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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Dr. Brian Arnold named new President

After an extensive nation-wide search and prayerful process, Phoenix Seminary has named Dr. Brian Arnold the new president of the seminary.

The Phoenix Seminary board of trustees voted unanimously on Monday, July 29, 2019, to appoint Dr. Brian Arnold to serve as the next president of Phoenix Seminary, in Phoenix, AZ.

Dr. Arnold will follow 30 years of foundational leadership and service from Founding President, now Phoenix Seminary Chancellor, Dr. Darryl DelHousaye.

“My work has been more foundational, establishing a school that would be solid theologically,” said Dr. DelHousaye. “But I realize now it’s time for God to bring in a new quarterback. This is a great man of integrity. He means what he says, and he does what he promises. I have absolute confidence that he’s going to be used by God to do great things for this school.”

Dr. Brian Arnold is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He worked as an Emergency Medical Services technician before being called into ministry. After graduating from seminary, Dr. Arnold pastored Smithland First Baptist Church in Smithland, Ky. He moved to Arizona in 2015 to serve as Assistant Professor of Theology at Phoenix Seminary, then later as Academic Dean.

“At Phoenix Seminary we are producing men and women who will be serving the local church,” said Dr. Arnold. “I want them to do that with the best education they can get, and hearts aflame with the gospel. I see seminaries as one of the most strategic opportunities in the Kingdom of God.”

Arnold has been married to his wife, Lauren, for 12 years. They have two children: Jameson (8) and Natalie (6).

The selection and announcement followed a nationwide search process led by executive search firm CarterBaldwin Executive Search of Atlanta, Ga. The search committee was comprised of trustees, alumni, students, faculty, staff, and external relations.

“I am pleased that the Board enthusiastically and unanimously supported the recommendation of the search committee after months of much prayer and hard work,” said Chairman of the Board Dr. Gary Damore.

Phoenix Seminary President-elect Arnold will assume office effective August 5, 2019.

Letter from the Chancellor

Click HERE to read a letter from Phoenix Seminary Chancellor Dr. Darryl DelHousaye.

  • Meet Dr. Arnold

    Before joining the faculty of Phoenix Seminary in 2015, Dr. Arnold served as the Pastor of Smithland First Baptist Church in Kentucky. Dr. Arnold earned his Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013.

    He has been married to Lauren since 2007 and has two children, Jameson and Natalie.

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  • Education

    • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Theology), PhD
    • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (New Testament), ThM
    • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, MDiv
    • Eastern Kentucky University, BS

  • Publications


    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).

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