William D. Shiell

President, and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching

Dr. Bill Shiell is a native of Pensacola, Florida. He accepted God’s call to ministry in the ninth grade and has been pursuing that ever since, a journey which has given him a deep passion for both theological education and the church. Bill became Northern’s eleventh president in January 2016 and joined the Northern community in March of that year.

Dr. Shiell holds a PhD in New Testament from Baylor University and has pastored for seventeen years. He came to Northern from First Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Florida, where he served as Senior Pastor. The author of several books and numerous articles, he is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Bill and his wife Kelly were married in 1995, and they have two sons: Parker (2001) and Drake (2007). His hobbies include golf, reading, and writing.



PhD in New Testament, Baylor University

MDiv, George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University

BA, Samford University

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Experiencing the New Testament in Context

This week, I’m touring Israel with 17 Northern Seminary doctoral students in New Testament Context, spouses, and friends. A week with this cohort would be enough to feed the mind and heart biblical food for a year. We just happen to be spending a week together where Abraham, Jeroboam, David,…

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By: William D. Shiell