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Dr. Derek King



  • Ph.D., University of St Andrews 
    • Analytic and Exegetical Theology (2021; Passed without Corrections)
    • Supervisors: Thomas McCall and Andrew Torrance
    • Examiners: Oliver Crisp and Tom Greggs
  • PGDip, University of St Andrews
    • Analytic and Exegetical Theology (2018; Graduated with Distinction)
  • Masters of Divinity, Asbury Theological Seminary (2017)
  • BA in Political Science, University of Kentucky (2011)


  • Adjunct Professor of Theology, Houston Baptist University | Courses Taught: Theology & the Tradition; Introduction to Bible; Trinitarianism; Systematic Theology


  • Science-Engaged Theology Grant with New Visions in Theological Anthropology at the University of St Andrews through the Templeton Foundation. Project Title: Attending to God: A Science-Engaged Account of Attention for Spiritual Formation (2022-2023)
  • (Forthcoming) “To Whom can God Speak? Trinitarian Persons in Gregory of Nyssa and William Hasker.” TheoLogica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, 2022.
  • Book Review. Thomas H. McCall. Analytic Christology and the Theological Interpretation of the New Testament (Oxford: Oxford, 2021) in the International Journal of Systemic Theology, Volume 24, Issue 1 (2022).
  • “A Theology of Divine Hiddenness.” Roczniki filozoficzne (Poland). Co-authored with Marek Dobrzeniecki. Issue 3 (2021).
  • Book Review. Khaled Anatolios, Deification Through the Cross (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2020) in the Journal for Analytic Theology
  • “Love that takes time: Pursuing Relationship in the Context of Hiddenness.” European Journal for Philosophy of Religion. Volume 13, No 2 (2021). 
  • Book Review. David Bentley Hart, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2019) in Religious Studies.
  • “Seeing the Face of Christ.” TheoLogica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, 4(1).
  • “Meeting Face to Face: C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces and the Problem of Divine Hiddenness.” The Journal of Inklings Studies, Volume 10, Issue 2 (2020). 
  • “How to Tell Jerusalem From Athens: How a Faith-Methodology Distinguishes Theology from Philosophy.” Theology in Scotland, Volume 27, No. 1 (2020).
  • 1st Prize in 2019 Fraser Prize contest. How to Tell Jerusalem From Athens: How a Faith-Methodology Distinguishes Theology from Philosophy
  • 2nd Prize in the 2019 Center for Pastor Theologians Paper Contest. The Sacrament of the Screen: Possibilities for Church in a Digital Age.
  • “Knowing the Father in the Church: Jesus Christ as πρόσωπον in Gregory of Nyssa.” North American Patristics Society Conference. Online presentation. May 2021.
  • “What is an Image For?: The Functionality of the Divine Image in Gregory of Nyssa.” XVIII International Conference on Patristic Studies. Oxford University. August 2019.
  • “Image of the Invisible God: Classical Theism and Divine Hiddenness.” Helsinki Analytic Theology Conference (HEAT). The University of Helsinki. February 2019.
  • “To Whom Does God Speak? Gregory of Nyssa and William Hasker on Divine Persons.” Analytic Theology and the Tri-Personal God: The Trinitarian Renewal in Analytic Theology. UC Lovain at Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. September 2018.
  • Theology in the Church, a post for Blogos: the official blog of the Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology at the University of St Andrews (author) 


Derek joined the University of Kentucky Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) staff after graduating from U of K in 2011. He participated in CSF during his days as an undergraduate student, even taking his first-ever theology class with CSF’s Christian Studies Center. Since then, he’s expressed his keen interest in theology, philosophy, and Biblical studies through incessant postgraduate work. By working in ministry and pursuing theological education, Derek has become convinced of the fittingness of pairing theology and ministry. His doctoral dissertation used the ecclesiological thought of Gregory of Nyssa as a response to philosopher J. L. Schellenberg’s problem of divine hiddenness. Derek’s theological interests are broad. He has published on Gregory of Nyssa and divine hiddenness, but also on the nature of theology and C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces. He’s also written on heaven, the sacraments, technology, the relationship between the Church and the academy, and justice and mercy for the “least of these.” 

Derek married his wife, Bethany, in 2016. Their son, Lewis, was born in 2021. Lewis was adopted as an embryo. He was created for an IVF transfer, but, along with some of his siblings, was unused by his genetic parents. He was transferred to Bethany in January 2021. Derek and Bethany are passionate about embryo adoption and encouraging others to consider it. As a couple, they especially enjoy cooking together, taking long walks, traveling, and reminiscing about their time living in Scotland. 

In addition to spending time with his family, friends, and theological pursuits, Derek especially enjoys baseball, running, and reading. As a baseball fan, he closely follows the Chicago White Sox and his childhood hero was Frank Thomas. As a runner, he just completed his first half-marathon and plans never to run one again. As a reader, he enjoys books of all kinds, but his favorite authors are Austen, Dostoevsky, Lewis, Tolkien, Waugh, and Wodehouse.