Postgraduate Student Profile: Winston Hottman

Winston entered the Ph.D. in theology program at Southwestern Seminary in spring 2018. Prior to arriving at Southwestern, he graduated from Houston Baptist University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Business and completed a Master of Divinity in 2015 at Criswell College in Dallas, TX.

It was during his time at Criswell that he was introduced to the rich history, theology, and practices of early Christianity and decided to pursue further studies in the field. Winston’s primary area of interest is early Christian interpretation of Scripture, and he plans to focus his dissertation on the question of how early Christians appropriated Torah in the formation of their ethics. Other areas of interest include Christian ethics, political theology, Christian higher education, and Baptist history and theology, especially the modern Baptist catholicity movement.

The latter interest led Winston to co-found the Center for Baptist Renewal, an organization committed to helping Baptists, especially pastors and lay leaders, renew Baptist faith and practice through retrieval of the Great Tradition of the historic church. The mission of the group is distinct in that it seeks to carve out a place for conservative, evangelical Baptists within the growing Baptist catholicity movement.

In addition to his work at SWBTS and CBR, Winston is also deeply involved in his local church, Lake Highlands Baptist in Dallas, where he helps lead a small group, substitute teaches, and welcomes congregants for worship as part of the greeting team. He also regularly preaches at churches throughout north Texas. He currently serves in the president’s office at Criswell College, where he helps coordinate strategic planning and assessment.

Winston is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Society for Biblical Literature, and North American Patristics Society.