Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism


D. Michael Lindsay (Ph.D., Princeton) is the author of Faith in the Halls of Power, which was named one of the best books of 2007 by Publishers Weekly. Dr. Lindsay has worked for the Gallup Institute as a researcher, author, public speaker and consultant. He has co-written two books with George Gallup. A member of the sociology faculty at Rice University, Michael is the Faculty Associate of Leadership Rice and Assistant Director of the Center on Race, Religion, and Urban Life.

Timothy George (Th.D., Harvard University) is Founding Dean at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. Dr. George serves as executive editor for Christianity Today, and on the editorial advisory boards of The Harvard Theological Review, Christian History and Books & Culture. Dr. George has written more than 20 books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary-the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. Dr. Mohler has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. In fact, called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S”. In addition to his presidential duties, Dr. Mohler hosts The Albert Mohler Program, a daily live nationwide radio program on the Salem Radio Network.

Duane Litfin is now serving in his seventeenth year as Wheaton College’s seventh president. He holds an undergraduate degree in biblical studies and a master’s degree in theology. His two doctorates are from Purdue University (Ph.D., Communication) and Oxford University (D.Phil., New Testament). Dr. Litfin is the author of several books, most recently Conceiving the Christian College (Eerdmans, 2004), and his writings have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals.

David S. Dockery (Ph.D., University of Texas system) is President of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee where he has served since December, 1995. Dockery is the author or editor of over thirty books including Southern Baptist Consensus and Renewal, Renewing Minds, Biblical Interpretation Then and Now, Theologians of the Baptist Tradition, Shaping a Christian Worldview, Holman Bible Handbook, Southern Baptists and American Evangelicals, New Dimensions in Evangelical Thought, and Christian Scripture: An Evangelical Perspective on Inspiration, Authority and Interpretation. He is a consulting editor for Christianity Today and serves on several editorial boards for a variety of periodicals and publishing houses. Dockery has served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, as well as the Consortium for Global Education.

Robert Smith (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as Associate Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. Dr. Smith joined the Beeson Divinity School faculty in 1997 and teaches Christian Preaching. He is the author of Doctrine that Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life; coeditor (with Timothy George) of A Mighty Long Journey, a collection of sermons on racial reconciliation; and has had a study of Christian ministry in the African American church published in Preparing for Christian Ministry.

Ed Stetzer (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Director of Lifeway Research and Lifeway’s Missiologist in Residence. Dr. Stetzer has planted churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and transitioned declining churches in Indiana and Georgia. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents, and has written dozens of articles and books. Recognized as a leader in the area of church planting and church trends, Dr. Stetzer is the author of Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age (2003), Perimeters of Light: Biblical Boundaries for the Emerging Church (with Elmer Towns, 2004), Strategic Outreach (with Eric Ramsey, 2005), Breaking the Missional Code (with David Putman, 2006), Planting Missional Churches (2006), Comeback Churches (with Mike Dodson, 2007), and 11 Innovations in the Local Church (with Elmer Towns and Warren Bird, 2007.

Daniel L. Akin (Ph.D., University of Texas System) serves as President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. A much sought-after speaker, he is a respected theologian, preacher, and evangelical leader. He is the editor of A Theology for the Church (Broadman & Holman, 2007), God on Sex: The Creator’s Ideas About Love, Intimacy, and Marriage (Broadman & Holman, 2003), and 1, 2, 3 John in the New American Commentary.

Ray Van Neste (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) serves as Associate Professor of Christian Studies and Director of the Center for Biblical Studies at Union University. His published works include a monograph and various articles on the Pastoral Epistles including the study notes on these letters in the ESV Study Bible. He also serves as one of the pastors at a local Southern Baptist congregation and writes a regular blog on pastoral ministry titled, “Oversight of Souls.”

Jerry N. Tidwell (D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary), serves as Senior Vice President for Church Relations and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at Union University. Dr. Tidwell is best known across the Southern Baptist Convention as the author of Outreach Teams that Win: GROW! which is used in over 8,000 churches within in the United States as well as in foreign countries. Dr. Tidwell served as President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention from 1999-2000, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Union University from 2001-2002, the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, and continues on the Board of the Southern Baptist Foundation.

Harry L. Poe (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), serves as Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture at Union University. Dr. Poe has published over 100 articles and reviews and has written or contributed to over twenty-five books, including The Inklings of Oxford (Zondervan, 2008), What God Knows (Baylor, 2005), See No Evil: The Existence of Sin in an Age of Relativism (Kregel, 2004), Christianity in the Academy: Teaching at the Intersection of Faith and Learning (Baker Academic, 2004), Christian Witness in a Postmodern World (Abingdon, 2001), The Gospel and Its Meaning (Zondervan, 1996), The Fruit of Christ’s Presence (Broadman 1990), and three books on science and religion with Dr. Jimmy H. Davis: Chance or Dance (Templeton, 2008), Designer Universe (Broadman & Holman, 2002) and Science and Faith (Broadman & Holman, 2000). He is co-editor with his daughter, Rebecca, of a book of recollections by the former students of C. S. Lewis, C. S. Lewis Remembered (Zondervan, 2006).

James A. Patterson (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) serves as University Professor of Christian Studies and Associate Dean of the School of Christian Studies at Union University. A native New Jerseyan, Dr. Patterson previously taught at Toccoa Falls College and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. The author of several articles, chapters in books, and 25-year histories of Mid-America and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, he is currently preparing a volume on the patriarch of Landmarkism, J. R. Graves.

Nathan A. Finn (Ph.D., Southeastern Seminary) serves as Assistant Professor of Church History and Baptist Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Finn is the co-editor of Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution (Mercer, 2008) and has contributed to Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialog (B&H, 2008) and Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future (Crossway, 2009). He also serves as associate editor of The Journal for Baptist Studies.

Mark DeVine (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as Associate Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. Dr. DeVine teaches church history and doctrine. He is the author of Bonhoeffer Speaks Today: Following Jesus at All Costs, has written extensively for theological journals and contributed to The Disciple’s Study Bible.

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