dr michael vlach hire announcement

STS Appoints Michael Vlach as Professor of Theology

Cary, NC—Shepherds Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael J. Vlach as Professor of Theology beginning July 1, 2021. Dr. Vlach has served with distinction on the faculty of The Master’s Seminary (Sun Valley, CA) since 2006 and as Managing Editor of The Master’s Seminary Journal for nine years.

Vlach is already well known and appreciated by the faculty of Shepherds Theological Seminary and is often cited as one of the leading proponents of dispensationalism in the 21st century.

He has written an endorsement of our recent faculty volume, edited by Dr. Larry D. Pettegrew, Forsaking Israel (2nd ed., 2021) and is a co-author with STS Provost and Dean, Dr. Tim Sigler, in What Should We Think about Israel? Separating Fact from Fiction in the Middle East Conflict (2019).

Seminary President Stephen Davey expressed his gratitude for answered prayer—“What a privilege to add to our faculty the leading dispensational theologian and author on the planet . . . we’re excited!” He will be warmly welcomed as a champion of the seminary’s commitments to biblical inerrancy, a literal historical grammatical approach to hermeneutics, and the important role of Israel in God’s redemptive plan.

Dr. Vlach has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Divinity degree from The Master’s Seminary, and a PhD in Systematic Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Vlach was awarded the 2008 Franz Delitzsch Prize for his dissertation, “The Church as a Replacement of Israel: An Analysis of Supersessionism.” He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and an avid fan of the University of Nebraska Football team.

A regular conference speaker, Dr. Vlach has appeared on The History Channel. He is most known for his books, Has the Church Replaced Israel: A Theological Evaluation (B&H, 2010), and He Will Reign Forever: A Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God (Lampion, 2017). Vlach also has contributed to several multi-author works.

“The opportunity to join this great team of teachers and students at Shepherds Theological Seminary is a great honor and privilege for me,” says Vlach. “Exciting things are going on here and I can’t wait to get to work in training the next generation for gospel service.”

Shepherds Theological Seminary was founded in 2003 and is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools. Our mission is to impact the world for Christ by equipping servant leaders for life and ministry, strategically shaping both intellect and character through biblical scholarship and personal mentoring—and we are happy to welcome Dr. Michael J. Vlach to join us in this vital work.