Southern Seminary adds ‘promising young theologian’ to faculty

Communications Staff — August 11, 2017

A two-time graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is joining its faculty, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. announced this summer, appointing Kyle Claunch as assistant professor of Christian theology.

“Kyle Claunch is a bright scholar who has already emerged as one of the most promising young theologians of his generation,” Mohler said. “We are proud of his appointment to the theology faculty of Southern Seminary. He will be joining a department of great strength and international reputation, and he will now make his own contribution, both in the classroom and in the world of scholarship.”

Claunch joins SBTS after recently earning his doctorate of philosophy from the school in May 2017. He earned his advanced master of divinity from Southern in 2011, after graduating from the University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama, in 2003. In the intervening years, Claunch served as associate pastor of youth at College Park Baptist in Mobile and later as senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Springfield, Kentucky. Currently he serves as lead pastor of Highland Park First Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Kyle exemplifies the combination of theological acumen with pastoral wisdom for which I encourage all of our students to strive,” said Randy L. Stinson, SBTS provost and senior vice president for academic administration. “He will make a great addition to the School of Theology faculty.”

Claunch’s scholarly work has appeared in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and he contributed chapters to the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary and One God in Three Persons, which was edited by SBTS alumnus John Starke and Southern professor Bruce A. Ware. Claunch is married to Ashley, and together they have four children.

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