Gary Black Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Theology, Honors College
Adjunct Professor of Theology, Azusa Pacific Seminary
Phone: (626) 387-5828
Fax: (626) 815-5468
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Gary Black Jr., Ph.D., is an associate professor of theology at Azusa Pacific University and teaches in the Honors College and Azusa Pacific Seminary. Prior to joining APU, Black enjoyed a successful business career as a partner in an international Wall Street investment firm. As a result, he brings a unique blend of economic analysis and real-world corporate leadership experience to his field of theological study. His Ph.D. dissertation was the first to organize and track the influence of noted philosopher, theologian, and spiritual formation writer and speaker Dallas Willard. Black’s theological specialization focuses on Christian vocation, the changing nature of American evangelical theology, and the effects on and opportunities that exist for the Church during the transition toward an increasingly post-Christian culture. His passions lie in helping current and future church leaders navigate the evolving realities of our world while discovering and achieving their own discipleship through the process of education, spiritual transformation, and leadership development. He has authored two books, several articles, co-authored The Divine Conspiracy Continued (HarperOne, 2014), and was the editor of a collection of Willard’s work titled Renewing the Christian Mind (HarperOne, 2016).

Academic Areas

  • Honors College
  • Azusa Pacific Seminary