Truett's New Ph.D. in Preaching a One-of-a-Kind Program

November 18, 2019
Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary welcomed its first class of Doctor of Philosophy in Preaching students, with a cohort of four joining the inaugural class of the new doctoral degree program.

“After years of planning and preparing, Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary is thrilled about launching a Ph.D. in Preaching this fall under the able direction of Dr. Scott M. Gibson, who will be joined by highly lauded colleagues Drs. Jared Alcantara and Joel C. Gregory in the teaching and supervising of Ph.D. in Preaching students,” said Truett Dean Todd D. Still, Ph.D.

“This program is timely not only for the church and the academy but also our university as we look toward and lean into the lofty goals set forth in Illuminate, Baylor’s strategic plan. Truett Seminary is delighted to be embedded into Baylor University and is grateful for the opportunity through this seldom-offered, greatly-needed course of study to make good on our university’s motto—Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana.”

Truett’s Ph.D. in Preaching boasts a robust doctoral program for students who seek to contribute to the field of homiletics. The doctoral degree is the only Ph.D. in Preaching in the free-church tradition offered at a major research university, making Baylor the leading institution for significant research and study in this tradition and area of study. An additional benefit of the developing preaching program and the seminary’s contribution to the University’s push toward R-1 status is a post-doctoral research position.

Graduates will make contributions both to the academic study of homiletics and to the local church. The program will look to expand to seven students in 2020, including both residential and modular students.

As a private Christian university in the Baptist tradition, Baylor is strategically placed to engage with emerging student-leaders from the church, business, government and the wider society with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Ph.D. in Preaching is a component in this conversation that brings the gospel to every aspect of life.

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