Associate professor of Theology and Christian Formation
Dr. Don J. Payne joined the faculty in 1998 as director of the suburban and rural training centers in the Training and Mentoring department. In 2001, he was appointed as Associate Dean and provided overall leadership for the Training and Mentoring program until 2013. In 2004, he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Theology and Ministry, then in 2013 as Associate Professor of Theology and Christian Formation.
Dr. Payne earned a PhD in systematic theology from the University of Manchester, England, an MDiv from Denver Seminary, and a BA from Tennessee Temple University. Prior to coming to Denver Seminary, he pastored for eight years, first as a church-planting pastor in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and then as an associate pastor at Southern Gables Evangelical Free Church in Littleton, Colorado. He has taught courses for Colorado Christian University, Colorado State University, and Moody Bible Institute’s extension school.
His publications include The Theology of the Christian Life in J. I. Packer’s Thought, chapters in J.I. Packer and the Evangelical Future, A Case for Historic Premillennialism, and Preparing for Ministry, as well as articles and book reviews in The 1995 Seminary & Graduate School Handbook, Themelios, Teaching Theology and Religion Review, Compass, and Focal Point. He has co-authored Discipleship with a Capital “D”: What the Bible Teaches About Mentoring and Launching and Sustaining Mentoring in Your Ministry Setting [Coalition of Counseling Centers].
Dr. Payne serves as a consultant and trainer for corporations, schools, and other ministry organizations seeking to develop effective mentoring ministries. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the T.F. Torrance Society, and serves as board chairperson for the International Christian Mentoring Network (ICMN). Dr. Payne and his wife, Sharon, have three grown children and are involved in post-college ministry at Southern Gables Evangelical Free Church in Littleton, CO.
Areas of Academic Interest and Research
The relationship of theology and ministry, the Trinity, Christology, and sanctification
Surviving the Unthinkable: Choosing to Live After Someone You Love Chooses to Die. Resource/Wipf & Stock Publications, 2015.
“Field Education and Theological Reflection in an Evangelical Context.” In Preparing for Ministry: A Practical Guide to Theological Field Education. Kregel Academic & Professional, 2008.
The Theology of the Christian Life in J.I. Packer's Thought: Theological Anthropology, Theological Method and the Doctrine of Sanctification. Paternoster, 2006.