Owen Strachan is the Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement. He was formerly assistant professor of Christian theology and church history at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. Strachan is the President of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood. Most importantly, he is the husband of Bethany and the father of three children.
Strachan (@ostrachan) completed a Ph.D. in Theological Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an MDiv in Biblical & Theological Studies from SBTS, and an AB in History from Bowdoin College. He interned in the U. S. Department of State (Office of White House Liaison). During his studies at SBTS, he was Editorial Assistant and Intern to President R. Albert Mohler, Jr (2005-07).
A contributing writer for The Gospel Coalition, Strachan has published seven books. His most recent work is Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome (Thomas Nelson, 2013). He coauthored the five-volume Essential Edwards Collection with Douglas Sweeney and co-edited The Pastor as Scholar, the Scholar as Pastor: On Life and Ministry (by John Piper and D. A. Carson).
Strachan has authored academic journal articles and reviews for Themelios, Trinity Journal, the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, The Southern Baptist and the Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He blogs at ThoughtLife for the Patheos network and is a Fellow with the Center for Pastor-Theologians. Strachan writes regularly on a range of topics for the American Spectator online and has written essays on theology, culture, evangelicalism, and the public square for The Atlantic, First Things, Christianity Today, and The City
In 2014, Strachan published The Pastor as Public Theologian with Kevin Vanhoozer (Brazos Press). In 2015, he will publish a reappraisal of the life and public square witness of Chuck Colson titled The Colson Way (Thomas Nelson), the first major work on Colson since his death in 2012. In 2015, he published a monograph on the reinvigoration of the evangelical mind (Zondervan Academic) and a coedited volume on the ministry and thought of Carl F. H. Henry (Crossway).
Keenly interested in theology, ministry, and culture, Strachan speaks regularly at churches and conferences and has delivered the Family Policy Lecture at the Family Research Council, moderated a Veritas Forum at Bowdoin College, spoken at Values Voters Summit. He has spoken at the Together for the Gospel conference, in numerous chapel services, and many churches. Strachan has been profiled by World magazine as a young evangelical leader and by Baptist Press as a pro-life advocate. He has been quoted in USA Today, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Louisville Voice Tribune, World magazine, Christianity Today, Religion News Service, and speaks frequently on radio programs.
While Strachan never had the privilege of meeting Henry, he did share church membership with Henry at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D. C. Strachan trained for pastoral ministry at the church under Dr. Mark Dever, who was recruited to the historic congregation by Henry.