University of Dubuque

Lyle D. Vander Broek

Professor of New Testament
B.A., Northwestern College; M.Div., Western Theological Seminary; M.Phil. and Ph.D., Drew University; joined the UDTS faculty in 1983

Contact Info:
206 Severance | (563) 589-3104 | lvanderb@dbq.edu

"Good preaching starts with sound biblical exegesis. I feel sorry for the pastor whose lack of exegetical preparation forces the production of sermons based solely upon human ingenuity. What an unnecessary responsibility! The Bible, rightly interpreted, is the essential and inexhaustible source for Christian proclamation."

Lyle Vander Broek brings to UDTS experiences both in the academic world and in pastoral ministry. He has served both as pastor of a rural church and as minister of outreach in a struggling urban congregation. Since 1983, he has taught courses in the Greek language and in biblical exegesis at the seminary, and has continued to pursue his special interest in the Gospel of Mark and I Corinthians. In 1992, he co-authored the book Literary Forms in the New Testament. Current research has focused on the nature of Christian community, especially what Paul says in I Corinthians about the barriers to community and how they can be overcome. His book Breaking Barriers: The Possibilities of Christian Community in a Lonely World, a volume dealing with community issues in 1 Corinthians, was published in the spring of 2002 by Brazos Press.

In addition to his exegetical teaching, Dr. Vander Broek has taught courses in biblical preparation for preaching, as well as a course on small-town and rural ministry. He has led a number of groups of UDTS students to the Holy Land on study trips.

Lyle Vander Broek is a minister of the Reformed Church in America and serves on the Ministerial Formation Certication Committee, a national committee that evaluates RCA seminary students who attend non-RCA seminaries.