Gary Burke holds a Masters in Biblical and Patristic Greek from Abilene Christian University and a Ph.D. in Christian Origins from the University of Iowa. For about 20 years he served as a campus minister at three universities, including Eastern New Mexico University, where he was also an Associate Professor in the Religion department. In addition to articles in peer-reviewed journals, he has published multiple entries in Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias. In his life-long church work, he has been part of church plantings in Manitoba and Connecticut, has preached part time for churches in New Mexico and Massachusetts, and has served as an elder in two congregations.