And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses

entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).
Acul du Nord, Haiti


Introduction to the Old Testament, Old Testament Prophetic Literature, Psalms, Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Doctrine of Holiness, Pauline Epistles, Financial Management for Non-Profits, Introduction to the Bible, Pneumatology and Ecclesiology

Dr. Matt Ayars

University President & Acting Dean of School of Theology and Ministry



Matt and his wife, Stacey, have three daughters and one son. His work at Emmaus began in August 2007 as Professor of Old Testament. In preparing for ministry at Emmaus in Haiti, Matt and Stacey lived in Quebec, Canada from January-April 2007 to study French. In July 2010, Matt was named the Vice-President at Emmaus and became the President in July 2012.

Publications & Presentations

  • “Wesleyan Soteriology and the New Perspective of Paul: A Comparative Analysis"The Asbury Journal, Fall 2019
  • “Sanctify Them in Truth"High Calling. Wilmore: Francis Asbury Press, 2018
  • The Shape of Biblical Hebrew Poetry: The Discourse Function of Linguistic Parallelism in the Egyptian HallelStudia Semitica Neerlandica. Leiden: Brill, 2018.
  • Salvation in Fresh Perspective: Covenant, Cross, and Kingdom Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2015.
  • Holy is a Four-Letter WordEugene: Wipft and Stock, 2015

Research Interests

Masoretic Studies, OT Theology, Biblical Theology, Literature and Theology of Isaiah, Literary Criticism, Hebrew Poetry and linguistic dynamics of Hermeneutics, new perspectivism, Wesleyan theology, soteriology.