Gerald Keown


Associate Dean, School of Divinity
Bob D. Shepherd Chair of Biblical Studies
Professor of Old Testament Interpretation

Office Location: Noel Hall, 201
Phone: (704) 406-4629


  • B.S., The University of Alabama
  • M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Additional study: Hebrew Union College, Geothe Institute, and University of Chicago


Gerald L. Keown joined the School of Divinity faculty in 1996. He teaches Introduction to Old Testament I, Introduction to Old Testament II, Jeremiah, Hebrew, and one Doctor of Ministry seminar - The Ministry of Biblical Interpretation. His primary area of research is prophetic literature.

Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Divinity, Dr. Keown was the Associate Dean for Master of Divinity Studies and the Martha and Talmage Rogers Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. He has a background steeped in the local church. Dr. Keown has served as pastor, interim pastor, and guest teacher in numerous churches in North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, and West Virginia. Dr. Keown is active in the life of the Fernwood Baptist Church in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he lives.

Dr. Keown hails from Alabama. He is married to Sharon Diane Alverson Keown, and they are the parents of two adult children.