Dr. J. Bradley Creed, an accomplished leader of mission-driven institutions and a scholar and historian of religion, began his duties as Campbell University’s fifth president on July 1, 2015.
Previously, Dr. Creed was the provost, executive vice president, and professor of religion at Samford University, a private Christian university in Birmingham, Alabama.
Prior to joining Samford, Dr. Creed was a professor of Christian history, associate dean, and dean at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has also served as the scholar-in-residence at the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., and visiting professor of church history at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Falls Church, Virginia. Earlier in his career, he served as pastor of churches in Texas and Louisiana.
A Jacksonville, Texas, native, Dr. Creed received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University, graduating cum laude. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He pursued further study in Harvard University’s Management Development Program and in the Spanish language program at Academia Hispano Americano in Mexico.
Dr. Creed’s wife, Kathy, is an educator by training and previously was a public school teacher and administrator in Texas and Louisiana. The Creeds’ family includes son Charles; daughter Carrie Grace; and one grandson, James Noble Creed. A daughter, Caitlin, died in 2007 during her freshman year in college.