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

Tom Elliff

Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Prayer
BA, MDiv, DMin
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.

JD Greear

Visiting Professor of Christian Leadership and Disciple Making
BA, MDiv, PhD
Senior Pastor, The Summit (Raleigh)

J.D. Greear is joining the SEBTS faculty as a part-time Professor of Christian Leadership and Disciple Making is the pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of several books, most recently publishing, “Just Ask,” “What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?”, and “Above All.” Greear is a two-time graduate of SEBTS, receiving both his Master of Divinity and PhD from the seminary. Greear also served as the 62nd President of the Southern Baptist Convention from 2018-2021. Greear is married to Veronica, and they have four children: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah, and Adon.

Clyde Meador

Professor of Missions Leadership
BA, MDiv, 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.

Thom Rainer

Distinguished Professor of Church Revitalization and Leadership
BA, MDiv, PhD
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.

Ed Stetzer

Visiting Professor of Missional Research
BS, MA, MDiv, DMin, PhD

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.

Crawford W. Loritts, Jr.

Visiting Professor of Preaching and Christian Leadership
Doctor of Divinity & Doctor of Sacred Theology

He is a well-known pastor, author, and speaker. Loritts comes to SEBTS with decades of ministry experience, including most recently serving as Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. Loritts has faithfully lead and planted a number of churches, including through serving with Urban Evangelistic Mission from 1976-1978; co-founding Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas; and founding Canton Bible Church in Canton, Mississippi. Loritts has written numerous, including “Leadership as an Identity” and “For a Time We Cannot See.” He has also and serving on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) with his wife, Karen, from 1978-2005. During that time, Loritts also served as the Associate Director of Cru. Loritts holds a Doctor of Divinity from Biola University and a Doctor of Sacred Theology from Philadelphia Biblical University. Loritts and his wife Karen have four children and 11 grandchildren.

Al Jackson

Visiting Professor of Pastoral Ministry
MDiv, DMin
Pastor of Lakeview Baptist Church 1979-2021

He has served as the pastor of Lakeview Baptist Church since 1979. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jackson has a heart to share God’s Word throughout the world, having traveled to Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. He is married to Kem, and they have three children and nine grandchildren.

Matt Carter

Visiting Professor of Preaching
MDiv, DMin
NAMB Send Network VP of Mobilization

He is the Lead Pastor of Sagemont Church in Houston, Texas. Prior to pastoring at Sagemont, Carter planted and pastored The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, which began in 2002 and grew to six campuses with over 8,000 in weekly attendance. Carter is a graduate of SEBTS, earning his Doctor of Ministry in Expositional Preaching in 2015. He also earned his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Seminary in 2006. Carter has co-authored a number of books, including the Gospel of John in the “Christ Exposition Commentary” series. Carter and his wife Jennifer have three children: John Daniel, Annie, and Samuel.