Seminary Adds Three Professors to Faculty

Communications Staff — November 30, 2020

President R. Albert Mohler Jr. has appointed three new professors to the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Scott Connell

Scott Connell was appointed as professor of church music and worship. He also serves as pastor of worship and communications at historic First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. Connell is a face familiar to the SBTS family, having obtained a PhD in Christian worship here and serving as associate professor of music and worship leadership for eight years at Southern.

Scott and his wife, Mary, have seven children.

“I am really glad that Scott Connell is rejoining the Southern Seminary music and biblical worship faculty. He is a fine professor, an excellent musician, and a skilled minister and worship leader. His experience in the local church is invaluable, and his heart for ministry and music is infectious,” said Mohler.

“Dr. Scott Connell is no stranger to the Southern Seminary community, or to Southern Baptists,” SBTS Provost Matthew J. Hall said. “I am delighted that he is assuming this post on the faculty, while remaining in his leadership role at one of our most historic churches. Dr. Connell is a trusted scholar, teacher, and mentor. His contribution to our biblical worship programs at every level will be a tremendous benefit to students.”

Said Connell, “One of the greatest vocational and ministry privileges of my life has been serving at SBTS. While a full time faculty member there I regularly reveled in the gift that it was to teach such remarkable students among such an extraordinary faculty. To continue that investment as an adjunct faculty member is no less a delight.

“The type of student that chooses to study worship at Southern Seminary is a rare individual who wants to consider the weightiest matters related to worship and be trained to lead corporate worship at the highest level possible. Eternity will no doubt demonstrate that countless lives were changed through those receiving instruction at SBTS. I am thrilled to be a part of that remarkable process at this legendary institution.”

Bradley Green

Bradley Green was appointed to serve as professor of philosophy and theology. Green holds an MDiv from Southern Seminary and a PhD from Baylor University and is the author of several books, including Augustine of Hippo: His Life and Impact (Christian Focus, 2020), Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience, and Faithfulness in the Christian Life (IVP Academic, 2014).

Green will also continue as professor of theological studies at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he’s served since 1998. Green and his wife, Dianne, helped found Augustine School, a Christian liberal arts school in Jackson. The Greens have three children.

Mohler commented: “Brad Green combines a first-rate Christian mind with years of proven experience in the classroom. He is a true Christian scholar and professor who sees his teaching role as ministry. His scholarship is a great gift to the church.”

“For over two decades, Brad Green has proven to be one of Southern Baptists’ most gifted theologians and teachers, shaping a whole generation of students through his work at Union University,” Hall said. “His ability now to expand that influence, especially through our doctoral programs, is providentially timed. His appointment to the faculty only deepens the strength of Southern Seminary’s established reputation of excellence in theological studies at the highest level.”

Said Green, “It is an honor and a privilege to have joined the distinguished faculty at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Southern has a long and proud history, and as an alumnus, I am thrilled to be able to return to Southern to link arms with others in the training of persons for ministry.”

John Henderson

John Henderson (PhD, University of North Texas) was appointed as associate professor of biblical counseling. He also currently serves as an associate pastor at University Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas, primarily overseeing the counseling, equipping, and family ministries.

Previously, John served as associate pastor at Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia as well as a counseling pastor at Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas. He is a board member of the Biblical Counseling Association and also serves on the board of the Association of Biblical Counselors. He is author of Catching Foxes: A Gospel-Guided Journey to Marriage (P&R, 2018), a book for marriage preparation. John and his wife, Ruth, have five children.

“Biblical counseling is one of the most needed ministries in the local church today, and I am very thankful that John Henderson is adding further strength to our program,” said Mohler. “He is a skilled counsellor who brings a wealth of conviction and a deep commitment to counseling that is genuinely biblical and based in the gospel of Christ.”

“For several years now, John Henderson’s name kept coming up in conversations around the country about who represent the most thoughtful and biblical approach to training and resourcing Christians for biblical counseling and pastoral care,” Hall said. “His addition to the Southern Seminary biblical counseling faculty is a significant step forward. Bringing together his years of experience in pastoral ministry, his demonstrated scholarship, and an unusual ability to mentor others, Dr. Henderson will make an immediate impact on this faculty.”

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