Lipscomb University

Christian Scholars' Conference

About the Director

David Fleer

David Fleer is Professor of Bible and Communication and Special Assistant to the President at Lipscomb University. For the last eleven years he has served as the executive director of the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars’ Conference, whose mission is “To create and nurture an intellectual and Christian community that joins individuals and institutions to stimulate networks of civil discourse and scholarly collaboration.”

David’s teaching focus is homiletics and for twelve years he directed the Sermon Seminar in Rochester and Nashville and now co-directs Lipscomb’s Preaching Workshop. 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. Since 2007 Fleer has taught at Lipscomb University in their undergraduate program and in the Hazelip School of Theology in both the MDiv and DMin programs.

One of David’s deepest passions is racial reconciliation. He has most recently been active in the Racial Unity Leadership Summit, in leadership and speaking roles. This year he has spoken in gatherings calling for truth telling as a prerequisite to reconciliation from Lebanon, TN to Southfield, MI. Since 2013 he has led ten different groups on a Bus Ride to Justice, through key southern cities. These trips are designed to provide participants opportunities to touch, see, hear and experience the history of Slavery, Jim Crow, and the Civil Rights movement, all of which speak clearly into our present distress in the United States.

He preaches and teaches in congregations across the country and regularly presents at conferences, seminars, and lectureships in the Churches of Christ. From 1981 to 1991 he served as the Senior Minister for the Andresen Road Church of Christ in Vancouver, Washington. He has published articles in peer reviewed scholarly and popular journals and initiated extensive collaborative editing projects resulting in fifteen books and four journal issues since 2000. He has been active on the editorial boards of Leaven (since its inception in 1990) and Restoration Quarterly.

Fleer earned his BA in Education from Washington State University (1976), an MDiv from ACU (1981), the DMin from Fuller Seminary (1987), an MS in Communication from Portland State University (1991), and the PhD in Communication from the University of Washington (1995). 

David and Mae have been married for 40 years and have three sons and four grandchildren.