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Welcome to my online home.

My name is Steve Holmes.

I am Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of St Andrews, where I have worked for the past ten years.

I am a Baptist Minister, and presently on the leadership team of St Andrews Baptist Church.

I write and speak a lot, and try to think a bit as well.


Please do have a look around, and get in touch using the form at the bottom of this page if you would like to.

Steve Holmes

Steve Holmes

Some recent online highlights

A piece I wrote on technologies of Bible reading for the Bible Society publication Transmission entitled From Scrolls to Scrolling

Some reflections on the Fulcrum website of our Project 3:28 2015 report on gender balance on conference platforms

You can see a video of my Catalyst Live 2014 talk, ‘Hope and History Rhyme’. (Oct. 2014)




At the moment my academic research is moving in three directions:

1. I continue to be interested in studying the history and theology of the Baptist denominations. At the moment, I am particularly focused on seventeenth-century Baptists, with a forthcoming paper on the 1660 Standard Confession of the General Baptists, a paper and a book in preparation on Matthew Caffyn, the General Baptist messenger, and some potential collaborative work on Baptist-Quaker controversies in the seventeenth century.

2. I am working towards a second monograph on the doctrine of the Trinity, which will be more constructive than theological. I want to examine a number of areas of Trinitarian doctrine which never achieved particular prominence, but which helpfully highlight some of the controversial issues in Trinitarian doctrine today. My paper for the 2014 Los Angeles Theology Conference, entitled ‘Divine Action and Inseparable Operations’, was a first step towards this (video online here; published in the proceedings: UK; USA); I am presently working on a paper on divine monarchy which will take this project further.

3. Most immediately, I am working on writing up a book using the question of the extent of the atonement as a test case for a methodological proposal about the nature of systematic theology. This is an expansion of the Deere Lectures I gave at Golden Gate Baptist Seminary in 2013.

Blog: Shored Fragments

Shored Fragments logo

My blog is called Shored Fragments; it has been going, with one longish gap, since 2007.

Stephen Holmes Catalyst Live 2014

Stephen Holmes Catalyst Live 2014

I speak regularly at academic, church, and popular conferences. Some details, and links to video and audio online, can be found here.

MLitt in Systematic and Historical Theology

I am programme coordinator for the St Andrews MLitt in Systematic and Historical Theology, a one year taught postgraduate degree. It’s a programme I’m genuinely proud of, and excellent preparation for a research degree in the area.

Dignity: taking a stand against gender-based violence



I have some small involvement in the BMS World Mission Dignity campaign, addressing issues of gender-based violence around the world. You can read the theological overview I wrote for the campaign online; read and view a wonderful collection of other resources (or order a free DVD with them all on); and pray and support the campaign.


Some organisations I work with:

I teach at the University of St Andrews in the School of Divinity, where I am also Head of School.

I am on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Systematic Theology and The Pacific Journal of Baptist Research. I also advise Baptistic Theologies and Ecclesial Practices.

I am involved with two monograph series, as an editor of the T&T Clark Studies in English Theology series, and on the editorial board of the IVP Studies in Christian Doctrine and Scripture series.

I am a trustee of the Evangelical Alliance, and am a member of their Theology Advisory Group.

I am a member of the Doctrine and Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.

I recently stepped down as a trustee of The Sophia Network, but continue to support their vision of gender equality at every level of church leadership. I am also involved with Project 3:28, a small collective working towards gender equality in Christian conferences in the UK.

I am on the Councils of the Scottish Bible Society, and of Fusion, an innovative and excellent student ministry.

I am on the leadership team of St Andrews Baptist Church.

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St Mary’s College, the home of the School of Divinity of the University of St Andrews, where I have the privilege to work.