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J. Kent Edwards

Professor of Christian Ministry and Leadership

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Dr. Edwards’ ambition is to change people’s lives with the Word of God and equip others to do the same. Kent is known for his passion for preaching, and brings over 30 years of Christian leadership experience, both as a senior pastor and a church planter. He is a popular conference and seminar speaker and lectures regularly nationally and internationally.

Dr. Kent Edwards is the tenured Professor of Preaching & Leadership at Talbot School of Theology / BIOLA University, the founding pastor of Oasis Community Church in Yorba Linda CA, and President of CrossTalk Global. He directed the Doctor of Ministry Programs at Talbot School of Theology and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for 14 years while serving as Executive Board Member of the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education, and founder / editor of The Journal of Christian Ministry. Dr. Edwards is past president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and the author of two award-winning books: Effective First-Person Biblical Preaching (Zondervan, 2005) and Deep Preaching (Broadman & Holman, 2009). Kent has earned the degrees of Bachelor of Theology, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Education. His dissertation was on effective international leadership.

Kent has been married to Nola for thirty-two years. They have two sons: Nathan (24) and Jonathan (21).