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Quackenbos, Kimbrough Appointed Endowed Chairs

Southwest Baptist University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Matthew Kimbrough to the Robert and Ruth Powell Chair of Preaching and the appointment of Dr. Dave Quackenbos to the Courts Redford Chair of Biblical Studies. 

Dr. Kimbrough (PhD, Midwestern Theological Seminary), a 2008 graduate of SBU, joined the faculty in 2020 after serving for more than a decade as a pastor and worship leader at Springhill Baptist Church. Kimbrough serves on the church revitalization team for the Missouri Baptist Convention and does pulpit supply in area churches. Author of Reclaiming the Church Family (2022), Kimbrough teaches courses on biblical interpretation and preaching in SBU’s division of Christian ministry. In addition to his ministry at SBU, Kimbrough continues to serve as lay elder at Springhill Baptist, where he teaches an adult Sunday school.

“There’s no greater job than to help people grow in their love for Jesus as they encounter the truth of Scripture,” Kimbrough says, “I’m honored to occupy the Powell chair as I continue to teach students how to understand God’s Word and present it accurately in the local church. I want SBU’s Redford graduates to be known as the wisest and most humble Bible expositors a local church could hope to find.” 

Dr. Quackenbos (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) joined the faculty in 2021 after fifteen years of teaching at several universities and seminaries. In addition to his PhD in Old Testament, Quackenbos earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in history at Duke University and Old Dominion University as well as a MDiv and MA degree in Old Testament at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to his career in higher education, Quackenbos served for twenty years as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy.  

At SBU, Quackenbos teaches courses in Hebrew language, grammar, and exegesis as well as Old Testament history. His research interests include wisdom literature (especially Ecclesiastes), the rule of Hezekiah under the divided kingdom, and Old Testament theology. Quackenbos leads SBU’s summer study-abroad program in the holy land and is passionate about equipping students with the skills to understand the Scriptures in their historical, literary, and linguistic context.  

“It is a privilege and honor to be named the Courts Redford Chair of Biblical Studies,” Quackenbos says, “I hope to use this appointment to facilitate an ever-increasing enthusiasm and love for God's Word at Southwest Baptist University. My prayer is that all students will 'grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ' (2 Peter 3:18).” 

“I’m thrilled with the appointment of Dr. Kimbrough and Dr. Quackenbos to endowed faculty chairs in our Division of Christian Ministry,” said President Rick Melson. “These appointments are evidence of SBU’s ongoing commitment to preparing students with the exegetical, theological, historical, and pastoral tools needed for ministry in the local church and beyond.”