Kenneth L. Waters Sr., PhD

Professor Emeritus, Department of Biblical and Religious Studies

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Kenneth L. Waters, Sr., PhD is Professor Emeritus of Personnel, Contracts, and Undergraduate Studies in the School of Theology of Azusa Pacific University. He currently focuses his expertise in the New Testament and early Christian literature, the book of Revelation and other apocalyptic literature, Second-Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman world, biblical and Christian ethics, the personalities of Jesus and Paul, and African American religious history and thought.

Waters is a licensed and ordained minister in the Missionary Baptist Church. He has previously served for 28 years as senior pastor in the African Methodist and United Methodist Churches. He has also served as interim pastor in Lutheran and nondenominational churches. He is married to Deborah Tarver Waters, a licensed and ordained minister in Life Changing Ministries of San Bernardino and former teacher in the San Bernardino Unified School District.


  • PhD, in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1999.
  • MTh, Southern Methodist University, 1979
  • BA in Social Work, Paul Quinn College, 1975

Academic Areas

  • Azusa Pacific Seminary
  • School of Theology


  • African American Religious Thought and History
  • Biblical and Christian Ethics
  • Greco-Roman World
  • Homiletics
  • New Testament
  • Second Temple Judaism

Courses Taught

  • BMGT 306 – The Bible and Business Ethics
  • BMGT 411 – A Christian Worldview and the Professions
  • GBBL 511 – Seminar in Biblical Interpretation
  • GBBL 512 – The Gospels’ Witness to Christ
  • GBBL 531 – Kingdom of God
  • GBBL 532 – Paul the Apostle and Theologian
  • GBBL 622 – The Church of the First Century
  • GDMN 730 – Church Renewal
  • GDMN 782 – Scripture: Its Spirituality and Proclamation
  • GINS 507 – The Bible and Preaching
  • GINS 542 – The Gospels and Christology
  • GMIN 628 - Seminar in Ministry
  • UBBL 230 – Luke/Acts
  • UBBL 330 – Life and Teachings of Jesus
  • UBBL 331 – Johannine Literature
  • UBBL 340 – Romans and Galatians
  • UBBL 341 – Thessalonian and Corinthian Epistles
  • UBBL 350 – Geographical and Historical Setting of the Bible
  • UBBL 442 – Prison and Pastoral Epistles
  • UBBL 461 – Theology of the New Testament
  • UBBL 496 – Senior Seminar: Biblical Theology and Ethics