Keith Whitfield

Keith Whitfield

Keith Whitfield

Associate Professor of Theology
Dean of Graduate Studies

Discipline: Theology
Teaching Since: 2012
Area: Theological Studies
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B.S., Clemson University
M.Div., Th.M., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary



Keith Whitfield serves as Professor of Systematic Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has been teaching since 2012. He has authored or edited more than five books, including Christology (B&H Academic, Forthcoming 2020), Islam and North America: Loving Our Muslim Neighbors (B&H Academic, 2018), and Trinitarian Theology: Theological Models and Doctrinal Application (B&H Academic, 2019). Dr. Whitfield has been featured in and contributed to a number of publications, including Christianity Today, First Things, the Mission of God Study Bible (Holman Bible Publishers, 2012)and The Gospel Project (LifeWay Christian Resources). Dr. Whitfield is also co-host of the Great Commission Conversations Podcast, where their goal is to encourage pastors and church leaders to engage in sharing the gospel here and around the world.




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.