Houston Graduate School of Theology

James Furr

James H. Furr


Houston Graduate School of Theology

President of HGST

Professor of Church and Culture

PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

MDiv, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary


About Dr. Furr

Dr. Furr has served as a congregational leader, professor, consultant and trainer for thirty-five years. He received his PhD from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Church and Community Studies, a discipline that considers the dynamics of congregational life and leadership, as well as interaction between the church and culture. Additional doctoral study was in the field of Christian Ethics. His MDiv from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary included a Biblical Studies concentration. He earned a BA from Texas Tech University focusing on Telecommunications and Sociology. As a Senior Church consultant with the Union Baptist Association in Houston, Dr. Furr provided training and consulting services to pastoral leaders for fifteen years. UBA is comprised of 600 congregations that vary widely in style, size, and ethnic heritage.

Between 2001 and 2004, Dr. Furr directed the Houston Profile Project, a massive undertaking that assessed the spiritual and social status of the Houston metropolitan area. Dr. Furr served for six years in the School of Theology at Houston Baptist University where teaching responsibilities included practical theology, Christian ethics, and spiritual formation. During the past twenty years, he has provided training and consulting to congregations, church organizations, and pastoral leaders of many denominations across the country. Dr. Furr is co-author of the popular Jossey-Bass book Leading Congregational Change and the accompanying workbook.

His spouse, Dr. Rhonda S. Furr, is professor of musicology and organ at Houston Baptist University, as well as church organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Houston. The Furrs have four married children and four grandchildren. They enjoy spending as much time as possible in the Smoky Mountains.

Courses Taught

PH 551: Introduction to Christian Ethics

PL 510: Introduction to Pastoral Leadership

Publications & Presentations

Leading Congregational Change: A Practical Guide for the Transformational Journey. (co-author), Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Leading Congregational Change Workbook (co-author), Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Contact Information

Email: jfurr@hgst.edu

Phone: 713-942-9505, ext. 122