Published on January 23, 2018 by Kristen Padilla  
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Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Stefana Dan Laing as assistant professor of divinity and theological librarian beginning Aug. 1, 2018.

In this new role, Laing will teach in the area of spiritual formation and will coordinate Beeson Divinity’s Women’s Theological Colloquium. As theological librarian, she will work with the faculty to collect the best biblical, historical, theological and pastoral resources available for ministry training as well as instruct divinity students in the effective use of library resources for their studies at Beeson.

“We’re delighted to welcome Stefana Dan Laing as Beeson’s newest faculty member,” said Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity. “She is a superb scholar and teacher who brings special expertise in spiritual formation and early church history. With deep roots in the Romanian Baptist heritage and a heart for missions, she will strengthen our commitment to prepare God-called men and women for the service of the church.”

Laing comes to Beeson Divinity School from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston, where she served as theological librarian. She also has taught Christian spirituality and historical studies at Houston Graduate School of Theology, and Christian doctrine at Houston Baptist University.  

Author of Retrieving History: Memory and Identity Formation in the Early Church (Baker, 2017), Laing’s primary area of research is in Patristics. She is actively involved in the North American Patristics Society and the Evangelical Theological Society, and served as an editor for The Study Bible for Women (Holman, 2014).

Laing holds degrees from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia (B.A.) and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (M.Div., Ph.D.). She and her husband John are active in various teaching ministries, and they have three children. 


ABOUT BEESON DIVINITY SCHOOL -- Samford University's Beeson Divinity School is an evangelical, interdenominational, theological school, whose mission is to train ministers of the gospel.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.