Dr. Ron Cason
James W. Hamilton Chair for Teaching Lay Involvement
and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology
Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns
B.A., Lee College, 1975
M.A., Wheaton College, 1976
Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1987
Cheryl Bridges Johns serves in the Robert E. Fisher Chair of Spiritual Renewal. She is past President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. From 1996-2002 she was a member of the Executive Board for the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. In 1997 she was named a Henry Luce III Fellow. Dr. Bridges Johns currently chairs the Henry Luce III Fellowship Selection Committee. She served on the Selection Committee for the ATS Lilly Faculty Grants and chaired the committee for one year. From 2003-2005 she was a member of the Doctoral Dissertation Award Committee for the Fund for Theological Education. She was a member of the Selection Committee for the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion (2007).
Dr. Bridges Johns is a leading ecumenist, representing the Pentecostal movement in several venues. She was a participant in the International Roman Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue, and was a long- term member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT). She was active in the Commission on Faith and Order for the National Council of Churches (1992-1996) and served on its Executive Committee. She has participated in a number of World Council of Churches initiatives. Dr. Bridges Johns is part of the ongoing Mennonite (USA)-Church of God Dialogue. She has delivered plenary address at the Global Christian Forum meeting in Kenya (2007) and at National Meeting for Christian Churches Together (2014).
Dr. Bridges Johns has been invited to deliver several lectures, including the Jamison Jones Lecturing in Preaching at the Divinity School, Duke University; Focus on Ministry Lectures at Christian Theological Seminary (1998); Holy Living Lectures, Haggard School of Theology, Azusa Pacific University (2004); Smyth Lectures, Columbia Theological Seminary (2008). She had been a guest lecturer for the Center for Theology at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (2007); St Paul School of Theology 1998, 2005); Emmanuel College, Victoria University (1998); Chandler Divinity School, Duke University (1992); Regent College, University of British Columbia; Center for Theological Inquiry, Princeton Theological Seminary (2006); Orebro Theological College, Orebro, Sweden (2004).
Dr. Bridges Johns is the author of Finding Eternal Treasures and Pentecostal Formation: A Pedagogy Among the Oppressed. She has written numerous articles for academic journals and presented numerous papers at academic conferences. At its General Assembly In 2012 the Church of God honored Dr. Bridges Johns with its Distinguished Educator Faculty Award. In 2013 her alma mater, Emmanuel College, named her for the G. Earl Beatty Servant Leadership Award.
Dr. Bridges Johns is married to Jackie David Johns and they have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Dr. Chris Green
B.S., Southwestern Christian University, 2000
M.M., Southwestern Christian University, 2002
M.S.T.S., Southwestern Assemblies of God University, 2004
D.Min., Oral Roberts University, 2007
Ph.D., Bangor University, 2012
Chris Green joined the faculty at PTS in 2012, after having taught previously at several universities, including Southwestern Christian University (Bethany, OK), Mid-American University (Oklahoma City), and Oral Roberts University (Tulsa), where he won a teacher of the year award in 2009. In early 2002, Chris and his wife, Julie, were part in planting Divine Life Church in Oklahoma City, where they served on the pastoral leadership team until moving to Cleveland.
In addition to his Ph.D. thesis, which has been published as Foretasting the Kingdom: Toward a Pentecostal theology of the Lord's Supper (CPT Press), Dr. Green has also written a number of scholarly papers and made numerous presentations at academic conferences. His current research and writing are focused on the relationship of vocation, holiness, and scriptural hermeneutics.
Dr. Wilfredo Estrada Adorno
B.A., Lee College, 1966
B.A., University of Puerto Rico, 1967
M.Div., Emory University, 1973
D.Min., Emory University, 1982
D. Litt., Seminario Evangelico de Puerto Rico, 2002 D.D. (Honorary), Seminario Sudamericano (SEISUD), 2003
Dr. Wilfredo Estrada-Adorno began his ministerial journey in the Church of God in Puerto Rico as the Sunday School and Youth Director in 1963. In 1967, after graduating from Lee College, he was appointed as Educational Director of the Inter-American Bible Institute in Puerto Rico. He stayed there for five years. In 1973 after graduating from his Master of Divinity Program from Emory University he began his pastoral ministry. During these pastoral years he became Professor of Religion of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and Protestant Chaplain of the Veterans Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1981 he returns as President of the Pentecostal Bible College in Puerto Rico. He served as President of this theological institution for five years. In 1986 to 1987 his teaching engagement took him to Lee College where he was Associate Professor of Pastoral Studies.
The years after leaving his teaching post at Lee College, Dr. Estrada was appointed as Vice President for Evangelism Explosion for Latin America. After one year of service Dr. Estrada was called to serve as the General Secretary of the Puerto Rican Bible Society. These two positions helped him to become a respected Latin American leader and to develop a strong ecumenical ministry all over Latin America.
In Puerto Rico Dr. Estrada became a religious and community leader, serving as a special consultant to various governors of the Island. He served as member of the Commission to Study the Feasibility of Recommending an Unicameral System for the Legislature of Puerto Rico; member of Review Committee of Research Protocols Involving Human Beings of the School of Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico; member of The Group to Study the Situation of the Military Practices of Navy in the Island of Vieques and its Impact on the people of this Island; and President of the Board Directors of the Department of Consumer Affairs of the Government of Puerto Rico. Dr. Estrada also served as Auxiliary Secretary of Programs and Services of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation of the Government of Puerto Rico. Additionally, he served as the Spokesman for the Ecumenical Commission on Vieques.
Dr. Estrada has received two Honorary Doctorates: One in Divine Letters from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico, and another in Social Theology from the Seminario Sudamericano (SEMISUD). He has authored three books: Cántico Borincano de Esperanza: La historia de la distribución de la Biblia en Puerto Rico de 1898 hasta 1998; Pastores o políticos con sotanas: Pastoral de guardarraya en Vieques y El síndrome de la imprudencia: Mi experiencia en un cambio de administración gubernamental. Dr. Estrada has contributed with chapters in various books and he has written numerous articles for periodicals and newspapers. His doctoral dissertation is entitled: The Reconciliation of Charismatic Pastors and Bible College Professor in the Service of Training for Future Ministry in the Pentecostal Bible College of the Church of God.
Dr. David Sang-Ehil Han
B.A., Lee University, 1986
M.Div., Church of God Theological Seminary, 1989
S.T.M., Yale University, the Divinity School, 1993
Ph.D., Emory University, 2004
Dr. Han began his teaching ministry at Han Young Theological University in 1989 where he later served as the Dean of the Graduate Schools. Transitioning to the States in 2002, Dr. Han began teaching at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary as a full-time faculty in theology. Dr. Han's doctoral work, A Revisionist Spirit-Christology in Korean Culture, takes on a sanctificationist approach to the issues of salvation, couched in the contextual particularities of Korean Culture. Dr. Han has published articles and chapters in various journals and books on theological issues such as sin and salvation, Jesus and the Spirit, the Spirit and life, Pentecostalism in Asia, Christian hospitality and pastoral practices.
Dr. Han’s contribution in theological education is in part interlaced with the denominational appointments, e.g. the General Education Board for the Church of God, the Committee Chair for the the International Pentecostal Symposium, the Administrative Bishop for the Church of God in Korea and the member of the International Council for Asia and the Pacific. Dr. Han has been involved in significant ecumenical dialogues as well, e.g. Church of God & Mennonites in U.S.A. Dialogue, Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A., Global Christian Forum. Dr. Han currently serves on the central steering committee for the Global Christian Forum Committee. Dr. Han has also been invited to participate in dialogues such as "Race and Ethnicity in American Pentecostalism" and "Christian Hospitality and Pastoral Practices in a Multi-faith Context. Dr. Han was previously selected for the Pre-Tenure Faculty Workshop program and consequently received a faculty research/writing grant from the Wabash Center Summer Fellowship Program (2009). Recently, Dr. Han has been honored by two successive grants from the Association of Theological Schools, i.e. the 2011-2012 Lilly Theological Scholars Grant and a project titled, "Christian Hospitality and Neighborliness in a Multi-Faith Context: A Wesleyan-Pentecostal Paradigm.” Dr. Han's forthcoming monograph (Christian Hospitality and Neighborliness in Wesleyan-Pentecostal Tradition) will be an edited volume on the papers presented at the 2012 Ministers' Week conference on Christian Hospitality and Neighborliness in a Multi-Faith Context.
Dr. J. Ayodeji Adewuya
Diploma in Town Planning, Yaba College of Technology, 1976
B.Th., John Wesley Bible College, 1990
M.Div., (Pastoral Studies), Asian Theological Seminary, 1990
M.Th., (Biblical Studies) Asia Graduate School of Theology, 1993
Ph.D., University of Manchester, 1999
Prior to joining the faculty of the Seminary in 2001, Dr. Adewuya and his family lived in the Philippines as missionaries and church planters. He currently serves as a member of the Board of the Tennessee State Church of God Ministerial Internship Program. He is the author of Holiness and Community in 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1 – A Study of Paul’s View of Communal Holiness in the Corinthians Correspondence (New York: Peter Lang, 2001); Transformed by Grace: Paul’s View of Holiness in Romans 6-8 (Eugene Oregon: Cascade Books, 2004); and A Commentary on 1 & 2 Corinthians, ISG 42 (England: SPCK, 2009). He has also published academic articles in various journals and written essay chapters in books. He is a regular contributor to Precepts for Living, a Sunday School Commentary for African Americans published by Urban Ministries Inc., Chicago and the Evangelical Commentaries of the Church of God Cleveland, Tennessee. In addition to his passion for teaching, research, and writing on the subject of holiness, Dr. Adewuya is committed to bringing his African-ness to bear on New Testament interpretation. His recent publications include “Holiness: Reclaiming the Doctrine” in Issues in Contemporary Global Pentecostalism. Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 2012; “The Spiritual Powers of Ephesians 6:10–18 in the Light of African Pentecostal Spirituality” in Bulletin of Biblical Research 22/2 (2012); “Reading Ephesians 6:10–18 in the Light of African Pentecostal Spirituality” in Global Voices: Reading the Bible in the Majority World. Peabody, MA.: Hendrickson Publishers, 2013; “2 Cor. 7:1 against the Backdrop of African Purification Rites” in 1 & 2 Corinthians texts@contexts. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2013, and “The Supernatural in Ephesians and a Critique of Scientific Rationalism” in Global Perspectives on the Bible. Boston: Pearson Education, 2014.
He is an active member of the Society of Pentecostal Studies, the Wesleyan Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature.
Dr. Jackie D. Johns
B. A., Lee College, 1975
M.A., Wheaton College Graduate School, 1976
Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1987
Dr. Johns joined the faculty of the Seminary in 1995 as Associate Professor of Discipleship and Christian Formation. Prior to that, he had served as an adjunct faculty member beginning in 1985. He has held several administrative posts at the Seminary, including Director of Institutional Research, Director of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Accreditation Officer, and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program. He also successfully guided the Seminary through two institutional self-studies for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and two institutional self-studies for reaffirmation of accreditation with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).
He is the senior pastor of the New Covenant Church of God in Cleveland which he and his wife founded through a Bible study group in their home in 1989. Prior to moving to Cleveland he served four years as a pastor for congregations in North Dakota and Kentucky. He also served for eight years as a Minister of Education for congregations in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Dr. Johns' involvement in theological education has included serving as an instructor at Northwest Bible College in Minot, North Dakota for three years, serving as a Garrett Fellow and visiting instructor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, serving as a part-time instructor for Lee College, and a visiting instructor for schools in Mexico, Guatemala, and Korea. He has also served on and chaired visiting committees for the reaffirmation of accreditation of colleges and seminaries across the United States.
He has published articles in academic journals, encyclopedias, as well as contributed to volumes on discipleship of children, discipleship of teens, family ministry, and the globalization of Pentecostalism. His professional involvements include membership in the Society for Pentecostal Studies where he served for many years as chair of the Practical Theology Interest Group, and participating in interdenominational dialogue groups. He served for fifteen years on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Ministries Educational Resource Center (AMERC) including two years as Chair of the Board. AMERC is a consortium of seminaries and church agencies with offices in Berea, Kentucky that is committed to training persons for ministry in Appalachia. He also served for twelve years on the Board of Directors for the Bradley Initiative for Church and Community (BICC), including two years as Chair of the Board.
Dr. Lee Roy Martin
B.A., Lee College, 1977
M.Div., Church of God School of Theology, 1983
D.Th., University of South Africa, 2007
Dr. Martin has taught at the Seminary since 1992. He served as a Church of God pastor from 1977-2004 and was ordained in 1983. He also served as a District Overseer, State Youth and CE Board member, State Council member, State Director of Ministerial Development, and State Ordination Board member. He has preached in Church of God State Conventions, Prayer Conferences, youth camps, and pastors' conferences. He has taught Bible Institutes, Ministerial Development Institutes, and Ministerial Internship Seminars, as well as classes at Lee University, the Korean Bible Seminary, the Puerto Rican extension of PTS, the Asian Seminary (Manila), the Seminario Sudamericano (Quito), and the Seminaire Theologique de l'Eglise de Dieu en Haiti.
His writings include the following books: Fasting: A Centre for Pentecostal Theology Short Introduction, Biblical Hermeneutics (also in Spanish), Jonah and the God of Grace, The Unheard Voice of God: A Pentecostal Hearing of the Book of Judges, and An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew. He has edited and contributed to other books: Toward a Theology of Pentecostal Preaching, Pentecostal Hermeneutics: A Reader, and A Future For Holiness: Pentecostal Explorations.
His most recent articles in academic journals include: ’”Oh give thanks to the Lord for he is good”: Affective Hermeneutics, Psalm 107, and Pentecostal Spirituality’, Pneuma; ‘Longing for God: Psalm 63 and Pentecostal Spirituality’, Journal of Pentecostal Theology 22.1; ‘Delighting in the Torah: The Affective Dimension of Psalm 1’, Old Testament Essays 23.3; ‘“Where are all his wonders?”: The Exodus Motif in the Book of Judges’, Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research 2; ‘Yahweh Conflicted: Unresolved Theological Tension in the Cycle of Judges’, Old Testament Essays 22.2; ‘From Gilgal to Bochim: The Narrative Function of the Angel of Yahweh in Judg. 2.1’, Journal for Semitics 18.2; ‘Judging the Judges: Finding Value in these Problematic Characters’, Verbum et Ecclesia 29.1; ‘Power to Save!?: The Role of the Spirit of The LORD in the Book of Judges’, Journal of Pentecostal Theology 16.2.
Dr. Martin serves as Editor of the Journal of Pentecostal Theology and as Immediate Past President of The Society for Pentecostal Studies.
He is married to the former Karen Arlene Luke, and they have two sons, one daughter and two grandchildren.
Ron Cason, D.Min.
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology James W. Hamilton Chair for Teaching Lay
B. A., Lee College, 1971
M.Div., Church of God School of Theology, 1989
Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1990
D.Min., Columbia Theological Seminary, 1996
Dr. Cason is an experienced pastor having served 18 years in that capacity in Michigan, Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin. He has served four years as Minister of Music and Christian Education in Ohio and Georgia, and was State Youth and Christian Education
Director for the state of Wisconsin and Principal of Milwaukee Christian Academy. He has been elected to the state council and state youth board of Wisconsin and Iowa, taught in Bible Institutes in Southern Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan and has taught Seminary extension courses in California, Georgia, North Carolina and Korea.
Dr. Cason is an ordained minister in the Church of God and certified conflict mediator. He is also trained in Clinical Pastoral Education and is a published author in numerous magazines and a speaker at national and international conferences, seminars, camp meetings, and youth camps.
Dr. Cason has previously served the Seminary as Coordinator of Special Projects in conjunction with Lilly Endowment, Inc. and the Association of Higher Education Facilities Managers, Assistant Director of Development, Director of Institutional Advancement, Public Relations, and Capital Funds Coordinator. Currently, he serves as Director of the Hamilton Institute for Lay Ministry and directs the Seminary's certificate programs.
Dr. Tom Biller
B.A., Cedarville College, 1968
M.A., Valparaiso University, 1969
Ed.D., University of Arkansas, 1973
Ph.D., International Institute for Advanced Studies, 1986
Dr. Biller is a licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, licensed clinical and counseling health service provider psychologist. He is an ordained Bishop in the Church of God, and has been teaching at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary since 1999.
Dr. Biller is the Executive Director of Behavioral Research Institute, Inc., a State licensed Child Abuse Prevention Agency created in 1980. He also has a private practice in Cleveland in which his wife and son practice with him. Dr. Biller is an Approved Clinical Supervisor by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.
Dr. Biller is Board Certified in Psychopharmacology and Forensic Psychology. Additionally, he is certified in biofeedback and sex therapy. Dr. Biller enjoys studying and learning about new ideas. He has published Simple Object Lessons for Children and 101 Therapeutic Illustrations and Devotionals. Dr. Biller provides workshops for local law enforcement agencies and works with churches in the area and civic organizations to provide consultation regarding care of children and families.
Dr. Steven J. Land
B.A., Birmingham Southern College, 1968
M.Div., Candler School of Theology,
Emory University, 1972
Ph.D., Emory University, 1991
Dr. Land began teaching in the Seminary part time in 1976 and full time in 1979. He served as the ninth president of the Seminary from 2002 until 2014. He is an ordained minister in the Church of God and has served as Sunday School teacher, District Youth Director, State Youth Board, State Council (alt.), Assistant Pastor, Minister of Education and Evangelism. Dr. Land served as a pastor (15 years), urban missionary (founder: Atlanta’s Mission Possible, Inc., 1970), church planter, civil rights community organizer, camp meeting preacher/teacher in USA and numerous other countries, and as a ministerial retreat leader. He was a featured speaker at the 1995 World Pentecostal Conference in Jerusalem (Doctrine section).
Dr. Land has authored or co-authored five books, numerous chapters, articles and reviews. He was the pioneer of the following courses in the Seminary: Theology of Holiness, Theology of John Wesley, Pentecostal Foundations, Apologetics. He has served as co-editor of international Journal of Pentecostal Theology and Monograph series and is a co-founder of the Seminary's Centre for Pentecostal Theology.
Dr. Land has held memberships in the Society for Pentecostal Studies (past president), Wesleyan Theological Society, American Academy of Religion, International Pentecostal Roman-Catholic, NCC-Pentecostal Dialogues, Jewish-Pentecostal Dialogues, Karl Barth Society, and Staley Foundation Distinguished Lecturer, Church of God Doctrine and Polity Commission (chair). His passion is ministering to ministers.
Dr. Land is the recipient of the Claude Thompson Christian Social Concerns Award (Emory University) and has served as the past president of the Atlanta Christian Theological Society, on the Board Of Directors of the Christian Council of Metro Atlanta, Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership fraternity), Who’s Who in Religion in U. S. Colleges, Advisory Council for Theological Education Leadership (ACTEL) and Board of Directors of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada. He is also a recepient of the Church of God Distinguished Educator Leadership Award.
Dr. Terry Johns
B.A., University of Alabama, 1981
M.Div., Church of God School of Theology, 1990
D.Min., Columbia Theological Seminary, 1997
Dr. Johns teaches courses in ethics, pastoral ministry, and wholistic mission. He has a rich background in practical ministry, serving for 16 years as Pastor, and about half of his 40 years in ministry have consisted of active involvement in wholistic mission. In addition to pastoral ministry, he served as a faculty member at Lee University for 14 years.
Johns has served on local, state and national boards and committees, has been an evangelist and church planter (Utah), and is founder of Reno Christian School, Reno, NV. He has also served as visiting lecturer in a number of Church of God international Bible Schools and Seminaries. His connection with wholistic mission remains a priority through various involvements: board member with Bradley Initiative for Church and Community (2000-2011); founding member for the Cleveland Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace and Justice (PCPJ); Leadership Team member for PCPJ International; founding member of Asociacion Urbana papa el Desarrollo Teologico en Accion (AUDTA, an urban mission organization in Chicago); involvement in racial reconciliation efforts in various locations (highlight being selection as MLK Day Celebration featured speaker, Cleveland, TN, 2001); consultant to urban churches and pastors; and cofounder of The Refuge, Cleveland, TN (a community development nonprofit organization).
Johns maintains membership in the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Christian Community Development Association, Evangelicals for Social Action, and Pentecostals & Charismatics for Peace & Justice. He has been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among American Teachers in 1996, 2000, and 2004: an honor based on nominations from students.
Dr. Johns' wife, Marie, is an elementary school teacher; son Tony is an urban pastor and founder/director of the City of Refuge School of Urban Mission in Atlanta; son Jason is a high school science teacher and coach in Cape Coral, FL; and daughter Kelli is Director of Community Involvement for The Refuge, Cleveland, TN. These three amazing children have blessed Terry & Marie with eight beautiful grandchildren.
Dr. Oliver McMahan
B.A., West Coast Bible College, 1975
M.Div., Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, 1978
D.Min., Brite Divinity School Texas Christian University, 1984
Ph.D., Georgia State University, 1997
Dr. Oliver McMahan has held the positions of Associate Professor of Bible, Dean of Students, and Pastor of the Total Life Center at Northwest Bible College in Minot, North Dakota; Dean and Professor at the Jimmy Swaggart Seminary and Bible College; member of the Executive Council of the Church of God International from 1994-1996, 2006- 2010, and 2012-present; member of the General Board of Education 1992-2000. He was chair for 7 years of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE).
He has more than 25 years experience as a pastor, associate, and evangelist. He is a Bible Conference and Camp Meeting Speaker, Consultant and Seminar Leader. Dr. McMahan has also assisted several pastors and churches in the areas of church leadership, strategy development and counseling. He also has served as Senior Associate Pastor of Mount Olive Church of God and Head Pastor of Cross Pointe Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. He founded and directed the Seminary Counseling Center. He has directed non-medical personnel for the Cleveland Good Samaritan Medical Clinic since 1994. He has served as a member of the board for Behavioral Research Services in Cleveland, Tennessee since 2001. He maintains a private counseling practice.
His published writings include Becoming a Shepherd (1995), Scriptural Counseling (1995), Deepening Discipleship (2000), The Caring Church (2002), The Caring Christian (2004), full quarter expositions in the Evangelical Sunday School Lesson Commentary (1982-2002), Editor and author for definitions and articles in Complete Biblical Library (Greek and Hebrew) (1991) and chapters in Distance Writing and Computer Assisted Interventions in Psychiatry and Mental Health (2002), Workbooks in Prevention and Psychotherapy: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (2004), Spiritual Direction and the Care of Souls (2004), and articles in the Journal of Psychology and Theology and other research publications.
Dr. John Christopher Thomas
B.A., Lee College, 1976
M.A., Church of God School of Theology, 1977
M.Div., Ashland Theological Seminary, 1978
Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1979
Ph.D., University of Sheffield, 1990
A member of the full-time faculty of the Pentecostal Theological Seminary since 1982 and the Director of the Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies at Bangor University (2007), Professor Thomas has been honored for his work in New Testament scholarship by election into membership of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and his appointment as the Clarence J. Abbott Professor of Biblical Studies at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary.
He has published articles in several leading international journals devoted to study of the New Testament including: New Testament Studies, Novum Testamentum, Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft, and Journal for the Study of the New Testament. He has authored a major study entitled Footwashing in John 13 and the Johannine Community, published a collection of his essays for the church, Ministry and Theology: Studies for the Church and Its Leaders, written a significant monograph on healing entitled The Devil, Disease, and Deliverance: Origins of Illness in New Testament Thought, authored a brief study on John 13-17 entitled He Loved Them until the End: The Farewell Materials in the Gospel according to John, written a commentary on 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, published a collection of his studies in The Spirit of the New Testament, and recently completed a major commentary on the Book of Revelation entitled, The Apocalypse: A Literary and Theological Commentary. Professor Thomas serves as editor of the Journal of Pentecostal Theology (Brill), the Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series (Deo), and serves as General Editor of the Pentecostal Commentary Series (Deo).
Strongly committed to parish ministry, he has served as Associate Pastor of the Woodward Avenue Church of God in Athens, Tennessee since 1981. Professor Thomas has been a Guest Lecturer or Visiting Lecturer at a variety of educational institutions on five continents. He was named Alumnus of the Year by Ashland Theological Seminary (1992) and by the Church of God Theological Seminary (2004). Dr Thomas served as the President of the Society for Pentecostal Studies (1997-98). He is married to Barbara and they have two daughters, Paige Thomas Scaperoth and Lori Thomas Brown, and two sons-in-law, David Scaperoth and Chad Brown.
Dr. Blayne C. Waltrip
B.A., California State University, Fullerton 1989
MADCF, Church of God Theological Seminary, 1999
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2011
Dr. Waltrip joined the Seminary faculty in 2013 as Assistant Professor in the area of global mission and church development. Previous teaching experience occurred at Patten University, Lee University and the European Theological Seminary.
As Director of the Center for Global Education and Mission (cGEM), and in partnership with the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Church of God World Missions, the Never Before Project and Multiplication Network Ministries, Dr. Waltrip seeks to further church planting and development across the planet by developing missional education and by providing strategic training, systems, research and resources. As director, he also serves as adjunct professor and global educator.
Dr. Waltrip has served as a missionary since 1999, serving several years in Europe, especially in France and Germany, and as a global educator, teaching in places like Argentina, Australia, Belgium, England, Italy, Kenya, the Netherlands and the Philippines.
Publications include Hospitality as Mission Praxis in Contemporary Western Culture and Fresh Expressions of Missional Church in French-Speaking Europe.
Dr. Waltrip is a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and the European Pentecostal Theological Association. He is married to Dr. Angela McCain-Waltrip and they have one child, Angelina Noelle.
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