The Reverend Dr. Kenneth B. E. Roxburgh, principal
of Scottish Baptist College in Glasgow, Scotland, has been
named chair of the Samford Department of Religion.
Roxburgh will join Samford this fall after eight years at
the Scottish institution. He succeeds Dr. Sigurd Bryan, who
retired in May.
The new religion chair is a teacher, writer and former pastor.
He taught widely in the areas of church history and historical
theology, and has written numerous journal articles and essays
on those subjects.
“Dr. Roxburgh comes to us as a recognized scholar,
an experienced pastor and preacher, an effective classroom
teacher, a dedicated educator of ministerial students, and
an international leader among Baptists and other Christians,”
said Samford Provost Brad Creed.
“He will make a significant contribution of service
to our students, faculty and constituents.”
Roxburgh is author of the book Thomas Gillespie and
the Origins of the Relief Church in 18th Century Scotland,
published by Peter Lang in 1999. Gillespie was a leading evangelical
who founded a new denomination, the Relief Church, after leaving
the Church of Scotland. He disagreed with the church policy
of imposing a minister on a congregation against its will.
“The book is thoroughly researched, admirably organized
and readily comprehensible—an important recent contribution
to Scottish church history,” wrote historian D. W. Bebbington
of the University of Stirling.
Roxburgh also serves as editor of the Scottish Bulletin
of Evangelical History.
Prior to joining Scottish Baptist College, Roxburgh served
as pastor of three Scottish Baptist churches during 1978–94.
He has been a member of the Baptist World Alliance Commissions
on Doctrine and Theological Education since 2000. He serves
on the Baptist Union of Scotland Council and Executive Committee.
Roxburgh holds the bachelor’s degree with honors from
London Bible College, the master of theology from Aberdeen
University and Ph.D. from Edinburgh University.