Dr. Kenneth Archer

Professor of Theology kjarcher@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Biblical Studies, Central Bible College
MDiv in Theological Studies, Ashland Theological Seminary
PhD in Biblical and Theological Hermeneutics, University of St. Andrews, Scotland


Dr. Kenneth Archer is passionate about theology, primarily pastoral, but also professional and academic. He understands his teaching ministry as an extension of pastoral calling upon his life. Besides having taught as a full time faculty member for over 20 years, he along side his wife has served as the senior pastor and communicator of three different churches, two Assemblies of God, and one nondenominational. He remains active in local and global ministry through teaching and preaching in local churches, and church conferences both international and national.

Prior to coming to Southeastern University in 2011, Dr. Ken Archer served for 10 years as an associate professor of theology at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (formally Church of God Theological Seminary) in Cleveland, Tennessee. During this time, he also taught undergraduate courses at Lee University, Cleveland TN. He and his wife, Melissa, served as co-pastors of the college and career ministry at Woodward Church of God in Athens, Tennessee. They also were active in foster care for vulnerable children.

Dr. Archer has been a sought-after Pentecostal educator, which has given him the opportunity to speak in various academic venues, and teach at a number of seminaries and colleges outside of the United States, predominately in Central and South America but also has taught in UK, Europe, Australia, and the Philippines. He is an active member in the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Academy of American Religion, where he has been a regular presenter of papers on theology and hermeneutics. He served as president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies in 2015. He has numerous publications in leading journals. His monograph, A Pentecostal Hermeneutic for the Twenty-First Century: Spirit, Scripture and Community (T&T Clark International, 2004), is a significant contribution to Pentecostal hermeneutics and theological method. It was published in paperback form as A Pentecostal Hermeneutic: Spirit, Scripture and Community (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2009) and has been translated into Mandarin (2016). He has published essays on theology, hermeneutics and peacemaking in various academic and international journals.

Publication Highlights


  • Constructive Pneumatological Hermeneutics in Pentecostal Christianity, co-editor with L. William Oliverio, Jr., (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
  • The Gospel Revisited: Towards a Pentecostal Theology of Worship and Witness (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2011).
  • A Pentecostal Hermeneutic: Spirit, Scripture and Community (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2009).
  • A Pentecostal Hermeneutic for the Twenty-First Century: Spirit, Scripture and Community (London and New York: T&T Clark International, JPTSup 28, 2004).


  • “Presidential Address: Pentecostal Hermeneutics and the Society for Pentecostal Studies: Reading and Hearing in One Accord” in Pneuma: 37:3 (2015).
  • “The Holy Spirit and The Early Church in The Book of Acts: The Global Mission of the Messianic Community” in The Holy Spirit: An Unfinished Agenda, (Word N Works, Singapore, 2014).
  • “Pentecostal Hermeneutics: Retrospect and Prospect” in Pentecostal Hermeneutics: A Reader, Lee Roy Martin, ed. (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013).
  • “Hermeneutics” in Handbook of Pentecostal Christianity, Adam Stewart, ed. (Illinois: Northern Illinois University Press, 2012).
  • “The Fivefold Gospel and the Mission of the Church: Ecclesiastical Implications and Opportunities” in Toward a Pentecostal Ecclesiology: The Fivefold Gospel, John Christopher Thomas, ed. (Cleveland, Tennessee: CPT Press, 2010).
  • “Anabaptism-Pietism and Pentecostalism: Scandalous Partners in Protest” in Scottish Journal of Theology 63:2 (2010), pp. 185-202 co-authored with Andrew S. Hamilton.
  • “A Pentecostal Way of Doing Theology: Method and Manner” in International Journal of Systematic Theology 9:3 (July 2007).
  • “Pentecostal Story: The Hermeneutical Filter for the Making of Meaning” in Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 26:1 (Fall 2004).
  • “Nourishment for our Journey: The Pentecostal Via Salutis and Sacramental Ordinances” in Journal of Pentecostal Theology 13:1 (October 2004).
  • “Open View Theism: Prayer Changes Things” in The Pneuma Review 5:2 (Spring 2002), pp. 32-53.
  • “Pentecostal Hermeneutics: Retrospect and Prospect” in Journal of Pentecostal Theology 8 (April 1996).