Current Instructors at The School of Peace Theology
Dr. James Alison
James Alison is a Catholic priest and theologian. He is known as one of the students of the thought of René Girard who has developed that thought’s fecundity for Catholic theology, as well as for his readings of the texts of Scripture. James is also known for his attempts to promote the spiritual and mental well-being of Gay and Lesbian believers in the face of the cloud of mendacity which the authorities of his own Church, among others, allow to hang over the matter. His most recent published work is the program of introduction to the Christian Faith for adults, in both film and text, called Jesus the Forgiving Victim. When he is not traveling the world teaching and preaching, James lives in Madrid, Spain, with his son Luiz Felipe, and Luiz’s French bulldog, Nicholas.
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Bartlett
Born in England in 1946, as a little boy Tony Bartlett wanted to be a priest. Ordained in 1973 he spent a year in Rome where he “lost his religion.” Ten years later a second stay in Italy, under guidance of spiritual teacher, Carlo Carretto, saw him quit clerical ministry. In the same period he also encountered the work of René Girard and in 1993 joined the Ph.D. program in the Department of Religion, Syracuse University. He gained his doctorate in 1999, with a Girardian deconstruction of standard atonement doctrine. He has published, books, articles and blogs, arguing for a new sense of Christian dynamic and mission. He and his wife, Linda, lead a small study and prayer fellowship in Syracuse, always as springboard to wider conversation with the Christian tradition.
Dr. Jamie Clark-Soles
Dr. Jamie Clark-Soles received her PhD. and MA from Yale University. Dr. Clark-Soles is the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor of New Testament at Southern Methodist University.
Dr. Stephen R. Crosby
Dr. Stephen R. Crosby received his undergraduate secular education at Corning Community College in Corning NY, and his BA, MA, and D. Min. through Christian International College and Graduate School at Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Dr. Crosby has pastored and ministered in traditional churches, home churches, organic churches, conferences, and Bible Schools in nations on four continents.
Dr. Peter Enns
Peter Enns (Ph.D. Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University (St. Davids, PA). He has taught undergraduate, seminary, and doctoral courses at numerous other schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and Temple University. Enns speaks and writes regularly to diverse audiences about the intersection of the ancient setting of Bible and contemporary Christian faith. He is a frequent contributor to journals and encyclopedias, and has written, edited, and contributed to nearly 20 books, including The Sin of Certainty, The Bible Tells Me So, Inspiration and Incarnation, and The Evolution of Adam (winner of the 2012 ForeWord Review Book of the Year Award in Religion/adult nonfiction). Enns resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife Susan. His popular blog and podcast, The Bible for Normal People, can be found at peteenns.com.
Dr. Jeffrey B. Gibson
Jeffrey B. Gibson is adjunct instructor of humanities and religious studies at Harry S. Truman College in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he is the author of The Temptations of Jesus in Early Christianity (1995) and has published articles and reviews in the Journal of Theological Studies, The Bible Translator, The Expository Times, Religion, The Journal for the Study of the New Testament, The Dictionary of New Testament Background, Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible, and The Encyclopedia of the Historical Jesus.
Matt Huett has been in the academy for the past 15 years. With a background in the pastorate and an advanced degree in Leadership and doctoral work in the study of Spiritual Formation from George Fox University, Matt has an expansive track record as a sounding board and confidant for folks in search of the right questions to ask as they pertain to life and the complexities therein. His interests include post-structuralism, existentialist literature, Christian mysticism, post-modernity/meta-modernity, Emergent Christianity, and contemplative spirituality.
Dr. Gerald Mast
Dr. Gerald J. Mast is professor of communication at Bluffton University and author of numerous books and essays on Anabaptist history and theology, including Separation and the Sword in Anabaptist Persuasion (Cascadia, 2006) and, with J. Denny Weaver, Defenseless Christianity: Anabaptism for a Nonviolent Church (Cascadia, 2009). He serves as vice-chair of the Mennonite Historical Society and is the editor of the society’s signature academic book series Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History. Mast currently teaches a graduate course in Anabaptist history and theology for the Anabaptist Learning Institute, which certifies teachers at Mennonite elementary and high schools as Anabaptist educators.
Kevin Miller is a freelance writer, editor, and filmmaker. Over the past 21 years, he has been involved in dozens of book and film projects, most notably the feature-length documentary “Hellbound?” He has also taught screenwriting and creative writing in a number of settings across North America and around the world. He is a keen observer of popular culture, and he is consistently amazed at how much mimetic theory reveals about the dynamics that make films—particularly horror films—work.
Dr. Christopher S. Morrissey
Christopher S. Morrissey teaches Greek and Latin on the Faculty of Philosophy at the Seminary of Christ the King located at the Benedictine monastery of Westminster Abbey in Mission, British Columbia. He also lectures in logic and philosophy at Trinity Western University. He is a Fellow of the Adler-Aquinas Institute, an Executive Member of the Semiotic Society of America, and a Member of the Inklings Institute of Canada. He studied Ancient Greek and Latin at the University of British Columbia and has taught classical mythology, history, and ancient languages at Simon Fraser University, where he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on René Girard. He is the managing editor of The American Journal of Semiotics. His book of Hesiod’s poetry, Theogony / Works and Days, is published by Talonbooks.
Dr. Robin Parry
Robin Parry taught philosophy and religion for eleven years at Worcester Sixth Form College, UK. From 2001–2010 he was Editorial Director of Paternoster Press and since 2010 he has been a UK-based editor at Wipf & Stock Publishers. Robin is the husband of one wife, Carol, and the father of two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jessica. (He also has a delightful three-legged cat called Monty.) His MA and PhD are in Old Testament studies and he writes books for a hobby. For better or for worse, Robin is perhaps best known as a defender of evangelical universalism.
Dr. John E. (Jay) Phelan
Dr. John E. (Jay) Phelan is Senior Professor of Theological Studies at North Park Theological Seminary. He teaches Bible and theology including, especially, introductory courses to the New Testament and biblical Eschatology. His recent books include Essential Eschatology (Intervarsity Press) and editor of Doing Theology for the Church (Wipf and Stock). He is also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Dr. Edward Pillar is a Baptist Minister, serving in Evesham, UK since 1995. He is a Biblical Scholar with a particular interest in the Apostle Paul, the Resurrection, and the meaning of the Gospel. He studied Theology (BA) at Spurgeon’s College, London, and completed his PhD in Biblical Studies at University of Wales, Trinity, St. David. His thesis, titled Resurrection as Anti-Imperial Gospel, focused on the historical, political, and social implications of the event of the resurrection of Jesus.
Dr. B. Keith Putt
B. Keith Putt (Ph.D. Rice University) is Professor of Philosophy at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. His primary expertise lies in the areas of Continental philosophy, Continental philosophy of religion, and Continental theology, specifically with reference to the radical hermeneutics and radical theology of John D. Caputo. Indeed, he is the editor of The Essential Caputo: Selected Writings, a “Caputo reader” forthcoming from Indiana University Press. Among his other recent publications are “Blurring the Edges: Ricœur and Rothko on Metaphorically Figuring the Non-Figural,” “The Existence of Evil and the Insistence of God: Caputo’s Poetics of the Event as a Discourse on Divine Intervention,” “Traduire C’est Trahir—Peut-être: Ricoeur and Derrida on the (In)Fidelity of Translation,” and “Friends and Strangers/Poets and Rabbis: Negotiating a ‘Capuphalian’ Philosophy of Religion.”
Dr. Sharon Baker Putt
Sharon Baker Putt holds a Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University and is Professor of Theology and Religion at a college in PA. She defines her work with the Bible verse: “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a worker that needs not be ashamed, handling rightly the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). These words from the Bible perfectly describe what she wants for her students. By teaching them theology and religion on an academic level, she hopes to motivate them to know not only what they believe, but why they believe it so that they grow in their faith and in their love for God and others. When she’s not teaching (or grading papers!), she conducts research and writes in the areas of non-violent atonement theory, justice, reconciliation, forgiveness, and peace. She also works in the area of inter-religious dialogue, comparative theologies of religion, and Continental Philosophy.
Dr. Daniel L. Rodriguez
Daniel Rodriguez finished his PhD in biblical Hebrew at the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) in 2016. He works as an Associate Translation Consultant at Bible League International (www.bibleleague.org) currently working with a translation team in Croatia finishing an easy-to-read Croatian Bible.
Jonathan Sauder currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is completing a Master of Theological Studies degree at Brite Divinity School. He is employed by Preaching Peace and focuses his theological research on excavating and exposing the empire-friendly habits of theologies past and present. This course foregrounds his current interest in how the pacifism of the privileged can easily fade from the prophetic into the ideological. Jonathan and his family attend a Mennonite church. His wife, Brenda, is a spiritual director, and their four children are in grade school.
Carol S. Wimmer
After working for twenty-two years as a director of church music and artistic ministries, Ms. Wimmer experienced an intense time of spiritual instruction. The inspired insights opened the door to fresh theological perspectives in three areas of human concern: time, language, and an effective organizational model for church ministry. Because of the insights, Ms. Wimmer entered full-time research which culminated in the presentation of several academic papers within the Society of Biblical Literature from 2006 to 2010. Her suppositions were first published in The Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religion, New York London; Springer Dordrecht Heidelberg, 2013. Ms. Wimmer lives in Tulsa, OK with her husband of forty-seven years. Together, they have two children and three grandchildren.