Ken Keathley Installed in the Jesse Hendley Chair of Biblical Theology

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Hendley hugging another professorKen Keathley was installed in the Jesse Hendley Chair of Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SEBTS) fall convocation on Aug. 18.

Ed Hindson, dean of the divinity school at Liberty University and author of more than 40 books introduced the new chair.

Hendley was a pastor, evangelist, Bible teacher, radio host, minister, author and student of New Testament Greek. He was from Atlanta, Ga. He attended Georgia Tech, Columbia Seminary and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Hendley pastored Colonial Hills Baptist Church in East Point, Ga. for 14 years.

Hendley is best remembered as one of Southern Baptists’ most remarkable evangelists. He hosted “The Radio Evangelistic Hour” beginning in 1931 and continued until his death at the age of 87 on Nov. 30, 1994.

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Keathley, professor of theology and the director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture, graduated from Southeastern with a master of divinity and a Ph.D. in theology.

“I am grateful to the Hendley Foundation for the funding it provided, to Ed Hindson for his work in guiding the endowment to Southeastern, and to the administration for bestowing the chair,” Keathley said. “Occupying the Hendley chair is a privilege I do not take lightly.”

Keathley is the author of several works including “Salvation and Sovereignty: A Molinist Approach,” “40 Questions about Creation and Evolution” and “Biblical Authority: The Critical Issue for Southern Baptist.” He is originally from Missouri, and he and his wife Penny have two children and two grandchildren.

An endowed chair provides an enduring source of funding for professors. To learn more about endowing a chair or professorship at Southeastern contact Daniel Palmer, director of Financial Development at [email protected], (866) 917-3287 or

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