Co-editor and contributor: Thomas White

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Biblical and Theological Studies



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Publisher's Note

Introduction of Upon This Rock: A Baptist Understanding of the Church, edited by Jason G. Duesing, Thomas White, and Malcolm B. Yarnell. B&H Academic, 2010. Used by Permission


This book arose from the fourth consecutive Baptist Distinctives Conference held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, during September 2008. Dr. White contributed two chapters: "The Universal and Local Church" and "The Offices and Women: Can Women Be Pastors? Or Deacons?" (co-written with his wife, Joy).




Baptists, doctrines

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B&H Academic


Nashville, TN


Christian Denominations and Sects | Religion

About the Author

Thomas White, formerly Vice President for Student Services and Communications and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, became the 10th president of Cedarville University on July 1, 2013. Serving in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, White has more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience and combines strong leadership with a pastoral heart for ministry while standing for biblical truth.

In July 2004, White was called to serve at Southwestern Seminary in Texas as Director of Leadership Development. In June 2006, White became Vice President for Student Services and Communications. Serving as an executive leader as part of the President’s Cabinet, his administrative oversight included admissions, communications, international students, the chaplain, student life, financial aid, recreation center, the student center, housing, dining services, media services, and the on-campus conference center and hotel. In this role, White was also involved in strategic planning, accreditation, retention, and fundraising. White also served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Seminary, teaching in the Oxford University study program and as a visiting professor, along with his wife, Joy, at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York.

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Upon This Rock: A Baptist Understanding of the Church



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