Professors


Christian professors come from around the world to spend time investing in students and helping them to love God with all their heart, soul,
mind, and strength.

Christian Studies Center professors have studied and taught at some of the finest schools in the world including:

Yale University
University of Oxford
Duke University
University of St. Andrews
University of Cambridge


Below is a full list of CSC instructors:

Ben Witherington III

Dr. Ben Witherington III

B.A., University of North Carolina
M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Durham, England

Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Ben is one of the top evangelical scholars in the world and was elected to the SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies. He is one of the most published living writers and has already published 37 books, including several novels. His work includes,
Women and the Genesis of Christianity, The Jesus Quest and The Gospel Code: Novel Claims About Jesus. Ben has also written a commentary on every book of the New Testament, making him one of only a handful of living people to have accomplished this. Now, with a commentary done on every New Testament book individually, he is turning his attention to combining the whole New Testament in a two volume set. More than an average armchair philosopher, Ben takes his teaching outside the classroom with a traveling course on New Testament sites in Greece and Israel. He has also made television appearances on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network. Despite constantly expanding his huge body of work, Ben takes time to compose music, watch baseball, and spend time with his two children.

Areas of Specialty: Women in the New Testament, the Historical Jesus, Christologies of the New Testament, Pauline Exegesis and Theology, Johannine Exegesis and Theology, Women in Ministry, the Jesus Seminar

Courses taught at the CSC:
Women in the New Testament

Daniel Strait

Dr. Daniel Strait

B.A., Houghton College
M.A., Florida Atlantic University
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Dan Strait is Professor of English at Asbury College and serves as an editorial board member of
The Chesterton Review. Dan is popular in the classroom and engages students through his exploration of the intersections of literature, philosophy and religion. Much of his research and writing has focused on Shakespearean drama and Renaissance culture. He has presented several notable papers on religious experience in English poetry and presented a paper on the topic in 2008 at the International George Herbert conference held at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro: "George Herbert's Travels: International Print and Cultural Legacies." In addition, he has published numerous articles on Emily Dickinson, G. K. Chesterton, George Bernard Shaw and Joseph Mitchell. Dan and his wife of 21 years have two children and live in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Areas of Specialty: Exploring the intersections of literature, philosophy, and religion, especially in Shakespearean drama and Renaissance literature

Courses taught at the CSC:
C. S. Lewis and the Oxford Circle

Devin Brown

Dr. Devin Brown

B.A., Culver-Stockton College
M.A., Eastern Illinois University
M.A., University of Florida
Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Devin Brown is Professor of English at Asbury College and a Lilly Scholar. Brown is one of the most celebrated Lewis scholars and is the author of
Inside Narnia: A Guide to Exploring The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Inside Prince Caspian. He has also signed a contract to write a third book about Narnia, Inside the Voyage of the Dawn Treader. He has presented scholarly papers on Lewis at several places including Oxford, London and the University of Wroclaw and published original poetry in literary journals, including Connecticut Review, Wind and The Chaffin Review. Devin also enjoys writing for a younger audience, and his novel for kids, Not Exactly Normal was named a Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Book and has been listed on Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year. Devin’s wife, Sharon, is associate professor of physical education at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, where the two of them live with their cat, Mr. Fluff.

Areas of Specialty: C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia, Poetry

Courses taught at the CSC:
C. S. Lewis and the Oxford Circle

Jerry L. Walls

Dr. Jerry L. Walls

B.A., Houghton College
M.Div., Princeton Seminary
S.T.M., Yale Divinity School
Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

Jerry Walls is one of the most respected Christian philosophers in America.  His engaging, energetic lectures make Jerry a student favorite, and his lively debates outside the classroom help students learn to think and communicate Christianly on a variety of topics. For many years, Jerry taught at Asbury Theological Seminary and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame.  He has authored and edited nearly a dozen books and has been a contributor to almost 20 others.  Jerry has published a pair of books that make a philosophical defense of Christian views on the afterlife, 
Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy and Hell: The Logic of Damnation. He is also an editor of a volume in the prestigious Oxford Handbook series, The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology.  Two of his other books explore the thought of C.S. Lewis, C. S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer (with Scott Burson) and The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy (with Gregory Bassham). Not merely a cut and dry philosopher, Jerry also won a national poetry contest in his college years, and in 2009, he published his first book of poetry Who Watch For The Morning. When he is not writing books, Jerry serves as a pastor, guest lecturer or avid sports fan.

Areas of Specialty: C.S. Lewis, Heaven and Hell, Calvinism and Arminianism

Courses taught at the CSC:
Philosophy of C. S. Lewis.
Philosophy of Religion

Jonathan Pennington

Dr. Jonathan Pennington

B.A., Northern Illinois University
M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Ph.D., University of St. Andrews

Jonathan Pennington is Assistant Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville and is known for his fun and engaging teaching style.  Jonathan is author of
Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew and Cosmology and New Testament Theology as well as several Greek and Hebrew reference works. He is also a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Tyndale Fellowship, the Institute for Biblical Research and the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies. He currently lives in Louisville, Kentucky where he leads worship at his church. He and his wife, Tracy, have six musically-talented children who all play at least two instruments.

Areas of Specialty: Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew, the Lord's Supper in the Synoptics, the Theology of Work, Virtue of Ethics in the Sermon on the Mount

Courses taught at the CSC:
Understanding the New Testament

Joseph Okello

Dr. Joseph Okello

Th.B., Scott Theological College
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary
M.A., University of Kentucky
Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Joseph Okello is a visiting assistant professor of philosophy of Christian religion at Asbury Theological Seminary. His motivating preaching style is largely influenced by his Kenyan background, which brings a fresh perspective to many American institutions. As a student at Asbury, Joseph earned the Philosophy and the Christian apologetics award and the Frank Bateman Stanger award for excellence in preaching. Joseph has a rich, melodious voice that earned him a Masters degree in church music and which makes listening to him in the classroom enjoyable.  He has taught at several schools, including Asbury Seminary and Scott Theological College, and is the author of numerous articles and books, including
Revisiting God: A Commonsense Approach to Theism. He has also served as a pastor and choral director at Africa Inland Church and lives with his wife, Sophia.

Areas of Specialty: Naturalism and Supernaturalism, Logic, Ethics (christian and professional), Death and Dying, the Problem of Evil

Courses taught at the CSC:
Philosophy of Science

Kevin Kinghorn

Dr. Kevin Kinghorn

B.A., Emory University
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
S.T.M., Yale University Divinity School
D.Phil., University of Oxford, The Queen's College

Kevin Kinghorn is associate professor of philosophy at Asbury Theological Seminary and was elected to the Theology faculty at Oxford University. Kevin did his Ph.D. studies under Richard Swinburne, one of the most renowned Christian philosophers in the world. He has since published numerous essays and is the author of
The Decision of Faith: Can Christian Beliefs Be Freely Chosen. Kevin also loves to bike near his home in central Kentucky and lives in a 100 year-old farmhouse with his wife Barbara, and two children.

Areas of Specialty: Philosophy of religion and philosophical theology

Courses taught at the CSC:
Philosophy of Religion

Mark Trump

Mark Trump

B.A., Messiah College
M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary (Biblical Studies)
M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary (Theological Studies)
Ph.D. Candidate, Marquette University

Mark has balanced two worlds and passions by combining his experience as a Pastor for the last 12 years with the pursuit of his education. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in New Testament at Marquette University and the pastor of a growing United Methodist Church in Union Grove, Wisconsin. He has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary as a Language Teaching Fellow and is an adjunct instructor at Carthage College and Marquette University.  As a Pastor/Student he is passionate about the intersection of faith, biblical and theological studies and culture. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.


Areas of Specialty: Johannine studies, Pauline theology

Courses taught at the CSC:
Understanding the New Testament

Philip Tallon

Dr. Philip Tallon

B.A., University of South Florida
M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Saint Andrews

Phil Tallon is Director of Academic Programs and one of the founding members of The Christian Studies Center at The University of Kentucky. He is also an adjunct instructor in philosophy and theology at Asbury Theological Seminary and Asbury College. At the University of Saint Andrews, he was part of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts.  He has published numerous articles and essays on theology, philosophy and different aspects of pop culture, with his essays appearing in books such as
Hitchcock and PhilosophySuperheroes and Philosophy, The Hobbit and Philosophy.  However, his work extends beyond essays, as he is the editor for The Philosophy of Sherlock Holmes (forthcoming from University Press of Kentucky) and has written multiple plays, including an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's The Great Divorce. Phil also enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters (family bike rides and snow skiing are favorite family activities).

Courses taught at the CSC:
Faith and Film
Philosophy of C. S. Lewis
Christian Theology
Ethics
Philosophy of Religion


Areas of Specialty
: Christian Theology, C. S. Lewis, Philosophy, Theology and Culture

Robert E. Coleman

Dr. Robert E. Coleman

B.D., Asbury Theological Seminary
M.Th., Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Iowa
D.D., Trinity International University

Robert Coleman is Distinguished Professor of Discipleship and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell South Hamilton. Robert is the author of hundreds of books and articles, including
The Master Plan of Evangelism and The Mind of the Master, and translations of his books are published in over 100 languages. He is also a popular preacher and speaker and averages about 35 speaking engagements each year at churches, conferences and student gatherings around the world. Widely known for his ministry as a disciple-maker and evangelist, he currently serves on the Mission America Facilitation Committee as well as many international mission boards. Before coming to Gordon-Conwell South Hamilton, he was director of the School of World Mission and Evangelism at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for 18 years. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his children and grandchildren, and keeping up with those he has discipled.

Courses taught at the CSC:
Introduction to Communication

Areas of Specialty: Theology of Evangelism and the Revival, Lifestyle of the Great Commission





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