Class of 1964
The Trinity International University community was saddened today to learn of the
death of retired professor Samir Massouh. Professor Massouh served as
Associate Professor of Old Testament at Trinity College for 28 years. He passed
away on January 12, 2021.
Professor Massouh was a graduate of California State University (BA) and Trinity
Evangelical Divinity School (MA, MDiv). Before teaching at Trinity College,
Professor Massouh taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, pastored
Elmbrook Church in Wisconsin, and was on the Translation Committee of the
Arabic Holy Bible. He was a contributor to the Expositor’s Bible Commentary and
the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.
Massouh was selected to the Chicago Tribune “All Professor Team” of small
universities. Professor Massouh has also specialized in Islam, analytic
philosophy, history of the cinema, and history of Western art.
In 2018, the Kenosha News covered Massouh’s journey through diagnosis and
healing of esophagus cancer, and how relationships played a part in his recovery.
“Samir Massouh was a beloved professor, colleague and friend,” Karen Wrobbel,
Dean of Trinity College and Trinity Graduate School recalled. “Over his nearly 30
years of ministry at Trinity College, Professor Massouh taught almost every TC
student in the Understanding the Old Testament class. He was also an avid TIU
Trojan fan who was a regular, especially at soccer matches. As a colleague, he
was a caring friend who could be counted on for prayerful support and
encouragement. Professor Massouh truly cared about his students, and kept in
touch with many long after they graduated. Students describe him as a ‘favorite
professor’ and one who ‘changed my life.’ He has left a lasting legacy in the hearts
and minds of students he taught over his many years at Trinity College.”
H. Wayne Johnson, TIU Provost, added that while this is “sad news for the Trinity
community, it’s also an opportunity to pause and thank God for an extraordinary
professor. Professor Massouh is greatly appreciated for his love for God’s Word
and warm encouragement to others. His tenure enabled him to impact
generations of students, sometimes even teaching the children of his former
students. As we mourn his loss we do so with gratitude for him and for the sure
promise of the resurrection in Jesus Christ.”
Please be in prayer for the Massouh family in this time of grief, particularly for his
son Jameel and his daughter Leila.