Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences

  • PhD in Philosophy, Marquette University
  • MA in Philosophy, Marquette University
  • MDiv in Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • BS in Bible, Cairn University

 Dr. Timothy Yoder is professor of Philosophy and Ethics, and he enjoys teaching a wide variety of classes like Apologetics, World Religions, Logic, Aesthetics, Philosophy of C. S. Lewis in addition to the Philosophy and Ethics classes which he holds every semester. The challenge of teaching many different classes feeds his love of learning and reading, as well as his desire to integrate topics and discipline together in a cohesive Christian world view. Interdisciplinary connections are a key component to the Liberal Arts program, which Dr. Yoder chairs and which serves students who share his broad intellectual curiosity about the amazing world that God has made for us.

In addition to teaching at Cairn, Dr. Yoder has served overseas in various capacities. In the 90s, he served as a missionary in Vologda, Russia. More recently, he and his wife, Lisa, have partnered with alumni working in Macedonia, leading Cairn students on annual trips during spring break. He has also ministered and taught in India, France, Ukraine, and Italy.


Academic Specialties & Interests:

History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, World Religions, C.S. Lewis, Technology, Christian Apologetics

Personal Interests:

  • Travel and missions
  • Reading
  • Philadelphia sports


  • Hume on God: Irony, Deism, and Genuine Theism. (Continuum, 2008)
  • A Logical First Step: A DIY Primer on Logical Reasoning (Kindle, 2015)

Book Recommendations:

  • Justice by Michael Sandel
  • Face of God: The Gifford Lectures by Roger Scruton
  • In the Land of Blue Burqas by Kate McCord
  • Blood and Earth: Modern Slavery, Ecocide and the Secret to Saving the Earth by Kevin Bales
  • Thrillers by authors John Grisham & Lee Child

Teaching at Cairn since 2002

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