Lifelong Learning Faculty

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

David Williams II
Vice Chancellor for Athletics, University Affairs and Athletics Director at Vanderbilt University

A native of Detroit, Williams is a graduate of Northern Michigan University where he was a member of the track team. He also earned a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Detroit, and an L.L.M. in taxation from New York University. Before entering law school, Williams spent 10 years as a teacher and coach in the Detroit public school system.

Williams has taught at the law schools of the University of Detroit, Capital University, The Ohio State University and Vanderbilt, and directed the Ohio State University Law Program in Oxford, England, in 1992 and 1995. He was elected outstanding law professor at both the University of Detroit and The Ohio State University. Williams is now vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletics director at Vanderbilt University. He guides the Vanderbilt Athletics, Recreation, Intramural and Club Sports programs.

Williams has firmly placed his stamp on Vanderbilt Athletics and has positioned the program among the most innovative in the nation. The university's increased athletic success and investment in its athletics and recreation programs resulted in Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos asking Williams in July 2012 to take on a larger role in shaping these areas of the university - allowing for Williams to focus on maintaining and building on this momentum after previously also holding the positions of general counsel for the university and secretary for the university and Vanderbilt University Medical Center while guiding the athletics program. (To read more click here)

Guy R. Vanderpool
Visiting professor of History and Political Science, Lipscomb University

Mr. Vanderpool holds a B.A. in history from Harding University and an M.A. in diplomatic history from George Washington University, and completed postgraduate courses in international economics, management, and the histories of eastern Europe, Russia, and China. After military service in the U.S. Army's Counterintelligence Corps, Mr. Vanderpool joined the National Security Agency. He produced intelligence that supported policymaking, military operations, and counterintelligence activities. He received the National Security Agency's Meritorious Civilian Service Award and commendations from military services, the Secretary of Defense, the Intelligence Community staff, and the Director of Central Intelligence. Mr. Vanderpool became Visiting Professor at Lipscomb University when he retired from NSA. He teaches courses in intelligence and the
histories of Russia and China.

Dr. Gary P. Wilson
Lipscomb University Director of Choral and Vocal Studies

Gary P. Wilson, D.M.A., divides his professional time between the roles of conductor, scholar, and educator. His responsibilities as Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Lipscomb University include conducting the A Cappella Singers and ChamberMen, directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and overseeing the vocal studio program. Choirs under his leadership have performed at regional and state music conferences, in New York City's Carnegie Hall, and in venues throughout the United States and Europe.  He is a frequent conductor and clinician for honor choirs and festival choirs, including the Arkansas All State Choir in 2007.  In 2012 Dr. Wilson founded the Lipscomb Men’s Choral Festival, an annual event that brings high school singers together for a performance of men’s choral literature, including the premiere of a newly commissioned work.

As a scholar, Dr. Wilson has focused on the choral music of American composer Edward MacDowell.  His book, A Conductor’s Analysis of Edward MacDowell’s Choral Music, was published in 2004, and in 2005 was nominated for the American Choral Directors Association Julius Hereford award for outstanding doctoral research.  In 2012, Dr. Wilson presented his MacDowell findings at the first ACDA National Symposium on American Choral Music at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  

Dr. Wilson holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Harding University and Baylor University, and is the first recipient of the doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with Peter A. Eklund. Before coming to Lipscomb, Dr. Wilson taught at York College in Nebraska.  While there he founded and conducted the Chamber Singers, a select auditioned group that performed major choral works for small vocal ensembles including Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien and Carissimi’s oratorio, Jephthe.

Dr. Wilson has also taught at the secondary level, serving as director of choral activities at Central Arkansas Christian High School in Little Rock for thirteen years.  During his tenure he founded and conducted the Arkansas Chamber Singers Youth Chorale, and served as artistic director for the Arkansas Governor’s School program, Summerstage! Dr. Wilson is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association, and serves as chair of Youth and Student Activities in the Tennessee chapter of ACDA.  He is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Tennessee Music Educators Association, the National Collegiate Choral Conductors Organization, and Pi Kappa Lambda national music society.    Dr. Wilson and his wife, Cheryl, have two children, Amy and Scott.

Elizabeth Coker
Local Historian
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Native Tennessean Elizabeth Buntin Coker was born in Madison County, in the western part of our state on a farm owned by her family since the 1840s. Mrs. Coker is a 1982 graduate of Union University, and the winner of the Tigrett Medal as outstanding graduate of her class. She won a Rotary International scholarship for graduate study abroad and chose to attend the Universidad de Complutense in Madrid and the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, where she studied journalism and  linguistics and international communications. After college, she worked for several media outlets including ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, and an 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.
She and her husband, TV cameraman Mike Coker, have traveled around the world. In 1988, she was hired as a media specialist aboard a 550 foot seagoing ship, the SS Universe which circumnavigated the globe in a program called "Semester at Sea" through the University of Pittsburg. She and her husband travelled to ten countries on a three month voyage as part of that program.
Mrs. Coker is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and other historical preservation organizations.
She has been involved with various historical preservation efforts in Middle Tennessee, raising money by volunteering at Fall Fest for Belle Meade Plantation, coordinating Ladies and Children's activities for the annual Forrest Homecoming in Chapel Hill, as well as serving as a docent at several historic homes. She has worked most recently at the Mt. Olivet Lantern Tour and Heritage Days on the Courthouse Square in Murfreesboro and as a docent at Rippavilla in Spring Hill, the Carter House in Franklin and at Traveler's Rest in Nashville.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Coker have two children and the family resides in Rutherford County on a farm south of Murfreesboro.

Dr. Bob Hooper
Lipscomb University Retired Professor of History
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Robert E. Hooper, professor emeritus of history and political science at Lipscomb University, is the author of five books: A Call to Remember: Chapters in Nashville Restoration History, Crying in the Wilderness: A Biography of David Lipscomb, A Distinct People: A History of Churches of Christ in the Twentieth Century, with Jim Turner Willard Collins: The People Person, and with G. David England A Century of Memories: Centennial Celebration, David Lipscomb University, 1891-1991. Dr. Hooper was married to Virginia Anderson Hooper for 49 years (1954-2003). They were parents to three children and enjoyed five grandchildren. After her passing, he married Bonnie Williams Cone of Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2005.  Dr. Hooper has received the Avalon Award for Creative Excellence from Lipscomb University and the Christian Service Award from Pepperdine University.

Paul Clements
Tennessee Historian and Author

"Paul Clements was born in Nashville in 1947 and grew up near Green Hills in the Woodmont School neighborhood. After attending Woodmont and Battle Ground Academy, and while attending Vanderbilt and Peabody, he began coaching boys (and a few girls) in football, basketball, and baseball. Over a period of 44 years he spent much of his time coaching and also researching local history. He is the author of seven books, including A Past Remembered and Chronicles of the Cumberland Settlements, and lives with his family in Williamson County."

Judge Timothy Easter
State of Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals

200 Supreme Court Building, 401 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219
Born March 2, 1960, Montgomery County, Va.; married; two children; graduate, David Lipscomb High School, Nashville, Tenn.; B.A., Lipscomb University, 1982; J.D., Nashville School of Law, 1989. Admitted to the practice of law 1989. Assistant district attorney, 21st Judicial District (1989-1994); private practice, Rogers & Easter (1994-1998); Lipscomb University- Adjunct Professor (2012 – present); Williamson County Bar Association – member (1989-present), recipient of Liberty Bell Award (2009) (Highest honor recognized by WCBA); Tennessee Bar Association – member (1994-current); Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow – Class of 2009; Tennessee John Marshall Inns of Court – current Master of the Bench/Past President; Leadership Brentwood: Class of 2000 – member; Brentwood YMCA – Board of Directors (current); Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals – member; National Association of Drug Court Professionals – member; 21st Drug Court, Inc., Board of Directors (2001-current); Tennessee Judicial Conference (1998-current), vice president (2012-2013), secretary (2009-2010), Committee on Compensation and Retirement (2008-current), Bench-Bar Committee (past member), Executive Committee (2003-2007 Representative, Middle Tennessee), Criminal Jury Instructions Committee (1998–current), Drug Court Committee – Chairman (2012-current), Legislative Committee, Judicial Academy (Past Member), American Bar Association TJC Representative for Middle Tennessee, Strategic Planning Committee (2010–2011); Tennessee Trial Judges Association (1998 - 2014); Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct (vice chairman 2012-2014); Williamson County Public Records Committee (2000 – 2014); National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada – Graduate (April 2000); National Judicial College – Managing The Capital Case In Tennessee August 2007); Mediation: The Art Of Facilitating Settlement – Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution (August 2000); Williamson County Republican Party (1985-current); Brentwood Rotary Club (Friday Lunch)/Paul Harris Fellow (former member). Appointed Circuit Court Judge, 21st Judicial District, January 1989 by Governor Don Sundquist, elected 1998, re-elected 2006 and 2014. Appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to Court of Criminal Appeals, September 1, 2014.

Paul Prill
Lipscomb University Director of the Honors Program and Professor of Communications

B.A., M.A. (Western Illinois University), Ph.D. (Indiana University)
Paul Prill has taught at Lipscomb for thirty-one years.  During that time he has published book reviews in The Quarterly Journal of Speech and the Journal of the American Forensic Association, two articles in Rhetorica, and a chapter in Biblical Ethics.  He has served as the President of the Tennessee Communication Association and the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council.  He has served as the Director of the Honors Program at Lipscomb and will serve as the Director of the newly created Honors College.  For the past five years, he has conducted workshops for beginning honors directors at the National Collegiate Honors Council annual conferences.  Prof. Prill has received three Teacher of the Year awards and is now listed in the college catalog as an Outstanding Teacher.  He currently studies the impact of digital media on all forms of human communication and works to integrate technology into the classroom in creative ways.

John Bridges
Author, Historian, Musician and Antique Car Collector

John Bridges is a musician, historian, author and classic car collector.  After spending two years as an officer in the U. S. Army, Bridges completed his coursework and was awarded a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. He joined Aladdin Industries in Nashville,Tennessee eventually rising from project engineer to Corporate Vice-President. He has been awarded over 100 patents for his inventions.  Over the years, John has performed with a number of musical groups playing everything from country to rock and roll. He has written and published four books, the two latest are historical novels set in the 1860s.

Lydia Lenker
Director of Events and Community Engagement at Lipscomb's College of Leadership and Public Service

Lydia Lenker serves as Director of Events and Community Engagement at Lipscomb's College of Leadership and Public Service. Previously, she served as managing director for the Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership at Lipscomb. In addition to her duties with the college, Lenker, continues to oversee operations and programming at the Andrews Institute. Before coming to Lipscomb, Lenker served as press secretary to now former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Her public service followed a long career as a broadcast journalist in radio and television news. Before joining the Bredesen administration, Lenker worked as a political reporter and weekend anchor at  CBS affiliate NewsChannel5 in Nashville .  In 2001, she was honored to win an Emmy for “Best Weekend Newscast” in the Southeast region.