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Tate Cockrell

Tate Cockrell

Tate Cockrell

Associate Professor of Counseling
Director of DMin Studies

Discipline: Biblical Counseling
Teaching Since: 2012
Area: Ministry Studies
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Email: tcockrell@sebts.edu
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Education

BS, Psychology, William Carey College
MA, Marriage and Family Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
MA, Religious Eduction, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD, Psychology and Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Bio

Dr. Cockrell was born and raised in Laurel, MS, but lived in Aberdeen Scotland as a child because of his father's job in the oil industry. Prior to SEBTS he was Pastor for Member Care at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham Alabama. He has been in ministry for almost 25 years, serving the local church and several para-church ministries. He has also taught adjunctively at five different graduate schools. Dr. Cockrell travels throughout the United States and internationally speaking in conferences on marriage, family, grief, parenting, divorce, recovery, and men’s issues. He has been married to his wife, Wendy, since 1993. They have one daughter, Tatum, and twin sons, Preston and Spencer.

 

The Abstract of Principles has served as a guiding document since Southeastern’s founding. In April 2001, Trustees revised the institutional bylaws to include the 2000 revision of the Baptist Faith and Message along with the Abstract of Principles as the official articles of faith for the school. Since then, faculty have been asked to state in writing that these documents represent their personal beliefs without mental hesitation or reservation and they committed themselves to teach in accordance with and not contrary to these statements of faith.

In addition to the articles of faith, Southeastern further recognizes two documents that clarify beliefs on critical issues. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy reflects Southeastern’s commitment to biblical authority. The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood addresses the issue of biblical manhood and womanhood. These documents serve as guidelines and affirmations of convictions and beliefs that are already expressed in Southeastern’s statement of faith. Members of the Faculty commit to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the doctrines expressed in these documents.

The faculty of Southeastern published the booklet, “Here we stand! This We Believe!” to introduce the statements of faith signed by the faculty and the affirmation statements endorsed by the faculty. The fifth document in the booklet is the Nashville Statement, which is not a formally recognized document of the school but expresses the position of the school on gender and sexuality.