Meet David Wells

Dr. David Wells is the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell’s main campus in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and an ordained Congregational minister.

He was born in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and studied architecture at the University of Cape Town. In 1960, he became a licensed architect and subsequently practiced in England. It was while at the University of Cape Town that Dr. Wells came to faith and sensed God’s call to Christian ministry.

In 1966 he earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree from London University, England; in 1967 a Master of Theology in church history from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois; and in 1969 a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theology from the University of Manchester in England. Dr. Wells began teaching at Trinity Divinity School in 1969. In 1977 he was named to the chair of the division of systematic theology. He joined the faculty at Gordon-Conwell in 1979.

Dr. Wells is widely respected for his writing and teaching on understanding the modern world from within the framework of biblical truth. He is the author of the well-known trilogy No Place for Truth, or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology; God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams; and Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision . He is the editor of Christian Faith and Practice in the Modern World: Theology from an Evangelical Point of View; The Gospel in the Modern World, and general editor and co-author of Eerdmans Handbook to Christianity in America. Numerous other books, dictionary articles, essays, and reviews have issued from his pen as well.

With strong words, he urges evangelical Christians and main-line churches to account for their unthinking relationship to modern culture. "In all of our engagements with the modern world, are we backing into a Faustian bargain that gives us momentary power and pleasure but at the cost of our soul? We are living in a time of unparalleled prosperity, unmatched consumption, and the most dazzling scientific advances and technological breakthroughs that have ever happened. These are so breathtaking that it almost seems like an obscenity to ask if some or all of them may be damaging to our souls." (GCTS Contact magazine)

Dr. Wells was elected to the American Theological Society in 1985. He served as a member of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. He works with the Langham Foundation to provide theological education for third-world leaders and basic preaching tools for third-world pastors. In 1985, he was appointed a Distinguished Lecturer for the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity in London, England.

Dr. Wells and his wife, Jane, live in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and are the parents of two grown sons.

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