Fisher Humphreys is Professor of Divinity, Emeritus, of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. In retirement he serves as Residential Scholar at St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church in Birmingham and as chairman of the board of Christian Ethics Today.
Dr. Humphreys was born in Columbus, Mississippi. He and his wife Caroline Nan Toler Humphreys have two children, Mrs. Stephanie Hoffman of Birmingham and Kenneth Humphreys of New Orleans, and three granddaughters, Camille Humphreys, Kate Humphreys, and Jane Humphreys.
Dr. Humphreys received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi College, the Master of Arts degree from Loyola University, the Master of Letters degree from Oxford University, and the Bachelor of Divinity and Doctor of Theology degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
He was ordained by the First Baptist Church of Columbus and has served as pastor of churches in Alabama, Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi. He taught Christian theology at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1970-1990) and at the Beeson Divinity School of Samford University (1990-2008). On the occasion of his retirement friends presented him with a Festschrift entitled Theology in the Service of the Church (edited by Timothy George and Eric Mason).
Dr. Humphreys is the author of The Almighty, Baptist Theology: A Really Short Version, The Christian Church, The Death of Christ, A Dictionary of Doctrinal Terms (with Philip Wise), Fundamentalism (also with Philip Wise), God So Loved the World (with Paul Robertson), The Heart of Prayer, I Have Called You Friends, The Nature of God, Southern Baptist Heritage, Speaking in Tongues (with Malcolm Tolbert), Thinking about God, and The Way We Were. He is the editor of Nineteenth Century Evangelical Theology. He has contributed articles and reviews to various journals and has written lessons for use in Sunday School and in other settings.