Dr. Doug Weaver

Doug Weaver, (B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.), is Professor of Religion, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Coordinator of the Baptist Studies Center for Research in the Department of Religion at Baylor University. In August 2015 he was named Director of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies.

Weaver is a native of Virginia and earned a BA at Mississippi College (1978) and the M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1981, 1985). After teaching at Baptist-related colleges in Virginia and Georgia, Dr. Weaver came to Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 2003. He teaches both at the undergraduate and Ph.D. levels and mentors graduate students studying Baptist and Pentecostal history. He has also taught classes (particularly Baptist Identity) at George W. Truett Theological Seminary each year since joining the Baylor faculty.

Dr. Weaver's most recent publication (as editor/contributor) was Mirrors and Microscopes: Historical Perceptions of Baptists (Paternoster Press, 2015). Other books include In Search of the New Testament Church: The Baptist Story (Mercer University Press, 2008) and an annotated edition of E. Y. Mullin’s Axioms of Religion (Mercer, 2010). Dr. Weaver was also one of the editors of The Acts of the Apostles: Four Centuries of Baptist Interpretation (Baylor University Press, 2009) and Exploring Christian Heritage: A Reader in History and Theology (Baylor University Press, 2012). His first book, The Healer-Prophet, William Marrion Branham: A Study of the Prophetic in American Pentecostalism (Mercer University Press, 1987), was reprinted in 2000. He has numerous articles in journals, most recently in Perspectives in Religious Studies, Baptist History and Heritage, Wesleyan Theological Journal, and the American Baptist Quarterly. In recent studies, Dr. Weaver has explored the importance of freedom of conscience and the relationship of personal voluntary faith and ecclesiology in Baptist life.

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Administrative support

Andrew Kim – graduate assistant

Andrew Kim is a doctoral student in the History of Christianity area of the Religion Department, studying with Dr. Weaver. His interests center on modern American Church History, and his dissertation will focus on Bernard Ramm, his identity as an American Baptist Evangelical, and science.

Andrew graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a BA in Integrative Biology and worked for five years in the biotech industry. After this, he returned to school and received his MAEd in Secondary Education (1999) and a second MAEd in Social Sciences, Policy, and Educational Practice (2000), both from Stanford University.

After working for ten years as a middle and high school science teacher, Andrew attended Truett Seminary at Baylor University, receiving his MDiv in 2012. From there, he moved into the PhD program of Baylor’s Religion Department.

Andrew is married with two high school children.

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