Lifelong Learning Faculty

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Mrs. Jeanne Newton
Lipscomb University Professor of Music

Jeanne Newton teaches Woodwind Methods, Integrated Music & History, and Music Theory.  Prior to coming to Lipscomb University in 2009, she taught instrumental and general music for 19 years.  While a majority of her teaching was in award-winning middle school and high school band/string programs, her classroom experience spans grades K-12.  She has been privileged to teach and direct in a wide variety of schools and locations (public, private, and Department of Defense) in Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado, Virginia, and New York.  She was named 2009 Teacher of the Year at Lipscomb Academy Middle School and received the 2005 Commander’s Award for Public Service at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. 

Jeanne holds the Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education (Clarinet Emphasis) from Tennessee Tech University and the Master of Music degree in Music Education (Instrumental Emphasis) from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, with additional studies at UNC Pembroke and Villanova University.   She also holds the Master of Science degree in Psychology from Lipscomb University, in which she researched the effects of music listening on undergraduate study habits and academic outcomes. 

Jeanne is married and proudly served as a military spouse (Army) for 21 years.  She and her husband, Mike, have two children. 

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Coach Greg Brown
Lipscomb University Women’s Basketball Coach

Greg Brown enters his third season as the head coach of the Lipscomb women’s basketball team. A 1993 Lipscomb University graduate with a degree in political science, Brown began his coaching career as a student assistant under former Bisons men’s basketball head coach Don Meyer. Prior to being tabbed head coach at Lipscomb, Brown was the associate women’s basketball coach at the University of Central Florida and is a former assistant for Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt. For two seasons, Brown worked with Pat Summitt at the University of Tennessee, first serving as a graduate assistant before being promoted to assistant coach in 2003-04. Brown has spoken across the country at numerous Fellowship of Christian Athletes events and clinics. He also has published an article in American Basketball Quarterly on developing low post players at Tennessee and also writes a regular blog on coaching while being asked to speak at clinics. Brown and his wife, Teresa, have two sons, Cole and Carter.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Coker
Local Historian and Public Speaker

Mrs. Elizabeth Buntin Coker is a 1982 graduate of Union University, and the winner of the Tigrett Medal as outstanding graduate of her class. She attended the Universidad de Complutense in Madrid Spain as a Rotary International scholar and the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, where she studied journalism, linguistics and international communications. After college, she worked for several media outlets including ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, and area ABC and PBS affiliate television stations. She was a media coordinator for the State of Tennessee in the Department of Economic and Community Development from 1990 to 1996 and then pursued some independent documentary ventures.
Mrs. Coker is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and other historical preservation organizations, and has been involved with various local  historical preservation organizations such as Belle Meade Plantation, Rippavilla, the Carter House, and Traveler's Rest. She is currently the featured host of a weekly lecture series at the Battle of Nashville Monument each Tuesday at noon. She portrays twelve ladies of historic significance from Nashville and Middle Tennessee: Granny White, Sarah Childress Polk, Mary Overton, Adelicia Acklen, Rachel Donelson Jackson, Mary Kate Patterson, Elizabeth Harding, Mary Bradford, Fannie Battle, Martha O'Brian, Antoinette Polk and Mary Montgomery Forrest.

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Dr. John Parker and Dr. Jill Parker
Lipscomb University Professors

Drs. John and Jill Parker, Lipscomb professors of British literature and chemistry respectively, are veteran teachers and travelers abroad, having been faculty and hosts for three university Global learning terms in Vienna and London and having 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 (

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Dr. David Lawrence
Lipscomb University Retired

Dr. David Lawrence retired in 2011 as professor of history after teaching for twenty-five years at Lipscomb.  His specialty was early European history, but he also taught classes in Byzantine and Middle East history.  Dr. Lawrence holds a B.A. degree in literature and history from Drury College in Springfield, MO., a M.A. in history from Wichita State University, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas.  He has been married to his wife Alice for fifty-two years, and they are the parents of two sons and three grandchildren.  Dr. Lawrence also taught the humanities class for the Lipscomb in Vienna program four times.

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John Mark Hicks
Lipscomb University Professor of Bible

John Mark teaches theology and history courses. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University (1977), his M.A.R. in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1980), his M.A. in Humanities from Western Kentucky University (1981) and his Ph.D. in Reformation and Post-Reformation Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1985). He has taught theology since 1982, including nine years at Harding University Graduate School of Religion (1991-2000). He has been at Lipscomb since 2000. He has ministered with churches in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Tennessee. He has published nine books and thirteen journal articles as well as contributed to nineteen other books. He has spoken in thirty-eight states and nineteen countries. He and his wife, Jennifer, have five living children and two deceased.

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Walt Leaver
Vice President for University Relations

Mr. Leaver is a Lipscomb University graduate and has been a member of the administrative team since 1994. His areas of administration include Church Relations, Spiritual Outreach, the Business Advisory Council, Entertainment and Technical Services, Special Events, and arena and theatre management. He may be reached at 615.966.6609 or via email at

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Angela D. Lee
Lipscomb University Professor of Art

Angela D. Lee is a Visiting Professor of Art at Lipscomb University. She has worked as a graphic designer and art director for seventeen years in the publishing and advertising realm. Ms. Lee has produced work for clients such as O’Charley’s, Eli Lilly, Vanderbilt, and Mapco. She holds the Master of Fine Arts from Azusa Pacific University, the Master of Arts from Austin Peay State University, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts from Belmont University.

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Dale Alden
Lipscomb University Psychology Professor

Alden is a longstanding faculty member in the department of psychology and counseling. He teaches Introduction to Psychopathology, Psychological Assessment, and Biological Psychology for the graduate program. Alden is a Licensed Psychologist, HSP, who specializes in clinical neuropsychology and maintains a private practice in Columbia, Tenn. His education includes a M.S. in Counseling from Abilene Christian University, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology/Neuropsychology from Virginia Tech, and a specialization in Neuropsychology/ Geropsychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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David Hardin
Author and Historian

Hardin, author of "After the War," is a seventh-generation Tennessean who grew up on the Nashville battlefield. He has been a writer and editor at newspapers across the South, including Nashville, Raleigh, Savannah, Miami, Tampa, Jackson, Miss., and Huntsville, Ala. Among his national journalism awards is a Pulitzer Prize.  He has spoken about his book at the National Archives/Library of Congress, the Southern Festival of Books and on the "A Word on Words" TV program, among other places. His most recent book, "Emblems of Woe: How the South Reacted to Lincoln's Murder,” about the Southern reaction to Lincoln's assassination, was published in July by Now and Then Reader.  He lives in the Huntsville area.

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Danielle Kahane-Kaminsky 
Executive Director of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission

Kaminsky holds a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Long Island University, a Masters Degree in Remedial Reading from Teacher’s College at Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Boston University. Prior to assuming her current position she served as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Murfreesboro City School District in Tennessee. Some of her other prior experiences include service as a public school Principal in New York, Assistant Principal at a Hebrew Day School in New York and a public school in Connecticut, District Technology Coordinator in New York, a State Staff Development Consultant in New York State, Reading Specialist, and Classroom Teacher.  Ms. Kahane-Kaminsky is a first generation American child of Belgian Holocaust refugees.  As the daughter of refugees, she has grown up hearing the stories of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents.  Ms. Kahane-Kaminsky is passionate about the mission of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission and the importance of communicating the meaning of the Holocaust to succeeding generations so that genocide becomes a thing of the past and history does not continue to repeat itself.Danielle Kahane-Kaminsky  Executive Director of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission.

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Dr. Tim Johnson
Lipscomb University Professor of History

B.S., University of Alabama
M.A., University of Alabama
Ph. D., University of Alabama

Dr. Tim Johnson joined the Lipscomb University faculty in 1991, and he is professor of history and chair of the department. He teaches the following courses: U.S. History I and II, National Period (1776-1850), Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. Military History, The South in American History, Vietnam, and Senior Seminar. Dr. Johnson’s research interests are in the Mexican War and Civil War. The Virginia Historical Society has named him an Andrew J. Mellon Research Fellow twice (1994, 2002). Recently, Yale University named him the Archibald Hanna, Jr. Research Fellow in American History for 2005, and he will be in residence at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library on the Yale campus during the spring semester. Dr. Johnson received the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from Lipscomb in 2001, and he has been featured on C-SPAN’s BookTV (1999) and The History Channel (2003). His published works can be found at the Faculty Publications link.

Mrs. Kay Wyatt
Graduate of Lipscomb, Masters in English Teaching, Retired DLHS English Faculty

Kay Wyatt is a retired high school English teacher.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Lipscomb University and received her Master's in English teaching from Middle Tennessee State University.  She worked as assistant manager of international operations at Commerce Union Bank, and later taught English at David Lipscomb High School for seven years while raising her three children.