Faculty, College of Theology
Joshua Greever, PhD, is a professor of New Testament in the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University. He received an MDiv and a PhD in New Testament before becoming a professor. He is married to Amelia and has three children. Dr. Greever loves the local church, reading books and rooting for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Who am I and how did God lead me here?
I became a Christian when I was a young boy. I grew up in a family that loved God and treasured the gospel, so from a very early age, I was aware of my sin and my need for the Savior. One evening I became keenly aware that if I died at that moment I would be judged in full for my sin, so I looked away from myself and trusted in Christ and His death on the cross for the forgiveness of my sin and my hope of eternal life. I was subsequently baptized and began a life of following Jesus. Although the struggle against sin has not abated, to this day by God’s grace I have continued in the faith. My hope and joy ultimately rest in the gospel of Christ because in it is contained the good news of righteousness before God (Romans 1:16-17).
What do I enjoy most in the College of Theology and in my ministry?
In the College of Theology, I enjoy seeing students grow in their faith in Christ and their love for the gospel. God’s word is powerful (Hebrews 4:12) and brings about transformation of the mind and the heart. I am extremely privileged to be an agent of this transformation by helping students understand the Bible and how it relates to them as individuals. I also am privileged to work alongside my colleagues in the College of Theology. Although we come from a variety of traditions and backgrounds within Christianity, we love the gospel and work together at a fundamental level to make Christ known in Phoenix and around the world.
In my ministry, I love the local church because it is at the center of what God is doing in the world. My passion in particular is bringing God’s word to people in a clear and articulate way so that they would know God more fully. It is a privilege to join God in his redemptive work in the world by heralding and showing the truth of Christ.
What advice do I have for theology students?
Get plugged into a local church and find areas in the church where you can serve. Typically, theology students are on a career path of leadership within the local church. One of the best ways to prepare for being a godly leader in the church is to serve in various capacities as a faithful church member, for the most godly leaders in our churches are those who have the heart of a servant. So, get used to serving in a church in the present so that it will prepare you for servant leadership in the future.