Nazarenes Exploring Evolution

The Leadership

Thomas J Oord

Thomas Oord

Thomas Jay Oord, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho.  He serves on the executive councils of several scholarly groups. Dr. Oord has written or edited 20 books, including Defining Love: A Philosophical, Scientific, and Theological Engagement (Brazos), and The Nature of Love: A Theology (Chalice). As well as being a professor, writer, and researcher, Dr. Oord also serves as an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.  Oord posts his scholarly and popular essays on his website.

Bob Branson

Bob Branson

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. He has written extensively for Illustrated Bible Life and Adult Faith Connections Sunday School materials as well as a number of scholarly articles. 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. 

Jennifer Chase

Jennifer Chase

Jennifer R. Chase, Ph.D. (Associate Professor) 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.

Scott Daniels

Scott Daniels

Scott Daniels, Ph.D., is currently serving as senior pastor of Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene as well as dean of Azusa Pacific University's School of Theology. He has more than 20 years of ministry in the church and Christian higher education. Previously, Daniels served as senior pastor of Richardson Church of the Nazarene in Richardson, Texas, where the Dallas District Church of the Nazarene named him Large Church Pastor of the Year in 2005. He became an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 1991.

Kerry Fulcher

Kerry Fulcher

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.

Phil Hamner

Phil Hamner

Rev. Philip R. Hamner is an elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  Since 2001, he has served as the Senior Pastor of the Overland Park Church of the Nazarene in Overland Park, KS.  Previously, he served congregations in Texas, Missouri and Indiana.  A graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (MDiv, Summa Cum Laude), Rev. Hamner did graduate studies at the University of Texas-Austin, and is currently enrolled in doctoral studies through Nazarene Theological College and the University of Manchester.  He has been married for 26 years to Rebecca, and they are the parents of one high school age son, Evan.  He is an avid fan of college football and Sporting Kansas City Soccer.

Mark Mann

Mark Mann

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.

Sherri Walker

Sherri Walker

Sherri Walker currently works as a strategy developer for a branding and design firm, 6foot4. After receiving a BA in Public Communications and then a Master of Arts in Religion from Northwest Nazarene University, she spent almost 10 years of her life in higher education and church ministry. She joined 6foot4 in 2011. She has a great desire for the Church to understand who she is, why she exists, and how to effectively communicate those values. Sherri, also, has a passion for Clifton Strengths Finder and loves helping people understand themselves better through this talent analysis. 

Mark Winslow

Mark Winslow

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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