Scott T. Carroll, Ph.D. Legacy Professor
Dr. Scott T. Carroll is former Professor of Ancient History at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, where he impacted students through his passion for history and archaeology. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Bible Museum in Texas. He earned his B.A. at Tennessee Temple University, a M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Miami University. He also completed studies at Hebrew Union College.
Dr. Carroll has been active in unlocking and preserving ancient culture for more than three decades. He founded and then directed the Scriptorium Center for Christian Antiquities (1994-1998) in Grand Haven, MI, a joint project with Hampton Court Herefordshire, United Kingdom. Geared toward preserving Biblical artifacts, the Scriptorium housed some of the rarest and most unique ancient antiquities in the world. Then, As Executive Director of the newly formed National Biblical Museum in Texas, Dr. Carroll has been instrumental in creating one of largest museums of biblical antiquities in the world (2009–current). Dr. Carroll draws on his background in Patristics and ancient civilizations to coordinate a staff of biblical scholars, archeologists, and historians. The museum maintains and preserves an expansive collection of irreplaceable relicts, parchments, and manuscripts, and seeks to educate people on the culture and worlds of the Bible.
In his role as a Professor, Dr. Carroll impacted thousands of students. During his tenure at Cornerstone University (2000–2010), he specialized in ancient and classical studies, archaeology, and codicology. A life-long learner who has mastered numerous languages (Akkadian, Aramic, Classical Egyptian, Coptic, Ge’ez, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Syriac), Dr. Carroll’s Ph.D. work centered on Coptic Christianity and the Egyptian Church, yet his vast knowledge of the Roman Empire carried over into the courses he taught. Prior to his work at Cornerstone, he taught at both Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1988–1994) where he served as a Professor in Ancient and Early Church History and won teaching awards for his hands-on instruction. In the mid to late 1980s, Dr. Carroll was an instructor or teaching fellow at various Midwestern schools while completing his Ph.D. work including Miami University, St. Joseph College, and Xavier University. He has also lectured and presented material at Azusa Pacific University, Cedarville College, and Salem State University and was a professor in comparative religion at Grand Valley State University. In addition to his regular schedule of courses, Dr. Carroll led students at both Gordon-Conwell and Cornerstone University on trips to the Mediterranean world including a summer hands-on adventure in Greece. He also directs an archaeological excavations in Egypt, has been a consultant for national media outlets, and is a regular speaker at churches.
Dr. Carroll is a member of nearly 20 professional organizations and has penned numerous articles, book reviews, and chapters for several books and scholarly journals. Among his published periodicals are Christian Scholars Review, The American Journal of Philology, and the Journal of Hellenic Studies. He contributed extensively to the Anchor Bible Dictionary, and he is the coauthor of Customs and Manners in Bible Times. A cross-cultural program he developed with students from 35 countries, is a permanent standing exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute.