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Faculty News

Some recent and current projects of the Faculty.

Fred Bahnson | Director, Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative
Jill Y. Crainshaw | Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology
  • Article, “ ‘O Taste and See’: Daily Prayer as Wise, Savoring and Saving Action” in Call To Worship (Spring 2014)
  • Book, “They Spin with Their Hands”; “They Open Their Hands to the Needy”: Women’s Ordination Liturgies Shaping Priestly Communities (OSL Publications, forthcoming Fall 2014)
  • Dr. Crainshaw leads a monthly communion service at Heritage Woods, a local independent living community.
  • Representative to the North Carolina Council of Churches on behalf of the Salem Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
James M. Dunn | Resident Professor of Christianity and Public Policy
Thomas E. Frank | University Professor
  • Dr. Frank currently teaches Spirituality and the Arts modules that include topics such as performing arts, visual arts, architecture, and film and photography. The latest addition is a course dreamed up by several MDiv students and will have its debut later this Spring: Spirituality and the Art of Baseball.
  • This Spring he is leading courses in Religious Leadership and Administration. These intensive weekend classes are held on site at various local congregations in Winston-Salem, including the nearby Hispanic congregation, El Buen Pastor.
  • Board Member, Preserve Historic Forsyth and the Ministry Commission of the United Methodist Church
  • On July 1, 2014, Dr. Frank will become chair of the Wake Forest University History Department.
Gary Gunderson | Professor of Faith and Health of the Public
Derek S. Hicks | Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture
Mark E. Jensen | Teaching Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology
  • Member of the Executive Committee and Food Access Advisory Committee of Forsyth Futures, an organization that seeks to enhance the ability to expand community knowledge by coordinating and providing a platform for supporting all residents, organizations, and agencies that reside within Forsyth County with economic sufficiency, educational success, physical and mental health, and access to sustainable food resources.
Kevin Jung | Associate Professor of Christian Ethics
  • Article, “Moral Realism According to Lovibond and Hauerwas” in International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 75.1 (2014)
  • Book Manuscript, The Ordinary and The Extraordinary: Postmodernism, Naturalism, and Christian Ethics
  • Member of the Advisory Board and Contributor, Blackwell Companion to Religious Ethics


Bill J. Leonard | Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History
Veronice Miles | Associate Teaching Professor of Preaching and Religious Education
  • Book Manuscript, Ain’t Gonna Study War No More: Young Black Women and the Audacity to Live with Hope
  • Contributor, The African American Lectionary, Lectionary Homiletic, and The Encyclopedia of Christian Education


Clinton J. Moyer | Postdoctoral Fellow, Hebrew Bible
  • Reference Work, Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics (Brill, 2013), editorial assistant
  • Dr. Moyer organized and launched the School of Divinity’s first online class, Online Biblical Hebrew. This course is offered each summer.
Gail R. O'Day | Dean and Professor of New Testament and Preaching
  • Book Series, Early Christianity and Its Literature (Society of Biblical Literature), general editor
  • Article, “Seeing the Glory of God: Martha in the Fourth Gospel,” in Character Studies in the Gospel of John (Mohr Siebeck, 2014)
  • Dr. O’Day is currently working on a commentary on Revelation with Lynn Huber at Elon University.
John E. Senior | Assistant Professor of the Practice of Religion and Society
  • Book Manuscript, A Theology of Political Vocation
  • Research Project, Ecological Faith, focusing on what does it mean to teach religious leaders about the practice of an ecologically-informed faith
Katherine A. Shaner | Assistant Professor of New Testament
  • Book Propsoal, Leading the Master: Ephesos and Enslaved Religious Leadership
  • Dr. Shaner will be teaching a new course this fall, Martyrs, Profits, and Preachers: Spirituality from the Margins of Early Christianity. It will be linked to another course taught by Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts, Classics of Contemplative Theology, and members in each class will participate in a shared retreat.
  • This semester her class, Studies in Paul: The Corinthian Correspondence, is completing a collaborative research project on what ancient meals would have been like and will host a reenactment.
E. Frank Tupper | Professor of Theology
Michelle Voss Roberts | Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture
  • Book, Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (forthcoming, Fordham University Press, 2014)
  • Article, “The Rasa of Christian Theology” in Bangalore Theological Forum 45.1 (2013)
  • Article, “Beyond Beauty: Aesthetics and Emotion in Interreligious Dialogue” in Women and InterreligiousDialogue, ed. Catherine Cornille and Jillian Maxey (Wipf and Stock, 2013)
  • Conference Host, The Promise of Religious Pluralism: Comparison and the Introductory Study of Theology, at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, February 28 – March 1.
Neal H. Walls | Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation
  • This summer Dr. Walls is leading a travel course to the historic African city of Fes, Morocco for the Fes Festival, a nine-day festival that seeks to dissolve musical boundaries as it honors the diverse spiritual traditions of the world.
  • Next Spring he will lead a travel course to Israel.