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 teaches Christian Theology I and II and Christian History I and II regularly, and he has also taught Christian Ethics, Introduction to Theological Education for Ministry, Theory and Practice of Ministry, Capstone Seminar, elective courses in ecumenism and Baptist studies, and the Doctor of Ministry seminar Educating the Church through Christian Spirituality. 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), and Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community (Baylor University Press), and he is co-editor and co-author with Amy L. Chilton of Sources of Light: Resources for Baptist Churches Practicing Theology (Mercer University Press). He has also published numerous journal articles, chapters in multi-author books, and general readership publications. Dr. Harmon is Book Review Editor for Perspectives in Religious Studies and former Associate Editor of Review and Expositor, and he also 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.

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 the First Baptist Church of Forest City, 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, Director of Admissions for the School of Divinity, and they are the parents of a teenage son, Timothy. Dr. Harmon’s hobbies include running, reading, listening to a wide variety of music “from Bach to Bono,” playing the French horn and alto recorder and learning to play acoustic guitar, and traveling.