Jeffrey G. Willetts
B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Dean, James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology
Dr. Jeffrey G. Willetts, former professor of divinity, founding dean and former vice president at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, Virginia, became dean of the James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology on July 1, 2016.
Dr. Willetts spent most of his professional career at The John Leland Center – also known as Leland Seminary – joining the institution during its first academic year in 1998 as academic director and associate professor. The seminary, accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, was founded by Baptist leaders in Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia and also offers programs at several Virginia sites in addition to its main campus in Arlington. In addition to his appointment at Leland, Dr. Willetts since 1998 has served as part-time pastor of Calvary Hill Baptist Church in Fairfax, Virginia. From 1991 to 1997, he served as pastor and church planter at Fair Oaks Baptist Church in Fairfax.
Dr. Willetts earned a B.A. in religion and philosophy, magna cum laude, from Campbell University in 1985. He went on to earn a Master of Arts in religion from Yale University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wales, Swansea.
He has served as editor of several theological journals and philosophical publications, is the author of numerous academic papers and presentations, and is active in the Baptist World Alliance, the Society for Philosophy of Religion and the American Academy of Religion.