Darrell Cosden | Department of Biblical and Theological Studies | Judson University Christian College

Darrell T. Cosden Profile

Contact Information

Name:Darrell T. Cosden
Title:Professor of Theological Studies
Department:Biblical and Theological Studies
Year Started:2007
Phone Number:847-628-1055
Office Location:Lindner Tower 303


Ph.D., University of St Andrews (Scotland), 1998
M.Div., Denver Seminary, 1989
B.A., Bryan College, 1985


Dr. Cosden came to Judson after seventeen years abroad, living and ministering in Europe (thirteen years in Scotland and four in Russia and Ukraine). For eight years he served as Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at the International Christian College in Glasgow, where he taught and supervised research students for Ph.D. and master’s degrees. In 1998 he completed a Ph.D. at the University of St Andrews with a dissertation written on a “Theology of Work.” For four years prior to this Dr. Cosden was a missionary in Russia and Ukraine, where he taught English and business ethics in a secular institute and theology and ethics at the Donetsk Christian University (where he also served for a time as academic dean). Before ministry in the then-Soviet Union, he was a program assistant with Keston Institute (then Keston College) working on issues of religious freedom in communist contexts. Previous to this he spend several years as a church youth pastor in Denver, Colorado. Darrell is married to Kristy, and they have two “teen” children, Brenton and Kayleigh.

Expertise / Involvements

Christian Doctrine/Theology 

  • The theology of J. Moltmann
  • Theological Anthropology
  • Trinitarian Theology and Christology
  • Constructive theological methods
  • The theology of Miroslav Volf
  • Contemporary Evangelical Theologies

Theological Ethics 

  • The political theology of Jürgen Moltmann
  • Marketplace Theology, Ethics and Spirituality (The Theology of Work)
  • Eschatology and ethical reflection
  • Catholic Social Encyclicals and ethics
  • Theology of creation/ecology

Theology in Post-Soviet Contexts 

  • Theological method and doctrinal formulations in and for Post-Soviet contexts

Academic/Teaching Honors and Involvement: 

  • Theology of Work Project, Member Steering Committee – co-Chair Theology Working Group (2005-2010)
  • Honorary Lecturer in Divinity, University of Aberdeen (2005-2007)
  • Seminars in Christian Scholarship, Calvin College 2007 ‘Business as Ministry: Exploring the Issues, Patterns, and Challenges’
  • God@Work. Men’s Conference. Schloss Mittersill Study Centre, Mittersill Austria. March 2007. Keynote teacher/speaker.
  • Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches Scotland. Day Conference Sept. 2006. Lecture: ‘Evangelical Approaches to Eschatology’
  • Adjunct Professor of Theology and Culture: Schloss Mittersill Study Center, Mittersill Austria (appointment with University of South Africa)
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, visiting faculty on the Marketplace Ministries Track, Doctor of Ministry Programme and MA in Marketplace Ministries.
  • Consulting Editor, Paternoster Press, UK
  • Consulting Editor, IVP UK


“Work.” In New Dictionary of Theology. Edited by Martin Davie, Tim Grass, Steve Holms, John McDowell, and Tom Noble. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP, forthcoming.

“The Named Human and the Question of ‘Being’ Christlike: Revisioning Evangelical Spirituality Through Renewing the Communicatio Idiomatum.” In The Bible In World Christian Perspective: Studies in Honor of Carl Edwin Armerding. Edited by David W. Baker and W. Ward Gasque. Vancouver, British Columbia: Regent College Publishing, 2009.

Response to Jill Colwell’s “‘One Who Trusts Will Not Panic’: Providence and the Prophet of Desecuritization” Ex Auditu: An International Journal of the Theological Interpretation of Scripture 24 (The Idolatry of Security, 2008): 122-26.

“Eschatology Goes to Work.” In What Are We Waiting For: Hopeful Theologians in Discussion. Edited by Stephen Holmes and Russell Rook. Carlisle, United Kingdom: Paternoster/Spring Harvest Imprint, 2008.

Review of John K. Franke, The Character of Theology: An Introduction to Its Nature, Task, and Purpose. Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, Volume 25, Number 1 (Spring 2007).

The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2006.

A Theology of Work: Work and the New Creation (with Foreword by Jürgen Moltmann). Paternoster Biblical and Theological Monographs. Carlisle, United Kingdom: Paternoster, 2004.

“Coming of Age: The Future of a Post-Soviet Evangelical Theology.” Evangelical Review of Theology 26/4 (October 2002): 319-36.

“A Post-Soviet Evangelical Theology.” East-West Church & Ministry Report 10 (Winter 2002).

Reviews of Richard Bauckham and Trevor Hart, eds., Hope Against Hope: Christian Eschatology in Contemporary Context and David Fergusson and Marcel Sarot, eds., The Future as God’s Gift: Explorations in Christian Eschatology. Scottish Journal of Theology 55/4 (2002): 482-84.

Review of John G. Stackhouse, Jr., Evangelical Futures: A Conversation on Theological Method. Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 2002.

“Contextual Theological Education among Post-Soviet Protestants.” Transformation: An International Dialogue on Mission and Ethics 18/2 (April, 2001): 125-28.

“Christian Morality in A Pluralistic Society: Perspectives for Post-Soviet Cultures.” Evangelical Review of Theology 22/4 (October 1998): 337-45.

“The One from the Many.” Pages 226-337 in The Person and a Christian Worldview, Vol. 1. Edited by N.V. Stroganova. Sinforopel: Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, 1996. (English translation for an article published in Russian)

“The One or the Many: The Problems of Plurality and Pluralism in Post Soviet Countries.” Light & Salt: The CARE Review 8/2 (Fall/Winter 1996).

Professional Societies or Affiliations

  • Society for the Study of Theology UK
  • Wesleyan Theological Society
  • Tyndale Fellowship, Cambridge
  • American Academy of Religion

Current Projects

Research developing a theology of play (recreation, entertainment and Sabbath in western culture)

Judson University, Shaping Lives that Shape the World