Randy Hatchett, PhD

School of Christian Thought
  • Professor of Theology
  • Program Coordinator, Theological Studies (BA)
  • Program Coordinator, Christian Ministry (BA)


  • PhD, Philosophy of Religion, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, May 1989.
  • MDiv, Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1982.
  • BA, Religion,  Dallas Baptist College, 1978.

Courses Taught

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Christian Doctrine
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Christianity and the Western Philosophical Tradition
  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Ethics
  • Religious Language
  • Early Biblical Interpretation
  • Paganism and Christianity
  • Old Testament Narrative: Ruth and Esther
  • Jesus and His Teaching
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Church History
  • Hermeneutics
  • Supervised Ministry
  • Christianity and Philosophy (Masters level)
  • Christian Scriptures II, Pentateuch and Wisdom (Masters level)
  • Systematic Theology (Masters level)
  • Historical and Moral Theology (Masters level)
  • Directed Readings: Barth, Trinity, Early Christian Tradition (Masters level)

Interdisciplinary courses:

  • The Ancient and Medieval World
  • the Renaissance and Reformation
  • Romanticism and the Modern Period
  • Values in Conflict

Teaching Focus

Dr. Hatchett has taught in the areas of philosophy and theology, and Biblical studies; Biblical hermeneutics is an ongoing interest. Most recently he has taught in the area of theology.


  • Published with Ben Blackwell, Engaging Theology: A Biblical, Historical and Practical Introduction. Zondervan, 2019.
  • Revision of Church History in Plain Language, by Bruce Shelley. 4th edition. Thomas Nelson, 2013.
  • Writing the article on Philosophical Theology for the Broadman- Holman reference project, A Handbook of Theology for the People of God edited by David Dockery.
  • Revising manuscript on evil and suffering for submission in 2021
  • Articles in the Holman Dictionary of the Bible:
    • “The Fall,” “Prayer in the Bible”
    • “The Meaning of Biblical History”
    • “Word,” “Prophecy, Prophets”
  • Chapter in book on Baptist Spirituality: “The Hermeneutics of Conversion” in Ties That Bind: Life Together in the Baptist Vision. Edited by Gary Furr and Curtis Freeman, Smyth & Helwys, 1994.
  • Chapter in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Text: “The Authority of the Bible” in Biblical Hermeneutics. Edited by Bruce Corley, Steve Lemke, and Grant Lovejoy, Broadman Press (1996).
  • Paper presentation in response to Steve Lemke: “Calvinism and the Practices of Baptist Culture and Conviction,” Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, Summer 2008, vol. 5.1.
  • “Reading the Bible like a Christian” in Thriving in Babylon: Essays in Honor of A.J. Conyers. Edited by David Capes. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Wipf and Stock, 2010.

His writing interests include: hermeneutics and spirituality.
Dissertation: Towards a Post-Critical Christological Hermeneutic: An Analysis of the Hermeneutics of Raymond Brown

Awards and Honors

  • Houston Christian University:
    • President and Vice President for the SW Region National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, 2002-2003
    • Opal Goolsby Outstanding Faculty Award, 1999-2000
    • Awarded Sabbatical, Winter 1997-1998
  • Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary:
    • Biblical Director of the Theological Fellowship (elected by student body)
    • Selected as a Graduate Assistant in Philosophy and Theology departments
  • Dallas Baptist College:
    • Received Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1997
    • Received the Religion Recognition Award (one of two honorees)

Previous academic appointments include:

  • Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy, 1988-1990 – Williams Baptist College, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
  • Instructor in Philosophy, 1986-1988 – Tarrant County Junior College/Northwest
  • Teaching Fellow in Philosophy of Religion, 1986 – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Hatchett represents the university in numerous speaking and preaching engagements. In addition to preaching and teaching in area churches he has served the following churches as interim pastor or preacher:

  •     FBC Rosenberg, Rosenberg, TX
  •     Calvary Batist Church, Rosenberg, TX
  •     Great Oaks Baptist Church, Richmond, TX
  •     Cedar Lane Baptist Church, Cedar Lane,TX
  •     Immanuel Baptist Church, Odessa,TX
  •     FBC Van Vleck, Van Vleck,TX
  •     University Baptist Church, Clear Lake, TX
  •     Cedar Lane Baptist Church Cedar Lane, TX
  •     Memorial Drive Baptist Church, Houston, TX
  •     FBC East Bernard, East Bernard, TX
  •     FBC Richmond (building program), Richmond, TX
  •     Quail Valley Baptist Church, Missouri City, TX
  •     Pecan Grove Baptist Church, Richmond, TX
  •     FBC Sugar Land, Sugar Land, TX
  •     Heritage Oaks Baptist Mission, Richmond, TX
  •     FBC Atascocita, Humble, TX
  •     Heritage Oaks Baptist Mission, Richmond, TX
  •     FBC Newport, Newport, AR
  •     Calvary Baptist Church, Corning, AR