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Roger Duke

Dr. Roger D. Duke is an author, theologian, educator, itinerant preacher, published scholar, and professor at several institutions of higher learning including: Union University, Baptist College of Health Sciences, Liberty University, Memphis Theological Seminary, and Columbia Evangelical Seminary.[1][2] He serves as Senior Editor and Marketing Manager for BorderStone Press, LLC. Professor Duke also serves as a Consulting Editor for B & H Academic Studies in Baptist Life and Thought series.


Duke recently co-edited a book with David Dockery, president of Union University, on the life of John Broadus, who was a founding faculty member of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.[3][4] Charles Spurgeon deemed Broadus the “greatest of living preachers.” Contributing authors include: Timothy George, A. James Fuller, Thomas J. Nettles, Mark M. Overstreet, James Patterson, Richard Melick, Craig C. Christina, and Beecher L. Johnson.[5]

Rev. Duke has just released a second volume on one of the other original founders of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary-Basil Manly, Jr.[6] It is entitled Soldiers of Christ. He collaborated with Michael AG Haykin and A. James Fuller on this project. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary wrote the foreword.[7] David Dockery wrote “The introductory and biographical essays on the lives of Basil Manly, Sr., and Basil Manly, Jr., as well as the carefully selected collections from their writings found in this volume are wonderful and much-welcomed additions to Baptist studies. I am quite pleased to recommend Soldiers of Christ.” [8]

Professor Duke has recently submitted, with Dr. Bob Agee, a volume entitled: Reason for the Season: Ministerial Reflections on Grief, Suffering, and Loss to Founders Press. It is due out sometime in 2010.

Personal life

He and his wife, the former Katie Melinda (Linda) Young, have been married for 35 years. They have three grown children, two girls and one son. They worship at the South Woods Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee. Duke serves as the Chaplain for the Germantown (TN) Fire Department.


  • Doctor of Ministry (D. M.), May 2003 The University of the South’s (Sewanee) School of Theology; Sewanee, Tennessee.
  • Ph. D. (Studies), 1997-2000 Studied with John Angus Campbell, The University of Memphis, College of Communication w/Graduate Seminars in: Classical Rhetoric, Contemporary Rhetoric, Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Criticism, The Rhetorical Tradition, Political Rhetoric, Rhetoriography, Movie & Media Criticism, Communication Theory, Teaching Communication in College, and Organizational Communication with an Emphasis in Feminist Issues
  • Sustaining Pastoral Excellence (SPE): Fall 2004-Spring 2007. This was a three-year research & colleague grant program project funded by The (Eli) Lily Endowment. The program grant was administered through Memphis Theological Seminary. Through monthly ecumenical worship, colleague meetings, academic research, prayer retreats, personally introspection, et al we studied what it meant to practice excellence in ministry and how these applied to scholarship, piety, and justice.
  • Master of Arts in Religion (M. A. R.), May 1996 Harding University Graduate School of Religion, Memphis, Tennessee. Major Concentration: Christian Thought/History of Christian Thought



  • Duke, R., Michael A.G. Haykin & A. James Fuller, “Soldiers of Christ”: The Piety of Basil Manly, Sr. and Basil Manly, Jr. Cape Corral, FL: Founders Publishers.

Other writings

  • (Fall, 2009). “John A. Broadus, Rhetoric, and A Treatise on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons.” Posted on the Baptist History Home Page at
  • (Fall, 2009). “Perspicuity in the Preaching and Pietistic Thought of Basil Manly, Jr.” posted in manuscript form at the web page.
  • (Fall, 2009). “Perspicuity in the Preaching and Pietistic Thought of Basil Manly, Jr.” Audio of address posted on the Andrew Fuller Center for Biblical Spirituality of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Posted at
  • (Summer, 2009). “Perspicuity in the Preaching and Pietistic Thought of Basil Manly, Jr.” Founders Journal 77, Can also be accessed at
  • (May, 2009). “Whatever Happened to ‘The Fall?’” Gospel Witness, Publication of the Jarvis Street Baptist Church, Toronto, Canada.
  • (Fall 2008). “‘Compel Them to Come In’: Posture and Persuasion in the Preaching of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.” Founders Journal 74. Can be accessed at
  • (Summer, 2008). “Studies in Philippians,” Bible Conference Presentation, Choteau Baptist Church, Choteau, Montana.
  • (Fall, 2006). Book Review: Theory and Practice in Old Testament Ethics. By John Rogerson. New York: T & T Clark International, 2004. Submitted to Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society for the Fall 2006 publication.
  • (Fall, 2004). “Some Thoughts on Theodicy.” Published on-line 12-1-04 at Columbia Evangelical Seminary Coffee Talks #96. Available:
  • (Spring, 2004). “A Southern Baptist Looks at the Theology of James Cone: Or “Can a Southern Baptist Talk to a Liberation Theologian?” Published on-line 4-14-04 at Reformed Writings Journal. Available: http://reformedwritings.
  • (2003) Book review: The Revenge of Conscience: Politics and The Fall of Man. By J. Budziszewski. Dallas TX: Spence Publishing Co., 1999. Submitted to Perspectives in Religious Studies Journal on Jan. 1st, 2004 for publication in the Spring quarterly.
  • (2003) Book review: Liberty and Justice for All: Racial Reform and the Social Gospel (1877–1925), The Rauschenbusch Lectures, New Series, II. By Ronald C.White, Jr. Louisville KY: Westminster John Knox, 2002. Submitted to Perspectives in Religious Studies Journal on Jan. 1st, 2004 for publication in the Spring quarterly.
  • (2003). “John Bunyan’s Place in Spiritual Theology.” Published on-line 1-2-04 at Reformed Writings Journal. Available:
  • (2003). “A Rhetorical Taxonomy of the Jubilee 2000 Papal Apology of John Paul II.” Dissertation presented to The University of the South’s (Sewanee) School of Theology. May, 2003.
  • (2003). “A Rhetorical Analysis of Resolution No. 1: On Racial Reconciliation of the 150th Anniversary of the Southern Baptist Convention at the June 1995 Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia.” Published on-line 12-1-03 at Reformed Writings Journal. Available:
  • (Summer, 2001). “The Theology of James Cone.” Seminar paper. Course P.T. 30, D. Min. Ministry Seminar. The University of the South’s School of Theology.
  • (Fall, 1999). “A Short Contrast Between the Foundational Hermeneutic of Rabbinic Judaism and Evangelical Christianity.” Seminar paper. Contemporary Rhetoric, Ph. D. Seminar. The University of Memphis.
  • (Fall, 1997). “Lee Atwater: Machiavellian or Gamemaker.” Seminar paper. Political Communication, Course 8013, Ph. D. Seminar. The University of Memphis.
  • (Spring, 1997). “Is Euthanasia Always Wrong?” Seminar paper. Theory of Practical Reason, Course 7360, Ph. D. Seminar. The University of Memphis.


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