Lifelong Learning Faculty

Dr. Howard Miller
Lipscomb University Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Politics and Headshot Howard MillerPhilosophy

Howard Miller is a widely published social historian with a specialty in medieval studies. His Ph.D., M.Phil. and M.A. in medieval studies are all from Yale University. His career prior to coming to Lipscomb includes serving as an assistant professor at Cornell College and an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and California State University. His writings include works on the history on languages, food, Islam, literature and other aspects of medieval culture.

Dr. Dennis Loyd
Lipscomb University Retired Faculty

Dennis Loyd, retired professor of English at Lipscomb University, has taught in the Lifelong Learning program since its beginning. A specialist in American literature, he has taught such classes as Revolutionary War Literature, Civil War Literature, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Tennessee Literature, Nashville Writers, William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. This class will focus on the short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, best known for his use of Puritan America as subject matter and his use of symbolism as a developing technique. Dr. Loyd is a graduate of David Lipscomb College and holds the Ph.D. from George Peabody College for Teachers.

Dr. John Conger
Lipscomb University Professor and Chair of Family Studies

B.A. – Lipscomb University
M.A. – George Peabody College
Ph.D. – Oregon State University
Professional Experience:
East Field College – 5 years
Oregon State University – 3 years
Certified Family Life Educator with the National Council on Family Relations
Member of Christian Association of Marriage and Family Ministry
Interesting Information:
Founded Healthy Marriages Nashville
Academic Specialties:
-- Marriage Enrichment
-- Benefits of Marriage to Society and Individuals
Other Topics:
Pre-marital education and preparation • Family well-being • Family resource management • Benefits of marriage on children’s behavior • Consumer economics (consumption and management of resources in a family)

Dr. John Parker
Lipscomb University Retired Professor of English

Drs. John Parker, Lipscomb professor of British literature is a veteran teacher and traveler abroad. He has been faculty and host for three university Global learning terms in Vienna and London and has made several scholarly, spiritual, and personal journeys in Britain and western Europe. A specialist in Shakespeare and the classic Christian hymns, John in 2008 traveled to hymn sites throughout England with Irish photographer Dr. Paul Seawright. In 2009 they co-authored Abide with Me: a Photographic Journey Through Great British Hymns (

Dr. Scott Sager
Lipscomb University Vice President
Headshot Scott SagerChurch Services

Scott Sager was recently appointed vice president of church services at Lipscomb University after 15 years as pulpit minister for the Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas . Sager received his doctorate from SMU while focusing upon evangelism and mission in the local church. With an undergraduate degree in business, he worked with church leaders to create innovative and entrepreneurial ministries for the local church. His DMin project founded Christ’s Family Ministries, a fully functioning health clinic serving the working poor located in the Preston Road building. Involving about 15 doctors, the clinic provides a medical home for almost 400 area workers. Scott worked in the inner-city of Dallas and was an important ally in the growth of Central Dallas Ministries as the largest food pantry in Dallas. He also helped to found New Friends, New Life (a ministry to women leaving the sexual entertainment industry) and is on the board of the Christian Relief Fund, where his focus is on supporting AIDS orphans in Africa.

Dr. Sager holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Abilene Christian University as well as a doctorate of ministry from Southern Methodist University. He and his wife, Suzanne, have two children, Anna and Will. You may contact Scott at  or 615.966.5156

Kay Wyatt
Retired Lipscomb Academy English Faculty; M.A.T. English MTSU