Alumni Profile

Dr. Thomas H. McCall

Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School | Deerfield, IL

M.A. in Biblical Literature, WBS Class of 1996

Tom McCall is quite honest about the fact that Wesley Biblical Seminary was not originally high on his list of seminary options. But visiting with professors during a token visit left an indelible mark on him and resulted in a change of heart and mind. Still today, he speaks glowingly of the way the professors modeled a life of radical hospitality and self-giving love while he was a student at WBS.

"The spiritual life at WBS was strong," Tom remarks, "as was the Seminary's commitment to teaching Christian orthodoxy that is unabashedly Wesleyan." By Tom's own admission, his educational experience opened new horizons, provided tools for critical thinking, fostered a commitment to the interpretation of Scripture and culture, shaped a biblical and orthodox understanding of the Triune God, and cultivated a sense of this God's passion for the world.

The strong foundation procured at WBS served Tom well as he continued on to Calvin Theological Seminary to complete his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology in 2004. At that time, Dr. Tom McCall accepted an invitation to teach at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, where he is the Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology and the first Wesleyan to hold a professorship in theology at the institution.

Tom is fully committed to the idea that "without good theology, the church suffers," and he seeks to serve the church by producing the kinds of solid, theological resources that edify and nurture the church's life, and bears faithful witness to the Triune God in the world. Such a commitment is visible in his contributions to pertinent conversations in theological studies (cf. his co-edited work with M.C. Rea, Philosophical and Theological Essays on the Trinity [Oxford University Press, 2009]; and his Which Trinity? Whose Monotheism? Philosophical and Systematic Theologians on the Metaphysics of Trinitarian Theology [Wm.B. Eerdmans, 2010]). Tom has also recently completed The Trinity, the Cross, and the Gospel (InterVarsity Academic, forthcoming), and is currently working on books that explore the theology of Jacob Arminius (Oxford University Press, under contract) and the doctrine of sin (Crossway, under contract).

Alan Padgett, Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, praises Tom's Which Trinity? as the best work on the doctrine of the Trinity to combine analytic philosophy with Christian doctrine. In Tom's words, "I will be forever grateful for the intellectual and spiritual formation I received at Wesley Biblical Seminary."