A U.K. native and TMS alumnus, Professor Paul Twiss (M.Div., Th.M.) joins us this semester as an Instructor of Bible Exposition. We interviewed him to learn more about his background, plans for the semester, and goals for the future.
Q: You were saved while studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Tell us about that.
A: I did not grow up in a Christian home. During the course of my undergraduate studies, I lived with two Christians. Their lives were marked by diligence and maturity – things I didn’t have! When I asked what made them different, they were faithful to share the gospel with me. That began a year-long process of exploring the claims of the Christian faith, at the end of which the Lord saved me.
Q: Prior to studying at The Master’s Seminary, you served on a submarine for the British Royal Navy. What led you to pursue ministry training?
A: Early on in my naval career I knew it wasn’t going to be a life-long pursuit for me. It was a spiritually dark place, and I didn’t love being on a sardine tin under the ocean.
At the same time, I led church services on board every Sunday and really enjoyed the opportunity. I would preach a short gospel message every week and over time began to think through the possibility of leaving the navy to pursue ministry.
Q: What classes will you be teaching this fall and what do you find most encouraging about your topic(s)?
A: Greek grammar and New Testament Survey. I’m excited to teach both of these classes. I love studying the original languages, and it’s a privilege to help others do the same. Likewise, the survey class will help guys piece together their Bibles, and understand the flow of redemptive history – something that I really enjoy.
Q: You recently made plans to pursue Ph.D. work. What area do you plan to research?
A: I will be pursuing an Old Testament Ph.D., working specifically in Genesis and the Joseph story. It’s a fascinating text, I hope to look more closely at how the narrative is knit together to present a unified plot line.
Welcome, Professor Twiss. We are honored to have you as part of our faculty and are grateful for your investment in the students and faculty at The Master’s Seminary.