IRVING, Texas (December 6, 2023)—The Board of Governors at B. H. Carroll Theological Seminary has named Dr. Greg Tomlin as the new director of the seminary’s PhD program.
Tomlin, who the governors also promoted to Professor of Christian History, joined B. H. Carroll in 2019 and has served for the past four years as Carroll Fellow for Faith & Heritage and director of the seminary’s institutional effectiveness program. Previously, he held positions in administration at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity, and the University of North Texas at Dallas, where he served as one of five founding administrators who led the campus to become an independent university.
The appointment follows the retirement of Dr. Karen Bullock, who has led the program since 2007. Tomlin has known Bullock since 1995 and worked as her graduate assistant at Southwestern Seminary from 1997-2003.
“Dr. Bullock has been an integral part of B. H. Carroll, where she has shepherded dozens of students through the completion of their terminal degrees,” Tomlin said. “But for me personally, she has been a close friend and mentor for nearly 30 years. She is the model church historian and an effective administrator. Most of what I learned about the history of the Christian church and much of what I learned about seminary administration and theological education I learned from her.”
B. H. Carroll President Gene Wilkes said Bullock had the opportunity to nominate her replacement. Tomlin was endorsed by Bullock, Wilkes, and the ETBU Executive Leadership.
“Dr. Bullock believed Dr. Tomlin best understood the mission of B. H. Carroll, the demands of the position, and has the same heart for students she does,” Wilkes said. “That was equally as important as skill in program administration.”
Tomlin is originally from Arkansas, where he graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He completed his MA and PhD at Southwestern Seminary in 1998 and 2003. He also studied at Baylor University and at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs.