Today I learned that I have been accepted into the PhD program at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. I will be studying Church History/Historical Theology under the supervision of Dr. Tom Nettles. Dr. Nettles is a prolific author and respected historian. I have long benefited from his work and look forward to the opportunity of learning from him directly. For those of you who don’t know Dr. Nettles, below is a description from his faculty page on the SBTS website.
Dr. Nettles is widely regarded as one of the foremost Baptist historians in America. He came to Southern Seminary from the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he was Professor of Church History and Chair of the Department of Church History. He previously taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Along with numerous journal articles and scholarly papers, Dr. Nettles is the author or editor of nine books. Among his books are By His Grace and For His Glory; Baptists and the Bible, the highly influential volume which he co-authored with L. Russ Bush; and Why I am a Baptist, co-edited with Russell D. Moore.
Special thanks to Dr. Michael Haykin who encouraged me to apply to Southern’s PhD program. Without his encouragement I would not have thought it possible. I look forward to continuing to learn from Dr. Haykin, both academically and spiritually.