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In the 1940s a young man from southwestern Michigan graduated from Dallas Seminary with expectations of become a military chaplain in World War II. But he soon found out that the military was no longer taking chaplains, so he returned to Michigan to pastor a small church. This man led Mr. Warren, Timothy Warren’s father to the Lord.
When Timothy was five years old, he and his family were snowed in on a Sunday night. Although they were faithful church-goers, this night his father was the only one to attend church—and he walked—so his mother could stay home to watch Timothy and his sister. With the Christmas tree in the background, Mrs. Warren read her children the Christmas story from the Bible.
Timothy remembers, “She then asked us why Jesus came to the earth. ‘To die for our sins,’ we replied. ‘Have you ever sinned?’ she asked. ‘Yes,’ I said, ‘you’ve made that real clear to me—I am a sinner!’”
That night Timothy accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. He has never looked back on or doubted that decision.
Growing up in this small church in a small town in Michigan, his family and his church were the two most important things to him. In junior high and high school, Timothy tried to live out his Christianity in the best way he knew how.
“I knew that I was a Christian and that Christians lived a distinct lifestyle. I lived a pretty legalistic life as far as church was concerned. But I didn’t have a concept of Christians being the best student at school or the best athlete or a student government leader. I kind of left that to the pagans.”
His life revolved around church and family activities. However, his eyes were soon opened to a new world of Christian living at Cedarville College in Ohio.
“When I went to college I discovered bright, academic, Christian people. There were outstanding athletes who were Christians and student and community leaders who were Christians— kids my age! I’m thinking, ‘Wow! Did I miss the boat on that one or what?’ I realized that maybe we could have an influence here on this earth.”
Timothy soon found himself playing soccer, and getting more involved in the campus. One night he walked out to the soccer field alone to pray and told the Lord that he wasn’t sure which direction he should take.
“I remember praying, ‘Lord, I don’t know what You have for me, but I want to make a difference in this world. Whatever You have to do to get my attention and give me direction, I’m willing to take it.’”
The next year, Timothy saw the girl of his dreams. He was at school a few weeks before the fall semester started, and one Tuesday at noon he was sitting in the cafeteria when a new freshman named Beverlee walked by.
“I said to the guys at my table, ‘There’s a girl I’m going to have to get to know.’ If there was such a thing as love at first sight, that was it—I was gone!”
One of his friends knew her from his hometown and told Timothy her name. Timothy decided that he needed a way to meet her. His friend told him of a guy named Mr. Elliot who visited Timothy’s state every year to fish.
Later Timothy saw Beverlee walking across campus and stopped her saying, “Aren’t you Beverlee from Toledo, Ohio? Mr. Elliot from Toledo told me to say hello to you and welcome you to campus.” The next day Timothy asked her out, and two and a half years later they were married.
Teaching at the college level seemed to be the direction that the Lord was leading him, so after he graduated from Cedarville College with a degree in speech and English, Timothy began his master’s work at Bowling Green State University. There he first encountered secular life and people.
“I went into Bowling Green convinced that you’re either for Jesus or you’re against Him. And as part of my graduate studies I had to teach freshmen speech courses. I bumped into people who weren’t for Jesus, and they weren’t against Him—they didn’t even know anything about Him! I found a whole world of people who I didn’t know existed.”
So, this teaching at Bowling Green became a source of ministry as Timothy began evangelizing to his students. That situation is what changed his teaching focus from English to the Bible and apologetics.
While working and finishing his master’s degree, Timothy was drafted into the army during the Vietnam War. They let him finish a year of graduate school and then he was put on a bus in September of 1970 to Detroit where he would be inducted.
As he boarded the bus, he was able to sit in the front seat, where he struck up a conversation with the bus driver. About ten miles up the road on a 200-mile trip, Timothy happened to look out the window and see his wife pulling over to the side of the road, lost. He told the bus driver, who pulled the bus right behind her and let Timothy ride with her all the way to Detroit!
“I’m thinking ‘I belong to the army! And you’ve got me in your bus and you’re going to let me out and have this three-hour conversation with my wife when we thought we had already said goodbye?’ And so it was kind of like a parting gift from the Lord. It was a signal that it was going to be okay.”
Timothy and Beverlee were stationed in Germany, where Timothy was a chaplain’s assistant with the army. There Timothy began thinking that he needed more formal theological training.
When Dr. John Reed, who had just begun teaching at Dallas Seminary, came to Germany for a two-week training camp he contacted the Warrens, and they spent some time together. God spoke through John, and planted the idea of attending DTS in their minds.
Right after Timothy was discharged from the army, he and Beverlee finished up their master’s degrees at Bowling Green University and then headed straight for seminary. He completed his Th.M. in four years and then took a pastorate of a small church just outside Columbus, Ohio.
With Ohio State University only twenty miles away, Timothy began working on his doctorate. Six and a half years later Timothy had completed all of his course work and exams (everything but the dissertation). He got a call from Dr. Reed that Dallas Seminary had a teaching position open, and Timothy took it, writing his dissertation as he taught. Timothy has now been teaching at Dallas Seminary for nineteen years.
“I have the good fortune of being a small role-player in a very wonderful team of highly intelligent and skilled people. My little role is to come in and teach people how to take all that they’ve learned and communicate it. I get to be a coach to students.”
Timothy’s greatest passion is to help students better communicate the gospel. He says that he is living his dream.
Timothy and Beverlee have two boys—26-year-old Shawn, who is engaged to be married this spring to Laura, and Shad, who is 24 and married to Courtney. They have one girl, Shalimar, who is 16 and a senior in high school.
The mission of Dallas Theological Seminary is to
glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders
for the proclamation of His Word and the
building up of the body of Christ worldwide.