Moody Bible Institute Names New Provost

21 May, 2024

Dr. Timothy SiskDr. Timothy Sisk has been appointed by the Moody Bible Institute Board of Trustees to serve as the next provost of the 138-year-old historic Christian higher education ministry.

“Dr. Sisk is a highly respected and seasoned leader in biblical higher education as well as local church planting and ministry,” said Dr. Mark Jobe, president of Moody Bible Institute. “His heart to train men and women for ministry in the local church is perfectly aligned with Moody’s mission to prepare students for their purpose and calling. Dr. Sisk has already made a tremendous impact at Moody the past two decades as both a professor and dean, and we are blessed to have him as our provost of our undergraduate school and seminary.”

His role as chief academic officer will include oversight of Moody Bible Institute’s undergraduate school in Chicago, Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago and Plymouth, Mich., as well as Moody Aviation in Spokane, Washington.

Dr. Sisk joined Moody’s faculty in 2004 as professor of Intercultural Studies where he has taught thousands of undergraduate, seminary and online students. Many of these students are now faithfully serving the church around the globe in various capacities such as pastors, missionaries and nonprofit leaders. During his 20 years at Moody, he has also served in a variety of leadership roles, including chair of the Intercultural Studies Department and dean of faculty for the undergraduate school.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to serve in this new role,” said Dr. Sisk. “I’m committed to cultivating a culture where faculty, staff and students can flourish and where with joy and hope we serve people near and far for the glory of God.”

From 1986 to 1995, he and his wife, Donna, served in Japan where they planted two local churches. In addition, Dr. Sisk taught at the Kansai Baptist Bible College, a four-year Bible college established for the purpose of training men and women for vocational ministry. He also served as the president of the Japan Baptist Mission Society, which provides Japanese ministers with church planting opportunities in Japan and around the globe.

After Japan, a door to Bolivia opened where Dr. Sisk led a group of national churches in the formation of a training institute for vocational and lay ministers. He served as president and professor in that newly formed institution while he and his wife also assisted in planting two churches in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. They also assisted in the founding and administration of homes for orphaned and abandoned children which grew to provide care for over 100 children. Before joining the Moody faculty in 2004, he served as the director of the Office of Christian Outreach at Wheaton College and taught courses in the Wheaton College Graduate School.

In addition to Dr. Sisk’s nearly four decades of service to the Lord, he served as pastor in a local church in suburban Chicago and is a published author of several ministry resources in both English and Japanese languages.

He grew up in Japan as the son of missionary parents, and is fluent in Japanese and Spanish. He and his wife, Donna, met in high school and have been married for 44 years. They have four adult children and eight grandchildren. He earned a bachelor of arts in Bible and history from Tennessee Temple University, a master of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary.

“Dr. Sisk’s passion and extensive training of men and women for ministry will continue to be a great model for the staff and faculty he will now lead as well as for our student body who we are preparing to serve the Lord where he calls them,” added Dr. Jobe. “I am grateful for his willingness to serve in this capacity and join with the entire Moody community in praying for him as he steps into this new role.”

Dr. Sisk’s tenure as provost will officially begin on July 1, 2024.

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