Gary A. Byers, PhD(c), Vis. Prof. of Archaeology
1974, B.S.; Pastoral Ministry; Liberty University.
1980, M.C.E.; Christian Education; Liberty University.
1984, M.A.; Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology; Baltimore Hebrew University.
Current, Ph.D. candidate; College of Archaeology & Biblical History, Trinity Southwest University.
Current Career Avenues:
Executive Director, Associates for Biblical Research, 1994-2000.
Spiritual Life Director, Helping Up Mission, since 2000.
Administrative Director, Ai Expedition at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel, since 1995.
Archaeological Survey Team Leader, Mount Ararat Archaeological Research Expedition, Turkey, since 2004.
Assistant Director, Tall el-Hammam Expedition Project, Jordan, since 2005.
Current & Recent Scholarly Pursuits & Memberships:
Board of Directors, Near East Archaeological Society, since 2001.
Program Chairman for Annual Meeting, Near East Archaeological Society, since 2008.
Board of Directors, Associates for Biblical Research, since 2004.
President, Board of Directors, Associates for Biblical Research, since 2007.
Field Archaeologist, Khirbet Nisya Excavation, Israel, 1993-1994.
Egyptian Delta and Sinai Research Project, 2003-2005.
Recent Publications & Research Projects:
1984 MA Thesis: Iron Age 1 Domestic Architecture in Palestine.
2007 “The Jordan River Valley, the Jordan River, and the Jungle of the Jordan,” Biblical Research Bulletin VII.8.
2008 “Tall el-Hammam 2008: A Personal Perspective,” Biblical Research Bulletin VIII.1
2010 (with S. Collins and K. Hamdan) “Tall al-Ḥ̣̣ammām: Preliminary Report on Four Seasons of Excavation (2006-2009),” Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan 53: 385-414.
Gary Byers has invested his adult life in ministry, biblical, and archaeological studies. Ordained in 1974, he founded and pastured the Fredericktowne Baptist Church for 18 years. For the past decade, he has served as the Spiritual Life Director of Helping Up Mission, a 400-bed, long-term residential spiritual recovery program for men struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. During this same period, he has continued to work as a field archaeologist and researcher in the Near East. Using the latest in archaeological research, his driving motivation is to make the Bible meaningful and applicable to people for everyday life.