Dr. Robby Waddell

Professor of New Testament rcwaddell@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in Bible and Religion, King College
MDiv, Church of God School of Theology
PhD in Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield (UK)
Postdoctoral Studies in Pedagogy and Curriculum of Higher Education, University of South Florida


Robby Waddell teaches biblical studies at Southeastern University. He enjoys teaching and writing, and especially enjoys sharing his passion for the scriptures with students. His research interests include apocalyptic literature, college pedagogy, film criticism, hermeneutics, ecology, spirituality, and Pentecostal theology. He has written or edited five books and numerous book chapters and articles. His current projects include a book on Pentecostals and the Bible (Oxford University Press), a commentary on the Gospel of Mark (Brill Publishing), and a commentary on the Book of Revelation (Sheffield Phoenix Press). In addition to teaching, he directs the Global Pentecostalism Center at Southeastern.

In addition to his work at Southeastern, he is a research fellow in Cleveland, TN, and a member of the editorial committee of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. Waddell supervises PhD students at Bangor University (Wales) and has taught graduate courses and/or served on dissertation committees at George Fox University, the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Regent University, and the Pentecostal Theological Seminary. He is also serving as a representative of the Society for Pentecostal Studies on the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.

In 2019, he published a co-edited volume with Blaine Charette titled Spirit and Story: Pentecostal Readings of Scripture. Essays in Honour of John Christopher Thomas (Sheffield Phoenix Press). From 2015-2019, he co-edited with Peter Althouse Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. In 2012, Steven Fettke and he edited a book titled Calling and the Academy: The Testimonies of Pentecostals in Scholarship (CPT Press). This book provides a historical record of the call to scholarship and personal testimonies of leading Pentecostal scholars in hopes of inspiring young, up-and-coming Pentecostal scholars and showing the link between Pentecostal scholarship and the body of Christ. Peter Althouse and he published a book in 2010 titled Perspectives on Pentecostal Eschatologies: World without End (Pickwick Publications). This volume is interdisciplinary and incorporates the perspectives of biblical studies, history, ecumenism, and theology as it explores the landscape of Pentecostal and Charismatic articulations of eschatology, broadly construed. Waddell published a revised version of my PhD thesis as The Spirit of the Book of Revelation, which was included in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series (Deo Publishing, 2006); the book is now published by Brill and is in its third printing. It was nominated for the Pneuma Book of the Year Award in 2008. He co-authored (with Homer Rhea, Lee Roy Martin, and William Simmons) Rightly Dividing the Word (2003). This book is part of the curriculum used by the Church of God in Cleveland, TN, to train students seeking ministerial credentials.

In addition to his academic work, he is a lead pastor of a church and serves on the board of directors for a local organization. He regularly speaks in churches and conferences on a variety of topics, including Pentecostal spirituality and worship, biblical foundations for peace and justice, equality of men and women from a biblical perspective, the Lord’s Prayer, 1 Corinthians, and the book of Revelation. He has taught or lectured internationally in Israel, England, Puerto Rico, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Jordan, and Kenya.

Before coming to Southeastern, he served as an associate pastor in California and the director of a Master’s Commission in Tennessee. His wife, Angela, and he have six daughters and two dogs (Frodo and Charlie). They are avid college football fans and enjoy the outdoors—both the beaches and the mountains.