Trentham elected president of the Society of Professors in Christian Education


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – John David Trentham, a member of the faculty at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been elected by his peers nationally to serve as president of the Society of Professors in Christian Education.

The organization is the primary scholarly guild for evangelical academicians in the educational and discipleship disciplines.

“As a leader, and in community with the Society of Professors in Christian Education board, members, and stakeholders, I’m committed to three things: to biblical confessionalism, to the irreducibility of ‘teaching’ as the central means of accomplishing the Great Commission, and to the necessity of positioning our guild to serve and beautify our churches and schools relevantly and redemptively – because we are in the world in the here and now, for the sake of Christ and his eternal kingdom,” Trentham said.

Trentham is an assistant professor of leadership and discipleship at the Louisville seminary. He also is chairman of the Department of Leadership and Discipleship, editor of the Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry, and director of the Doctor of Education Program.

Trentham teaches courses related to Christian formation and discipleship, and emphasizes the centrality of biblical community and Christian practices in all of his classes.

His pastoral experience includes leading local church ministries focused on young adults, missions, and worship. He currently serves as an elder and worship leader at Christ Fellowship Church in Louisville, where he had his wife, Brittany, are members.

He previously served as minister of young adults at First Baptist Church in Mt. Washington, working alongside Dr. Paul Chitwood when he was senior pastor there.

Trentham is the author and contributor to numerous books, journal articles, and research studies, particularly in the areas of Christian higher education and ministry leadership.

The Trenthams, both originally from East Tennessee, have two children.


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