Dr. Steven Harmon

Dr. Steven Harmon

Professor of Historical Theology


  • B.A., Howard Payne University
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Additional study: The Catholic University of America; Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany; University of Dallas; Duke University Divinity School


Steven R. Harmon began teaching in the School of Divinity in 2010. He regularly teaches Christian History and Theology I and II, Christian Ethics, Theological Integration Capstone Seminar, and elective courses in Christian history and theology. Dr. Harmon is the author of Every Knee Should Bow: Biblical Rationales for Universal Salvation in Early Christian Thought (Rowman & Littlefield), Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision (Paternoster), Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity (Cascade Books), Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press), and Baptists, Catholics, and the Whole Church: Partners in the Pilgrimage to Unity (New City Press); he is co-editor and co-author with Amy L. Chilton of Sources of Light: Resources for Baptist Churches Practicing Theology (Mercer University Press) and with Teun van der Leer, Henk Bakker, and Elizabeth Newman of Seeds of the Church: Towards an Ecumenical Baptist Ecclesiology (Cascade Books). He has also published numerous journal articles, chapters in multi-author books, and general readership publications. Dr. Harmon serves on the editorial boards of Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, the Journal of Baptist Theology in Context, and the Centre for Baptist Studies in Oxford Publications series, and previously served as Book Review Editor for Perspectives in Religious Studies and Associate Editor of Review and Expositor.

Prior to teaching in the School of Divinity, Dr. Harmon was Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina and Associate Professor of Divinity at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He has served as Visiting Professor at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. Harmon has served as pastor of three churches in Texas, interim pastor of churches in North Carolina, and guest preacher and teacher in numerous congregations in Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, and Virginia. He is a member of St. John’s Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is an active member of the Commission on Doctrine and Christian Unity of the Baptist World Alliance, which he has represented in ecumenical dialogues with the Anglican Communion, the Catholic Church, and the Eastern Orthodox churches, and as a plenary member of the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order. 

Dr. Harmon hails from Texas. He is married to Kheresa Wedding Harmon, who serves as Minister for Children and Their Families at St. John’s Baptist Church in Charlotte, and they are the parents of a high school-age son, Timothy. Dr. Harmon’s hobbies include running, reading, listening to a wide variety of music “from Bach to Bono,” playing the electric guitar (especially U2 covers) and occasionally the French horn and alto recorder, and traveling.