The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

A 1st-century street in Corinth, Greece
RelSt 306 Religion from Athens to Istanbul (January 2007)

Dr. Craig Wansink

Professor and Chair,

Department of Religious Studies

Virginia Wesleyan College

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01Dr. Wansink is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Virginia Wesleyan College.  He has his PhD in New Testament and Ancient Christianity from Yale University, and has studied at universities in Japan, Jordan, Germany, and Israel. His primary research interests are in New Testament and world religions.  Dr. Wansink was raised in Sioux City, Iowa, where he studied economics as an undergraduate at Morningside College. He received his Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago and served churches in Illinois and Virginia. He is a member of the CIVIC Leadership Institute (2004), he serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at Morningside College, and he regularly speaks in a variety of venues in Hampton Roads, including at the Joint Forces Staff College, at the Institute for Learning in Retirement, at local elementary schools and high schools, and at local churches and synagogues.  In 1987 he was ordained as a Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister, and he currently is pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, Virginia.  Dr. Wansink and 2 children make their home in Virginia Beach.


Virginia Wesleyan College                      (757) 455-3406

1584 Wesleyan Drive                      

Norfolk, VA  23502

See Dr. Wansink interviewed on CNN about his research on Leonardo da Vinci's "TheLast Supper":
Dr. Wansink's cartoonish appearance on CBS Sunday Morning's Fast Draw:  "What Did They Eat at the Last Supper?"

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RELST 116 World Religions                 


    RELST 217 The Old Testament World    


RELST 218 The New Testament World          

RelSt 265 Extreme Religion:  The Body, Pain, Sex, and Martyrdom


Dr. Wansink’s current research interests are in two areas.  He is writing a monograph that grows out of his “Extreme Religion” course at Virginia Wesleyan, and a book on the role of food within the Christian religion.


              Education, International Study, and Academic Honors/Fellowships

              Selected Research and Publications

              Ecclesiastical Work


              Formative personal and professional factors


VWC Religious Studies

Second Presbyterian Church (where Dr. Wansink also serves as Senior Pastor)

VWC Center for Sacred Music

VWC Center for the Study of Religious Freedom

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