David Schrock

SchrocksDavid Schrock. Married to Wendy. Father of three energetic boys and one precious girl.

Pastor. Professor. Writer. Fan of all things Michigan—Lions, Tigers, and Wolverines, oh my!

B.A., Albion College (Exercise Science major; Religion minor). M.Div. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. (Dissertation: “A Biblical-Theological Investigation of Christ’s Priesthood and Covenant Mediation with Respect to the Extent of the Atonement“).

Pastor of Preaching and Theology at Occoquan Bible Church (Woodbridge, Virginia). Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology (Indianapolis Theological SeminaryBoyce College, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; previously, Crossroads Bible College). Associate Fellow for the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission.

Basketball player-turned-Christ follower. Forgiven Sinner. Citizen of Heaven. While on earth: born in Virginia; born again in Michigan; sojourned in Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and now Virginia again.

Former church janitor and school administrator, now doing what I love most: Proclaiming Christ from all the Scriptures, in order to Make Glad Disciples from all the Nations.

This blog is dedicated to exalting Christ, expositing the Bible, edifying the church, and engaging the culture. I pray that you find it helpful. Your feedback is always appreciated.

Via Emmaus participates in some “affiliate” programs, where ordering products through this website helps to support this blog. Currently, this list includes the Westminster Bookstore.

Contact info: Email davidsschrock@gmail.com or follow me @davidschrock.

39 thoughts on “David Schrock

  1. David,

    This is, shamefully, my first visit to your site since its redesign. I must say, I know exactly what that header image is and I am kicking myself for not securing it for my own use! What a perfect way to image the title of your blog. Keep up the thoughtful and Christ honoring writing.

    Your friend and “fellow traveler,”


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  3. Enjoyed your blog and so happy that you are looking forward to coming to Seymour, IN in January and serving as our Senior Pastor. God has prepared you well and we pray his blessings upon you and your family. Phil. 4:13

  4. David, I am nothing short of highly impressed. What an incredible blog! Thank you for your insight and your
    love for the Savior above all else. Praying for you!

    • I, too, am very impressed with your website/blog. so much so, that I would like to personally invite you to “try” the Catholic Church.—- We like to say ‘Come on in, the water is awful!’ — Loved your article on comparing Moses at Sinai and Jesus at transfiguration. Hoping you don’t mind I am going to use it in my Bible Study tomorrow. Also I am looking at “A family of Royal Priests” — hmmm…much of Protestant theology has rejected priesthood and sacrifice as a part of worship. I invite you to take a look at the early Church Fathers and their writings on the Early Church.

      Blessings on your Journey,
      Susan Wanke

  5. You have been our Pastor now for almost 2 years and it has been a joy to have you and your wonderful family a part of CBC…God has blessed us with a man who knows and loves God’s Word…We are so thankful that you were sent to us and pray special blessings upon your ministry…

  6. David,
    I happened upon your blog while googling “How to Read Leviticus”. Your February 2010 post, “Ten Ways to Help You Read Leviticus” was very helpful!

    Also perused your blog and enjoyed at least the quick gloss overview very much. I’ll be back to spend more time here!

    God bless you and your ministry!

  7. Hey, my names Justus. I simply wanted to say thanks. I was doing some research and stumbled upon your site here. You’ve got some pretty awesome stuff!

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  9. David! Was perusing through gospel coalition and saw your name on a book review.. just wanted to give you a shout out – I still remember what you told me at Summer Project at VA Beach in the summer of 2002: 3 things last forever, God, His Word, and the souls of men and women. So encouraged to see how the Lord is continuing to use you for His kingdom and glory.

    I work in DC now and attend Capitol Hill Baptist Church, thankful for good teaching there as well.

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful fam!
    -Jonathan Lee

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  11. Dear Mr.David,

    I am from India. Involved in the Campus ministries with UESI an affliliate of IFES.

    Thank you for your well organized site with good scriptural material. I came via on a serch for some books outline. Got the whole set you have prepared.

    Thanks a Lot. Your material will be used with due acknowledgement.

    With Best Regards

    • Praise the Lord, brother. What a joy to know that the Bible studies I prepared in Seymour, Indiana will be used in India.

      Thank you for introducing yourself. I will pray for you.

      In Christ,

  12. Glad to see you are reading “Here I Stand,” brother. One of my favorites. I really liked your August 27 post, and look forward to reading more of your posts in the future. God be with you and the family, both biological and spiritual, in Virginia.

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  14. David: Are you aware that the link to Crossroads Bible College above is broken? Currently the link is to this URL: https://davidschrock.com/about/www.crossroads.edu. That results in the message: “OOPS! THAT PAGE CAN’T BE FOUND. It looks like nothing was found at this location. Maybe try a search” The functional link to Crossroads Bible College is http://www.crossroads.edu/ [accessed 17 APR 2017]. Also, I appreciate your blog posts, and pass many of them along via email to other pastors.

    • Thanks for catching that. Updated now with new adjunct teaching spot included — Indysem.org . . . And thank you for kind words, John. I pray God may encourage and equip through what I write. Glad it is serving others. Warmly, ds

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  16. dear Rev Schrock (i’m a Christian but also culturally a confucianist , and politeness is one of the greatest confucianist virtures!)

    i’m writing to show my appreciation for your writings. just came across your review of Horton’s “covenant and eschatology (i’ve read all the 4 of Horton’s books on covenant theology; and am reading again!)

    so glad to come across your excellent review/summary of the book.

    this is what i shared with a sister in Christ:

    “Came across this excellent summary of horton’s first of quartet on covenant theology

    I think the reviewer , David Schrock, is a very perceptive.

    I’ve been trying to do is to make a summary like this. I feel that unless I can make such a summary, I don’t really understand the book.

    I’m so glad I have David Schrock to help me!

    I hope you can get to learn from Michael Horton one day.


    • Dear Thomas, you are very kind. Thank you for your note. May the Lord continue to help us walk in his truth and to learn from faithful teachers like Michael Horton and others.

      Blessings in Christ,


  17. I got so much out of your teaching online of the Arm of the Lord. I’m studying and writing a book about the authority God gave us. This was helpful. I will mention you in the back as a list of suggested resources. Blessings!

  18. Today, I was googling “God defending His Name” and I found your site. I love the name: Via Emmaus” as it’s one of my favorite passages. Thank you for your words on standing on truth in this difficult time.

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  20. new to the site and new to the name; certainly interested in knowing more; go chiefs; well go brady; stuck in the valley of decision

  21. I’m new to the blog. Thank you so much for laboring for God’s glory. I read your article which was posted on Founders entitled “Strong and Courageous: Why Resisting Tyrants is an Act of Love” and it was very eye opening. Unfortunately, our church hasn’t been able to corporately gather because our meeting place was taken from us. Our elders have been praying and searching frantically. There is much lament that we haven’t been able to corporately gather. May the Lord help us to Biblically defy tyrants.

  22. Hello Dr. Schrock — I would like to contact you about a permission request. Please respond to me with a more private email/place to make my request. Thank You ~ Terri Rine

  23. I love the December 2017 posting on the literary structure of Isaiah and of chapters 56-66 in particular! I came across the structure of 56-66 somewhere with somewhat different headings for each section, but forget where I saw it. It was so refreshing to find it on-line, and with much more detail, in your blog! God bless you! Thank you!

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  26. Your careful study of “the arm of the Lord” was appreciated. However, you didn’t address “my arms will judge”, in Isaiah 51:5, and why it is plural. I think it is a reference to Christ’s body–the Church–and its role in judging certain elements of creation at a future date, but am still searching for a commentator who agrees.
    That the Church is a singular yet plural body, explains why “the arms” are plural.
    Isaiah 51:4c “For a law will go forth from Me…” refers to Jesus the New Covenant. He is the law now, He is justice now, light, righteousness, salvation…”The coastlands wait for Me… is a reference to The Gentiles of the continents …
    Thanks for your study! Very well done!

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