Baylor University’s Truett Seminary Announces the Appointment of Dr. Elizabeth E. Shively as Professor of Christian Scriptures

February 6, 2023

Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary's Dean Todd D. Still, PhD, announced today that Elizabeth E. Shively, PhD, has accepted an appointment to serve as Professor of Christian Scriptures commencing this July. Shively, a well-known and highly regarded biblical scholar who specializes in the Gospel of Mark, will teach courses in New Testament and Greek at the seminary.

Shively holds a BA from The University of the South (Sewanee), a MDiv and a ThM from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Emory University, with a primary concentration in New Testament Studies and a secondary concentration in Homiletics.

“I am overjoyed that Dr. Elizabeth Shively will be joining the Truett faculty,” said Andrew Arterbury, PhD, professor of Christian Scriptures and chair of the search committee. “Dr. Shively is a widely respected scholar, who has already produced an impressive collection of work on Mark’s Gospel. At the same time, Dr. Shively’s academic ascent remains on a steep incline. Her forthcoming book on the genre of the Gospels and her upcoming commentary on the Gospel of Mark will solidify her position at the vanguard of New Testament Studies. On top of that, Dr. Shively has a strong track record as a transformational classroom teacher and as a faithful minister who served on a church staff for six years. We are fortunate to add such a gifted professor to our seminary faculty.”

Shively currently serves as senior lecturer in New Testament at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where she has been on faculty since 2012. She has also taught at Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Candler School of Theology. Additionally, Shively served for six years on the ministerial staff of the famed Park Street Church in Boston.

“I am thrilled to take up the appointment as professor of Christian Scriptures at Truett Seminary,” Shively stated. “Truett’s position as a theological school embedded in an R1 University provides a unique context for scholarship and service. I’m grateful for the chance to teach in such a context and am eager to join this vibrant community in its preparation of women and men for the ministry of the gospel. In fact, it’s what I’ve always wanted to do.”

In addition to her ongoing work as a teacher and researcher, Shively serves as editor for the Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism Monograph Series, is co-creator and editor for the new monograph series Diegesis in Mind: Cognitive Disciplines and Ancient Narrative in Dialogue with Brill/Bonn University Press, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Biblical Studies. An elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, Shively was awarded the McCall-MacBain Teaching Excellence Award by the University of St. Andrews in 2016 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Given her commitment not only to make a contribution to the academy but also to engage the church and society, Shively frequently preaches and teaches in churches and conference settings and contributes to Christianity Today and

Dean Still added, “Baylor’s Truett Seminary is widely and rightly known for rigorous academic instruction and intentional spiritual formation in service of the church. The appointment of Dr. Elizabeth Shively adds appreciably to this ongoing commitment of our seminary and her faculty. It absolutely delights me that an international scholar-teacher of Dr. Shively’s skill and stature—who has a deep and abiding commitment to Christ, the Church, and ministerial training—is joining our dedicated and celebrated faculty. We eagerly anticipate her coming to join the Truett family.”


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary is an orthodox, evangelical, multi-denominational school in the historic Baptist tradition that equips God-called people for gospel ministry in and alongside Christ’s Church by the power of the Holy Spirit. Accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, Truett Seminary provides theological education leading to the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Arts in Contextual Witness and Innovation, Master of Arts in Theology, Ecology and Food Justice, Master of Arts in Theology and Sports Studies (online), Master of Theological Studies, Doctor of Ministry, and Ph.D. in Preaching. Truett Seminary also offers joint degrees through Baylor University school/college partnerships in social work, business, law, music, and education. In addition to the flagship Baugh-Reynolds Campus in Waco, the Seminary also has additional instructional sites in Houston and San Antonio. To learn more, visit