H. Leroy Metts

Distinguished Senior Professor of Greek & New Testament
H. Leroy Metts 214.818.1335


  • 1977 Ph.D., New Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Thesis Topic: “New Testament Greek Sentence Structure: A Traditional, Descriptive-Structural, and Transformational-Generative Study.”
  • 1967 M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 1964 B.A., University of South Carolina
  • 1962 A.A., North Greenville Junior College
  • Additional Studies: Ph.D. work in Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington Summer Institute of Linguistics, Dallas, TX

Employment History

  • 1976-present Professor of Greek and New Testament, Criswell College
  • Adjunct Professor of Greek and New Testament, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • 1974-1976 First Baptist Church of Hartsville, SC
  • 1969-1972 Wilshire Terrace Baptist Church, Euless, TX
  • 1964-1967 Direct Baptist Church, Sumner, TX
  • 1964 Assistant Pastor & Youth Director:  Diamond Hill Baptist Church, Ft. Worth, TX
  • 1962-1964 Perry Baptist Church, Perry, SC
  • Interim pastorates:
    Pierpont Chapel, Charleston, SC
    Gowansville Baptist, Greer, SC
    First Baptist Church, Nevada, TX
    and others (a total of 15 interims)
  • Revivals, Bible Studies & Speaking Engagements: Preached in over 300 churches in Southeastern & Southwestern part of United States; sent by World Evangelism on preaching missions in London, England & Melbourne, Australia



  • “Discourse, Analysis and the Text-Driven Sermon,” in the Text Driven Sermon, ed. Ned Mathews, Broadman Holman (forthcoming).


  • Review of Handbook of New Testament Greek: An Inductive Approach based on the Greek Text of Acts, by William Sanford LaSor. 2 Vols. Southwestern Journal of Theology 16 (Spring 1974): 95-96.
  •  “Regeneration and Justification,” in We Believe: Sermons on Baptist Doctrine, The Criswell Center for Biblical Studies Pisteuomen Series, vol. 1, pp. 59-66. Edited by Paige Patterson and Luis Pantoja. (Dallas: Criswell Publications, 1977).
  • “Death, Discipleship, & Discourse Strategies”: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 Once Again” Criswell Theological Review 4 (1989): 57-76.
  • “The Kingdom of God: Background and Development of a Complex Discourse Concept.” CTR, Vol. 2, no. 1 (2004):51-82.
  • Stewardship lessons for First Baptist Dallas, 1977.
    Articles in Shophar, a publication of Criswell College:
    “Roots of Redemption”    Matthew 1-3
    “The Dawning of a New Age”   Matthew 4-5
    “The Righteousness of the Kingdom” Matthew 6-7
    “Jesus and the Disenfranchised”   Matthew 8-10
    “The Presence of the Future”   Matthew 11-12
    “The Mystery of the Kingdom”   Matthew 13
    “Responding to Jesus”    Matthew 14-15
    “The Kingdom’s Present Power”   Matthew 16-18
    “The Triumphal Entry,”    Matthew 19-21
    “Negative Sermons”   Matthew 22-23
    “The Coming of God’s Kingdom”  Matthew 24-25
    “The New Covenant”    Matthew 26
    “The Resurrection Now”    Matthew 27-28
    “The Beginning of the Gospel”   Mark 1-2
    “Miracles and Faith”    Mark 3-5
    “Kingdom Citizens”    Mark 6-7
    “Who is This Man?”     Mark 8-9
    “A Ransom for Many”   Mark 10-11
    “God’s Coinage”    Mark 12-13
    “Not Imma, but Abba”   Mark 14-16
    “The Name of Jesus”   Luke 1-2
    “The Spirit without Fire”   Luke 3-4
    “Living the Sermon”   Luke 5-6
    “Jesus and Women”   Luke 7-8
    “Cost-counting Discipleship”  Luke 9-10
    “The Finger of God”   Luke 11-12
    “Three Dimensional Judgment”  Luke 13-15
    “Suffering Messiah-A Perplexing Problem” Luke 16-18
    “The King Who Comes”   Luke 19-20
    “The Fellowship of the Kingdom”  Luke 21-22
    “The Christian Basis of Hope”  Luke 23-24
  • Graduate Seminars & Professional Papers:
    “The Geographical Expansion and Political Organization of the Roman Empire, 753BC-117AD”
    “The Apocalypse of Paul”
    “The Literature of Qumran: Its Value for Biblical and Theological Studies”
    “Hellenistic Jewish Philosophy”
    “The Literary Form of Genesis 1-11”
    “The Fall of Man”
    “The Critical Problems of James”
    “Pre-Pauline Paradosis”
    “The History of the Development of Formgeschichte”
    “The Functional Christology of Oscar Cullmann”
    “The Old Testament Concept of Election”
    “Forgiveness in the Old Testament”
    “The Contributions of James Barr to Theological Dialogue”
    “The Historical-Critical Method:  Conservative and Liberal Perspective”
    “The Hermeneutical Method of Oscar Cullman:
    “The Biblical Concept of Authority”
    “Sociological Factors Influencing Concepts of Biblical Authority”

Book Reviews:

  • Special Revelation, by Bernard Ramm
  • Jesus of Nazareth, Edited by C. F. H. Henry
  • The Tendencies of the Synoptic Tradition, by E. P. Sanders
  • The Work and Words of Jesus, by A.M. Hunter


  •  “Matthew” and “Isaiah” in The Believer’s Study Bible


  • “Why Christians Fight Over the Bible,” Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, TX, and many other church settings
  • Columbia Bible College, Columbia, SC
  • Distinguished Christian Scholar Lectures, Mid-America Baptist Seminary, March 1984
  • Lectures in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1984; Shuburyness, England; Molokai, Hawaii; Mowe, Australia

Significant Activities of Service

To the College

  • Coordinator of New Testament Program
  • Academic Cabinet
  • Co-Chair, Faculty and Staff Campaign: 25th Anniversary Campaign
  • Admissions Committee
  • Financial Aid Committee
  • Faculty Development Committee
  • Graduation Committee
  • Library Committee

To the Community

  • President of Church Related Vocations Fellowship of Charleston Baptist Association, Charleston, SC; Secretary of Edisto Association
  • Sunday School Director of Edisto Association
  • Moderator and other varied associational and state services from 1962-1976 prior to assuming present position at Criswell College


  • Greek 1, II
  • New Testament Introduction
  • New Testament Introduction II
  • New Testament Survey I, II
  • Greek Exegetical Syntax I, II
  • Greek Exegetical Syntax II (Prison Epistles)
  • New Testament Theology
  • Topics in New Testament Studies: New Testament Theology
  • New Testament Intensive: Jesus
  • Messiah: Message & Mission
  • New Testament Intensive: Matthew
  • Greek Exegesis: Matthew
  • New Testament Intensive: Ephesians
  • New Testament Intensive: Romans
  • Greek Exegesis: Prison Epistles
  • New Testament Intensive: 1, 2 Peter & 1, 2, 3 John
  • New Testament Intensive: Gospel of Mark
  • Greek Exegesis: Mark: The Roaring Lion
  • New Testament Intensive: Prison Epistles (Col & Eph)
  • New Testament Exegesis: Romans


  • Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities
  • The Criswell College “Professor of the Year”, 1996-97 & 2000-01
  • Honored by Administration with H. Leroy Metts Greek Language Award, inaugurated May 2001and awarded annually
  • Honored by Criswell College Alumni Association with H. Leroy Metts Scholarship, inaugurated April 2001 and awarded annually
  • Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Criswell College, May 2009

Professional Memberships

  • Evangelical Theological Society