Dale Bruner's Good News Class meets at 9:30 in Mears. He will be teaching from the book of Romans.
F. Dale Bruner is considered by many to be one of the foremost Biblical
scholars in the nation. Dale came to know Christ and grew in faith here at First Pres
Hollywood. He calls this church his home. Bruner graduated from Occidental College in
1954; he then earned his M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and his Ph.D.
at Germany’s Hamburg University. After teaching for 11 years at Union
Theological Seminary in the Philippines, he moved to Whitworth College in 1975. Candidly, Dale considers his years in the
Philippines among the hardest of his adult life.
During his years as George & Lyda Wasson
Professor of Religion at Whitworth, Dr. Bruner touched the lives of countless
students. His passion for teaching the biblical narrative, for scholarship and
for church renewal made him one of Whitworth’s most influential professors. His
influence extended far beyond the generation of students he taught and mentored
at Whitworth. In fact, during his tenure at the college, he spoke and taught at
hundreds of churches all over the country. Here, too, his passion for the
gospel and his utter belief in the healing power of the church was infectious,
and he became one of the most sought-after speakers in the Presbyterian Church.
He continues to have a vital teaching ministry in the PCUSA, and often teaches
at annual staff training for Young Life, the nations largest para-church
ministry to teenagers.
Upon retirement from Whitworth, in 1997,
Dale and his wife of 46 years, Kathy, moved to Pasadena, California, where he
embarked on new studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. "On weekdays I
walk an hour to the seminary," he says, "where I am now quietly doing
research toward a commentary on the Gospel of John." Acknowledging his
single-minded, scholarly nature, he adds, "Most afternoons after work
Kathy and I walk together in the park so that I can learn to ‘chat,’ my single
major challenge in life!" On Sunday
mornings during the school year he enjoys teaching here at his home church. "I am deeply grateful to God for the
privilege of studying and teaching what I believe with the Church is the single
most important subject in the world: the gospel of Jesus Christ."