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Terry Briley
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

Professional Experience
Professor at Lipscomb University since 1986

Interesting Information
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.

Lee Camp
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
Professional Experience
Creator and executive producer of “Tokens”
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
Interesting Information
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.


Ken Durham
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
Professional Experience
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
Interesting Information
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.


George Goldman
Associate Professor of Bible

-- Ph.D., Theological Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
-- M. Div., Harding University Graduate School of Religion
-- M.A., Biblical Studies, Lipscomb University
-- B.A., Biblical Languages, Lipscomb University

Velma R. West Greek Award, Harding University Graduate School of Religion, 1993
Jack Lewis Ministry of Scholarship Award, Harding University Graduate School of Religion, 1993
Goodpasture Bible Award, Lipscomb University, 1988  
James R. Byers Preacher Training Award, Lipscomb University, 1988
Greek Medalist, Lipscomb University, 1986
Outstanding College Students of America   
Who's Who Among American College Students

Professional Experience
Adjunct Faculty, North Park College, 1997
New Testament Department Fellow, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1995 – 1997
Cardinal Drive Church of Christ, 1995 – 1996
Faculty, International Bible College, 1990 – 1991
Part-time Minister, Baird’s Mill Church of Christ, 1989 – 1990
Huntington Church of Christ, 1988
Four Season’s Road Church of Christ, 1986

Professional Information
Member, Society of Biblical Literature

Earl Lavender
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
Professional Experience
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
Interesting Information
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.

Tom Seals
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

-- B.A., Lipscomb University
-- M.T.S., Wesley Theological Seminary
-- D.Min., Memphis Theological Seminary
-- Post-Graduate Studies, Vanderbilt University

Goodpasture Bible Award, 1971
Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Lipscomb University, 2000
Cultural Advancement Award, 2001

Professional Experience
Minister of Churches of Christ, 1964 – present
President, Board of Directors of Inter-America Bible Institute, Lima, Peru, 2002 – present

Research Information
Proverbs: Wisdom for All Ages; Sermon on the Mount for Modern Living; The Quest for Spiritual Maturity; The Cost of Discipleship.

Interesting Information
Led missions to Albania (1999) and Lima, Peru (2000-2012)
Leader in establishing Inter-American Bible Institute, a Christian Leadership School in Lima, Peru, 2002
Outreach Minister, West End Church of Christ, Nashville, TN
Faculty director of Yellow Ribbon Veterans studies at West End Church of Christ and Lipscomb University
Faculty sponsor of Aurora, an International-Religions campus student community

Walter Surdacki
Assistant Professor 

B.A. – Institute for Christian Studies
M.S. – Pepperdine University
M.Div. – Fuller Theological Seminary
D.Min – Fuller Theological Seminary
Professional Experience
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
Interesting Information
Surdaki has travelled to the UK and Australia for mission work.
He also spent some time training youth leaders in Nairobi, Kenya.