John McVay is President of Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington, USA.
He and his family came to the Northwest in August 2006 from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan where he served as Professor of New Testament and Associate Dean (1998-2000) and Dean (2000-2006) of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Earlier, John taught at Pacific Union College in Angwin, California for thirteen years in the Religion Department and ministered, for a time, as Senior Pastor of the campus church. Prior to his ministry at PUC, he served as a pastor in the states of Iowa and Georgia.
John is a graduate of Georgia-Cumberland Academy (Calhoun, Georgia), Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, Tennessee), Andrews University, and England’s Sheffield University, which awarded him a Ph.D. in New Testament studies in 1995. His dissertation focused on the theme of the church in the Epistle to the Ephesians. A specialist in the later Pauline Epistles, he contributes regularly to professional publications.
Pam Aalborg McVay, John’s wife, is an obstetrics nurse and an event planner. They have two children, Marshall and Macy, both graduates of WWU who serve as pastors.