The School of Ministry
Ministry Leadership Studies (UG)
Biblical and Theological Studies (UG)
Full Name: Vic Copan
Professor of Ministry Leadership and Biblical Studies
B.A., Columbia International University; M.A., M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., University of Vienna (Austria).
Dr. Victor Copan is a professor of ministry, leadership and biblical studies and
is also chair of the ministry department. Under his leadership, the B.A. in Ministry
degree has expanded significantly through the addition of six concentrations. His
areas of teaching range from spiritual formation, New Testament, ministry, to missions
courses. His research interests lie in the areas of spiritual formation and Pauline
He received a Th.D. from the University of Vienna in Austria. His dissertation was
titled, "Pauline Imitation and the Contemporary Practice of Spiritual Direction" and
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. His most recent work is a spiritual formation text book, Changing your
Mind: The Bible, the Brain, and Spiritual Growth (Cascade Books, 2016).
Dr. Copan has written several articles for scholarly journals. The most recent one,
“Creational Allusions in Romans 8:18-27 and their Interpretive Significance for Understanding
Predestination Language in 8:28-33,” is part of a collection of articles on Pauline
theology published by Criswell Theological Review (Spring 2015). He also regularly
reads papers at professional societies and is a member of the Evangelical Theological
Society, Institute of Biblical Research, and Society of Biblical Literature.
In 2013 Dr. Copan’s online course on Spiritual Formation received the “Online Course
of the Year Award” by the Association of Christian Distance Education. In 2010, he
also received the “Mentor of the Year Award” from Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Prior to coming to PBA, Dr. Copan served for over 15 years as a missionary in Austria.
He partnered with the established Protestant church in Austria and worked as a church-growth
consultant, a small-groups specialist, and he also developed training programs and
curricula for small group leaders across Austria. Dr. Copan also 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,
In addition, Dr. Copan has served as faculty advisor to Theta Alpha Kappa, the theological
honor society of the university. He is also active in his local church leading small
groups, preaching, and mentoring. Dr. Copan and his wife, Kathy, have three children.
His hobbies include walking, tennis, and foreign films.