We at BtT wish to welcome three new members of the SEBTS faculty: Walter Strickland, Chuck Quarles, and Stephen Eccher. Each of these men is uniquely equipped to serve SEBTS in its mission to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the local church and fulfill the Great Commission.
Walter R. Strickland has been appointed to the faculty of SEBTS as Special Advisor to the President on Diversity and Instructor of Theology. Mr. Strickland comes to SEBTS from Cedarville University, where he currently serves on the Diversity Student Programming Team. He is a graduate of Cedarville University (B. A.) and SEBTS (M.Div., Th.M.), and currently is a candidate for the Ph.D. in Theology at Highland Theological College, University of Aberdeen (Scotland).
Within systematic theology, Mr. Strickland’s expertise is African-American theology. During his tenure as a student at SEBTS, he successfully argued his Th.M. thesis on James Cone and Jonathan Edwards in Dialogue: An Analysis of Religious & Cultural Trends that Influence Theological Formulation. At present, in his role as a Ph.D. student at Aberdeen, he is writing a dissertation on J. Deotis Roberts and the Kingdom: Finding Liberation’s Place in the Mission of God. Walter served as my teaching assistant for two years during his time as an M.Div. student. Even during those early years, he proved to be more than capable as a theologian and as a classroom instructor. His hiring has created quite a buzz on campus, and we are excited about serving alongside of him.
Charles Quarles has been appointed as Professor of New Testament & Biblical Theology. He comes to SEBTS from Louisiana College where he served as Dean of the Caskey School of Divinity, Vice President for the Integration of Faith and Learning, and Research Professor of New Testament and Greek. Dr. Quarles is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (B.A.), and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D). Before his tenure at Louisiana College, Dr. Quarles served the International Mission Board as Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek at the Bucharest Baptist Theological Seminary (Romania), and as a professor at NOBTS and Clear Creek Bible College (Pineville, KY). Dr. Quarles has further served as a pastor in Mississippi and Tennessee.
Dr. Quarles is the author of The Sermon on the Mount (B&H, 2011) and Midrash Criticism: Introduction and Appraisal (UPA, 1998), the co-author of The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: A Comprehensive New Testament Introduction (B&H, 2009) and The Lion and the Lamb: New Testament Essentials (B&H, 2012), and the editor of Buried Hope or Risen Savior: The Search for the Jesus Tomb (B&H, 2008). He further is completing the manuscripts for three volumes: A Theology of Matthew (P&R, 2013), Illustrated Life of Paul (B&H, 2013), and Commentary of Colossians (LifeWay, 2013). Many of us have known Chuck for years, and it gives us great pleasure that we’ll be able to serve alongside of him. He is a first-rate scholar and classroom instructor, a churchman, and a former missionary and, as such, is a valuable addition to our faculty.
Stephen Eccher has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Church History and Reformation Studies. Dr. Eccher is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic (B.A.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and The University of St. Andrews, Reformation Studies Institute (M.Litt., Ph.D.). During his Ph.D. candidacy at St. Andrews, Dr. Eccher taught adjunctively for SEBTS in addition to serving as a preacher and teacher at St. Andrews Baptist Church in St. Andrews Scotland.
Within Reformation studies, Dr. Eccher’s expertise lies in Swiss Anabaptism and the theology of the Swiss Reformed tradition. At St. Andrews, he defended his Ph.D. Dissertation on The Bernese Disputations of 1532 and 1538: a Historical and Theological Analysis and his M.Litt. thesis on Michael Sattler and the Schleitheim Confession: An Analysis of the Historical Setting of the Brotherly Union and its Radical Call to Separation. A little known fact is that, during his tenure as an adjunctive faculty member at SEBTS, he came to be known among the students as Dr. Dapper (for his impeccable wardrobe). He has proven to be a first-rate mind and a fine classroom instructor, and we welcome him warmly to the SEBTS campus.