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Gary Agee teaches church history for the School of Theology. Agee has been a pastor in the Church of God (Anderson) since 1985. He is currently the lead pastor of the Beachwood Church of God (Camden, Ohio). Agee has written a number of books and curricula over the years. A few of his works are The Sunday After: Living with Tragedy This Side of America's Worst Day (2002) and A Giant in the Valley: Reverend Thomas Clifford Hutchinson, Why He Wouldn’t Quit (1997). His most recent book, A Cry for Justice: Daniel Rudd and His Life in Black Catholicism, Journalism, and Activism, 1854-1933 (2011), has received wide acclaim. Agee has been a speaker at a number of conferences on Daniel Rudd since the release of this work.
Agee has been teaching for the School of Theology since 2008.
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Professor of Church History
B.S., Miami University
M.A., Xavier University
Ph.D., University of Dayton
Dr. Fred Burnett is the chair of the Department of Christian Ministries. He teaches World Religions, New Testament, and Advanced Greek in both the undergraduate school and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry.
As a researcher, he is an active member of The Society of Biblical Literature, The American Academy of Religion, and The Catholic Biblical Association. His publications have appeared in The Journal of Biblical Literature; The Catholic Biblical Quarterly; Interpretation; Semeia; The Journal for the Study of the New Testament; Theology Today; Biblical Interpretation; The Bible and Critical Theory; Religious Studies Review; Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels; Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts; Christian Scholar’s Review; Critical Review of Books in Religion; The McKendree Pastoral Review; Shofar; Hebrew Studies, and in several collections of essays (Screening Scripture: Intertextual Connections Between Scripture and Film [Richard Walsh and George Aichele, editors]; Literary Encounters with the Reign of God [Sharon H. Ringe and H. C. Paul Kim, editors]; A Handbook of Postmodern Biblical Interpretation [A. K. M. Adam, editor]; and, Reading Communities, Reading Scripture [Gary A. Phillips and Nicole W. Duran, editors]). His monographs have been published by Yale University Press (co-authored) and University Press of America.
He has received research grants and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Humanities, Eli Lilly Foundation, Vanderbilt University, The University of Chicago, Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Development Award, Vanderbilt University Center for the Humanities, The American Academy of Religion (Grant for Collaborative Research), and Anderson University’s Faculty Development Award. He has delivered academic lectures at College of the Holy Cross, University of St. Francis, University of Indianapolis, The Universalist-Unitarian Church (Arlington, Virginia), Anderson University (Faculty Lecture Series), The Society for the Study of Narrative Literature, The Society of Biblical Literature, The American Academy of Religion, The Weststar Institute, and The Catholic Biblical Association. Honorary awards and memberships include Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Who's Who in Biblical Studies and Archaeology, Who's Who in Religion, Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, (Marquis') Who's Who in America, and Two Thousand Notable American Men (American Biographical Institute, 2nd edition, 1994). He has received outstanding faculty member awards from both Anderson University (1993) and the University of St. Francis (1989, 1997).
He has also served as the Liaison and Faculty Advisor to the state of Indiana for the University of St. Francis Health Arts Program, on the Editorial Board and the Board of Trustees for The Christian Scholar’s Review, and on the Advisory Boards for the University of St. Francis Health Arts Program, and Hospice and Home Health Care (St. John's Hospital, Anderson, Indiana). His editorial activities include Semeia Studies Monograph Series for The Society of Biblical Literature, (co-editor), and Religious Studies Review (book review editor).
He has also taught courses at Vanderbilt University, American Baptist Seminary, Indiana University, the University of St. Francis, George Mason University, Drew Theological Seminary, and New Mexico State University. He was raised in the Church of God in Birmingham, Alabama, has been an ordained minister in the Church of God since 1979, and has served churches in Alabama and Tennessee as interim pastor.
Fred has been on Anderson's faculty since 1976.
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Professor of Religion
B.A., Anderson University
M.Div., Anderson School of Theology
D.Min., Vanderbilt Divinity School
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Rev. Dr. Todd Faulkner is the Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry at AU and Dean of the SOTCM Chapel. Todd is an ordained minister in the Church of God. He graduated from the Anderson University School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree in 2004 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2009. His dissertation work focused on narrative theology in the practice of ministry. Todd has served congregations as children's pastor, youth pastor, worship leader, and senior pastor. He served as Campus Pastor at AU from 2008-2016.
Todd lives in Anderson with his wife, Cindy, and their three children, Caleb, Anna, and Isaiah.
Todd has served at Anderson University since 2008.
Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry
B.A., Bluefield College
MDiv., Anderson University School of Theology
DMin., Anderson University School of Theology
MaryAnn Hawkins, dean and professor of intercultural studies, brings significant experience to her faculty role at the School of Theology because of the years spent as academic dean for KIST in Kenya, East Africa. She and her husband Jim also served the Church of God (Anderson) in California before coming to the seminary. Hawkins is the national convener of Women in Ministry for the Church of God (Anderson) with the program Qara and is on the national board of the Wesleyan Holiness Clergy Women. In her capacity as dean of the chapel, Hawkins is responsible for the seminary’s worship ministry. She is the editor and contributor to two books, Thread of Hope and Called to Minister, Empowered to Serve.
Hawkins joined the School of Theology faculty in 2006.
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Professor of Intercultural Studies
B.S., Bartlesville Wesleyan College
M.A., Azusa Pacific University
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
Shane Kirkpatrick majored in Bible and Religion at Anderson University (1993). He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary (1996) and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame (2003). His doctoral dissertation has been published as Competing for Honor: A Social-Scientific Reading of Daniel 1-6 (Brill, 2005).
Dr. Kirkpatrick has deep roots in the Friends church (Quakers), where he has served as a pastor and continues to be an invited preacher. He is now active in the United Methodist Church. He has traveled to over a dozen countries, touring and doing church work in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. As a student at Anderson University, he participated in Tri-S trips to Costa Rica and India.
Among the courses he regularly teaches are “Introduction to the Bible,” “Methods in Biblical Exegesis,” “Hermeneutics: The Practice of Interpreting,” and upper-division exegetical courses on Old Testament texts, as well as a course in the Peace and Conflict Transformation (PACT) Program. He is active in the scholarship of teaching and learning, presenting and publishing research and reflections on pedagogy as well as facilitating workshops on teaching in theology and religion.
Students regularly report having transformative experiences through their education in the School of Theology and Christian Ministry and with Dr. Kirkpatrick. He helps students take responsibility for their own learning, which is pursued in a supportive environment that welcomes faith. His work with students in the field of biblical studies is one of the reasons that Anderson University is valued as an education destination for ministry preparation.
Professor Kirkpatrick has served at Anderson University since 2000.
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Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A., Anderson University
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Gilbert Lozano, professor of biblical studies and Hebrew, was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Lozano came into the Church of God as a youth. His growth and service to the church would in time take him to live in Brazil. He completed his bachelor's at Warner Pacific College (Portland, Ore.). This opportunity opened a network of friendships that would in time allow him to complete his graduate work at the University of Denver/ Iliff School of Theology and then pave the way for him to teach at Messiah College (Grantham, Pa.). Lozano returned to Curitiba, Brazil where he taught for Fidelis, the Mennonite School of Theology, before joining the Anderson University School of Theology faculty. Here he teaches Hebrew and Old Testament studies. Lozano is also ordained in the Church of God (Anderson) and has served congregations in both Colombia and the United States.
Lozano joined the School of Theology faculty in 2011.
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Professor of Biblical Studies and Hebrew
B.Th., Boa Terra Theological Institute
B.A., Warner Pacific College
M.Div., Iliff School of Theology
Ph.D., University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology
Kimberly Majeski, associate professor of biblical studies, is a scholar, preacher, and author. Majeski has served the wider church as a conference speaker, women’s retreat leader, and radio personality with the Church of God’s ViewPoint ministry (Christians Broadcasting Hope). Before joining the seminary faculty, Majeski served Anderson University as campus pastor and as ministry coordinator of the Women of the Church of God. She writes a popular weekly blog and is the founder of Butterflies of Hope Outreach, a ministry to exotic dancers in her city. Majeski is an ordained minister of the Church of God (Anderson). Kimberly and her husband Kevin reside in Anderson, Ind., with their two black cats, Monkey and Henry.
Majeski joined the School of Theology faculty in 2008.
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Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A., Cumberland University
M.Div., D.Min., Anderson University School of Theology
Post graduate education University of Notre Dame (IN)
Samantha L. Miller teaches history of Christianity in the SOTCM, with a specialty in the first few centuries of the church and particularly the preacher and bishop John Chrysostom. She earned her B.A. in religion and history from Hope College, her M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and her Ph.D. in historical theology from Marquette University. When she's not teaching or researching (and even often when she is), you can find her enjoying life outdoors: hiking, canoeing, camping, biking, or just reading a good novel under a tree.
Miller joined the School of Theology and Christian Ministry faculty in 2016.
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Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity
B.A., Hope College
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
Ph.D., Marquette University
Dr. Overstreet came to Anderson University after serving as a pastor in the Church of God for 14 years. He was ordained in 1989 and has served with congregations in Michigan and Indiana. For several years he represented Indiana Ministries of the Church of God on the Servant Board of the Indiana Partners for Christian Unity and Mission, a statewide ecumenical organization.
Dr. Overstreet's academic preparation for ministry began at Gulf-Coast Bible College (now Mid-America Christian University) and continued at Anderson University's School of Theology. His Doctor of Ministry in Practical Theology from Christian Theological Seminary concluded with the project, “The Authority and Function of Scripture in Congregational Life.”
Whether teaching courses in Christian education and pastoral care in the ministry core of the Christian Ministries and Youth Ministries majors or courses in faith development and Bible within the liberal arts curriculum his background in practical theology prompt him to encourage students to explore not only how beliefs influence faith practices but also how communities and practices influence the formation of Christian belief.
Dr. Overstreet is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Practical Theology, and the Religious Education Association. With his family he attends Park Place Church of God. In addition, he is a tutor with the Madison County Literacy Coalition.
Professor Overstreet has served at Anderson University since 2002.
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Professor of Christian Education/Ministry
B.A., Gulf-Coast Bible College (Mid-America Christian University)
M.Div., Anderson School of Theology
D.Min., Christian Theological Seminary
John S. Pistole earned his bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in 1978. He went on to earn a juris doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law before going into practice for two years. Pistole began a career with the FBI in 1983 before he rose through the ranks and was appointed deputy director in 2004. In March 2006, the FBI honored Pistole with the 2005 Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive. President Barack Obama appointed Pistole as head of the Transportation Security Administration in the spring of 2010 and his appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25. In July, 2010, Janet Napolitano, former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, swore in Pistole as director of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
President John Pistole, in his role as director of the TSA, led a 60,000-strong workforce, the security operations of more than 450 airports throughout the United States, the Federal Air Marshal Service, and shared security for highways, railroads, ports, mass transit systems and pipelines. Under his leadership, the TSA worked to transform as a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting the nation’s transportation systems.
Prior to his leadership with the TSA, Pistole served as a 26-year veteran of the FBI with extensive national security and counterterrorism experience. During this time, he was an instructor in Organized Crime matters at The FBI Academy. In 1994, Pistole became a field supervisor of a White-Collar Crime and Civil Rights Squad in Indianapolis, where he created a Health Care Fraud Task Force and a Public Corruption Task Force. He also developed curricula and provided instruction at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary.
After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Pistole was placed in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for national security. In 2004, Pistole was named Deputy Director for the FBI. Since the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks, Pistole contributed to the formation of terrorism policies during both the Bush and Obama administrations.
Pistole’s family has deep connections within Anderson University. His father, the late Dr. Hollis Pistole, graduated from Anderson University in 1945. He taught applied theology in the Anderson University School of Theology for 25 years, retiring in 1984. After his retirement, Dr. Pistole continued to serve as a chaplain in residence at the seminary. Pistole’s mother, the late Elizabeth (Smith) Pistole, was a 1943 graduate of Anderson University and taught at Anderson High School for many years.
Pistole and his wife, Kathy Harp, have two adult daughters.
His parents’ work in education had a profound influence over Pistole and his siblings. Cindy (Pistole) Poikonen, BA ’68, began teaching at Anderson University in 1987 in the English Department and retired in 2011 as assistant professor of English. Carole (Pistole) Greenwalt, BA ’72, is retired from Anderson Community School Corporation. Dr. David Hollis Pistole, BA ’77, is a professor of biology at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In October of 2004, Pistole was recognized as one of several outstanding alumni of institutions within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). The CCCU annually recognized alumni of member schools who have made an impact in society. He is a recipient of the 2005 Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive. In 2006, Anderson University honored Pistole with the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In March 2006, the FBI honored Pistole with the 2005 Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive. In 2007, Pistole received the Edward H. Levi Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity.
Pistole in the News:
Interview discussing his career in public service.
Gregory Robertson, professor of Christian theology, has been a pastor of congregations in Texas and Kansas, as well as serving internationally in Canada, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama. Robertson has committed his life to seeking what God's coming Kingdom means and how this should inform and shape Christian life today as an attempt to be faithful to God's coming Kingdom. As such, Robertson has studied one of the most influential theologians (both in terms of Protestant and Catholic theologies) of the twentieth century, the Swiss theologian Karl Barth. As a published author in Barth studies, Robertson seeks to further the church's understanding of whom God desires that we be. He has ongoing research in the areas of the doctrine of the Trinity and Christology. One of his works is The One Who Brings Back Life: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit — Past, Present, and Future (for the 2008 Harp Lecture Series). Robertson’s focus for the seminary is constructive theology.
Robertson joined the School of Theology faculty in 2005.
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Professor of Christian Theology
B.A., Gulf Coast Bible College
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary
Th.D., Wycliffe College, University of Toronto
Merle D. Strege is Professor emeritus of Historical Theology in the Department of Religious Studies at Anderson University. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor in AU’s School of Theology. Professor Strege also holds the post of Historian of the Church of God and serves as president of the Church of God Historical Society. He is the author of nine books and has contributed to numerous journals and scholarly anthologies. Professor Strege is also the recipient of several scholarly grants and service awards. For twenty-five years he wrote lessons for the adult Sunday school curriculum of the Church of God and also served as a consultant in curriculum development to Church of God Ministries. In addition to his work as a college professor, he is committed to the church’s thought life, serving Mountain Park Community Church in Phoenix as scholar-in-residence for five years. Professor Strege’s area of academic interest is the historical study of Christianity and American religion. He teaches courses in history of the interpretation of the Bible, history of the Church of God, the Liberal Arts Seminar and the undergraduate honors program course “Christ and Culture.” Prior to coming to AU he taught at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon.
Professor Strege joined the AU faculty in 1980 and taught in the School of Theology until 1993, when he moved to the undergraduate Department of Religious Studies.
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Professor emeritus of Historical Theology
B.A., Anderson University
M.Div., Anderson School of Theology
Th.D., Graduate Theological Union
Dr. Jason Varner serves as an Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at the Anderson University School of Theology and Christian Ministries.
After earning bachelor's and master's degrees (History and Bible & Religion; Master of Theological Studies) from Anderson University, Varner moved to Scotland where he studied early modern history at the University of St Andrews. Upon completion of his MLitt. and Ph.D. degrees, Jason returned 'home' to Anderson University, where he enjoys teaching courses in the History of Christianity, Intellectual and American History, and Biblical Studies.
Dr. Varner's research interests include European encounters with 'the Other' in seventeenth-century America, the changing notion of the 'Self' in modernity, and the early years of the Church of God movement.
Varner joined the School of Theology and Christian Ministry faculty in 2016.
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Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity
M.Div., Anderson University
Ph.D., St. Andrews University
As assistant professor of theology and ethics, Dr. Nathan Willowby teaches courses for both undergraduate and seminary students at Anderson University in the areas of ethics and theology as well as introduction to the Bible.
After earning a bachelor's degree in Bible and religion and business administration at AU, he spent one year studying at the School of Theology before eventually earning a master of divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and a Ph.D. in theology and ethics at Marquette University, where he wrote on the intersection of holiness, scripture, and political theology. Prior to coming to AU, Willowby served as pastor of Crossroads Church of God in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for seven years. He was active in statewide unity services and was the president of the Wisconsin Assembly of the Church of God from 2013-2016.
In his courses, Willowby seeks to enable students to consider the essential doctrinal and ethical texts and doctrines, but also invites students to consider the ways that the Christian claim that Jesus is Lord has sweeping implications for all aspects of personal and corporate life. A child of the church, Willowby has served Church of God congregations as janitor, youth counselor, sound technician, Sunday School teacher, camp meeting groundskeeper, pastoral intern, softball ringer, and is pleased now to serve in the ministry of higher education.
Willowby has served at Anderson University since 2016.
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Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics
B.A., Anderson University
M.Div., Duke University Divinity School
Ph.D., Marquette University
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