Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Jerry Sumney

At a glance: Dr. Jerry Sumney, Professor of Biblical Studies

  • B.A., Lipscomb University, 1978
  • M.A., Harding University,1982
  • Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, 1987
  • Dr. Sumney first joined the faculty of LTS in 1997.

Dr. Sumney is an exceptional teacher who is dedicated to his students and is passionate about his subject matter. He serves on various committees for the Society of Biblical Literature. He is both a noted scholar and a dedicated Church leader. He is a member of Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lexington, Ky., where he has served as an elder and a deacon and is currently the chair of the Faith Formation Committee.

Best known for: Dr. Sumney recently published Steward of God’s Mysteries: Paul and Early Church Tradition (Eerdmans, 2017) as well as a reissue of his original Theology and Ethics in Paul and His Interpreters, co-edited with E. H. Lovering (Wipf and Stock, 2017). Within the field of biblical studies he is best known for his Colossians: A Commentary, NTL (Westminster, 2008), and his work on Paul’s opponents. His The Bible: An Introduction (Fortress Press, 2014) has become a signature textbook both in undergraduate and graduate programs. It is used in such recognized institutions as Baylor University, Missouri State University, and Christian Theological Seminary.

Why he teaches at LTS, in his own words: “We get to serve the Church in broader ways than in most seminaries because we enable so many people to go to Seminary. Through our online program we are able to serve people who would not have been able to attend before. So we provide service to the Church in ways that we could not before we went to the online format.”