Dr. David Warner

Dr. David Warner, a Senior Fellow of The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology until his passing in 2010, was a distinguished educator with extensive international experience in teaching and academic administration. He served as an interim Director for the St. Paul Center from January to August, 2003.

Among his numerous appointments, Dr. Warner served as academic dean of Ave Maria College of the Americas in Nicaragua and as Director of Catholic Adult Education for the Archdiocese of Denver and Adjunct Professor of Scripture and Theology for the archdiocese’s St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, which is affiliated with the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He taught graduate religious education at the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham, England and served as an administrator and lecturer in the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Language and Catechetical Institute, based in Gaming, Austria.

Dr. Warner also authored three editions of the graduate textbook, Foundations of Catholic Education (Maryvale). His further research focused on the area of the theology of education, which was also the subject of his doctoral dissertation, John Henry Newman’s Idea of a Catholic Academy: Contributions from his Life and Work Towards a Theology of Education, with Reference to Recent Documents of the Catholic Church (2001).

Dr. Warner is survived by his wife Patrice, five children, and grandchildren.

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Religious Studies & Theology.
1993-2001, Maryvale Institute, Birmingham, England.
In collaboration with Greyfriars, University of Oxford.
Awarded by the United Kingdom’s Open University Validation Services.

Doctoral Dissertation: John Henry Newman’s Idea of a Catholic Academy: Contributions from his Life and Work Towards a Theology of Education, with Reference to Recent Documents of the Catholic Church.

Director of Studies: Prof. V. Alan McClelland, Ph.D., Univ. of Hull.
Second Supervisor: Dr. Sheridan W. Gilley, University of Durham.
External Examiner: Dr. David Newsome, University of Cambridge.

M.A., Theology and Christian Ministry.
1989-91, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. 3.77 GPA.

B.A., Theology.
1986-87, Franciscan University of Steuben­v­ille, Ohio. 3.94 GPA in major
(second bachelor’s degree).

B.A., Education.
1982-83, Valley Christian University, Clovis, California. 4.00 GPA in major
(completion of first bachelor’s degree).

Diploma, 43-credit program in biblical studies and Christian ministry.
1977-78, Genesis Discipleship Training Center, Santa Rosa, California. 4.00 GPA.

Additional Undergraduate Studies.
110 transfer credits applied toward the above two bachelor’s degrees, earned from the California State University system (Humboldt State University, 1973-4 & San José State University, 1975-7), and from Santa Rosa Junior College (1980-84): Core Curriculum, Natural Resources, Health Education, Spanish, and Environmental Science.

2003— Senior Fellow Theological and catechetical research, writing, editing, and teaching.

Director Interim appointment, Jan-Aug, 2003.  Laying groundwork for fundraising, operations, graphic identity, team-building, and fellowship research programs.

2001-02 Academic Dean
Chief academic officer for the Latin American campus of Ave Maria College, Michigan. Academic leadership, planning, development, evaluation, and supervision. Direct and Oversee: all faculty, department chairs, Library, Registrar and Records Office, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, and the Director of the Language Institute (AMLI).
Committee Chairman:
Academic Affairs, Curriculum, Library, and Faculty Development
Chair of Philosophy and Theology Department.
Associate Professor of Theology.

ARCHDIOCESE OF DENVER, Colorado (1995 – 2001)
2000-01 Adjunct Professor, St. John Vianney Theological Seminary.
Permanent Diaconate Formation Program: Intro. to Scripture and Tradition. Denver’s archdiocesan seminary is an affiliate of the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.
1995-99 Director, Office of Catholic Adult Education
Leadership and supervision of the:
Archdiocesan Catechetical School (2,800 adult students served)
Catholic Biblical School (550 students, four-year program)
Vehr Theo­logical Library (140,000 vols.)
Archdiocesan Archives
Assisted with the research and development of Our Lady of the New Advent Theological Institute which includes the Seminary and the Division of Lay Formation, from 1995-99.

1998-99 Adjunct Professor
Spirituality [novitiate] Year Program for archdiocesan seminarians: Introduction to Sacred Scripture and Lectio Divina.
1995-99 Instructor, Catechetical School
Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, Sacred Scripture, Church History, Catholic Education, Principles & Methods of Catechetics.
1996-97 Interim Director
Archdiocesan offices of Justice and Peace and Respect Life.
1995-97 Adjunct Faculty
Permanent Diaconate Academic Formation Program. Four-quarter sequence of Sacred Scripture (Old Testament I & II, New Testament I & II).
1999-00 International Catholic Consultant and Theological Editor
Headquartered in Reston, Virginia; worked out of home office in Colorado. The Consultant position operated on the level of CBSI’s Regional [i.e., continental] Directors. Promoted the Catholic biblical apostolate and edited course materials for this ecumenical Bible study ministry.
MARYVALE INSTITUTE, Birmingham, England
1993-98 Visiting Professor and Course Book Author
Master of Education Programme (M.Ed.) in Religious Education and Catechetics.
1993-95 Director of Administration
1992-95 Assistant Professor of Theology
with special teaching assignments in History, Education, and the Language and Catechetical Institute. Major teaching areas: under­graduate and graduate courses in: Sacred Scripture; Moral and Systematic Theology, Church History, Western Civilization, Catechetics, Evangelization, and Catholic Philosophy of Education.
1992-95 Library Director
1990-92 Lecturer in Theology, Education, and History
1991 Staff Writer/General Editor
The Apostles’ Creed Partici­pant’s Notebook and Leader’s Guide.
1990 Grant Proposal Writer for the Apostles’ Creed Curriculum Project,
Christian Outreach Office.
1989 Graduate Assistant to Dr. Alan Schreck, Chair, Theology & Philosophy Dept.
MARY IMMACULATE COLLEGE, University of Limerick, Ireland
1993 Visiting Professor
Catholic Philosophy of Education summer course.
1991-92 National Promotions Coordinator
25th Anniversary National Conference in Pittsburgh, June 1992. 17,000 attended.
DOMINION STUDY CENTER, Santa Rosa, California
1984-86 Instructor, Founding Board Member, and Administrator
A Christian studies adult education institute. Teaching areas: Sacred Scripture and Church History.
SANTA ROSA CHRISTIAN CHURCH, Santa Rosa, California (1978-88).
1984-88 Ordained Minister
Christian Covenant Fellowships denomination (CCF); Served as an Elder. Resigned clerical status May 1988, to return to Catholic Church.
1980-85 Director of Summer Camps, CCF
1980-84 Sunday School Superintendent (DRE)
1978-84 Lay Pastoral Leader
COVENANT COMMUNITY SCHOOL, Santa Rosa, California (1979-86).
1985-86 Pastor-Principal
Resigned June ’86 to pursue graduate studies at Francis­can University. Also served as School Board Member & Board Secretary.
1979-85 Assistant Principal
A founding administrator of this Christian K-12 day school.
1979-86 Teacher.
Multiple subjects, grades 2-8; and Theology, Bible, & History, grades 9-12.
1979-86 Library Director.
1998-99 Board of Advisors
Mother of the Servant Academy, New Hampshire.
1995-97 Parish Council
Our Lady of the Pines, Conifer, Colorado.
1993-95 Academic Board of Reference
European Catholic Teacher Training Institute, which gave rise to The Newman Institute, County Mayo, Ireland.
1988-90 Co-founder and elected President
Heart of Mary Home School Support Group, Steubenville, Ohio.
1984-85 Delegate
Continental Congress on the Christian World View, Education Committee.
1983-86 Assistant to the Chairman
Youth and Education Council of Christian Covenant Fellowships denomination.
1983-84 Recording Secretary
Pacific Northwest Council Task Force on Education for Covenant Churches in California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.
1969-70 Student Representative
San José (California) Unified School District’s Quality Urban Education Study Task Force (Q.U.E.S.T.).
SELECT PUBLICATIONS (Listed Chronologically by Category)

Text Books

Foundations of Catholic Education. Course book for M.Ed. Programme. Birmingham, England: Maryvale Institute, 1995; Rev. 1996, 1997.

Religious Education. Birmingham, England: Maryvale Institute, 1993; 2nd Ed., 1994.

The Apostles’ Creed Participant’s Notebook and Leader’s Guide. The Catholic Identity Series. Steubenville, Ohio: Franciscan University Press, 1991. Adult education video series.


“Jesus the Evangelist” Lay Witness (Jul-Aug 2003).

“Academic and Ecclesial Identities of a Catholic University: The Convergence of J. H. Newman and John Paul II.” Nicaraguan Academic Journal 3, no. 1 (May 2002).

“The Role of Theology in the Integration of Intellectual and Moral Virtue,” in G. Daniel Harden, ed., Proceedings and Notations. Proceedings of the Foundations of Education Symposium, Nov. 10, 2000, Washburn University, Department of Education, Topeka, Kansas, and the Mid-Continent Chapter of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists (tentative title; forthcoming).

Occasional articles on catechetical themes for the Denver Catholic Register (1995-99).

“The Context and Legacy of Dorothy L. Sayers’ ‘The Lost Tools of Learning’: Christian Liberal Arts and the Trivium.” Proceedings of the 1994 Seminar, University College, Durham, 22 to 25 July 1994. Hurstpierpoint, Eng.: Dorothy L Sayers Society, 1995.

“Christ-Centred History Teaching.” The Sower: The Journal for Religious Educators in School and Parish (Birmingham, England, April 1994).

“Praying and Playing at Home.” The Sower: The Journal for Religious Educators in School and Parish (Birmingham, England, Jan. 1994). Coauthored with Patrice Warner. Christian education in the home.

“Blessed Junípero Serra: Always Forward, Never Back.” Franciscan Way (Spring 1992).


The Nicaraguan Academic Journal (Editorial Board). A biannual, bilingual publication of Ave Maria College of the Americas, San Marcos, Nicaragua. 2001-02.

College Catalog, Ave Maria College of the Americas.  General Editor of 2001-02 academic bulletin: responsible for team coordination, copy writing, and final content and copy editing of the annual university catalog, including text and graphics for academic programs and policies, faculty credentials, index, etc.  Liaison with printer.  San Marcos, Carazo, Nicaragua.

Servants of God : Joshua – 2 Samuel. Catholic editorial consultant to Community Bible Study International (1999-2000) for the Student Study Guide and Teaching Helps—a one-year, thirty-lesson adult Bible study course. Reston, Virginia: Community Bible Study.

Catechetical School Course Syllabi. General Editor and principal author. A four-year project of creating, revising, and printing under one cover, 22 courses for adult education and Catholic school educator and catechist certification courses. June 1999.

Upper Room Update (Quarterly Newsletter for the 1992 National Catholic Charis­matic Renewal Conference, “Pentecost in Pittsburgh”). General Ed. and Staff Writer. Pub. by the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. Circulation: 12,000. 1991-92.

The Christian World View of Education. (Education Committee Editorial Member). Mountain View, Calif.: COR, 1986.

Curriculum Guide, Covenant Community School, K-12. General Editor. Santa Rosa, Calif., 1983.


“Ressourcement in the Biblical Theologies of J. H. Newman and the Catechism”  A paper presented at the annual National Newman Conference of the Venerable John Henry Newman Association. Conference Theme:  “Moments of Crisis, Moments of Grace.”  St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, Indiana, August 7-9, 2003.

“Christian Witness from a Clear Conscience:  What, Why, How?”  A PowerPoint lecture delivered at the annual Franciscan University Summer Conference, Defending the Faith.  Conference Theme:  “The Truth and Beauty of Holiness.” Steubenville, Ohio, July 18-20, 2003.

“Receiving the Gospel on Our Knees:  The ‘Sacramental Principle’ in Cardinal Newman’s Biblical Theology.”  A paper presented at the annual Franciscan University Summer Conference, Institute of Applied Biblical Studies.  Conference Theme:  “A Living Sacrifice: Scripture and the Sacramental Life.” Steubenville, Ohio, July 16-18, 2003.

Featured speaker for conferences, seminars, short courses, retreats, radio and television interviews, camps, study tours and pilgrimages, in seven states and in Canada, Nicaragua, Austria, Slovakia, England, Ireland, and Italy. 1974-present.

“The Miracle of the Loaves.” Television interview on Pittsburgh Bishop Donald Wuerl’s The Teaching of Christ syndicated weekly series. Taped May 3, 2003.

“John Henry Newman and the Integration of Intellectual and Moral Virtue,” Paper presented at the Foundations of Education Symposium, Nov. 10, 2000, Washburn University, Department of Education, Topeka, Kansas, and the Mid-Continent Chapter of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists.

Frequent invited lectures with audio-visuals, presented to parish symposia, Serra Club, St. Joseph Covenant Keepers, and retreats in the Archdiocese of Denver, 1995-2001, including:

“A Bird’s-Eye View of Salvation History”
“Psalm 24: The King of Glory”
“The Holy Spirit and Creation”
“Rise Up, O Men of God”
“The Church: It’s Origin in Christ”
“God is Speaking: Are We Listening?”
“Why I Left the Church and Why I Came Back”
“Here I Am, Lord: Answering God’s Call”

“Newman and the New Evangelization” and “Newman’s Power of Personal Influence.” Lectures presented as one of two featured speakers (together with Deal Hudson, editor of Crisis) for the annual Newman School of Catholic Thought, co-sponsored by the Gerber Institute of Catholic Studies, Kansas Newman College, and the Newman Center of Wichita State University, Kansas. November 1997.

“Newman as Religious Educator.” Paper presented at a plenary session of the 1997 National Newman Conference of the Venerable John Henry Newman Association. St. Joseph College, Renesselaer, Indiana. August 7-9, 1997.

“Blessed Junípero Serra: Apostle of California.” A lecture presented in promotion of the Lay Catholic Broadcasting Network, July 5, 1996, Saint Rose Parish, Santa Rosa, California.

“The Context and Legacy of Dorothy L. Sayers’ ‘The Lost Tools of Learning’: Christian Liberal Arts and the Trivium.” Paper presented at a plenary session of the 1994 Annual Seminar, Dorothy L. Sayers Society; University of Durham, England, July 22 to 25, 1994.

Study Tour and Pilgrimage Lectures in Rome and Assisi, 1993-5, for the Franciscan University Austrian Program. Including the Catacombs, Vatican, Basilicas, Roman Forum, and Franciscan sites.


Secondary Schools:  Student Body President • National Honor Society • 3.91 GPA • California Governor’s Scholar • American Legion Award • President, Future Scientists of America • First place regional and national awards in: academics, the fine arts, environmental protection advocacy, and athletics • Featured in Who’s Who Among American High School Students, 1973.

Higher Education: Academic Scholar­ships • Dean’s List • 262 total undergrad­uate semester credits at six colleges and universities • 109 total credits in theology, Christian spirituality, and ministry • 45 total credits in history, Church history, and social sciences • National Finalist, Intercol­legiate Studies Institute’s Richard M. Weaver Fellowship Award • M.A. comprehensive exams passed with honors • One year of cumulative residential study at Oxford and other research centers in England.


Including year of election/admittance and level of membership and activity; some dates are approximate, due to lack of records. A few memberships shown as current need to be renewed and/or have the contact information updated.

Memberships in Professional & Learned Societies:
1979-86 Association of Christian Schools, International (ACSI)
Attended many regional and national teacher & administrator conferences.
1989 Catholic Theological Alliance (CTA)
Conference logistics coordinator for 1989 national conference in Steubenville.
1992—Fellowship of Catholic Scholars (FCS)
Denver area coordinator, 1997 National Conference on Faith & Science.
1994— American Academy of Religion (AAR).
1994—Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).
1994—Catholic Record Society (CRS).
Historical society for Catholic history in the British Isles; CRS Chairman was doctoral supervisor. Conference participation.
1995—Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU).
1995—National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).
1995-99 National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL).
1996—Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCCS).
2000 Regional Conference presentation.
2000—Catholic Biblical Association (CBA; Associate).
Other Past and Present Memberships:
1980’s Allies for Faith & Renewal (c. 10 years);
1993-97 J.R.R. Tolkien Society (England)
1993—Friends of Cardinal Newman (England)
1994—Venerable John Henry Newman Association (1997 Conference Plenary Presentation),
1994-99 Dorothy L. Sayers Society (1994 Conference Plenary Presentation)
1995—Catholics United for the Faith

1986—Licensed General Building Contractor.
Sole Proprietor in Ohio (1986-91, while studying at Franciscan University), and in Virginia (Current Building Contractor License ## 2705 071856), as a source of supplemental income. Ten years full-time equivalent (FTE) practical experience in residential and light commercial construction, remodeling, and improvements (1970-present). Proficient in rough and finish carpentry, kitchen remodel­ing, roofing, drywall, electrical, plumbing, painting, wallpapering, concrete form and finish work, and landscaping.
1973-86 Journeyman Carpenter.
Apprenticed under master carpenters in Santa Rosa, California, and self-taught in other trades. Supported self and family during undergraduate studies (1973-79) and supple­mented teacher’s salary (1979-86). Lead Carpenter and Job Foreman for new home construction teams and hotel and restaurant remodelling crews.


Additional Research Interests, not otherwise indicated above, include: book collecting, patristics, origins research and the theology of creation, Christian environmental stewardship, natural history, the writings of C. S. Lewis, and home education.

Health & Recreation: nutrition, weight training, masters track and field competition, tennis, and gardening.

Outdoorsmanship: archery, hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking.

The Arts: art history; woodworking; calligraphy; guitar; banjo; listening to folk, Celtic, and classical music.

Scouting: Den Leader and Cubmaster.

Language Studies: Spanish (advanced), Latin (interm.), Greek & German (beg.).


Born 1955, San José, California.

Married to Patrice Warner since 1975.
Five children, born between 1976 and 1991. One grandson.

Home-schooled all five children intermittently since 1983.