For most of his adult life, Dr. Kent Berghuis has kept one foot in academia and the other in the church. Currently he serves as Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church of Dayton, OH. He has spent more than two decades in pastoral ministry and teaching at a variety of higher ed institutions.
Academically, Kent has pursued the life of the mind along the lines of St. Augustine’s approach of “faith seeking understanding.” He was drawn to study Scripture as a child, having been reared in a devoutly Baptist farm family in Iowa. What he loves about theology is the chance to make connections—how the Scriptures connect together, how God’s word and ways to connect to our world, and how Christians connect with each other and with the world around us.
Kent’s doctoral dissertation has been published under the title Christian Fasting: A Theological Approach. Among his scholarly loves are biblical, systematic and historical theology. He also values the practical theology of church ministry, especially preaching. Increasingly Kent has gained national and global ministry exposure, having visited 49 states and numerous foreign countries.
Kent has served in various capacities with the American Baptist Churches denomination, including the Emerging Theologians Task Force, the ABC-USA Pastors Colloquium, and the Commissions for Doctrine and Christian Unity and Baptist Heritage and Identity of the Baptist World Alliance. He has also served on the boards of the American Baptist Historical Society, the Christian History Institute, and the retirement community of Elm Terrace Gardens.
Ph.D.: Trinity International University
Th.M.: Dallas Theological Seminary
B.A.: Faith Baptist Bible College