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Dean of College of Bible and Ministry
Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A. – Lipscomb University
M.Phil. – Hebrew Union College
Ph.D – Hebrew Union College
Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Lipscomb University – 1996, 2001
Professor at Lipscomb University since 1986
Led mission work in Brazil and Scotland.
He has published a two-volume commentary on Isaiah with the College Press NIV Commentary series.
Co-Editor for an Old Testament commentary series published by College Press.
Published a book titled The Story of Israel and a devotional guide to the book of Revelation titled The Conquering Lamb.
Serves as a minister and elder for a church in Nashville.
Attended the Bonaroo Music and Arts festival four times.
Plays amateur fiddle and wooden flute.
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
Senior Faculty Fellow in the Center for International Peace and Justice
B.A. – Lipscomb University
M.Div. – Abilene Christian University
M.A. – University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. – University of Notre Dame
Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Lipscomb University – 2001, 2006
Goodpasture Bible Award - 1989
Intructor at University of Notre Dame – 2 years
Pulpit minister for the Donelson Church of Christ in Nashville – 3 years
Youth minister for the Donmoyer Avenue Church of Christ in Indiana – 2 years
Instructor at Kenya Christian Institure of Practical Ministry, and Kenya Christian Industrial and Technological Institute – Jan - May 1994
Camp has published a book: Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World as well as numerous other articles, presentations and lectures.
He is a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society and The American Academy of Religion.
Camp served as a Board member of “Made in the Streets, USA”, a ministry to street children in Nairobi.
His research interests include Muslim-Christian relations.
He is working on a comparative work on the practice and doctrine of Christian and Islamic war and peacemaking.
Batsell Barrett Baxter Chair of Preaching
B.A. – Lipcomb University
M.A. – Louisiana State University
Ph.D. – Louisiana State University
Post Doctoral Studies – Austin Presbyterian Seminary
Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University, Abilene Christian University, and Oklahoma Christian University
Senior minister for University Church of Christ at Pepperdine University – 12 years
Minister at Falls Church, VA – 7 years
Minister at in Springfield, MO – 3 years
Minister at in Stamford, CT – 7 years
Campus Minister at the University of Kentucky – 3 years
Campus Minister at the University of Texas – 3 years
Taught in the Staley Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series at Lipscomb University and Oklahoma Christian University
Durham hosted a TV show with Harold Hazelip for 3 years. Their show was a medium for discussing and answering questions regarding the Christian message.
Durham has published four books:
· Speaking From The Heart
· Jesus, a Hero for Heroic Living (co-authored with Harold Hazelip),
· Christian Integrity (co-authored with Harold Hazelip)
· Anchors for the Asking (co-authored with Harold Hazelip)
He writes a regular column for 21st Century Christian entitled “Good Humor”.
Durham has published other articles in religious journals and presented at conferences
His research interests include: discerning the central message of the New Testament, sensitivity of preachers to popular culture, and he importance of humor in faith.
Durham held the school record for triple jump while completing his undergraduate degree at Lipscomb University.
Director of Institute for Christian Spirituality
Professor of Biblical Studies
B.S. – Lipscomb University
M.A. – Lipscomb University
Ph.D – Saint Louis University
Ohio Valley College Alumnus of the Year – 2008
Lipscomb University Outstanding Teacher – 2003, 2008
Instructor at Saint Louis University – 5 years
Missionary in Cervignano, Italy – 7 years
Currently serves as an adjunct professor at Abilene Christian University and Oklahoma Christian University.
Serves as a visiting professor at Oxford University every four years
Served at Lipscomb since 1991
Lavender has ministry experience in Italy, Illinois, and Tennessee.
He has published the following books:
• 1 & 2 Corinthians: Jesus, Cross, Church (commentary)
• Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, & Philemon (commentary)
• Luke:Jesus is Savior (commentary)
• Mark: Jesus is God’s Son (commentary)
• Living God’s Love (co-authored with Gary Holloway)
• Acts of the Apostles: Jesus Alive in His Church (commentary)
• A Biblical pattern for church growth : a study of Ephesians 4:1-16
• The Church of God’s Intent: Strategies For Renewal (co-authored with Robert Glenn)
He has also published numerous book reviews, articles, and lectures.
Lavender has coached various athletic sports including cross-country and baseball, and he holds a private pilot license.
Current research interest lies in measuring spirituality (in conjunction with his work as Director of Institute for Christian Spirituality)
Lavender is the former Director of Missional Studies at Lipscomb University.
B.A. – Institute for Christian Studies
M.S. – Pepperdine University
M.Div. – Fuller Theological Seminary
D.Min – Fuller Theological Seminary
Youth Minister at Torrance Church of Christ – 2.5 years
Youth Minister Malibu Church of Christ – 4.5 years
Youth Minister at Campbell Church of Christ – 10 years
Surdaki has travelled to the UK and Australia for mission work.
He also spent some time training youth leaders in Nairobi, Kenya.