Dr. Scott M. Gibson holds the David E. Garland Endowed Chair in Preaching and serves as the Director of the Doctor of Philosophy in Preaching program at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. Prior to coming to Truett in 2018, Dr. Gibson served for 27 years at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, teaching preaching and directing various programs in preaching. At Gordon-Conwell he was the Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching.
Professor Gibson is a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania. He attended the Pennsylvania State University where he majored in education. After completing the Master of Divinity degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Gibson continued his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary where he was awarded the Master of Theology degree (homiletics), the University of Toronto where he earned a master's degree (church history), and the University of Oxford where he completed the doctor of philosophy degree (church history), concentrating on the life, preaching and work of A.J. Gordon.
Upon his return from Britain in 1985, Professor Gibson served as a pastor and interim pastor at churches in Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts.
Dr. Gibson is co-editor with Keith Willhite of The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching (Baker 1998) and editor of Making a Difference in Preaching: Haddon Robinson on Biblical Preaching (Baker 1999), Preaching to a Shifting Culture: 12 Perspectives on Preaching that Connects (Baker 2004), Contemporary Baptists and Historic Faith (Principle Press 2005), Preaching the Old Testament (Baker 2006) editor and introduction to, How Christ Came to Church: The Pastor’s Dream, A Spiritual Autobiography by A.J. Gordon (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2010), Preaching Points: 55 Tips for Improving Your Pulpit Ministry (Wooster: Weaver, 2016), The Worlds of the Preacher: Navigating Biblical, Cultural, and Personal Contexts (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2018), Training Preachers: A Guide to Teaching Homiletics (Bellingham: Lexham, 2018), and with Matthew D. Kim, Homiletics and Hermeneutics: Four Views of Preaching Today (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2018). He is author of A.J. Gordon: American Premillennialist (University Press of America 2001), Preaching for Special Services (Baker 2001), Should We Use Someone Else’s Sermon: Preaching in a Cut and Paste World (Zondervan 2008), Preaching with a Plan: Sermon Strategies for Growing Mature Believers (Baker 2012), and with Karen Mason, Preaching that Protects Against Suicide(Bellingham: Lexham, 2018). He has contributed numerous articles to books and journals, in addition to having other writing and research projects in hand. He has served as editor of The Journal of the Evangelical Homiletics Society since 2000 and was editor of the ABE Journal for 14 years.
Dr. Gibson is an ordained Baptist minister. He is past-president and co-founder of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. He lectures on preaching in seminaries and colleges and preaches at churches and conferences. Contemporary issues in preaching, discipleship, pastoral ministry concerns, the history of preaching and the history of evangelicalism are some of Gibson's professional interests.
Dr. Gibson and his wife, Rhonda, live in Hewitt, TX.