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Faculty, School of Business

Teaching at Cairn since 2019

Derek Cooper


  • DBA, Swiss School of Business and Management
  • PhD, United Seminary
  • MBA, Cairn University
  • Certificate in Financial Technology, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Certificate in Project Management, University of California at Irvine
  • MDiv, MA, Missio Seminary
  • BA, University of Texas


Dr. Derek Cooper is managing director of Thomas Institute, an educational travel company specializing in learning on location. He also manages Dodekagram, a spiritual formation organization designed for people living in a digital age. He is the author of more than a dozen books and has given lectures all over the world. He has visited more than 80 countries and earned a PhD in the history of religion and an MBA in entrepreneurial management. He additionally runs a YouTube channel called Thomas Institute.

Additional Information

Courses Taught at Cairn:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • International Business
  • History
  • World Religions

Academic Specialties and Interests:

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • History
  • Religion
  • Languages

Awards & Honors:

  • Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttel, Germany, 2019
  • Tyndale House, Cambridge University, England, 2018
  • Brigham Young University, Maxwell Institute, Provo, UT, 2017
  • Calvin University, Summer Fellow, Grand Rapids, MI, 2016
  • Fellow for American Association for the Advancement of Science, Portland, OR, 2016
  • Acton University, Fellow, Grand Rapids, MI, 2012


  • Christianity and New Religious Movements: An Introduction to the World’s Newest Faiths (P&R, 2023)
  • Commentary on Proverbs (CLP, 2023)
  • Before You Go Overseas: The 21 Essentials to International Travel (TI, 2023)
  • Basics of Latin (Zondervan, 2020)
  • Sinners and Saints: The Real Story of Early Christianity (Kregel, 2018)
  • Introduction to World Christian History (IVP, 2016)
  • 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles (IVP, 2016)
  • Twenty Questions That Shaped World Christian History (Fortress, 2015)
  • Exploring Church History (Fortress, 2014)
  • Christianity and World Religions: An Introduction to the World’s Major Faiths (P&R, 2013)
  • Thomas Manton: A Guided Tour of the Life and Thought of a Puritan Pastor (P&R, 2011)
  • Unfollowers: Unlikely Lessons on Faith from Those Who Doubted Jesus (WPH, 2014)
  • Hazardous: Committing to the Cost of Following Jesus (CLC, 2012)
  • So You’re Thinking about Going to Seminary (Brazos, 2008)