Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Earl Waggoner

Meet Dr. Earl Waggoner

Degrees and Experience
  • Ph.D., Systematic Theology (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary)
  • M.Div., concentration in Theology (New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary)
  • B.A., Communications (Baylor University)
Biography and Professional Achievements

Theological education has been Dr. Earl Waggoner's vocational passion since 2002. He has taught theology, church history, and other ministry-related content to seminarians (Golden Gate Seminary) as well as to CCU students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (since 2007). The last three years of service at Golden Gate were also spent as the director of the seminary's campus in the Los Angeles area. Serving both in local congregations as well as in the classroom has been a great blessing from God in terms of preparing Waggoner to join the CCU family full time.

Waggoner also worked in commercial television for ten years prior to the pastorate. This fact helps explain why he is also interested in the intersection of theology and popular culture, most specifically pop culture expressed in television programs.

  • “Religious Liberty Ad Fontes: The Curious and Consistent Example of Elder John Leland” (published & distributed by the Centennial Institute, Aug., 2018)
  • "Shubal Stearns," chapter one in "A Noble Company," vol. 3 (essays on important Baptist leaders)
  • "James Manning Winchell," chapter in "A Noble Company," vol. 9 (June 2017)
  • "God the Holy Spirit: Fruit, Gifts, Sanctification," SBC LIFE (Aug/Sept. 2009)
  • Articles in the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the UNited States (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2015): "Calvary Chapel," "Augustus Hopkins Strong," "Television Shows"
Papers delivered at national Evangelical Theological Society annual meetings
  • “From Filioque to The Force: Is There a Holy Spirit Identity Crisis among Baptists?” (Nov. 2018)
  • "God as Chairman: "The Adjustment Bureau? as a Reflection on the Contours of Divine Sovereignty" (Nov. 2011)
  • "Is the Knight Too Dark for the Soul? Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness from a Rather Disturbing Movie" (Nov. 2009)
  • "Base Ecclesial Communities: Lessons for Evangelical House Churches from Liberation Theology?" (Nov. 2007)
  • "Here's the Church, Here's the People, Where's the Steeple? Toward a House Church Ecclesiology" (Nov. 2006)