Dr. Aaron Lumpkin - Missouri Baptist University

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Associate Vice President for Spiritual Formation & Assistant Professor of Theology

Dr. Aaron Lumpkin serves as Associate Vice President for Spiritual Formation and Assistant Professor of Theology at Missouri Baptist University. He has served in pastoral ministry and Christian higher education for a decade. Currently, he serves as a pastor of the Church of the Redeemer in St. Louis. Aaron is the co-author of The Sum and Substance of the Gospel: The Christ-Centered Piety of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He has written other publications with The Gospel Coalition and various academic journals. His research interests include early American Christianity, Baptist History, and Christian higher education. He and his wife, Sara, have five children.


Ph.D., Historical Theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, 2020

M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC, 2013

B.A., Pastoral Leadership and Biblical Exposition, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, 2010

Selected Publications


Finn, Nathan A. and Aaron L. Lumpkin, eds. The Sum and Substance of the Gospel: The Christ-Centered Piety of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Reformation Heritage Books, 2020.

Book Reviews

Crawford Gribben. Survival and Resistance in Evangelical America: Christian Reconstruction in the Pacific Northwest. New York: Oxford University Press, 2021. For Southeastern Theological Review. Forthcoming.

Breimaier, Thomas. “Want to Be Like Spurgeon? Stay Tethered to the Cross. Review of Tethered to the Cross: The Life and Preaching of Charles H. Spurgeon. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2020. For The Gospel Coalition, January 22, 2021.

Caldwell III. Robert W. Theologies of the American Revivalists: From Whitefield to Finney. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2017. For Southeastern Theological Review, 10.1 (Spring 2019): 152-54.

Sweeney, Douglas. Edwards the Exegete: Biblical Interpretation and Anglo-Protestant Culture on the Edge of the Enlightenment. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. For Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, 14.1 (Spring 2017): 92–94.

Weaver, G. Stephen Jr., and Ian Hugh Clary, eds. The Pure Flame of Devotion: The History of Christian Spirituality. Dundas, Ontario: Joshua, 2013. For Themelios, 39.2 (July 2014): 351-53.

Encyclopedia Articles

“Wesley, John.” In Encyclopedia of the Atlantic World, 1400-1900: Europe, Africa, and the Americas in An Age of Exploration, Trade, and Empires. ABC-CLIO, 2017.


“Making and Keeping Friends in Ministry.” Sola Ecclesia, June 6, 2022.

“How a Jail Became a Seminary.” Sola Ecclesia, March 28, 2022.

“How Calvin Defined Friendship.” Sola Ecclesia, March 7, 2022.

“Spurgeon, Atonement, and Your Life in Christ.” Credo Blog, September 23, 2020.

“Charles Spurgeon and the Ministry of Church Planting.” The Gospel Coalition, July 14, 2020.

“Why Charles Spurgeon Remains Popular.” The Gospel Coalition, May 19, 2020. Co-authored with Nathan Finn.

“Hospitality: A Mark of Christian Higher Education.” Intégrité 17.2 (Fall 2018): 44-49.

Selected Presentations

“Hospitality: A Mark of Christian Higher Education.” Delivered at the National Association of Baptist Enrollment Professionals Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO. Wednesday, July 18, 2018.