Director of the Ernest Miller White Library, Associate Professor of Bibliography and Research
Michigan State University, BA, with honor; Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, MDiv.; Vanderbilt University, MA, Ph.D.; Florida State University, MLIS.
Dr. Matthew Collins joined the Louisville Seminary faculty and staff in 2013 as the director of the library and as associate professor. He came to the Seminary from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where he served as a reference librarian and taught courses in technology for ministers and in research skills. Prior to serving at Emory, Collins worked for twelve years at the Society of Biblical Literature as the Director of Congresses and was responsible for developing and managing the Annual Meeting and International Meeting programs for the SBL.
Collins completed his doctoral work in New Testament at Vanderbilt University, under the direction of Mary Ann Tolbert, focusing on the rhetoric of the deutero-Pauline letters. His primary research interests are on the use of language to shape understandings of reality, both in the context of the New Testament church and in the context of modern digital technology. In addition to active research in the Gospel of Luke, Collins writes programs and applications for use in the library.
Collins is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is also active in the American Theological Libraries Association, the Society of Biblical Literature and the Federation of Kentucky Academic Libraries.