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Amos Yong (Ph.D., Boston University) is J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and dean at the School of Divinity of Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He has been a credentialed minister with the Assemblies of God for over 25 year and has authored or edited two dozen volumes on a wide range of theological topics (see website for details), almost all of which relate to the worldwide renewing work of the Holy Spirit. He was voted as president-elect of the Society for Pentecostal Studies in 2006, and served as program chair for the annual meeting in 2008. Current Research Interests and Projects: Global Pentecostalism, Pentecostalism and science, political theology, liberation and disability theology, and interfaith encounter. He and his wife, Alma, reside in Chesapeake, Virginia, and have three grown children.
Estrelda Alexander (Ph.D., the Catholic University of America) is professor of theology. Additionally she holds a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Sociology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Sociology from Howard University. Prior to coming to Regent, she was associate dean for Community Life at Wesley Theological Seminary (where she also taught historical theology, holiness and Pentecostal movements, and Christian formation) and adjunct professor of theology at Trinity College (where she taught the African American Religious Experience). She is the author of several articles on issues of race and gender in the church, and on the Pentecostal and charismatic movements. Her first book The Women of Azusa Street (Pilgrim Press 2005) examines the lives and ministries of nineteen women who played a significant role in the revival that was one of the main starting points of the Pentecostal movement. She is currently working on a second volume: Black Fire: One Hundred Years of African American Pentecostalism for InterVarsity Press.
Kimberly Ervin Alexander (Ph.D., Open University/St. John's, Nottingham) is associate professor of church history. Before joining the faculty at Regent University in 2011, Dr. Alexander held the positions of Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Assistant Vice-President for Academics at Pentecostal Theological Seminary. She was a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies executive committee from 2008 until 2012. During her tenure on that committee she served as program chair of the 2010 meeting and as president of the society in 2011. She is the author of Pentecostal Healing: Models of Theology and Practice winner of the 2007 Award for Excellence in Pentecostal Scholarship from the Foundation of Pentecostal Scholarship. She has been the co-recipient of a major research grant from the University of Akron that funded research in the relationship between Spirit baptism and benevolent activity. Current Research Interests: early Pentecostal spirituality, women in the Holiness and Pentecostal movements and inter-disciplinary approaches to theological research.
Clifton Clark (Ph.D., University of Birmingham)Dr Clifton R. Clarke was born in England. He is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God and has served in the ministry for nearly twenty five years teaching and pastoring both in Europe and Africa. He has studied in various universities in the UK and currently holds a B.A (Nottingham University), a M.A (University of Derby) and a PhD (University of Birmingham). Prior to moving to Ghana he taught Intercultural Theology at Nottingham University Department of Theology for five years, while serving at the assistant Pastor of the Church of God in Nottingham England. In 1997 he and his family moved to West Africa, Ghana to serve as a missionary lecturer, where they lived and worked until 2007. In 2008 Dr Clarke accepted the position in at Regent University as the Associate Professor of Global Missions and World Christianity. He is also the director of the Center for Global Mission. He travels widely teaching and preaching throughout Africa, Europe and America and feels strongly that today's ministers have to be highly equipped and trained. His most recent book is African Christology that was published by Wipf and Stock in 2011.
Dale M. Coulter (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is the Associate Professor of Historical Theology and the interim Director for the Doctor of Philosophy program. Prior to coming to Regent he taught at Lee University and directed the graduate program in religion. His area of specialty is the High Middle Ages and he has recently published 'Per visibilia ad invisibilia': Theological Method in Richard of St. Victor (d. 1173) with Brepols. He has also co-edited (along with Boyd Taylor Coolman) Trinity and Creation (Victorine Texts in Translation 1), a selection of works from writers associated with the twelfth century Abbey of St. Victor and serves on the editorial board for the series. In addition to his work on the Abbey of St. Victor, he has published a popular book entitled, Holiness: The Beauty of Perfection and currently serves as co-editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. Current Research Interests and Projects: High Middle Ages, Abbey of St. Victor, the role of the affections, theological trajectories in early Pentecostalism.
Matthew E. Gordley (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is associate professor of New Testament and associate dean of academics in the School of Divinity. His research and teaching focuses on understanding the New Testament in its Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts. He has published two volumes with Mohr Siebeck: Teaching through Song in Antiquity: Didactic Hymnody among Greeks, Romans, Jews and Christians (2011), and The Colossian Hymn in Context: An Exegesis in Light of Jewish and Greco-Roman Hymnic and Epistolary Conventions (2007). In 2012 he was elected as a member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. Current Research Interests and Projects: His current research seeks to integrate new perspectives on early Judaism and ancient Greco-Roman culture into a coherent and culturally sensitive reading of the Pauline corpus.
Peter Gräbe (Doctor Divinitatis, University of Pretoria)
St. Augustine (354-430 AD) formulated the approach to theology — followed by thousands of scholars through the centuries — with the words credo ut intelligam ("I believe in order to understand"). This same approach was formulated by Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109 AD) as fides quaereus intellectum : "faith seeking understanding." It is an honor to consider myself within this tradition of men and women whose theology is based upon faith and a high appreciation for the infallibility of Scripture. Whether you are preparing for a preaching, counseling, or academic ministry it is my prayer that the power of God will be a daily reality in your life. Peter Gräbe (Doctor Divinitatis, University of Pretoria) did extensive doctoral research in Münster, Germany and post-doctoral research in Munich, as well as at the University of Cambridge (U.K.) as a Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall. Professor Gräbe is a member of the international Society for the Study of the New Testament (SNTS), Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), and Institute for Biblical Research (IBR).
Néstor Medina is a Latino-Canadian theologian with a BRE (Education), MTS (Bible), MA (theology), and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, Toronto School of Theology. He is assistant professor of theology and culture at Regent University School of Divinity. Originally from Guatemala, he spends much time studying the development of Pentecostalism in Latin America and among Latinas/os in the US and Canada. He is co-chair of the Religion, culture and society group and steering committee of the Religion in Latin America group of the American Academy of Religion, and member of various academic organizations. He is an ordained minister of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. He was the keynote speaker for the Canadian Theological Students Association (CTSA) in Ottawa, May 2012. He has published articles on Liberation Theology, Pentecostalism, and he is the author of Mestizaje: (Re)Mapping Race," Culture, and Faith in Latina/o Catholicism winner of the Hispanic Theological Initiative book award for 2012. His areas of research and interest are: Popular religion, culture and theology, liberation theologies, Postcolonial and Intercultural discourses, Latina/o Pentecostalism, and pneumatology.
Michael Palmer Michael Palmer is professor of philosophy of the School of Divinity. Dr. Palmer's university education includes B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy. He has published numerous professional articles and three books: Names, Reference and Correctness in Plato's Cratylus (1988); Elements of a Christian Worldview (1998) and The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice (2012).
Dr. Palmer's professional expertise is in moral theory, social ethics, and worldview. He has taught numerous classes and seminars on themes relating to understanding and developing a Christian worldview. The 2002 winner of E.M. and Estella Clark Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service, he has been listed five times in Who's Who among America's Teachers.
Kevin Spawn (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is associate professor of Old Testament. Before moving to Regent he taught at Simpson University and the Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies. His dissertation was published by de Gruyter in 2002 under the title "As It Is Written" and Other Citation Formulae in the Old Testament: Their Use, Development, Syntax and Significance. He is currently the lead editor and contributor to Spirit & Scripture: Examining a Pneumatic Hermeneutic to be published by T. & T. Clark. He also continues his work on studies in the Book of Chronicles as well as in the semantics of ancient Hebrew. Current Research Interests and Projects: biblical hermeneutics in the renewal tradition; Sacred Song and Chronicles; postexilic prophets; Old Testament biblical theology; Psalms; the semantics of ancient Hebrew.
Vinson Synan (Ph.D., University of Georgia) served as dean of the School of Divinity at Regent University from 1994 to June, 2006. He has been one of the main inspiring forces behind our new Ph.D. program and is the leading historian on the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement. He was general secretary of the Pentecostal Holiness Church from 1973 to 1977, assistant general superintendent from 1977 to 1981, and director of evangelism from 1981 to 1986, spending a dozen years in classical Pentecostal denominational leadership. His activity in the International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue in 1973 (core member, 1976-81) foreshadowed his later participation in ecumenical and charismatic leadership. Since 1986, he has chaired the New Orleans Congresses on the Holy Spirit and world evangelization, which have attracted more than 40,000 Charismatics and have deepened cooperation and understanding between Pentecostals and Charismatics. His 15 published books include The Holiness-Pentecostal Movement in the United States (1971), revised as The Holiness-Pentecostal Tradition: Charismatic Movements in the Twentieth Century (1997), as well as histories of his college (Emmanuel College ) and his denomination (The Old-Time Power: A History of the Pentecostal Holiness Church ). His most recent writings include Charismatic Bridges (1974), Aspects of Pentecostal Origins (1975), Azuza Street (1980), In the Latter Days (1984), The Twentieth-Century Pentecostal Explosion (1987), The Century of the Holy Spirit: 100 Years of Pentecostal and Charismatic Renewal (2001) and Voices of Pentecost (2003). Current Research Interests and Projects: Autobiography, healing views of Dr. David Yonggi Cho.
Graham H. Twelftree (Ph.D., Nottingham University) is a distinguished professor of New Testament in our Ph.D. program. He received his master's degree from Oxford University and his Ph.D. under the supervision of James D.G. Dunn at Nottingham with a dissertation on Jesus, the Exorcist: A Contribution to the Study of the Historical Jesus, published by Mohr Siebeck and Hendrickson in 1993. Through his writings, such as Jesus the Miracle Worker, Dr. Twelftree has made a significant contribution to what has been called the third quest for the historical Jesus. He has written articles for the Dictionary of Jesus in the Gospels published by IVP and at present is completing a monograph on the church in Luke, People of the Spirit (London: SPCK). He also serves on the editorial board of The Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Sheffield Academic Press). Current Research Interests and Projects: the historical Jesus, the miracles of Jesus, Jesus and ancient magic, exorcism among early Christians, Saint Paul and the miraculous, the ecclesiology of Luke-Acts, Jesus and the synagogue, the Sanhedrin.
Wolfgang Vondey (Ph.D., Marquette University) is an associate professor of systematic theology. He received his M.Div. from the Church of God Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN) and M.A. from Philipps University Marburg, Germany. He taught theology at Boston College from 2003-2005. Born and raised in Germany, he also lived in Japan for a number of years, where he studied at Keiō University, Tokyo, and later worked as Coordinator for International Relations on behalf of the Japanese government in Okinawa. He has published various articles and essays on themes relating to an understanding of the Holy Spirit and the Church. His book, Heribert Mühlen: His Theology and Praxis (University Press of America, 2004), investigates the concept of a renewal liturgy in the work of Roman Catholic theologian Heribert Mühlen. His latest book, People of Bread: A Fresh Understanding of the Church (Paulist Press, forthcoming), tells the story of God’s people based on the biblical image of bread. He is currently working on a scientific pneumatology roughly entitled, The Holy Spirit in the Physical Universe, and on an examination of global theology called Beyond Pentecostalism: The Task of Theology in the 21st Century. Current Research Interests and Projects: global theology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, ecumenical theology, renewal and liturgy, the nature and purpose of the Church, theology and science.
Mark Wilson (D.Litt. et Phil., University of South Africa) is visiting professor of Early Christianity. He received his M.A. in Biblical Studies at Regent University. Dr. Wilson taught New Testament studies at Oral Roberts University from 1997-2001. His revised doctoral thesis The Victor Sayings in the Book of Revelation was published by Wipf & Stock in 2007. He is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and reviews including a commentary on Revelation (Zondervan) and Charts of the Book of Revelation (Kregel). Most recently he has published Biblical Turkey, a guide to the Jewish and Christian sites in Asia Minor. He is also the author of a number of articles in the Dictionary of the Bible and its Reception (De Gruyter) and the Baker Bible Handbook. As founder and director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, biblical Attalia, he and his wife have lived in Turkey since 2004. Dr. Wilson leads the Divinity study abroad tours each spring to biblical sites in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Israel, and Jordan. Dr. Wilson was one of the excavators of the synagogue at Priene and writes a regular blog for the BAR's Bible History Daily. Current Research Interests and Projects: Seven Churches of Revelation, Paul's missionary journeys, Roman roads in the eastern Mediterranean, Peter's Anatolian communities, Divine guidance in the book of Acts, Roman imperial cult, Archaeology of early Judaism and Christianity in Asia Minor, Jewish and Christian inscriptions.
Archie T. Wright (Ph.D., University of Durham) is assistant professor of biblical studies. He received his Master's in Ancient Languages and Early Judaism from Oral Roberts University. His Ph.D. dissertation, titled Breaching the Cosmic Order: Reception of Genesis 6:1–4 in Enochic and Philonic Judaism, was supervised by Loren T. Stuckenbruck and Robert Hayward at Durham. The dissertation was published by Mohr Siebeck in 2005 under the title The Origin of Evil Spirits. Current projects include a volume on demonology in the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint and the New Testament. He is also working with Loren Stuckenbruck and others on a volume which will bring together all the major Ethiopic and Greek manuscripts of 1 Enoch. Dr. Wright’s primary interest is the reception of Hebrew Bible traditions in early Judaism and early Christianity. Current Research Interests and Projects: second Temple Judaism, origins of Christianity, the Dead Sea Scrolls, biblical demonology, Pseudepigrapha and the New Testament, interpreting the Hebrew Bible in early Jewish literature and the New Testament, and biblical hermeneutics.