Dr. Victor Copan is an associate professor of ministry and biblical studies and is also chair of the ministry department. His areas of teaching include spiritual formation, New Testament, ministry, and missions courses. His research interests lie in the areas of spiritual formation and Pauline studies. He received a Th.D. from the University of Vienna in Austria. His dissertation, "Pauline Imitation and the Contemporary Practice of Spiritual Direction," explored the Apostle Paul as a spiritual director. His dissertation was significantly revised and published in Paternoster's Biblical Monograph Series as St. Paul as Spiritual Director. Dr. Copan also has written several articles for peer reviewed journals, the most recent one being, “Spiritual Formation and St. Paul as Spiritual Director: Determining the Primary Aims,” published in the Journal of Spiritual Formation & Soul Care as a tribute to the work of Dallas Willard. Dr. Copan also regularly reads papers at professional societies and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute of Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. Prior to coming to PBA, Dr. Copan served for over 15 years as a missionary in Austria, where he partnered with the established Protestant church, and worked as a church-growth consultant and small-groups specialist. He developed training programs and curricula for small group leaders across Austria. Dr. Copan established a thriving ministry to theology students at the University of Vienna and was an independent instructor at the Protestant Institute of Theology at the University of Vienna. From 1996 to 2003, he was on the steering committee for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students' annual European Theological Students' Conference held at Schloss Mittersill, Austria. At PBA, Dr. Copan has served as faculty advisor to Theta Alpha Kappa, the theological honor society of the university. He is active in his local church, where he leads small groups, preaches, and mentors. Dr. Copan and his wife, Kathy, have three children. His hobbies include walking, tennis, and watching foreign films.