William G. Coberly
Director of Library Services
Adjunct Professor of New Testament & Bible Exposition
Will joined the Shepherds’ faculty in January 2011 as Director of Library Services and Assistant Professor of Bible Exposition. He brings an enthusiasm for biblical research and a passion for carefully interpreting God’s Word. The title of Will’s dissertation is The Necessity of Virtue as a Universal over the Particular Tasks of Hermeneutics, Epistemology, and Theology. The research addresses the role of intellectual virtues to all forms of knowing, and seeks to provide a basis for the virtuous interpretation of Scripture. The study of hermeneutics is absolutely vital to understanding God’s Word, as well as to issues like faith and science, classic and modern philosophy, current trends in worldviews, and apologetics.
Will began teaching in youth ministries and Bible studies before attending seminary. While at The Master’s Seminary, Will served as a shepherd of a home Bible study, a teacher on a short term mission trip to the island of Tarawa, and as a lecturer in theology at the Logos Bible Institute. Working at the campus bookstore as their Inventory Manager provided several years of experience with Christian publishing. This ministry included assistance with research papers, finding good academic resources, and providing information about key publications, authors, and viewpoints.
Two of Will’s primary functions at Shepherds’ Seminary are to personally mentor students in biblical research methods and to develop the library holdings to reflect Shepherds’ commitment to academic excellence.
Will and his wife, Michele, have three daughters.
BS University of Maryland, Baltimore County
MLS North Carolina Central University
MDiv The Master’s Seminary
ThM The Master’s Seminary
PhD Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
History of Interpretation
Philosophy & Epistemology
The Acts of the Apostles
New Testament Studies
Research Methodology and Academic Writing
Library Orientation and Information Litera