Evangel Profile

Dr. Leo Theriot: Professor of Children’s Ministries

October 3, 2013


Dr. Leo Theriot grew up in the bayous of southern Louisiana. It was while he was working in the oil and gas industry there that he felt the call to full-time ministry.

Dr. Theriot graduated from Central Bible College (CBC) in 1987 with a degree in Christian Education. He went on to earn his Master of Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University. He began teaching Children’s Ministry classes at CBC, now part of Evangel University, in 1997.

In his free time, Dr. Theriot enjoys playing music, especially the bass. He has been married to his wife, Myra, for 30 years and has two daughters.


 What brought you to CBC as a student?

I had planted a church, but I knew I needed more education and that it needed to be within the Assemblies of God. My goal was to become more effective in ministry. The fellowship, resources and wisdom of the leadership of other pastors continue to be a valuable component to effective ministry.

What do you enjoy most about teaching theology students at Evangel?

The best part is their commitment to ministry within the Assemblies of God. This is especially important in a world with varying standards and the varied positions expressed in and out of the church. 

What classes will you be teaching this next semester?

I will be teaching Essential Christianity as well as a variety of Children’s Ministries classes. My favorite part about teaching Children’s Ministries classes is knowing that the students will be ready for the real world of ministry. Even though the courses are based in Children’s Ministries, I am concerned for families so that students get a comprehensive understanding about where we are headed.

What advice do you have for prospective students?

College isn’t high school. There will be expectations as you through your time at Evangel. Study diligently and with purpose. Make friends who will last for decades.

What would you say makes the School of Theology and Church Ministries at Evangel stand out compared with other universities?

The new school here at Evangel stands out because of the Christian, Pentecostal focus and the relationships you can form with faculty and staff. The greatest benefit of an Evangel education is that students get to learn under faculty and staff who work tirelessly for the Kingdom. The consolidated university will also help contribute to a broad understanding that ministry is not confined to the church.

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