Director of the Food, Faith firstname.lastname@example.org
Religious Leadership Initiative
BA, Montana State University
MTS, Duke Divinity School
Fred Bahnson directs the School of Divinity’s new Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative. He was the co-founder and director of Anathoth Community Garden, a church- supported agriculture ministry in Cedar Grove, North Carolina which he directed from 2005-2009. From 2009-2012 Bahnson pursued a full-time writing career. He is the author of "Soil & Sacrament: Four Seasons Among the Keepers of the Earth" (Free Press, 2013) and co-author, with Norman Wirzba, of "Making Peace With the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile With Creation" (InterVarsity Press, 2012).
His narrative journalism and essays have appeared widely including Christian Science Monitor, Orion, The Sun, Christian Century, and the anthologies Best American Spiritual Writing (Houghton Mifflin, 2007), Wendell Berry and Religion (University Press of Kentucky, 2009), and State of the World 2011—Innovations that Nourish the Planet (Norton, 2011).
His writing has received a number of grants and awards, including a 2006 Pilgrimage Essay Award, a 2007 Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press, a 2008 William Raney scholarship in nonfiction at Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, a 2009-2010 Kellogg Food & Community fellowship at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, a 2011 Project Grant for Researchers from the Louisville Institute, and a 2012 North Carolina Artist fellowship in creative nonfiction from the North Carolina Arts Council.
Fred can be reached by email or by phone at 828.553.3564.
Jill Y. Crainshaw
Professor of Worship email@example.com
BA, Wake Forest; MDiv, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; PhD, Union Theological Seminary/ Presbyterian School of Christian Education
Jill Y. Crainshaw graduated in 1984 from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in religion. She earned a doctor of philosophy degree in homiletics and liturgical theology from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in 1998. Crainshaw’s research interests include liturgical theology, the theory and practice of preaching, vocational formation for ministry, and feminist perspectives on church leadership. Crainshaw is the author of three books, "Wise and Discerning Hearts: An Introduction to a Wisdom Liturgical Theology," published by The Liturgical Press in 2000; "Keep the Call: Leading the Congregation Without Losing Your Soul," published by Abingdon Press in 2007; and "Wisdom’s Dwelling Place: Exploring a Wisdom Liturgical Spirituality," published by the Order of St. Luke Press in 2010. Crainshaw is also the co-editor of a two-volume "Encyclopedia of Religious Controversies in the United States," published by ABC-CLIO in 2011.
Crainshaw served in 2010 as President of the North American Academy of Liturgy, an international organization of liturgical scholars and prac-titioners. She remains on the Academy Committee as Past President.
Crainshaw was ordained in 1987 and is a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Prior to joining the School of Divinity faculty, she served for six years as pastor of Neriah Baptist Church in Buena Vista, Virginia, as a hospice chaplain, as interim pastor of Buena Vista Presbyterian Church in Buena Vista, Virginia, and as a chaplain for the Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Currently, Crainshaw is completing a manuscript that explores how women’s ordination rites over the last 25 years have shaped pastoral leaders and congregations.
James M. Dunn
Resident Professor of Christianity firstname.lastname@example.org
BA, Texas Wesleyan College; MDiv, PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; LLD, Alderson Broaddus College, William Jewell College; DD, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Furman; Franklin College; DHumL, Linfield College; post-doctoral work, London School of Economics and Political Science
James M. Dunn joined the School of Divinity in September 1999 after 19 years as executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty. He continues work for the Baptist Joint Committee as president of its endowment. The Baptist Joint Committee, with offices in Washington, deals with issues of religious liberty and separation of church and state for 14 Baptist conventions and conferences in the United States as well as for several hundred churches.
Dunn has served as a pastor, campus minister, and college teacher. For 12 years he was the executive director of the Christian Life Commission, the social action agency of Texas Baptists. He is a past president of Bread for the World and a former chairman of the Ethics Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He serves on the boards of Baptists Today, the T.B. Maston Foundation, and the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
He has appeared on major television networks' news programs and has been a frequent guest on television documentaries and a contributor to TomPaine.com, an internet magazine. He contributes to several publications and is a coauthor of "Soul Freedom: Baptist Battle Ground; Endangered Species; An Approach to Christian Ethics; Exiled"; and "Politics: A Guidebook for Christians." He frequently testifies before congressional committees as he did in 2001 before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the confirmation of Attorney General John Ashcroft. In 2009, he received the Judson-Rice Lifetime Service Award from Baptists Today. His wife, Marilyn (nee McNeely) the daughter of two Southwestern Seminary music professors, is a well-known Baptist musician.
A book about Dunn, "James M. Dunn and Soul Freedom," by Aaron Weaver was published by Smyth and Helwys in 2011.
The School of Divinity announced in January 2012 its first endowed faculty chair, the James and Marilyn Dunn Chair of Baptist Studies. The first professor in the Dunn Chair is Professor Bill J. Leonard.
Thomas E. Frank
BA, Harvard; MDiv, Candler School of Theology, Emory; PhD, Emory; Master of Heritage Preservation, Georgia State
Thomas E. Frank teaches courses in leadership and administration, and religion and the arts, as well as United Methodist studies. His scholarship focuses on the history and culture of American mainstream Protestantism.
Frank is the author of several books including, "The Soul of the Congregation: An Invitation to Congregational Reflection" (Abingdon Press 2000), which explores the culture and imagination of local church congregations, and "Theology, Ethics, and the Nineteenth Century American College Ideal: Conserving a Rational World" (Mellen, 1993). His expertise also includes the relationship between Protestant Christianity and the liberal arts.
He has written two books on United Methodism, most recently one co-authored with Russell E. Richey, "Episcopacy in the Methodist Tradition: Perspectives and Proposals" (Abingdon Press 2004), and his "Polity, Practice, and the Mission of The United Methodist Church" has been updated in a new edition (Abingdon Press 2006). His research on the place of congregations and religious institutions in the settlement and built landscape of America led him to pursue a master of heritage preservation degree at Georgia State, which he completed in 2006.
He is chair of the board of directors of Partners for Sacred Places, a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Philadelphia devoted to advocacy, training, and resources for congregations with historic houses of worship. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Leadership and has published numerous articles on this topic.
Frank was a United Methodist pastor in Missouri for nine years and taught at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis for a year before joining the faculty of Candler School of Theology in 1987. He joined the School of Divinity in 2010.
Professor of Faith and Healthggunders@wakehealth.edu
of the Public
BA, Wake Forest University; MDiv, Candler School of Theology, Emory; DMin, Interdenominational Theological Center
Gary Gunderson is the Vice President for Faith and Health of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he focuses on how faith is an asset for healthcare and the health of the community. Internationally recognized for fundamental creative conceptual work in the field and the large scale networks of congregations with proven impact on health outcomes in Memphis, TN where he remains a scholar in the Center of Excellence in Faith and Health. Gunderson serves on advisory panels for the World Council of Churches and a network of global faith-based hospitals, another network of US health systems focusing on the health of the poor and retains a faculty role with the University of Cape Town. Research interests include conceptual work on the "leading causes of life" and "religious health assets." His most recent book, co-written with Dr. James Cochrane of South Africa, is "Religion and the Health of the Public: Changing the Paradigm" (Palgrave-McMcillian, 2011) was released just as he began his move to Wake Forest. He will be working with divinity and medical students in teaching and applied research in the medical center and community contexts. Gunderson, an ordained Baptist minister, is the author of five books in the field of faith and health.
Derek S. Hicks
Henry Luce Diversity Fellowhicksds@wfu.edu
BA, Grambling State University; MA, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, Rice University
Derek Hicks is the Henry Luce Diversity Fellow for 2011-2013. His research considers the impact of religion on those engaged in social, cultural, and political struggle. He is currently completing his first book entitled "Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition" (under contract, Palgrave Macmillan). This work identifies religious practices that engage culture - in relation to bodily, political, spiritual, and social restoration - to recalibrate wounded human dignity. Such practices form a theological thrust that fuels black Christianity. In addition, Hicks served as assistant editor of the volume entitled "African American Religious Cultures" (ABC-CLIO Press, 2010). Hicks also contributed chapters for two forthcoming books: "Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Dis-crimination Shapes Religious Convictions" with sociologists Dr. Michael Emerson and Dr. Jason Shelton (in press, NYU Press) and "Religion, Food, and Eating in North America: An Anthology" (under contract, Columbia University Press).
Earning his Ph.D. at Rice University in 2009, Hicks has taught and lectured broadly on religion and American culture. Among many notable topics, he has dealt with issues such as race and religion in America, religion and its role in social transformation, the nature of slave religion, the significance of religion in black political thought, aesthetics and religion, African American biblical engagement, and the intersection of religion and Hip-Hop culture. Acknowledged for his service, scholarship, and commitment to diversity, Hicks was awarded the Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship in 2005 and the Ford Foundation Diversity Dissertation Fellowship in 2009. He was also awarded the Fund for Theological Education’s North American Scholar’s Fellowship in 2007 and the Dissertation fellowship in 2009. More recently he was awarded the First Book Grant for 2010 by the Louisville Institute. Hicks also engaged in public service with the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity (WALIPP) in Houston, TX. WALLIP is a non-profit organization that addresses various inequities in urban communities. Acknowledged for his work with WALIPP, in 2005 he was awarded Bank of America’s Emerging Community Leader award.
Hicks previously held the post of Assistant Professor of Religion and Culture at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. He also taught at Rice University and was the Visiting Scholar of Religion in the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (2010-11). At Lancaster Seminary he served as the chair of the Committee on Diversity. As a graduate student he was appointed by the president of the university to be a member of Rice University’s Council on Diversity and Minority Affairs.
Fred L. Horton
Resident Professor email@example.com
BD, Union Theological Seminary (New York); PhD, Duke University
Fred Horton came to Wake Forest in the fall of 1970 and had the pleasure of teaching here for forty-one years (he retired in 2011). In addition to teaching courses in Christian Bible, he also taught various ancient languages including Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac Egyptian, and Coptic and a first-year seminar on the topic “Love in the Bible and in the Ancient East.” He has even taught a writing seminar through the Department of English. In the realm of archaeology he was privileged to take Wake Forest students for excavations in Israel at Caesarea Maritima (1976, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1995) and to Tell el-Hesi (1977, 1979, 1981, 1983). Horton has been a priest of the Episcopal Church since 1986.
Mark E. Jensen
Associate Professor of Pastoral Carejensenme@wfu.edu
and Pastoral Theology
BA, Houston Baptist; MDiv, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Mark E. Jensen teaches courses in pastoral care, pastoral counseling, pastoral theology, and religion and health for the School of Divinity. He directs the School of Divinity’s Certificate in Spirituality and Health offered in collaboration with the School of Medicine, and is the divinity school liaison with the dual MDiv/MA degree offered with the Department of Counseling. He also directs a partnership in multicultural clinical pastoral education between the School of Divinity, Wake Forest University Medical Center, and Hood Theological Seminary. Jensen is a chaplain supervisor at Wake Forest University Medical Center and has been an adjunct associate professor of religion at Wake Forest since 1993. He is a certified supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and a fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Born in Texas, Jensen has served on church staffs in Texas and Kentucky. He has been a hospital chaplain in Kentucky and North Carolina. He began and directed a pastoral counseling center in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is author of Shattered Vocations, as well as chapters and articles in chaplaincy and pastoral care publications.
Jensen is married to Lisa Barton, a public school educator of students with learning disabilities. The couple has two daughters.
Associate Professor of Christian Ethicsjungk@wfu.edu
BA, Seoul Theological University; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; STM, Yale Divinity School; PhD, University of Chicago
Kevin Jung works in the field of religious ethics with a particular focus in moral theory. His research interests include issues in moral epistemology, action theory, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion in relation to religious ethics. His current work concerns neuroethics and its implications for religious ethics, focusing on issues such as mental causation, free will, personal identity, privileged access to mental states, and the nature of moral judgments.
Jung joined the faculty of the School of Divinity in 2007 after teaching for two years at the College of William and Mary as a visiting professor of religious studies. From 2004 to 2005, Jung was a Spruill Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion of the Emory University School of Law. Jung was named a Lilly Theological Scholar for 2008-2009 by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).
He is author of "Ethical Theory and Responsibility Ethics" (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang GmbH, 2011) and "Moral Realism and Christian Ethics" (book manuscript). He is the co-editor of "Humanity Before God: Contemporary Faces of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Ethics" (Fortress Press, 2006), and "Justice to Mercy: Religion, Law, and Criminal Justice" (University of Virginia Press, 2007). He also translated Gene Outka’s "Agape: An Ethical Analysis" (1999) and John Witte’s "From Sacrament to Contract: Marriage and Law in Western Tradition" (2006) into Korean, both published by the Christian Literature Society of Korea.
Bill J. Leonard
James and Marilyn Dunn Professorleonabj@wfu.edu
of Baptist Studies and
Professor of Church History
BA, Texas Wesleyan University; MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; PhD, Boston University; DD, Franklin College
Bill J. Leonard holds appointments in both the Wake Forest University School of Divinity and the Department of Religion. From May 1996 until June 2010 he served as founding dean of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. From 1975-1992 he was Professor of Church History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. He then served as chair of the department of religion and philosophy, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama, from 1992-1996. A Baptist minister and native Texan, Leonard served as interim pastor of over 25 congregations in Kentucky, Indiana, Connecticut, Alabama and North Carolina. During the 1988-1989 school year, he was visiting professor at the Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan. In 1980-81 he was a visiting scholar at Yale Divinity School.
Widely recognized for his work in American, Southern and Baptist religious studies, Leonard is the author or editor of some twenty books including "The Nature of the Church" (Broadman Press, 1986); "Becoming Christian: Dimensions of Spiritual Formation" (Westminster/John Knox, 1990); "God’s Last and Only Hope: The Fragmentation of the Southern Baptist Convention" (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990), "Christianity in Appalachia: Profiles in Regional Pluralism" (University of Tennessee Press, 1999 ); "Baptist Ways: A History" ( Judson Press, 2003); "Baptists in America" (Columbia University Press, 2005); and "The Challenge of Being Baptist" (Baylor University Press, 2010). He has published over 400 articles in such journals and periodicals as Church History; Christian Century; Review and Expositor; Religion and American Culture; The Baptist Times (London); Hebrew Studies; Perspectives on Religious Studies; and The Journal of Religion, Disability and Health. He writes a twice-weekly column for Associated Baptist Press entitled "Can I Get a Witness?" In 2012 he received the J. M. Dawson Award from the Baptist Joint Committeee on Religious Liberty.
Leonard has received or participated in grants from groups or foundations such as Lilly Endowment Inc., Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Jesse Ball DuPont Fund, and the Louisville Institute. Leonard is a frequent commentator on American religion in periodicals such as the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor; Christianity Today; the Boston Globe and the Charlotte Observer. He is married to Candyce Crew Leonard, a professor of communication at Wake Forest. With their daughter, Stephanie, they are members of First Baptist Church, Highland Avenue, the oldest African American Baptist congregation in Winston-Salem.
Ruby Pardue & Shelmer D. Blackburnmilesv@wfu.edu
Assistant Professor of Homiletics and
BA, MEd/EdS, University of Florida; MDiv, Candler School of Theology, Emory; PhD, Emory
Veronice Miles serves the School of Divinity as the Ruby Pardue & Shelmer D. Blackburn Assistant Professor of Homiletics and Christian Education and teaches preaching and womanist thought. A native of Florida, she earned a BA in psychology, and MEd and EdS degrees in counselor education from the University of Florida (Gainesville). Miles received her MDiv at the Candler School of Theology at Emory, with certificates in Christian Education and Black Church Studies. Miles is also the recipient of the Bandy Preaching Fellowship at Emory, John Owen Smith Preaching Award at Candler, and the Baptist Women in Ministry’s Addie Davis Preaching Award.
Miles earned a doctorate of philosophy degree in religious education and homiletics from Emory in 2009. Her dissertation, “Towards a Pedagogy of Hope: A Womanist Christian Education and Homiletics Approach to Catalyzing Hope in the Lives of Young Black Women,” explores how people might learn to live with hope when circumstances suggest that the world of suffering and oppression is that which is most common to their lives. The research is an initial step towards a pedagogy that can reveal the distortions of despair and awaken persons to the possibilities of hope.
An ordained Baptist minister, Miles’s experience in the academy is augmented by her ministry with local church communities and religious organizations, including serving as minister of Christian education for five years, as well as interim pastor in 2003 at the Greater Bethany Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. She has preached and taught extensively, and has presented papers and workshops for numerous academic and church conferences, meetings, and organizations. Miles has been involved in various facets of church and community ministry for more than 30 years and also served as a member of the Youth Theological Initiative’s Leadership Team, Candler School of Theology, for seven years.
Clinton J. Moyer
Postdoctoral Fellow, Hebrew Biblemoyercj@wfu.edu
BA, University of Washington; MA, PhD, Cornell University
Clinton Moyer approaches the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament with an eye toward its relationship to the larger geographical, historical, and social contexts of the ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean worlds out of which it arose. Within this general framework, his specific interests center on the highly sophisticated literary artistry of the biblical corpus, the formation and development of a distinctive Israelite identity over the course of the biblical period, and biblical prophecy as a cultural and literary phenomenon.
Moyer received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 2000, where he studied Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a specific focus on the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East. He completed his graduate work at Cornell University in 2009, producing a dissertation entitled “Literary and Linguistic Studies in Sefer Bil‘am (Numbers 22–24).”
Building on his dissertation research, Moyer has developed a number of conference papers and articles. He is the recipient of a 2011 Regional Scholar Award from the Society of Biblical Literature for his paper entitled “Who Is the Prophet, and Who the Ass? Role-reversing Interludes and the Unity of the Balaam Narrative (Numbers 22–24),” an updated of version of which will appear in print in a peer-reviewed journal in late 2012. He also has published on the close relationship between the biblical book of Esther and the Hellenistic literary sphere.
Moyer is in the process of developing an innovative and rigorous first-year Biblical Hebrew course to be taught entirely online, which will go live beginning in Summer 2012. In addition, he currently holds a position as an editorial assistant on Brill's forthcoming "Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics."
Gail R. O’Day
Dean and Professor of New Testament firstname.lastname@example.org
BA, Brown; MTS, Harvard Divinity School; PhD, Emory
Gail O’Day is dean and professor of New Testament and Preaching at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. She was named dean in 2010.
A graduate of Brown University, O’Day earned a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in New Testament from Emory. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.
O’Day taught in the religion department at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, for a year before becoming assistant professor of New Testament at Eden Theological Seminary, a United Church of Christ seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1983.
She joined the Candler School of Theology faculty as assistant professor of biblical preaching in 1987 and was appointed the A.H. Shatford Professor of New Testament and Preaching in 1997. She was senior associate dean of faculty and academic affairs, the chief academic officer for the School of Theology, from 2003 until her appointment to Wake Forest in 2010.
Her scholarly research focuses on the Gospel of John, the Bible and preaching, and the history of biblical interpretation. She has written a number of books and articles, including the commentary on the Gospel of John in "The New Interpreters Bible" (1996) and most recently, "Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: A Guide" (Abingdon Press, 2007). She is editor or co-editor of several volumes, including the "Oxford Access Bible" (Oxford University Press, 1999) and the "Theological Bible Commentary" (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009). She was editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature from 1999-2006 and is currently general editor of the Society of Biblical Literature book series, "Early Christianity and its Literature."
Michelle Voss Roberts
Assistant Professor email@example.com
Theology and Culture
BA, Calvin College; MTS, Candler School of Theology; PhD, Emory
As assistant professor of theology and culture, Michelle Voss Roberts teaches courses in systematic theology, comparative theology, theologies of religious pluralism, and feminist theologies. She graduated from Calvin College, earned an MTS from Candler School of Theology, and received her Ph.D. in Theological Studies from Emory University. Before joining the School of Divinity faculty in 2011, she taught in the religious studies department at Rhodes College from 2006 to 2011.
Voss Roberts is the author of "Dualities: A Theology of Difference" (Westminster John Knox, 2010), a theological reconsideration of several important relationships (God-world, God-human being, soul-body, and self-other) through the wisdom of Christian and Hindu women. This comparative study begins from the premise that Christians can come to know their own faith tradition more deeply through dialogue with others, and Voss Roberts's religious understanding as a Presbyterian (USA) who practices yoga is deeply formed by this pattern of comparative inquiry. This work is also driven by the urgency of listening to voices from the margins of religious traditions in order to promote the flourishing of women and other underrepresented groups. "Dualities" was named the Best Book in Hindu-Christian Studies, Theology and Philosophy for 2008 to 2011 by the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies.
Her current research focuses on the role of the emotions in religious experience through the lens of Indian aesthetic theo-ries. These comparative projects have brought her to India three times for language study, archival research, and interviews, with the most recent trip in 2010 being funded by the Mellon Foundation and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning.
Voss Roberts has been steadily involved in scholarly leadership and the national and regional levels. She currently serves on the steering committee for the Christian Systematic Theology group of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). She previously co-chaired the comparative theology group of the AAR as well as the women and religion group of the Southeastern Committee for the Study of Religion (SECSOR). Her work was recognized with the Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza New Scholar Award from the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion in 2010.
Assistant Professor of the Practice firstname.lastname@example.org
Religion and Society
A.B., Bowdoin College; M.Div., Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Emory University
John Senior graduated in 2000 from Bowdoin College with a bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy and in 2004 from the Harvard Divinity School with an MDiv. In 2010, Senior earned a Ph.D. in the Ethics and Society course of study from Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion. He is an Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a Candidate for Ministry of the Word and Sacrament.
Senior worked extensively with the Contextual Education Program at the Candler School of Theology. He designed and, for three summers, co-facilitated Candler’s Advanced Summer Internship for Parish Ministry. Senior contributed to a year-long evaluation of the Contextual Education Program. He also co-authored a chapter in "Contextualizing Theological Education," a volume that emerged from the program’s work on integrating field-based education into seminary curricula.
Senior works in the areas of political theology and ethics, sociology of religion, and theological education. His dissertation develops a theological account of moral formation in the context of political activism. He has also written on the relationship between ethnographic research and theological reflection.
Before coming to the School of Divinity, Senior taught courses in Christian theology, ethics, and the sociology of religion at the Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, and in the Theology Certificate Program at the Lee Arrendale State Women’s Prison in Alto, Georgia.
BA, Meredith College; PhD, Union Theological Seminary (Columbia); DD, Franklin College, Lehigh University, Wake Forest; DHL, Meredith College
Phyllis Trible is an internationally known biblical scholar and rhetorical critic. A past president of the Society of Biblical Literature, she began her collegiate teaching career at Wake Forest University in 1963. After leaving in 1971, she taught at Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts until she went to Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1979 as a professor of Old Testament. From 1981 until her appointment to the Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 1998, she was the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature at Union Theological Seminary.
Trible, a leader in the text-based exploration of women and gender in scripture, lectures extensively in the United States and abroad. She is the author of the books "God and the Rhetoric of Sexuality"; "Texts of Terror: Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narrative"; "Rhetorical Criticism: Context, Method, and the Book of Jonah"; and with Letty M. Russell, "Hagar, Sarah, and Their Children." She has written numerous articles and book reviews for magazines and scholarly journals and has provided expert commentary for Bill Moyers’ public television series, "Genesis: A Living Conversation."
The Phyllis Trible Lecture Series in Feminism and Faith was inaugurated at Wake Forest University in 2003. Trible lives in New York City and can be contacted at 549 W. 123rd Street, Apt. 21C, New York, NY 10027-5041 or 212.663.8165.
E. Frank Tupper
Professor of Theologytupperef@wfu.edu
BA, Mississippi College; MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
E. Frank Tupper is one of the founding faculty of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. In 1973 he began a distinguished career teaching theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1997 he arrived at Wake Forest University as a visiting professor in the Department of Religion.
A native of the Mississippi Delta, Tupper completed his undergraduate work at Mississippi College, finishing the year after a summer as a Baptist Student Union missionary to South Korea. His theological studies at Southern Seminary included a year of doctoral research at the University of Munich with Wolfhart Pannenberg, a pivotal experience in discerning his vocation as church theologian. Sabbatical leaves at Oxford University in England and the University of Tübingen in Germany provided occasions to explore doctrinal formulations in the framework of narrative theology.
Ordained at Crescent Hill Baptist Church in Louisville in 1967, Tupper pastored the Baptist Church in Edmonton, Kentucky for six years. He continued to serve churches as interim pastor after he began teaching at Southern Seminary.
A well-known lecturer and author, Tupper is noted for his books, "The Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg" and "A Scandalous Providence: The Jesus Story of the Compassion of God." The latter, published in 1995, reflects more than fifteen years of academic research, theological reflection, and the biographical pondering into a narrative rendering of the providence of God.
Neal H. Walls
Associate Professor email@example.com
Old Testament Interpretation
BA, College of William and Mary; MA, University of Virginia; PhD, Johns Hopkins University
A scholar of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and related ancient Near Eastern texts, Walls is fascinated by the breadth, depth, and complexity of Old Testament literature. He enjoys helping students to become skillful interpreters of scripture, to appreciate the diversity of theological perspectives within the canon, and to reclaim the Old Testament’s abundant theological imagination for the church’s ministries today. Walls also enjoys leading pilgrimages and travel programs to Africa and the Middle East.
Before coming to the School of Divinity in 2002, Walls served on the faculty of numerous schools, including Dartmouth, Colby, and Swarthmore Colleges. He taught Old Testament studies for seven years in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. The recipient of numerous research grants and teaching awards, Walls is the author of two books, "The Goddess Anat in Ugaritic Myth" (1992) and "Desire, Discord and Death: Approaches to Ancient Near Eastern Myth" (2001). He is the editor of 'Cult Image and Divine Representation in the Ancient Near East" (2005).
Walls is currently engaged in research on ancient Near Eastern mythology and a commentary on Genesis 1-11.
- Associated University Faculty
Name Title Education Susan Harden Borwick Professor of Music BM, BME, Baylor; PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill firstname.lastname@example.org Stephen B. Boyd J. Allen Easley Professor of Religion BA, University of Tennessee; MDiv, ThD, Harvard email@example.com Andrew V. Ettin Professor of English BA, Rutgers College; MA, PhD, Washington; MSJS, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies firstname.lastname@example.org James L. Ford Associate Professor of Religion BA, UNC-Chapel Hill; MTS, Vanderbilt; MA, PhD, Princeton email@example.com Mary F. Foskett Zachary T. Smith Associate Professor of Religion BA, New York; MDiv, Union Theological Seminary (NY); PhD, Emory firstname.lastname@example.org Shannon Gilreath Assistant Director for the International Graduate Program and Adjunct Professor of Law BA, Lenoir-Rhyne College; JD, Wake Forest email@example.com Kenneth G. Hoglund Professor of Religion BA, Wheaton College; MA, PhD, Duke firstname.lastname@example.org Simeon O. Ilesanmi Associate Professor of Religion BA, University of Ife (Nigeria); PhD, Southern Methodist; JD, Wake Forest email@example.com Candyce C. Leonard Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary: Humanities BA, Texas Wesleyan; MEd, MA, University of Louisville; PhD, Indiana firstname.lastname@example.org Steve H. Nickles C. C. Hope Chair in Law and Management BA, MPA, JD, University of Arkansas; LLM, JSD, Columbia email@example.com Mary L. B. Pendergraft Professor of Classical Languages AB, PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill firstname.lastname@example.org James T. Powell Associate Professor of Classical Languages BA, Emory; MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale email@example.com
- Adjunct Faculty
Name Title Education Melissa Rogers Director, Center for Religion and Public Affairs; Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution BA, Baylor; JD, University of Pennsylvania firstname.lastname@example.org Leon Spencer Dean, School of Divinity, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina BA, Wake Forest; MA, Indiana; PhD, Syracuse; MDiv, Virginia Theological Seminary; Honorary DDiv, Virginia Theological Seminary email@example.com Angela Yarber Pastor for Preaching and Worship, Wake Forest Baptist Church BA, Brewton Park College; MDiv, McAfee School of Theology; PhD, Graduate Theological Union firstname.lastname@example.org Frank Dew Chaplain, Greensboro Urban Ministry BA, Wake Forest University; MDiv, Duke Divinity School Sharon Engebretson Director, Department of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center BA, North Park University MDiv, North Park Theological Seminary