Mr. Staszak has earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls (major: agricultural education; minor: broadcast journalism), a B.A. (major: theology) from Ambassador College, and an M.A. (major: Biblical Studies) from Amridge University. His thesis entitled, “A Critical Reassessment of the Function, Relationship, and Theology of NOMOS and ENTOLE in the Gospel of John,” was supervised by Dr. Don Shackelford. More recently, he earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Theology (Research/Biblical Studies) from St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary's Seminary & University. Presently, he is pursuing a M.Phil./Ph.D. in Research at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, Wales (U.K.); his research focus is Biblical Studies - New Testament, specifically in the Gospel of John.
For nearly twenty years, he operated his own marketing communications firm that served a wide spectrum of non-profit and corporate clients.
Gary also serves as director of Sowers of the Seed. He has taught Koine Greek at the seminary level and privately tutored several individuals in both Greek and Hebrew. At Sowers (now St. Anthony's), he teaches Greek in a hybrid setting and the Gospel of John online. He has also served as a teaching and research assistant at the Ecumenical Institute (EI); he is currently a visiting instructor at the EI, where he co-taught the course "Proclamation of the Gospel of John" during the Fall 2017 semester.
He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, European Association of Biblical Studies, Association of Jewish Studies, American Academy of Religion, American Schools of Oriental Research, and National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He has presented conference papers on the topics of narrator as character, memory in John, and the relationship between the apocryphal book of Tobit and John with regard to divine retribution and disability.
In addition, Gary has written several articles and surveys on biblical topics that have appeared in non-peer reviewed publications or other venues: biblical inspiration, the integrity of the New Testament text, the linguistic evidence for the modes of baptism, the pre-trial literary motif of John, first-century Jewish biblical interpretation and its value for New Testament exegesis, and Paul’s purpose for writing Galatians. Several of these articles, his masters thesis, and two of his conference papers can be viewed at academia.edu.
Research Interests: Textual criticism, linguistics, narrative criticism, early Jewish-Christian studies, and Johannine studies.
Languages: Working knowledge of Biblical Hebrew and New Testament Greek, with elementary understanding of Aramaic, Akkadian, Latin, and modern German.
Gary is married and has two children.