Robert R. Ellis, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academics
Liaison to the Association of Theological Schools
Seminary Faculty

Phillips Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

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Logsdon Seminary is an ideal environment for graduate students to prepare professionally and spiritually for ministry. Logsdon offers an intimate community of learning where individual attention is a hallmark. Small seminars provide a rich educational environment where open inquiry is fostered within a nurturing Baptist community. At Logsdon Seminary faculty, staff, and students provide a compassionate and creative context for growth academically and spiritually.

Dr. Ellis’ teaching career began at HSU in 1984. He joined the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1986, and then returned to HSU as part of the Logsdon faculty in 1996. Before teaching at these institutions, he served as the pastor of Forestburg Baptist Church in Forestburg, Texas. Dr. Ellis has published a biblical Hebrew Grammar and numerous articles for books, journals, and periodicals. He currently serves as the book review editor for the Review & Expositor and on the Dean’s Council of the Vocational Theological Education
Council of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Dr. Ellis often serves as a preacher and Bible conference speaker and has been involved in several international ministry settings through theological education, church ministry, and theological dialogue, including Brazil, Romania, England, Nigeria, and China.

Degrees Earned

Bachelor's ~ Religion ~ Hardin-Simmons University ~ 1977
Master's ~ M. Div ~ Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ~ 1981
Doctorate ~ Ph.D. in Old Testament ~ Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary ~ 1988


“An Annotated Bibliography for the Book of Malachi,” Southwestern Journal of Theology, Fall 1987
Articles for the Mercer Dictionary of the Bible (Mercer University Press, 1990)
“The Remarkable Suffering Servant of Isaiah 40-55,” Southwestern Journal of Theology, Fall 1991
Articles for the Holman Bible Dictionary (Broadman & Holman, 1991)
“Divine Gift and Human Response: An Old Testament Model for Stewardship,” Southwestern Journal of Theology Spring 1995
“Are There Any Cows of Bashan on Seminary Hill?,” Southwestern Journal of Theology, Fall 1995
Articles for the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (Zondervan,1997)
“Theological Boundaries of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Book of Joshua,” Review & Expositor, Spring 1998
“Interpreting the Law,” for the 2nd ed. of Biblical Hermeneutics, ed. Corley, Lemke and Lovejoy (Broadman & Holman, 2002)
“The Power of Jots and Tittles: Old Testament Preaching in Today’s World,” Window, Ministry Resources from the Logsdon School of Theology, Spring 2003
“Creation, Vocation, Crisis and Rest: A Creational Model for Spirituality,” Review & Expositor, Spring 2006
Learning to Read Biblical Hebrew: An Introductory Grammar. (Baylor University Press, 2006)
Numerous book reviews published in Hebrew Studies, Review & Expositor, and Southwestern Journal of Theology

Courses Taught:

BIBL 6301 – Old Testament Exegesis
BIBL 6302 - Old Testament Theology
BIBL 6305 – Issues in Old Testament Interpretation
BIBL 6331 - Interpreting the Old Testament I
BIBL 6332 - Interpreting the Old Testament II
BIBL 6335 – Preaching from the Old Testament
HEBR 6301 - Biblical Hebrew I
HEBR 6302 – Biblical Hebrew II
HEBR 5311 - Hebrew Readings I
HEBR 5312 - Hebrew Readings II


HSU Administration

Lanny Hall, Ph.D., President
Thomas V. Brisco, Ph.D., Provost, Chief Academic Officer
Vicki House, M.B.A.,
Vice-President for Enrollment Management
Mike Hammack, M.B.A., Executive Director of Institutional Advancement
Harold Preston, M.B.A., Senior Vice-President for Finance, Chief Operations Officer
Dave Rozeboom, Ph.D., Senior Vice-President for Student Development

Seminary Trustee Advisory Board

Dr. Brent Gentzel, Kaufman
Mrs. Tina Hunter, Abilene, Chair
Dr. Jerry Joplin
, Lubbock
Mrs. Leigh King, Abilene
Rev. Joe Martinez, Houston
Mrs. Norma Schaffer, Abilene
Dr. Glen Schmucker, Fair Oaks Ranch

Logsdon Seminary Administration and Staff

Don Williford, Ph.D., Dean of Logsdon Seminary & School of Theology
Penny Gammill, A.A., Administrative Assistant to the Dean

Robert R. Ellis
, Ph.D.
, Associate Dean of Academics
Rosie Hollingsworth, M.M.A., Assistant to the Associate Dean of Academics

Ken Lyle, Jr.
, Ph.D.
, Director of the Master of Divinity Program
Randall Maurer, Ph.D., Director of Master of Arts in Family Ministry Program
Larry Baker, Th.D., Director of Doctor of Ministry Program
Omer Hancock, Th.D., Financial Officer and Director of University In-Service Training
James Stone, M.Div., Director of Placement and Congregational Resourcing
Daniel Martin, B.B.S., Coordinator for Student Services and Admissions

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