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Dr. Clayton Diltz

Subject Expertise: Bible
Education: DTh in Theology from Trinity School of Theology; ThM in Biblical Studies from Talbot School of Theology; MDiv in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Talbot School of Theology; BS in Human Resources from California State University, Long Beach
Hometown: Visalia, CA
Home Church: Evangelical Free Church, Visalia, CA

Upon profound consideration and reflection of both general and special revelation King David summed up his life vision with these words, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer” (Ps 19:14). My passion is to unleash God’s immutable and timeless truths revealed to us through creation and in His one and only book. Doctrine is by definition practical because behavior cannot be separated from belief. That is why the handling of Scripture with precision is critical; to encounter the living God through His living Word is no mere academic exercise. Consider Jesus’ words, “Sanctify them in truth; Your Word is truth” (Jn 17:17).

Professional Experience: Lead Chaplain, Veterans Home of California, Fresno; Wing Chaplain, 144th FW, FANG; Hospital & Hospice Chaplain; Preacher/Teacher Pastor/Elder

Personal Experience: Entrepreneur, rental properties owner, and world traveler

Scholarly Interests: Systematic theology, textual outlines of the books of the Bible

Honors and Awards: Soldier of the Year (3x), Company Grade Officer of the Quarter (2x)

Recommended Reading: The Bible, Biblical Doctrine by MacArthur & Mayhue; The Moody Handbook on Theology by Enns; The Hermeneutics of the Biblical Writers by Chou; Of Spies & Strategems by Lovell

Favorite Bible Verse: Galatians 2:20 ~ "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me"

Favorite Music: Multiple

Favorite Activities: Reading, working out, movies, rv'ing…all with family (biological and spiritual) for the purpose of fellowshipping or evangelizing

Family Info: Blessed to be married for 17 years with 5 homeschooled kids

What Matters: "he who preaches the crucified Messiah must himself live in cruciform" cbd

Pet Peeves: Not living "what matters" according to the work assigned to me by the Lord Jesus (Acts 20:24)

What I Like About FPU: The ability to unleash God's Truth one verse at a time.