David Gowler

The Dr. Lovick Pierce and Bishop George F. Pierce Professor of Religion and Director of the Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement

David Gowler



Dr. David B. Gowler came to Oxford College in fall 2000 as the Pierce Professor of Religion one of the distinguished chairs of Emory University.  

He previously taught at Berry College and was assistant dean for academic affairs and professor of religion at Chowan University. Since arriving at Oxford, Gowler has received numerous teaching awards, including the Phi Theta Kappa Teacher of the Year, the Mizell Award for Superior Performance in Furthering the Education of Students, the 2014 Emory Williams Teaching Award, and a national award, the Jerry G. Gaff Award for Faculty Excellence from the Association of General and Liberal Studies. Gowler also has received numerous grants for teaching, Pierce Institute initiatives, and his academic research, including a stint as a visiting theologian on theFaculty of Theology, University of Oxford, England.

As the founding director of the Pierce Institute for Leadership and Community Engagement, he created and manages the Pierce Institute, which now houses 27 affiliated programs that focus on ethics, leadership, and community engagement. Gowler also joined the faculty of Emory University’s Center for Ethics in August 2009.

Gowler is the author of the books, Host, Guest, Enemy, and Friend: Portraits of the Pharisees in Luke and ActsWhat Are They Saying about the Parables?What Are They Saying about the Historical Jesus?; and James through the Centuries. Four of his books have been translated into other languages (French, Korean, and Japanese).

He also has published dozens of articles, book chapters, and book reviews, is the editor or coeditor of 19 books, including a volume with Oxford University Press, Radical Christian Voices and Practice, and has served as coeditor of Emory Studies in Early Christianity since 1991 and as associate editor Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity since 2014. Both book series are published by the Society of Biblical Literature Press.

Gowler’s current writing project is a book on the reception history of the parables that will be published by Baker Academic Press in 2016. His blog, A Chorus of Voices, chronicles the writing of that book as well as focusing on the reception history of the parables.

More information may be found on his Pierce Institute page.