Tracy J. McKenzie

Tracy J. McKenzie

Tracy J. McKenzie

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

Discipline: Old Testament
Teaching Since: 2006
Area: Biblical Studies
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B.A., Emporia State University
M.Div., Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Th. D., University of Göttingen


Tracy J. McKenzie serves as Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament where he has taught since 2005. Tracy’s research concerns how the relationships of texts within the Old Testament itself contribute to an understanding of their composition and meaning. This interest follows the trajectory set by his dissertation at SEBTS, Idolatry in the Pentateuch as well his dissertation from the University of Göttingen now published as History as Harlotry in the Book of Ezekiel concerning textual growth within Ezekiel 16. He has published other articles, essays, and reviews.

In 2014, Tracy and his wife, Beth, started a specialty coffee roasting company where they attempted to develop a theology of work and vocation. As much as they enjoyed coffee and the relationships it afforded, Tracy’s heart for teaching students the Old Testament required full-time focus. They sold the coffee business in 2017. Tracy and Beth have four sons.


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.