Nazarenes Exploring Evolution

Dianne Anderson

Dianne Anderson

Point Loma Nazarene University

Professor of Biology

Dianne L. Anderson has served as a professor of biology and director of the graduate program in general biology at Point Loma Nazarene University since 2005. She earned a B.S. in Biology at Northwest Nazarene College, an M.S. in microbiology at San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. in Math and Science Education at University of California, San Diego. Her research is on student learning in biology, with a specific focus on common errors associated with understanding natural selection. This work has produced teaching resources, including the Conceptual Inventory in Natural Selection, used in middle school, high school, and college biology classrooms. She enjoys encouraging students to learn how discoveries in biology can be compatible with faith.

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Joseph Bankard

Joseph Bankard

Northwest Nazarene University

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Joseph Bankard is an associate professor of philosophy at Northwest Nazarene University. His research is focused primarily on the interdisciplinary dialogue taking place between science, religion, and morality. He is the author of several journal articles including “Moral Instincts and the Problem with Reductionism: A critical look at the work of Marc Hauser” Theology and Science, vol. 9, num. 4 (November 2011), “Training Emotion Helps Cultivate Virtue: How loving-kindness meditation develops compassion and increases helping behavior” forthcoming, and “Is Christian Hope a Form of Long Term Economy?: An argument from the writings of Albert Camus?” in Gift and Economy: Ethics, Hospitality, and the Market, (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012). Dr. Bankard also serves as philosophy department chair at NNU.

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Dan Boone

Dan Boone

Trevecca Nazarene University

University President

Dan L. Boone became Trevecca's eleventh president in 2005 after having served in pastoral ministry for more than thirty years. A 1974 graduate of Trevecca, he earned a master's degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1977 and a doctorate in ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1996. He began his pastoral ministry when he was in high school, and his last pastorate was at the College Church in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Dr. Boone has taught on the university and seminary level and has been an instructor for the Salvation Army North Central Region.

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Kyle Borger

Kyle Borger

Cody Church of the Nazarene

Associate Pastor

Kyle Borger has spent 25 years serving the Church of the Nazarene in lay ministry roles. He is currently serving as an associate pastor in the Cody Wyoming Church of the Nazarene. Kyle graduated from NNC in 1992 with a BA in Religious Education. He will be given a district license from the Rocky Mountain District this July.

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Stephen Borger

Stephen Borger

Intermountain District Church of the Nazarene

District Superintendent

Steve grew up in an Iowa Nazarene parsonage and attended Olivet Nazarene College where he received a degree in Business Administration. He completed the M.Div. and D. Min. degrees at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Steve has been the pastor of four churches Potomac, IL, Clinton, IL, Colorado Springs Trinity, and Nampa First. His ministry has spanned 37 years, 2 years as an associate, 25 years as a pastor, and the past 10 years as District Superintendent. He also serves the denomination on the NNU Board of Trustees and Executive Committee and Nazarene Theological Seminary Board of Trustees. He has taught as adjunct faculty of Nazarene Bible College and Northwest Nazarene University.

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Bob Branson

Bob Branson

Olivet Nazarene University

Professor of Biblical Literature Emeritus

Robert (Bob) Branson is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and a product of the Nazarene educational system having graduated from Southern Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He received a doctoral degree in biblical studies from Boston University. In addition to pastoring two congregations of the Church of the Nazarene he has taught at Eastern Nazarene College, Warner Southern College, and Olivet Nazarene University, having retired from the latter as Professor of Biblical Literature Emeritus. His latest book is Judges: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition which is part of the New Beacon Bible Commentary series, for which he also serves as a section editor.

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Rusty  Brian

Rusty Brian

Payette Church of the Nazarene

Lead Pastor

Rustin E. Brian (Rusty) is the Lead Pastor at Payette Church of the Nazarene in Payette, ID. He also occasionally teaches theology as an adjunct professor at Northwest Nazarene University. He received a BA in Bible & Christian Ministries from Point Loma Nazarene University (2002), M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary (2005), and a Ph.D. in Theology & Ethics from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (2011). His Ph.D. Dissertation, Covering Up Luther: How Barth's Christology Challenged the Deus Absconditus That Haunts Modernity, was published by Cascade Books in 2013. Rusty loves fly fishing, the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with his family.

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Charles W. Carrigan

Charles W. Carrigan

Olivet Nazarene University

Professor of Geoscience

Charles Carrigan is a Professor of Geosciences at Olivet Nazarene University. He earned his B.S. from ONU in 1996, his M.S. from Vanderbilt University in 2000, and his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Michigan in 2005. His research has focused on geochronologic studies of igneous and metamorphic rocks within the Appalachian mountains and similar rocks in eastern Europe. He and his students work to better understand the tectonic processes that formed these ancient mountains and the history of their development. He is also the Director of the University Honors Program at ONU. He is a member of the Geological Society of America, the Mineralogical Society of America, and is currently serving as President of the Affiliation of Christian Geologists. He and his wife Dana reside in Bourbonnais, IL with their three young daughters, and attend College Church of the Nazarene.

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Jennifer Chase

Jennifer Chase

Northwest Nazarene University

Associate Professor of Biology

Jennifer R. Chase, Ph.D. has taught at Northwest Nazarene University for 17 years in the biology and chemistry departments. She is a graduate of PLNU (1990) and Yale (1998). Her research interests are in quantitative analysis of metabolic pathways in human disease, including studying the pathological mechanisms for alcohol. She has served as Bible Quizzing Director on the Intermountain District NYI council for over 10 years, after many years of local coaching in the Intermountain and New England districts.

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John Cossel

John Cossel

Northwest Nazarene University

Professor of Biology

John Cossel Jr. DA is a professor and department chair for the Biology Department at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a B.A. in Biology Education in 1991. While teaching high school for six years, he completed his M.S. in Science Education with a marine emphasis from Oregon State University in 1996. He received a doctorate of arts in Biology from Idaho State University in 2003. While completing his dissertation he joined the faculty at Northwest Nazarene University in 1999. In addition to guiding students through their exploration of God's creation in the classroom and laboratory, he has developed an active teaching and herpetological field research program in South, Central and North America. He continues to be enthralled with amphibians and reptiles and loves sharing with others via live animals maintained at Northwest Nazarene University, field experiences and photography.

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Tim Crutcher

Tim Crutcher

Southern Nazarene University

Professor of Church History and Theology

Timothy Crutcher is a Professor of Church History and Theology at Southern Nazarene University. He is also a graduate of of SNU, obtaining his BA (1991) and MA (1993) there before moving on to the Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1995) and the Catholic University of Louvain (S.T.D./Ph.D., 2003). He taught for three years at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya, before joining the faculty of SNU in 2003. His published work includes a monograph (The Crucible of Life: The Role of Experience in John Wesley's Theological Method) as well as journal articles, curriculum and a number of short books for the NMI Missionary Reading Program. He and his wife, Rhonda, have three children and live near Piedmont, Oklahoma, where he serves as a Teaching Pastor at Piedmont Church of the Nazarene.

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John W. Dally

John W. Dally

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care

Chaplain

Rev. John W. Dally holds an MA in Theology from PLNU and an MA in Spiritual Formation from NNU. He pastored for eighteen years in Southern California. During that time, John taught Bible and Theology for NBC in Pasadena, CA then for NBC Online. Since 2007, John has worked for Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care as a chaplain. He has written several articles for Preacher's Magazine and Herald of Holiness. His most recent article is "Teaching Holiness to Generation X", Herald of Holiness, November 1996.

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Wilson Deaton

Wilson Deaton

Kenosha Family Church - A Church of the Nazarene

Pastor

Wilson Deaton is an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene and has served as a pastor and church planter for over 25 years. He currently pastors in Kenosha, WI where he moved in 2000 to plant a new church. He has a B.A. from Olivet Nazarene University, and an M.Div from Nazarene Theological Seminary. Wilson is happily married to a kindergarten teacher, Robin, and is blessed to be surrounded by his two adult children, Chelsie and Landon. He likes to write in his spare time and has been published in about a dozen religious periodicals as well as having digitally published a novel in the spiritual warfare genre, In Our Midst.

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Hans  Deventer

Hans Deventer

Dordrecht Church of the Nazarene

Hans Deventer, age 55, lives in Dordrecht, The Netherlands. Currently, he is working both in internal auditing at a housing corporation and as a licensed minister in the local Dordrecht Church of the Nazarene. He has been married for over 32 years, and he and his wife, Hannie, have a son and a daughter who both left home several years ago. Since 1985 they have been members of the Church of the Nazarene and shortly after got involved at the district level as well. He as been a district secretary for 16 years, member of the Church Properties Board and the District Advisory Board. The latter till March this year, when he received his minister's licence. Has has been a lay preacher since 1988, again, till March.

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Jim Edlin

Jim Edlin

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Professor of Biblical Literature and Languages

Jim Edlin has served as Professor of Biblical Literature and Languages at MidAmerica Nazarene University for over 20 years. He frequently writes for the WordAction Adult Faith Connections publications and authored Daniel in the New Beacon Bible Commentary series. He and his wife Jo live in Olathe, Kansas.

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Steve Estep

Steve Estep

Grace Church of the Nazarene

Senior Pastor

Steve Estep is the Sr. Pastor at Grace Church of the Nazarene in Clarksville, TN. He has a B.A. from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, an M.Div from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a D. Min in preaching from McCormick Theological Seminary. In addition to pastoring, Steve serves as adjunct professor of preaching at Nazarene Theological Seminary and has taught at MidAmerica, Trevecca, and through the TN District Course of Study. He also serves as team chaplain for the Rossview High School football team. Steve's passions are preaching and prayer.

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Joe Foltz

Joe Foltz

Drexel Church of the Nazarene

Pastor

Joe Foltz is an ordained elder in Church of the Nazarene, serving as the pastor of Drexel Church of the Nazarene in Drexel, MO since 2010 and in the General Secretary's Office at the Church of the Nazarene Global Ministry Center in Lenexa, KS since 2012. He graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a BA in theological studies in 2007 and from Nazarene Theological Seminary with a MDiv in 2010. Joe lives in Drexel, MO with his wife Audra. They are expecting their first child, son James, in April 2014. Originally from West Virginia, Joe is passionate about hunting, the WVU Mountaineers, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins.

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Eric Frey

Eric Frey

Toronto Church of the Nazarene

Pastor

The Rev. Eric E. Frey is an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He is a graduate of both MVNU ('99) and NTS ('06), and currently is pursuing a DMin in Liturgical Studies at Trinity School for Ministry. He presently serves the Church of the Nazarene in Toronto, Ohio where he resides with his wife Antonina, and their three children: Pax, Pierce and Pria.

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Trent Friberg

Trent Friberg

Centralia Church of the Nazarene

Pastor of Family Life

Trent Friberg was ordained as an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 2003 and has served as a staff pastor in Centralia, WA since August of 2000. He is blessed to be married to Lynne and has four children: Jaelyn (11), Elias (8), Zander (7) and Aiden (5). While much of his ministry happens through the banner of the church, his family is blessed to extend their ministry to other areas in their community through coaching youth sports, volunteering at schools and through foster care.

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Kerry Fulcher

Kerry Fulcher

Point Loma Nazarene University

Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Kerry Fulcher is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Point Loma Nazarene University. Prior to moving into academic administration, Dr. Fulcher taught in the Biology department at PLNU for 15 years. He received his BS in Biology at Northwest Nazarene University and his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Idaho. Prior to coming to PLNU, Dr. Fulcher did a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health/ National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. His writings have been published in journals including Biology of Reproduction, Aquaculture and Developmental Biology and he has spoken at conferences, churches and community events on the relationship between faith and science: evolution/creation, the ethics of stem cells research and spiritual reflections inspired by nature.

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Lowell Hall

Lowell Hall

Eastern Nazarene College

Professor of Chemistry

Lowell H. Hall, PhD is Professor of Chemistry at Eastern Nazarene College. He earned his BS degree in Chemistry from Eastern Nazarene College and PhD degree in Physical Chemistry from The Johns Hopkins University. During his fifty year career (46 years at ENC), he served as Head of the Department of Chemistry and also Chairman of the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics. He has also authored and co-authored four books as well as invited chapters in 14 books including two chapters in the standard reference work Comprehensive Medicinal Chemistry II, and also more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, many co-authored by his ENC chemistry majors. He has co-pioneered a new method for molecular structure representation so that properties of organic molecules may be modeled and predicted. Currently he is engaged in an NIH–supported research project to identify human endogenous metabolites, based in part on his modeling methods together with experimental data from the University of Connecticut, School of Pharmacy. He and his wife Dorla are longtime active members of the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene.

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Nancy Halliday

Nancy Halliday

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Associate Professor of Cell Biology

Nancy Halliday, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Southern Nazarene University in 1988. She received her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine in 1994. After a post-doc at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, she followed her passion for teaching to join the faculty of Biology at Southern Nazarene University in 1995. She joined the College of Medicine faculty at OU in 2010 where she currently serves as course director for the gross anatomy course. In 2012, the medical students presented her with an Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching the Basic Sciences.

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Daniel Hamlin

Daniel Hamlin

Network Administrator

Daniel Hamlin earned a B.A in Computer Science from Olivet Nazarene University in 1996, and a Masters of Business Administration in 2001. He is currently employed as a Network Administrator at a midwest university. He enjoys being outside and spending time with his wife of 17 years and three children.

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Deanna Hayden

Deanna Hayden

Southwood Church of the Nazarene

Pastor

Deanna found the Lord during her childhood in Southern California. She enjoyed living and teaching in South Korea before moving to Kansas City, MO, where she met and married Ben Hayden. They have two ridiculously fun kids, Josiah and Hannah. Deanna is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and is privileged to journey together with a beautiful group of people at Southwood Church of the Nazarene in Raytown, MO who call her “pastor.” She loves culture and coffee shops, playing at the park with her family, and living in the reckless adventure of God’s grace.

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Roland Hearn

Roland Hearn

Nazarene Theological College- Australia

Dean of Students

Roland Hearn serves as the registrar and dean of students of Nazarene Theological College –Brisbane, Australia. He and his wife Emmy have been married for 28 years and have four grown children. Roland is currently working on an honours degree from the University of Queensland. Roland and Emmy have pastored four churches, in both Australian and the US, planting churches on both continents. They are currently planting a church on the north side of Brisbane about an hour from the college. Roland serves on the district strategic missional board seeking to discern effective ways of advancing the church in a post-modern, pluralistic, multi-cultural environment.

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Jeremy  Hugus

Jeremy Hugus

Murane & Bostwick

Civil and Criminal Litigation Attorney

Jeremy Hugus is a 2005 NNU biochemistry graduate who practices civil and criminal litigation in Casper, WY with the firm Murane & Bostwick. Jeremy also teaches bioethics and health policy at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Otherwise, Jeremy is a student of life; when he isn’t in the court room or stretching young minds, he enjoys crafting brilliant food, making music, fly fishing, and exploring the Wyoming high country—and, best of all, he gets to share in all of these things with his new bride and the love of his life, Libby Tedder Hugus.

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Bethany Hull Somers

Bethany Hull Somers

Skagit Valley Hospital

Chaplain

Bethany Hull Somers is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has served as a pastor in various capacities for over ten years. Currently she is spending most of her time as a mommy to Nyah (almost 3) and Naomi (almost 3 months) and some of her time as a chaplain at her local hospital. Bethany loves to enjoy the wide and wonderful world that God created.

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Stan Ingersol

Stan Ingersol

Church of the Nazarene

Denominational Archivist

Stan Ingersol, Ph.D., is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University, the University of Kansas, Nazarene Theological Seminary, and Duke University. A church historian, he has been manager of the Nazarene Archives since 1985. He is the author of Nazarene Roots: Pastors, Prophets, Revivalists and Reformers(2009) and the forthcoming Past and Prospect from the Point Loma Press. He is a co-author of Our Watchword & Song: the Centennial History of the Church of the Nazarene(2009) and of What is a Nazarene?: Understanding Our Place in the Religious Community(1998, rev. 2013). A frequent contributor to church publications, he is on the editorial board of the Wesleyan Theological Journal.

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Dee Kelley

Dee Kelley

San Diego First Church of the Nazarene

Senior Pastor

I am among the most fortunate in the world. I have been blessed with good health, live in a country with abundant food and water, and enjoy many freedoms others do not. My parents patterned their life after Christ, and my older sister continues to mentor me to this day. I married a woman with incredible talents, insight, kindness and beauty, and have two daughters who continually show me God’s love. I serve at a church that is unlike any place I have been in regard to affirmation, support and receptivity. I have had the privilege of attending school and have obtained a B.S., two M.A.s, an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. I pray that God helps me to give in the same extravagant way in which I have been blessed.

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Thomas J. King

Thomas J. King

Nazarene Bible College

Professor of Old Testament

Thomas J. King is professor of Old Testament at Nazarene Bible College. He previously served as a Bible lecturer at St. Mary's College of California. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Thomas earned a B.A. degree from Northwest Christian College, an M.Div. from Brite Divinity School/TCU, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union. He is the author of The Realignment of the Priestly Literature in the Princeton Theological Monograph Series, and the forthcoming Leviticus volume of the New Beacon Bible Commentary.

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Carl Leth

Carl Leth

Olivet Nazarene University

Dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry

Carl Leth (Ph.D. – Duke University) is Dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Olivet Nazarene University and the Rev. Dr. Fay Quanstrom Chair of Pastoral Ministry. He teaches theology and pastoral leadership. He also serves as Pastor of the Wildwood Church of the Nazarene, a multi-cultural congregation in downtown Kankakee, Illinois.

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Michael Lodahl

Michael Lodahl

Point Loma Nazarene University

Professor of Theology & World Religions

Michael Lodahl is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene and a theology professor in Southern California, where he enjoys the richness of God’s love and blessings with his wife Janice.

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Kevin Twain Lowery

Kevin Twain Lowery

Olivet Nazarene University

Professor of Theology and Philosophy

Kevin Twain Lowery is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Olivet Nazarene University, specializing in ethics and Enlightenment thought. His undergraduate majors were physics and mathematics, and he has been an aerospace engineer, a pastor, and a school administrator. He received a Presidential Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, where he completed a Ph.D. in moral theology and a minor in science and religion. In May 2012, Dr. Lowery was awarded the Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence at ONU. He has published numerous articles and chapters as well as two books: The Maturity of Belief and Salvaging Wesley’s Agenda.

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Mark A. Maddix

Mark A. Maddix

Northwest Nazarene University

Professor of Practical Theology and Discipleship

Mark A. Maddix is Professor of Practical Theology and Discipleship, and Dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Northwest Nazarene University. Before coming to NNU he served in pastoral ministry for twelve years. He has published several articles and co-authored books including Discovering Discipleship, Spiritual Formation: A Wesleyan Paradigm, and Missional Discipleship: Partners in God's Redemptive Mission.

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Mark Mann

Mark Mann

Point Loma Nazarene University

Associate Professor of Theology

Mark H. Mann is Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Wesleyan Center at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. He is author of Perfecting Grace: Holiness and the Human Sciences (2006), co-editor of Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination (2012) and Reconsidering Arminius: Wesleyan and Reformed Theology for the Church Today (forthcoming, 2013), and a regular contributor on issues related to dialogue between theology and science to "The BioLogos Forum". He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, and serves as a pastor in Ocean Beach, CA.

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Marty Michelson

Marty Michelson

Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene

Professor and Peacemaker

Marty Alan Michelson (Ph.D., University of Manchester) learned as a child to marvel at the Creator's creation when he explored sea anemones in tidal pools of the Oregon coast or when the crushing power of the surf in the Pacific Ocean knocked him off balance. An intentional peacemaker, Marty enjoys teaching a University course on Biblical Theology and Global Stewardship at the Quetzal Education Research Center located in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica.

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Jon Middendorf

Jon Middendorf

Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene

Senior Pastor

Jon Middendorf pastors Oklahoma City First Church of the Nazarene where he has served since 1990. After graduating from Southern Nazarene, Jon jumped into youth ministry and worked with the students at OKC First for the next 17 years. In August of 2007, Jon accepted the church's invitation to serve as senior pastor. OKC First is a church 103 years in the making, situated in the heart of NW Oklahoma City. Slowly but surely, this old church is shaping and reorganizing the surrounding neighborhood, putting flesh on the best hopes and ideas of Wesleyan theology.

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Grant  Miller

Grant Miller

Nampa First Church of the Nazarene

Associate Pastor for Young Adults

Grant Miller holds a Master's Degree in Spiritual Formation from Northwest Nazarene University and is currently seeking ordination in the Church of the Nazarene while working as Associate Pastor for Young Adults at Nampa First Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, ID. He also works as a Web Content Specialist at NNU.

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Brint Montgomery

Brint Montgomery

Southern Nazarene University

Professor of Philosophy

Brint Montgomery is professor of philosophy at Southern Nazarene University and serves as director for the philosophy program in the School of Theology and Ministry. He has taught at SNU for 17 years. After serving in both the Air Force (c. 1981) and the Army (c. 1985), he obtained a BA in Philosophy (1989) from Northwest Nazarene University and attended Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1994). He then went on to Oklahoma University in Philosophy (MA, 1996) and Philosophy of Mind (Ph.D., 2003). He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene where he has worked in campus ministry. He was also a founding member and current review coordinator for the Wesleyan Philosophical Society. His academic writing has focused on Philosophy of Religion, and he has ongoing research interests in Philosophy of Mind, Logic, and Artificial Intelligence. Recently, he has co-edited Relational Theology: A Contemporary Introduction (Point Loma Press, 2012). Brint married his college sweetheart, Emily, and they have three boys which keeps them quite busy.

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Thomas Jay Oord

Thomas Jay Oord

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Samuel Powell

Samuel Powell

Point Loma Nazarene University

Professor of Philosophy and Religion

Samuel M. Powell has taught at Point Loma Nazarene University since 1986. He is the editor (with Michael Lodahl) of Embodied Holiness, and the author of The Trinity in German Thought, Participating in God, A Theology of Christian Spirituality, and Discovering Our Christian Faith. He graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary and Claremont Graduate University and is an ordained deacon in the Church of the Nazarene. He serves as secretary-treasurer of the Wesleyan Theological Society and on the editorial committee of Kingswood Press. From 1999 to 2001 he participated in the John Templeton Foundation Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity. In 2005 he won the Wesleyan Theological Society’s Smith-Wynkoop award for his book, Participating In God: Creation and Trinity. The award recognizes recent publication of distinction in a research area related to the Wesleyan/Holiness tradition.

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Mark Quanstrom

Mark Quanstrom

Olivet Nazarene University

Professor of Theology and Philosophy

Rev. Mark R. Quanstrom, Ph.D. is a full-time professor of theology and philosophy in the School of Theology at Olivet Nazarene University. He is also the University Campus pastor at College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais. He began teaching at Olivet in the fall of 2005. Prior to coming to Olivet, he was pastor for 23 years at the Belleville, IL First Church of the Nazarene. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Olivet, a Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from St. Louis University. His Ph.D. dissertation was published in 2004 by Beacon Hill Press under the title A Century of Holiness Theology. His second book, From Grace to Grace, is a call to holiness which places priority on grace (hence the title) and was published by Beacon Hill Press in October of 2011.

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Max W. Reams

Max W. Reams

Olivet Nazarene University

Professor of Geology

Max W. Reams is currently Professor of Geology and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Geosciences at Olivet Nazarene University. He has a B.A. in Zoology, B.S. in Geology, and M.S. in Geology from the University of Kansas. His Ph.D. in Geology is from Washington University (St. Louis) and his Master of Pastoral Counseling is from Olivet. He has over four decades of teaching experience at Olivet. Believing that the best geologists are those who have seen the most rocks, he and his wife, Carol, travel widely. Their three children are Olivet grads. He enjoys exposing their five grandchildren to geological “adventures”. Carol and Max’s ministries include premarital counseling, relationship retreats, life coaching, and providing worship services at retirement facilities.

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Stephen Riley

Stephen Riley

Northwest Nazarene University

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

Born in Lancaster, Ohio to public school teachers, Stephen Riley did most of his growing up in Oklahoma City. After graduating from Southern Nazarene University, he met and married the love of his life and partner for the journey, Sarah, while serving as a youth pastor in Oklahoma. They moved to Dallas for grad school and served the local church there for nine years. Two years ago they moved to Idaho to live the dream of serving as a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Northwest Nazarene University. One of the greatest joys of his life is watching their four sons grow up.

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Steve Rodeheaver

Steve Rodeheaver

Southeast Church of the Nazarene

Senior Pastor

Steve and Vonda Rodeheaver have pastored Southeast Church of the Nazarene in San Diego, CA for 26 years. They have three children: Rebecca, Rachel, and John Mark. Steve also teaches part-time in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry at Point Loma Nazarene University.

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Mike Schutz

Mike Schutz

Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene

Senior Pastor

Mike Schutz has served as Senior Pastor of the Avon Grove Church of the Nazarene in southeastern Pennsylvania since 2002. This local parish ministry includes a worshipping community, early childhood education and after-school programming, summer day camp; collaborative compassionate ministry efforts assisting a diverse population with food, clothing, furniture, household goods, and healthcare; a collaborative youth community center; and a relational support, health and educational program for young mothers. From 1979-2002 he served at Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA.

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Ryan Scott

Ryan Scott

Pastor of a non-traditional missional engagement

Ryan Scott is a husband and father. He lives, loves, writes, preaches, in Middletown, Delaware. God has planted Ryan, his wife Katelynn, and their daughter Eva in the midst of a beautiful, burgeoning community where they’re committed to finding God at work and joining in. Ryan is a rabid fan of NCAA Division III basketball, board games, trivia, and maps. He’s an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, has been to the highest point in 28 states (so far) and publishes his mad ravings at onemorethingblog.blogspot.com.

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Jeremy  Scott

Jeremy Scott

North Street Community Church of the Nazarene

Pastor

Jeremy D. Scott has served as a pastor in Hingham, MA since 2006. A graduate of Eastern Nazarene College (B.A. in Mathematics, 2003) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div, 2006), he is currently enrolled at Boston University's School of Theology (STM). While the local church is his primary calling, Jeremy has taught at Eastern Nazarene College in both the traditional undergraduate and adult studies programs and serves in various roles on the New England District Church of the Nazarene. A married father of four, Jeremy enjoys traveling the back roads of New England, following Boston sports, and listening to good music. He loves to read and write and is currently interested in wrestling with the difficult relationship between truth and fact in the formation of faith.

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Steven M. Smith

Steven M. Smith

Geologist

Steven M. Smith earned a B.S. degree in Geology/Chemistry from Olivet Nazarene University in 1981 and an M.S. degree in Geology (specializing in Exploration Geochemistry) from the Colorado School of Mines in 1985. He has worked as a Mineral Exploration Geochemist and Environmental Geochemist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver, Colorado since 1982. This work has included mineral resource assessments of U.S. National Forests, BLM Wilderness Areas, and Indian Reservations; research in new geochemical exploration methodologies; and geochemical studies on the impact of mineral deposits and mining in the environment. Steve’s projects have involved fieldwork in remote mountains and wild places from Alaska to Mexico and from Virginia to California. Currently, Steve is the Project Chief for the USGS National Geochemical Database. Steve has served 21 years as the NMI president in his local church and currently serves as Worship Leader.

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Henry Spaulding

Henry Spaulding

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

University President

Henry Spaulding has served on faculty at Eastern Nazarene College, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has served in a number of roles in higher education as well as serving as a senior pastor in two Nazarene churches. His research interests have been in exploring the impact as intersection of postmodern philosophy on Wesleyan-Holiness theology. He has published four articles in the Wesleyan Theological Journal addressing several aspects of this intersection. Dr. Spaulding recently published We Believe: Engaging the Doctrinal Heritage of the Church of the Nazarene through MVNU. Dr. Spaulding currently serves as the President of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

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Rob L. Staples

Rob L. Staples

Nazarene Theological Seminary

Professor of Theology Emeritus

Rob L. Staples, A.B. Trevecca Nazarene University, 1951; B.D. Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1954; Th.D. Pacific School of Religion, 1963. Was a  pastor in California, 1954-1962.  Professor of Religion, Southern Nazarene University (1963 to 1976), Professor of Theology, Nazarene Theological Seminary (1976 to 1998).  A past president of the Wesleyan Theological Society.  Author of three books, co-author of four other books and approximately 100 published articles.  

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Brent Strawn

Brent Strawn

Chandler School of Theology, Emory University

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Brent A. Strawn is associate professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology and Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, where he is also a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, he is the author of numerous essays and editor of twelve books, most recently The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life (Oxford University Press, 2012).

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Randie Timpe

Randie Timpe

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Assistant to the Provost for Administration

An alumnus of Southern Nazarene University with baccalaureate study in religion, Dr. Timpe completed graduate study in psychology at Wichita State and Oklahoma State Universities. His scholarly interests have focused on the integration of psychology and theology, which membership in the Christian Association of Psychological Study strengthened. He serves as peer reviewer for the integration journals of Journal of Psychology and Christianity and Journal of Psychology and Theology and contributed to both editions of the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology. Professionally he held instructional and administrative responsibilities at Mount Vernon Nazarene University where his role is presently directed to accreditation, assessment and institutional effectiveness.

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Al Truesdale

Al Truesdale

Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics

Nazarene Theological Seminary

Dr. Al Truesdale is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Christian Ethics at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He and his wife live in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Seabrook, SC. Recently, Dr. Truesdale edited The Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology. Currently, he is editing/writing The Book of Saints (3 Vols., Beacon Hill Press).

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Eric Vail

Eric Vail

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Professor of Theology

Eric teaches theology at MVNU. Prior to his current place of ministry, he was a pastor on the Kansas City District where he was ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Eric is blessed with a wonderful wife and two boys with whom he looks forward to having many adventures.

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Alex Varughese

Alex Varughese

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Professor of Biblical Literature

Alex Varughese, Ph.D. in Old Testament, professor of Biblical Literature at Mount Vernon Nazarene, also holds Bachelor of Science (Zoology), Master of Science (Marine Biology), Master of Arts (Religion), and Master of Divinity degrees.

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Seth Waltemyer

Seth Waltemyer

Boston University School of Theology

Master of Divinity student

Seth Waltemyer received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion from Northwest Nazarene University. He continued study for a year and a half at Nazarene Theological Seminary and is currently finishing his Master of Divinity degree at Boston University School of Theology. His academic interests include interdisciplinary studies in science and religion, sociology, and modern Christian history after the Enlightenment. While in Boston he and his wife Katie have served on the church board and leadership team for two years at Cambridge First Church of the Nazarene.

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Burton Webb

Burton Webb

Northwest Nazarene University

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Burton Webb, PhD developed a love for biology at an early age, and growing up on a farm in central Michigan was the ideal place to begin exploring God's creation. He holds degrees in Zoology, Biology, Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Webb is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northwest Nazarene University and maintains a part time faculty appointment at his alma mater, the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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Dennis Williams

Dennis Williams

Southern Nazarene University

Professor of History and Geography

Dennis Williams has served as a professor of history at Southern Nazarene University since 1994, where he currently serves as Dean of Teaching and Learning. He earned a Ph.D. in history at Texas Tech University (1992) with an emphasis in American Environmental History and the History of American Science. His publications include God's Wilds: John Muir's Vision of Nature (Texas A&M University Press, 2002) and numerous essays, reviews and blog posts. He has also served as historian of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, editor of the American Society of Environmental History newsletter (ASEH News) and as managing editor of H-Environment, a Humanities Network (H-NET) forum and blog editor of the Davinci Institute blog (davinciok.org). As alluded to in his essay, Williams was raised on a cotton farm on the Texas South Plains. Currently living in Bethany, OK, he is happily married to wife Joyce and has three wonderful daughters all of whom provide him with constant inspiration and joy.

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Mark Winslow

Mark Winslow

Southern Nazarene University

Dean of the College of Natural, Social, and Health Sciences

Mark Winslow is the Dean of the College of Natural, Social, and Health Sciences at Southern Nazarene University (SNU) in Bethany, OK. He earned a B.S. in Physics from Greenville College, an M.S. in Physics from the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. in Science Education from Kansas State University. Previously, he taught physics and science education at the college level for 18 years. His research interests include understanding how college students accommodate evolution and religious beliefs; and working with undergraduates in developing pedagogical techniques and learning resources for physics and astronomy. Winslow grew up in Taiwan as a missionary kid. He's married with three children.

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Ronald W. Wright

Ronald W. Wright

Southern Nazarene University

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling

Ron Wright is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Southern Nazarene University. After graduating from Mount Vernon Nazarene College as a psychology major, he attended Fuller Theological Seminary where he received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a M.A. in Theology. Dr. Wright’s research interests include the integration of relational psychoanalysis and Wesleyan theology, the philosophical and moral assumptions embedded within psychological theory and how those relate to theological perspectives, the relationship of attachment states of mind to spiritual development (including image of God), and mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) approaches for examining cross-cultural perspectives on psychological well-being. He is married to Suzanne and they live in Bethany, OK with their two children, Emma and Zane.

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Donald Yerxa

Donald Yerxa

Eastern Nazarene College

Professor of History Emeritus

Donald A. Yerxa is emeritus professor of history at Eastern Nazarene College and director of ENC’s Honors Scholar Program. He is a graduate of ENC (1972) and received his M.A. (1974) and Ph.D. (1982) from the University of Maine. He is senior editor of Historically Speaking (published for The Historical Society by the Johns Hopkins University Press); editor of Fides et Historia (the journal of the Conference on Faith and History); and a contributing editor of Books & Culture. Yerxa is author, co-author, or editor of ten books, including (with Karl Giberson) Species of Origins: America’s Search for a Creation Story (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002) and most recently the edited volume British Abolitionism and the Question of Moral Progress in History (University of South Carolina Press, 2012).

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Shea Zellweger

Shea Zellweger

Overland Park Church of the Nazarene

Ministerial Intern

Shea Zellweger has been a minister in the Church of the Nazarene for 5 years, and holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from Andover Newton Theological School. He has published two books, one fiction and one theology, and has contributed content for several theology-related websites. Shea currently resides in Lenexa with his wife and son.

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