Course number: DETS3201 • Credit hours: 3 hrs


Distance Education Course: Grow to a deeper level of academic use and personal enjoyment from scripture by employing sound principles of interpretation and effective application of Biblical truth.

Course Description: The heart of this online course is to inspire and instruct students in how they read and study the scriptures. The student will be acquainted with the purpose and methods of responsible biblical interpretation. This course will look at both general hermeneutics, meaning principles for interpreting Scripture as a whole, and special hermeneutics, meaning principles for understanding and interpreting the various genres and literary devises that are present in the Bible. The purpose is to develop a balanced approach to the biblical interpretation, both scholarly as well as an emphasis on role of the Holy Spirit.

Course Textbooks:
Duvall, J.S. & Hays, J.D. (2012). Grasping God’s Word: A hands-on approach to reading, interpreting, and applying the Bible (Third Edition). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Duvall, J.S. & Hays, J.D. (2007). “Abbreviated Insert adapted from Grasping God’s Word: A hands-on approach to reading, interpreting, and applying the Bible (Third Edition).” Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

    Instructor:  Rob Bedard

Biography: Rob and Lorinda Bedard are the extremely proud parents

of two great sons, Cameron and Stephen.
In 1989, Rob’s ministry began in Ontario where he youth pastored in Christian Life Assembly
(Thornhill), Mississauga Gospel Temple (now Portico), and Parkwood Gospel Temple (Windsor).
Moving to Selkirk, Manitoba, Rob led his first church, Bethel Chapel.  After serving as Assistant
Pastor (Adult Ministries) in Terrace Pentecostal Assembly (Terrace, BC), Rob returned to Manitoba
where he served as District Ministry Director in the Manitoba & Northwestern Ontario District
Office of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.  For nine years Rob served as Lead Pastor of
Bethel Tabernacle, Ladysmith, before accepting the call to serve as a Leadership Development
Pastor at Beulah Alliance Church, Edmonton, Alberta, where Rob spends his days coaching and
training both teams and individual leaders.
Rob is also the founder of The Leadership Institute, offering leadership training
workshops to churches and organizations.  Whether Rob is teaching in Canada or abroad;
whether he is teaching in ministry training schools, secular universities or churches; or whether
Rob is teaching higher education courses or leadership training workshops, Rob’s passion for
Jesus, His Word and His Kingdom are best expressed when he teaches and mentors tomorrow’s

B.Th. in Pastoral Theology, Eastern Pentecostal Bible College (now Master’s College &
Seminary), Peterborough, ON; M.A. in Leadership & Training, Royal Roads University, Victoria,
BC; D.Th in Practical Theology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.