Our Faculty

W.H. Bellinger, Jr., Ph.D.
Department Chair
W. Marshall and Lulie Craig Chairholder in Bible
Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
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 of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
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 of Baptist Studies
Dr. Weaver's research focuses on Baptist history and Pentecostalism. He serves as the Director of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies; Coordinator of the Baptist Studies Center for Research; and President of the Baptist History and Heritage Society (2017-2019). Dr. Weaver was also the Past President (2018) of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion.
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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 of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament & Semitic Languages
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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Carlos F. Cardoza-Orlandi, Ph.D.
Frederick E. Roach Professor of World Christianity
Dr. Cardoza-Orlandi's area of research is the transmission, reception, and appropriation of the Christian faith with particular focus on the global south. He serves on the Editorial Board of Missiology: An International Journal.
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Natalie Carnes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology
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 of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
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 of New Testament
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 of Theology
Dr. Harvey 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 of New Testament
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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Justin King, Ph.D.
Temporary Full-Time Lecturer
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Bruce Longenecker, Ph.D.
Professor of Christian Origins and W. W. Melton Chair of Religion
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 of Christian Ethics
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 of New Testament
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.
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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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 of Philosophical Theology and George W. Baines Chair of Religion
Dr. Tran's research examines the theological and political implications of human life in language.
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Nicholas R. Werse, Ph.D.
Temporary Full-Time Lecturer
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Matthew Whelan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Theology & Science
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David Whitford, Ph.D.
Professor of Reformation Studies
Dr. Whitford's research and writing explores the social, cultural, and political impact of the European Reformations of the sixteenth century. He serves as Editor of The Sixteenth Century Journal and President of the Calvin Studies Society.
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D. H. Williams, Ph.D.
Professor of Patristics and Historical Theology
Dr. Williams' area of expertise includes Patristics and Historical Theology.
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