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Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs

  • Professor of Preaching and Communication; Chair, Division of Practical Theology

First Year at Gordon-Conwell:



  • Ph. D., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN—Communication
  • M. A., Western Seminary, Portland, OR—Theology
  • M. A., Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC—Speech
  • B. A., Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC—Bible


  • Devote Yourself to the Public Reading of Scripture (Kregel, 2012)
  • Preaching With Variety: How to Recreate the Dynamics of Biblical Genres (Kregel, 2007)


Preaching; Communication


Professor Profile

Arthurs on teaching at seminary

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Arthurs on time traveling

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Arthurs giving a tour of his office

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Dr. Arthurs was raised in western PA in a nominally Christian home and came to saving faith in Christ when he was 14 years old. His life was turned upside down as he soon became deeply involved in the life of the church, receiving a call to preach at age 16. To this day his passion is preaching, and he uses his wide ranging communication experience as a teacher, missionary, director, announcer, and consultant to equip others for more effective proclamation of the Word. Jeff has taught on all levels from grade school to grad school, having taught preaching and communication in a dozen colleges and seminaries in the U.S. as well as in the Philippines, Singapore, and Indonesia. He is currently professor of preaching and communication, and chair of the Division of Practical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

In the past he served as teaching pastor in Portland, OR. Currently, Jeff is teaching elder at his home church, North Shore Community Baptist, Beverly Farms, MA. He and his wife also lead the Alpha ministry there. He carries on an active ministry of pulpit supply and conference speaking. Dr. Arthurs is a past-president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and an active scholar, regularly presenting papers at conferences and writing articles for periodicals such as the Journal of Communication and Religion, Preaching, Leadership, and Preaching Today on-line. His two books are both published with Kregel Publishers, Preaching With Variety and Devote Yourself to the Public Reading of Scripture. Jeff has been married for more than 30 years and is father of one son. He enjoys traveling, and playing tennis and disc golf with his wife. His education is summarized below: