Thomas Toews


Division of Religion

Dr. Toews teaches theology, Old Testament and Biblical languages classes for the Division of Religion.

Academic Background

 Ph.D. in Historical Theology - Andrews University

M.Div. - Andrews University

B.A. in Theology - Pacific Union College

Campus & Community Involvement:

On campus, Dr. Toews is the current chair of the Campus Technology Committee (2017-) as well as member of the Academic Integrity Committee (2017-). He is also the Ministries Club faculty sponsor (2014-).

Off campus, he is a member of the Piedmont Park Seventh-day Adventist church where he serves as the head elder (2014-).

Professional Background:

Dr. Toews joined the Religion Division Faculty in 2011. Prior to teaching, he did pastoral work in Wyoming and California.


Toews, Thomas. “Fanaticism.” The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia. Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 2013. 818-819.

Toews, Thomas. “Pantheism.” The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia. Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 2013. 1018-1019.

Toews, Thomas. “Sanctification.” The Ellen G. White Encyclopedia. Hagerstown, MD: Review and Herald Publishing Association, 2013. 1128-1130.


Wyoming Elder’s Training. “The Elder as Theologian.” Rocky Mountain Conference, Casper, WY. 2010.

Discover Prophecy Evangelism Meetings, Cheyenne Seventh-day Adventist Church, April-May, 2010.

Discover Prophecy Evangelism Meetings, Laramie Seventh-day Adventist Church, September-October, 2010.

Dakota Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Ministerial Meetings, Bismarck, North Dakota, January 15-17, 2017


2015 Library Teacher of the Year - Union College

Research Interests:

History of hell

Philosophy of mind

Theological anthropology

Speaker's Bureau:

Dr. Toews is available to speak on topics related to Adventist theology.

Personal Information:

Thomas Toews is professor of religion at Union College where he has taught since 2011. He received his undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College, and an MDiv and a PhD in Historical Theology from Andrews University. He teaches a variety of classes in the areas of theology and Old Testament but he most enjoys encouraging students to think like an Adventist.  He wrote several articles for the recently published Ellen White Encyclopedia (2013) and is currently writing a book on Christian doctrines for use in Adventist colleges. With experience both in the classroom and as an ordained minister, he enjoys bringing Adventist theology alive to both new believers and seasoned Christians. His wife, Lena, holds a PhD in New Testament and also teaches classes in the Religion Division at Union College. Together, they enjoy raising their two boys in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Jung's Typology - ENTJ

Strengths of the Preferences
Extroverted - 33%
Intuitive - 75%
Thinking - 1%
Judging - 89%
Leading from Your Strengths Scale

Lion - 42%
Otter - 54%
Golden Retriever - 84%
Beaver - 33%

Dr. Toews' full report from Insights International is available here.

Gallup Strengths Top Five:

Ten year average after three different assessments
Learner                  [Strategic Thinking]
Achiever                [Executing]
Responsibility       [Executing]
Analytical              [Strategic Thinking]
Strategic                [Strategic Thinking]
Arranger                [Executing]
Deliberative          [Executing]
Focus                    [Executing]

2017 (Current Report)

2011 (Pastoral to teaching transition)

2008 (Ph.D. Program to Pastoral transition)

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