Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies


Dr. Dalen C. Jackson

B.A., Samford University;
M.Div.,and Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dalen C. Jackson became the first full-time faculty member of Baptist Seminary of Kentucky in the Fall of 2002, and currently serves as Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies. A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, he holds a B.A. in Religious Education from Samford University, the M.Div. with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in New Testament, also from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served as chair of the Division of External Studies at Judson College in Marion, Alabama and as chair of the Humanities Division and head of the Theology Department at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia. Dr. Jackson and his wife, Shari, have two children, Daniel and Emma.

Dr. Jackson wrote the Smyth & Helwys Annual Bible Study, Hebrews: Encouragement for a Life of Faith, and has presented papers at meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. He has published book reviews in scholarly journals, and has an article forthcoming in Review & Expositor. He has also contributed Bible study materials for Smyth & Helwys’s Formations literature, The Christian Index, and Baptists Today. He has served as president and vice-president of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Dr. Jackson teaches Introduction to the Bible, Introduction to the New Testament, Introduction to the Old Testament, Greek, Biblical Hermeneutics, and various electives in Biblical Studies.

His areas of scholarly interest include the Gospel of Mark, Performance of Biblical texts, Performance Criticism, Linguistics, American Bibles, Bible teaching and the public schools, postmodern hermeneutical theory, and theological interpretation of Scripture.

Dr. Jackson is an ordained minister, and alongside his academic vocation he has served churches in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, and Georgia as pastor and interim pastor, youth minister, children’s director, recreation assistant and in a variety of lay roles. He is involved in the life of many Kentucky churches as a Bible study leader and preacher, and in denominational settings as a conference speaker and workshop leader.