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Baptist Academic Community

The Baptist community in North America has a rich, vibrant, and diverse community of researchers, writers, and scholars. This marks the beginning of sharing this community of scholars with one another, throughout the 22 denominational groups, colleges and almost 20,000,000 people. 

We have much to learn from each other and many resources to share.

Dr. Derek Hatch

Whether that sharing takes the form of reading one another’s books, live streaming on particular topics, or simply being apprised of who might be available to resource a particular congregation, this is the beginning of our learning and encouraging process!

This section will be managed by Derek Hatch.

Current list of academics:

Derek C. Hatch, Associate Professor of Religion/Endowed Chair of Baptist Studies at Georgetown College. derek_hatch@georgetowncollege.edu
Areas of Research/Teaching Interest: Historical Theology, Theology and Worship, Baptist History, Christian Ethics, Theology and Literature, Ecumenism
Relevant Publications: Thinking with the Church (Pickwick, 2017) • “Koinonia as an Ecumenical Opening for Baptists,” Ecumenical Review (January-April 2019) • “Hearing Voices of Lived Christian Lives,” in Sources of Light (Mercer University Press, 2020)
Available for: Lectures, Guest Preaching, Panel Discussion, Web Conference
Steven R. Harmon, Professor of Historical Theology at Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity.
http://ecclesialtheology.blogspot.com • sharmon@gardner-webb.edu
Areas of Research/Teaching Interest: Ecumenical theology; systematic/constructive theology; patristic theology; Baptist studies
Relevant Publications: Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press, 2016) • Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity (Cascade Books, 2010) • Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision (Paternoster, 2006).
Available for: Lectures, Guest Preaching, Panel Discussion, Web Conference
Melody Maxwell, Associate Professor of Church History at Acadia Divinity College.
Areas of Research/Teaching Interest: Baptist history, history of Christianity, religion and gender, Baptist women in ministry, missions history
Relevant Publications: The Woman I Am: Southern Baptist Women’s Writings, 1906–2006 • Doing the Word: Southern Baptists’ Carver School of Social Work and Its Predecessors, 1907-1997 • “‘Proceed with Care’: Atlantic Baptists and Women’s Ordination in the 1980s.” Baptist History and Heritage (Spring 2020).
Available for: Lectures, Guest Preaching, Panel Discussion, Web Conference
Amy L. Chilton, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Wingate University and Fuller Theological Seminary
Areas of Research/Teaching Interest: Systematic Theology, Christian ethics, global theologies, feminist and women’s theologies, liberation theologies, Baptist theologies
Relevant Publications: Chilton, Amy L. and Steven R. Harmon, eds., Sources of Light: Resources for Baptist Churches Practicing Theology. Macon, Georgia: Mercery University Press, 2020. • Chilton, Amy L. “How Do I speak of God from This Place? Navigating Religious Language Shifts in Baptist Contexts,” In American Baptist Quarterly 35 (Spring 2016): 52-62. • Chilton, Amy L. “Where is the Love? The Disruptive Possibilities of Women’s Friendships as Participation in the Triune God.” In Perspectives in Religious Studies 45, no. 1 (Spring 2018): 27-36.
Available for: Lectures, Guest Preaching, Panel Discussion, Web Conference
Jonathan R. Wilson, Senior Consultant for Theological Integration at Canadian Baptist Ministries
https://www.cbmin.org/jonathan-wilson/ • jwilson@regent-college.edu
Areas of Research/Teaching Interest: Creation Care, Justice of God, Missional Church, Biblical Ethics, Transformative reading of Scripture
Relevant Publications: God’s Good World: Reclaiming the Doctrine of Creation • Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World • Gospel Virtues: Practicing Faith, Hope, and Love in Uncertain Times
Available for: Lectures, Guest Preaching, Web Conference, Retreats for congregations and leaders; Web-based consultations
Mikael Broadway, Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics at Shaw University Divinity School
http://mbway.blogspot.com • mbroadwa@shawu.edu • 919 724 9019
Areas of Research/Teaching Interest: Christian theology and ethics, ecclesiology, church and state, church community engagement, church and race, community organizing, community development, prison studies, Bible and ethics
Relevant Publications: “Mistaking White for Light: Awakening to a Truthful Search for the Light,” in Steven Harmon and Amy Chilton, editors, Sources of Light: Resources for Baptist Churches Practicing Theology, 63-75. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2020. • “Grinding the Face of the Poor,” Review and Expositor, Myles Werntz and Matthew Arbo, eds, 116 (1) February 2019, 1-14. • “Is It Not the Communion of the Body of Christ?”, Baptists and Liturgy, thematic issue of Review and Expositor 100 (Summer 2003), 408-447.
Available for: Lectures, Guest Preaching, Panel Discussion, Web Conference
Raimundo C. Barreto, Assistant Professor of World Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary
https://www.ptsem.edu/people/raimundo-cesar-barreto-jr • raimundo.barreto@ptsem.edu • (609)497-7763
Areas of Research/Teaching Interest: World Christianity, Ecumenics, History of Religions, and Liberationist/Decolonial Theologies
Relevant Publications: Decolonial Christianities: Latinx and Latin American Perspectives • Series: New Approaches to Religion and Power (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2019) • Migration and Public Discourse in World Christianity • Series World Christianity and Public Religion, vol. 2 (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2019) • World Christianity as Public Religion. Series World Christianity and Public Religion, vol. 1 (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2017)
Available for: Lectures, Panel Discussion, Web Conference
Elizabeth Newman, Professor of Theology and Ethics at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (2002-2019)
bnewman.theology@gmail.com (804)347-2459
Areas of Research/Teaching Interest: Free church theology, the unity of the church, Christian practices (Lord’s supper, baptism, hospitality, etc.)
Relevant Publications: Untamed Hospitality: Welcoming God and Other Strangers (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2007). • Divine Abundance: Leisure, the Basis of Academic Culture (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2018). • “Healing Eucharistic Amnesia.” In Worship, Tradition, and Engagement, Essays in Honor of Timothy George, edited by David S. Dockery, James Earl Massey, and Robert Smith Jr., 92-107. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2018.
Available for: Lectures, Guest Preaching, Panel Discussion, Web Conference

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