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

Items By Author

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  • 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.

  • If God Is for Us, Who Can Be Against Us?

    Dr. Erik Thoennes unfolds the profound reality that God acts on the behalf of his people. In light of this truth, Dr. Thoennes provides practical responses that should manifest themselves in the li...

  • The Glory of God

    from BBST 450: Character of God

    by Erik Thoennes

    65:06 — September 28, 2011

    The Glory of God

    Dr. Erik Thoennes presents the glory of God as the underlying theme throughout the entire Bible. Dr. Thoennes also demonstrates how a proper understanding of the glory and excellence of God's chara...

  • Theocentrism

    from BBST 450: Character of God

    by Erik Thoennes

    34:40 — September 7, 2011


    Dr. Erik Thoennes promotes the centrality of the character of God in the life of the Christian disciple. Dr. Thoennes also unpacks the overwhelming experience of beholding the glory of God.

  • The Duality of Jesus' Humanity and Divinity

    After opening with a hymn, Dr. Erik Thoennes teaches on the reality and importance of the humanity of Christ. He stresses that Jesus understands humanity's pain, toil, and limitations from His time...

  • The Apostle's Creed

    Dr. Erik Thoennes outlines the Apostles' Creed and the significance of its points and accuracy. He discusses some of the theological challenges that have been placed against the creed and explains ...

  • Unity of the Nature of God

    Dr. Erik Thoennes teaches on the significance of affirming the distinction of the divine and human natures of Christ, as well as recognizing the unity of the two natures in one person. He emphasize...

  • The Humanity of Christ, Part 1

    Dr. Erik Thoennes uses the beginning of 1 John to emphasize that Christ's humanity is a marvelous thing. He continues to explain that Christ's humanity is eternal, and that if Jesus is not truly hu...

  • The Doctrine of Jesus, Part 2

    Dr. Erik Thoennes works through Scripture to show that Jesus was both human and God. He takes particular care to show that Jesus was fully aware of his deity.

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