Bible Faculty

Terry BrileyDr. Terry Briley
Professor
 
Terry teaches Old Testament and Hebrew courses. He is also one of the pulpit ministers for the Natchez Trace Church of Christ and is involved with mission work in Brazil. Terry received his B.A. in Biblical Languages from Lipscomb in 1978. He received the M.Phil. (1986) and Ph.D. (1990) in Hebraic and Cognate Studies from Hebrew Union College. He has published a two-volume commentary on Isaiah for College Press and is one of the editors for their Old Testament commentary series. He and his wife, Teri, have two sons, Nathan and Daniel.
Mark BlackDr. Mark Black
Professor
Director, Hazelip School of Theology


Mark teaches Luke-Acts, Synoptic Gospels, New Testament Theology, Corinthians, New Testament Exegesis, and Biblical Ethics. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, his M.A. and M.Th. from Harding University Graduate School of Religion, his Th.M. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He has ministered in Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Mark and his wife, Margo, have three daughters: Sara, Jessica, and Allison.
Lee CampDr. Lee Camp
Professor

Lee currently teaches courses such as Biblical Ethics and Engineering Ethics in the College of Bible and Ministry, as well as ethics and theology seminars in the Hazelip School of Theology. He completed his undergrad studies at Lipscomb (B.A., 1989), and graduate studies at Abilene Christian University (M.A. in doctrinal studies, M.Div., 1993) and University of Notre Dame (M.A., 1997, and Ph.D., 1999, both in Moral Theology/ Christian ethics). Lee's book Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World was published by Brazos Press (2003; 2nd ed. 2008). He has published numerous articles, and has a forthcoming book on Christianity, Islam, War and Peacemaking (2010). Lee has previously served as the pulpit minister for the Donelson Church of Christ in Nashville, and as youth minister for the Donmoyer Avenue Church of Christ in South Bend, Indiana. Lee is also the host and creator of "Tokens," a "theological variety show" (see http://TokensShow.com). Lee and his wife, Laura, have three sons, Chandler, David, and Ben.
Phillip CampDr. Phillip Camp
Associate Professor
C.V.

Phillip teaches various Old Testament text courses, Critical Interpretation to the Bible, and Hebrew. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1989, his Master of Arts in Religion degree from Lipscomb University in 1993, and his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1996. Phillip earned his Ph.D at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. Phillip has served as campus minister for churches in Ithaca, NY, Nashville, TN, and Princeton, NJ. He currently serves as an associate minister at the Natchez Trace Church of Christ in Nashville. He is the author of Finding Your Way: A Guide to Seminary Life and Beyond (Cascade, 2009) and a contributor to the commentaries on Hosea and Amos in The Transforming Word One-Volume Commentary (ACU Press, 2009).  Phillip and his wife, Amy, have three sons, Jim, Davis, and Timothy.
Ken DurhamDr. Ken Durham
Batsell Barrett Baxter Chair of Preaching

Ken teaches courses in ministry and preaching, as well as Freshman Bible. He came to Lipscomb following 35 years of full time church ministry; he most recently served as senior minster for the University Church of Christ on the campus on Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and earlier, in Falls Church, Virginia, Springfield, Missouri, and Stamford, Connecticut, and also as a campus minister at the University of Texas and the University of Kentucky. He received his B.A. from Lipscomb, and his M.A. and Ph.D. Louisiana State University. He has written or co-written four books, including Speaking From the Heart. He serves on the editorial board of 21st Century Christian, and writes a regular column entitled “Good Humor.” From 1987 to 1990 he served as co-host with Harold Hazelip of the “Herald of Truth” television program. He is married to Nancy Magnusson Durham, Lipscomb’s Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. He has two children, Jennifer and Gabriel, and a stepson, Cameron.
David FleerDr. David Fleer
Professor

David's teaching focus is homiletics. Under his direction, Lipscomb University hosts the annual Conference on Preaching. For the past few years Fleer has served as advisory board chair for the Christian Scholars' Conference, which is currently hosted at Lipscomb University. From 1995 to 2007, Fleer was Professor of Religion and Communication at Rochester College, named Teacher of the Year (1996-1997) and Most Influential Professor (2003-2004) by his peers and students. He preaches and teaches in congregations in Michigan and Tennessee and across the country. During the last calendar year he preached for churches in 30 different communities and he regularly presents at conferences, seminars, and lectureships in the Churches of Christ. Fleer earned his B.A. in Education from Washington State University (1976), and M.Div. from ACU (1981), the D.Min. from Fuller Seminary (1987), an M.S. in Communication from Portland State University (1991), and the Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington (1995). David and Mae have been married for over 30 years and have three sons, Josh, Luke, and Nate. They are the proud grandparents of three boys.
George GoldmanDr. George Goldman II
Associate Professor
Chair of the Department of Bible and Ministry

George teaches courses in New Testament, Greek, and Faith & Culture. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Lipscomb University (1988, 1991), his M.Div. from Harding University Graduate School of Religion (1993), and his Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2002). Dr. Goldman is actively involved in leading a college ministry and attends Otter Creek Church of Christ.  He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Wendy, her two daughters, Shannon and Lauren, and their son Nathan.
Frank GuertinMr. Frank Guertin
Director of Marketing and Recruitment
Director, Master of Arts in Christian Practice program

Frank is the director of marketing and recruitment for the College of Bible and Ministry and is an adjunct faculty member. He is also the director of the Master of Arts in Christian Practice program.  Frank completed his B.A. at Ohio Valley University and his M.Ed. and M.T.S. at Lipscomb. He is currently pursuing PhD research at Durham University, focusing on the writings of Thomas Traherne, and is a member of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. Frank has also ministered in middle Tennessee,working in adult spiritual development.
Jackie L. HalsteadDr. Jackie L. Halstead
Associate Professor
C.V.

Jackie is the director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality and an Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation. She completed two post-doctoral programs with Shalem Institute for Spirituality in Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats and in Spiritual Guidance. Jackie has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for the past twenty-three years. She speaks frequently on the topics of contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, and mental health at the national and international levels. Jackie is one of the directors of the Spiritual Deepening Program and the Spiritual Direction Program. Jackie and her husband, Randy, have two daughters.

The ICS blog can be found hereClick here for the ICS web site.
John Mark Hicks Dr. John Mark Hicks
Professor

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.

Dr. Hicks' blog can be accessed here.
Earl LavenderDr. Earl Lavender
Professor
Director of Missional Studies

Earl holds undergraduate degrees from Ohio Valley College and Lipscomb, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Lipscomb, and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Saint Louis University. He has taught at Lipscomb since 1990 and for the last thirteen years has served as Director of Missional Studies and professor in the College of Bible and Ministry. He has led mission and education events in Europe, Australia, India, Russia, Brazil, Ghana and China.  Earl also serves as the founding director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality, established at Lipscomb in the fall of 2009.

Earl has authored numerous books and published articles, including entries in The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (Everett Ferguson, ed., Garland) and The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).  He is a regular lecturer at the International Conference of Patristic Studies held at Oxford University in England. In 2004 he co-authored Living God’s Love: an Invitation to Christian Spirituality with Gary Holloway. He has also participated in writing a meditative commentary series on the New Testament (Leafwood Publishers). His latest book is Un Viaggio Nel Vangelo di Luca published in 2011 (Perciballi), a meditational commentary written specifically for the Italian culture.

He is married to the former Rebecca Nance of Nashville, Tennessee.  They have three grown and happily married children, Rachel, Beth, and David. They also have been blessed with three grandchildren. Rebecca and Earl have planted churches in Italy (1978-1984) and Illinois (1986-1990).
Rhonda LowryMrs. Rhonda Lowry
Assistant Professor

Rhonda completed her M.Div. degree and has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary and Pepperdine University. She is also a fellow with the Institute for Christian Spirituality.  Rhonda is a frequent speaker nationwide in programs dedicated to enabling Christians to know Jesus deeply and to serve him in the everyday places of their lives.

Tom SealsDr. Tom Seals
Associate Professor


Tom teaches undergraduate Bible courses as well as Biblical ethics and textual studies. He received his BA in Biblical languages from Lipscomb in 1971, his M.T.S. degree from Wesley Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 1976, and his D. Min. degree from Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN, in 1999. In addition, Tom has completed post-doctoral work in Pentateuchal Studies and in Religion, Politics and Social Issues from Vanderbilt University. He has published Proverbs: Wisdom for All Ages, Sermon on the Mount for Modern Living, and The Quest for Spiritual Maturity. He has served as pulpit minister in Virginia, Tennessee, and Colorado, and is presently outreach minister for the West End Church of Christ in Nashville, TN. Tom is actively involved with the Instituto Biblica Interamericano in Lima, Peru, serving as International President. Tom and his wife, Barbara, have three children: Amy, Tom Jr. (deceased), and Melanie, along with three grandchildren.

Josh Strahan Dr. Josh Strahan
Assistant Professor

Josh teaches courses in Freshman Bible and New Testament. He received his bachelor's degree in Bible from Lipscomb University in 2004, his Master of Divinity degree from Abilene Christian University in 2008, and his Ph.D. in New Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011. Josh has worked in campus ministry and youth ministry in Tennessee. His research interests are theological interpretation and Luke-Acts. He enjoys reading fiction and running. Josh and his wife, Lauren, have two daughters, Sophie and Maddie.

Walter Surdacki Dr. Walter Surdacki
Assistant Professor

Walter teaches various Youth Ministry and practical ministry courses.  He completed his undergrad studies at the Institute for Christian Studies (B.A., 1990), and graduate studies at Pepperdine University (M.S. in Ministry, 1992) and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1996 and D.Min. in Youth and Family Ministry, 2006). He has served in full time ministry for over 16 years working at the Torrance Church of Christ, Malibu Church of Christ and Campbell Church of Christ. Walter and his wife, Amy, have two daughters, Madeline and Abby.

Dr. Surdacki's blog can be accessed here.
Mike WilliamsDr. Mike Williams
Associate Professor

Mike graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in 1986. He graduated from Abilene Christian University with a M. Div. in 1991. He holds the doctorate in New Testament from Emory University. Mike teaches freshman Bible, New Testament text courses, and Greek. He recently served as Senior Minister at the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ in Franklin, Tennessee. Mike and his wife, Tania, have two children, Jeremy and Rachel.
John YorkDr. John York
Professor
Director, Doctor of Ministry program

In addition to his responsibilities with the D. Min. program, John teaches graduate NT text and ministry courses.  He received his training from Abilene Christian University (B.A. M.A., M.Div.),Emory University (Ph.D.), and Lipscomb University (M.A. in Conflict Management). Prior to joining the Lipscomb faculty, John served in full time ministry with congregations in Oregon, Texas, and Tennessee. He also taught at Columbia Christian College (later Cascade College) for seven years. He is a frequent speaker on college lecture programs and sermon seminars. John has a personal web page that includes his preaching and teaching materials at www.johnyork.org. John and his wife, Anne, have two sons, Matt (Lipscomb University '03) and Brad (Abilene Christian University '05). They also have three grandchildren.