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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  • The Wrath of God

    from BBST 450: Character of God

    by Erik Thoennes

    57:36 — November 9, 2011

    The Wrath of God

    Dr. Erik Thoennes challenges his listeners to simultaneously consider the kindness and wrath of God in unison with one another. Dr. Thoennes also lays out key principles of God's wrath and weighs t...

  • Jesus Paid It All

    from Talbot Chapel: Fall 2009

    by Erik Thoennes

    35:43 — September 29, 2009

    Jesus Paid It All

    Dr. Erik Thoennes explains that Christians need an experiential passion about Jesus. He wants Christians to be aware of the power and liberty in Christ's resurrection and ascension.

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