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 Universityâ€™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!
Margaret Watkins earned her B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame. She will be joining the philosophy department at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, in the fall of 2009. Her scholarship is in early modern philosophy and ethics, with a particular emphasis on the moral philosophy of David Hume. She also has interests in the intersection between philosophy and literature, especially concerning Jane Austen and the virtues. Her publications appear in such journals as Hume Studies, Philosophy and Literature, and Inquiry.
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.
Professor of Theology and Ethics
Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
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 (PhD 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 associate 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, and he recently became a member of the Scott County School Board. Roger and Elaine and their daughters Rachel and Kara live in Georgetown and attend Faith Baptist Church.Â 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.
Regents Park College
Director of the Great Texts Program and Associate Professor of Philosophy
Ralph C. Wood, University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas A&M University-Commerce, as well as M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. From 1971-97 he taught on the faculty of Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he was the John Allen Easley Professor of Religion from 1994. At Baylor, he teaches in both the Great Texts program and the Department of Religion. He serves as an editor-at-large for the Christian Century and as a member of the editorial board of the Flannery Oâ€™Connor Review as well as VII: An Anglo-American Literary Review (devoted to the work of George MacDonald, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers and Owen Barfield. His first book, published in 1988 and still in print from the University of Notre Dame Press, is entitled The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists (Flannery Oâ€™Connor, Walker Percy, John Updike, and Peter De Vries). He is also the author of Contending for the Faith: The Churchâ€™s Engagement with Culture (Baylor, 2003); The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth (Westminster John Knox, 2004); Flannery Oâ€™Connor and the Christ-Haunted South (Eerdmans, 2004); Literature and Theology (Abingdon, 2008); Preaching and Professing: Sermons by a Teacher Seeking to Proclaim the Gospel (Eerdmans, 2009).