Adam C. English


Dr. English specializes in Christian Theology and the Great Thinkers of the faith. He serves as Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Campbell University, where he has taught since 2003.

Topics: Christian Belief and Constructive Theology / Great Thinkers and Theologians of the Faith / Theology and Popular Culture / Christian Ethics / St. Nicholas / St. Augustine

Available for: Lectures / Retreats / Pulpit Supply / Bible Studies / Interim Pastorate

Travels from: Buies Creek, NC // Flies from: RDU



Dr. Adam C. English serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Campbell University, teaching Christian Beliefs, Philosophy, and the History of Christian Thought. As part of the Radical Orthodoxy series edited by John Milbank, Catherine Pickstock, and Graham Ward, he published The Possibility of Christian Philosophy (2007). With Roger Olson, he co-authored A Pocket Guide to the History of Theology (2005). His latest book will soon be published with InterVarsity Press, entitled What Christianity is Like (2010). In it, Dr. English creatively compares the Christian faith to a story, a game, a language, and a culture.

Originally from Texas, Dr. English is married with one daughter. He graduated from Hardin-Simmons University as a double major in English and Theology, then from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with the MA in Theology, and finally with a PhD from Baylor University. He has done advanced research at St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium, and at the Centro Studi Nicolaiani in Italy.

Not only is Dr. English a committed intellectual, he is a licensed and ordained Baptist minister, and has served at various times as Interim Pastor, Youth Minister, and Children’s Minister. Dr. English preaches regularly in area churches in addition to facilitating his home church’s 1-4 grade Sunday School.

Pulpit Supply / Interim Pastorates:

Dr. English loves to share his passion for Jesus, the Bible, and the transforming work of God with congregations and communities. He is available for single Sunday services, multiple-Sunday series, revivals, and the possibility of interim ministry.

Lecture Series:

What Christianity is Like
Based on his most recent publication with InterVarsity Press (2010), Dr. English asks the question: “What is Christianity?” A religion…a system of belief…a worldview…? Perhaps the most biblically helpful and theologically informative way to answer this question is by asking a different one: What is Christianity like? It is like and unlike a story, a game, a language, and a culture.

Post-Modern! Post-Christian? Post-Everything…
In this series, Dr. English chases down the elusive and ever-morphing postmodern shape of our world. Postmodernity is not just a fleeting trend, it is rather descriptive of who we are and what we do as ordinary people. If the world has truly entered a state of postmodernity, then it will be apparent in how we buy and sell, how we entertain ourselves, how we view family, how we interact with government, and, most importantly, how we think of God.

Alexandria: The Birthplace of Christian Theology
From its foundation by Alexander the Great on the shores of Egypt, Dr. English traces the rise of Alexandria as the greatest center of learning in the ancient world. Here the Old Testament was translated from Hebrew into Greek; here the first school for Christian training (the Didascalia) was established; from here sprung the first major theological controversies of the church (over the person of Jesus) which ultimately led to the supremely important Council of Nicaea.

Augustine of Hippo
In Augustine’s life and theology we find the roots of many of our most cherished theological insights about the Trinity, the nature of faith, and the identity of the church. Augustine’s story is also intertwined with some of the most important and bitter controversies of his time, which still affect Christianity today.

St. Nicholas
Who was the real person behind Santa Claus? As it turns out, St. Nick is one of history’s truly great Christian witnesses. As a bishop and pastor who lived on the southern coast of Turkey in the 4th century, we can learn many lessons of Christmas and Christian faithfulness from this saint.

Additional details:

  • These topics can be tailored to a single-session lecture or a multi-session series or retreat. 
  • These topics represent a sample of Dr. English’s repertoire – other topics are available on request. To inquire about availability or to request a specific topic, click here.


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