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Dr. Brian D. Russell

brian_russellDean, School of Urban Ministries
Professor of Biblical Studies


  • Pentateuch
  • Psalms
  • Missional Interpretation of Scripture


  • B.A., University of Akron, 1991
  • M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1994
  • Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary-Presbyterian School of Christian Education, 2002

Dr. Brian D. Russell is professor of Biblical Studies and Dean of the School of Urban Ministries. He has taught at the seminary since 2000 and is the recipient of the 2004-2005 Award for Teaching and Learning.

He received a B.A. from the University of Akron, 1991; a M.Div. from Asbury Seminary, 1994; and a Ph.D. in Bible from Union Presbyterian Seminary, 2002.

Brian is a consultant and popular speaker on the missional interpretation of Scripture and creating an apostolic ethos in communities of faith. He is the author of The Song of the Sea: The Date of Composition and Influence of Exodus 15:1-21 (Peter Lang, 2007), Invitation (Seedbed, 2014) and (re)Aligning with God: Reading Scripture for Church and World (Cascade, 2015) as well as many articles and reviews. He also contributed the study notes on the book of Exodus for the Wesley Study Bible and served as part of the scholarly review team for The Voice translation of the Bible. As part of his commitment to reading Scripture for the Church, he has written five volumes of Adult Bible Studies: Teacher for the United Methodist Church and contributes regularly to David C. Cook Publishing’s adult curriculum.

Brian is married to Astrid Robles and they have six children. He is passionate about soccer, playing guitar and eating well.


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