2022 Southeast Regional Evangelical Theological Society Meeting

March 25-26, 2022

Featuring Benjamin Merkle on “Biblical Ecclesiology”

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The BJU Seminary faculty and staff are delighted to welcome ETS members and guests to our campus for the Southeast Regional meeting March 25th and 26th, 2022. We regret that our original speaker, Andreas Köstenberger, will no longer be able to attend. However, we are happy to announce that Benjamin Merkle will now be serving as our keynote speaker.

Dr. Merkle is the M. O. Owens Chair of New Testament Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches New Testament and Greek and serves as the editor for the Southeastern Theological Review. He is the author or editor of over 30 books, including publications in NT Ecclesiology such as 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons and Why Elders? Dr. Merkle is graciously stepping away from a writing sabbatical to present three lectures on “Authority in Pauline Churches” that will explore Paul’s view of the authority of the congregation, elders, and deacons in the local church.

  • There will also be a casual Q&A time after the Friday evening meal and keynote address. This will be a great time not only to direct questions to our speaker but also for faculty and students from various schools to connect and make new acquaintances.
  • As usual, we also invite faculty and student papers. We are especially interested in papers on the subject of biblical theology, but papers on other topics are welcome too.
  • Deadline for paper submission, February  18, 2022.
  • Please see the information below to register for the meeting and submit paper proposals.


Dates of Regional Meeting

Friday, March 25, 2022, 11 a.m. to Saturday, March 26, 1 p.m

Conference Theme

“Biblical Ecclesiology”

Keynote Speaker

Benjamin Merkle, M. O. Owens Chair of New Testament Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He will speak under the following titles:

Address 1: The Authority of the Congregation in Pauline Churches (Friday, 12:30 pm)
Address 2: The Authority of Elders in Pauline Churches (Friday, 5:30 pm)
Address 3: The Authority of Deacons in Pauline Churches (Saturday, 11:15 am)


11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Check-in and Registration
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.First Keynote Address
1:45 – 2:30 p.m.Paper Session 1
2:40 – 3:25 p.m.Paper Session 2
3:35 – 4:20 p.m.Paper Session 3
4:30 – 5:15 p.m.Paper Session 4
5:30 – 6:50 p.m.Dinner and Second Keynote Address
7 – 8:30 p.m.Informal Q&A Session

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.Continental Breakfast Available
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.Paper Session 5
9:25 – 10:10 a.m.Paper Session 6
10:20 – 11:15 a.m.Paper Session 7
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Final Keynote Address
12:15 – 12:30 p.m.Business Meeting
12:30 p.m.Dismissal

Registration and Fees

Presenters and attenders must register for the conference. NOTE: Early registration has been extended through Sunday, March 13. After March 13, registration fees will increase by $5 per person (except for spouses, who are free).

  • Full Members: $35
  • Associate Members: $25
  • Student Members and Guests: $20
  • Spouses: FREE

To register for the conference please visit our registration page.

Paper Proposals

We invite ETS members of any rank, from any region, to submit a paper proposal, especially a proposal relating to the conference theme. Please email your proposal with your name, title of paper, and institution to Greg Stiekes at [email protected] no later than February 18, 2022.

Student Paper Competition: We also invite students attending school within the Southeast Region (North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama) to submit a completed paper (not an abstract). Papers around 15-20 pages should be submitted as a PDF document to the email address above and must adhere to the doctrinal basis of ETS. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place papers.

Please submit proposals or completed papers no later than January 31, 2022.

Location, Meals, and Accommodations

The Southeast Regional meeting will take place on the campus of Bob Jones University, located at 1700 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29614. Check-in and registration will open at 11 a.m. on March 25 in the lobby of the Alumni Building. Further instructions will be given regarding session and meal locations.

Upon your arrival, event signs will direct you to parking, check-in and event locations. The best parking options will be on either side of the Mack Building, along University Circle or West Drive, or in the parking garage. To learn your way around our campus, please view our campus map.

Provided meal include dinner on Friday evening, a coffee bar for the Q&A session following the evening keynote address, and a light breakfast with coffee on Saturday morning. (Coffee and breakfast compliments of BJU Seminary.) For other meals while in Greenville, there is no shortage of great restaurants and standard fast-food options. Some of the best options are included in BJUtoday’s Around Greenville series.

You may also want to check out the award-winning downtown area of Greenville, with parks and river walks, shopping, and restaurants.

For overnight lodging, there are several hotels where guests of the University and Seminary receive discounts. Visit our “Greenville Hotels” page for information.

Questions and Further Information

Email Greg Stiekes at [email protected] or call the Seminary Office at (864) 241-1657.