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Entering Class, Fall 2012

BJ ParkerB. J. Parker is a PhD student in the Religion Department at Baylor University. Before beginning his PhD, he completed an MA in Religion at Baylor, his MDiv at the McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University, and his BA in Biblical Studies with minors in Christian Education and Biblical Languages at Atlanta Christian College. After graduating from Atlanta Christian College he worked in campus ministry in Bangkok, Thailand. B. J. plans to focus on Old Testament studies during his PhD at Baylor. Email B. J.

Stephanie Peek Stephanie Peek graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2008 with a double major in Biblical Studies and Psychology. She then completed her Master of Divinity at Truett Seminary in 2012. Stephanie is currently a doctoral candidate in New Testament/Biblical Studies at Baylor University writing her dissertation on issues surrounding the theme of power in the Gospel of Mark. She received the Schmeltekopf Fellowship for Educational Leadership in 2015-2016 and was chosen as a Young Scholar in the Baptist Academy in 2016. Her primary research interests include the Gospel of Mark, social dynamics of early Christian communities, and 1 Peter. As of August 2017, she serves as Department Head and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Judson College. Email Stephanie.


Entering Class, Fall 2014

Peter Coogan Peter Coogan graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Greenville University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He is presently pursuing his PhD in Mathematics at Baylor University. While at NGU, Peter completed the University Honors program and coordinated the math lab. He maintained a 4.0 GPA and received the Outstanding Senior Project Award for his honors project on complexity and the graph problem. Currently, he is focusing on applied mathematics. One potential research area is Bernstein Polynomials and Finite Elements. Past work involved using GPU’s (Graphical Processing Units). His interests include implementing mathematics on computers, computational complexity, and explaining mathematics to students in small groups. He desires to facilitate others' enjoyment of mathematics. Email Peter.

Joshua Pittman Josh graduated with a BA in English and history from Campbell University and with an MA in English from East Carolina University. At Baylor, he studies medieval literature and is in the religion and literature track. He hopes to focus his research either on posthumanist theory or on comparative literature, looking at English and Middle Eastern authors. He and his wife Krysta have a son, Elijah, who is one year old. Email Joshua.

Natalie Webb graduated from Howard Payne University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Studies. She then completed her Masters of Divinity at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. She is now pursuing her PhD in New Testament at Baylor University and hopes to graduate in 2018. While at HPU, Natalie participated in the Ministerial Alliance, served as President of Chi Alpha Omega, and was a member of HPU's first women's soccer team. She also received the 2007 Biblical Languages Academic award and Summa Cum Laude honors. Natalie's academic interests include ancient Greco-Roman material culture, moral formation in early Christianity, and theological interpretation of the Pauline epistles. Email Natalie.


Entering Class, Fall 2015

Cara Allen BCU 2015Cara Elise Cliburn Allen completed her M.S.Ed. at Baylor University in May 2015. Originally from Ada, Oklahoma, she graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 2013 with a degree in English literature. Her interests include Christian higher education and "at-risk" student populations. Her husband is also a Baylor Bear, and is currently working towards a M.Div. at Truett Seminary. Email Cara.

David McClung BCU 2015David McClung graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Baylor University with a Masters in Social Work and Master of Divinity. He is now pursuing a PhD in Social Work at Baylor University. David has also been a part of youth engagement efforts across the state. His research interests include natural support systems and the role of congregations in youth mental health. Email David.

Ryan Womack BCU 2015Ryan Womack Ryan grew up in Moore, Oklahoma, and completed his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, with a B.A. in English and minors in history and biology. He is now a PhD student in Baylor’s English program with a concentration in Religion and Literature where has served as the Vice President and President of the English Graduate Student Association and received Baylor’s Excellence in Student Involvement Award. His awards include the Lumen Christi summer study in Oxford, a Free Society seminar in Slovakia, a fellowship to the National Institute for Newman Studies, and a finalist nomination for Baylor’s Outstanding Graduate Instructor. His main research interests include religion, ethics, and technology, and how we envision the human person in recent American literature. Email Ryan.


Entering Class, Fall 2017

Russ Browder BCU ScholarRuss Browder graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He also received a Master of Divinity in global missions from Baylor’s Truett Seminary and an International M.B.A. from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain as a Fulbright scholar. Now as a Ph.D. student in entrepreneurship, his academic interests include commercialization of innovation and technology start-ups in emerging markets. During his 16 years of industry experience prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Russ served as a global marketing leader in health IT for GE Healthcare, in medical devices for St. Jude Medical (now Abbott), and in development with an international medical missions agency. Email Russ.

Jonathan Stanfill BCU ScholarJonathan Stanfill graduated from Carson-Newman University with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and minors in Physics and Military Leadership in 2011. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Baylor University and hopes to graduate in 2021. Jonathan participated in CNU's Army ROTC program and commissioned into the United States Army in 2011. He served on active duty until 2015 in the 82"' Airborne Division and was promoted to the rank of Captain. Email Jonathan.

Collin Zahler BCU ScholarCollin Zahler graduated with honors from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Cell Biology. Upon graduation, he was hired on as an adjunct faculty member. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Baylor University working with a drug in clinical trials to treat ALS, and to examine protein net charge and its effect on protein aggregation diseases. He hopes to graduate in 2021. Email Collin.