Lifelong Learning Faculty

Kem Hinton,
Principal FAIA, LEED Accredited Professional, Tuck-Hinton Architects

Kem Hinton, FAIA, is a founding partner with Seab Tuck in Tuck-Hinton Architects. Established in 1984, the firm has become one of the most highly respected design studios in the region. Kem is a design principal and works directly with clients to formulate effective and successful solutions for their planning and building needs. He is particularly interested in place making that is appropriate, effective, compelling, symbolic, and memorable. Kem received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee in 1977 and his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris and worked briefly with the distinguished Philadelphia firm of Venturi & Scott Brown. Kem holds membership in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, is licensed throughout the Southeast, and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In addition to professional affiliations, he is active with numerous civic and community organizations, notably Leadership Nashville.  For outstanding creativity, Kem and his firm have garnished an impressive collection of national and regional design awards. He received a Fellowship Artist Award from the Tennessee Arts Commission and was recognized by Progressive Architecture and the Architectural League of New York. Kem was lead designer of the Tennessee Bicentennial Capitol Mall in Nashville, and composed a book documenting the monumental endeavor entitled A Long Path: The Search for a Bicentennial Landmark. In recognition of design excellence and professional accomplishments, Kem was elected in 1998 to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows. In 2004 he was selected as a Peer Professional in the GSA National Design Excellence Program. His outside interests include drawing, photography, history, and hiking.

Bachelor of Architecture, University of Tennessee, 1977
Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1981
Ecole des Beaux arts, Paris, summer program, 1981
Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Visual Artist Fellowship, 1987 -  LEED Accredited Professional

Tom Bancroft
Lipscomb University Artist in Residence, Animation

Tom Bancroft has almost 25 years of experience in the animation industry, most of which was for Walt Disney Feature Animation where he was an animator for 11 years. While at Disney, Bancroft had the opportunity to contribute his talents to the classic films, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, Mulan and Brother Bear. He was also a character designer and director for Big Idea Productions, makers of the family-friendly Veggie Tales video series. His popular art instruction book “Creating Characters with Personality” has become the most recognized book on designing characters for animation, video games, comic books and cartooning, and is a required textbook at many arts schools around the world.

Hope Hines
Retired Local Sportscaster, Motivational Speaker, and Author

Hope Hines brought sports news to life each evening on CBS NewsChannel 5 for thirty two years in Nashville, Tennessee. Hope went behind the scenes interpreting the trends for fans of all sports, and bringing insights and interviews from the full spectrum of sports personalities. He is highly respected around the nation as a seasoned professional and play-by-play broadcaster, as he worked for forty years as a broadcaster. Hope joined NewsChannel 5 as Sports Director in 1971 after graduating from the University of Georgia. In 1975, Hope left for San Diego where he was Sports Director of KFMB-TV and was the play-by-play radio broadcaster for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. Hope also served as television play-by-play announcer for the New Orleans Saints working for WWL-TV in New Orleans. He spent a short time in Charlotte, North Carolina working for Ted Turner before moving on to Baltimore. There, he continued his television play-by-play broadcasting for the Baltimore Colts, as well as Sports Anchor for WMAR-TV. In 1983 Hope returned to Nashville, where he was welcomed by sports fans throughout the Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky region. Hope established himself as one who gets the scoop, breaking the stories that made headlines. Hope has won six broadcast Emmy awards. One of the most recent was in 1996, for "Lady of Gold." That special report on the late Wilma Rudolph was so moving, her family called to thank him for his efforts. In 2001, Hope racked up another Emmy - this one for his insightful commentary, "A Farewell To Jefferson Street Joe Gilliam." Among Hope's other honors - he has been named Best Sportscaster in the Southeast, and has received an Iris Award for the best produced half hour sports program in television. Hope was named a recipient of the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for 25 Years of Distinguished Service to the Industry, and recently was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, receiving the Pat Summitt Lifetime Achievement Award. In his private life, Hope focuses on family, church, and golf. He and wife Pat have three grown children and seven grandchildren. Hope and Pat are active members of the First Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. Hope's faith and his years of working with athletes and coaches have led him to another activity - motivational speaking.

Professor of Biblical Practice, Veteran Chaplain

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.

David Lawrence
Retired Lipscomb History Professor

Dr. David Lawrence retired in 2011 as professor of history after teaching for twenty-five years at Lipscomb.  His specialty was early European history, but he also taught classes in Byzantine and Middle East history.  Dr. Lawrence holds a B.A. degree in literature and history from Drury College in Springfield, MO., a M.A. in history from Wichita State University, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Kansas.  He has been married to his wife Alice for fifty-two years, and they are the parents of two sons and three grandchildren.  Dr. Lawrence also taught the humanities class for the Lipscomb in Vienna program four times. 

Gary Wilson
Lipscomb University Professor and Director of Choral and Vocal Studies

Gary P. Wilson, D.M.A., divides his professional time between the roles of conductor, scholar, and educator. His responsibilities as Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Lipscomb University include conducting the A Cappella Singers and ChamberMen, directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and overseeing the vocal studio program. Choirs under his leadership have performed at regional and state music conferences, in New York City's Carnegie Hall, and in venues throughout the United States and Europe.  He is a frequent conductor and clinician for honor choirs and festival choirs, including the Arkansas All State Choir in 2007.  In 2012 Dr. Wilson founded the Lipscomb Men’s Choral Festival, an annual event that brings high school singers together for a performance of men’s choral literature, including the premiere of a newly commissioned work. As a scholar, Dr. Wilson has focused on the choral music of American composer Edward MacDowell.  His book, A Conductor’s Analysis of Edward MacDowell’s Choral Music, was published in 2004, and in 2005 was nominated for the American Choral Directors Association Julius Hereford award for outstanding doctoral research.  In 2012, Dr. Wilson presented his MacDowell findings at the first ACDA National Symposium on American Choral Music at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Wilson holds undergraduate and masters degrees from Harding University and Baylor University, and is the first recipient of the doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied with Peter A. Eklund.   
Before coming to Lipscomb, Dr. Wilson taught at York College in Nebraska.  While there he founded and conducted the Chamber Singers, a select auditioned group that performed major choral works for small vocal ensembles including Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien and Carissimi’s oratorio, Jephthe. Dr. Wilson has also taught at the secondary level, serving as director of choral activities at Central Arkansas Christian High School in Little Rock for thirteen years.  During his tenure he founded and conducted the Arkansas Chamber Singers Youth Chorale, and served as artistic director for the Arkansas Governor’s School program, Summerstage!
Dr. Wilson is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association, and serves as chair of Youth and Student Activities in the Tennessee chapter of ACDA.  He is also a member of the National Association for Music Education, the Tennessee Music Educators Association, the National Collegiate Choral Conductors Organization, and Pi Kappa Lambda national music society.    Dr. Wilson and his wife, Cheryl, have two children, Amy and Scott.

Ken Durham
Lipscomb University Batsell Barrett Baxter Chair of Preaching

Ken Durham holds the Batsell Barret Baxter Chair of Preaching at Lipscomb University, teaching in the College of Bible and the Hazelip School of Theology. He most recently served for eleven years as the preaching minister for the University Church of Christ on the campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, as well as in Falls Church, Virginia, in Springfield, Missouri, and in Stamford, Connecticut, and as a campus minister at the University of Texas and the University of Kentucky.
He received his Ph. D (in Communication Research and Theory) and M.A. from Louisiana State University, and his B.A. from David Lipscomb University.
He has written or co-written four books, including Speaking From the Heart (Sweet,1986). 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 of the “Herald of Truth” television program. He has been a Staley Distinguished Lecturer at Lipscomb University and Oklahoma Christian University, and a featured lecturer on preaching at the Abilene Christian University Lectures on Preaching, the Rochester College Lectures on Preaching, and the Austin Sermon Seminar.
He has been a theme speaker on the lectureships of Pepperdine University, Abilene Christian University, Oklahoma Christian University, Harding University, Lipscomb University, Rochester College, Ohio Valley College and Cascade College.
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.

Dr. Dennis Loyd
Lipscomb University Retired Faculty

Dennis Loyd, retired professor of English at Lipscomb University, has taught in the Lifelong Learning program since its beginning. A specialist in American literature, he has taught such classes as Revolutionary War Literature, Civil War Literature, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Tennessee Literature, Nashville Writers, William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. This class will focus on the short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne, best known for his use of Puritan America as subject matter and his use of symbolism as a developing technique. Dr. Loyd is a graduate of David Lipscomb College and holds the Ph.D. from George Peabody College for Teachers.

Rob McRay
Lipscomb University Adjunct Bible Professor

Rob McRay received his B.A. from Abilene Christian University and his M.A. in Biblical studies from Wheaton College, and did further graduate study in the Ancient Mediterranean World at the University of Chicago. Rob is an adjunct instructor in Bible at Lipscomb University and the Executive

Director of Youth Encouragement Services in Nashville.  He served for more than 30 years as the senior minister for several congregations, including the Donelson Church of Christ.  Rob has lived in Israel and traveled extensively in the Middle East, including leading several Holy Land tours.

Linda P. Schacht
College of Leadership and Public Service Lipscomb UniversityHeadshot Linda Peek Schacht

Linda Peek Schacht is leader in residence, associate professor of practice and strategic advisor to the dean in Lipscomb’s College of Leadership and Public Service. She also is the founding director of the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership, now a part of the new College.
For forty years, she has advised government, business and non-profit leaders on communication and strategy. A veteran of the Carter White House press office, she has held the top communication positions for a national Presidential campaign, USA Today, the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee.
Linda spent over a decade at The Coca-Cola Company in New York and Atlanta, serving three Chairmen and retiring as Vice President, Global Communications and Public Affairs Strategy. In addition to her media, public relations and corporate communications responsibilities, she represented the company at the World Economic Forum and oversaw research on the economic and public affairs impact of the company’s global investments, helping shape the emerging corporate social responsibility movement.
In 2002, Linda began her encore career in education as a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she was affiliated with both the Center for Public Leadership and the Center for Business and Government. For the next four years, her workshops and research focused on leadership and communication. Concurrently, from 2004- 2008, Linda was the interim chair of the political and organizational communication department at Emerson College in Boston.
The academic and community programs of the Andrews Institute, which she launched as its first executive director in 2010, reflect her commitment to developing leaders for the common good at every stage of their careers. She has advised emerging, mid-career, and veteran leaders in both
the Master’s in Civic Leadership program, in the Cable Executive Leadership Academy, and as adviser to the women’s leadership cluster for Cab!e. Linda has produced leadership training for Nashville Neighborhood leaders through the Office of the Mayor and for high school girls through Music City Girls Lead! She currently advises the Tennessee Accelerated Leadership Institute (emerging leaders), is a coach and presenter for LEAD Tennessee, the state’s award- winning leadership development initiative, and is a frequent presenter for Commissioner Leadership Institutes and the League of Cities.
Linda is a former Woodrow Wilson teaching fellow and a long-time board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation where she helped develop leadership training for women in media around the world. She is a board member of Athena International; Fifty Forward; Rock the Street Wall Street; and Centerstone Military Services. Since 2013, she has directed the Fellows program for the Global Action Summit. A frequent speaker and commentator on leadership, communication, and, in election years, politics, she is the recipient of three lifetime achievement awards for her career and her work in leadership development for women and girls: the 2012 NBJ Women of Influence Trailblazer award, the 2014 Athena Award, and the YWCA’s 2015 AWA award. She is a graduate of Lipscomb University and The Ohio State University.

Rocky Horton
Lipscomb University Associate Professor of Art

Sammye Lee
Registered Nurse