In January 2016, Dr. Ted W. Ward entered eternal rest. He is internationally recognized for his enduring contribution to educational studies and Christian education as Professor of Education at Michigan State University, and as Professor of Christian Education and the founder of research doctoral programs in Education and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. During his 30- year tenure at Michigan State University, Ted, as his students called him, was “often accused (justly) of running a seminary on campus because of the Christian students he attracted, and his ongoing insistence that Christians must think theologically about educational questions.” He supervised over 200 doctoral dissertations and his students serve in theological education globally.

In the following short essays, the authors reflect personally on the ways in which Ted Ward has influenced their lives, ministries, and practice of theological education.



1 Hoke, Stephen and Linda Cannel. “Ted W. Ward.” Christian Educators of the 20th Century. February 24, 2016.