Brent L. Top
Department: Church History
Office: 210G JSB
Phone number: (801) 422-2736
Bio: Brent L. Top is a Professor of Church History and Doctrine and is currently serving as the Dean of Religious Education. He was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho and served a full-time mission to the Denmark Copenhagen Mission. He received all of his degrees from Brigham Young University—a BA in history, a Masters degree in instructional media and a PhD in instructional science and technology. Prior to joining the BYU Religious Education faculty in 1987, he worked for the Church Educational System as a released-time seminary teacher, an institute teacher and an administrator. Dr. Top served as Associate Dean of Religious Education from 1997-2002. He held the endowed Professorship in Moral Education for two years prior to his call as President of the Illinois Peoria Mission (2004-2007). He was appointed department chair in June 2009. He is married to the former Wendy Cope from Idaho Falls. They are the parents of four children and reside in Pleasant Grove, Utah where Brother Top currently serves as the President of the Pleasant Grove East Stake.
Courses Taught: Doctrines of the Gospel, Teachings of the Living Prophets, LDS Marriage and Family, Doctrine and Covenants, New Testament
Areas of Expertise: Doctrine, living prophets, priesthood & church government, late 20th century Church history
Areas of Research: Doctrine, LDS youth and families, effective parenting, moral education