Baylor's Truett Seminary Appoints New Preaching Faculty

April 9, 2018

Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary Dean Todd D. Still has announced the appointment of Scott M. Gibson, DPhil, and Jared E. Alcántara, PhD, as the Seminary's newest faculty members. Both Dr. Gibson and Dr. Alcántara will begin their service at Baylor on July 1.

Along with Joel C. Gregory, PhD, Professor of Preaching and holder of the George W. Truett Endowed Chair in Preaching and Evangelism, Dr. Gibson and Dr. Alcántara will teach courses and conduct research in preaching at Truett Seminary and will be actively engaged in speaking and lecturing at churches and conferences.

Scott Gibson

Dr. Scott M. Gibson comes to Truett from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he has served as Director of the Center for Preaching, the Haddon W. Robinson Professor of Preaching, and Director of the A. J. Gordon Guild, the PhD program in association with the London School of Theology. As well as being a prolific author and skilled editor, Dr. Gibson is the past president and co-founder of the Evangelical Homiletics Society. An ordained Baptist minister, he has also served as pastor and interim pastor at churches in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New York.

Dr. Gibson earned his bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University, his master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell, master of theology degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Knox College, University of Toronto, and the DPhil from the University of Oxford. At Truett, Dr. Gibson will serve as Professor of Preaching and holder of the David E. Garland Chair of Preaching, currently held by W. Hulitt Gloer, PhD, who is retiring at the end of the Spring 2018 semester. Dr. Gibson will also direct the PhD in Preaching at Truett (pending final approval of the degree by the Baylor University Board of Regents later this semester).

"I am honored to join the respected faculty of Baylor University's Truett Seminary," Dr. Gibson said. "To engage in teaching and research in the field of homiletics and to enlist others in this important task gives me immense excitement. I am looking forward to joining forces with Drs. Gregory and Alcántara and the rest of the faculty, participating in the work of the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching, and directing the anticipated PhD program in preaching. Building on the already strong foundation of preaching at Truett, I am confident that the future is even brighter for preaching at Baylor."

Jared Alcantara

Dr. Jared E. Alcántara joins the Truett faculty from his position as Associate Professor of Homiletics and Director of the Master of Arts in Ministry Program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Wheaton College, master of divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, master of theology degree from New College, University of Edinburgh, and his doctor of philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Baptist minister, Dr. Alcántara has served as a youth pastor and associate pastor in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Oregon and as a teaching pastor in New Jersey. The author of Crossover Preaching and Learning from a Legend, Dr. Alcántara's research interests include preaching and contextualization, homiletical theory, and the role of race and ethnicity in preaching, especially in Latino/a and African American contexts. At Truett, Dr. Alcántara will serve as Associate Professor of Preaching and as the inaugural holder of the newly established Paul W. Powell Endowed Chair in Preaching.

"What a tremendous privilege it is for me to join the distinguished faculty at Truett, Baylor University's seminary!" Dr. Alcántara said. "I look forward to teaching alongside Dr. Gregory and Dr. Gibson in the homiletics department, contributing to the PhD program in preaching, participating in the work of the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching, and learning from so many gifted students, colleagues, and staff. I am truly grateful to God for the unique opportunity to partner in Truett's mission."

Yancey and Boddie

Along with other newly appointed faculty members, Stephanie C. Boddie, PhD, Assistant Professor of Church and Community Ministries, and Gaynor Yancey, DSW, Holder of the Lake Family Endowed Chair in Congregational and Community Health, Dr. Gibson and Dr. Alcántara are joining a faculty comprised of skilled teachers, published scholars, experienced ministers, and global leaders who are committed to equipping God-called people for gospel ministry in and alongside Christ's Church by the power of the Holy Spirit.

"We are delighted to add Dr. Scott M. Gibson and Dr. Jared E. Alcántara to the accomplished ranks of Baylor's Truett Seminary faculty!" Dean Still said. "Their varied education, expertise, and experience will add immeasurably to our community and will be highly valued among our constituencies. Arguably, along with Dr. Joel C. Gregory, the rich resources of the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching, and the anticipated launch of a PhD in Preaching in the fall of 2019, Baylor's Truett Seminary will increasingly become a place that people associate with and look to for biblical, thoughtful, insightful, and innovative preaching. We give thanks to the Lord and to all the generous people who have made these historic hires possible."

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