Douglas bookman

Professor of Old/New Testament and Bible Exposition





Dr. Bookman completed his MDiv and ThM at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and his PhD at Dallas Theological Seminary.

After graduating from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Central Seminary, Dr. Bookman served as a pastor/teacher in Rock Falls, Wisconsin. He joined the faculty of Pillsbury College in 1973, taught there for eleven years, and eventually served as Chairman of the Bible Department.

Following his time as Professor of Bible at Pillsbury, Dr. Bookman continued to teach at various Bible colleges as well as to teach and pastor at local churches. During these years, Dr. Bookman began to see the need for a renewed emphasis on the life of Christ and the importance of the biblical lands.

In 1987, Dr. Bookman joined the Bible Department faculty of The Master’s College. Throughout the years, he has taught at various colleges and seminaries, and has served as pastor and interim pastor at local churches. Much of his ministry in the last decade has focused on the life of Christ, leading study trips throughout the biblical world, and speaking at Bible conferences across the United States and abroad.

Dr. Bookman joined the Shepherds faculty in August, 2009. He teaches in the area of Old and New Testament Exposition. Dr. Bookman also enjoys leading numerous study trips to the biblical lands, which includes an annual trip specifically designed for Shepherds students. This love for the biblical lands has made him an important contributor to Shepherds’ Department of Archaeology, where he functions as a field geographer of sorts, connecting the biblical text to the routes and regions of the land, and explaining how the land and text work together to tell the full narrative of Scripture.

Dr. Bookman and his wife, Diane, have three children and twelve grandchildren.



BA Pillsbury Baptist Bible College
MDiv Central Baptist Theological Seminary
ThM Central Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD Dallas Theological Seminary



The Life of Christ
Biblical Archaeology
Biblical Lands (Geography, History, Importance, and Tours)

Publications and books

“The Urim and Thummim: The Theocracy in Microcosm,” in To Seek… to Do… and to Teach: Essays in Honor of Larry D. Pettegrew, eds. Douglas D. Bookman, Tim M. Sigler, and Michael J. Vlach (Cary, NC: Shepherds Press), 2022.