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Academic Degrees & Education
London School of Theology/Middlesex University, London, England
Ph.D (Systematic Theology)
Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY
D. Min (Christian Leadership)
Church of God Theological Seminary, Cleveland, TN
Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN
B.A. (Philosophy-Religion and minor in Biblical Languages)
Academic Appointments & Experience
Adjunct Professor of Theology
Church of God
Pastorate from 1983-present (4 congregations: Indian Creek 7 years, Murfreesboro 6 years, Greeneville 1 year, and New Harvest 19+)
Murfreesboro, TN district
Middle Tennessee Ministerial Marriage Screening Committee
Tennessee State Board of Ministerial Development 1996-98
Tennessee World Missions Board 2014-present; committee chair, 2017
Liaison for Society for Pentecostal Studies to Interfaith Relations Commission of the National Council of Churches (USA) 2003-present
Pentecostal Representative to Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation of World Council of Churches (Geneva, SW) 2005-present
Pentecostal Representative on Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (NGO to United Nations from World Council of Churches) 2007-present
National Council of Churches Theological Task
Groups: Christian Zionism and a Christian response to the Muslim document “A Common Word”
Book Review and Editorial Experience with Pneuma Review and Pneuma Informer, Pneuma: the Journal of Society for Pentecostal Studies, Religious Studies Review, and Evangelical Review of Theology (2005-present)
Co-Chair of Church of God/Mennonite Church USA Dialogue (2007-2016)
Elected Interest Group Leader for Society for Pentecostal Studies Ecumenical Studies Group (2008-2014)
Executive Council Member of Day of Prayer and Action for Children with Arigatou International (2010-present)
Board of Directors for AMERC (Appalachian Ministries Education Resource Center) from 2010 to present
Pastoral Covenant Group Facilitator: 2012-present
Committee member for The Religious Leadership, Civil Discourse, andDemocracy Project, A Ford Foundation Freedom of Expression Grant (Oct 2013-present)
Carson-Newman College: Dean’s List (per semester1985-88) Presidential Scholarship (annually 1985-88) Who’s Who in American Colleges (1988) Graduated cum laude (1988) Church of God Ministerial Internship Program: Five Year Excellence Award (2007)
Philosophy Honors Society (Phi Sigma Tau)
Society for Pentecostal Studies
American Academy of Religion
American Association of Christian Counselors
Publications & Presentations
“Church of God Hosts Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA,” Faith News Network, August 12, 2012: http://www.faithnews.cc/?p=12664.
Pastor Presents in Historic China Meeting,” Faith News Network, August 13, 2012:http://www.faithnews.cc/?p=12675.
“Pastor Presents to National Council of Churches,” Faith News Network (November 23, 2010), http://www.faithnews.cc/2010/11/23/pastor-presents-to-national-council-of-churches/.
“Is it Full Partnership or Partial? The Church of God Struggles with the Role of Women,” The Pneuma Informer (July-August 2010), http://www.pneumafoundation.org/pi.jsp?pi=/2010/pi_0708_2010.xml#N65813.
“Pentecostal Presence at National Council of Churches of Christ General Assembly a Historic Occasion,” The Pneuma Informer (January-February 2010): http://www.pneumafoundation.org/pi.jsp?pi=/2010/pi_0102_2010.xml#N65606.
“Pentecostals Needed: New NCC Director Partners with Pentecostals,” The Pneuma Review 11:4 (Fall, 2008), pp. 14-19. “NCC Leader Appreciates Pentecostals, Advises on Iran, Israel, and Interfaith Relations,” The Pneuma Informer (October 2007), www.pneumafoundation.org.
“NCC Leader Appreciates Pentecostals, Advises on Iran, Israel, and Interfaith Relations” The Pneuma Informer (October 2007), www.pneumafoundation.org.
“Special Report: False Accusation Made against National Council of Churches”, at “News & Current Links” (October 2007), www.pneumafoundation.org.
Essentials of Pentecostal Theology: An Eternal and Unchanging Lord Powerfully Present & Active by the Holy Spirit (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2020).
Pentecostal Theology and Ecumenical Theology: Interpretations and Intersections ed. Peter Hocken, Tony Richie, and Christopher A. Stephenson (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, September 2019).
Pentecostal Explorations of Holiness Today: Words from Wesley, co-authored with Randall Howard (Cleveland, TN: CPT, 2017).
Encountering Cornelius Today: Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Religions (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2013).
Speaking by the Spirit: A Pentecostal Theology of Testimony for Interreligious Dialogue,Asbury Academic Monograph Series (Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, January 2011).
“Ecumenical Theology: A Restorationist Embrace of the Unity of the Spirit,” ed. Wolfgang Vondey, Routledge Handbook of Pentecostal Theology (UK: Routledge, forthcoming, 2020)
“The Grand Design of God in All Divine Operations: Jonathan Edwards’ Distinctive Contribution to the Positive Significance of Non-Christian Religions,” From Northampton to Azusa: Pentecostals and the Theology of Jonathan Edwards, eds. Amos Yong and Steven Studebaker (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2019)
“Slamming the Door and Cracking a Window? Pneumatological Investigations for Possible Openings in Karl Barth’s Generally Closed Theology of Religions,” Pentecostals and Karl Barth’s Theology, eds. Frank D. Macchia, Andrew K. Gabriel (forthcoming 2019). with Amos Yong and Josh Samuel, The Kerygmatic Spirit (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2018).
“Essential Features of Pentecostal Theology: An Eternal and Unchanging Lord Powerfully Present and Active by the Holy Spirit,” Theology of the One World, ed. Klaus Vellguth (Theologische Grundlagen Notiz, 2017).
“Lasting Impact of Unforgotten Kindness: Overcoming Barriers and Building Bridges in Linking Church of God and Mennonite Church USA Leadership,” Our Lives as Mennocostals, eds. Martin Mittelstadt and Brian Pipkin ((Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2018)
“Public Role of Women in the Patristic Church: Ancient Problems and Contemporary Potential,” Church of God Women in Ministry ed. Miguel Alvarez, et al (Cleveland, TN: CPT, forthcoming).
“Spiritual Transformation through Pentecostal Testimony,” Knowing God in the Ordinary Practices of the Christian Life, eds., Sang-Ehil Han and Jackie David Johns (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, forthcoming)
“What Have Pentecostals to do with “The Religion of the Concrete Spirit”? Tillich’s Theology of Religions in 21st Century Global Renewal Context,” Spiritual Presence and Spiritual Power: Pentecostal Readings of and Engagement with the Legacy of Paul Tillich, eds. Amos Yong and Nimi Wariboko (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2014).
“The Sevenfold Spirit: A Pentecostal Approach to Christian Theology of Religions,” in Wonsuk Ma, Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, and Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, eds., Pentecostal Mission and Global Christianity Edinburgh Centenary Series 20(London: Regnum, 2014), 224-40.
“Demonization, Discernment, and Deliverance in Interreligious Encounters,” Chapter 12, Interdisciplinary and Religio-Cultural Discourses on a Spirit-filled World: Loosing the Spirits, eds. Veli-Matt Kärkkäinen, Kirsteen Kim, and Amos Yong (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013).
“A Distinctive Turn to Pneumatology: Amos Yong’s Christian Theology of Religions,” The Theology of Amos Yong and the New Face of Pentecostal Scholarship, eds., Wolfgang Vondey and Martin W. Mittelstadt, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies Series 14 (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, 2013), 103-21.
“Joining Jesus on an Excursion beyond Ancient Borders,” Al Tizon, ed., The World Matters: A Missional Theology that Preaches (Valley Forge, PAL: Judson Press, 2011).
“The Wide Reach of the Spirit: A Charismatic Renewal Approach to Christian Mission and Interreligious Encounter,” Amos Yong & Clifton Clarke, eds., The Wide Reach of the Spirit: Renewal and Theology of Mission in a Religiously Plural World. Asbury Theological Seminary Series in Christian Revitalization – Pentecostal/Charismatic section (Lexington, KY: Emeth Press, 2011).
“Multi-Voiced Worship: A Pentecostal Reflection,” It All Fits Together – Forming Christian Habits in Post-Christendom: The Legacy of Alan and Eleanor Kreider (Elkhart, IN: Institute of Mennonite Studies, September 2010).
“From Suspicion to Synthesis: Toward a Shared Wesleyan and Pentecostal Theology of Spirituality,” The Continuing Relevance of Wesleyan Theology: Essays in Honor of Larry Wood, (Eugene, OR: Pickwick/Wipf & Stock, 2010).
“What Kind of Spirit Are We Really Of? A Pentecostal Approach to Interfaith Forgiveness and Interreligious Reconciliation,” Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Restoration (Eugene, OR: Pickwick/WIPF & Stock, 2010), Pentecostals, Peacemaking and Social Justice Series.
With Amos Yong, “Bearing Witness in a Religiously Plural World: Pentecostal Missiology, the Religions, and the Interreligious Encounter,” in Studying Global Pentecostalism: Theories and Methods, ed. Allan Anderson, Michael Bergunder, André Droogers, and Cornelius van de Laan, European Research Network on Global Pentecostalism (Europe: GloPent, 2010).
“Azusa-era Optimism: Bishop J. H. King’s Pentecostal Theology of Religions as a Possible Paradigm for Today,” The Spirit in the World: Emerging Pentecostal Theologies in Global Contexts, ed. Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2009).
“Pentecostal Interfaith Prayers,” In Our Own Way: Living a Scouting Life through Faith: A Handbook of Prayer and Devotion, ed. Robert L. Edmunds (Irving, TX: Red Honor, 2007).
“Pentecostal Interfaith Prayers,” America Prays, Robert L. Edmunds (Irving, TX: Red Honor, September 2007).
Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Lecturer in Theology
Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Historical & Doctrinal Theology
Regent University Divinity School
Lee University/Church of God Theological Seminary
Pastoral leadership and theology
Church of God Seminary of South America
Church of God
Christian mission and evangelism and contemporary religious pluralism
Church of God
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