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Dr. John D. Schwandt Curriculum Vitae

Employment History

  • Founded and currently directs the Institute of Biblical Greek, 1998-present
  • New St. Andrews College, Senior Fellow of Classical Languages, 1997-2014

    Dr. John Schwandt was the second professor hired at New Saint Andrews College. He was hired as Fellow of Classical Languages and then promoted to Senior Fellow in 2005. Although he focussed on the New Testament in the original language and Greek grammar he also taught Latin and Hebrew. In addition these courses he is interested in interpretative methods, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of language.

  • Founded and directed the National Biblical Greek Exam, 2002-2011

    Dr. Schwandt developed and was the director of the National Biblical Greek Exam until 2011, when he was able to hand it over to Logos Bible Software and focus more on teaching rather than assessment. The NBGE is an online exam that seeks to promote the study of Biblical Greek by assessing and directing students in specific areas of grammatical knowledge, and by giving detailed feedback to instructors and schools about the performance of their Greek programs. The National Biblical Greek Exam was debuted at the 2003 annual Society of Biblical Literature conference and was then SBL requested that it be the subject of a special session in 2005 (Buist Fanning presided over the panel consisting of John Schwandt, John Lawarence, and Larry Braskamp (Former president of CHEA -the governmental body that accredits all nationally recognized accreditation bodies) and repeated to present papers on the project at SBL in 2010 and 2011. John Schwandt also presented a papers on the National Biblical Greek Exam at the Northwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Society 2006 and the annual meeting in 2011.

  • Instructor for Greek In A Week and New Testament Language Training intensive summer seminars, 1998-2013

    Dr. Schwandt developed a curriculum of teaching the basics of Biblical Greek in one week. Each year various educational and theological institutions invited him to come and teach Greek In A Week. With the developments in computerized technology the nature of this course has been able to change over the years. Since computer software and websites can provide all parsing, morphological and vocabulary data to readers, students who just want to learn how to interact with the original language don’t need to speed time memorizing such data. So now the course has been able to be distilled into 15 hours and simply teaches the logical and grammar of the language and how to engage it with Bible software. Thus it began to be called New Testament Language Training.

  • Director of the Institute of Biblical Greek Online Classes, 2002-2014

    Each year Dr. Schwandt directed a couple of live online Greek tutorials for the Institute of Biblical Greek. These tutorials met once a week. In the beginning course, students worked through book 1 of the Athenaze curriculum. Dr. Schwandt taught the curriculum conversationally as one would expect with modern languages. After completing the beginning course students were encouraged to join the weekly NT reading group.


  • 2014 Doctor of Ministry, Bible Translation -- Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • 1997 Master of Arts -- Westminster Theological Seminary California
  • 1992 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture -- University of Idaho


Dr. Schwandt resides in Moscow with his beautiful wife, Tabithah. They have three sons, John Owen, Samuel Rutherford (Sammy) and Kaspar Olevianus (Kas) and one daughter Gwyneth Gabriella (GG). They are hoping to develop some toddler and elementary Greek learning materials for parents who don't know Greek. Since children are accustomed to learning languages, Greek study can be very beneficial and fun at these ages. There is no need to learn Latin first since everything is foreign to youngsters. John Owen learned the Lord's prayer in Greek at the age of two.

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