Professor

John R. Lillis, PhD


Education

  • Michigan State University, PhD
  • Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, MDiv
  • Air Force Institute of Technology, MS
  • University of Kentucky, BS

Teaching Career

  • Provost, Grace College and Seminary
  • Dean and Executive Officer, Bethel Seminary
  • Multiple positions at Cornerstone University, including:
    • Provost and Executive Vice President
    • Taught Christian education and spiritual formation at the university’s seminary
    • Dean and Director of Continuing Education, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS), the graduate seminary of Cornerstone University (1990s)
    • Professor of Christian Education and Missions, GRTS (1982-1990)
    • Impact Ministry Supervisor, GRTS (1978-1981)
  • Various capacities including a stint as President, Asian Baptist Theological Seminary in Bangkok, Thailand and Manila, the Philippines (1982-1990)
  • Visiting faculty member, Columbia International University and Marquette University
  • Teacher of physics, Calvin College (1976-1982, 1986-1987)
  • Visiting professor of Comparative Religion, Mahidol University in Thailand (1982-1984)

Other Career Highlights

  • Pastor in the United States and abroad
  • Major in the Michigan Air National Guard
  • Captain in the United States Air Force as a nuclear research officer
  • Educational consultant for the United African American Ministerial Action Council (UAAMAC)
  • Blue Ribbon Committee Member for the American Red Cross in San Diego

Publications

  • Numerous scholarly articles and papers on various subjects from theology to nuclear physics to education to leadership, including “Preparation for Missionary Candidates,” “Teaching Electromagnetism: A Conceptual Approach for Developing Countries,” “Nontraditional Approaches to Theological Education,” and “Values for Leadership.”

Courses