Dr. Larry Baker


Dr. N. Larry Baker, professor of pastoral ministry and director of the Doctor of Ministry Program is a graduate of East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas, where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in English and certification in secondary education. He completed his graduate studies at Southwestern Seminary where he earned the B.D., Th.M., and Th.D. degrees.

Baker has served as associate professor of Christian ethics and pastoral ministry at Southwestern Seminary, as associate professor and professor of Christian ethics at Midwestern Baptist Seminary, as dean of the faculty at Midwestern Seminary, and as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Midwestern.

His work experience includes tenure as BSU director and Bible teacher at Texas Woman’s University, as associate pastor, as executive director of the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and adjunct teaching assignments at Southern Baptist Seminary, Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, and Wayland Baptist University.

He has also served as pastor of churches in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Arizona and as interim pastor of churches in Texas and Missouri. He is a member of various professional organizations including the Association of Doctor of Ministry Education.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor's, English and Secondary Education, East Texas Baptist University, 1959
  • Bachelor of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1963
  • Master of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1966
  • Doctor of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1974
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
  • Colleges of Distinction
  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network