David Timms, Ph.D.

David Timms, Ph.D.

Dean, Professor – School of Theology & Leadership


  • Ph.D. in Ancient History & New Testament 2001 Macquarie University
  • M.A. in Religion (New Testament) 1988 Emmanuel School of Religion
  • B.A. in Bible & Preaching 1986 Johnson University


Australian by birth and married to his sweetheart (Kim) since 1985, David has been involved full-time in Christian higher education since January 1994. His role as Dean of the School of Theology and Leadership at Jessup since 2015 has included the following:

  • Teaching
  • Academic program development
  • Course scheduling
  • Faculty and staff hiring, support, and development
  • Team building
  • Leadership development (with two Associate Deans)
  • Branding and social media
  • Partnership development with external entities
  • Fundraising with churches and private donors
  • Grant writing
  • Budget management
  • Research and writing
  • Student recruiting and support
  • Community engagement (regularly speaking at events and churches)
  • Design and launch new initiatives (e.g. Center for ASL, Center for Hispanic/Latino Ministry, Center for Church Health)
  • Explore and design competency-based education
  • Provide consistent communication and clarity within the Division
  • Chief culture architect within the Division


  • Timms, David. 40 Days in Israel: A Spiritual Pilgrimage, Rocklin, CA: Oak Tree Press, 2020.
  • Timms, David. Shape Your World: Transformational Leadership for Everyday Life, Rocklin, CA: Oak Tree Press, 2018.
  • Timms, David. Reflections Through Romans: A Lenten Devotional, Rocklin, CA: Oak Tree Press, 2018.
  • Timms, David. The Power of Blessing: How a Carefully Chosen Word Changes Everything, Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2010.
  • Timms, David. Sacred Waiting: Waiting on God in a World That Waits for Nothing, Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2009.
  • Timms, David, Living the Lord’s Prayer, Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2008.
  • Riter, Tim & David Timms, Just Leave God Out of It: The Cultural Compromises Christians Make, Colorado Springs, CO: Cook Communications, 2004.
  • Dozens of articles published through The LOOKOUT magazine.
  • Regular blogging at davidtimms.wordpress.com (“Because of Grace”).