Brad Penner, PhD

Adjunct Faculty in Theology
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Systematic and Historical Theology

Teaching Philosophy

I believe Christian theology is to be the faithful response of the church to the self-revelation of God in Jesus Christ as testified to in holy scripture and, thus, is done for the church to proclaim better the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.


Brad was born and raised in British Columbia, having grown up and worshipped in Mennonite and Evangelical churches. He was married to Marcia in 2002 and they moved shortly thereafter to Three Hills for him to complete a bachelor's degree in theology before moving to Caronport to complete a master's degree in theology at Briercrest Seminary. During these years they had two children and then moved to Edinburgh, UK in 2011 for Brad to earn a doctoral degree in theology, which was completed in early 2016. Brad and his family currently live in Red Deer, Alberta where he is a deacon at First Baptist Church and also occasionally preaches. In his few spare moments, Brad likes to play tennis, cheer on the Vancouver Canucks, and go on relatively easy hikes with his family in the nearby hills and mountains.


PhD (University of Edinburgh)
MA (Briercrest Seminary)
BA (Prairie College)


Systematic Theology
Historical Theology
Theology of Karl Barth
Theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher
Theological Interpretation


  • "The Kenotic Christology of P.T. Forsyth." Paradosis 3 (2016): 64-78.
The classes have provided ways in which to challenge my thinking, and how I communicate what I am learning. I've noticed that I bring a more gracious and thoughtful approach to my sermons and lectures at the church where I am serving.
Nathan Scott