Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Nathan Finn WEBI serve as Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where I’ve taught since 2006. My primary areas of scholarly interest include the history of Christian thought (especially spirituality), the history of spiritual awakenings and Baptist Studies. In addition to my role at Southeastern Seminary, I serve as an adjunct professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where I teach seminars and supervise students in the Ph.D. program in Biblical Spirituality.

Most of my writings thus far have been in the field of Baptist Studies. See the “Books and Essays” and “Book Reviews” tabs above. I also love to edit. I am the church history and historical theology book review editor for Themelios and serve on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals: The Andrew Fuller Review; The Journal of Baptist Studies; Journal for Baptist Theology and MinistryThe Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry. I also serve as an associate editor of the multi-volume The Works of Andrew Fuller (forthcoming from Walter de Gruyter) and as a consulting editor for Pickwick Publication’s series Monographs in Baptist History.

I have been blogging since 2003 and love to write for online audiences. I serve as the Theological Advisor and Coordinator for Southeastern’s faculty blog, Between the Times, which I co-founded with four of my SEBTS colleagues in 2008. I also periodically contribute blog posts and short essays to several other websites, including Historia Ecclesiastica (The Andrew Fuller Center), Facts and Trends (LifeWay Christian Resources), Canon and Culture (The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission) and Two Journeys (First Baptist Church of Durham). I have also contributed guest posts to the Desiring God blog, The Gospel Project blog, and SBC Voices.

I’m a member of several scholarly and professional organizations related to church history, theology and Christian spirituality. I’m a member of the steering committee for the Baptist Life and Thought Study Group of the Evangelical Theological Society and a member of the continuation committee for the International Conference on Baptist Studies. I’m also serve as a Fellow for two academic centers: The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Seminary and The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at Southern Seminary. The Bush Center for Faith and Culture seeks to engage culture as salt and light, presenting and defending the Christian Faith and demonstrating its implications for all areas of human existence. The Andrew Fuller Center focuses on Baptist Studies, especially the life and thought of the influential Particular Baptist pastor-theologian Andrew Fuller (1754–1815) and his circle of friends.

IMG_6621In addition to my teaching and writing ministry, I’m an ordained minister who has previously served in ministry positions in several Southern Baptist churches in Georgia and North Carolina. I’m currently one of the elders of the First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina, where I teach classes on systematic theology and church history and oversee our congregation’s church planting efforts. I periodically preach and teach in other local churches and speak at various types of conferences. I also  serve as a member of the board of directors of the Biblical Recorder, the official news journal of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

I’ve been married to my gorgeous wife Leah since 2001. Leah is a full-time homemaker. We are the parents of four children: Georgia, Baxter, Eleanor and Fuller. My hobbies include watching movies, enjoying Broadway musicals (we have season tickets to a local Broadway series), listening to all kinds of music ranging from Allison Krauss to Mumford and Sons to Johnny Cash to Jars of Clay and rooting for my beloved Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. I’m also a diehard fan of Minor League Baseball, especially the Durham Bulls.