Associate Professor of Theology
Director of General Education
on faculty since 2008
Ph.D., St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, 2008
M.Div., Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan, 2004
B.A., Central College, Pella, Iowa, 1998
Professional and Personal Interests
Associate Professor of Theology Aaron Kuecker’s academic journey brought him to Trinity by way of Central College (IA), where he earned a B.A. in political science. He continued his graduate studies at Western Theological Seminary (MI) with a M.Div. before focusing on his doctoral program at St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Kuecker’s research focused on the interface between ethnic identity and the role of the Spirit in the formation of social identity in Luke-Acts. Kuecker remains interested in the role of ethnic identity in early Christianity as well as the distinctive practices of the early church with regard to enemies and outsiders.
“Trinity’s emphasis on our own participation in God’s ongoing effort to redeem and renew all creation is, I think, a compelling and faithful expression of both the biblical story and of Jesus’ own life,” said Kuecker. “I am eager to participate in a community in which students, staff, and faculty from every discipline are engaged in reflection on the interplay between our identity as followers of Jesus, our common Christian vocation as servants of the world, and our more particular professional vocations.
“Trinity’s size is conducive to the formation of strong community and student-faculty relationships—both of which are formative for the college experience,” says Kuecker. He holds the view that “all learning is relational,” and sees the classroom as a place where both students and instructors, learning together in relationship, can be challenged and transformed.
Kuecker wants to help students see “their place in the biblical narrative and faithfully to imagine what their part in God’s ongoing mission might look like.”
He believes that “teaching the Bible is an exercise in cross-cultural communication. The Church has been given texts from a time and place very different from our own culture, [requiring that] students immerse themselves in the worldviews from which these texts originated, in order to become good listeners in this foreign context by reading texts carefully and closely. Only then can we do the hard work of cross-cultural interpretation as we translate these ancient witnesses to God’s redeeming work into expressions relevant to our contemporary communities and contexts.”
“I get great energy from the times when, together as a community of faith and learning, we discover that the God who has revealed himself to us in Jesus Christ is bigger, more surprising, and more passionately committed to his creation than we could have imagined.”
Kuecker and his wife, Kerri, reside in Alsip, Illinois, with their four children. Along with hiking and running, he confesses to being a “pretty big Cubs fan.”
- Biblical Foundations: The Church and Christian Traditions
- Biblical Foundations: The Old Testament and Its Fulfillment
- Biblical Literature: The Epistles
- Biblical Literature: The Future in Biblical Perspective
- Biblical Literature: The Gospels and Acts
- Biblical Literature: Historical Books
- Biblical Literature: The Prophets
- Biblical Literature: Wisdom Books
- Introduction to Church and Ministry Leadership
Professional Society Membership
- Institute for Biblical Research
- Society of Biblical Literature
Papers Published and/or Presented
“‘The Paul of the Epistles’ and ‘The Paul of Acts’: Some exegetical and theological considerations” in What must we believe? Evangelicals and Historical Criticism, edited by Christopher Hays and Christopher Ansberry. Project under contract with SPCK. 2012 forthcoming.
“Response to Longenecker.” Ex Auditu. Vol 27. 2011, pp. 45-50. 2012.
“Are Luke’s Samaritans in Isaiah 56? Spirit, the temple, and identity in Acts 8.” LeTourneau University, Longview, TX, March 2012.
The Spirit and the ‘Other’: Social Identity, Ethnicity and Intergroup Reconciliation in Luke-Acts. Library of New Testament Studies Monograph Series. London: T & T Clark, 2011.
“Luke’s Samaritans in Isaiah 56: Intertextual Allusions and Luke’s Conception of the Temple.” Western Theological Seminary/Hope College Theology Colloquium, Holland, MI, December 2011.
“A Response to Bruce Longenecker on Money and Possessions in Early Christianity.” North Park Symposium on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Chicago, IL, October 2011.
“Social Identity Theory and Biblical Exegesis: A Methodological, Exegetical, and Theological Analysis.” Doctoral Seminar Invited Lecture, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY, August 2011.
“Many Tongues, One Lord: Multicultural Worship as Witness to the Lordship of Jesus.” Worship in the New Testament Age Symposium, Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL, January 2011.
Commissioned essay on Acts (10,000 words) for the Theology of Work Project (www.theologyofwork.org). Essays to appear in a biblical theology of work titled Working through the Bible. 2010.
“As he who called you is holy: Missional holiness and the people of God in 1 Peter.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November 2010.
Commissioned essay on the Gospel of Luke (8,000 words) for the Theology of Work Project (www.theologyofwork.org). Essays to appear in a biblical theology of work entitled Working through the Bible. 2009.
“Being built into a spiritual house: The subversion of normative social identity processes in 1 Peter.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November 2009.
“The Spirit and the ‘Other’, Satan and the ‘Self’: Economic ethics as a consequence of identity transformation in Luke-Acts.” Engaging Economics: New Testament Scenarios and Early Christian Scenarios Economics edited by Bruce W. Longenecker and Kelly David Liebengood. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans), November 2009.
“Implicit ecclesiologies and the Christian university: Has the ‘public servant’ replaced the ‘new humanity’?” Mission, Worldview and the Christian University, Ancaster, ON, January 2009.
“Ethnic Language in Luke-Acts and the Construction of Common Identity.”Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting, November 2008.
“Luke’s Gospel and a Theology of Human Work.” University of St. Andrews Theology Seminar, June 2008.
“Missional Hermeneutics and Implied Communities of Theological Exegesis.”University of St. Andrews Scripture and Theology Seminar, October 2007.
“Elizabeth, Zechariah, and Abrahamic Covenantal Faithfulness in Luke 1.”Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting (Vienna, Austria), July 2007.
“Social Identity, Prototypicality, and Resource Allocation in the Incident at Nazareth.” Society of Biblical Literature, International Meeting (Vienna, Austria), July 2007.
“Ethnic Language in Luke-Acts: The Discourse of Common Identity.” International Conference on Peace and Reconciliation (York, England), July 2006.