Dr. T. Van McClain Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Director of Library Services
Dr. Van McClain was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 1974 with a B.A. He saw his need for Christ and followed God’s call to ministry while he was a student at DBU.
Dr. McClain graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with an M. Div. in 1977 and a Ph.D. in 1985. The title of his dissertation was “Prejudice in the Old Testament and Ancient Near East.” In 2001 he received a Master of Library Science degree from SUNY Albany.
He is married to the former Nancy Parsons and they have three children; Amber, Vanessa, and Tommy. Nancy has taught music and directed choirs for a home-school group named LEAH (Loving Education At Home), McKeel Christian Academy, and currently teaches and directs choirs at Augustine Classical Academy.
For the last 26 years he had made his home in Schenectady, NY where he is currently serving as Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew and the Director of Library Services for the Northeast Campus of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also serving as the pastor of Grace Community Chapel in Ballston Spa, NY.
Dr. McClain contributed a chapter to the book Looking to the Future: Evangelical Studies in Eschatology, and he also wrote an article for the Evangelical Dictionary of World Missions. He has often written articles for The Biblical Illustrator, and he has written some journal articles.
Dr. McClain is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and has served as the Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Northeast Region of ETS. He has also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Northeast Region.
Dr. McClain is currently serving as Recording Secretary and Parliamentarian for the Baptist Convention of New York (BCNY). He has previously served as Chairman of the Executive Board for the BCNY and Assistant Recording Secretary for the BCNY. He also previously served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He once served on the Committee on Nominations for the Southern Baptist Convention; and he previously served on various committees of the Hudson Baptist Association of New York, the Hunt Baptist Association of Texas, and was President of the Tawakoni Ministerial Association while serving as pastor in Texas.