President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Born: January 2, 1957, Atlanta, Georgia
Married: May 27, 1978 to Charlotte Tammy Bourne

  • Nathan is married to Kelsey, and they have two children, Ada Schaeffer and Nathan Ryland. Nathan is the Executive Director of Baptist21 and the Pillar Church Planting Network.
  • Jonathan is married to Ashley, and they have two daughters, Madelyn Marie and Emma Grace, and one son, Judson David. He is the Vice President for Church Relations and Campus Ministries at Carson-Newman University and has a PhD in Old Testament from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Paul is married to Kari, and they have one son, Micah Elliot, and three daughters, Jordan Kate, Kai Elizabeth, and Skylar Lei. Paul is the provost and senior vice president for academic administration of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a Ph.D. in Missions from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • Tim is married to Anna, and they have four sons, Levi Michael, Judah Daniel, Caleb Wesley, and Ezekiel Mark, and two daughters, Shiloh Joy and Eden Hope. Tim is pastor of FBC Douglasville, GA and is a Ph.D. student in Systematic Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities, University of Texas at Arlington, 1989
    • Major: History
    • Minor: Philosophy
    • Dissertation: Bernard of Clairvaux: Evangelical of the 12th Century (A Critical Analysis of His Soteriology), 1989.
  • Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1983.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, The Criswell College, 1980.


  • President and Professor of Preaching and Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2004-present.
  • Professor of Theology and Christian Preaching, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1999-2004.
  • Senior Vice President for Academic Administration, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1996-2004.
  • Dean, School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1996-2004.
  • Associate Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1996-1999.
  • Associate Professor of Theology and Dean of Students, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1992-1996.
  • Professor of New Testament, Theology, and Church History, and Dean of Students, The Criswell College, 1988-1992.


  • 2019 Ukraine, Mexico, Vietnam, Thailand, Canada
  • 2018 Madrid, Spain
  • 2017 South Korea, Thailand, Mexico
  • 2016 East Asia, Brazil, Prague
  • 2015 East Asia, Thailand
  • 2014 Central Asia
  • 2013 Taiwan
  • 2012 Eastern Europe, Guyana
  • 2011 Liberia, Central Asia
  • 2010 Montana, Sudan, Central Asia
  • 2009 Middle East, Kenya, Southeast Asia
  • 2008 Asia, Middle East, Central Asia
  • 2007 Thailand, Kenya, Asia
  • 2006 India
  • 2003 Paraguay
  • 1990 Thailand
  • 1988 Australia (Partnership Missions: Texas Baptists)
  • 1977 Papago Indians, Sells, AZ


  • Evangelical Theological Society


  • The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology (Executive Editor, 1997-2004).
  • Criswell Theological Review (Associate Editor, 1989-92).


  • Co-host of “The Criswell College Presents” (1988-92)


Evangelical Theological Society