Associate Professor of Historical Theology
Ph.D. (Theological and Religious Studies): Drew University
M.Phil. (Theological and Religious Studies): Drew University
B.A.: Westminster College
A native of western Pennsylvania, Dr. Brash is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA, a denomination with an ecumenical spirit that Don celebrates. He began teaching at the Seminary as an adjunct in 1997.
Dr. Brash has extensive experience in pastoral ministry. He has served as associate pastor at First Baptist Church, Cranford-Elizabeth (Elizabeth, NJ) and as pastor at Hamilton Square Baptist Church (Hamilton, NJ) and First Baptist Church in Browns Mill, NJ. He has also served as a youth director in both Baptist and Presbyterian Church contexts. He is a recipient of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey's Executive Minister's Award for Excellence in Ministry.
Among the retreats and workshops Don has led are those on navigating worship-style transitions in local churches, training teachers to teach, renewal of the Church for mission, Baptist identity, and spiritual formation.
In his 2010 book, The Indispensable Guide to God's Word (Pilgrim Press), Don introduces inquiring laypersons to a way of understanding the relationship between God's Word and the books of the Bible that will help readers make better sense of the Bible’s messages as they engage the issues and questions of our time.
The elective courses Don teaches point to his research interests and areas of specialization: “How Firm a Foundation? On God’s Word and The Bible”; “Persevering Hope: On Evil, Suffering and the Goodness of God”; “Case Studies in Christian Accountability”; and “Theology of Romantic Love.”
Don's celebration of the ecumenical spirit begins with his family. He is married to the Reverend Jana Purkis-Brash, Senior Pastor of Princeton United Methodist Church in Princeton, New Jersey. They have one grown daughter.