A.A., Anderson College; A.B., Erskine College; M.A., M.Div, D.Min., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Tom Hellams is the interim president of Erskine College and Theological Seminary. Before assuming this role in July 2021, he served as provost at Erskine College.
Previously, Dr. Hellams worked at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, as Chief of Staff, Office of the President and later as Vice President for Denominational Relations. He served as a distinguished visiting professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and as visiting professor in the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth at Southern Seminary in Louisville. He is an alumnus and former trustee of Erskine College.
Awards and Honors
In 2002, Dr. Hellams was named to the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels, the highest civilian honor conferred by the governor of Kentucky. In 2012, he received the Alumni Achievement Award at Anderson University.
Dr. Hellams and his wife Tena have two grown children, Katie Ellen and John Thomas III. They have four grandchildren, Claire Elizabeth, Hannah Leigh, Ellen Amelia, and Mason Thomas.