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Stephen M King, Ph.D.
Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice757.352.4753

Stephen M King, Ph.D.


Dr. King has spent more than 28 years in higher education — most of them in Christian higher education, where he has taught at a variety of institutions (e.g., Washington State University, Oral Roberts University, Regent University, Campbell University, Patrick Henry College, Southeastern University, and Taylor University). After a 14-year hiatus he returns to Regent University.

Dr. King has pastored two churches (1996; 1997-98), launched his own speaking and writing ministry: Stephen King Ministries (2002-03); and was a licensed and ordained minister in the Eastern Virginia Conference (i.e., Redemption Ministries) of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC), as well an ordained and licensed minister under Bob Yandian Ministries, an independent ministerial organization affiliated with Grace Fellowship Church, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He has also engaged in overseas missions work (i.e., Peru in 1996), and been a frequent speaker and minister at various educational and ministerial venues.

Dr. King states, “My purpose is to establish a community of engagement and learning. College learners bring a wealth of experience, skills, and expertise to the online environment. It’s critical to prepare the opportunity for each student to address the content matter, whether in a discussion board, group presentation, or completion of assignment. Mastery of content is important, but faculty-student relationship is critical to exploration of the truth. Learning is a lifelong skill, a journey that is never completely fulfilled. Engagement, motivation, and learning are interrelated and reciprocal. I intend to meet the students where they are at, recognizing that it is an honor and privilege to be their instructor.”

Dr. King is a native Iowan. His wife Debbie hails from the panhandle of Idaho. They currently reside in Chesapeake, Virginia. They have two adult children, Michelle and Joshua. His research interests include Christian faith and politics, administrative ethics, spirituality and the workplace, and public policy analysis.


Bradley S. Chilton, Stephen M. King, Viviane E. Foyou, and J. Scott McDonald, The Profession of Administration in the Public Interests: Integrity, Utility and Duty, Revised and Updated, 2nd edition, Routledge Press, forthcoming September 2018.

Stephen M. King and Bradley S. Chilton, Administration in the Public Interest: Principles, Policies, and Practices. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2009.
Stephen M. King, God and Caesar: The Biblical Keys to Good Government and Community Action. Fairfax, VA: Xulon Press, 2002.
Journals (peer reviewed, 2016-18)
Stephen M. King and Abbylin Sellers (2018), “Judeo-Christian Leadership in the Public Sector,” A. Farazmand (Ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Policy, and Governance, Springer, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3588-1.

Steve Firestone and Stephen M. King (2018), “Spirituality, Suicide, and the Role of Military Chaplain,” SAGE Business Cases, forthcoming September 2018.

Bradley S. Chilton, Viviane E. Foyou, and Stephen M. King (2018), “Moral Readings of the Court: Discrimination Cases in the U.S. Supreme Court,” Public Integrity. https://doil.org/10.1080/10999922.2018.1433423.

Chelsi A. Creech and Stephen M. King (2018), “Navigating Inter-Generational Differences between Spirituality and Religious Behavior in the 21st Century Workplace: What We Can Learn from Boomers, Millennials, and Xer’s,” for publication in Satinder, D., Roberts, G., and Crossman, J. (Ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Stephen M. King, “Homeschooling as Social Policy (2016).” In A. Farazmand (Ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Policy, and Governance, Springer, Switzerland.
Book reviews (2016)
Stephen M. King, Review of Free to Serve: Faith-based Organizations and Religious Freedom, by Stephen Monsma and Stanley Carlson-Theis (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015), for Christian Scholar’s Review, vol. 46, no. 1 (Fall 2016): pp. 100-102

Selected conference paper presentations (2017-18)

Brad Chilton and Stephen M. King, “Plural Ethical Directionality Model: Empirical analysis of Public Administrators’ Moral Frameworks in Leading Supreme Court Cases,” submitted and accepted for presentation at the 2018 ASPA Annual Conference, March 9-13, 2018, Denver, CO.
Stephen M. King, “Influence and impact of virtue ethics upon the development of ethics courses in MPA program curriculum” on panel titled, “Ethics Education as a Tool for Developing Trust in Public Institutions” for the 2017 NASPAA Annual Conference, October 11-13, 2017, Washington D.C.

Co-author with Bradley S. Chilton, James A. Woods, and Viviane E. Foyou, “Beyond Ethics for Bureaucrats: The Moral Reading of the Constitution in Discrimination Cases by Race, Ethnicity, Religion, Gender, Sexuality, and Disabilities,” presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Sheraton Hotel, Atlanta, GA, March 17-21, 2017.

Co-presenter with Bradley S. Chilton, James A. Woods, and James Savra, “State of Teaching Ethics in the MPA: The Impact of the 2013 ASPA Code of Ethics,” Presentation title: “Impact on MPA Program Webpages…: The 2013 ASPA Code of Ethics,” presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Sheraton Hotel, Atlanta, GA, March 17-21, 2017.


American Political Science Association (APSA)
American Society of Public Administration (ASPA)

  • Section on Ethics and Integrity in Governance (SEIGov)
  • Hampton Roads Chapter of ASPA

Christians in Political Science (CPS)


Leadership Position in Academics:

  • Adjunct Scholar, Indiana Policy Review Foundation, November 2012-15, Craig Ladwig, Executive Director
  • Vice-President of Christians in Political Science (2010-12)
  • President (1985-86) and Vice-President (1984-85) of Pi Sigma Alpha (UMC chapter)

Honor Societies, Clubs and Student associations:

  • Who’s Who in America? (1999-2000)
  • Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, (1981-82); Locke and Key Political Science Club (1981-83)


  • Five Year Meritorious Service Award, Oral Roberts University Faculty (1991-96)
  • American Citizenship Award (1979), Iowa State Bar Association and Iowa State Bar Foundation