Jonathan S. Welch

Jonathan S. Welch

Jonathan S. Welch

Assistant Professor of Christian Worship

Program: Worship Studies
Discipline: Christian Worship
Teaching Since: 2019
Area: Ministry Studies
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B.A., Religion, Duke University
M.Div., Advanced Biblical Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Theology and Worship, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary


Jonathan S. Welch serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Worship and leads worship studies at Southeastern, where he has been teaching since 2019. Originally from South Carolina, Dr. Welch ministered for over fifteen years as one of the pastors at The Summit Church (Durham, NC) before joining the faculty at SEBTS. Dr. Welch has written articles and conference papers for the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music, Doxology & Theology, and the Institute for Biblical Worship. His research interests include biblical theologies of worship, contemporary worship, Christian liturgy, spiritual formation, discipleship, theology, and Christian perspectives on culture and the arts. Dr. Welch and his wife Sarah have been married since 2006. They live in Raleigh along with their four children.


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.