Caleb Hutcherson

Assistant Professor of Historical Theology


BS, Agribusiness, Arizona State University (USA)
ThM, Historical Theology and Cross-cultural Ministry, Dallas Theological Seminary (USA)
PhD candidate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (the Netherlands) with International Baptist Theological Study Centre


Caleb has served at ABTS since 2011 through a partnership with Ras Beirut Baptist Church in Beirut, Lebanon. Caleb and his wife, Nicolette, are involved in a variety of social and humanitarian ministries through Ras Beirut Baptist Church and have lived in Lebanon since 2008. They have two daughters and one son. Outside of the classroom, Caleb enjoys running, woodworking, and doing things outdoors.

Caleb’s current research involves issues of practical theological methodology in non-Western cultural and religious contexts. He is specifically exploring the nature of practices of theological reflection in the Arab-Muslim context of Lebanon.

Areas of research, writing, and teaching

Historical theology, theology in the Arab church, Trinitarianism and Christology, theological anthropology, Christian-Muslim relations, practical theology and inter-cultural modes of theological reflection, historical development of biblical hermeneutics

Courses regularly taught at ABTS

A History of the Development of Christian Theology; Historical Perspectives on Salvation in the Community of Atonement; Historical and Contextual Perspectives on the Kingdom of God; God in Historical and Contextual Perspectives; Understanding and Practicing the Sermon to the Hebrews; Interpretation of Prophecy and Jeremiah; Caleb also oversees research projects utilizing various integrative methodologies.

Selection of Scholarly, Popular, and Creative Contributions

“What Ida Wells teaches me about the sovereignty of God during crises” in Mission Catalyst by BMS World Mission, Issue 3 (2020): 17.

COVID-19: Sovereignty without Resurrection is Just Opium,” Posted on the Institute for Middle East Studies blog: 2 April 2020

“But is it ‘Evangelical’? towards criteria for evaluating the practice of theological reflection as ABTS as an Evangelical Practical Theology,” at IBTSC Research Colloquium (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, January 2020)

“Action Research for Theological Impact,” with Bassem Melki in Challenging Tradition: Innovation in Advanced Theological Education, ed. by Perry Shaw and Havilah Dharamraj (Carlisle: Langham, 2018).

“A Reflection on Traffic through a Theology of Sin,” Posted on the Institute for Middle East Studies blog: 30 March 2017

“The Relationship between Faith and Reason in al-Ghazali's Philosophy of Education: Implications for Arab Theological Education,” Journal of European Baptist Studies 17, no. 1 (2017): 57-75.

“Toward Theological Integration Using Action Research: Reflections from an Arab Context,” InSights Journal for Global Theological Education 1, no. 2 (2016): 31–39.

“Cultural and Religious Barriers to Reflective Practice in Arab Cultural Contexts: An Interpretive Essay,” Unpublished research, International Baptist Theological Study Centre (2015).

"Lived Theology Project: a Natural Playground at ABTS." This faculty-led project involved collaboratively designing, fundraising, coordinating, and installing a natural playground for the nurture and development of the children of ABTS student families. January 2013 - September 2014.

“Is the Trinity Critically Important to Dialogue in the Middle East Context?” Posted on the Institute for Middle East Studies blog: 13 September 2012

“The Gospel of Wasta,” Devotional reflection written for Stonebriar Community Church’s missions magazine (Frisco, Texas, USA). 31 October 2012.

“An Indirect Christian Apologetic Approach in Response to Islamic Monotheism,” Unpublished research, Dallas Theological Seminary (2006).

“Proposal for Non-Formal Theological Education Program in Romania” Unpublished research project, Dallas Theological Seminary (2005).

“Singleness in a Trinitarian Perspective,” Unpublished research, Dallas Theological Seminary (2003).