Stephen Bauer, PhD

Professor of Theology and Ethics

Contact Information:

Office Location: 225 Hackman Hall

Office Phone: 423.236.2981


Dr. Bauer's Web Portal

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Stephen (Steve) Bauer joined the School of Religion in the summer of 1999. Before coming to Southern, he served as a district pastor. Steve is a lifelong Seventh-day Adventist who was inspired by his parents' living and practical faith in Jesus. He loves to teach and preach the experience of righteousness by faith in Christ. Steve is highly motivated by his belief that the end of all things is at hand. His great burden is to equip people, including his students, to live their lives by faith in what God says.

Steve spent eight years as the pastor of several multi-church districts in two conferences. He also worked as a Bible worker/assistant pastor prior to full-time district ministry. His experience includes some inner-city work in New York City, though most of his ministry has been in the suburban setting. While in graduate school, Steve worked as a certified flight instructor (instrument) and did some occasional substitute teaching for college-level religion classes.

Steve is married to Leslie Eagles Bauer, a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2011.  They enjoy their two adult children, Andrew Bauer and Heather Bauer Ortega. A former certified flight instructor, Steve enjoys several hobbies, including beekeeping, nature photography, creation-evolution issues, hiking, camping, ornithology, and music.

 Education and Degrees:

  • PhD – Andrews University
  • MDiv – Andrews University
  • BA – Atlantic Union College

Professional Memberships: 

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Adventist Society for Religious Studies
  • Adventist Theological Society
  • Society of Biblical Literature

 Undergraduate Classes Professor Bauer Teaches:

  • Christian Theology I and II 
  • Christian Ethics
  • Christian Beliefs

Graduate Classes Professor Bauer Teaches:

  • Christianity and Ethics in Professional Practice (co-taught with Frances Johnson, DNP, RN, NNP-BC)
  • Doctrine of Salvation
  • Studies in Biblical Doctrines
  • Contemporary Theological Issues 

Steve regularly preaches and conducts seminars at local churches, camp meetings, conference workers' meetings, and more. Topics include (but are not limited to) practical righteousness by faith, doctrine of salvation, moral and theological implications of Darwinian evolution, the popular doctrine of the pretribulation rapture, the Holy Spirit, and the Ten Commandments.


A current list of publications is on Steve's web portal.