Kenneth O. Gangel, Ph.D. Legacy Professor

Dr. Kenneth O. Gangel is a former Professor of Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, TX. He earned his B.A. from Taylor University, a M.Div. from Grace Theological Seminary, a M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary, a S.T.M. from Concordia Seminary, a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, and a Litt.D. from Mercy College.

By the time he retired from Dallas Theological Seminary as a Distinguished Senior Professor, Dr. Gangel had cemented himself as a global leader in Christian education. His emphasis on the integration of faith and learning helped revolutionize classrooms across the nation. Furthermore, his fingerprint remains at the various institutions he shaped through the multiple leadership positions he held over the years. At D.T.S., Dr. Gangel served in a variety of capacities including Chairman and Professor of Christian Education (1982–1992) and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean (1992–1997). In addition to his work in Dallas., Dr. Gangel served on the faculties of Calvary Bible College (1960–1969) where he was the Bible Department Chairman, Registrar, Academic Dean, and Academic Vice President; Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he was Professor and Founding Director of the School of Christian Education (1970–1974); Miami Christian College where he was President and Professor (1974–1982); and Toccoa Falls College where he was the Director of Graduate Studies (1997–2000) and then Scholar in Residence (2000–2009).

Considered a champion of the Christian family, Dr. Gangel traveled extensively and lectured in more than 1,500 churches worldwide. In almost 50 years of service in higher education, he lectured at more than 40 educational institutions in addition to serving on various regional boards and national councils. He also served as the editor for the leadership publication The SEAL (Seeking Excellence in Administrative Leadership) and worked for the Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education in the late 1960s. During his career, he was also a minister who held various pastorates during his career in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1980s. Widely read, Dr. Gangel was especially fond of the Christian giants Augustine and Justin Martyr. For over 20 years, he was the voice of “Morning Light,” a daily devotional that aired on more than 100 radio stations across the United States.

Dr. Gangel contributed to or edited 57 books. Among his numerous publications are Fathering Like a Father, Feeding and Leading, (a book he co-authored with his son), and Christian Education: Its History and Philosophy. Perhaps his best-known work is Team Leadership in Christian Ministry: Using Multiple Gifts to Build a Unified Vision. In addition, he published hundreds of articles for various education and theological journals including numerous submissions to Bibliotheca Sacra while submitting hundreds of reviews on various books.

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