D. Gregory Sapp

D. Gregory Sapp

Professor of Religious Studies, Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
  • B.A., Stetson University


Course Sampling

  • Christian Thought and Doctrine
  • First-Year Seminar: Self and World
  • The Idea of the Devil
  • Heretics of the Church
  • Religion and the Civil Rights Movement
  • Religion and Sport

Areas of Expertise

  • Christian beliefs
  • Sports and religion
  • Formation of Christian Doctrine
  • Community
  • Engagement in academia


Greg Sapp was born and raised in northeast Florida and graduated from a small high school in Keystone Heights. He began his college career at the University of Florida in Gainesville but after receiving his A.A. transferred to Stetson University where he earned a B.A. in Religious Studies. He then earned an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary with an emphasis in the formation of Christian Doctrine. From there he attended the University of Virginia and earned the Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology. He began his teaching career in 1996 at West Virginia University and subsequently taught at Mercer University where he was awarded the Spencer B. King, Jr., Distinguished Professor Award. He returned to Stetson in 2006, and holds the Hal S. Marchman Chair of Civic and Social Responsibility with an appointment as Associate Professor of Religious Studies. He is a husband and father of three children.


  • Formation of Christian thought and doctrine
  • Religion and sport
  • Religion and culture


  • Bain-Selbo, Eric and D. Gregory Sapp, Understanding Sport as Religious Phenomenon: An Introduction. London: Bloomsbury Press, 2016
  • "Gilkey's Proximate Versus Ultimate Causation and the Role of Myth in Determining Truth," in Mormonism in Dialogue with Contemporary Christian Theologies, Donald Musser and David Paulsen, eds. (Provo: Brigham Young University Press, Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2007), 435-444
  • "Existential Theology," in Donald Musser and Joseph Price, eds., A New and Enlarged Handbook of Christian Theology (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2003)
  • A New Testament Curriculum (Dallas: Texas Baptist Laity Institute, 2003)