Westminster Seminary California (WSC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. A. Craig Troxel as Professor of Practical Theology, effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Troxel most recently has been serving as Pastor of Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Wheaton, Illinois, where he has been serving for the last 12 years. He comes to WSC with more than 24 years of pastoral ministry experience. Dr. Troxel fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Dr. Dennis Johnson at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.
President Joel E. Kim commented, "We are delighted to have Dr. Craig Troxel join the faculty as we prepare the next generation of men and women for Christ's church. His years of experience as a pastor, history of training students for ministry, and wide engagement in theological education make him an ideal Professor of Practical Theology. We give thanks to the Lord for His gracious provisions for WSC."
Born and raised in Nebraska, Dr. Troxel pursued his education at Anderson University in Indiana (B.A.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S.), and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (Ph.D.). He was introduced to the ministry while serving Church of God congregations in Wasilla and Fairbanks, Alaska. After completing his seminary studies, he was called to serve as pastor at Calvary OPC in Glenside, PA, where he served for 12 years. In 2007, Dr. Troxel was called to Bethel OPC in Wheaton.
Dr. Troxel has taught systematic theology and ministerial studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and Mid-America Theological Seminary. He has also served as a faculty member for the Ministerial Training Institute of the OPC since 2002. In addition to publishing numerous articles in publications such as Westminster Theological Journal, Presbyterion, Fides et Historia, Calvin Theological Journal, and Ordained Servant, Dr. Troxel authored What is Man? (P&R) in 2010. He has books forthcoming with Crossway, With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires, and Will Toward Christ, as well as P&R, What Is the Priesthood of Believers? His research interests include pastoral theology, Reformed spirituality, the doctrine of the church, and biblical teaching on the heart. In addition to his pastoral ministry to his congregations, Dr. Troxel has served the church as a member or chairman of various study committees of the OPC, as well as a member of the OPC Committee on Christian Education since 2005.
Dr. Troxel and his wife, Carol, have five children and one grandchild.BACK