Benjamin R. Merkle - New Saint Andrews College

Benjamin R. Merkle, D.Phil

President, Fellow of Theology

D.Phil. in Oriental Studies, Oxford University, 2012
M.St. in Jewish Studies, Oxford University, 2007
M.A. in English Literature, University of Idaho, 2005
Additional Graduate Studies in Theology, Greyfriars Hall, 1998-2000
B.S. in Education (Secondary Education-Chemistry), University of Idaho, 1996

Fellow of Theology Dr. Ben Merkle is the College’s second President, having previously served as the Undergraduate Dean. He holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies and an M.St. in Jewish Studies from Oxford University, England, a Master’s degree in English Literature, and a B.S. in Education (Secondary Education-Chemistry, with a minor in History) both from the University of Idaho. He also studied theology at Greyfriars Hall from 1998 to 2000.
Dr. Merkle served as a Lecturer at New Saint Andrews from 2000 until 2005, when he was promoted to Fellow of Theology. He has taught the freshman introductory theology course, Lordship Colloquium, and Hebrew. He has also team-taught Anglo-Saxon. Dr. Merkle was promoted to the office of President in 2015.
He has served as a minister at Christ Church, Moscow. He previously served as a part-time campus minister with Collegiate Reformed Fellowship, a campus ministry of Christ Church.
Dr. Merkle is the author of The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2009) and Defending the Trinity in the Reformed Palatinate: The Elohistae (Oxford University Press 2015). He is a contributing editor and former managing editor of the periodical Credenda/Agenda.
He and wife Bekah (B.A., 1998), the first graduate of New Saint Andrews, have five children.

Contact Information: (208) 882-1566 | E-mail

Benjamin R. Merkle’s Posts

Class of 2023: The Way Up Is Down

Class of 2023: The Way Up Is Down

Dr. Ben Merkle and Dr. Tim Edwards address the freshmen during Prologus (student orientation week). The encouragements and challenges they laid before the freshmen can be summed up with the divine paradox: up is down.

Presidents Email – October 15, 2018

Presidents Email – October 15, 2018

Welcome to my October update: Greetings from New Saint Andrews College.  Our first term here (Jerusalem Term) has come to an end already after a productive flurry of papers, written exams, and oral exams. In September, while classes were in full swing, we were pleased...

Presidents Email – September 15, 2018

Presidents Email – September 15, 2018

Welcome to my September update: Hello from New Saint Andrews College.  We are happy to say that our 2018-2019 academic year is in full swing.  Thank you for praying for the adjustment and productivity of our faculty and students’ work. We are grateful for your...

Presidents Email – August 15, 2018

Presidents Email – August 15, 2018

Welcome to my August update: Greetings from New Saint Andrews College as we wrap up a very productive summer and anticipate an exciting academic year featuring our highest freshman enrollment in a decade. We look forward to continuing our mission of educating and...

Presidents Email – July 15, 2018

Presidents Email – July 15, 2018

Welcome to my July update: Summer greetings from New Saint Andrews College. The summer months bring a different pace to academic institutions, as many of you also enjoy experiencing. I was glad to visit with some of you at the annual Association of Classical and...

VIDEO – President Ben Merkle | The State of Education

VIDEO – President Ben Merkle | The State of Education

President Ben Merkle spoke at Grace Agenda in February, here are a few of the highlights! For more lectures, teacher interviews, and a series by Pastor Wilson on Classical Christian Education, subscribe on your favorite podcasting platform. Check out Canon Press on...

Presidents Email – June 15, 2018

Presidents Email – June 15, 2018

Welcome to my June update: Summer is here, yet we are already gearing up for August. No rest for the wicked – that is, once my family and I get back from our vacation next week. I truly hope you have a good summer as well. College Update Our freshmen enrollment...

Presidents Email – May 15, 2018

Presidents Email – May 15, 2018

Welcome to my May update: It is hard to imagine that graduation is already upon us. We are so grateful for the four AA students, the 24 BA students, and the five MA students that will be walking across the stage May 10th! Please join us in Moscow, at the Nazarene...

Presidents Email – April 15, 2018

Presidents Email – April 15, 2018

Welcome to my April update: I hope that your Easter was a happy one – what a joy to celebrate our risen Lord again. As we wrap up our March Madness e-fundraiser, many thanks again to those who have chosen to support it. In any tournament, such as last...

Presidents Email – March 15, 2018

Presidents Email – March 15, 2018

Welcome to my March Madness update: March Madness is finally upon us, and my Director of Marketing seems a little too passionate about this month. During the tournament he tends to get sick on Thursdays and Fridays; I’m not sure what the problem is, but his...

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