Brian Rapske1

Brian Rapske, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, New Testament


Brian is our creative academic. His ideas come alive in his sketching, painting, and photography, and his humor comes out in his cartoons. Brian is a passionate teacher of the New Testament with a particular interest in the social, political and religious background of the New Testament. A conversation with Brain is always thoughtful and intentional, a quality his wife and adult daughters greatly appreciate.


  • Ph.D., New Testament, University of Aberdeen (Scotland), 1993
  • M.Th., Regent College, 1987
  • M.Div., Northwest Baptist Seminary, 1983
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of British Columbia, 1975
  • Certificate in Christian Education, North American Baptist College, 1970


  • “Chapter 12. Opposition to the Plan of God and Persecution.” In Witness to the Gospel: The Theology of Acts. Eds. I.H. Marshall and D. Peterson. Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1998. 235-56.
  • The Book of Acts and Paul in Roman Custody. Series: The Book of Acts in its First Century Setting. Volume 3. Gen. ed., B.W. Winter. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans/Carlisle: Paternoster, 1994.

Courses Taught

  • BIE 505 Biblical Hermeneutics
  • BIE 703 Exposition of Hebrews and other General Epistles
  • BIE 704 Exposition of the Johannine Corpus
  • BIE 706 Exposition of Romans
  • BIE 719/20 Exposition of Acts
  • BIE 731/32 Exposition of Colossians and Philemon


  • Professor New Testament Studies, Northwest/ACTS, 2011 – present
  • Associate Professor New Testament Studies, NBTC/S at ACTS, 2003-2011
  • Assistant Professor New Testament Studies, NBTC/S at ACTS, 1997-2003
  • Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Vancouver, 1993-1996
  • Pastoral work and Sessional Lecturer at various locations, 1984-1993
  • Senior Pastor, Abbotsford Baptist Church, 1980-1985


  • Greco-Roman social, political and religious background to the New Testament
  • Visual arts (drawing, sketching, painting, photography, cartooning), guitar, weight-training, walking, and traveling


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