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Hazelip Exchange

Welcome to the Hazelip Exchange!

The Hazelip Exchange hosts live, unrecorded Zoom meetings with leaders and peers regarding the bible and ministry. Each event is an hour of conversation with fellow participants, Hazelip faculty, and Dr. John Mark Hicks about important topics in theology, Scripture, and culture. Hazelip Exchange sessions are ideal for: 

  • Current students
  • Alumni
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Church ministers and members

Upcoming Events

Theological Conversations & Inquiries

Below are the Spring 2024 Hazelip Exchange Sessions. Please register for any and all conversations that interest you.

Meet the Hosts

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John Mark Hicks

John Mark teaches theology and history courses. 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.

Meet Dr. Hicks
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Deron Smith

Deron came to Lipscomb as Dean of Vocation and Spiritual Formation in July 2020 to join the wider mission of Lipscomb to equip and educate students to reflect the character of Jesus as they prepare to engage the world in any and every vocation. He moved to the College of Bible and Ministry in January 2022 as an Assistant Professor and as Chair of the Pastoral Leadership Program, which trains men and women for leadership in ministry, primarily in congregations but also in non-profit organizations.

Meet Dr. Smith
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Mark Black

Mark teaches Luke-Acts, Synoptic Gospels, New Testament Theology, Corinthians, New Testament Exegesis, and Biblical Ethics. He has preached at the Moreland Ave Church of Christ in Atlanta, the Okolona church in Louisville, and the Donelson church in Nashville. He also served as college minister at the Woodmont Hills church in Nashville.

Meet Dr. Black
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George Goldman

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.

Meet Dr. Goldman
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Carlus Gupton

In addition to his current role as Professor and Director of the Doctor of Ministry, he is an interim minister, consultant, and coach, having served a few hundred churches for over 20 years. He has also taught at Harding School of Theology (2014-2021) and Johnson University (2001-2013). Teaching specialties include church leadership, spiritual formation, change, conflict, and biblical and theological studies. He also taught communication at the University of Tennessee (2001-2011). Carlus is also the founder and publisher of and

Meet Dr. Gupton
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Lee Camp

Along with his role at Professor of Theology and Ethics, Lee is also the creator and host of No Small Endeavor ("Exploring what it means to live a good life"), a nationally syndicated podcast and public radio show, which also stages live events and variety shows.

Meet Dr. Camp
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Earl Lavender

Earl has an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Lipscomb, and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Saint Louis University (1991). He has taught at Lipscomb University since 1991. Since 1999 he has served as Director of Missional Studies and as a professor in the College of Bible and Ministry and the Hazelip School of Theology. He was recently named executive director to Lipscomb’s Center for Vocational Discovery, a focused initiative on presenting vocation as a continuation of God’ creative work in the world for every Lipscomb student.

Meet Dr. Lavender


"It's a great opportunity to engage both scholars and peers on theological issues that we don't have a platform for in everyday life. Taking a brief moment to grow with others seeking understanding is as helpful as any other resource out there, especially when it's free!"

- Houston H.

"John Mark did a great job as moderator and Richard is such a delightful and knowledgeable historian of our movement."

- Steve P.

"Very well done. Dr. Camp brought up a difficult subject but approached it with care and awareness of pastoral concerns."

- Jeremy S.

"Hazelip Exchange provided a robust conversation of a theological topic that normally, I would have found inaccessible on my own. Hearing the expertise of Dr. Hicks & Dr. White gave frameworks that I can apply in my own ministry setting."

- Lorne J.

"Wonderful mix of deep content and rich relational connections."

- Dean B.

"Learning about how this all began from the video we watched was invaluable; it has helped me understand how we got to where we are today. This was a great topic to cover."

- Dianne F.