Nathan A. Finn

Historian, Theologian, Teacher, Preacher


Finn at Fuller BC

Lecturing at Fuller Baptist Church in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England in July 2014.

I have been serving as the Dean of the School of Theology and Missions and Professor of Christian Thought and Tradition at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee since July 1, 2015. Prior to that, I served for eight years as Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Spiritual Formation at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. I also founded the seminary’s Center for Spiritual Formation and Evangelical Spirituality. I continue to teach in the Ph.D. program at Southeastern, where I supervise doctoral students in Historical Theology.

I am interested in a variety of scholarly topics, including the history of Christian spirituality, systematic theology, modern fundamentalism and evangelicalism, and especially Baptist Studies (Baptist history, theology, and 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 have served on the editorial boards of several scholarly journals and currently serve as an associate editor of the multi-volume The Works of Andrew Fuller (Walter de Gruyter) and as a consulting editor for Pickwick Publication’s series Monographs in Baptist History and Thought.

Leading the Union University community in the Apostles' Creed. Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody.

Leading the Union University community in the Apostles’ Creed. Image courtesy of Kristi McMurry Woody.

I have been blogging since 2003 and love to write for online audiences. In 2008, I co-founded Southeastern’s faculty blog, Between the Times, which I contributed to for seven years. I have also written for 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, the Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the Desiring God blog, The Anxious BenchThe Gospel Project blog, The Center for Baptist Renewal blog, the B&H Academic blog, the Crossway 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 also serve as a fellow for the Research Institute at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a fellow for the The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an external fellow for the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Seminary, and a fellow for The Center for Baptist Renewal.

Finn Family, Fall 2015. Image courtesy of Kimberly Davidson Campbell.

Finn Family, Fall 2015. Image courtesy of Kimberly Davidson Campbell.

In addition to my teaching and writing ministry, I’m an ordained minister who has previously served in ministry positions in several Southern Baptist congregations in Georgia and North Carolina. I also periodically preach and teach in 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 that state’s Historical Committee. For several years, I taught a class on the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting every summer that included taking Southeastern Seminary students to the Convention.

I’ve been married to my wonderful wife Leah since 2001; Leah is a full-time homemaker and homeschool educator. We are the parents of four children: Georgia, Baxter, Eleanor, and Fuller. My hobbies include reading novels, listening to audiobooks (mostly political biographies), watching movies, enjoying Broadway musicals, 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.