Dr. Van Gayton, has been a Bible teacher and Principal at private Christian schools and a Professor of Apologetics. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Theology from International Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Logos Bible College, a Doctorate of Bible Philosophy from Christian Leadership University, a Doctorate of Theology from Faith Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary. He did graduate studies at Beacon University and has been an adjunct professor at Jamestown Community College, Olean extension, where he taught Philosophy of Religion. Dr. Gayton was also an adjunct at the University of Buffalo teaching the African American Religious Experience.
Dr. Gayton has traveled around the world including Africa, Europe, Central America and South America, speaking at leadership seminars for clergy and has lectured at several universities and churches for Black History Month. He served as the Chaplain of the Federal Bureau of Prisons for four years. He was on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Religion and Public Policy in Washington, DC. Dr. Gayton has most recently lectured at Harvard Divinity School.
He is a member of the Society of Pentecostal Studies, a group of scholars from many denominations addressing relevant issues in the church and world today. In addition, he is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. He has a passion for racial reconciliation and apologetics. He has labored to be one of America's elite black apologist.
He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Ellen, for forty-four years. They have a daughter, Tabetha, and granddaughter, Jasmine. When he is not teaching, he enjoys reading, working out and being on the golf course.