Gregory S. Thellman, PhD
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and lecturer in Biblical Theology at VETU
Gregory Thellman (1970) was born and raised in Beaver Falls, PA and graduated from Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA, USA) in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. After serving as a missionary in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina from 1997–2002, he enrolled at Wheaton College (IL., USA) where he did additional undergraduate work in the biblical languages and entered the graduate program in biblical and theological studies. He obtained his MA with a specialization in biblical exegesis in 2004. From 2004–2010 Thellman returned to Croatia and served as a missionary educator at the Evangelical Theological Seminary (ETS) in Osijek, Croatia, teaching courses in biblical studies and biblical languages and serving as the associate academic dean. From 2010–2014 he returned to Wheaton College to pursue a PhD in biblical theology with an emphasis in New Testament under the supervision of Dr. Nicholas Perrin. Thellman successfully defended his dissertation, “Revealing the Past and Envisioning the Future: Matthew’s Apocalypsic Frame,” in 2016. In 2014 Thellman again joined the faculty at ETS in Osijek as lecturer in biblical theology and became the vice dean for academic affairs in 2017. He is also missionary staff with Novo (Anaheim, CA) teaches online courses with Ecclesia College, and is president of a newly formed educational non-profit organization ISKUS. He has contributed to the IVP Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 2nd ed. (Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013), Anafora Journal of Literary Studies, Kairos: Evangelical Journal of Theology, Didaktikos, Journal of Theological Education, and to the forthcoming anthology on the reformation published by the philosophy faculty at Strossmayer University in Osijek. In addition to serving as vice president of the Evangelical Theological Society of Croatia, he is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Institute of Biblical Research and Evangelical Theological Society (USA), and has presented several papers at international meetings. Thellman lives in Osijek, Croatia with his wife Lidija and their five children.