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Brian Arnold, PhD

Associate Professor of Theology

Dr. Brian Arnold served as the fourth President of Phoenix Seminary until May of 2023. In this role he combined a love for the local church with a passion for serious, academic theology. He is convinced that seminaries are servants of the church, uniquely positioned to train men and women for mature, biblically-grounded ministry in a rapidly changing world. In the summer of 2023, Dr. Arnold returned to the pastorate, accepting a senior pastor position at First Baptist Church in Paducah, Kentucky.

Before joining the faculty of Phoenix Seminary in 2015, Dr. Arnold served as the Pastor of Smithland First Baptist Church in Kentucky. Prior to pastoring, he worked as a paramedic for nearly a decade. Dr. Arnold earned his Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013 and has since authored two books, Justification in the Second Century (de Gruyter; Baylor University Press) and Cyprian of Carthage: His Life and Impact (Christian Focus), and a number of journal articles. He has been married to Lauren since 2007 and has two children, Jameson and Natalie.


Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Theology), PhD

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (New Testament), ThM

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, MDiv

Eastern Kentucky University, BS



Justification in the Second Century. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2017 (hardback); Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2018 (paperback).
Cyprian of Carthage: Life and Impact. Christian Focus, 2017.

Epistle to Diognetus: A Commentary. To be co-authored with Michael A. G. Haykin. Pickwick, contracted.

Irenaeus. Lexham, contract forthcoming.

Articles and Reviews

“‘The Furtive Robbery of Life’: Abortion in the Church Fathers.” Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry, forthcoming.

Review of Christianity in the Second Century: Themes and Developments edited by James Carleton Paget and Judith Lieu. Vigiliae Christianae 72 (2018): 337–340.

“Augustine: A Restless Heart Satisfied.” Real Truth Matters (September 2014).

Review of The Righteousness of One: An Evaluation of Early Patristic Soteriology in Light of the New Perspective on Paul by Jordan Cooper. Themelios 39.1 (2014): 125–27

Review of Augustine’s Theology of Preaching by Peter Sanlon. Fides et Humilitas 1 (2014): 104–108.

Review of Athanasius by Peter Leithart. Credo Magazine (January 2012).

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