John T. CarrollHarriet Robertson Fitts Memorial Professor of New Testament
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Princeton Theological Seminary, M.Div., Ph.D.
Oxford University, Dipl. Theol.
University of Tulsa, B.A.
John T. Carroll is Harriet Robertson Fitts Memorial Professor of New Testament and Director of the Program for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Union Presbyterian Seminary. He was called to the seminary’s faculty in 1992, after serving for six years on the faculty at Louisiana State University. After service as academic dean for ten years, he returned to a full-time faculty role in July 2010.
An M.Div. graduate of Princeton Seminary in 1979, Carroll received a B.A. from the University of Tulsa and a Diploma in Theology from Oxford University. Upon graduation from Princeton Seminary, he served as associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Dearborn, Michigan (1979–1982). After completing the Ph.D. in New Testament at Princeton Seminary in 1986, he taught religious studies at LSU in Baton Rouge. While at LSU, he was active in the work of the Presbytery of South Louisiana and served for two years as interim pastor of a small church in the Baton Rouge area. He has also taught as a visiting professor at Lutheran Seminary in Philadelphia, the College of William and Mary, and Randolph-Macon College.
Professor Carroll’s primary research and teaching interests include the Gospels, the message and ministry of Jesus, theological interpretation of the Bible, the intersections between the Bible and contemporary culture and between the Bible and contemporary ethical concerns, and the role of mindfulness and contemplative practices in teaching and learning. He has authored or co-authored seven books: Response to the End of History: Eschatology and Situation in Luke-Acts (1988); The Death of Jesus in Early Christianity (1995); Preaching the Hard Sayings of Jesus (1996); The Return of Jesus in Early Christianity (2000); Luke: A Commentary (New Testament Library, 2012); Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction (2016); and The Holy Spirit in the New Testament (2018). He also edited The Word in This World (2004) and co-edited Faith and History: Essays in Honor of Paul W. Meyer (1990). He was co-editor of the journal Interpretation from 1996 to 2003, and again from 2014 to 2017. Professor Carroll is a founding member of the New Testament Library Editorial Advisory Board. In December 2017 he concluded five years of leadership as co-chair of the Gospel of Luke Section for the Society of Biblical Literature.
Professor Carroll enjoys teaching adult education classes in local congregations and has served as minister member of the session at Ginter Park Presbyterian Church. He is married to Maria Ramos, an English professor at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia, and they have a young son, Oscar James (eight years of age). He also has two adult children, Andrew and Anna. A semi-professional musician, he is principal trombonist for the Richmond Philharmonic and the Richmond Brass Consort and also performs with the trombone choir of Virginia Commonwealth University. He retired from a 15-year amateur baseball career after his team won the league championship in 2010 and 2011.
John T. Carroll, Jesus and the Gospels (Westminster John Knox Press)
John T. Carroll, Luke (Westminster John Knox Press)
Edited by John T. Carroll, Faith and History (WIPF and Stock publisjers)
John T. Carroll, Preaching the Hard Sayings of Jesus (Hendrickson Publishers)
John T. Carroll, The Return of Jesus in Early Christianity (Hendrickson Publishers)
John T. Carroll, The Holy Spirit in the New Testament (Abingdon Press)