More About R. Alan Culpepper

Dr. Culpepper is the founding dean of the McAfee School of Theology. He came to McAfee from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he was Professor of Religion. Previously he served as Associate Dean of the School of Theology and Professor of New Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Baylor University, his master of divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his doctor of philosophy at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Culpepper has written nine books, including Anatomy of the Fourth Gospel, The Gospel and Letters of John, the commentary on Luke in the New Interpreter’s Bible, John, the Son of Zebedee: The Life of a Legend, Eternity As a Sunrise: The Life of Hugo H. Culpepper, and Mark in the Smyth and Helwys Bible Commentary, as well as numerous articles for journals, periodicals, and books.

Personal Information

Cyberspace. What a strange place to meet! But then I have been a lot of places. I grew up as a missionary kid in Chile and Argentina, and have had the opportunity to travel extensively in Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, and Asia.

My wife Jacquelyn (Jacque) McClain Culpepper, is also a lifelong teacher: B.A., Baylor University in 1967; M.Ed., the University of Louisville, 1986; and a Ph.D. in Education, the University of Georgia, 2002; and an associate professor in the Tift College of Education at Mercer University in Atlanta.

We have two grown children, Erin Culpepper and Rodney Culpepper. Education runs in the family!

My hobbies include fishing, boating, and jogging. I also enjoy history and biographies.

Professional Information


  • B.A. (cum Laude), (Honors Program, with distinction), Baylor University, 1967.M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1970.Attended Goethe Institute, Brannenburg, Germany, 1970.
  • Ph.D., Duke University, 1974.
  • Cambridge University, England, 1980-81.Louisville, Kentucky, 1987-88


  • Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Madison, Indiana, 1968-70.Part-time Instructor, Dept, of Religion, Duke University, 1971.
  • Research Assistant for W. D. Davies, 1971-73.
  • Assistant Professor of New Testament Interpretation, SBTS, 1974-80.
  • Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation, SBTS, 1980-85.
  • Visiting Professor, Vanderbilt Divinity School, Fall 1983.
  • Associate Dean, School of Theology, SBTS, 1984-1987, 1988-1991.
  • James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, SBTS, 1985-1991.
  • Visiting Professor, Baylor University, 1991-1992.Professor of Religion, Baylor University, 1992-1995.
  • Dean, McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, 1995-2015.
  • Baylor University, Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Science, 1997-2002.
  • “Biblical Interpretation Series," E. J. Brill, 1994-“Library of New Testament Studies,” editorial board, 1992-2010.
  • New Testament Language Project, board of directors, 1999-.