Beth Felker Jones and Marshall Hatch to Join Northern Faculty

Northern Seminary is pleased to announce two new appointments to the faculty, Dr. Beth Felker Jones and Dr. Marshall Hatch.

Dr. Beth Felker Jones will serve as Professor of Theology, beginning July 2021. She earned a PhD in systematic theology from Duke University and currently teaches at Wheaton College.

Her books include Faithful: A Theology of Sex, Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically, and Marks of His Wounds: Gender Politics and Bodily Resurrection. She is currently working on a theology of conversion to be published by Oxford University Press.

Of her new role, Dr. Jones says, “I’m very excited to join the excellent faculty at Northern. I believe in Northern’s mission wholeheartedly, and I can’t wait to meet and work with students for the sake of the church of Jesus Christ.”

Dr. Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Chair of New Testament, says, “Churches are in deep need of theologians who anchor theology in the Scriptures, who know the diversity of Christian thinking, who can present theology in nuanced and accessible form, and who know that the aim of theology is not just knowledge but practicing Christian doctrine. Beth Felker Jones is such a theologian, and I am excited to learn from her and join her at the table at Northern Seminary.”

Dr. Nijay K. Gupta, Professor of New Testament, comments, “Her ability to talk about theology in both systematic and practical terms makes her a unique contributor to both our seminary and to scholarship.” And Dr. David Fitch, Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, added, “Beth Felker Jones is uniquely skilled and passionately committed to shaping leaders for the church. I can’t imagine a better theologian for Northern as we seek to shape leaders for the challenges the church faces in North America.”

Rev. Dr. Marshall Elijah Hatch Sr., who has served as Adjunct Professor at Northern since 2009, will begin his new role as Professor of Ministry. He will teach ministry courses as well as lead both the Masters in Worship and Preaching programs and the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching.

Dr. Hatch earned a doctorate of ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary. Since 1993 he has served as Senior Pastor of New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in West Garfield Park, Chicago. A Chicago native, he has extensive experience with civic involvement and community outreach, including an anti-violence program for at-risk young men.

Dr. Hatch says, “I am delighted to join the Northern family of scholars and to help shape a new generation of servant-leaders for the church. Northern is a flagship seminary with a long, glorious past and an even more promising future. I’m excited to be a part of extending the legacy.”

Dr. Wayne Gordon, Professor of Urban Ministry, says, “I am so very excited for the students  here at Northern Seminary that Dr. Marshall Hatch is joining our faculty. He is a fantastic pastor in Chicago and will help prepare our students for their pastoral ministries.  Dr. Hatch and I have been friends for over 35 years; I am so blessed by his leadership and example.”

Dr. McKnight says, “Dr. Marshall Hatch is known to all of us as a leading voice in the city of Chicago. He comes to us out of a deep commitment to the Lord, a rich variety of experience, and a robust passion to break down racial boundaries with the gospel.” Dr. Fitch added, “Dr. Hatch brings an enormous depth of intellectual knowledge, ministerial experience, and pastoral giftings to Northern Seminary. His presence at Northern will shape us all profoundly as we together train future pastors and leaders for the mission of God.”

Dr. William D. Shiell, President and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Preaching, concludes, “I am thrilled to welcome two scholar-practitioners to the Northern faculty. Dr. Beth Felker Jones brings a wealth of experience and pastoral wisdom to the critical issues facing the Wesleyan tradition and Christian theology today. Dr. Marshall Hatch has been a voice and agent of change for communities across Chicagoland. Under Dr. Jones and Dr. Hatch, Northern students and alumni will grow in their love for Christ and their commitment to the church.”

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