About

Personal background

I am incredibly privileged to serve the church of Christ in a variety of ways, most specifically as assistant professor of New Testament and Dean of Students at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando (full-time) and as assistant pastor at River Oaks Church (PCA) (part-time).

I completed a PhD in New Testament at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, United Kingdom (my supervisor is Dr. Simon Gathercole). My thesis was titled, “Old Testament Conceptual Metaphors and the Christology of Luke’s Gospel.”

In 2013 I graduated with a Master of Divinity from RTS (Charlotte campus). While at RTS, I served as teaching assistant for Dr. John W.P. Oliver (now retired) and as intern for Dr. Michael J. Kruger, President and NT Professor at RTS. From 2011 to 2013, I served as Adult Education and Discipleship intern at Uptown Church (PCA), where my wife and I had been members since 2007.

Prior to pursuing the calling into ministry and further academic studies, I worked in a variety of corporate roles in management consulting, banking, and private equity. It was through a variety of influences at Uptown Church and input from my wife, friends, and family that I saw fit to undertake a new chapter of formal study of God’s Word.

Family

My wife is Kate Thompson Lanier, who in addition to being an awesome wife, mother, and friend, is also a pretty excellent optometrist. She works as an eye doctor at Fisher Eye Associates in Oviedo. We have three daughters: Caroline, Amelia, and Sydney—who are our current answer to the question, “What are your hobbies?”

Research interests

My research interests include the Synoptic gospels (especially Luke), use of the OT in the NT, Pauline epistles, Septuagint studies, metaphor theory and linguistics, Hebrews and the general epistles, and textual criticism.

Download my academic CV.

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