About me: I seek to live in close relationship with God and to understand and live out God’s call. I hope I can be helpful to others on their journey with God; I try to do this especially through conversations, teaching, and writing. I’m trained as a New Testament scholar. Most of my academic articles are related to 1 and 2 Corinthians and ways that Jesus Christ and the gospel shape Christian life, ministry, and mission. I’m also very interested in exploring how students can best learn to combine literary methods of interpreting the Bible with contextual hermeneutics. Since 2010, I’ve been part of the faculty of Justo Mwale University in Lusaka, Zambia. I’m Associate Professor of New Testament and part of a team training pastors for countries in southern and central Africa. I’m also a research fellow of the Department of Old and New Testaments at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa). We’ve served for 17 years through Presbyterian World Mission (P.C.U.S.A.). In 2022, I will be moving to the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary in Lebanon, where I’ve been a visiting faculty member; my wife Sherri and I will be sent through The Antioch Partners.
I taught at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt, 2005 to 2009. I did my Ph.D. in New Testament at Duke University, finishing in 2004. Richard Hays was my dissertation supervisor, and I was a teaching assistant for E.P. Sanders, Ellen Davis, and Joel Marcus. I served as Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults at First Presbyterian Church of Visalia, California (1995-1999), where I was ordained as a Minister of the Word and Sacrament, and where I’m still a member of the Presbytery of San Joaquin (P.C.U.S.A). I received my M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and my B.A. from Stanford.
I hope my teaching and writing can serve the progress of the gospel and the faithfulness of the church. Articles I’ve written can be found in the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Scriptura, Acta Theologica, Missionalia, and Word and Context. I’ve also contributed chapters for several books. I was the writer for the introduction, study notes, and questions for reflection on 1 Corinthians in the NIV Bible called God’s Justice. Most of my academic articles can be accessed at the following: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dustin_Ellington/research or https://justomwale.academia.edu/DustinEllington
I’m thankful to be married to Sherri since 1994, and we have two (now grown) sons. We’ve been blessed as a family to live in Egypt and Zambia, and we’re thankful to be moving to Lebanon in 2022. I like languages and enjoy spending time with the Greek New Testament and learning to read and speak Arabic. I grew up in Kentucky.