John S. Hammett

John S. Hammett

John S. Hammett

Senior Professor of Systematic Theology
John Leadley Dagg Chair of Systematic Theology

Discipline: Theology
Teaching Since: 1996
Area: Theological Studies
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B.A., Duke University
M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
D. Min., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Additional Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School


John Hammett is the John L. Dagg Senior Professor of Systematic Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1995. Prior to that he was a pastor for nine years in North Carolina, Kentucky and Indiana, and a missionary with the International Mission Board at the South Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the author of Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches (now it its second edition) and 40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper and is co-author of The Doctrine of Humanity: The Divine Design. He has been married to his wife Linda for 44 years and has two adult children, and one granddaughter.


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.