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Dr. Viktor Roudkovski

Chair, Department of Theology
Associate Professor of Theology

E-mail: viktorroudkovski@letu.edu
Phone: (903) 233-3371

 

Dr. Viktor Roudkovski was born in the former USSR. Prior to coming to the United States, Dr. Roudkovski pursued a degree in mechanical and industrial engineering at the Technical and Industrial College in Almaty, Kazakhstan, USSR. Following the technical training, he spent a semester at Mueller College (affiliated with the Brethren church) in Brisbane, Australia, in English studies. Next, he traveled to the Fiji Islands to study missions at the South Pacific Missionary Training Center in the city of Suva. In 1993, not long after the fall of Communism, Dr. Viktor Roudkovski came to the United States to pursue studies in Scripture and Theology. While studying at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary he met his wife, Melanie. His wife, Dr. Melanie Roudkovski, serves as Associate Professor of Psychology at LeTourneau University. They have one son, Nikolas, and one daughter Viktoria. Growing up, Dr. Viktor Roudkovski played on a junior hockey team representing his home town of Almaty, Kazakhstan. Now he loves playing golf.

 

Education:

  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (Major: New Testament; Minor: Theology), 1999-2004.  Dissertation: "Understanding the Meaning of Jesus' Death through Marks' Presentation of the Last Supper." Chair: Dr. William F. Warren, Jr.
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th.M. 2003
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div. in Biblical Languages, 1998
  • Blue Mountain College, B.A.  (Major: Biblical Studies; Minor: Social Science) 1996
  • Alma-Ata Industrial and Technical College, Kazakhstan (Major: Mechanical and Industrial Processing and Engineering) 1992

 

Courses Taught:

  • Biblical Literature
  • Life and Teachings of Christ
  • Acts of the Apostles
  • General Letters
  • Romans
  • Intertestamental Period
  • Johannine Literature
  • Introductory and Intermediate Greek
  • Parables of Jesus
  • Orthodox Icons and the Bible

 

Writings, Presentations and Research Interests:

  • The Eucharist and the Temple: Examining Markan Literary Strategy, Making final revisions, under contract with Edwin Mellen Press, Forthcoming
  • Travelocity, Biblical Literature, and Personal Formation: Study Tours Abroad as Part of Effective Domain Teaching in Bible Courses, Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, GA, November 2015
  • Healthy Family Research in Light of the Orthodox Doctrine of Theosis, Annual Meeting of Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Denver, CO, April 2015 (presented with Dr. Melanie Roudkovski)
  • Imitatio Christi in 1 Peter and Mark's Central Section, Southwest Commission on Religious Studies Meeting, Irving, TX, March 2015
  • "James, Brother of Jesus" in The Lexham Bible Dictionary, edited by John D. Barry, Lazarus Wentz, Douglas Mangum, Carrie Sinclair-Wolcott, Rachel Kilppenstein, David Bomar, Elliot Ritzema, Wendy Widder and Derek R. Brown, Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • "Mark, the Gospel of, Critical Issues" in The Lexham Bible Dictionary, edited by John D. Barry, Lazarus Wentz, Douglas Mangum, Carrie Sinclair-Wolcott, Rachel Kilppenstein, David Bomar, Elliot Ritzema, Wendy Widder and Derek R. Brown, Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Sojourners 'on the Way': Theological Correlation between 1 Peter and Mark 8:27-10:45, International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, St. Andrews, Scotland, July 2013
  • The Literary and Theological Significance of the Last Supper Tradition in Mark, Published in the Journal "Important Issues of Biblical Studies, Theology, and Church History", Fall 2012
  • The Literary and Theological Significance of the Last Supper Traditions in Mark and Matthew, Conference on "Important Issues of Biblical Studies, Theology, and Church History", St. Petersburg Christian University, St. Petersburg, Russia, April 2011
  • The Last Supper as a Part of Jesus' Temple Program in Mark", Southwest Society of Biblical Literature, Irving, TX, March 2010
  • Encomiastic Themes in the So-Called Hymnic Passages in Hebrews", International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Tartu, Estonia, July 2010
  • Last Supper, Temple, and the Death of Jesus in Mark, International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Tartu, Estonia, July 2010

 

Professional Involvement:

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature

 

Service:

Ministerial:

  • Interim Pastor and Visiting Speaker, Ark-La-Tex area churches
  • Pastor, Providence Baptist Church, Longview, TX 2005-2008
  • Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church, Boligee, AL, 2002-2005(part-time)
  • Pastor, Blood River Baptist Church, Albany, LA, 2000-2002
  • Pastor, Olive Baptist Church, Lumberton, MS, 1996-2000
  • Summer Youth Director, First Baptist Church, Booneville, MS, May -August 1996
  • Youth Director, Antioch Baptist Church, Rienzi, MS, 1994-1995

Teaching:

  • Chair, Department of Theology, School of Theology and Vocation, 2015-present
  • Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, LeTourneau University, 2013-present. Tenured
  • Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, LeTourneau University,   2008-2013
  • Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Studies, LeTourneau University, 2005-2008
  • Adjunct Instructor of New Testament and Greek, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2001-2003

 

Personal Statement:

My interests lie in the area of Scriptural interpretation and how it advances the mission of God for all creation. I love working with Greek text, New Testament backgrounds, and early Church’s story and discovering how those shape and inform all that we are and do. Having grown up in the Eastern part of the world, I enjoy bringing and exploring some rich insights and ideas from the Eastern Church to my classroom and scholarship. I feel honored to be working at LeTourneau. I love interacting with students and others from diverse backgrounds. I rejoice when I have a small part to play in students’ growth and passion for God, Church, faith, and academics. My favorite passage in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 15:58 which states "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

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