Dr. Jim McConnell

Associate Dean, Professor of New Testament Interpretation


  • B.S.E.E., North Carolina State University
  • M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Baylor University


James R. McConnell, Jr., a native of Indianapolis, IN, joined the Gardner-Webb School of Divinity faculty in 2009. Dr. McConnell serves as the Associate Dean of the School of Divinity and Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation, teaching classes in all areas of New Testament as well as biblical Greek. The author of The topos of Divine Testimony in Luke-Acts (Pickwick, 2014), as well as other articles and essays, Dr. McConnell focuses especially on Luke-Acts and Paul. He also serves as the associate editor of the journal Review & Expositor.

Dr. McConnell began his vocational life as an electrical engineer after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University. After fourteen years in industry, four of which were spent designing dental equipment for Siemens AG in Bensheim, Germany, he transitioned into teaching and full-time church ministry, earning a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, followed by a PhD in New Testament from Baylor University. Dr. McConnell and his wife Susan have two married sons and a daughter, as well as twin grandsons. In his free time Dr. McConnell enjoys gardening, hiking and backpacking, and photography.