Meet Gordon Fee

Dr. Gordon Fee is a New Testament scholar and Professor Emeritus at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Seattle Pacific University and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He has taught at Southern California College, Wheaton College (Illinois) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Massachusetts). Dr. Fee is considered one of the leading experts in pneumatology—the study of spiritual beings and phenomena, especially the interactions between humans and God—and textual criticism of the New Testament.

Gordon Fee grew up in what he calls “typical North American Pentecostalism.” His father was an Assembly of God pastor, and Fee attributes much of his own spiritual health to his father’s influence. In high school, he considered missionary service, but after college decided instead to settle into the pastoral ministry. A few years later he received an invitation to teach at his denomination’s college in Seattle. “When I got into the classroom,” he says, “I found myself. I realized that this is who I am.” (Christianity Today)

He has published numerous books, most of which deal with the topic of exegesis, or the interpretation of the Bible. Gordon Fee is the author of the massive God’s Empowering Presence—and its recently published summary Paul, the Spirit, and the People of God. While the original was aimed at the pastor and scholar, the smaller summary is directed toward the average churchgoer. Fee confronts sensitive issues and offers thoughtful challenges. Is there a place for all the New Testament gifts in the church today? What does Paul say about the Spirit in God’s people in the last days? How does the Holy Spirit—if invited—transform worship? Has the church “domesticated” the Spirit?

Other more recent titles include How to Read the Bible for all its Worth and its sequel, How to Read the Bible, Book by Book, To What End Exegesis?, Discovering Biblical Equality: Complimentarily without Hierarchy, Getting the Word Across: Speech Communication for Pastors and Lay Leaders to just name a few.

In the 1990’s, Dr. Fee became the editor of the widely-used evangelical commentary series, the New International Commentary of the New Testament. He is a member of the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT), which was responsible for the translations New International Version(NIV) and it’s revision, the Today’s New International Version (TNIV).

Dr. Gordon Fee is also an ordained Assemblies of God minister. Fee and his wife, Maudine, have four grown children and several grandchildren.

Last updated August 2008.

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