Dr. Rata, Professor of Old Testament Studies, joined the Grace faculty in 2005. He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University (B.S.), Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D.).
The Department of Biblical Studies is part of Grace’s School of Ministry Studies, consisting of the undergraduate Department of Biblical Studies and Grace Theological Seminary. Dr. Rata is leading the department in implementing several curriculum changes. He explains that the department is committed to a balanced approach to ministry education, stressing both academics and the practice of ministry.
To accomplish this, Rata said, majors in the department will have the experience of ministry internships, as well as classroom instruction.
A native of Romania, Dr. Rata came to the U.S. in 1986. He, his wife Carmen, and their two sons Nicholas and Timothy worship with the Winona Lake (IN) Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor). A feature article on Dr. Rata appeared in the Grace alumni magazine on page 10 of the Fall, 2005 issue. It may be accessed by clicking here.