Julia Bickley Higgins

Julia Bickley Higgins

Julia Bickley Higgins

Assistant Professor of Ministry to Women
Associate Dean of Graduate Program Administration

Program: Ministry to Women
Teaching Since: 2018
Area: Ministry Studies
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B.A., University of North Alabama
MDiv., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


Julia B. Higgins serves as Assistant Professor of Ministry to Women and Associate Dean of Graduate Program Administration at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She teaches in the Ministry to Women degree programs at Southeastern, with her ministry focus being college-aged and adult women. Her passion is equipping women to teach the Bible and to serve the local church. She co-edited The Whole Woman: Ministering to Her Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength (B&H, 2021), has contributed to Lifeway Women: The Reference Desk, and serves as a doctrinal reader for Missions Mosaic, a publication of the WMU. She is married to Tony, who serves as Executive Director and staff counselor at Bridgehaven Counseling Associates. They reside in the RDU area and worship at The Summit Church.


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.