School of Religion
Born and raised in South Bend, Indiana, Pastor Leatherman attended Andrews University
and York University in Toronto before graduating with a B.Th. in theology from Canadian
Union College. He continued his studies at Andrews University where he received an
M.Div. degree and graduated magna cum laude in 1980. His M.Div. thesis was written
on the poetic structure of the book of Amos. From 1974 to 1982 he was employed in
the Quebec Conference in Canada where he pastured a number of churches. Pastor Leatherman
was ordained in St. Damien de Brandon, Quebec, in July 1981.
While working in Quebec, Pastor Leatherman began studies for his Ph.D. in Old Testament at McGill University in Montreal. These studies were interrupted in 1982 when he accepted a call to mission service in the Middle East Union where he taught in the Religion Department of Middle East College in Beirut, Lebanon, until the Lebanese civil war forced the evacuation of the college staff. Transferred to Cairo, Egypt, Pastor Leatherman directed the evacuation of the Training Program for the Egypt Field from 1984-1987. After a two-year study leave, he returned to mission service at the University of Eastern Africa-Baraton (Kenya). Prior to coming to Southern Adventist University, he also taught at Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec. Pastor Leatherman completed his Ph.D. in 1999. His dissertation describes recent theories of biblical Hebrew poetic structure.
Both in and out of the classroom, Pastor Leatherman believes that his primary calling is not merely academic but pastoral. He has been active in preaching and other pastoral duties during all of his overseas assignments and feels there is no higher calling than that of bringing people to Jesus Christ.
In his spare time, Pastor Leatherman enjoys bird-watching, reading and spending time with his wife, Annette, and his son, Daniel.