Matthew WiremanAssociate Dean, The School of Ministry
Professor of Theology and Church History
Unit: College of Christian Studies
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
Teaching & Education
Teach courses in systematic theology, practical and pastoral theology, spiritual formation, and church history.
- BS. The University of Louisville
- MDiv The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- Ph.D. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- 25 years of ministry experience in para-church and church-based ministries.
- 8 years of higher education teaching experience.
- Taskforce for the Southeast Regional Evangelical Theological Society.
- Contributor, The One Year Christian History. Edited by E. Michael Rusten and Sharon O. Rusten. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2003.
- Contributor, Said at Southern Blog, 2007
- “Scripture’s Self-Witness as the Proper Ground for Systematic Theology,” diss., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2012
- “The SBJT Forum: God the Holy Spirit,” The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, vol.16, (Winter 2012)
- “Hearing God in the Midst of Suicidal Thoughts,” The Gospel Coalition Blog. http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2014/01/03/hearing-god-in-the-midst-of-
suicidal-thoughts. Accessed 3 January 2014
- Contributor to The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. Edited by George Kurian and Mark Lamport. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
- “Why Baptists Can Follow the Lectionary” The Center for Baptist Renewal. http://www.centerforbaptistrenewal.com/blog/2018/11/28/why-baptists-can-follow-the-lectionary
- “Why Baptists Can Follow the Church Calendar” The Center for Baptist Renewal. http://www.centerforbaptistrenewal.com/blog/2018/12/12/why-baptists-can-follow-the-church-calendar
- “A Call to Robust Ecumenism” The Center for Baptist Renewal. http://www.centerforbaptistrenewal.com/blog/2019/12/13/a-call-to-robust-ecumenism
- “Liturgy and Spiritual Warfare” The Center for Baptist Renewal. http://www.centerforbaptistrenewal.com/blog/2021/2/16/liturgy-and-spiritual-warfare
- “Glorification” in A Theological Handbook for the People of God. Edited by Daniel L. Akin, David S. Dockery, and Nathan A. Finn. Nashville: B & H, forthcoming.
- Pastor of Christ the Redeemer in Greenville, SC.
- Member of the Greenville Baptist Association.
- Church Planter of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
- Fellow at the Center for Baptist Renewal.
Ever since second grade, I have wanted to be a medical doctor. After being converted to Christ late in high school and then experiencing Christian discipleship, I changed my major in college and wanted to devote my life to serving the Church. I served overseas with Campus Crusade for Christ in Argentina for a couple of years, where my need for formal education was peaked. I attended The Bethlehem Institute in Minneapolis, MN, where my love for education and the local church grew. After pursuing my doctorate, the Lord made it clear that solid, biblical education was needed to strengthen the Church. Concurrent with that desire, NGU started its online undergraduate programs. I wholeheartedly gave my energies to help people get a solid theological foundation for their various spheres of ministry.
Favorite Course to Teach: Hermeneutics. If we don’t know how to read and apply the Bible, we’re lost.
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