Scott Pace

Scott Pace

Scott Pace

Dean of The College at Southeastern
Assoc. Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Preaching
Johnny Hunt Chair of Biblical Preaching

Discipline: Preaching
Teaching Since: 2018
Area: Ministry Studies
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B.S., North Carolina State University
M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Dr. Pace's ministry as a pastor has extended almost 20 years in a variety of full-time and interim capacities through three states. He continues to serve local churches through various speaking and discipleship roles. Pace also speaks regularly at conferences and training events that seek to equip pastors and church leaders. 

Some of his publications include Preaching by the Book, Pastoral Theology co-authored with Daniel Akin, and Student Ministry by the Book co-authored with Ed Newton, and two additional books scheduled for publication in 2020. He also has a forthcoming volume, Colossians-Philemon, in the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series.

A native of North Carolina, Dr. Pace holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Carolina State University (1997). He received his Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002 and earned his Ph.D. in Applied Theology from the seminary in 2007. Prior to his vocational calling, Scott served in the corporate world as an accountant and the private sector as a business manager.

Scott’s greatest passion is for his family. He and his wife, Dana, have been married since 1999. They have four children – Gracelyn, Tyler, and Tessa, and Cassie.


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.