Dr. Robert Sellers

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Dr. Robert Preston Sellers, professor of theology and Connally Professor of Missions, brings to HSU more than 25 years of experience in international missions, plus insights gained from travel, study, or teaching in more than 40 countries. He earned his bachelor’s degree in English at Mississippi College, his Master of Divinity in New Testament at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Philosophy in theological ethics, also at Southern Seminary.

Prior to coming to Hardin-Simmons, Sellers was a missionary in Indonesia, where he was a faculty member at the Indonesia Baptist Theological Seminary and the Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary. His involvement in the local church includes responsibilities in a variety of ministry staff positions in both Indonesian and American churches.

He also was a visiting lecturer for two years at Baylor University. Beyond the classroom, he represents Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as a member of the Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches, USA. Internationally, he serves on the Baptist-Muslim Relations Commission and the Peace Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, and on the Executive Committee of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.

He has written for numerous journals and periodicals in this country as well as authored materials for Indonesian Baptists. One of his greatest joys is teaching in international locales, which has enabled him to work with HSU students in Central and South America, the British Isles, Eastern and Western Europe, Eastern and Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Mississippi College, 1967
  • Master of Divinity, New Testament, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1972
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Theological Ethics, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1993
  • Additional Study, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ, 2004
  • Additional Study, Andover Newton Theological School, Boston, 2012
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