Matthew and Molly LaPineProfile
I am a student of theology, philosophy, history, and the arts who aspires to invest my life into the lives of students to promote a love of lifelong learning, Christian growth, and humility. My calling is not just to teach, but to disciple men and women and to inspire them to greater visions for vocation and living as Christians in our world.

Ministry Experience

Emmanuel Christian School, Teacher – (August 2011-May 2013)

  • Taught the Omnibus I-II courses in ancient and medieval history including readings and lectures in the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Code of Hammurabi, the Hebrew Bible, the Odyssey, Histories, Oresteia, The Theban Triology, Plutarch, Last Days of Socrates, The Early History of Rome, Aeneid, Twelve Caesars, Julius Caesar, Till We Have Faces, the Chronicles of Narnia, and the New Testament; The Church History by Eusebius, The Hobbit, The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers, The Return of the King, Confessions by Augustine, On the Incarnation by Athanasius, The Ecclesiastical History of the English Speaking People by Bede, Beowulf, A Midsummer Night’s Dream,The Song of Roland
  • Taught a worldview and philosophy course for seniors covering humanism, Marxism, Islam, postmodernism and Christianity
  • Taught a first year course in Koine Greek for dual credit at Emmanuel Christian School and Baptist Bible College.

Emmanuel Baptist Church, Volunteer/Adjunct Teacher (August 2011 – May 2013)

  • Taught a thirteen week adult module on “The Bible as Authority,” which addressed the basic question, “How can Christians submit to a 2,000 year old book as authority?” The class covered the problem of authority to modern and postmodern thinkers, the reliability of the Bible, and the practice of applying Scripture. 
  • Taught a course on “Romans” for credit at Baptist Bible College, which covered the structure and argument of Romans and key issues from within the text.

Saylorville Baptist Church, Volunteer- (Summer 2005-Summer 2009)

  • Taught adult modules covering theological topics and the book of Romans, taught children’s Sunday School, led worship, led an adult small group, participated in weekly outreach activities, led evangelistic Bible studies, contributed to the church blog

Faith Baptist Theological Seminary, Teaching Assistant – (Spring 2009)

  • Functioned as Teaching Assistant, taught Hebrew lessons from the book of Jonah, edited the footnotes for The Contemporary Church and the Early Church (Pickwick Publications, 2010) by Paul Hartog

Mount Royal Business Institute, Teacher – (Summer 2005)

  • Taught English to Chinese English teachers in the city of Chengdu, taught lessons, facilitated group activities, demonstrated pronunciation, graded assignments

Slater Baptist Church, Youth Intern – (Fall 2003-Summer 2005)

  • Taught and coordinated the Wednesday teaching schedule, facilitated youth events, preached several times during the Sunday PM services, established an online forum for community interaction about theological topics

Certification and Education

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (August 2013-Present)
Currently pursuing, PhD in Systematic Theology

Dallas Theological Seminary (August 2009-December 2010)
Master of Sacred Theology, Systematic Theology, Magna Cum Laude 3.88

Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary (August 2001-May 2009)
Bachelor of Arts, Emphasis in Youth, Graduated with High Honors
Master of Arts, Theological Studies, Summa Cum Laude 4.0
Master of Divinity, Theological Studies, Summa Cum Laude 4.0

Evangelical Training Certificate

Adjunct Instruction

Baptist Bible College, Adjunct Instructor (August 2012-current)
First Year Greek, Romans

Presented Papers

“The Value of the Arts for Concept Formation”
The Polanyi Society, Chicago, IL (June 2012)

Published Works

“Relevance and the Incarnation: A Gospel-oriented Approach,” Baptist Bulletin Online, May 1, 2009. Access online:

Review of Dru Johnson’s Biblical Knowing: A Scriptural Epistemology of Error,”  Tradition and Discovery, Vol. 40 no. 3 (2013-2014).

Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships

Waybright Leadership Scholarship Recipient, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2013-2017.

Academic Societies

Member of the Michael Polanyi Society

Member of the Evangelical Theological Society

Educational Values

Christian Virtue as central to any Christian education, thus an education that shapes the whole person

Lifelong learning as a perpetual joy—humble men and women are always learning

Humility as the central component of true wisdom

Rigor with grace as a tool for inspiring young people to go beyond their expectations or aspirations

Joy in God as the pursuit of all of life


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