Dr. Gary VanderPol joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in the fall of 2012 as assistant professor and director of the MA program in Justice and Mission. Dr. VanderPol received a ThD in missiology from Boston University, an MA in philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, and a BA in history from California State University, Stanislaus.
Before coming to Denver Seminary, Dr. VanderPol taught at the Evangelical Seminary for Pastoral Education (ESEPA), in San José, Costa Rica. He has served as co-pastor of Evangelical Covenant churches in Cambridge, MA and Oakland, CA, and has fifteen years of missionary experience, both overseas and in diverse urban contexts in the U.S. Dr. VanderPol has written and presented papers in the areas of justice, missiology and economic discipleship in church and academic settings. His dissertation, "The Least of These", analyzed the growth of evangelical relief, development and justice work among the poor over the last sixty years.