Kenneth F. Gavel, Ph.D.

Associate VP For Graduate Studies
Division Chair and Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

kengavelKenneth Gavel is passionate about clearly articulating a biblically-faithful and theologically-sound understanding of holiness, both engaging and understandable to all followers of Christ. I am a theologian with a pastor's heart and am passionate about biblical theology as a spiritual discipline and means of grace that the Holy Spirit uses to shape us into the image of Christ,” says Dr. Gavel.

I am deeply committed to seeing the transforming power of the Gospel fully manifested in the hearts and minds of all people and seek to teach that to my students here at Kingswood. 

Ordained by the Atlantic District of The Wesleyan Church, Dr. Gavel and his wife Eileen served in pastoral ministry for twelve years. He first taught at Kingswood University from 1993 to 1995 then pursued further studies. His Ph.D. dissertation, The Triune Provider, explored ways of relating the Christian understanding of God as Trinity to the doctrine of God’s care of the world.

Since his return to Kingswood in 2000, Dr. Gavel has been instrumental in initiating the Bachelor of Theology degree and Kingswood’s first graduate degree the Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology.


2003 - Ph.D. (Systematic Theology), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Ph.D. Dissertation Title: "The Triune Provider"
1996 - Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
1993 - M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
1976 - B.A. (Religion), Bethany Bible College (presently Kingswood University), Sussex, NB

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • Acts & Romans
  • Romans
  • Revelation
  • Apologetics
  • Contemporary Theology
  • Doctrine of Holiness
  • Hermeneutics
  • Historical Theology
  • Philosophy for Understanding Theology
  • Systematic Theology

Graduate Courses

  • A Theology of the Church
  • Final MAPT project


Contact Information

Phone: 506.432.4461
Fax: 506.432.4425
Office Location: Edgett Hall

Dr. Gavel's Posts

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    Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Kenneth Gavel

    I sat down to interview Kingswood faculty member Dr. Gavel. Dr. Gavel is head of both the graduate studies and theology and Bible departments, as he oversees both the Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology and the Bachelor of Theology degrees....
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    Deep Theology, Deep Devotion

    “I have found that deep theology is the fuel of deep devotion.” I first heard this profound insight from the lips of a former president of KU, and a pastor on our district, Rev. C. E. Stairs. We were attending a district ministerial, and as a newly minted pastor, my heart leaped within me: “That’s...
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    Knowledge and Wisdom

    Knowledge is knowing what to say; wisdom is knowing when to say it.  A friend of mine gave me some sage advice in the early days of my pastoral adventure: “Learn the art of tact.”  I may not always have achieved compliance with this advice, but when I have, it has smoothed troubled waters, and given me...
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    Missional Christians

    We hear quite a bit these days about being “missional Christians.” This should not be surprising, since God himself is on a mission: reclaiming His rightful place as sole Owner and Ruler of the world. He’s establishing His Kingdom of love through His Son. As Christians, we are automatically part of his kingdom, his mission:...
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    Through the Bible, God Speaks, God Acts, God Transforms

    It is a truism to say, “the Bible is God’s word.”  However, this means much more than, “these are words God has spoken in the past, words addressed to people and issues in the past.”   The written Word continues to be the means by which God (through His Son [the living Word] and by His...