Stephen O. Presley, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Church History; Director of Research Doctoral Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Stephen Presley is a native Texan who joined the faculty of Southern Seminary in 2020. He specializes in patristics with an interest in the intersection between the history, theology, and exegesis of the early church. His research interests also include the general contours of the history of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, Second Century Christianity, the theological and historical methodology of the early church, and the function of apologetics and cultural engagement in early Christian thought.


He completed his undergraduate work at Baylor University and earned a Th.M. in Historical Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He received a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he carried out his research in patristics. For the past nine years, he has taught a variety of graduate and postgraduate courses in church history and historical theology, as well as courses in early Christian theology, exegesis, apologetics, and worship.


Presley is a member of the North American Patristics Society, Evangelical Theological Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and Institute for Biblical Research. He is also a Research Fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and has served as a pastor, interim pastor, and elder at several different Baptist churches. He is married to Haley and they have four children, Isla, Emma, Luke and Andrew.

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