Professor of Christian Education
Former Dean, Talbot School of Theology
- Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School
- M.A., Talbot Theological Seminary
- B.A., California State University, Fresno
Dr. Dirks specializes in Christian higher education, spiritual development, and Christian nurture. He has published chapters in Introducing Christian Education: Foundations for the 21st Century; Baker Dictionary of Christian Education; Christian Education: Foundations for the Future; Foundations of Ministry: An Introduction to Christian Education for a New Generation; and Harper's Encyclopedia of Religious Education. He has contributed articles and book reviews to the Christian Education Journal and Journal of Psychology and Theology. Dr. Dirks has addressed the North American Professors of Christian Education and Vocational Staff Conferences for Christian education leaders. He has been visiting professor or lecturer at schools in Singapore, Philippines, Russia, India, and Ukraine, and has consulted with numerous theological schools in the U.S. Dr. Dirks has a keen interest in spiritual development, teaching theory, and leadership methods in the church.
- Christian Education Advisory Council, Pioneer Clubs
- Evangelical Theological Society
- Evangelical Seminary Deans Council
- Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents
- Hilltop Renewal Center
“Moral Development in Christian Higher Education.” Journal of Psychology and Theology, Volume 16, Number 4, Winter 1988.
“Family and Campus: Two Contexts for Development of Maturity in Moral Perspective.” Christian Education Journal, Volume X, Number 1, Fall 1989.
“Moral Maturity and Christian Parenting.” Christian Education Journal, Volume IX, Number 2, Winter 1989.
“Faith Development.” in Foundations of Christian Education, Michael J. Anthony (ed.), Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 2001.
“Lawrence Kohlberg.” "Fritz Oser." "William Perry." "Jean Piaget.", in Baker Dictionary of Christian Education, Michael J. Anthony (ed.), Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 2001.
“Foundations in Human Development.” in Foundations of Ministry: A Handbook of Christian Education, Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992.
“Moral and Faith Development.” in Foundations of Ministry: A Handbook of Christian Education, Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1992.
“Teacher: Catalyst for Change.” in Christian Education: Foundations for the Future, Chicago: Moody Press, 1991.
“Facilities for Religious Education.” "Memorization." "Evaluation." in Harper's Encyclopedia of Religious Education, Iris V. Cully and Kendig B. Cully (eds), San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1990.
“It Won't Work? Try This!” in Teacher Training Manual, Lowell Brown, David Gowe, and Frances Blankenbaker (eds.), Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1982.
Scripts, Audio Tapes, etc
Video-script, leader's guide and workbook: “Becoming an Effective Teacher” for videocassette series Bible Teacher Training Series, Lowell Brown Enterprises Inc., 1983.