Dr. J. Bradley Creed came to Samford in July 2001. As Provost and Executive Vice President, he serves as the chief academic officer for the university, overseeing academic quality in all facets of the university. Prior to coming to Samford, he advanced from professor of Christian history to associate dean and later to dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. Dr. Creed is also the former pastor of First Baptist Church of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and has previously served as a youth minister and church planter.
He is the author of several published works and articles which have appeared in The Cresset, Christian Ethics Today, Fides et Historia, Review and Expositor, and Baptist History and Heritage. During the year 2000, Dr. Creed was scholar-in-residence at the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs in Washington, D.C., and visiting professor of church history at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Falls Church, VA.
Dr. Creed earned the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Divinity degrees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Bachelor of Arts at Baylor University.