Endowed Professorships

Ensuring Our Future

We seek fully endowed faculty positions for core curricular areas:  Pastoral Theology and Leadership, Christian Ethics and Moral Theology, Biblical Studies in Old Testament, Church History, Systematic Theology, Biblical Studies in New Testament, and Anglican Studies and Liturgics. We will build the endowments of our core chairs and we have the possibility of creating new chairs. Endowed chairs help us attract, retain, and honor outstanding teachers and scholars. They provide a wellspring of ongoing financial support for teaching, research, and service.  This enables faculty to serve more widely, refine their teaching skills, and further enrich students’ lives. Our talented faculty are a resource not only to the seminary community but to the larger Church, local parishes and the community-at-large. As respected authors, teachers and scholars they serve far beyond the campus environs.

Endowed Professorships at

Seminary of the Southwest


The Duncalf-Villavaso Endowed Chair

in Church History

                Honoring Frederic and Alma Rather Duncalf
                       and Ernest and Ethel Rather Villavaso

Through the study of representative movements, theologians, texts and institutions, students learn to give a critical and informed account of principal developments in the history of  Christian institutions and theology, especially in relation to Western European, British, and North American Christianity as well as the development of Anglicanism. This core area of study explores the relationships between theological, institutional, cultural, and social  developments  and equips seminarians to recognize the impact of cross-cultural mediations and conflicts on the development of Christian institutions and doctrines.


The Saint Michael & All Angels

Chair in Biblical Studies

                Dr. Steven Bishop
Associate Professor of Old Testament

At Seminary of the Southwest the Old Testament is studied as Scripture in all its rich variety.  Students learn to appreciate how the unfolding drama of God’s work in Israel is presented in all its various literary forms: narrative, saga, proverbs, poetry, and prophetic works.  In addition, attention to the historical and social context of the Old Testament  enriches our study and equips our students for preaching and teaching in a contemporary context.


The Bishop John Elbridge Hines

Chair in Preaching

         The Rev. Micah Jackson                                  The Rt. Rev. John Elbridge Hines
       Bishop John Elbridge Hines

  Assistant Professor of Preaching
         Dean of Community Life

Bishop John E. Hines was the primary influence in the 1952 formation of Southwest. He saw the need for the church to have a seminary of its own in the Southwest and established Seminary of the Southwest to equip clergy and laity to proclaim the gospel.


The J. Milton Richardson Chair

in Anglican Studies

      The Rev. Nathan G. Jennings                          The Rt. Rev. J. Milton Richardson
     J. Milton Richardson Associate
       Professor of Anglican Studies

Anglican Studies provide foundational education in Anglican theology, spirituality, and polity and combine classroom study of Anglicanism with living and praying within an Episcopal community, being formed by its ethos and spirituality. Coursework provides for students with varied backgrounds in theological study and lay ministerial experience, who are seeking ordination.


The Helen and Everett H. Jones Chair

in Ethics and Moral Theology

             Dr. Scott Bader-Saye                                         The Rt. Rev. Everett H. Jones
Helen and Everett H. Jones Professor
     of Ethics and Moral Theology

Through the study of classic and contemporary figures, texts, and movements, students come to understand the grammar of Christian ethics and moral theology.  Reflecting on the Christian moral life in conversation with scripture, theology, liturgy, and sacraments within the context of the Anglican tradition, students engage the moral discourses of those outside the Christian tradition. Students learn to form communities of love, hospitality, and witness that can make Christ present in response to the moral challenges of the present age.


The Clinton S. Quin Chair

in Systematic Theology

               Dr. Anthony D. Baker                                        The Rt. Rev. Clinton S. Quin
            Clinton S. Quin Associate
       Professor of Systematic Theology

Systematic theology focuses on the thematic components of Christian theology. Through study students gain skills to apply biblical theology to contemporary questions and issues.  This area of study is approached in a way that both encourages and challenges our students as they prepare to be the future leaders of the church and offers them guidance as they come to understand what they believe and why. Theological topics, including the elements of Christian grammar, guide seminarians through the construction and employment of a broadly-based Christian language and prepare them to articulate the language of  Christianity in their various vocations.


The Chair in New Testament

      The Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge
           Professor of New Testament
                     Academic Dean

New Testament is the collection of early Christian writings that the church read in public worship, valued, honored and recognized as scripture. The Gospels and Epistles, the Acts of the Apostles and Revelation, along with the law, prophets, and writings of the Old Testament, have been at the center of the church’s worship and theological and ethical reflection  throughout its history. New Testament courses at Seminary of the Southwest explore the historical and social setting of the writings, their language and literary form, and their interpretation through history and the present.


The Peter H. Coffield Memorial Chair

in Pastoral Theology

Studies in Pastoral Theology play an essential role in the formation of strong clergy and church leaders. Through the study of theory and research, through theological and experiential reflection, and in pastoral care case studies, students learn to develop models for church leadership that inform effective and faithful lay and ordained leadership. Students draw on the resources available in scripture, tradition and experience. Studies provide a theological concept of stewardship and bring resources to bear from Anglican and other Christian traditions as well as the social sciences.



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