Ronald D. Burris

Associate Professor of Church History
Rev. Dr. Ronald Burris
Rev. Dr. Ronald Burris
  • B.A., University of California, Davis CA
  • M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA
  • Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley CA
  • As a scholar and a pastor of a modest Church in Richmond California, I have a deep appreciation for the way in which students are prepared for ministry at the American Baptist Seminary of the West. Here, at ABSW we are intentional in equipping students for ministry in the local church. Throughout our program, students are challenged to think critically about what they are learning as it relates to “doing and understanding ministry.” As a result, I believe the serious student can leave ABSW with a solid theological education, and life long tools for ministry.

As Professor of Church History, I like to challenge students to appreciate the Church’s past accomplishments, but  also learn from our many mistakes in the areas of injustice and intolerance.


The major African Fathers, such as Tertullian, Cyprian and St. Augustine; the theology and history of the Donatist Church in North Africa; the history and theology of the first four ecumenical councils; and the history and theology of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement as it relates to the theology of justice and love.

Dr. Burris serves on the core doctoral faculty of the GTU, History Area.


“Another Look at the Good Samaritan: Luke:10 25-37,” Review and Expositor, August 2017

Wisdom From Africa: Theological Reflections on the Confessions of St. Augustine, Wipf & Stock Publications, 2106.

Where Is the Church?  Martyrdom, Persecution, and Baptism in North Africa from the Second to the Fifth Century, Resource Publications, 2012.