Planning Team

Andy Chambers


Andy Chambers serves as Vice President for Student Development and Professor of Bible at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis. He earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and an MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a focus on New Testament literary criticism and homiletics. He has done additional study at Baylor University and Harvard University’s Institute for Education Management. He speaks regularly in church and conference settings and writes for a variety of Christian publications. Andy is one of the founding editors of the faith and learning journal Integrite. He is also working on a book for Broadman and Holman Academic entitled Exemplary Life: A Theology of Church Life in Acts, due out in 2012. He and his wife Diana have four children. They live in St. Louis, Missouri. Go Cardinals!


Brad Creed


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Brad Creed is Provost at Samford University. Brad joined the planning team of the Young Scholars in 2013.

Douglas Henry

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Douglas Henry serves Baylor University as Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Honors College and Master of Brooks Residential College. He is the former director of Baylor’s Institute for Faith and Learning. His degrees include a B.A. in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. In addition work in ancient philosophy and in ethics, his research includes the history, philosophy, and theology of Christian higher education. His articles have appeared in American Baptist Quarterly, Christian Reflection, Christian Scholar’s Review, Faith and Philosophy, Logos, Perspectives in Religious Studies, and Philosophia Christi. He is co-editor of Faithful Learning and the Christian Scholarly Vocation (Eerdmans, 2003), Christianity and the Soul of the University: Faith as a Foundation for Intellectual Community (Baker Academic, 2006), and The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education (Baylor University Press, 2007). He is married to Michele Henry-Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and Director of the Women’s Choir at Baylor-and they are the parents of a three-year-old, Zachary. Among his hobbies and interests are playing tennis, reading P.G. Wodehouse, traveling the world, visiting beautiful churches, and being asked to give good arguments in defense of important ideas.


Sheila Klopfer

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Sheila Klopfer is Associate Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion Department at Georgetown College.  Sheila joined the planning team of the Young Scholars in 2010.


Elizabeth Newman

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B.A., Wake Forest University; M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Duke University

Professor Newman joined the faculty of BTSR in 2002 after serving on the faculty at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, for twelve years. She is the author of Untamed Hospitality: Welcoming God and Other Strangers (Brazos Press, 2007) and Attending the Wounds on Christ’s Body: Teresa’s Scriptural Vision, (Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2012). Professor Newman has written numerous articles in the areas of theology and ethics. She currently serves on the editorial board of Studies in Baptist History and Thought and Baptist Quarterly. She is co-chair of the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Baptist Doctrine and Christian Unity, and has served as a participant in BWA Conversations with the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. Professor Newman was named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2009.


Roger Ward 

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Roger Ward is professor and chair of Philosophy at Georgetown College where he also directs the Center for Christian Discernment and Academic Leadership. Ward is a graduate of Penn State (BS 84) Southwestern Baptist Seminary (MDiv 90) Baylor (MA 91) and Penn State (Ph.D. 96). His research and writing focus on American figures, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Peirce, John Dewey, William James, and contemporary issues of pragmatism and business ethics. He is editor of The Pluralist, the journal of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy, and former president of the Kentucky Philosophical Association and the Baptist Association of Philosophy Teachers. Since 2009 Roger has served on the Scott County School Board, which he currently chairs. Roger and Elaine have two daughters, Rachel and Kara, and they live in Georgetown and attend Faith Baptist Church.  They enjoy traveling together, especially to the beach, and Roger is an avid cyclist intent on exploring all the many byways of the Kentucky Bluegrass.