Visiting Faculty

A Quality Faculty

Southeastern is proud to have high-quality full-time faculty on staff as well as play host to visiting professors who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our school.

Tom Elliff

Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Prayer
BA, M.Div., D.Min.
Retired IMB President

After pastoring for forty-two years, Tom Elliff served the International Mission Board, first as Senior Vice President for Spiritual Nurture and Church Relations from 2005-2009, then as President from 2011-2014. Tom served pastorates in Arkansas, Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma and as an IMB missionary in Zimbabwe. Tom also served as president of the SBC Pastor's Conference and two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Dr. Tom Eliff speaking in Binkley Chapel


Professor of Evangelism and Missions
B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
Senior Pastor, The Summit (Durham) 

J.D. Greear is the pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC and author of several books including Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches That Send.



J.D. Greear speaking in Binkley Chapel



Professor of Missions Leadership
B.A., M.Div., DMin.
Executive Advisor to the President, International Mission Board, 1974-2016

With 41 years of missionary and leadership experience, Clyde Meador and his wife, Elaine, served as an IMB missionaries to Indonesia for 14 years, beginning in 1974. In 1987, Meador worked as mission administrator in Jakarta and, in 1989, he served in a leadership capacity with the Southern Asia and Itinerant Pacific Mission. From August 2010-March 2011, he served as the IMB’s interim president and has been a top advisor and vice president to three of the organization’s presidents, including David Platt. 


Dr. Clyde Meador "I am going to Prague"


Thom Rainer

Distinguished Professor of Church Revitalization and Leadership
B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
Former President and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources

Thom S. Rainer is the founder and CEO of Church Answers, an online community and resource for church leaders. Prior to founding Church Answers, Rainer served as president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources. Before coming to LifeWay, he served at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for twelve years where he was the founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism. He is a 1977 graduate of the University of Alabama and earned his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Thom Rainer 


ed stetzer

Visiting Professor of Missional Research
B.S., M.A., M.Div., D.Min., Ph.D.

Ed Stetzer holds the Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College. Ed also serves as the Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton, and as chair of the Evangelism and Leadership Program in the Graduate School. Ed is a prolific author, and well-known conference speaker. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written or co-written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. 

 ed stetzer