Dr. Danny West

Director of Doctor of Ministry Program
Director of Ministry Leadership Development
Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Studies


  • B.A., Carson-Newman College
  • M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Th.M., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Additional study: University of Kentucky and University of Louisville


Danny M. West joined the School of Divinity faculty in 2002. He teaches the Introduction to Theological Education for Ministry, Introduction to Preaching, Preaching Practicum, and two Doctor of Ministry seminars—the Ministry of Preaching and the Ministry of Life-Long Learning. His primary area of research is preaching and story. Dr. West’s articles on the subject have appeared in publications including From Our Christian Heritage: Hundreds of Ways to Add Christian History to Teaching, Preaching, and Writing; The Minister’s Manual; John Killinger: Celebrating 75 years; Next Sunday Resources; and Preaching Magazine. He has written a compilation of published newspaper columns in a book entitled, This, That, and Other Kingdom Stories.

Prior to joining the faculty of the School of Divinity, Dr. West was the Regional Vice-President of the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home, Inc. He taught for almost a decade at Carson-Newman University as an adjunct professor of religion. Dr. West has a background steeped in the local church. He has served as a pastor, and guest preacher/teacher in numerous churches in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He is currently serving his fourteenth interim pastorate where he focuses on conflict mediation, reconciliation, and vision. He is a trained S.T.E.P. (Strategic Transitional Educational Program) through the Center for Healthy Churches.

In recent years Dr. West has been researching the intersection of preaching and story as an effective means of communicating the gospel. He is a regular attendee of the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee, and is currently working on a research project that engages the idea of Organic Preaching and Story.

He is a native of Gloucester, Virginia, and is married to Jeanne Burklow West. They have three grown children, and three spectacular grandchildren.