Robert R Ellis Dean of Logsdon School of Theology
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Robert R Ellis

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts Logsdon School of Theology


  • Bachelor of Science, Religion, Hardin-Simmons University, 1977
  • Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1981
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1989

Dr. Bob Ellis is the Dean of Logsdon School of Theology and Logsdon Seminary and is Phillips Professor for Old Testament and Hebrew. He graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1977, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in religion and a minor in philosophy.

Ellis also graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, receiving the Master of Divinity in 1981 and the Doctor of Philosophy in 1989, with a major in Old Testament and minors in New Testament and ethics. He also spent two years (1992-1993 and 2000-2001) in post-doctoral study at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.

Ellis began his ministry career as the pastor of Forestburg Baptist Church in Forestburg, Texas, serving from 1980 to 1984. He joined the faculty of HSU in 1984 and then moved to the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1986. He returned to HSU and Logsdon in 1996, where he has been a faculty member and administrator. He began serving as the Dean of Logsdon in spring 2018.

He is the author of Learning to Read Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar, published by Baylor Press in 2006, and of numerous articles in books, dictionaries, and professional journals. Some of his more recent articles published in the Review & Expositor journal, for which Logsdon is one of the publishers, are “Amos Economics” (Fall 2010), “Amos Ecology” (May 2015), “A Word about … the Sign of Jonah for Our Culture” (November 2016), and “The Hope of a Biblical Imagination: A Sermonic Reflection on Genesis 1:1-3, 26-31 and Colossians 1:15-20, 25-27” (May 2017).

Ellis has served for twenty years on the Theological Education Council of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and has previously been on the boards of Texas Baptist Women in Ministry and the Review & Expositor.

His wife, Teresa Ellis, is the Theology Librarian for Hardin-Simmons University, and his daughters Katherine and Laura are graduate students in theology.

Ellis frequently ministers in churches as a preacher and Bible conference leader and has engaged in mission projects in Brazil, Romania, England, China, Nigeria, and South Africa. He has led or helped lead travel courses to Israel and Greece. His passions are following Christ, his family, teaching, serving the church, baseball, fly fishing, gardening, and travel.

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