BCU Alumni

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.

Headshot of Kim Bodenhamer Kim Bodenhamer earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies and a minor in Biblical Languages from Hardin-Simmons University. She was selected for the Logsdon School of Theology Award and spent a semester abroad at Oxford University studying Greek and the Synoptic Gospels. Alongside her studies, Kim worked in the Missions Department of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church and served as a Worship Pastor for Crosspoint Fellowship. Kim went on to earn her Masters of Theological Studies from Duke University. In July 2017, Kim defended her dissertation; YHWH, Remember!: Memory, Place, and Ritual in Psalms 120-137 and graduated August 2017. Beginning Fall 2017, she was appointed an Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, primarily teaching courses in Hebrew Bible. Email Kim.

Jared BrandtJared Brandt graduated from Southwest Baptist University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Religion/Philosophy and Chemistry. 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. At Baylor, Jared was the 2016 Schmeltekopf Fellow with the BCU Scholars program. He graduated in May 2018 with his Ph.D. in Philosophy. Jared's philosophical interests include Ethics, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, and Kierkegaard. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Dallas Baptist University. Email Jared.

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. He received his Ph.D. in entrepreneurship from Baylor University in 2020, and 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.

Joao ChavesJoao Chaves is a PhD graduate of the Religion Department of Baylor University. A native of Recife, Brazil, Joao came to Texas in order to pursue his academic interests in religious history and theology. Joao has a B.Th. from the Baptist Center for Education, Service, and Research (Brazil), a B.A. from the Baptist University of the Americas, and a MTS from George W. Truett Seminary of Baylor University. He has served in a number of positions in Portuguese-speaking, Spanish-speaking, and English-speaking churches. Joao is an adjunct professor at the Baptist University of the Americas in San Antonio, Texas. Email Joao.

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.

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, and received his Ph.D. 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.

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.

Headshot of Joshua PittmanJoshua Pittman Josh graduated with a BA in English and history from Campbell University and with an MA in English from East Carolina University. He received his Ph.D. at Baylor in 2020 studying medieval literature. His dissertation uses the phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion to explain why violence and peace are interdependent in the Middle English Brut. His work on the Pearl manuscript appears in the winter 2019 issue of Renascence. Less professionally, he is involved in translation projects (including St. Athanasius' On the Incarnation) for churches in non-English-speaking countries. He and his wife Krysta have a son, Elijah. Email Joshua.

Rebecca Poe Hays BCU 2015Rebecca Poe Hays completed her PhD in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Baylor University in 2018. She received the Schmeltekopf Fellowship for Educational Leadership in 2017–2018. Before coming to Baylor, she earned her B.A. in English Literature and Biblical Languages from Union University and her M.Div. from Samford University.   Rebecca’s primary research interests involve Old Testament parables, the rhetorical function of story in the Hebrew Psalter, and garden imagery in the book of Isaiah. Rebecca has served in churches and non-profits in Tennessee, Alabama, and Texas and as the Associate Editor of the journal Perspectives in Religious Studies. She currently works with Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning as the Project Coordinator for Soundings (part of the Lilly Endowment’s Called to Lives of Meaning and Purpose Initiative) and teaches Hebrew at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Email Rebecca.

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.

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 received his Ph.D. in Baylor’s English program with a concentration in Religion and Literature where he 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.

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