Norman Blackaby has served as a professor of biblical studies in the Cook Graduate School of Leadership at Dallas Baptist University since 2007, teaching courses in theology, biblical studies, and leadership.
Raised in a pioneer mission setting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Norman left Canada to attend college in the United States. He completed a degree in history from Hardin Simmons University and then went on to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he completed both a master’s of divinity with biblical languages and a PhD in biblical backgrounds and Old Testament.
Equipping Christians for “kingdom living” has always been an important part of Norman’s ministry. He has been a senior pastor of churches in Texas and Arkansas, as well as working for six years with his father as a vice-president of Blackaby Ministries International. During his time with Blackaby Ministries International, Norman created an online school for discipleship which equipped people from more than 30 countries. In addition, he has written more than ten online classes designed to help people grow spiritually. Many of these courses were used extensively around the world by missionaries and Bible study groups.
Along with his teaching responsibilities at DBU, Norman serves as an active conference and church speaker. Currently, he speaks on topics related to prayer, leadership, and discipleship.
As an author, Norman Blackaby has co-written many books with his father, Henry Blackaby, including Experiencing Prayer with Jesus, which was named the official book for the 2006 National Day of Prayer; Encounters with God: Transforming Your Bible Study; Called and Accountable: Discovering Your Place in God’s Eternal Purpose; and Called and Accountable 52-Week Devotional, the first Christian book to be simultaneously released in English print and Braille. He also served as a contributor to The Blackaby Study Bible and the “Encounters with God” book study series.
Norman and his wife, Dana, currently live near Dallas along with their three children, Emily, Douglas, and Anne.