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PROFILE

In addition to serving as City Director for the C.S. Lewis Institute of Northeast Ohio and tenured, Professor of Theology at Malone University, I am an Anglican Priest serving at St. John’s in Canton, Ohio and Canon Theologian for the Anglican Diocese of The Great Lakes. I am always interested in the ways that Christians and Christian churches engage contemporary culture and struggle to remain faithful to the gospel in different contexts.

I currently chair the executive committee of the Society of Anglican Theologians. As a scholar, I specialize in Ressourcement theology, which is best exemplified in the work of Henri de Lubac. Generally, I am a proponent of the great consensual tradition that C.S. Lewis referred to as “Mere Christianity,” and all of my work in academia and for the church tends to focus on different aspects of this tradition. I met my wife, Suzanne, at Baylor University and were married in 1993. We have three children: Harrison (born 1997), Claire (born 2001), and John (born 2003).

My wife and I are both native Texans and moved to Ohio for an academic post at Malone University. I also have teaching experience at Baylor University where I taught in the Department of Religion for two years before earning the Ph.D. in May of 2006. I earned the Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2001.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY, MALONE UNIVERSITY — 2006- PRESENT

I began as an Assistant Professor of Theology in 2006 and progressed through the tenure process, achieving full professor in 2016. I have experience teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs. I advise students, serve on various faculty committees, actively participate in theological associations, author and edit books and refereed journal articles, and speak in a variety of professional and public venues. 

PLANTING PRIEST AND FOUNDING RECTOR, ST. JOHN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH – 2017 – PRESENT

In the Spring of 2017, my wife and I gathered a group of friends together to begin planning for an Anglican Church plant in the Canton, Ohio area. We had our first meeting in May and then gathered bi-weekly throughout the summer. Our first worship service took place on September 17th of 2017, and we officially launched the church in the Fall of 2017. I lead the church during its first four years of growth, including growth during the pandemic. In the Spring of 2021, I stepped down to allow St. John’s to call its first full-time rector. I continue to serve in a volunteer, assisting role at St. John’s.

DIRECTOR, C.S. LEWIS INSTITUTE OF NORTHEAST OHIO – 2017 – PRESENT

I was approached by the C.S. Lewis Institute in the Fall of 2016 about serving as their Resident Theologian for Northeast Ohio. The position began in the Summer of 2017 and entails serving on the leadership team of the Northeast Ohio branch, teaching regularly in the fellow’s program, mentoring fellows, giving an annual lecture series titled, “Matters that Matter,” and engaging in scholarship of interest to the constituents of the C.S. Lewis Institute. I began serving as the Director in the summer of 2020. 

DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR CHRISTIAN FAITH & CULTURE, CANTON OH — 2013-2019

With support from Malone University’s board of trustees and senior administration, I developed and founded the Center for Christian Faith & Culture to provide the Malone community greater access to renowned theological scholars and pastoral theologians, provide the community with greater access to the university’s rich intellectual resources, and to cultivate a broader base of invested constituents. I ran the Center until the Summer of 2019 when I handed responsibility over to my Associate Director, Dr. David Beer. 

DIRECTOR, MATS PROGRAM, MALONE UNIVERSITY, CANTON OH — 2011-2013

I directed all activities related to the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program. This included a complete program review, thorough revision of program mission, goals, and objectives, developing a new assessment program, hiring, training, and reviewing the performance of adjunct faculty, scheduling courses, advising students, assessing faculty teaching and student learning, serving on the graduate studies policy committee, and liaising with graduate recruiters and marketing professionals.

INTERIM PASTOR, WAYNSEBURG PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, DECEMBER 2008-DECEMBER 2009

I served for twelve months as the part-time lay minister for a small, rural Presbyterian church in Waynesburg, Ohio. My responsibilities included planning the weekly worship service, preaching every Sunday, planning and overseeing all special services throughout the year, presiding with the church elders at the Eucharist each month, regular hospital and home visitation, funerals, and more. 

VICE PRESIDENT, HOLLON OIL COMPANY, WESLACO TX — 1994-1998

I managed the start-up of a subsidiary company in Reynosa, Mexico and ultimately hired, trained, and managed a team of twelve across the border.  I oversaw all financial and administrative issues related to the Mexican company and assumed additional responsibilities with the U.S. Company beginning in 1995.  Ultimately, I managed a team of approximately fifty employees in the U.S. and Mexico.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, CORD, WACO TX — 1993-1994

The position entailed maintaining a database of funding agencies and consulting the Federal Register regularly for requests for proposals.  I worked daily with a team of scientists and engineers on the development of major grant proposals to government agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Education Association.  I worked with a team to secure numerous grants.

ORDINATION & CERTIFICATION

  • Ordained a Deacon (2014) and Priest (2015) in the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes (ACNA)
  • Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising from the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving of Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, 2015

EDUCATION & ACADEMIC SERVICE

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Religion (Philosophy Minor), Baylor University, Waco, Texas, May 2006 
  • Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena California, August 2001
  • Thirty Semester Hours of Graduate Study, J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University, 1992-1993
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Baylor University, December 1991

HONORS/AWARDS

  • Finalist, Distinguished Faculty Award for Scholarship, Spring 2019
  • Faculty Sabbatical Research Award, Spring 2014
  • Finalist, Distinguished Faculty Award for Service, Spring 2014
  • Finalist, Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, Spring 2013
  • Finalist, Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, Spring 2011
  • Teaching Fellow/Assistant Director of the Teaching Colloquy, Baylor University, 2004-2005
  • Wabash Teaching Fellow, Baylor University, 2003-2004
  • Graduate/Teaching Assistant Fellowship, Baylor University, 2002-2003
  • Full Tuition Fellowship, Baylor University, 2002 – 2003
  • Graduate/Teaching Assistant Fellowship, Baylor University, 2001-2002
  • Full Tuition Fellowship, Baylor University, 2001-2002
  • Full Tuition Fellowship, J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University, 1993-1994
  • Full Tuition Fellowship, J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University, 1992-1993

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Professor of Theology, Malone University (Fall 2016 – )
  • Associate Professor of Theology, Malone University (2011-2016)
  • Assistant Professor of Theology, Malone University (2006-2011)
  • Instructor of Record, Baylor University (2004-2006)

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Introduction to Christian Theology (Undergraduate) Malone University
  • History of Christian Thought (Undergraduate) Malone University 
  • Christian Theology I (Undergraduate) Malone University
  • Christian Theology II (Undergraduate) Malone University
  • Spiritual Formation (Undergraduate) Malone University
  • Theology and Practice of Christian Worship (Undergraduate) Malone University
  • History of Christian Thought I (Graduate Level), Malone University
  • History of Christian Thought II (Graduate Level), Malone University
  • Spiritual Formation (Graduate Level), Malone University
  • Christianity and Culture (Graduate Level), Malone University
  • History and Doctrine of the Church (Graduate Level) Malone University 
  • Introduction to Christian Scripture (Undergraduate) Baylor University 
  • Christian Heritage (Undergraduate) Baylor University 

HONORS THESES DIRECTED

  • “An Unfeeling God? Ancient Insights for Contemporary Theology on Divine Impassibility,” Malone University – Bob Book (Fall 2012 – Spring 2013)
  • “Mystery Lost: A Catechetical Theology of Worship for Today’s Protestant Evangelicals,” Malone University – Aaron Bunnell (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012)
  • “Toward a Theology of Reconciliation,” Malone University – Hannah Kelley (Spring – Fall 2008) 

HONORS THESIS COMMITTEES

  • Katie Fox (Spring 2013)
  • Avery Linn (Fall 2013)

SCHOLARSHIP

BOOK AUTHORED

  • Everything Is Sacred: Spiritual Exegesis in the Political Theology of Henri de Lubac. Theopolitical Visions.  Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, October, 2008

SERIES CO-EDITOR

  • Co-Editor, with Barry Harvey, of the Free Church, Catholic Tradition Series (Cascade Books). 
    • Jeff Carey, Free Churches and the Body of Christ: Authority, Unity, Truthfulness (2013)
    • Scott Bullard, Re-Membering the Body: The Lord’s Supper and Ecclesial Unity in Free Church Traditions(2013)
    • Derek Hatch, Thinking with the Church (2018)

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Mystical Theology’, in T&T Clark Companion to Henri de Lubac, ed. Jordan Hillebert (London: T&T Clark, 2016).

POPULAR AND REFERREED ARTICLES

  • “Catechesis: The Classic Approach to Christian Formation”, Knowing & Doing, (March 2019)
  • “Sacramental Realism and the Powers: A Reconsideration of de Lubac’s Eucharistic Theology,” Ashland Theological Journal, (2011): 21-32
  • “Knowledge of God as Assimilation and Participation: An essay on Biblical Epistemology and Theological Pedagogy, Perspectives in Religious Studies (Spring 2011): 85-106
  • “Saint Benedict in the City,” Christian Reflection, 20 (Summer 2006): 37-42
  •  “Is the Epistle to Diognetus an Apology?” Journal of Communication and Religion, 29 (Spring 2006): 127-146

REVIEW ESSAYS

  • Ethics of Everyday Life: Moral Theology, Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human, by Michael Banner, Christian Scholar’s Review, Spring 2016

BOOK REVIEWS 

  • “The Political Dialogue of Nature and Grace: Toward a Phenomenology of Chaste Anarchism,” by Caitlin Smith Gilson, Modern Theology, October 2016
  • “The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss,” by David Bentley Hart, Christian Scholar’s ReviewSummer 2014.
  • Jonathan Malesic, Christian Scholar’s Review, Spring 2010
  • “Participatory Biblical Exegesis: A Theology of Biblical Interpretation,” by Matthew Levering. Pro Ecclesia, 2010
  • “The Possibility of Christian Philosophy: Maurice Blondel at the Intersection of Theology and Philosophy,” by Adam C. English. Perspectives in Religious Studies, Fall 2009
  • “De Lubac: A Guide for the Perplexed,” by David Grumett. Pro Ecclesia, 2009
  • “Christian Wisdom: Desiring God and Learning in Love,” by David Ford. Christian Higher Education, 2009
  • “Reading Augustine: A Guide to the Confessions,” by Jason Byassee. Teaching Theology and Religion, October, 2008
  • “The Spirit of Early Christian Thought,” by Robert Wilken; Augustine and Modernity, by Michael Hanby; Being Reconciled, by John Milbank. Perspectives in Religious Studies, Volume 31 Number 3 (Fall 2004)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • “The Sacramental Word: A Doctrine in Need of Development,” College Theology Society, Creighton University, May 2013
  • “Arrested Development: The Sacramental Word meets Univocal Metaphysics,” Ohio Theological Symposium, Cedarville, Ohio, March 2013
  • “Returning to Paideia: The Upside of Assessment Culture,” Ohio Theological Symposium, Canton, Ohio, March 2012
  • “Knowledge of God as Assimilation and Participation: Implications for Theological Pedagogy,” Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 2010
  • “Henri de Lubac and the Future of Spiritual Exegesis,” College Theology Society, Dayton, OH, May 31st – June 3rd 2007
  • “The Engagement with Nihilism in John Milbank and Henri de Lubac,” Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Dallas, TX March 2006
  • “Intellectual Virtues and Contexts of Inquiry,” Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Dallas, TX March 2004
  • “Is the Epistle to Diognetus an Apology?” Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, Dallas, TX March 2004
  • “Intellectual Virtues and the ‘End’ of Christian Universities,” Pruit Memorial Symposium: The Schooled Heart and Moral Formation in American Higher Education, Baylor University, November 2003
  • “The God Hypothesis,” Society of Christian Philosophers Regional Meeting, Pasadena, CA, March 2000

SELECTTION OF INVITED SERMONS, LECTURES, AND PRESENTATIONS

  • “The World’s Last Night: Apocalyptic Literature and the Progress of History in C.S. Lewis, C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, January, 2020
  • “Walking in Humility,” C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, January, 2020
  • “The Form of Christian Faith: Catechesis,” C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, September 2019
  • “The Church: The Gates of Hell Will Not…” C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, September, 2019
  • “Love and Obedience,” C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, January, 2018
  • “On Justification and Sanctification,” C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, November 2018
  • “God Beyond Being, God With Us” Matters that Matter Lecture (CSLI), October 2018
  • “On the Names of God,” C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, October 2018
  • “On Christian Conversion,” C.S. Lewis Institute Retreat, September 2018
  • “Our Mission, Making Disciples, C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, June 2018
  • “The Marriage Covenant: Ancient Wisdom for Confused Times,” Matters that Matter Lecture (CSLI), May 2018
  • “Identity Politics & the God Who Names,” Matters that Matter Lecture (CSLI), March 2018
  • “Prayer and the Mission of God,” C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, March 2018
  • “Reading Scripture for Union with God,” Matters that Matter Lecture (CSLI), November 2017
  • “Transformed by Scripture,” C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, November 2017
  • “Canon & Creed: How Authority Works,” Matters that Matter Lecture (CSLI), October 2017
  • “The Holiness of God,” C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, October 2017
  • “Commending the Faith,” C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Lecture, April 2017
  • “The Our Father as School of Prayer,” The School of Prayer Lecture Series, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron, Ohio December 2013
  • “Follow the Pattern of Sound Words,” A Sermon given at LoveCanton, Canton, Ohio November 2013
  • “Reflections on Psalm 27,” Lenten Lecture Series, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Akron, Ohio March 2013
  • “What is Theology and Why Does it Matter?,” Malone University Chapel Presentation, Spring 2013
  • “Reflections on a Christian Worldview,” Malone University Chapel Presentation, Fall 2012
  • “The Dogma is the Drama,” Presentation given at Malone University’s World View Forum: Emerging or Diverging:  In What Direction is The Emerging Church Movement Headed? Monday, March 30, 2009 (Video Available)
  • “Behold our Gentle Savior,” A Sermon given at the Malone University Chapel Service on February 6th, 2009
  • “Understanding the Trinity,” invited Faculty Development Lecture at Malone University, September 23rd and 26th, 2008
  • “Life Together: Lessons from Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Ministering in Community,” Association of Christians in Student Development (ACSD) Annual Conference, Malone University, January 19th 2008. 
  • “Guarding the Good Treasure,” A Sermon given at the Malone University Departmental Chapel, October 10, 2007
  • “Creating a Community/Culture of Worship,” Malone University, Resident Hall Directors Retreat, October 9, 2007
  • “Praying ‘Together’ with Dietrich Bonhoeffer,” Malone University, Men’s Intentional Living Fellowship, September 2007 
  • “What I Wished I had Known during My First Year: Advice to New Faculty Members,” New Faculty Orientation, Malone University, August 20th 2007
  • “Spiritual Formation as Citizenship Training,” Awaken Conference, Malone University, March 2007
  • “Pray then in this way…’  The Lord’s Prayer as Paradigmatic’” Malone University, Men’s Residence Hall Fellowship, November 2006.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Society of Anglican Theologians, Chair of the Executive Committee
  • American Academy of Religion

SERVICE TO THE GUILD

  • Blind peer-reviewer for International Journal of Systematic Theology (Fall 2018)
  • Blind peer-reviewer for Modern Theology (Spring 2014)
  • Blind peer-reviewer for Modern Theology (Spring 2013)
  • Blind peer-reviewer for Modern Theology (Fall 2012)
  • Blind peer-reviewer for Modern Theology (Fall 2009)
  • Blind Peer-reviewer for Christian Scholars Review (Fall 2009)

INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE

  • Faculty Senate (Fall 2017 – Present)
  • Co-Chair, Online Policy Task Force (Fall 2016 – Spring 2017)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee (Fall 2013 – Present)
  • Founding Director, Center for Theology & Ministry (Spring 2013 – Present)
  • Program Director, Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Fall 2011 – Fall 2013)
  • Assessment Implementation Committee (Fall 2011-Spring 2014)
  • Departmental Program Review Director, Department of Theology (Fall 2010–Spring 2011)
  • Prospective Student Day (Each Semester)
  • Into The Streets, Malone University (Fall 2007, Fall 2012)
  • Faculty Development Committee Member (Fall 2007 – Spring 2011) 
  • Chair, Faculty Development Committee (Fall 2008 – Spring 2011)
  • General Education Committee (Fall 2008 – Spring 2010)
  • School of Theology Assessment Sub-Committee (Fall 2008 – Present)

LANGUAGES

  • French, Spanish, Koine Greek, Biblical Hebrew, German

REFERENCES

Ralph Wood, Ph.D.

University Professor of Theology & Literature 

Baylor University, Great Texts 

Waco, TX 

(254) 710-6986 

Ralph_Wood@baylor.edu

D. Nathan Phinney, Ph.D.

Provost, Northwestern College

Orange City, Iowa

(712)-707-7102

dnathan.phinney@nwciowa.edu

Joel Scandrett, Ph.D.

Director, Robert Webber Center

Assistant Professor of Historical Theology

Trinity School for Ministry

Ambridge, PA

(630) 605-1055

jscandrett@tsm.edu

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