Dr. C. Leonard Allen
Leonard serves as dean of the College of Bible and Ministry at Lipscomb University. He taught theology, ethics, and philosophy at the graduate and undergraduate level for over twenty years, serving as visiting professor at Biola University, adjunct professor at John Brown University and Fuller Theological Seminary, and professor at Abilene Christian University. He has lectured widely on college campuses and in churches over the past twenty-five years on biblical, historical, and theological themes. He holds a PhD in History of Christian Thought from the School of Religion at the University of Iowa, and is the author or co-author of ten books, including The Cruciform Church: Becoming a Cross-Shaped People in a Secular World; The Contemporaries Meet the Classics on Prayer; Distant Voices: Discovering a Forgotten Past for a Changing Church; and Things Unseen: Churches of Christ in (and after) the Modern Age.

Dr. Terry Briley

Terry Briley has taught Old Testament, Hebrew, and other courses at Lipscomb since 1985. He served as Dean of the College of Bible and Ministry for ten years. He holds an MPhil and PhD in Hebraic and Cognate Studies from Hebrew Union College. He also has an MA in Conflict Management from Lipscomb University. His books include Isaiah, NIV Old Testament Commentary series, two-volumes (College Press); Revelation: Jesus the Conquering Lamb, Meditative Commentary on the New Testament (ACU Press); and Delighting in the Lord: The Story of Israel and Christian Faith (a textbook for Lipscomb’s undergraduate Story of Israel course).

Terry has forty years of ministry experience, including ten years as an elder. He has also led mission trips to Brazil (8), Scotland (2), Wales (2), Australia, and the Dominican Republic. He presently serves as a faculty advisor for Lipscomb’s chapter of International Justice Mission. Terry and his wife Teri (yes, Terry and Teri) have two sons, Nathan and Daniel.

Dr. Mark Black
Professor of New Testament

Mark teaches Luke-Acts, Synoptic Gospels, New Testament Theology, Corinthians, New Testament Exegesis, and Biblical Ethics. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, his M.A. and M.Th. from Harding University Graduate School of Religion, his Th.M. degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Emory University. He has ministered in Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Mark and his wife, Margo, have three daughters: Sara, Jessica, and Allison.

Dr. Lee Camp

Lee currently teaches courses such as Biblical Ethics and Engineering Ethics in the College of Bible and Ministry, as well as ethics and theology seminars in the Hazelip School of Theology. He completed his undergrad studies at Lipscomb (B.A., 1989), and graduate studies at Abilene Christian University (M.A. in doctrinal studies, M.Div., 1993) and University of Notre Dame (M.A., 1997, and Ph.D., 1999, both in Moral Theology/ Christian ethics). Lee's book Mere Discipleship: Radical Christianity in a Rebellious World was published by Brazos Press (2003; 2nd ed. 2008). He has published numerous articles, and has a forthcoming book on Christianity, Islam, War and Peacemaking (2010). Lee has previously served as the pulpit minister for the Donelson Church of Christ in Nashville, and as youth minister for the Donmoyer Avenue Church of Christ in South Bend, Indiana. Lee is also the host and creator of "Tokens," a "theological variety show" (see http://TokensShow.com). Lee and his wife, Laura, have three sons, Chandler, David, and Ben.

Dr. Phillip Camp
Associate Professor

Phillip teaches various Old Testament text courses, Critical Interpretation to the Bible, and Hebrew. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1989, his Master of Arts in Religion degree from Lipscomb University in 1993, and his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1996. Phillip earned his Ph.D at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. Phillip has served as campus minister for churches in Ithaca, NY, Nashville, TN, and Princeton, NJ. He currently serves as an associate minister at the Natchez Trace Church of Christ in Nashville. He is the author of Finding Your Way: A Guide to Seminary Life and Beyond (Cascade, 2009) and a contributor to the commentaries on Hosea and Amos in The Transforming Word One-Volume Commentary (ACU Press, 2009).  Phillip and his wife, Amy, have three sons, Jim, Davis, and Timothy.

Dr. Ken Durham
Batsell Barrett Baxter Chair of Preaching

Ken teaches courses in ministry and preaching, as well as Freshman Bible. He came to Lipscomb following 35 years of full time church ministry; he most recently served as senior minster for the University Church of Christ on the campus on Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and earlier, in Falls Church, Virginia, Springfield, Missouri, and Stamford, Connecticut, and also as a campus minister at the University of Texas and the University of Kentucky. He received his B.A. from Lipscomb, and his M.A. and Ph.D. Louisiana State University. He has written or co-written four books, including Speaking From the Heart. 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 with Harold Hazelip of the “Herald of Truth” television program. 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. David Fleer

David's teaching focus is homiletics. Under his direction, Lipscomb University hosts the annual Conference on Preaching. For the past few years Fleer has served as advisory board chair for the Christian Scholars' Conference, which is currently hosted at Lipscomb University. 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. He preaches and teaches in congregations in Michigan and Tennessee and across the country. During the last calendar year he preached for churches in 30 different communities and he regularly presents at conferences, seminars, and lectureships in the Churches of Christ. Fleer earned his B.A. in Education from Washington State University (1976), and M.Div. from ACU (1981), the D.Min. from Fuller Seminary (1987), an M.S. in Communication from Portland State University (1991), and the Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington (1995). David and Mae have been married for over 30 years and have three sons, Josh, Luke, and Nate. They are the proud grandparents of three boys.

Dr. George Goldman II
Associate Professor
Chair of the Department of Bible and Ministry

George teaches courses in New Testament, Greek, and Faith & Culture. He received his B.A. and M.A. from Lipscomb University (1988, 1991), his M.Div. from Harding University Graduate School of Religion (1993), and his Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (2002). Dr. Goldman is actively involved in leading a college ministry and attends Otter Creek Church of Christ.  He lives in Franklin, TN with his wife, Wendy, her two daughters, Shannon and Lauren, and their son Nathan.

Dr. Frank Guertin
Assistant Dean
Director, Hazelip School of Theology

Frank Guertin is Assistant Dean for the Hazelip School of Theology at Lipscomb University.  He also serves as the director of field education for the MDiv cohort program.  Frank completed his BA at Ohio Valley University, his MEd and MTS at Lipscomb, and a PhD in theology from Durham University.  His research interests include Thomas Traherne, theological anthropology, the history of Christian mysticism, and the epistemology of spiritual experience. He is passionate about an integrated approach to theological education, where personhood, place, and purpose are explored alongside the traditional disciplines of theology.  

Frank spent a decade as a minister in Middle Tennessee, serving on staff with the Tusculum Church of Christ and the North Boulevard Church of Christ. He came to Lipscomb in 2009 to help launch the Institute for Christian Spirituality. He has also served as director of recruiting and marketing for the College of Bible and Ministry. He and his wife, Nikki, live in Triune, Tennessee, and have a daughter, Lydia.

Dr. John Mark Hicks

John Mark teaches theology and history courses. He received his B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University (1977), his M.A.R. in Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1980), his M.A. in Humanities from Western Kentucky University (1981) and his Ph.D. in Reformation and Post-Reformation Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary (1985). He has taught theology since 1982, including nine years at Harding University Graduate School of Religion (1991-2000). He has been at Lipscomb since 2000. He has ministered with churches in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Tennessee. He has published nine books and thirteen journal articles as well as contributed to nineteen other books. He has spoken in thirty-eight states and nineteen countries. He and his wife, Jennifer, have five living children and two deceased.

Dr. Hicks' blog can be accessed here.

Dr. Earl Lavender
Director, Missional Studies

Earl holds undergraduate degrees from Ohio Valley College and Lipscomb, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Lipscomb, and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Saint Louis University. He has taught at Lipscomb since 1990 and for the last thirteen years has served as Director of Missional Studies and professor in the College of Bible and Ministry. He has led mission and education events in Europe, Australia, India, Russia, Brazil, Ghana and China.  Earl also serves as the founding director of the Institute for Christian Spirituality, established at Lipscomb in the fall of 2009.

Earl has authored numerous books and published articles, including entries in The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (Everett Ferguson, ed., Garland) and The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).  He is a regular lecturer at the International Conference of Patristic Studies held at Oxford University in England. In 2004 he co-authored Living God’s Love: an Invitation to Christian Spirituality with Gary Holloway. He has also participated in writing a meditative commentary series on the New Testament (Leafwood Publishers). His latest book is Un Viaggio Nel Vangelo di Luca published in 2011 (Perciballi), a meditational commentary written specifically for the Italian culture.

He is married to the former Rebecca Nance of Nashville, Tennessee.  They have three grown and happily married children, Rachel, Beth, and David. They also have been blessed with three grandchildren. Rebecca and Earl have planted churches in Italy (1978-1984) and Illinois (1986-1990).

Dr. Josh Strahan
Assistant Professor

Josh teaches courses in Freshman Bible and New Testament. He received his bachelor's degree in Bible from Lipscomb University in 2004, his Master of Divinity degree from Abilene Christian University in 2008, and his Ph.D. in New Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011. Josh has worked in campus ministry and youth ministry in Tennessee. His research interests are theological interpretation and Luke-Acts. He enjoys reading fiction and running. Josh and his wife, Lauren, have a two daughters, Sophie and Maddie.

Dr. Walter Surdacki
Associate Professor

Walter teaches various Youth Ministry and practical ministry courses.  He completed his undergrad studies at the Institute for Christian Studies (B.A., 1990), and graduate studies at Pepperdine University (M.S. in Ministry, 1992) and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1996 and D.Min. in Youth and Family Ministry, 2006). He has served in full time ministry for over 16 years working at the Torrance Church of Christ, Malibu Church of Christ and Campbell Church of Christ. Walter and his wife, Amy, have two daughters, Madeline and Abby.

Dr. Surdacki's blog can be accessed here.

Dr. Mike Williams
Associate Professor

Mike graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in 1986. He graduated from Abilene Christian University with a M. Div. in 1991. He holds the doctorate in New Testament from Emory University. Mike teaches freshman Bible, New Testament text courses, and Greek. He recently served as Senior Minister at the Fourth Avenue Church of Christ in Franklin, Tennessee. Mike and his wife, Tania, have two children, Jeremy and Rachel.

Dr. John York
Director, Doctor of Ministry program

In addition to his responsibilities with the D. Min. program, John teaches graduate NT text and ministry courses.  He received his training from Abilene Christian University (B.A. M.A., M.Div.),Emory University (Ph.D.), and Lipscomb University (M.A. in Conflict Management). Prior to joining the Lipscomb faculty, John served in full time ministry with congregations in Oregon, Texas, and Tennessee. He also taught at Columbia Christian College (later Cascade College) for seven years. He is a frequent speaker on college lecture programs and sermon seminars. John has a personal web page that includes his preaching and teaching materials at www.johnyork.org. John and his wife, Anne, have two sons, Matt (Lipscomb University '03) and Brad (Abilene Christian University '05). They also have three grandchildren.