Dr. Daniel Napier is an assistant professor of Theology at Austin Graduate School of Theology. He teaches a range of courses spanning the fields of Theology, Spiritual Formation, Patristics, New Testament, and Missions. He also serves as the pulpit minister for the Holland Street Church of Christ in San Marcos, Texas.Daniel came to Austin Grad with extensive ministerial and missional experience. He has been in full-time ministry for 21 years – primarily serving as a foreign missionary and as a pulpit minister. He has worked with congregations in Greece, Bulgaria, Texas, Canada, California, and Croatia.Daniel is passionate about personal growth and transformation. Nothing excites him like seeing someone grow spiritually.From the early days of his ministry he has been drawn both to evangelism and the mentoring of young Christians. There is something beautiful about seeing a perplexed and disoriented person gradually internalize the confident, abundant life Jesus offers. Daniel has made it his life’s ambition to become an instrument of God’s transformative work in a person’s life.
A similar passion pervades Daniel’s academic life. In tandem with his ministerial calling, Daniel has pursued degrees in the New Testament, the History of Philosophy, and the History of Theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the Free University of Amsterdam in 2010 and is working on his dissertation for a Ph.D. in the History of Philosophy from the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Ontario.
As Daniel sees it, the life of the mind is a close cousin to the life of the spirit. What makes sense to us intellectually effects our deepest convictions. Our “head knowledge” eventually sinks into what we just “know in our bones.” Daniel’s intellectual passion is to understand how God transforms our minds en route to changing our lives entire. Philosophy and theology are tools for spiritual renewal. They are ways of approaching the heart.
Since 1997, Daniel has been married to Karly Napier. They have two daughters, Rebeccah and Kristina, who fill their lives with adventure, some frustration, and endless joy.
Though some find it comical, Daniel has enthusiastically engaged in a number of strength sports over the years, including Highland Games, Powerlifting and Strongman. Today, he regularly trains and competes in Olympic Style Weightlifting. For the past two years, he has won the Texas State Championship in the 105kg Masters division. Along the way, he has set six Texas State records, made lots of friends, and thoroughly enjoyed stretching the limits of the body God gave him.
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