Lifelong Learning Faculty

Rhonda Lowry
Presidential Spouse

Rhonda Lowry provides leadership, vision and expertise as she serves the university in numerous roles including senior fellow for the Institute for Christian Spirituality and assistant professor of spiritual formation in addition to leading other initiatives.

A native of Missouri, Lowry holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University. Lowry began her career of more than 30 years in education as a sixth grade teacher in St. Paul, Minn. She also served as director of development for the law school at Willamette University in Salem, Ore. She has also been on faculty at Fuller and Pepperdine.

For years, Lowry’s heart has been drawn to personal ministry. A frequent speaker nationwide in programs dedicated to enabling Christians to know Jesus deeply and to serve him in the everyday places in their lives. Lowry is a frequent speaker at Laity Lodge in Texas, a program of the H. E. Butt Foundation and is often invited to speak for the ZOE Group, a nonprofit ministry of Christian renewal based in Nashville. She has spoken at the North American Christian Convention and frequently speaks at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures. Rhonda was a recipient of the WINESKINS award of Christian Service at the Pepperdine lectures. She is a featured speaker at Lipscomb's annual Summer Celebration and serves as a board member for Rochester College, for Missions Resource network, and the ALS Association, Tennessee Chapter. Lowry is also known for her hospitality. Students, faculty and staff, church members and others from the community are frequently guests in the Lowry home.

The Lowrys met when, as a freshman, Rhonda joined the first class to attend the Malibu campus of Pepperdine. After graduation in 1975, they were married. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

Dr. Scott Sager
Lipscomb University Vice President
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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

Dr. Dennis Loyd
Lipscomb University Retired Faculty, Department of English

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. Kent Gallaher
Lipscomb Professor and Chair, Department of Biology

Dr. Kent Gallaher is a native Tennessean. In fact the Gallaher’s are among the founding families of the state. His family emigrated from Pennsylvania to the frontier in 1779 in what was then Western North Carolina and has been farming the same land in Wayne County since the 1830’s.

Kent possesses a doctorate in Plant Science from the University of Tennessee. He has built a career in the area of curriculum design and new program development, and has designed or consulted on science curriculum at several universities. Additionally he has traveled widely and has consulted on sustainability projects in a number of developing nations in Central America and Africa, most recently the island nation of Madagascar.

Dr. Gallaher serves as professor of biology and is the current academic chair of the department. He is a Godly man who is committed to faith-based education and who truly loves his role as teacher and Christian mentor. (To read more click here)

Michael McRay
Author and Public Speaker

Michael T. McRay is an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University, teaching on restorative justice, prisons and punishment, and international conflict. He holds an MPhil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from Trinity College Dublin | at Belfast. Michael served as a volunteer chaplain at Riverbend prison and is the co-founder of the No Exceptions Prison Collective ( He is the author of the forthcoming book Where the River Bends: Considering Forgiveness in the Lives of the Incarcerated (Cascade Books, 2015), with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Michael Shane Neal
Lipscomb Alumni and Professional Portrait Artist
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Michael Shane Neal is among the most sought after commissioned portrait artists in America today. Beginning his career as a full time artist in 1990, Neal recently completing portraits of such luminaries as Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, and Federal Chief Judge Anthony Scirica.
Listed among 20 contemporary artists "On the Rise" in The Artist Magazine's annual survey in 2004, Neal's unique, sensitive and insightful paintings display a commitment for portraying not just the outer likeness of his subjects, but their character and personality as well. A self-described “people person” Neal enthusiastically shares his excitement for interpreting his clients on canvas in a traditional yet painterly style.

Neal's current commissions include former Majority Leader and U.S. Senator Bill Frist, Sir Malcom Calquhoun for Rossdhu House in Luss, Scotland, and Oscar award winning actor Morgan Freeman for thSince beginning a full time career as an artist at the age of 21, his dedication to quality and passion for his work has lead to the successful completion of portraits on display around the country. Of particular note was the commission to paint Senator Arthur Vandenberg for the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Vandenberg’s portrait is the first commission of its kind in nearly 50 years, and upon receiving the commission at the age of 32, Neal is among the youngest artists ever commissioned by the United States Senate.

A protégée of the nations leading artist and presidential portraitist Everett Raymond Kinstler (a second generation student of John Singer Sargent), in 2003 Neal exhibited along side Kinstler in a show entitled Realism Now: Mentors and Protégées at the Vose Galleries in Boston, Massachusetts. Neal is the Grand Prize winner of the 2001 Portrait Society of America International Portrait Competition and recently received the Catherine Lorilland Wolfe Award from the National Arts Club and the Tara Fredrix Award from the Audubon Artists of America, both for landscape. In 2004, he received the Artist’s Magazine Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition.

Receiving his B.A. from David Lipscomb University, Neal recently received the "Young Alumnus of the Year Award" from his alma mater. He has also studied at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, The Scottsdale Artist School, and the Lyme Academy of Art. Carving out time for teaching each year, Neal is a popular demonstrator and lecturer at venues around the country. His work has been featured in publications such as American Artist, International Artist, Sketchbook, and The Artist’s Magazine, Art News, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Art Collector Magazine.e Players Club in New York. Neal is an executive board member of the Portrait Society of America and Cheekwood Museum of Art. An Exhibiting Artist member of the National Arts Club, he is also a member the Allied Artists of America, the Artist Fellowship, the Cumberland Society of Painters, the Audubon Artists, the Players Club of New York, the Salmagundi Club of New York, the Copley Society of Boston, and the Lotos Club of New York.

A recent graduate of Leadership Nashville class of 2010, Neal is also a member of the Exchange Club of Nashville and an active member of his church. Neal enjoys community outreach projects, golf, plein air landscape painting, and reading with a particular interest in history. The father of two, Neal and his wife reside near his studio located minutes from downtown Nashville.

Turney Stevens
Lipscomb University Dean of the College of BusinessHeadshot Turney Stevens 2

C. Turney Stevens, Jr., 60, is the third dean since its founding to lead the College of Business at Lipscomb University. He is a Nashville native and an alumnus of Lipscomb (BA 1972) as well as Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management (MBA 1981).
For more than 35 years, he was an investment banker and business executive. While still a student at David Lipscomb College. Stevens began his career at Tennessee Securities, Inc. in 1971, where he learned the equity and debt capital formation businesses and became the youngest securities licensee in the history of the state of Tennessee.
In 1973 he founded PlusMedia, Inc., a magazine publishing company which he served as president. This business was sold to a public company ten years later with a total of five publications in its portfolio. During his tenure, he joined with other city magazine publishers from New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and more than 20 other markets to found the American City and Regional Magazine Association, which he led as its second president in 1979-80. Click here for more.

Ted Parks
Lipscomb Professor and Co- Curator of HumanDocs

Ted Parks is co-curator of HumanDocs, which brings quality documentaries exploring vital issues of social justice to LIpscomb students and the Middle Tennessee community. Ted's Spanish courses in Lipscomb's Department of English and Modern Languages include Hispanic Cinema, a look at important films from Argentina, Spain, and other parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Ted has also taught Cinematic Aesthetics in Lipscomb's Film and Creative Media program. He is passionate about film and its potential for education. One of his earliest recollections is attending Disney's Peter Pan with his mom -- and his love for the movies has grown ever since.

Kay Wyatt
Lipscomb Alum., Masters in English, 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.

Joe Minor
Retired Special Agent-Forensic Scientist Supervisor from the TBI