Associate Professor of Church History
Director of the Center for Early Christian Studies
Dr. Presley holds degrees from Baylor University, Dallas Seminary, and the University of St. Andrews. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Church History and Director of the Southwestern Center for Early Christian Studies. He teaches a variety of graduate and postgraduate courses in Church History and Patristics at Southwestern. His research and teaching are intentionally interdisciplinary and he integrates Biblical Studies, theology and history. His areas of research include early Christian theology and exegesis, the church fathers, second century, historical theology, biblical theology, and history of biblical interpretation.
He previously served as Assistant Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Southwestern’s Houston campus (2011-2015) and taught various undergraduate and graduate courses in Biblical and Theological Studies. He also taught in Southwestern’s innovative prison seminary degree program at the Darrington State Penitentiary south of Houston.
His publications include the recent book: The Intertextual Reception of Genesis 1-3 in Irenaeus of Lyons (Brill, 2015) and many articles and essays on Scripture and theology in the early church including: “Irenaeus and the Exegetical Roots of Trinitarian Theology,” in Irenaeus: Life, Scripture, Legacy (Fortress, 2012) and “The Demonstration of Intertextuality in Irenaeus of Lyons” in Intertextuality in the Second Century (Brill, 2015). He has given many national and international presentations at various conferences including the North American Patristic Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and the Evangelical Theological Society.
He has served the church through various ministry positions including: pastor, Sunday school teacher, youth worker, and chaplain, and served on many short-term mission projects throughout the US, Europe, and Central America.