Eric J. Lehner, Ph.D.

Academic Dean, Professor of Theology

Eric J. Lehner is the Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. He has taught at VBTS since 2005 in a variety of roles as Graduate Assistant, Assistant and Associate Professor of Historical Theology, and Professor of Theology.

Prior to coming to Virginia Beach Theological Seminary, Dr. Lehner taught at the Hungarian Baptist Theological Seminary of Cluj, Romania, and served as assistant pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Westerville, Ohio.  In addition, he has taught Bible and theology classes in Russia, the Ukraine, and southeast Asia. He has overseen the VBTS faculty as Academic Dean since 2008.

Dr. Lehner’s area of specialization is Jonathan Edwards, focusing particularly on Edwards’s theological method as applied to the doctrine of assurance in his acclaimed work Religious Affections. He is currently conducting research for articles in a forthcoming encyclopedia on Edwards. Dr. Lehner is also well-versed in the field of apologetics, and his apologetics class at VBTS is a popular one. He is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Dr. Lehner and his wife, Anna, have two children and reside in Chesapeake, Virginia. You can contact Dr. Lehner by email at .   



A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia. Edited by Harry S. Stout. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2017. S.vv.
          "Religion," "Faithful Narrative," and "Melancholy."  
Marks of Saving Grace: Theological Method and the Doctrine of Assurance in Jonathan Edwards's A
          Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Reformed Academic Dissertations. Phillipsburg, NJ:
          Presbyterian & Reformed, 2016.

Review of The Creedal Imperative by Carl R. Trueman. The Master’s Seminary Journal 24, no. 2 (Fall
          2013): 278-280.
“Jonathan Edwards’s Application of Theological Method to His Doctrine of Assurance in A Treatise
          Concerning Religious Affections.” PhD diss., Baptist Bible Seminary, 2012.
“An Examination of Circular Reasoning in Presuppositional Apologetics.” ThM thesis, Central Baptist
          Theological Seminary of Virginia Beach, 2005.