Longtime Pastor and SBTS Alum Joins Faculty

Communications Staff — July 14, 2022

Southern Seminary has named accomplished pastor, speaker, and author, Jimmy Scroggins as professor of Christian Ministry in the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry.

“I’m very grateful for the investment that Southern has made in me, as a pastor, as a leader, and as a scholar. It’s a tremendous joy to continue this relationship through the ministry of teaching,” Scroggins said. “I place a tremendous value on training new generations of leaders for the churches of the world and there’s no place I’d rather do it than SBTS.”

Paul Akin, provost at Southern Seminary and dean of the Graham School, said Scroggins displays a heart for the local church and will contribute a wealth of practical ministry experience to the Southern faculty. Akin believes Scroggins represents the highest values of Southern and is a perfect addition to the faculty.

“Jimmy Scroggins is a quintessential alum of the Billy Graham School,” Akin said. “He exemplifies what we desire in all of our graduates: a love for the Bible, the local church, and evangelism and missions. I am thrilled that he is joining our faculty and eager for our students to learn from him.”

Scroggins will continue as lead pastor of Family Church—a network of neighborhood churches in South Florida. While Scroggins has proven himself in the fields of pastoral ministry and evangelism, he has experience in academia and higher education.

Scroggins has a decades-long history with Southern Seminary, having received his PhD and MDiv from SBTS after first coming to the seminary as a student in the mid-1990s. He served as dean of Boyce College from 2004–2008 and is the author or co-author of multiple books including, Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations and Full Circle Parenting.

His combination of zeal for the classroom and local church makes Scroggins precisely the type of faculty member Southern seeks to serve its students, SBTS President Albert Mohler said.

“Jimmy Scroggins is a remarkable pastor of a thriving church in West Palm Beach, where for years he has demonstrated vision, conviction, passion, and joy in ministry.”

Said Mohler, “I have known Jimmy Scroggins since he came to Southern Seminary as a young student. I know his heart, and I look forward to his contributions in the classroom, as well as in the fields of ministry. Of course, I know the leadership of Jimmy Scroggins through his years as dean at Boyce College and as a member of this faculty, so this is just another way of continuing an influence that began long ago. To know Jimmy is to know a pastor’s heart that beats for evangelism.”


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