Dr. Bruce Compton

Professor of Biblical Languages and Literature

Dr. Bruce Compton is professor of Biblical Languages and Literature at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, where he has taught since 1984. He received his A.B. in political science from UCLA, his M.Div. and Th.M. from Denver Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. in Greek and New Testament with a minor in Hebrew and Old Testament from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN.

Previously, Dr. Compton was assistant professor of Biblical Languages at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also served as guest lecturer or adjunct faculty at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, MN; Maranatha Baptist Bible College Graduate School in Watertown, WI; and Grace Baptist Theological Seminary in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. He has spoken at several conferences including the Mid-America Conference on Preaching at Inter-City Baptist Church in Allen Park, MI and the Bob Jones University Bible Conference in Greenville, SC.

Ordained by Inter-City Baptist Church in Allen Park, MI, Dr. Compton has served as an interim pastor/speaker for several churches in southeast Michigan. He traveled to Israel as part of a DBTS study tour of the Holy Lands in the summer of 2000. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and has presented several papers for the annual meetings.

An active duty pilot with the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1974, he also served in the Air National Guard as a military chaplain from 1987 to his retirement in 2002.

Dr. Compton resides in Allen Park with his wife Mari. Both of their sons are married.

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Selected Writings

First Corinthians 13 and the Cessation of Miraculous Gifts: A Critique of Thomas Schreiner’s Spiritual Gifts: What They Are and Why They Matter Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 25 (2020): 31–49

“The Ordo Salutis and Monergism: The Case for Faith Preceding Regeneration, Part 3” Bibliotheca Sacra 699 (Jul-Sep 2018): 284-303

“The Ordo Salutis and Monergism: The Case for Faith Preceding Regeneration, Part 2” Bibliotheca Sacra 698 (Apr-Jun 2018): 159-73

“The Ordo Salutis and Monergism: The Case for Faith Preceding Regeneration, Part 1” Bibliotheca Sacra 697 (Jan-Mar 2018): 34-49

“The Continuation of New Testament Prophecy and a Closed Canon: Revisiting Wayne Grudem’s Two Levels of NT Prophecy” Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 22 (2017): 57-73

Church Discipline: The Correction of a Believer or the Excommunication of an Unbeliever? Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 20 (2015): 21-43.

The Immanuel Prophecy in Isaiah 7:14–16 and Its Use in Matthew 1:23: Harmonizing Historical Context and Single Meaning. Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 12 (2007): 3-15.

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 and the Cessation of Miraculous Gifts. Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 9 (2004): 97-144.

Dispensationalism, the Church, and the New Covenant. Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 8 (2003): 3-48.


  • ThD, Greek and New Testament, minor in Hebrew and Old Testament, Grace Theological Seminary
  • ThM, Denver Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Denver Baptist Theological Seminary
  • BA, Political Science, UCLA