Dr. William Hull, renowned and prominent scholar, preacher, and author died December 10 at the age of 83 following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Hull taught New Testament for 17 years at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, after which he held administrative positions that included that of dean and provost. He left Southern in 1975 to accept the pastorate at First Baptist Church of Shreveport, Louisiana, returning to academic life in 1987 as provost and university professor at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Retiring from Samford in 1996, Hull remained in Birmingham and assumed the position of theologian in residence at Mountain Brook Baptist Church.
William Hull was a prolific writer. A long-time member of the Baptist History and Heritage Society, two of his many works were published by the BH&HS. His Meaning of the Baptist Experience booklet is widely used in Baptist congregations, while his 2010 published Seminary in Crisis: The Strategic Response of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to the SBC Controversy, is an inside and comparative analysis of the leadership of Southern Seminary presidents Duke McCall and Roy Honeycutt during Southern Baptist Convention controversies between the years of 1968 and 1993.
Hull was preceded in death by his wife, Wylodine, in 2012. Son David Hull is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Huntsville, Alabama and a leader in Cooperative Baptist Fellowship life. Daughter Susan Hall Walker is an artist and blogger in Charleston, South Carolina. Granddaughter Emily Hull McGee, Minister to Young Adults at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, is a prominent young leader in CBF life.
William Hull, scholar, author dies at 83 (Associated Baptist Press; photo above from ABP)
Dr. William Hull, Theologian and Former Samford Provost, Dies at 83 (Samford University)