Dr. Hiles is a native of St. Louis and Dean of the College of Theology at Grand Canyon University. He studied sculpture, completed an M.Div., and earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Southeastern Baptist Seminary before becoming a professor. His interests relate to the doctrines of salvation and the church as well as the intersection of theology and culture.
From its start in 1949, Grand Canyon University has developed a strong reputation as a premier Christian institution of higher learning.
During the course of its rich history, GCU has graduated leaders in fields such as education, nursing, business, fine arts and Christian studies. With the advent of its graduate programs in theology nearly six years ago and steady growth in student enrollment, it was nearly inevitable that GCU would one day create a seminary.
That day has arrived.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new seminary in fall 2016 that will incorporate all graduate theology programs at the university. Grand Canyon Theological Seminary will become the university’s new graduate theological school and, thus, will take up the mantle of training faithful pastors, Christian leaders, missionaries and other ministers within the context of a rapidly expanding university.
The vision for Grand Canyon Theological Seminary has developed slowly over time as its College of Theology has grown and its faculty culture has emerged. Nonetheless, the seminary’s central mission is abundantly clear:
Grand Canyon Theological Seminary will develop leaders, ministers and scholars who rightly handle God’s Word, teach what accords with sound doctrine and equip the people of God for missional service within a rapidly changing world.
The seminary will serve churches and other ministries by cultivating Christian character, fostering unity in Christ and training leaders in sound doctrine. As an interdenominational institution, the seminary is positioned to serve a wide array of churches and denominations that hold a high view of Scripture and embrace the central tenets of the Christian faith.
Due to the value that GCU places on ensuring that theological education is accessible and affordable, the seminary is also uniquely positioned to meet the needs of underserved groups including bi-vocational ministers, ethnic churches, denominations that do not have a seminary and ministers who cannot easily relocate to complete their seminary education.
Together, we will strive to make Grand Canyon Theological Seminary the premier, interdenominational, evangelical seminary of the Southwest by forming Christian leaders theologically, spiritually and professionally and equipping them to minister faithfully and effectively within a challenging cultural context.
Learn more about Grand Canyon Theological Seminary and GCU’s theology degrees by visiting our website or contacting us using the Request More Information button at the top of the page.