Derek Hatch

hatchDerek C. Hatch, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Christian Studies (2011)
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Office: FLC 208
Phone: (325) 649-8135

Dr. Derek Hatch came to Howard Payne University after finishing a Ph.D. in theology at the University of Dayton in Ohio. His research interests focus on twentieth-century theology and philosophy. Aside from authoring several articles, Dr. Hatch is co-editor of Gathering Together: Baptists at Work in Worship (Pickwick, 2013). Prior to coming to Howard Payne in 2011, he taught as an instructor at the University of Dayton as well as United Theological Seminary. Raised in Texas, Dr. Hatch also graduated with honors from East Texas Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in behavioral science, and he later earned a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in theology from George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, and the Society of Christian Ethics.

Active in Baptist church life, Dr. Hatch has previously served in several churches as a youth minister and assistant pastor. He continues to serve local churches by participating in panel discussions, and he has worked in a lay capacity as member of committees involved missions, worship planning and pastoral leadership in churches in Texas and Ohio. Dr. Hatch is also an endorser of the Ekklesia Project, a network of pastors, scholars and lay leaders whose goal is to serve the church by embracing the call to radical discipleship within the corporate body of Christ.

Dr. Hatch lives in Brownwood with Sarah, his wife of ten years, and their three children: Philip, Simon, and Joseph. Aside from work, Dr. Hatch enjoys reading with his children, traveling, taking in a good work of fiction and watching sports (especially Houston Astros baseball games).

Courses Taught

Introduction to Old Testament
Introduction to New Testament
Introduction to Theological Reflection
Christian Doctrines
Theology & Culture
Christian Ethics
World Religions
Special Topics in Theology
Global Theologies (MA)
Theology of Church and Its Mission (MA)