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Katie HalbeslebenKatie Arnhart graduated in 2015 with her PhD in Sociology from Baylor University. She currently holds a position as a senior research analyst at a non-profit organization and as a temporary lecturer at her local university. She enjoys applying statistical analyses to help people make informed decisions and explain everyday life. In the classroom, Katie's vision for teaching is to lead students by example through modeling key sociological ideas and demonstrating the importance of seminal texts. Email Katie.

Nick HoenshellNicholas Hoenshell comes to Baylor University from Houston Texas, where he previously worked with the Alley Theatre as a Scenic Artist. Nicholas is a 2009 graduate of East Texas Baptist University, where he received a bachelor's degree in theatre arts. In May 2016, Nicholas graduated with a MFA degree in Directing from Baylor. Email Nick.

Chris Moore Chris Moore is a native of Mount Olive, North Carolina. He earned his B.A. and M.Div. from Campbell University, and later a Th.M. from Duke Divinity School. While at Campbell, Christopher received the B. Donald Keyser Award for outstanding achievement in Church History. Christopher has also taught religion courses for Baylor University, Campbell University, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and Sampson Community College (Clinton, NC). In May 2016, he graduated from Baylor with a Ph.D. in Religion (Historical Studies). He is currently an instructor of History and Religion at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, NC. Christopher’s research interests include religion during the American Civil War and Reconstruction, as well as Baptist history. Email Chris.

Courtney Parker Courtney Bailey Parker completed her M.A. (2012) and her Ph.D. (2016) in Baylor University's Department of English. Originally from Newnan, Georgia, Courtney 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 was the 2014-15 Schmeltekopf Fellow for Educational Leadership. Currently, Courtney holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor of English in Greenville College’s Center for Visual Culture and Media Studies (Greenville, Illinois). Email Courtney.

Nick Pruitt Nicholas T. Pruitt earned a BA in History from Wayland Baptist University in 2007. Nicholas then completed a MA in Church-State Studies from Baylor University in 2009. Upon receiving his Masters, he returned to Wayland where he taught for two years as a history adjunct. Nicholas graduated with a PhD in History at Baylor University in 2017. His historical interests involve twentieth-century American religion and its relationship to social, cultural, and political trends. His dissertation focused on the missional and political responses of white Protestants to immigration and refugees between 1924-1965. His publications include an article on organized religion in the novels of Eudora Welty in the Southern Quarterly, three encyclopedia entries, and multiple book reviews. He served as the Assistant Book Review Editor for the Journal of Church and State from 2014 to 2016. He is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in History at Eastern Nazarene College. Email Nicholas.

Scott Ryan Scott Ryan majored in Religious Studies at Gardner-Webb University and 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 recently graduated from Baylor University with a Doctor of Philosophy in Religion with a concentration in Biblical Studies/New Testament. In the 2016–17 academic year, Scott was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award at Baylor. Currently, he serves as Lecturer and Wabash Fellow in Religion in the Department of Religion at Baylor. Scott has published his research in journals such as New Testament Studies, Perspectives in Religious Studies, and Baptist History & Heritage, and presented a number of times at professional conferences. He was selected as a Young Scholar in the Baptist Academy in 2015 and received the Schmeltekopf Fellowship for Educational Leadership in 2013-–14. Scott's broad training and research interests have prepared him to teach courses in Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, New Testament, the Greco-Roman context, and Christian apocryphal literature. His primary research interests include the Pauline Epistles, the Gospel of Mark, Israel’s Scripture in the New Testament, Archaeology/Material World (Pompeii and Herculaneum), Second Temple Judaism(s), Literary and Rhetorical Criticism, and Reception History. Email Scott.