2017: Year in Review

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Record Enrollment

The 2017-2018 academic year was another year of growth in enrollment.


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Reformation at 500

This year marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and Southern Seminary celebrated the monumental anniversary in several ways throughout the year. The seminary released several publications, including a collection of Reformation-era writings; hosted a trip to various Reformation sites on the Land of Luther Tour, in conjunction with Southern Seminary and Ligonier Ministries; and held the Here We Stand conference, which featured various speakers, including Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, and Steven Lawson.

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Two New Degrees

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Boyce College

In this program students learn how the gospel informs how we engage with one another socially, politically and economically.

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M.Div. and M.A. in Apologetics

The Worldview and Culture concentration is designed to prepare ministers to engage culture with a compelling Christian understanding of the world.

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The Southern Doctoral Program Turns 125


In 1892, Southern Seminary trustees established as the institution’s highest degree the doctor of theology (Th.D.), making SBTS one of the earliest free-standing schools offering a terminal research degree. The Seminary later adopted the practice of other schools and changed the degree to a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in the 1974-75 academic year. With 27 Ph.D. graduates in May 2017, the number of terminal research doctoral degrees conferred in the seminary’s history exceeded 2,000 graduates.

Seminary Wives Institute celebrates 20 years of equipping pastors' wives

The Seminary Wives Institute held a gala on May 4 to recognize its 20th anniversary as a program at Southern Seminary. SWI dates back to 1997, when Southern Seminary first lady Mary Mohler first explored the program with a few faculty wives, intending to provide training for seminary wives.

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Ask Anything Live

This live stream event offers listeners to Southern Seminary President R. Albert Mohler’s The Briefing an opportunity to submit questions on topics ranging from ministry, theology, the Christian worldview, to politics, culture, philosophy, and more. This year Mohler hosted six Ask Anything Live sessions.

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Southern Equip

Southern Equip provides free, online resources, including articles, videos, and e-books, on topics ranging from counseling and pastoral issues to practical advice for those in various ministry positions. Southern Equip features resources from Southern Seminary faculty and alumni.

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New Music

The Wondrous Mystery

The Wondrous Mystery

Album by Doxology

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Students on Mission

Southern Seminary continues to send students all over the United States and the world spreading the gospel. In 2017, 289 students in 14 global teams traveled to 13 different countries. In addition, five local teams served in various ways around the country, including hurricane disaster relief.


New Administrative Leadership and Faculty

Kyle Claunch

Kyle Claunch

Assistant Professor of Christian Theology

Tyler Flatt

Tyler Flatt

Assistant Professor of Humanities

Matt Hall

Matt Hall

Senior Vice President for Academic Strategy, Dean of Boyce College

Howell Adam

Adam Howell

Assistant Professor of Old Testament Interpretation

Craig Parker

Craig Parker

Senior Vice President for Institutional Administration

Andrew Rogers

Andrew Rogers

Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling

John Wilsey

John Wilsey

Associate Professor of Church History

Tayler Wittman

Tyler Wittman

Assistant Professor of Christian Theology

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