Sanctuary in Exodus 15:17 and Related Texts, Studies in Biblical Literature, ed. Hemchand Gossai (New York: Peter Lang, 2013), 174pp.
    • B. Articles:
    • C. Other:
      • Worldview Study Bible, Old Testament notes (Genesis–Malachi), ed. David S. Dockery (Nashville: Broadman and Holman, 2018). Length: approximately 195,000 words.
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