Bryan J. Whitfield
I am delighted to teach at Mercer, a place where I am free to join my vocation as a teacher of Christian scripture with my Baptist roots. I am a Georgia native (Smyrna is my hometown). As an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, I majored in comparative literature, French, and mathematics. While pursuing theological education, I obtained degrees from Yale Divinity School, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Indiana University. I then did further graduate work at Duke University and completed the Ph.D. in New Testament from Emory University. My dissertation research there examined how Jewish traditions about Joshua shaped the portrait of Jesus in the letter to the Hebrews. I have published that research in Joshua Traditions and the Argument of Hebrews 3 and 4 (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013). During the spring semester of 2014, I was visiting research professor of New Testament at Johannes Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
Before coming to Mercer in 2002, I taught at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and Columbia Theological Seminary. My previous jobs focused on teaching and ministry: I taught at Walton and Campbell High Schools in Cobb County and at Athens Academy. I served as a campus minister in Connecticut, a hospital chaplain in New Orleans, and a staff member at an inner-city church in Louisville, Kentucky. I was the associate pastor of a congregation in the Atlanta suburbs and the bivocational pastor of a church in rural northeast Georgia.
Outside of the classroom, my interests include preaching and teaching in churches, cycling, running, swimming, watching college football, reading novels and poetry, and singing with both church and civic groups.