Jon Dybdahl

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Prof. Jon Dybdahl lecturing in Adventist Theological Seminary in Sázava (October 2011)

Jon L. Dybdahl is a professor of theology and a college administrator. Inaugurated in 2002, he is the immediate past president of Walla Walla University in College Place, Washington. In 2006, he announced his retirement from that position, effective the end of the 2005–2006 academic year.

Prior to his presidency, Dybdahl spent six years as a pastor and evangelist in Thailand, where he founded an adult education center and Chiangmai Adventist Academy. Dybdahl has Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees in theology from Pacific Union College, Andrews University and Fuller Theological Seminary. Dybdahl is considered one of the Seventh-day Adventist church's foremost experts on world mission. Walla Walla University, Pacific Union College, and Andrews University are all Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher education.


  • Missions: A Two-Way Street (1986)
  • Old Testament Grace (1989)
  • Exodus: God Creates a People (The Abundant Life Amplifier series) (1995)
  • Hosea-Micah: A Call to Radical Reform (The Abundant Life Amplifier series) (1996)
  • Passport to Mission (1999) [co-authored with Erich Baumgartner, Pat Gustin, and Bruce Moyer, on behalf of the Institute of World Mission]
  • Adventist Mission in the 21st Century (1999)
  • A Strange Place for Grace: Discovering a Loving God in the Old Testament (2006)
  • Hunger: Satisfying the Longing of Your Soul

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Preceded by
Roy Branson
President of the Adventist Society for Religious Studies
Succeeded by
John Brunt