Dr. Charles Gaulden
Associate Professor of Religion
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BA in pastoral studies and Biblical history, Southeastern University
DMin, Erskine Seminary
MA in theology (post-doctorate), Erskine Seminary
PhD studies in Old Testament, University of Wales, U.K.
Dr. Charles Gaulden returned to his alma mater in 2004 to teach as an adjunct at Southeastern and help build both the Masters in Leadership graduate program and the Jerusalem Studies Center program, and he joined the faculty full-time in the summer of 2007. Part of Dr. Gaulden's doctorate was completed in Israel in the field of archaeology, and his masters degree beyond the doctorate included advanced language training in Hebrew, Greek, Egyptian, Phoenician, and Aramaic. A lifelong student, Dr. Gaulden is pursuing a second doctorate in Old Testament, focusing specifically on the Psalms.
Dr. Gaulden started work young as an engraver for a granite company, but heard the call to do his engraving on human hearts and began to pursue training for the ministry. He served as a pastor in South Carolina for thirty years, pioneering one church and leading two others through major growth initiatives, increasing the attendance and physical plant while reducing the churches' debt. He has also written book reviews for magazines, a book on the life of Christ that is widely used in Russia, Sunday school curriculum used in over five thousand churches, and the devotional book Hanging the Pirates.
Dr. Gaulden tries to inspire his students with the same love of learning and love for the Lord that he has, and he believes that high academic standards are necessary for good Christian education, undergraduate as well as graduate. Knowing the power of educational experiences in Israel, he is excited to bring Israel to his classes in Florida as well as taking Florida students to Israel.
At Southeastern, Dr. Gaulden teaches Old and New Testament and several undergraduate and graduate leadership development courses. His research interests are in ancient languages, Old Testament, and the Psalms.