Dr. David Wilhite is a native of Columbus, Georgia. He has served on the pastoral staff of two churches in Birmingham, Alabama, and he is frequently invited to speak, supply preach, and help as interim pastor for various churches. After living and studying in Scotland at the University of St. Andrews, he taught for two years at Seattle Pacific University. He came to Truett in the Fall of 2007, where he teaches a required course in early Christian studies, as well as other electives in historical theology.
He has written four books, Tertullian the African (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2007), The Doctrine of the Church (London: T&T Clark, 2010), and The Gospel According to Heretics (Grand Rapids: Baker Press, 2014), and Ancient African Christianity (London: Routledge, 2017). Along with Truett's dean, Todd D. Still, he is co-editing a five volume series on the reception of Paul in the early church (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2013-), and he is also one of the editors for a two-volume work on the reception of the Bible in ancient North Africa. He has also been contracted to co-edit the forthcoming Cambridge History of Ancient Christianity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), with Bruce Longenecker. Dr. Wilhite currently serves as co-chair of a research group for the Society of Biblical Literature entitled, "Contextualizing North African Christianity."
He and his family are actively involved at University Baptist Church in Waco, and they stay busy at their "suburban paradise" taking care of the vegetable garden, a dog, a cat, a rabbit, a bearded dragon, and a small flock of laying hens. In addition to anything involving the outdoors, Dr. Wilhite is currently trying to learn to play the blues on his guitar autographed by Waylon Jennings.