Justin A. Irving, Ph.D.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, I now live in the Louisville area with my wife, Tasha. I am a Christ-follower on a journey of learning what it means to live, love, and lead with purpose. I’m passionate about helping others engage their lives and leadership with purpose.
Fueled by this passion, I served 20 years at Bethel Seminary in a variety of faculty and administrative roles, and now serve as Professor of Leadership at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
In the past I have served in a variety of roles, including worship leader and pastor of leadership development and outreach in the local church, chaplain at a homeless shelter, adjunct instructor of Bible, director of Bethel Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program and Interim Co-Vice President and Dean of Bethel Seminary.
My research and writing interests include a focus on empowering leadership, the role of hardships and obstacles in leadership development, the importance of purpose and meaning in leadership, team leadership in the global context, and the relationship between servant leadership and the effectiveness of teams in diverse ethno-linguistic communities. My most recent publication, together with Mark Strauss, is the book entitled Leadership in Christian Perspective.
My academic-oriented writing is available on the following website: www.irvingresources.com. Reflections on the practice of leading, working, and serving on purpose are available here at my blog: www.purposeinleadership.com.