Dr. ‚ÄčEchol Nix, Jr.

Dr. Echol Nix, Jr. has a passion for education and enjoys helping students reach their goals and overcome difficulties and challenges. Three words to describe him include: serious, determined and dedicated.


Dr. Echol Nix, Jr. is the second child born to Rev. Dr. Echol and Mrs. Annie Mae Nix in Jefferson County, Alabama. He graduated from George Washington Carver High School in Montgomery, Alabama and later Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Morehouse, he accepted a call to ministry and was licensed and ordained at Everdale (now New Everdale Baptist Church) in Montevallo, Alabama.

Believing that the call to ministry is a call to preparation, he received the Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and over the years has served in Baptist, Cumberland Presbyterian, Presbyterian (USA) and non-denominational churches. During seminary, he participated in a study course in the Holy Land to better understand the history and geography of the Bible and visited Bethlehem, Jericho, Joppa, Bethany, Galilee, and Caesarea Philippi, among other cities.

After receiving his first Master’s degree at Vanderbilt in 1998, Dr. Nix was awarded a second Master’s degree in Theology (2000) and the Ph.D. degree (2007), both from Boston University. Because of his academic work and community service in Boston, he was awarded an international doctoral fellowship anywhere in the world and chose to live and study in Europe for three years, traveling throughout Germany and France.

Dr. Nix is a past president of the North American Paul Tillich Society and has served on the Board of the Baptist World Alliance (Commission on Ethics, Evangelism and Theological Reflection). His last four (4) books, Milestone Documents in African American History, Second Edition , co-edited with Dr. Keturah Nix cover over 100 primary source documents from 1619-2017.  He has also published Ernst Troeltsch and Comparative Theology which contributes to an emerging field of academic study; In the Beginning: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel at Morehouse College which has chapters on education, social justice, and reconciliation; and The Inspiration of the Holy Spirit, a book of sermons co-authored with his parents. 

In addition to his seven books, Dr. Nix has also authored many articles, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews in journals and other professional literature. He regularly attends conferences, workshops and training sessions on teaching and ministry and has traveled to Hong Kong, Singapore, Israel, Germany, France, Japan, and El Salvador.

Currently, Dr. Nix teaches in the Department of Humanities and serves as Activity Director of the Visionary Leadership Institute at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC. He received professional development certificates from Hampton University's Executive Leadership Summit (Hampton, Virginia) and the Senior Leadership Academy (Council of Independent Colleges and American Academic Leadership Institute. He has lectured at Furman University, Brown Mackie College, Selma University, Boston University, Hamilton College, Baylor University, Morehouse College, Lane College and Frankfurt University (Germany).

He participates in several community service and non-profit organizations that help families and children (especially low-income) in need of social and educational services. For two years, he taught Hispanic students and out of school youth in the Migrant Education program through the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Dr. Nix is a proud parent of McKenzie Grace Nix.


Certificate, Senior Leadership Academy, Council of Independent Colleges and American Academic Leadership Institute, 2019-2020
Certificate, Executive Leadership Summit
Hampton University (Hampton, Virginia), 2018

Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (Division of Religious and Theological Studies), May 2007

Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität (Frankfurt am Main,

Germany International Ph.D. Exchange Program,

January 2003- August 2005

Boston University School of Theology (Boston, Massachusetts)

Master of Sacred Theology, May 2000

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)

Master of Divinity, August 1999

Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia)

Bachelor of Arts, May 1995 (History Major)

Research Interests

  • Religion
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Liberation Theology
  • 19th and 20th Century German Theology
  • American History
  • The Black Church and Civil Rights Movement
  • Autobiographies

Recent Publications

Book Review (Forthcoming), Integrating Worlds: How Off-Campus Study Can Transform Undergraduate Education (2019) by Scott Carpenter, Helena Kaufman and Malene Torp

Book Review (July 2018), Urban Preparation: Young Black Men Moving From Chicago's South Side to Success in Higher Education (2017) by Warren Chezare in the Wabash Center's online publication Reflective Teaching(Crawsfordsville, IN)

Book Review (April 2018), Essentials of Online Teaching: A Standards-Based Guide(2017) by Margaret McCable and Patricia Gonzalez-Flores in the Wabash Center's online publication Reflective Teaching(Crawfordsville, IN)

Book Review (February 2017), Assessing and Improving Your Teaching: Strategies and Rubrics for Faculty Growth and Student Learning(2014) by Phyllis Blumberg in the Wabash Center's online publication Reflective Teaching(Crawfordsville, IN) 

Milestone Documents in African American History, Second Edition, Volumes 1-4 (New York:  GreyHouse Publishers, 2017)

“African Americans: An Overview” in Racial and Ethnic Relations in America, Second Edition, (New York: GreyHouse Publishers, 2017)

“Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial” in Great Events from History: African  Americans, New York: GreyHouse Publishers, 2017)

“The Charleston Shooting and Race: A Time to Reflect,” Baptist World, a magazine of  the Baptist World Alliance (October-December 2015)

“Singing the Good News of God: An Overview of Gospel Music” in God and Popular      Culture: The Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry’s Most Influential Figure, edited by Stephen Butler Murray and Aimée Light (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015)

In the Beginning: The Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College (GA: Mercer University Press, 2015) 

“Building Bridges: A Friendship Forged Through Interreligious Dialogue,” Journal of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School (Cambridge, MA), Volume 5, Issue 1, January 2015

Recent Presentations

"The Black Church and Gospel Music," Claflin University (Public Lecture), February 19, 2020. 

“Baptist History,” presented during Religious Emphasis Week, Claflin University, February 7, 2018.

“Where Do We Go From Here?: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Interreligious Dialogue,” Teach-In: Church and Civil Rights (National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee), September 29-30, 2017

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Dr. ‚ÄčEchol Nix, Jr.
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Activity Director, Visionary Leadership Institute
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences