Our Faculty

W.H. Bellinger, Jr., Ph.D.
Department Chair, Professor
Dr. Bellinger is known for his research on worship texts in the Old Testament. Much of his work explores the book of Psalms, Leviticus, and prophetic texts as well as Old Testament Theology.
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James Nogalski, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies, Professor
Dr. Nogalski's primary area of research is the Book of the Twelve (Minor Prophets) and prophetic books (especially redaction criticism and form criticism).
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Doug Weaver, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor
Dr. Weaver's research focuses on Baptist history and also Pentecostalism.
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Dennis Horton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Director of Ministry Guidance
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Mandy McMichael, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Associate Director of Ministry Guidance
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Rosalie Beck, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Blake Burleson, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
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Joel Burnett, Ph.D.
Professor
Dr. Burnett's research interests and expertise include the ancient Near East, history of Israelite religion, the book of Psalms, biblical Elohim, the religion of Iron Age Transjordan, and divine presence and absence in the Hebrew Bible.
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Natalie Carnes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Carnes' research interests include systematic theology, Christology, theological anthropology, theological knowledge, theological aesthetics, images, iconoclasms, children, childhood, feminist theology, and patristic theology.
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Joe Coker, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
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Derek Dodson, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
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Deirdre Fulton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Dr. Fulton's work focuses on Exilic and Post-Exilic literature--specifically Chronicles, Ezra, and Nehemiah--and Levantine archaeology, specifically issues connected to diet, economy, and sacrifice (Zooarchaeology).
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Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Dr. Gaventa's research interests include interpretation of the letters of Paul, literary analysis of Luke-Acts, and feminist biblical interpretation.
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Barry Harvey, Ph.D.
Professor, Theology
Dr. Harvey's does research in the areas of Christian Theology (Systematic and Philosophical Theology, Theological Ethics), philosophy, hermeneutics, and social theory.
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Eric Holleyman, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
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Kelly Iverson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Iverson's research focuses on the dynamics of biblical interpretation, in particular how the oral cultures that produced the Jesus tradition impacted the transmission and reception of the gospels.
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James Kennedy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Andrew Kim, Ph.D.
Adjunct Temporary Lecturer
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Bruce Longenecker, Ph.D.
Professor of Religion and W. W. Melton Chair
Dr. Longenecker's research interests include Jews and Christians in Pompeii and Herculaneum, Christianity and poverty, contemporary novels of Jesus and his followers, and the life and literature of Rolf Gompertz.
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Paul Martens, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Martens' research focuses on Soren Kierkegaard, Anabaptist theology and ethics, and issues surrounding Christian articulations of pacifism and just war.
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David Moseman, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
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Lidija Novakovic, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Novakovic focuses her research on the Gospels of Matthew and John, early Jewish and Christian hermeneutics, early Christology, the Dead Sea Scrolls and other Jewish writings from the Second Temple period; and resurrection belief in Judaism and Christianity.
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Mikeal Parsons, Ph.D.
Acting Director of Graduate Studies, Professor and Macon Chair in Religion
Dr. Parsons' expertise includes the New Testament Gospels and Acts, ancient rhetoric, and literary criticism.
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William L. Pitts, Ph.D.
Professor
Dr. Pitts' research interests include Baptist history and American religious history.
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Scott Ryan, Ph.D.
Post-Doc Fellow for the Wabash Teaching Initiative
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Steve Sadler, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
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Jonathan Tran, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dr. Tran's research examines the theological and political implications of human life in language.
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David Whitford, Ph.D.
Professor
Dr. Whitford's research and writing explores the social, cultural, and political impact of the European Reformations of the sixteenth century.
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D. H. Williams, Ph.D.
Professor
Dr. Williams' area of expertise includes Patristics and Historical Theology.
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Ralph C. Wood, Ph.D.
Professor
Dr. Wood's research focuses on interpreting several of the major literary texts of the West--especially from the 19th and 20th centuries--from a confessionally Christian angle of vision.