SBUBolivar, Missouri Est. 1878

Courts Redford College at Southwest Baptist University

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Mike Fuhrman
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Mission Statement

The Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry endeavors from a Christian perspective to teach students the Bible, our Christian heritage, and spiritual formation, and to prepare students for professional church vocations.


Mike Fuhrman

Mike Fuhrman
Mike Fuhrman
Chairman, Department of Christian Ministry
Professor of Christian Studies
Southwest Baptist University
Work 1600 University Avenue, 201·C Jim Mellers Center
Bolivar, MO 65613

Why do you enjoy teaching at SBU? "I enjoy teaching at SBU because I feel called of God to teach the Bible to students, acquaint them with our Christian and Baptist heritage, and equip them to preach and lead in the local church. "

Faith Dedications: Fuhrman served as a pastor from 1973-1998.   He currently belongs to the First Baptist Church of Bolivar. Dr. Fuhrman is still active in terms of serving in area churches by means of interim pastorates, supply preaching, and teaching/leading workshops geared for local congregations. Fuhrman also served on the SBU Board of Trustees from 1988 - 1998 and is currectly a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Educational and Professional Background: Fuhrman earned a Bachelor of Arts in History/Christianity (Magna Cum Laude) in 1974 from SBU; a Master of Divinity in 1977 from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; a Ph.D. Seminar: "Introduction to the Apocrypha and to the Problem of the Closing of the Old Testament Canon, " and "Introduction to Rabbinic Judaism, " with Rabbi Michael Cook, Professor at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1978; and in 1981, earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His dissertation title was "A Redactional Study of Prayer in the Gospel of Luke".

Fuhrman has been a College Administrator and Professor for six years, a pastor for 24 years, an adjunct Professor for six years and a Doctor of Ministry Supervisor for six years.