James Boyce (1827-1888)

James Boyce

A brief bio of James Boyce, a continuing Reformer in the Protestant Reformation:

Another influential Reformed theologian in the 1800s was James Boyce (James Pettigrew Boyce). He was the first President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Greg Wills, Research Professor of Church History and Baptist Heritage at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, writes, “Boyce’s leadership so characterized the seminary that one critic objected that the school belonged to Boyce more than to the denomination. The critic was in an important sense correct. Boyce’s imprint made the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Boyce’s seminary.”[1]


[1] Gregory A. Wills, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-2009 (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), 1-5.

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