About Bill Spencer

Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Theology and the Arts, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA, 1983-


  • B.A. (Rutgers University)
  • M.Div., Th.M. (Princeton Theological Seminary)
  • Th.D. (Boston University School of Theology)


  • Three in One: Analogies for the Trinity (Kregel Academic, 2022)
  • Christian Egalitarian Leadership: Empowering the Whole Church according to the Scriptures (ed. with A.B. Spencer, Wipf & Stock, 2020)
  • Songs from the Cave, Ballads from the Papers CD (Pilgrimage Melodies Productions/CD Baby 2019)  
  • Cave of Little Faces: A Novel (with A. B. Spencer Wipf & Stock 2018)
  •  Empowering English Language Learners (ed. with J. DeFazio, Wipf & Stock 2018)
  •  Redeeming the Screens: Living Stories of Media “Ministers” Bringing the Message of Jesus Christ to the Entertainment Industry (ed. with J. DeFazio, Wipf & Stock 2016) 
  • Name in the Papers: A Novel (Helping Hands Press 2013) 
  • Reaching for the New Jerusalem: A Biblical and Theological Framework for the City (ed. with S.H. Park and A.B. Spencer, Wipf and Stock, 2013)
  •  Marriage at the Crossroads: Couples in Conversation About Discipleship, Gender Roles, Decision-Making and Intimacy (with A. B. Spencer, S. R. Tracey, C. G. Tracy, IVP Academic, 2009)
  •  Global Voices on Biblical Equality: Women and Men Ministering Together in the Church (ed. with A. B. Spencer, Mimi Haddad, Wipf and Stock, 2008)
  •  Dread Jesus (SPCK, 1999, reprinted Wipf and Stock)
  •  Chanting Down Babylon: The Rastafari Reader (ed. with N. S. Murrell, A. A. McFarlane, Temple University, 1998)
  •  God Through the Looking Glass: Glimpses from the Arts (ed. with A. B. Spencer, Baker, 1998)
  • The Global God: Multicultural Evangelical Views of God (ed. with A. B. Spencer, Baker, 1995)
  • The Goddess Revival: A Biblical Response to God(dess) Spirituality (with A. B. Spencer, D.F.G. Hailson, C.C. Kroeger, Baker, 1995, reprinted Wipf and Stock, 2010) 
  • Joy through the Night: Biblical Resources on Suffering (with A.B. Spencer, InterVarsity, 1994, reprinted by Wipf and Stock, 2007) 
  • The Prayer Life of Jesus: Shout of Agony, Revelation of Love: A Commentary (with A.B. Spencer, University Press of America, 1990) 
  • Second Corinthians: Bible Study Commentary (with A.B. Spencer, Zondervan Lamplighter Books, 1989, in Chinese, Tien Dao, 1997) 
  • Mysterium and Mystery: The Clerical Crime Novel (UMI Research 1989, reprinted Southern Illinois University Press 1992)


The author or editor of a number of books, including two which reviewers have termed the definitive works in their fields, Mysterium and Mystery, and Chanting Down Babylon, and well over 200 published articles, stories, reviews and poems, Dr. William David Spencer is recipient of several prizes for writing, including the Golden Halo Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature of the Southern California Motion Picture Council (SCMPC), the Earl Bargainner Award of the Popular Culture Association of America, 12 editorial awards and a writing award from the Evangelical Press Association (EPA), and writing awards from WABC Radio and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is listed in Contemporary Authors as well as in several Who's Who compilations and has been awarded lifetime achievement awards from Who’s Who in America and Christians for Biblical Equality. He was also awarded the Nancy Higginson Dore Prize for education from Rutgers University and the Samuel Robinson Foundation Prize at Princeton Theological Seminary. He was the valedictorian of his Th.D. graduation class at Boston University School of Theology. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), since 1966, he has done urban ministry, college chaplaincy, music and coffee house, literacy and volunteer prison ministries. Since 1974, he has also been teaching graduate level classes as an adjunct at several seminaries. He is Founding Pastor of Encouragement of Pilgrim Church, a storefront ministry in Beverly, MA. He and his wife, Aida Besançon Spencer, blog Applying Biblical Truths Today at aandwspencer.com.

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