2011 Participants

James W. Anderson

MD Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky

Jim Anderson graduated from Northwestern Medical School and trained in internal medicine and endocrinology at the Mayo Clinic. He has served on the faculty at the University of California in San Francisco and the University of Kentucky. He recently moved to Hermitage, TN with his wife to be near family. His research interests relate to diabetes, blood lipid disorders, obesity, and nutrition. He pioneered use of high fiber diets for treatment of diabetes and obesity and launched the ‚Äúoat bran craze.‚Ä̬† Currently, he is investigating the health benefits of meditation; he has published on the health benefits of Transcendental Meditation and now is studying Centering Prayer and neurotheology. He has published almost 400 research articles, book chapters, education articles and books. His book, ‚ÄúThe Simple Diet‚ÄĚ is scheduled for publication in December, 2011. Jim has been married to Gay for 54 years. They have two children and five granddaughters (three in TN). He has been active at Calvary Baptist Church, Lexington, KY where he served as deacon and taught Sunday School. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Georgetown College in KY intermittently for 20 years and served as Chair for 3 years.

Andrew Black

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Doctoral Candidate, University of Dayton
B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., Truett Theological Seminary (Baylor University); M.A., Baylor University

Andy came to the University of Dayton in 2006. For the past four years, he has taught undergraduate courses in Christian Theology, World Religions, Christian Ethics, Modern Catholic History, and History of Religion in the United States (at Wright State University). He has presented papers at National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion national and regional meetings, as well as the Conference on Faith and History. In 2009, he participated in a training session with the Society for Scriptural Reasoning (Christians, Jews, and Muslims reading and discussing their sacred texts together). His primary interests are in the areas of the areas of theologies of history and ecumenical theology. He was recently awarded a UD graduate school fellowship that will give significant assistance as he completes his dissertation, which examines the life and thought of nineteenth-century American theologian John W. Nevin. Andy lives with his wife, Jennifer, a birth parent counselor for Catholic Social Services and their son, Jonathan, who was born last October. They are members of First Baptist Church of Dayton, where Jennifer has served as a Deacon and Andy has taught Sunday school and chaired the Worship Board.

Andy Chambers

BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology, MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Andy serves as Senior Vice President for Student Development and Professor of Bible at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis focusing 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. He loves conversations about the intersection of faith and culture. Andy is one of the founding editors of the faith and learning journal Intégrité 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!

Mack Dennis

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Doctor of Theology Candidate, Duke Divinity School
B.A., UNC-Chapel Hill; M.Div., Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Mack is entering his third year in the Th.D. program at Duke Divinity School, where he is concentrating in the areas of homiletics and reconciliation.   He intends to continue focusing his research on the difference preaching makes in cultures torn apart by violence.  He is a member of Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, an active participant in the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, and a frequent guest preacher in churches throughout North Carolina.  An ordained Baptist minister, Mack served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Mt. Gilead, NC, for five years.  He and his wife, Erin, a social worker, have one son, Liam, born this past February.

Jordan Rowan Fannin

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B.A. in English from Baylor, M.A. in Theological Studies from the University of Dayton, PhD candidate Baylor University.

Jordan will begin her second year in the Ph.D. program in theology at Baylor University this fall.¬† She¬†suffers from¬†too many interests, but tries to limit herself to writing about theology and literature, as well as¬†ethics, especially relating to the church¬†and urban issues.¬† In a past life, she also had a “real” job¬†- if one considers political employment in D.C.¬†any more “real” than being a graduate student!¬† She has presented at the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (Region at large), and is quite nervous about her presentation at the American Academy of Religion this fall.¬† Jordan is constantly reminded about life outside of coursework by her husband, Coleman (a previous YSBA participant and probable session-crasher this year), and¬†her two year old daughter, Cora, who is joyful, willful, and already smarter than both her parents.¬† Perpetua and Felicity, their two cats of YSBA lore, remain alive and well, though they are currently on a diet.

Paul S. Fiddes

Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Oxford; Director of Research, Regent’s Park College, Oxford.

B.A., University of Oxford; M.A., University of Oxford; D.Phil., University of Oxford; D.D., University of Oxford.

Paul has taught in the Faculty of Theology at Oxford since 1971, with particular responsibilities at Regent’s Park College and St. Peter’s College. He was Principal of Regent’s Park College from 1989 to 2007. He is currently a co-editor of Ecclesiology, co-Chair of international conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and the Roman Catholic Church and an ecumenical representative on the General Synod of the Church of England. His publications include The Creative Suffering of God (Oxford University Press, 1988); Past Event and Present Salvation: the Christian Idea of Atonement (Darton, Longman and Todd/ Westminster Press 1989); Freedom and Limit: A Dialogue between Literature and Christian Doctrine (Macmillan Press, 1991/ Mercer University Press, 1999); The Promised End. Eschatology in Theology and Literature (Blackwell, 2000); Participating in God. A Pastoral Doctrine of the Trinity (Darton, Longman and Todd/Westminster, 2000); Tracks and Traces. Baptist Identity in Church and Theology (Paternoster Press, 2003). He is a minister in the Baptist Union of Great Britain, and his wife Marion is a Project Manager in the National Health Service.

Steven R. Harmon

Adjunct Professor of Christian Theology, Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity.
B.A., Howard Payne University; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Steve followed his wife Kheresa, who serves as Director of Admissions for the Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity (and previously served in the same capacity at Campbell University Divinity School), to Gardner-Webb in September 2010. He previously served on the faculties of Campbell University Divinity School (1998-2008) and¬†Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School (2008-2010) and as Visiting Professor at Duke University Divinity School (2007). Steve is the author of Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity (Cascade Books, 2010), Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision (Paternoster, 2006), and Every Knee Should Bow: Biblical Rationales for Universal Salvation in Early Christian Thought (University Press of America, 2003), and has published numerous journal articles and essays on ecumenical theology, Baptist theology, and patristics. He is Book Review Editor for Perspectives in Religious Studies, a plenary member of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, and was a member of the Baptist World Alliance joint international commissions for conversations with the Anglican Consultative Council and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Steve and¬†Kheresa have a son, Timothy (5).

Douglas Henry

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Master of Brooks Residential College at Baylor University.

Doug holds a B.A. in religion from Oklahoma Baptist University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University. His published work addresses such varied writers as Plato, Boethius, Walker Percy, and John Paul II and diverse topics including divine hiddenness, doubt, freedom, and love. Henry also has great interest in church-related higher education, and he has co-edited three books on the subject: 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, 2005), and The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education (Baylor University Press, 2007). He and his wife, Michele (a music professor at Baylor) are the parents of a four-year-old, Zachary. His hobbies and interests include playing tennis, reading P.G. Wodehouse, traveling the world, visiting beautiful churches, and being asked to give good arguments in defense of important ideas.

Jenny Howell

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Ph.D. Student in Theology and Ethics at Baylor University, B.A. Texas A&M University, M.Div. Duke Divinity School

Jenny is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Religion Department at Baylor University, specializing in Theology and Ethics.  Her volume The Spiritual Writings of John Howard Yoder, co-edited with Paul Martens, will be released by Orbis Press this August.  In addition to her studies at Baylor, Jenny spends her time gardening and playing chauffer to Lara (8) and Lily (4).  She is married to Eric, who is the pastor at Dayspring Baptist Church in Waco.

Tommy Kidd

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Associate professor of history at Baylor University and Senior Fellow at Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion.
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame; B.A. and M.A. Clemson University

Tommy began teaching at Baylor University in 2002. Tommy’s newest book, God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution, was published in 2010 by Basic Books.  His book American Christians and Islam was published in 2008 by Princeton University Press. Additional recent books include The Great Awakening: The Roots of Evangelical Christianity in Colonial America, published by Yale in 2007 and The Great Awakening: A Brief History with Documents with Bedford Books in 2007. He is also writing Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots, to be published by Basic Books in late 2011. He and his wife Ruby have two sons, Jonathan and Joshua.

Sheila Klopfer

Associate Professor and chair of the Religion Department at Georgetown College, Kentucky, Director of Ministry Student Formation and Co-Director of the Christian Leaders Scholars .

Sheila earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in History at New Mexico State University. After teaching middle school for four years, she received her M.A.Th. and Ph.D. at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her areas of academic interest are church history and theology, with a special focus on the study of baptismal theology and practices among Baptists in America. She is currently serving on the Baptist Heritage and Identity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. This fall during her sabbatical she researched Barth’s theology of baptism and Christian anthropology with Dr. John Webster at the University of Aberdeen.

Scott H. Moore

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Great Texts and Director of the Great Texts Program in the Honors College at Baylor University.

Scott is the author of The Limits of Liberal Democracy: Religion and Politics at the End of Modernity (IVP Academic, 2009) and numerous articles and reviews on the subjects of hermeneutics, philosophy of religion, and philosophy and literature.  He is a past Fellow of the Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion and currently a Senior Fellow of Brooks Residential College at Baylor.  At the moment, he is working on the philosophy and the fiction of the Anglo-Irish philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch.  He and his wife Andrea have five children and are members of DaySpring Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.

Jake Myers

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Ph.D. Student, Emory University B.A., Gardner-Webb University; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary

Jake is a third-year doctoral student at Emory University working at the intersection of homiletical theory and post-structuralism.  Before matriculation at Emory, Jake served for four years as Associate Pastor for Missional Community and Alternative Worship at Wieuca Road Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA.  He has also served churches in North Carolina and Pennsylvania.  For five years, Jake was on the National Coordinating Group for Emergent Village.  In addition to his doctoral work, Jake is an adjunct preaching professor at Columbia Theological Seminary and Candler School of Theology and is on the editorial staff for Practical Matters.  Jake’s partner of 13 years is Abby Myers, who will begin work in August as a senior staff psychologist at Georgia Tech University.  Jake and Abby have a four-year old daughter named Taylor.

Beth Newman

Professor of Theology and Ethics, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
B.A., Wake Forest University; M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Duke University.

Beth 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 has written articles in the areas of theology and ethics. She currently serves on the editorial board of Studies in Baptist History and Thought and is a participant in the Baptist World Alliance Conversations with the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. Beth was named a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2009, in which she began and continues to work on a book project entitled, Attending to the Wounds on Christ’s Body: The Politics of Teresa’s Ecclesial Vision.  Her husband, Jon Baker, is a United Methodist pastor and they have a daughter, Jessica (12) and a son, Jacob (9).

Philip E. Thompson

Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Heritage, Sioux Falls Seminary.
B.A., Mars Hill College; M.Div., Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (now Union Presbyterian Seminary); Ph.D., Emory University

Philip joined the faculty of Sioux Falls Seminary (formerly North American Baptist Seminary) in 2001 after serving as pastor of Roberts Chapel Baptist Church in Pendleton, NC for six years. He has edited with Anthony R. Cross Baptist Sacramentalism, Baptist Sacramentalism 2, and Recycling the Past or Researching History?  Studies in Baptist Historiography and Myth, all in Paternoster’s Studies in Baptist History and Thought Series.  He has written a number of chapters and articles published in journals such as American Baptist Quarterly, Baptist History and Heritage, Perspectives in Religious Studies, and Pro Ecclesia. He serves on the editorial board of Studies in Baptist History and Thought and is currently the Vice President of the Board of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. He is on the roster of active clergy of the American Baptist Churches/USA.  His wife, Marcia Taylor Thompson, is an author and editor and teaches mathematics for English Language Learning students at Sioux Falls Lincoln High School.  They have three sons, Nathanael (18), Andrew (13), and Matthew (11).

Roger Ward

Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown College
B.S. Penn State, MDiv Southwestern Seminary, MA Baylor University, PhD Penn State

Roger began his teaching career at Georgetown College in 1996. His areas of interest are American Philosophy, Jonathan Edwards, Business Ethics, and philosophy of religion. His books include Conversion in American Philosophy (Fordham, 2004) and two edited collections of essays, The Scholarly Vocation and the Baptist Academy (Mercer, 2006) and Tradition and the Baptist Academy (Paternoster, 2011).  In 2010 Roger became the initial director of the Center for Christian Discernment and Academic Leadership at Georgetown College.  His wife Elaine is a physical therapist, and they have two daughters, Rachel, a senior at Georgetown College, and Kara, an entering freshman in the Speed School of Engineering at University of Louisville.


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