Stephen O. Presley, Ph.D.

Stephen O. Presley, Ph.D.
Research Fellow

Stephen O. Presley is a Research Fellow with the CRCD. He is also an associate professor of church history and Director of Research Doctoral Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Presley’s academic focus has centered around patristics and the intersection between the history, theology, and exegesis of the early church. His interests also include the history of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, Second Century Christianity, the theological and historical methodology of the early church, and the function of apologetics and cultural engagement in early Christian thought.

Presley is the author of numerous books, articles and essays, many of which focus on the early Church Father Irenaeus and his theological vision. He is currently working on two new books: Recovering Early Christian Cultural Engagement (Eerdmans) and Reading the Bible with Irenaeus, (Lexham Press).

Presley is a member of the North American Patristics Society, Evangelical Theological Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and Institute for Biblical Research. He is also a Research Fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

Presley earned his undergraduate degree at Baylor University. His postgraduate degrees include a Th.M. in Historical Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.