Iconic Christian Teachers
Their Expertise, Platforms, and Styles
By Steve Staten
Books and films hold up eminent teachers for their contributions to public education and
academia. These individuals capture the imagination of students, as they simplify
complex issues, change the ways we relate to the world, impart life skills, and solve all
sorts of problems. The same is true for teachers of religion and spirituality. Through many
mediums and styles, and by virtue of their individual specialties, outstanding Christian
teachers have captivated students, readers, and a variety of audiences, making a lasting
difference in their lives.
Whether it is ministering to the mind and soul, unraveling difficult concepts, arguing
persuasively for core doctrines, or helping revolutions turn the tide with the right
message for the right time, teachers are much more than dispensers of information.
Beginning nearly two thousand years ago, Christian teachers, equipped with different
proficiencies, began using a broad range of approaches to ground believers in the
knowledge of God and prepare them for what lay ahead.
We will look at three characteristics of iconic teachers throughout the ages, from a biblical
perspective: the teachers’ fields of expertise, their platforms, and their styles.