Southern Seminary professor to retire after 38 years in the classroom
May 15, 2014

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Thomas J. Nettles, professor of historical theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary since 1997, is retiring from full-time teaching after 38 years in the classroom.

Nettles' teaching has involved "areas which I have thought are important and even critical for the health of Christianity and for the health of Baptist churches," he told Southern Seminary Magazine as the spring semester comes to an end.

"I have sought to help students become better pastors by helping them to understand the critical truths that churches have been built upon in the past."

Before joining the faculty at Southern nearly 17 years ago, Nettles spent 21 years at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mid-American Baptist Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Tom Ascol, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Fla., is one of those who has developed a deep friendship with Nettles over the years.

"Tom has a pastor's heart and considers his teaching ministry to be pastoral work," said Ascol, who is also chairman of Founders Ministries. "He has encouraged me countless times through the years by giving me biblical counsel, offering needed but at times unwanted rebuke and correction, and challenging me to think more biblically and carefully about knotty pastoral issues."

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