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Which Christian Leaders Believe in Headcovering?

Who Believes in Headcovering Today?

Last Updated: Oct. 15, 2022

One of the false impressions about headcovering is that it’s “theology-lite.” Meaning, it’s only practiced by those that have a simple faith and don’t understand hermeneutics (how to interpret their Bible correctly). To help lay this myth to rest, we’ve compiled a list of modern evangelical Christian leaders who believe that headcovering is for today. Many of these leaders have exceptional academic training and are trusted by millions for their sound theological teaching. We will continue to update this list as we discover new names.

If you know of a notable Christian leader who believes that this symbol is for today, please e-mail us so we can look into it.

NAMEEducationKnown For
Dr. Michael Bar­rettPhD, Bob Jones UniversityFormer President of Geneva Reformed Sem­i­nary. Pro­fes­sor of Ancient Lan­guages and Old Tes­ta­ment The­ol­ogy at Bob Jones University for almost 30 years. Now the Aca­d­e­mic Dean and Pro­fes­sor of Old Tes­ta­ment at Puri­tan Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary.
Tim BaylyMDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological SeminaryFormer Executive Director of The Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood 1996-2000. Pastor at Clearnote Church since 1996. Writer at Bayly Blog.
Dr. Joel BeekePhD, Westminster Theological SeminaryPresident and Professor at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. Editorial Director of Reformation Heritage Books. Author of "A Puritan Theology."
Dr. Ger­ald BilkesPhD, Prince­ton The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­naryPro­fes­sor of New Tes­ta­ment and Bib­li­cal The­ol­ogy at Puri­tan Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary.
Dr. Robert Culver (1917-2015)ThD, Grace Theological SeminaryAuthor of "Systematic Theology: Biblical & Historical." Has taught at Grace Theological Seminary, Wheaton College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Northwestern College.
Dr. S. Lewis Johnson Jr. (1915-2004)ThD, Dallas Theological SeminaryProfessor of Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary for 31 years. Also taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Pastor for 40+ years.
Dr. David GoodingPhD, University of CambridgeProfessor Emeritus of Old Testament Greek
at Queen’s University (Belfast). Member of the Royal Irish Academy. Author of numerous books.
Wayne JacksonMA degree (unknown school)Founder and editor of the Christian Courier. President Emeritus of Apologetics Press. Author of numerous books including "A New Testament Commentary."
Dr. Elliot JohnsonThD, Dallas Theological SeminarySenior Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. Founder of the Asian Theological Seminary. Author of "Expository Hermeneutics."
Mary KassianStudied Systematic Theology at the doctoral levelProfessor of Women’s Studies at the Southern Baptist Theologial Seminary. Author of "Girls Gone Wise" and "The Feminist Mistake."
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)MD, London UniversityMinister of Westminster Chapel in London for almost 30 years. Author of numerous books and commentaries.
Witness Lee (1905-1997)N/AFounder of Living Stream Ministry. Chief editor of a new translation of the New Testament into Chinese and English (Recovery Version). Author of "The Life-Study of the Bible" which comprises 25,000+ pages of commentary on every book of the Bible. Ministered alongside Watchman Nee.
William MacDonald (1917-2007)MBA, Harvard Business SchoolPresident of Emmaus Bible College. Author of "Believer's Bible Commentary."
John MurrayThM, Princeton Theological Seminary; ThM, New College, EdinburghProfessor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and Westminster Theologial Seminary for nearly 40 years. Also helped found Westminster Theologial Seminary.
Watchman Nee (1903-1972)N/AInfluential Chinese Leader who started the "local church" movement. Author of "The Normal Christian Life." Imprisoned for his faith for 20 years until his death.
Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley (1926-2014)Honorary doctorate of divinity from Bob Jones UniversityFounder of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster/North America. Minister for 60+ years. Founder of the Democratic Unionist Party and former First Minister of Northern Ireland.
Zac PoonenN/AAuthor of 25+ books. Church planter (India) for 40+ years. International conference speaker.
Derek Prince (1915-2003)Language scholar (Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Aramaic); studied at Cambridge University (England) and Hebrew University (Jerusalem) International Bible teacher and founder of Derek Prince Ministries International. Wrote more than fifty books.
Dr. Charles RyrieThD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, University of Edinburgh; LittD, Liberty Baptist Theological SeminaryEditor of "The Ryrie Study Bible." Former professor of Systematic Theology and dean of doctoral studies at Dallas Theological Seminary.
Andrée SeuGraduate of Westminster Theological SeminarySenior Writer for WORLD Magazine. Instructor at the World Journalism Institute. Author of "Won't Let You Go Unless You Bless Me."
Dr. R.C. Sproul Sr. (1939-2017)PhD, Whitefield Theological SeminaryFounder of Ligonier Ministries. Can be heard daily on the Renewing Your Mind radio broadcast. Written over 60 books including "The Holiness of God."
Dr. W. Andrew SmithPh.D. in Biblical Studies, University of EdinburghAssistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, Shepherd's Theological Seminary. Greek Scholar specializing in Textual Criticism.
Alexander StrauchMDiv, Denver SeminaryAuthor of "Biblical Eldership." Served as an Elder at Littleton Bible Chapel for over 40 years. Former professor of Philosophy and New Testament literature at Colorado Christian University.
Dr. Bruce TerryMDiv, Abilene Christian University; PhD, University of TexasProfessor of Bible and Humanities at Ohio Valley University
Milton VincentMDiv, The Masters SeminaryAuthor of "A Gospel Primer for Christians." Former Faculty Associate of Old Testament Language and Literature at The Master's Seminary. Conference speaker. Pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church since 1992.
Dr. Bruce WaltkeThD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, Harvard UniversityTaught at Dallas Theological Seminary, Regent College, Westminster Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary and now Knox Theological Seminary. Former President of the Evangelical Theological Society. On the translation committee for the NASB and NIV.
Dr. Latayne C. ScottPhD in Biblical Studies from Trinity Southwest UniversityAuthor of 25 published books including "The Mormon Mirage" (2010, Zondervan) & "Talking with Teens about Sexuality" (2021, Bethany House).
Dr. H.A. Ironside (1876-1951)Honorary doctorates from Bob Jones University and Wheaton CollegeFormer Pastor of Moody Church. Prolific author of 100+ books and pamphlets.
A.W. Pink (1886-1952)N/AInfluential American/Australian pastor. Author of “The Attributes of God” and “The Sovereignty of God.“
Israel WayneUnknownConference speaker and founder of Family Renewal. Author of "Pitchin’ a Fit" and "Education: Does God Have an Opinion?"
R.J. Rushdooney (1916-2001)Honorary Ph.D. from Valley Christian University Founder of the Chalcedon Foundation. Prolific author.
Dale PartridgeUnknownFounder of Relearn Church. Author of "People Over Profit" (2015, HarperCollins Leadership) and "Saved From Success" (2018, Thomas Nelson).
Doreen VirtueM.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Western SeminaryAuthor of "Deceived No More: How Jesus Led Me out of the New Age and into His Word" (2020, Thomas Nelson).
Dr. Finny KuruvillaMD, Harvard Medical School; PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Harvard University; degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MITProfessor at Sattler College; Author of "King Jesus Claims His Church" (2013).

Headship and Head Covering (Sermon)

Head Covering Sermons

Preacher: Chalan Hetherington | Sermon Length: 60 min | Year preached: February 2015

Chalan Hetherington

Pastor Hetherington is the full time minister at Bennetts End Reformed Baptist Church in Hemel Hempstead, England. Since by grace being brought to repentance and faith in 1993, he has studied, and also served the Lord at this Church in the various areas and Church offices. In January 2009 he was called to be the Church’s Pastor. A strong proponent of expository preaching, his fervour and gift lies in the area of verse by verse exposition, seeking to follow in the way of God honoured Puritan preaching, believing that the sermon is not just hinged to Scripture; but that it is inside the Word of God. In other words “the Text” is not in the sermon, but that the sermon is in “the Text”. Pastor is married and has four grown children and four grandchildren.

>>> In addition to streaming this sermon above, you can also download it.

Covering the Web: Feb 20/15

Covering The Web

Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

  • Headcovering testimony of Sister Jessica (Little maiden’s journey with Jesus)
    “This person marched angrily up to me, and without even asking me how I was, or giving me any sort of polite greeting, said, “Why are you wearing that on your head? Why are you trying to be saved by works?” Struck with such a blow, I couldn’t answer right away.”
  • My Head Covering Haul From Five Below (Super Radical Christian Writer Chick)
    “I’m super excited. I got six head coverings from the cute and trendy Five Below store my daughters frequent…Here are my photos! Enjoy!”
  • Clothed in Christ (Bible League Trust)
    “What follows, then, will explore key verses in the New Testament that speak of how the Christian should appear beyond the heart, ranging from clothing and head covering to jewellery and physical appearance.”
  • My Favorite Head Covering Styles (YouTube)
    “This video shows various head covering styles and how to do them.”
  • What Has Come Over Me: Why I’m Wearing Head Covering (After “Normal” Ends)
    “A precious friend recently asked me what happened that I suddenly felt called so strongly to submission and head covering. My immediate response was that my marriage was at a crucial point, and something drastic needed to take place in order to ensure it survived. This is a very accurate claim.”
Found an interesting link about head covering or biblical manhood/womanhood? Tell us about it here.

Covering Testimony: Mindy Sue

Head Covering Testimonies
Name: Mindy SueAge: 29Location: Georgia, USAStarted Covering: August 2011

Covering Testimony: Mindy Sue Freeman

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Mindy Sue. I am a wife and a stay-at-home mom to two little boys (and another baby coming in March!). I love to sew and create many other crafts from recycled materials although most of my time these days is spent cooking, cleaning and teaching the ABC’s. I look forward to working in the vegetable garden when the weather’s nice and we hope to have livestock soon, too (fresh eggs, yum!). When I’m not pregnant [which isn’t very often:)] I like to help my husband with landscaping and home repairs and anything that will get my hands dirty and work up a good sweat.

2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it.

My family has recently started a local Church of Christ assembly. My husband and I both have been going to Baptist churches for years but since moving to this area and having difficulty finding a good fit in a Baptist Church we decided to try a Church of Christ. Although there are a few theological differences we appreciate their exegetical teaching and their commitment to adhere to God’s word. As far as I can tell, I am the only one who wears a head covering. Read more

Anonymous Clergyman’s Quote Image

Anonymous Clergyman Quote Image

Source: Anonymous Clergyman – Practical Reflections on Every Verse of the New Testament (1883)
Quote taken from the second edition which can be read here.

A Response to Mary Mohler on Christian Headcovering

In this clip I respond to a video posted on Christianity.com from Mary Mohler. Mary directs the Seminary Wives Instutite at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where her husband, Albert Mohler serves as president. In this video Mary answers the question “Should women wear head coverings in church services?” I’ll let you watch her answer in its entirety, while I interject with some thoughts on her main points.

Note: In case you’re wondering, I highly respect the Mohlers and think S.B.T.S. is a fantastic seminary. Though I see this issue differently than them, we agree on far more than we disagree. This is a friendly response to help you, the viewer, think through common objections to this practice.

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (Sermon)

Biblical Manhood & Womanhood by David Platt

We spend a lot of time talking about the symbol of headcovering on this site. Most of our time is focused on the symbol itself because that’s the part that’s hotly debated. Having said that, we’d be failing to do our job if we promoted a symbol and never spent time making sure that the meaning behind it was clear. In our article “Creation Order” we laid our a very brief summary of biblical gender roles which is called Complementarianism. Today I have a two-part sermon for you that greatly expands on this topic. It’s called Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by David Platt. David is an excellent teacher of the Word and in this sermon he explains (largely from Genesis 1-3) how men and women were created to function in relation to one-another.

I hope you will take the time to listen to or watch these sermons. If we want to see the symbol of headcovering restored, we need to make sure we’re all on the same page as to it’s meaning. So let’s listen and learn together

Biblical Manhood and Womanhood – Part 1 (53 minutes)


Biblical Manhood and Womanhood – Part 2 (51 minutes)


Note: We are unfamiliar with David’s position on head covering. This sermon touches on 1 Corinthians 11, but not on the symbol.

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