Timothy Valentino, D.Min.
B.A., West Virginia University 1988; M.Div., Evangelical Seminary 1995; D.Min., Southern Seminary 2009
Tim is a grace-loving husband, father, pastor, seminary professor, conference speaker, softball player, and incurable Phillies fan. His research interests today include biblical studies, theology, homiletics, cultural engagement, and church history. Once an NCAA Division 1 championship swimmer, he now just floats and blows bubbles.
Tim has been a professor at Evangelical Seminary since 2007, teaching a variety of Bible, theology, pastoral ministry, and student writing courses. He presently serves as the Assistant Th.D. Program Director, and also as the Director of Community Relations, assisting the Institutional Advancement Office and coordinating various seminary events throughout the year. He also teaches online courses for the Huntington University graduate program, and has written a variety of scholarly articles for theological journals.
Tim received a high school diploma from Reading High School, Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1983 (salutatorian); a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, in 1988 (English); a Master of Divinity degree from Evangelical Seminary, Myerstown, Pennsylvania, in 1995 (summa cum laude); and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, in 2009 (expository preaching).
His doctoral work focused on the place and preaching of Old Testament law for Christians. “When I come to the law of God, I encounter the God of the law. My desire in this sacred meeting is to discover his character and then allow that character to shape my own by the power of the Holy Spirit. His law is not graceless, and his grace is not lawless.”
Tim has served in pastoral ministry since 1992, and currently serves as Interim Pastor at First Evangelical Congregational
Church in Lebanon, PA. His passion is to teach and preach the Scriptures in such a way that seekers might be captivated by the gracious character of God, and disciples might be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. His calling to gospel ministry is best summarized in the apostolic mandate: “Tell the people the full message of this new life” (Acts 5:20).
Tim and his wife Sonya reside in Myerstown, Pennsylvania. They have a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Bethany, and a son-in-law, Micah.