Dr. Scott R. Swain

Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean

  • Academic Dean | Staff | Orlando
  • Theology and Philosophy | Faculty | Orlando
  • Theology and Philosophy | Guest Faculty | Houston

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University of North Florida, B.A.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div., Th.M.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Ph.D.


Dr. Swain joined the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary in 2006. He serves as Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean at the Orlando campus. Before coming to RTS, he taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and served on the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

His main research interests include the doctrine of God, biblical interpretation, and modern Protestant theology. He is presently working on a book on the divine names, which explores the relationship between biblical interpretation and classical understandings of the divine attributes. With Dr. Michael Allen, he serves as general editor of two series: Zondervan Academic’s New Studies in Dogmatics and T & T Clark’s International Theological Commentary. Dr. Swain is co-chair of the Reformed Theology Consultation in the Evangelical Theological Society. He blogs regularly at Reformation21 and Common Places.

Dr. Swain is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He and his wife, Leigh, have four children.



  • (co-edited with Michael Allen) Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic (Baker Academic, forthcoming 2016).
  • (with Michael Allen) Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation (Baker Academic, 2015).
  • The God of the Gospel: Robert Jenson’s Trinitarian Theology (IVP Academic, 2013).
  • Trinity, Revelation, and Reading: A Theological Introduction to the Bible and Its Interpretation (T & T Clark, 2011).
  • (with Andreas Köstenberger) Father, Son and Spirit: The Trinity and John’s Gospel (IVP Academic, 2008).


  • “Lutheran and Reformed Sacramental Theology, 17th-19th Centuries,” in Hans Boersma and Matthew Levering, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Sacramental Theology (Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • “What is Doctrine?” Tabletalk (May 2015): 6-7.
  • “‘Heirs through God’: Galatians 4.4-7 and the Doctrine of the Trinity,” in Mark Elliot, Scott Hafeman, N. T. Wright, and John Frederick, eds., Galatians and Christian Theology (Baker Academic, 2014).
  • (with Michael Allen) “The Obedience of the Eternal Son,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 15 (2013): 114-34.
  • “The Mystery of the Trinity,” Credo Magazine (April 2013): 26-33.
  • “The Trinity in the Reformers,” in Gilles Emery and Matthew Levering, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity (Oxford University Press, 2011).
  • “Mark 12: God’s Lordly Son and Trinitarian Christology,” in Michael Allen, ed., Theological Commentary: Evangelical Perspectives (T & T Clark, 2011).

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