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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.


  1. Congratulations Steve, when you move away I hope you keep your blog going so we can keep up with you and your family.

  2. Congratulations and PRAISE the LORD for making His will clear for you. We will be praying for you, your family, and both churches.

    Keep preaching! Keep blogging too. I look forward to see what God continues to do with and through you for His glory.


  3. Steve,
    That’s some exciting news. Tom is a wonderful man, husband, professor and brother. He also has a wonderful sense of humor. That doesn’t easily come across in his writing, but he’s learning. Maybe you can continue his education.

    To be surrounded by historians like Nettles, Haykin, Wills and Puckett…wow…makes your head spin. Maybe you should start learning how ice skaters keep from getting dizzy.

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