Brent A. Belford, D.Min., Ph.D.

Faculty Associate, Pastoral Studies

Dr. Belford started teaching at VBTS shortly after moving to Virginia Beach in 2016 to serve as the Senior Pastor of Colonial Baptist Church. As a former seminary professor and administrator, Dr. Belford brings together the classroom and the church in the Pastoral Ministry courses he teaches at VBTS. His area of specialization is in the use of Scriptural citations in Pauline literature. 

Before coming to Virginia Beach in 2016, Dr. Belford served as the Vice President of Administration and Provost at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis. He also spent many years at Northland International University (Dunbar, WI) as a New Testament professor and the Director of the Graduate School. His church ministry experience includes his roles in pastoral ministry at Cross Lanes Bible Church in Cross Lanes, WV and Norway Baptist Church in Norway, MI. 

Dr. Belford enjoys preaching and teaching God's Word, spending time with his wife Carissa and five children, playing golf, and cheering for sports teams from Pittsburgh, PA.

2018. "Paul’s Use of Fused Citations of Scripture: Literary Features, Hermeneutics, and Theology."
          PhD diss., Ridley College.
2016a. “Exploring Paul’s Literary Style: Composite Citations of Isaiah 27 and 59 in Rom 11:26–27
          and CD 5:12–17.” Paper presented at the 68th National Meeting of the Evangelical Theological
          Society, San Antonio, November 15, 2016.
2016b. Review of Composite Citations in Antiquity. Edited by Sean A. Adams and Seth M. Ehorn.
          Vol. 1, Jewish, Graeco-Roman, and Early Christian Uses. The Master’s Seminary Journal 27,
          no. 1 (Spring 2016): 98–102.
2014. Review of 1 Corinthians, by Mark Taylor. Themelios 39, no. 2 (August 2014): 332–33.
2013a. “Paul’s Pastoral Use of the Scriptures in 1 Corinthians.” William Rice Lecture Series, Detroit
          Baptist Theological Seminary, March 20, 2013.
2013b. “Paul’s Pastoral Use of the Scriptures in 1 Corinthians: A Guide for Pastors as They Minister
          the Scriptures to Their Congregations.” DMin final project, Northland Graduate School.
2013c. Review of Women, Slaves, and the Gender Debate: A Complementarian Response to
          the Redemptive-Movement Hermeneutic
, by Benjamin Reaoch. Themelios 38, no. 2 (July
          2013): 285–86.
2013d. “Who Understands God’s Mind? Paul’s Use of Isaiah 40:13 in Romans 11:34 and
          1 Corinthians 2:16.” Paper presented at the Midwestern Regional Meeting of the
          Evangelical Theological Society, Lincoln, NE.
2012a. “Christ’s Enemies under His Feet: Was Paul’s Use of Psalm 110 in 1 Corinthians 15:25
          Consistent with Its Original Meaning?” Bible Faculty Leadership Summit, Northland
          International University.
2012b. “Paul’s Use of the Law in 1 Corinthians 5.” Paper presented at the Midwestern Regional
          Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Chicago.