Dr Kenneth Archer

Dr Kenneth Archer

HDR Supervisor

Dr. Kenneth Archer is passionate about theology and committed to pastoral ministry. He has served as the senior pastor of three different churches, two being Assemblies of God and one being independent. He still remains active in teaching and preaching in local churches.

Prior to coming to Southeastern University in 2011, Dr. Archer served for 10 years as an associate professor of theology at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (formally Church of God Theological Seminary) in Cleveland, Tennessee. During this time there, he also was a regular adjunct at Lee University. He and his wife, Melissa, served as co-pastors of the college and career ministry at Woodward Church of God in Athens, Tennessee. They also were active in foster care.

Dr. Archer has been a sought-after Pentecostal educator, which has given him the opportunity to teach at a number of Pentecostal seminaries and colleges outside of the United States, predominately in Central and South America. He is an active member in the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Academy of American Religion, where he has been a regular presenter of papers on theology and hermeneutics. He served as president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies in 2015. His monograph, A Pentecostal Hermeneutic for the Twenty-First Century: Spirit, Scripture and Community (T&T Clark International, 2004), is an important contribution to Pentecostal hermeneutics and theological method, has been published in paperback form as A Pentecostal Hermeneutic: Spirit, Scripture and Community (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2009) and has been translated into Chinese (2016). He has published essays on theology, hermeneutics and peacemaking in various academic and international journals.

Kenneth Archer


Ph.D. (University of St Andrews, Scotland)
Dissertation Title A Pentecostal Hermeneutic: Spirit, Scripture and Community 2001

M.Div. (Ashland Theological Seminary) 1997


  • 2016
    • Archer, K.J., Oliverio, L.W.(2016). Constructive Pneumatological Hermeneutics in Pentecostal Christianity. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Article

  • 2019
    • Archer, Melissa, Archer, Kenneth J. (2019). Complementarianism and Egalitarianism - Whose Side Are You Leaning On. Pneuma, 2019 No.1. | External link
  • 2017
    • Eds. Archer, Kenneth J., Oliverio, L. William; (2017). Constructive Pneumatological Hermeneutics in Pentecostal Christianity. Pneuma, 39, No. 3. | External link
  • 2015
    • Archer, K.J.(2015). Presidential Address: Pentecostal Hermeneutics and the Society for Pentecostal Studies: Reading and Hearing in One Accord. Pneuma, 37:3.


Academic Conference

  • 2021
    • Developments in Vineyard History (2021), Society of Pentecostal Studies, Southlake, TX, USA, 20 Mar 2021
      Co-presenter: Maskell, Caleb J.D., Raburn, Michael L., Young, Kyla M.
    • Panel Discussion: Theology - Author Meets Critic (2021), Society of Pentecostal Studies, Southlake, TX, USA, 19 Mar 2021
      Co-presenter: Kärkkäinen, V.M., Casarez, T.,
  • 2018
    • Respondent for Practical Theology (2018), Society of Pentecostal Studies, Cleveland, TN, USA, 08 Mar 2018
      Co-presenter: Bowers, James
    • Panel Discussion on Racial Diversity and Equity (2018), Society of Pentecostal Studies, Cleveland, TN, USA, 08 Mar 2018
  • 2011
    • A Pentecostal Reading/Healing of Ephesians 5:21-6:9: Complementarianism and Egalitarianism-Whose Side Are you Leaning On? (2011), 46th Annual Conference, Society for Pentecostal Studies, 'Pentecostalism and Culture', St. Louis, MO, 09 Mar 2011
      Co-presenter: Archer, M.L.

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