Erik Thoennes


  • Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
  • Chair, Biblical & Theological Studies Theology Department

Erik Thoennes is amazed everyday that God saved him as a young boy in a small factory town in Connecticut and adopted him into His family. God has blessed him with his godly wife Donna, who has been his faithful ministry partner since they were married in 1989. Erik and Donna have four children; Caroline (born in 2000) and Paige (born in 2002), Samuel (b. 2005), and Isaac (b. 2006). Erik is a professor of Theology, and Chair of the Theology Department at Biola University/Talbot School of Theology, as well as a pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada, California. He also taught at Wheaton College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Erik's undergraduate degree was in philosophy from Central Connecticut State University, and he has graduate degrees in Biblical studies and Evangelism from Wheaton College and a PhD. in Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His research interests include the character of God, Christian views of humor, play, competition, sport, and biblical preaching. He and his wife Donna are in orphan care ministry. Before coming to California, he coached high school and college football and was a manager of a group home for developmentally disabled adults. Some of the most fun and enriching experiences of his life have been: meaningful local church involvement, hitchhiking around America, working with at risk youth, and playing American football in Europe. Erik’s primary goal in life is to love and glorify Christ more each day and help others to as well.

Faculty Profile

  • Biola University
  • 67 Items
  • 52.0 Hours of Content

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  • Using The Whole Bible as One Unit

    Dr. Erik Thoennes teaches on the process of theology. He discusses the basics of hermeneutics and explains how biblical theology leads up to systematic theology, which can only be accurate with the...

  • What Theology Is

    Dr. Erik Thoennes begins Biola's Theology Conference by explaining that theology is fundamentally about loving God. He explains the basic tools that theologians use to understand Scripture.

  • The Attributes of God

    Dr. Erik Thoennes speaks on the immense impact a sound understanding of the attributes of God has on discipleship. Dr. Thoennes also suggests that the attributes of God should serve as anchors in t...

  • Godly Jealousy

    from BBST 450: Character of God

    by Erik Thoennes

    64:55 — September 21, 2011

    Godly Jealousy

    Dr. Erik Thoennes discusses the exegetical process of discovering the biblical expressions of Godly jealousy. In his lecture, Dr. Thoennes focuses on the need to diligently examine passages of Scri...

  • Doctrine of the Trinity

    Dr. Erik Thoennes explains the Biblical evidence and significance of the Trinity, beginning by showing evidence in the Old Testament and continuing into the New Testament. He goes on to emphasize t...

  • Doing Theology

    from BBST 251: Theology I

    by Erik Thoennes

    60:21 — February 17, 2011

    Doing Theology

    Dr. Erik Thoennes teaches a step-by-step approach to achieving good theology. He explains the progressive processes of textual criticism, exegesis, and Biblical theology as they ultimately lead to ...

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