Branton Berglin Joins Theology Faculty

Berglin Transitions from Pastor to Professor

By: Camlynne Waring

Branton Berglin joined the School of Theology faculty on Jan. 1, 2013. A 1995 Walla Walla University alumnus, Berglin completed his master of divinity in 2001 at Andrews University Theological Seminary and is currently working on his doctorate in religion and New Testament Biblical studies. 

While at Andrews University, Berglin taught beginning and intermediate Greek. He will resume his teaching of the language in the spring.

“Ever since I took Greek here at Walla Walla from 1992 to 1994 from Ron Joliffe and Bruce Johanson, I've wanted to help others gain this intimacy with God and Scripture,” says Berglin. “Walla Walla students have consistently left this school well-prepared for further language studies at the master’s level.”     

Beginning with winter quarter classes, Berglin is filling in for the classes John McVay was slated to teach. McVay resumed his role as university president Jan. 1.

When he is not in the classroom, Berglin is working on his dissertation on Revelation, which he hopes to have published. Afterward, he hopes to do more in narrative analysis of Revelation and possible even write a theology of Adventist eschatology.

Berglin spent four years pastoring in Alaska before entering the seminary for his master of divinity degree. He and his family then returned to Alaska for six more years to work as a pastor and church planter in Anchorage and Eagle River.  

Returning to Walla Walla was an easy decision for Berglin and his family. “Receiving the invitation to teach here at Walla Walla is such an amazing dream-come-true,” he says. “We're constantly praising God for His gift.”

He and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of Connor, 13, and Cami, 11. The family enjoys music and being outdoors. In his free time, Berglin enjoys cycling and bicycle repair, aviation, and playing guitar.

Published January 21, 2013

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