Stan Harstine, Ph.D.

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Dr. Stan Harstine currently holds the rank of Professor of Religion at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies from Baylor University where he studied with Drs. R. Alan Culpepper, Mikeal Parsons, and Charles H. Talbert in New Testament and Dr. William Bellinger in Old Testament. In addition, Stan serves on the editorial board of Religious Studies Review where he oversees short reviews in the Christian Origins Area.

Stan is a member of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion and of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Although his primary research and writing occurs around the Gospel of John, Stan often works in the Letter to the Romans and in Interpreting the Bible due to course work he teaches.


Having studied mathematics at Kansas State University as an undergraduate student, Stan incorporates the logical and analytical components of that training into his study of the biblical text, particularly the Gospel of John. Stan regularly teaches courses on Paul's letter to the Romans for the general student population as well as on the Fourth Gospel, the Book of the Twelve, and New Testament Greek for students majoring in Christian Formation and Ministry.

Because of his pragmatic nature, Stan focuses on making the material he teaches applicable rather than theoretical.


In association with the Apprentice Institute and the emphasis at Friends University on Christian Spiritual Formation in the Theology program, Stan develops and teaches courses on the Bible and Christian Spiritual Formation to support the goals of that program. He is particularly interested in examining the manner by which followers of Jesus interpret and apply Scripture in their faith adventure.


Originally from Kansas, Stan has also lived in Salzburg, Austria and in the Waco, Texas area. Stan enjoys grilling, inventing new barbecue recipes, and as an INTP tries to be technologically savvy.

Practical, always Inquisitive, always Learning

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Updated 11 August, 2023