William D. Shiell

President, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching

Dr. William D. Shiell is the eleventh President of Northern Seminary, where he also serves as Professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching. A native of Pensacola, Florida, Dr. Shiell holds degrees from Samford University (B.A.) and Baylor University (M. Div., Ph.D.).

Dr. Shiell and his wife Kelly met while in college at Samford. They have two sons, Parker (17) and Drake (11). Prior to coming to Northern, Dr. Shiell served as a Pastor of Baptist churches in Texas (McGregor and San Angelo); Tennessee (Knoxville); and Florida (Tallahassee).

Dr. Shiell has published five books, primarily in New Testament. His pioneering work on the book of Acts combines the best of New Testament rhetoric. ancient Greek and Roman art, and oral interpretation for the church. His research interests are in the areas of the oral interpretation of scripture and the interaction of audiences with the speaker. He continues to research and write in the area of Performance Criticism as a member of the Society of Biblical Literature. His new book on Acts is a volume in a sermon-based commentary series called Preaching the Word.

Bill’s love of scripture can be seen whenever he preaches. He is widely known for his public readings of scripture from memory and has performed the Gospel of Mark in its entirety from memory.

An avid runner, Bill enjoys timing his boys when they swim competitively and occasionally has time for a round of golf. Bill loves Christ, his family, and the church.


PhD in New Testament, Baylor University
MDiv, George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University
BA, Samford University

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Can You See Yourself at Northern?

When you log into a Northern live stream classroom, you’re likely to meet one of six different kinds of students. Although they come from various backgrounds, every student wants to engage the Bible and lead church ministry. Take a look in the mirror, and see if you might recognize a…

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