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B.A., Social Science, Florida Southern College
M.A., Religion, Stetson University
M.A. Biblical Studies, The Criswell College
Ph.D., Religion, Baylor University
Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of North Texas
D.D., honorary, The Criswell College
Additional study, Tyndale House, Cambridge

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President
Professor of Humanities

A pastor and educator for more than thirty-five years, Richard Wells serves as the founding President of John Witherspoon College. He previously served as Vice President and Professor of Christian Studies at Union University, as pastor in Florida, Texas, and South Dakota, and as President of Criswell College. He was a member of the founding faculty of Beeson Divinity School, and has taught as a visiting professor at several institutions in the U. S., as well as in Canada, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia. He is a frequent speaker in churches, conferences, seminars, and other venues and events throughout the U. S. and overseas.
 Dr. Wells has written, lectured, and taught on topics ranging from psychology and counseling, to apologetics, biblical studies, theology, higher education, homiletics, world religions, media, culture, leadership, and more. He is the author of two books: Inspired Preaching: A Survey of the Preaching Found in the New Testament (with Boyd Luter), and most recently, Forgotten Songs: Reclaiming the Psalms for Worship (with Ray Van Neste). Dr. Wells is married to his “Brown Eyed Baby,” Carol. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.

Courses Taught at John Witherspoon College
CHR211 – OT Story
CHR212 – NT Story
CHR263 – Christian Preaching
BIB320 – Genesis
PHL349 – World Religions
PHL243 – Ethics/Moral Decision-Making