Jared Brandt graduated from Southwest Baptist University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Religion/Philosophy and Chemistry. He is now pursuing his PhD in Philosophy at Baylor University. While at SBU, Jared participated in the University Honors program and served as President of Theta Alpha Kappa. He also received the 2012 Outstanding Theology Graduate award and Summa Cum Laude honors. Jared is the 2016 Schmeltekopf Fellow with the BCU Scholars program. Jared's philosophical interests include Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, and Kierkegaard.
Stephanie Peek completed her Masters in Divinity degree at Truett Seminary in spring 2012 and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in religion at Baylor. Stephanie graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2008 with a double major in Biblical Studies and Psychology. As the daughter of a Baptist preacher Stephanie's family moved several times during her childhood, but she considers Mascoutah, Illinois, as her hometown. While at SBU Stephanie distinguished herself among the faculty and her fellow students by graduating Summa Cum Laude, earning membership in Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Chi honor organizations, participating in summer mission trips, and, as an SBU Ambassador, represented the President and the University by greeting visitors and hosting major University events. As a long-term goal, Stephanie plans to pursue the teaching of New Testament.
Courtney Bailey Parker completed her M.A. at Baylor University and was a doctoral student in Baylor's Department of English when she served as the 2014-15 Schmeltekopf Fellow. Originally from Newnan, Georgia, she graduated from Mercer University in 2010. Her primary research interests include the literature of the English Renaissance (including Shakespeare) as well as Modern Drama. Courtney is Assistant Professor of English in Greenville College’s Center for Visual Culture and Media Studies (Greenville, Illinois).
"I am thankful for Dr. Schmeltekopf's vital leadership in fostering the kind of Christian university that Baylor is today - one that strives to maintain top tier research while remaining in the Baptist tradition. His work over the years made it possible for me to enjoy the high quality of training I receive today."
Scott C. Ryan majored in Religious Studies at Gardner-Webb University where he received the Greek Award and the Christian Service Award. He also holds Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Duke University Divinity School where he received the Excellence in Bible Award. Scott is pursuing a Ph.D. in Religion (New Testament) at Baylor University with an anticipated graduation date of 2016.