Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

Advisory Board

The CSC advisory board is made up of the following members, predominately provosts, from Liberal Arts Universities associated with the Churches of Christ.

David Fleer, Lipscomb University, Director

Provosts from Supporting Institutions

Susan Blassingame, Lubbock Christian University

Craig Bledsoe, Lipscomb University

Joy Jones, Ohio Valley University 

Scott Lamascus, Oklahoma Christian University

Larry Long, Harding University

Rick Marrs, Pepperdine University

Robert Rhodes, Abilene Christian University


Members “At – Large”

Tom Olbricht, Founder and Professor Emeritus, Pepperdine University

Kathy Pulley, Missouri State University

Gregory E. Sterling, Yale University Divinity School 


Ex Officio

Rhonda Lowry, Lipscomb University



Darryl Tippens, Abilene Christian University

Gail Hopkins, Ohio Valley University


The advisory board meets once a year and takes an active role to: encourage and recruit generative peer-review leaders, invite a wide range of participants beginning with their respective universities, ensure financial support for their faculty's conference travel and fees, help raise scholarship monies to promote participation amongst graduate students and faculty of color, provide leadership and participation during the conference and to help create and enact wise and effective developmental strategies consistent with the CSC mission.