Owen Strachan

Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Director of the Center for Theological and Cultural Engagement


The Maine native is a graduate of Bowdoin College (A.B. in History), Southern Seminary (M.Div. in Biblical & Theological Studies), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D. in Theological Studies). In roles within the SBC and greater Evangelical sphere, Dr. Strachan is Senior Fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and was formerly President of CBMW, whose purpose is “to set forth the teachings of the Bible about the complementary differences between men and women, created equally in the image of God, because these teachings are essential for obedience to Scripture and for the health of the family and the church.”

He is also a contributing writer for The Gospel Coalition, a research fellow of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, and a fellow of the Center for Pastor-Theologians.
At SBTS, Dr. Strachan was director of the Carl F.H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement, and at Boyce College, he served as chair of Gospel & Culture. Prior to his time in Louisville, Strachan was the full-time managing director of the Carl F.H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and associate director of the Jonathan Edwards Center at TEDS, which is in Deerfield, Ill.

A well-established writer, Dr. Strachan has published six books, including: Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome; editor of The Pastor as Scholar, the Scholar as Pastor: Reflections on Life and Ministry by John Piper and D.A. Carson;Jonathan Edwards, Lover of GodJonathan Edwards on BeautyJonathan Edwards on the Good LifeJonathan Edwards on True Christianity; and Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell. In 2015, Strachan will have five more works published: The Colson Way (Thomas Nelson); Reawakening the Evangelical Mind(Zondervan); The Pastor as Public Theologian (Baker); Designed for Joy (Crossway); and Essential Evangelicalism: The Enduring Influence of Carl F.H. Henry (Crossway).

Strachan has written academic journal articles for ThemeliosTrinity JournalFides et HistoriaJournal for Biblical Manhood & WomanhoodBulletin of Ecclesial Theology, and Theology for Ministry. Further, he has authored popular articles for The AtlanticWashington PostFirst ThingsThe American SpectatorThe City, and Christianity Today. He writes regularly for 9Marks, The Streamand his Patheos blog, “Thoughtlife,” which was ranked a top-100 Christian website by ChurchRelevance.com. He speaks regularly for churches and conferences, and has been profiled in World Magazine as a young evangelical leader and by Baptist Press for his pro-life work.

Dr. Strachan is married to Bethany and together they have three children.


Local Church:

Kenwood Baptist Church, Louisville, KY


Publications:

  • The Colson Way

    Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World (Thomas Nelson, 2015)Learn More
  • The Pastor as Public Theologian

    Reclaiming a Lost Vision (Baker, 2015)Learn More
  • Designed for Joy

    How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice (Crossway, 2015)Learn More
  • Awakening the Evangelical Mind

    An Intellectual History of the Neo-Evangelical Movement (Zondervan, 2015)Learn More
  • Essential Evangelicalism

    The Enduring Influence of Carl F. H. Henry (Crossway, 2015)Learn More
  • Risky Gospel

    Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome (Thomas Nelson, 2013)Learn More
  • The Pastor as Scholar and the Scholar as Pastor

    Reflections on Life and Ministry (Crossway, 2011)Learn More
  • The Essential Edwards Collection

    5 Vols. (Moody, 2010)Learn More