Appreciation -- By: Editor

Journal: Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal
Volume: DBSJ 21:0 (NA 2016)
Article: Appreciation
Author: Editor



It is with great pleasure that we dedicate this celebratory issue of the Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal to three distinguished professors of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, Drs. William W. Combs, Robert V. McCabe, and R. Bruce Compton. Together, they have accumulated a remarkable century of teaching experience, 97 years of which were spent in the halls of DBTS. Their joint contributions have significantly and beneficially shaped the identity both of the seminary and of this journal.

William W. Combs was born in Newton, North Carolina, but spent much of his childhood in Newport News, Virginia, where his father moved to work in the shipyards in the aftermath of the Second World War. After some preliminary studies at Old Dominion University and a four-year stint in the Air Force, Bill married Pansy Carter, also of Newport News, resulting in a model marriage that has lasted some 47 years. It was about this time that Bill became serious about his relationship with Christ and was converted in 1971 under the tutelage of Pansy’s uncle, Charles Boone, then pastor of Clearview Baptist Church in Newport News. Pastor Boone took Bill under his wing, and prompted Bill to consider full-time Christian service.

Bill and Pansy responded by enrolling in Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Bill completed his B.A. (1974), M.Div. (1977), and Th.M. (1980), serving for several of those years as an assistant pastor and later as an instructor at Tennessee Temple. After completing his master’s work, Bill moved to Winona Lake, Indiana, where he completed the coursework for a Th.D. in New Testament Language and Literature. He then returned to TTU to resume teaching there. While Bill was still writing his dissertation on the “Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit” (1985), Dr. Rolland McCune of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary contacted Bill and invited him to join the DBTS faculty. Bill began teaching at the seminary during the fall term of 1983 and served there until his retirement in 2015.

Upon his hire Bill assumed both the NT chair and the office of seminary registrar. In the latter role Bill distinguished himself as the architect of the DBTS curriculum and earned the post of academic dean in 1986, a post that he held until his retirement. Bill also oversaw the birth of the Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal in 1996 and served as its editor until 2014. Bill is published in numerous journals, and has been a consummately faithful expositor of God’s Word these many years.

Bill retired from seminary work in 2015, but not from the Lord’s work. He serves today as a part-time staff member at Community Bible Church of Trent...

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