Professor of Systematic Theology
Areas of Specialization: Eastern Orthodox Theology, Aesthetics & Theology, Pneumatology, and Theo-Anthropology.
Education: B.A., Southern California College; M.A. and Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary.
At Vanguard Dr. Rybarczyk teaches courses in Theology, Church History, and Philosophy in the undergraduate program, and Historical Theology in the graduate program. His areas of special expertise are Eastern Orthodox theology and Theo-Anthropology, but he loves discussing the history and theology of the whole church. Rybarczyk is also the author of Beyond Salvation: Eastern Orthodoxy and Classical Pentecostalism On Becoming Like Christ (Paternoster Press), a study that won the annual Pneuma Book Award in 2005. Together with Dr. Eric Patterson in 2007, Dr. Rybarczyk co-edited, The Future of the Pentecostal Movement in the United States (Lexington Books). More recently Rybarczyk published The Spirit Unfettered: Protestant Views on the Holy Spirit (Paraclete Press, 2011). He is also the author of numerous journal articles and encyclopedia entries.
For 5 years Rybarczyk was the managing editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies whereby he worked closely with Dr. Frank Macchia in editing, refereeing, and processing journal article submissions. For 25 years Rybarczyk has been an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and has represented Pentecostalism at ecumenical gatherings here in the U.S., in Central America, and in Europe. Rybarczyk has led 3 summer short-term missions trips for VU undergraduates to Eastern Europe. With his wife, Tawnya, Dr. Rybarczyk enjoys regularly having students over to his home for movie-criticism parties.