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Press Release - Phoenix Seminary Names New President

Phoenix Seminary
December 6, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Phoenix Seminary Announces Dr. David Hogg as Next President
December 6, 2023

The Phoenix Seminary Board of Directors voted unanimously on Friday, December 1, 2023 to appoint Dr. David Hogg to serve as the fifth president of Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Hogg was previously leading as the interim president since July 20th, in addition to maintaining his roles as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Church History.

Dr. Hogg’s appointment will follow four years of significant growth under previous president, Dr. Brian Arnold, and 23 years of foundational leadership from then president and current chancellor, Dr. Darryl DelHousaye. The Phoenix Seminary Board of Directors partnered in the search process with Atlanta-based executive search firm CarterBaldwin. After an eight-month extensive nationwide search and much prayerful consideration, the Board appointed Dr. David Hogg to serve as the seminary’s next president. “Dr. Hogg brings years of executive experience to the role and intimately understands the values and goals of Phoenix Seminary,” explains Chairman of the Board Ron Ogan.

Dr. Hogg moved with his family from North Carolina to Arizona in 2021. Prior to joining Phoenix Seminary, he taught at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in North Carolina, and Beeson Divinity School in Alabama, where he also served as the Academic Dean. For more than a decade, Dr. Hogg has also served as a visiting professor at Biblický Teologický Semináři in the Czech Republic. As one of a few conservative evangelicals in medieval theology and history, his work has been published by, among others, Oxford University Press, NYU Press, and Crossway. Dr. Hogg also presents his work in various contexts including conferences hosted across the United States and the United Kingdom.

In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Hogg was an Associate Pastor and then Senior Pastor over an 11-year period. Outside of these commitments, he has also preached in numerous locations throughout the southern United States, Canada, Britain, and the Czech Republic. David has been married to Sarah for 27 years and they have 3 boys. Thomas is 22 and works on the management team at Panera Bread in Surprise where they live. Oliver is 19 and a student at Arizona State University. Edward is 17 and finishing his last year in high school.

This year, Phoenix Seminary is celebrating 35 years as a trusted outpost for theological education in the Southwest. Dr. Hogg states, “Phoenix Seminary has always been about scholarship with a shepherd’s heart. We believe deeply in the necessity for pastors to be trained in a classical theological education—in biblical studies, the languages, systematic theology, and church history—and to also be grounded in practical ministry training. Under my leadership, we will remain faithful to this calling.”

While the past few years have brought great upheaval for society, the church, and higher education, Dr. Hogg is committed to maintaining Phoenix Seminary’s culture of faithful and strong theological education. Dr. John Meade, a professor of Old Testament at Phoenix Seminary for 11 years and a member of the search committee, voiced his confidence in Dr. Hogg, stating, “I am confident in Dr. Hogg’s continuing commitment to Phoenix Seminary’s strong tradition of education in biblical languages, biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, and practical theology.”

Having experienced Dr. Hogg in a multitude of assignments, Dr. Nathan Tarr, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Phoenix Seminary, shares, “I have had the opportunity to observe Dr. Hogg serve as my professor, my pastor, my counselor, my colleague, and now my president. What strikes me about knowing David these past 15 years is his consistency. He has consistently exhibited Christ-like character, servant-hearted leadership, concern for the good of others, all delivered with a very British sense of humor. I take this appointment as a sign of God’s grace over Phoenix Seminary.”

Dr. Hogg continues the presidential responsibilities, having officially assumed the office of president upon the announcement this past Friday.

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