Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Nathan Finn WEBI have recently been appointed the Dean of the School of Theology and Missions and Professor of Christian Thought and Tradition at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. I begin on July 1, 2015. For the past eight years, I have served as Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Spiritual Formation at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. I also served as the founding director of the seminary’s Center for Spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality during the 2014-2015 school year. I will continue to teach in the Ph.D. program at Southeastern, where I will supervise doctoral students in Historical Theology.

I am interested in a variety of scholarly topics, including the history of Christian thought (especially spirituality), the history of revival, modern fundamentalism and evangelicalism, 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 “Publications” tab 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. 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 contribute periodically to Southeastern’s faculty blog, Between the Times, which I co-founded with several of my SEBTS colleagues in 2008, and 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),the LifeWay Church Leaders blog, and Two Journeys (First Baptist Church of Durham). I have also contributed guest posts to the Desiring God blog, The Anxious BenchThe Gospel Project blog, the B&H Academic blog, the Credo Magazine blog, and SBC Voices.

I’m a member of several scholarly and professional organizations related to church history, theological studies, 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 also serve as a fellow for the Research Institute at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at Southern Seminary.

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, church history, and spiritual formation, and occasionally preach. I also periodically preach and teach in other local churches and speak at various types of conferences. I am active in Southern Baptist denominational life. I have served as the vice chairman of the board of directors of the Biblical Recorder, the official news journal of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and served on the state’s Historical Committee. I also teach a class on the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting every summer that includes taking Southeastern Seminary students to the Convention.

I’ve been married to my awesome 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 reading spy novels and fantasy novels, 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 Indelible Grace, and rooting for my beloved Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves. I’m also a diehard fan of Minor League Baseball, especially the Durham Bulls.