Directors and Research Fellows
Coleman M. Ford
Coleman Ford (Th.M.) is founder and editor of Center of Ancient Christian Studies and Fides et Humilitas: The Journal of the Center for Ancient Christian Studies. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Church History and Biblical Spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a minister at The Village Church in Dallas, TX. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Boyce College and teaching assistant at Southern Seminary. His research interests include the spirituality and pastoral theology of Augustine of Hippo, virtue in the patristic tradition, Christianity in late antiquity, reception history of the church fathers, and the history of Christian spirituality. Coleman is a member of the American Society of Church History, Evangelical Theological Society, North American Patristics Society, Royal Historical Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.
He has contributed numerous articles and reviews in journals including Churchman, Evangelical Quarterly, Expository Times, Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry, Journal of Evangelical Theological Society, Midwestern Journal of Theology, and Reading Religion.
Dr. Shawn J. Wilhite
Dr. Shawn J. Wilhite (Ph.D., Th.M.) is founder and editor of the Center for Ancient Christian Studies and Fides et Humilitas: The Journal of the Center for Ancient Christian Studies. He is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at California Baptist University. Additionally, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Historical and Theological Studies (Patristics) at Durham University. He is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, North American Patristics Society, and Society of Biblical Literature. His research interests include the New Testament and Early Christian Origins, Early Christianity and Patristic studies, the book of Hebrews, the Didache, History of New Testament Interpretation and Theological Interpretation of Scripture, Early Christian and Patristic Hermeneutics, and Greek and Latin Studies.
Shawn has published articles in dictionaries and journals. He co-authored Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact with Michael A.G. Haykin and Aaron Matherly. Currently, he is editor of a mid-tier commentary series on the Apostolic Fathers with Paul Hartog and writing a commentary on the Didache for this series (Cascade), and he is a series editor and contributor (Didache and Martyrdom of Polycarp) to the Apostolic Fathers Greek Reader (Glossahouse, 2015).
Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin
Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin (Th.D., M.Rel.) is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He serves as the chair and Sr. scholar representative for the Center for Ancient Christian Studies. He is currently a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and North American Patristics Society. His research interests include Ancient and Late Antique studies, Patristic theology and exegesis, and Baptist and Andrew Fuller studies.
Dr. Haykin has contributed to countless journals and regularly contributes to scholarly societies. He is the author of numerous books, including The Spirit of God: The Exegesis of 1 and 2 Corinthians in the Pneumatomachian Controversy of the Fourth Century (Brill, 1994); Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They were and How They Shaped the Church (Crossway, 2011); Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact (Christian Focus, 2014). He has contributed chapters to Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith?: A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scriptures (Crossway, 2012), From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective (Crossway, 2013), and many more.
Dr. Jonathan T. Pennington
Dr. Jonathan T. Pennington (Ph.D., M.Div.) is Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Director of Research Doctoral Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. His research interests include the Gospels, the history of interpretation, hermeneutics, and the theological interpretation of Scripture.
Dr. Pennington has contributed to many journals and regularly contributes to scholarly societies. He is the author of a few books, including Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew (Brill, 2007; Baker Academic, 2009); Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction (Baker Academic, 2012); editor and contributor to Cosmology and New Testament Theology (T&T Clark, 2008). He is a contributor to the following, Early Christian Literature and Intertextuality, vol. 1; The Lord's Supper; "Sermon on the Mount" in Oxford Bibliographies Online. Also, he is currently working on a monograph on the Sermon on the Mount and Matthew in the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.
Dr. Jarvis Williams
Dr. Jarvis Williams (Ph.D., Th.M.) is Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation and book review editor for the Southern Baptist Theological Journal at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. His research interests include Second Temple Judaism, Romans, Galatians, atonement and soteriology in Second Temple Judaism and Paul, early Christian origins, and ethno-racial identify formation in early Christianity.
Dr. Williams has contributed to many journals and regularly contributes to scholarly societies. He is the author of numerous books and articles including, Maccabean Martyr Tradition in Paul’s Theology of Atonement: Did Martyr Theology Shape Paul’s Conception of Jesus’s Death? (Wipf and Stock, 2010); One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology (Broadman and Holman, 2010); For Whom Did Christ Die? The Extent of the Atonement in Paul’s Theology (Paternoster, 2012); "Martyr Theology in Hellenistic Judaism and Paul's Conception of Jesus' Death in Romans 3:21–26" in Christian Origins and Hellenistic Judaism: Social and Literary Contexts for the New Testament (Brill, 2012). Also, he is currently working on Substitution in Paul (Pickwick), Ethno-Racial Identity (Crossway), a monograph on Gal 3:13 (T&T Clark), and a Galatians Commentary (Wipf & Stock).
Dr. Brian Arnold
Dr. Brian Arnold (Ph.D., M.Div.) is Associate Professor of Theology at Phoenix Seminary. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. His research interests include second and third century Christianity, Greek and Latin, Wirkungsgeschichte, and Historical Theology.
Brian has published Justification in the Second Century (de Gruyter, 2017), and is currently working on Cyprian of Carthage: His Life and Impact (Christian Focus, 2017), Diognetus Commentary (Cascade, Forthcoming), and an introduction to Irenaeus (Lexham Press, Forthcoming). He is married to Lauren and they have two young children, Jameson and Natalie.
You can follow him on Twitter @BrianJ_Arnold.
Dr. Ian Hugh Clary
Ian Hugh Clary (Ph.D., Th.M.) is a Teaching and Research Fellow with the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies and a minister at West Toronto Baptist Church (Canada). He has lectured at Redeemer University College, Heritage College and Seminary, Toronto Baptist Seminary (all in Canada), and Munster Bible College (Ireland). He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the American Society of Church History, and the Canadian Baptist Historical Society. His research interests include Patristic theology and history, Reformation and Post-Reformation dogmatics, Baptist studies, and Irish church history.
Dr. Clary is the co-editor of The Pure Flame of Devotion: The History of Christian Spirituality (Joshua Press, 2013) and Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition (Reformation Heritage, 2016), and is an editor with the Andrew Fuller Works Project (Walter de Gruyter, forthcoming). He has published in journals such as Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, Reformed Theological Review, Evangelical Quarterly, Mid-America Journal of Theology, Fides et Humilitas, and Puritan Reformed Journal, and has contributed to the Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, forthcoming) and the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming).
You can follow him on Twitter @ianclary.
Dr. Megan DeVore
Dr. Megan DeVore (Ph.D., M.A.) is Associate Professor of Early Christian Studies and the History of Christianity at Colorado Christian University. She is currently a member of North American Patristics Society, Society of Biblical Literature, American Society of Church History, and the Colorado Classics Association. Her research interests include hagiography, heresiology, Patristic anthropology, commemoration practices and identity formation in early Christianity and its social contexts, Graeco-Roman benefaction, early to late antique material culture, and historic Christian spiritual formation. Megan contributes regularly in presentations to academic societies and has publications in Studia Patristica (2017), Southern Baptist Theological Journal (forthcoming), and Classical Outlook. Her monograph The Passion of Perpetua in Context: The Formation of Early Christian Identity is forthcoming with Fortress Academic Press.
Megan has been a professor to undergraduates for eleven years in CCU’s Department of Theology (with occasional moonlighting in the history department for courses in antiquity). She has twice been granted the faculty teaching excellence award from her peers and the faculty member of the year award from students. She is married to Trevor, a local pastor, and they are in the wondrous throes of parenting two young children.
Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson
Dr. Matthew Y. Emerson (Ph.D., M.Div.) is Dickinson Associate Professor of Religion Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK. He is currently a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the North American Patristics Society, and the Society of Biblical Literature. His research interests include New Testament theology, theological and hermeneutical method, and Patristic theology and exegesis. Regarding his involvement with the Center for Ancient Christian Studies, he is an editor for Fides et Humilitas and regularly contributes to the online forum.
Dr. Emerson is the author of Christ and the New Creation: A Canonical Approach to the Theology of the New Testament (Wipf and Stock, 2013), and is working on a forthcoming lay-level volume on reading Revelation. He has published articles in Biblical Theology Bulletin, Currents in Biblical Research, Southeastern Theological Review, and The Journal of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, and has contributed entries to the Lexham Bible Dictionary. Matt also is co-editor of The Journal of Baptist Studies.
Dr. STEFANA DAN LAING
Dr. Stefana Dan Laing (Ph.D., M.Div.) is Assistant Professor of Divinity and Theological Librarian at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. She previously served as Theological Librarian at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s J. Dalton Havard School for Theological Studies in Houston. She has also taught at Houston Baptist University and Houston Graduate School of Theology. She is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as co-chair of the Patristics/ Medieval section’s steering committee, and is also active in the American Theological Libraries Association (ATLA), and Association of Christian Librarians (ACL).
She has researched, published, and presented in the areas of historiography, hagiography, hermeneutics, spiritual direction, martyrdom, and the life and work of Theodoret of Cyrus. Additional research interests include early church catechesis, Christian funereal practices and beliefs about the afterlife, and Christian art in late antiquity. Dr. Laing is the author of Retrieving History: Memory and Identity Formation in the Early Church (Baker Academic, 2017). She has contributed to books such as Worship, Tradition, and Engagement (Pickwick, 2018), Eschatology: Biblical, Historical, and Practical Approaches (Kregel, 2016). She has contributed entries to Evangelical America (ABC-CLIO, 2017), Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Zondervan, 2006) and the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (Holman, 2003). She has contributed to journals such as Renewing Minds, Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, and The Christian Librarian.
Stefana is married to John D. Laing, who currently serves as State Chaplain for the Texas Army National Guard, and a theologian who specializes in the doctrine of Middle Knowledge (author of Middle Knowledge, Kregel, 2018). They are raising three delightful “tweens” who are growing way too fast.
Dr. J. Daniel McDonald
Dr. J. Daniel McDonald (Ph.D., M.Div.) is Faculty Development Specialist for an online management provider, Instructor of Philosophy at Boyce College, and Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy at Liberty University Online. He is currently a member of the African American Intellectual History Society, Evangelical Philosophical Society, and Evangelical Theological Society. His research interests include the relationship between faith and reason, metaphilosophy, the history of western philosophy, and race and philosophy.
Dr. McDonald has written several book reviews and has contributed several articles, most recently “Philosophical Questions and the Unity of the Trinity: Re-engaging Christ-shaped Philosophy” at the Christ-Shaped Philosophy Project at the Evangelical Philosophical Society’s website. He is currently working on a history of the ontology of reason in Western philosophy.
Dr. McDonald is married to Angie and has three daughters. You can follow him on Twitter at @jdanielmcdonald. You can also visit his blog Philosophical Lagniappe as well as his blog on Kenneth L. Roberts, a twentieth-century historical-fiction novelist.
Dr. David Robinson
Rev. Dr. David Robinson (Ph.D., M.A.) is senior pastor at Westminster Chapel (Toronto, Canada), an adjunct professor in the Biblical Studies and Theology department at Tyndale University College & Seminary, a fellow of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and presently serves as chairman of the ETS Ontario-Quebec region. His research interests include early North African Christianity and the history of biblical interpretation, particularly the book of Revelation.
Dr. Robinson has published articles in Studia Patristica, Worship, Theoforum, Humanitas, and Revista Vida y Espiritualidad. He and Francis X. Gumerlock have recently completed an annotated translation of Tyconius of Carthage’s Exposition of the Apocalypse, which is forthcoming (Tyconius: Exposition of the Apocalypse. Translated by Francis X. Gumerlock. Introduction and notes by David C. Robinson. Fathers of the Church, no. 134. Washington, DC: Catholic University of American Press). He’s currently working on Tertullian: An Introduction to his Life and Thought(Christian Focus).
Dr. Robinson is married to Megan and they have three children, Samuel, Leah, and Lucas.
Dr. R. Lucas Stamps
Dr. R. Lucas Stamps (Ph.D., M.Div.) is assistant professor of Christian Studies in the College of Christian Studies and the Clamp Divinity School at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. He also serves as an executive director for the Center for Baptist Renewal, an organization that seeks a retrieval of the Great Tradition for the renewal of contemporary Baptist faith and practice. His research interests include Christology, the Trinity, liturgical and sacramental theology, and Baptist theology. Dr. Stamps will be assisting the Center for Ancient Christian Studies by providing theological counsel and guidance within the ancient Christian tradition.
Dr. Stamps is the author of the forthcoming Thy Will Be Done: A Contemporary Defense of Two-Wills Christology (Fortress Press) and is co-editor of the forthcoming Baptists and the Christian Tradition: Towards an Evangelical Baptist Catholicity (B&H Academic). He has also published a number of journal articles and book chapters in the area of systematic theology.
Dr. Michael J. Svigel
Dr. Michael Svigel (Ph.D., Th.M.) serves as Department Chair and Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. Besides teaching both historical and systematic theology at DTS, Dr. Svigel is actively engaged in teaching and writing for a broader evangelical audience. His passion for a Christ-centered theology and life is coupled with a penchant for humor, music, and writing. He worked for several years in the legal field as well as serving as a writer with the ministry of Insight for Living. His books and articles range from text critical studies to juvenile fantasy. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Sophie, Lucas, and Nathan.
Dr. Svigel is the author numerous books, including The Center and the Source: Second Century Incarnational Christology and Early Catholic Christianity (Gorgias Press, 2016), RetroChristianity: Reclaiming the Forgotten Faith (Crossway, 2012), and serves as editor of the Exploring Christian Theology series (Bethany House, 2014-15). He has also published a number of journal articles and book chapters in the area early Christianity and systematic theology.
Darron Chapman ( M.Div, M.A.) is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Louisville and a Ph.D. candidate in Systematic Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to various research interests in philosophy and ethics, his research interests in theology include the relationship between philosophy and theology, theological method, Trinitarianism, Christology and patristics. Darron is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Philosophical Society and the North American Patristic Society. In addition to his academic pursuits, Darron serves as the Senior Pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Boston, Kentucky.
Jordan Edwards (M.Div.) is a Ph.D. student at Southern Seminary. He is currently a member of the North American Patristics Society, American Society of Church History, and Evangelical Theological Society. Jordan also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry. His research interests include early North African Christianity, Patristic pneumatology, Graeco-Roman religion and historiography, and Graeco-Roman perceptions of early Christianity. Regarding his involvement with the Center for Ancient Christian Studies, Jordan is a regular contributor and part of the editorial staff. Currently he attends Ninth and O Baptist Church with his wife Lindsay.
Dr. Jon English Lee
Jon English Lee (Ph.D., M.Div.) serves a research fellow and editor for the Center for Ancient Christian Studies and Fides et Humilitas: The Journal of the Center for Ancient Christian Studies. His research interests include ecclesiology, particularly liturgy and sacraments, and the development of doctrine. Jon English has contributed to the various journals, including: The Churchman, Puritan Reformed Journal, and the Founders Journal. He is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Alex Long (M.Div.) is a Latin teacher at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently a member of the Society for Biblical Literature and the Evangelical Theological Society. His research interests include Patristic Exegesis and Reception, Early Christianity, Greek and Latin Language, Septuagint Studies, and Hebrew Language. Regarding his involvement with the Center for Ancient Christian Studies, Alex contributes to the administrative needs and facilitation of the Center's events.
You can follow him on Twitter @Alex_Long381.
Aaron Matherly (M.Div.) is currently a Ph.D. student in Patristics at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His current research interest focuses on the Latin Fathers including Augustine, Patrick of Ireland, and Bede. He recently co-authored Patrick of Ireland: His Life and Impact with Michael A.G. Haykin and Shawn Wilhite, and currently teaches at Immanuel Baptist Church in Danville, Kentucky.
Trey Moss (M.Div.) is a Ph.D. student at Southern Seminary. He is currently a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Evangelical Theological Society. His research interests range from pauline theology, biblical theologies of race, Christian identity formation, and Second Temple Judaism. Regarding his involvement with Center for Ancient Christian Studies, Trey serves as part of the editorial staff and book acquisitions editor for Second Temple Judaism. Currently, he attends Antioch Church with his wife, Hayley.
Trey is currently contributing Letter to Polycarp in Apostolic Fathers Greek Reader (Forthcoming; Glossahouse, 2015).
Adam Smith (M.Div.) is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and Evangelical Theological Society. His research focuses on the Gospel of Matthew, theological interpretation of Scripture, patristic exegesis, and reception history of the Gospels. He has contributed to the Oxford Bibliographies. Regarding his involvement with the Center for Ancient Christian Studies, Adam is a regular contributor and part of the editorial staff. He pastors a church in Richmond, KY.
You can follow Adam on Twitter @asmith577.
Brandon D. Smith
Brandon D. Smith is a Ph.D. student in theology and New Testament at Ridley College (Melbourne) under the supervision of Michael Bird. His research interests include the Trinity, New Testament, biblical theology, theological interpretation, and early Christian theology (especially AD 100-400). He currently serves as Editorial Director for the Center for Baptist Renewal and works with the Christian Standard Bible and reference books at Holman Bibles.
Brandon has authored a few books and is currently writing a book for B&H Academic on the Trinity and the Book of Revelation. He also serves as one of the pastors at City Church in Murfreesboro, TN, co-hosts the Word Matters podcast, and teaches Bible and theology courses at California Baptist University. He lives near Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and their two daughters.
You can read more at his blog, Biblical Reasoning.
Wyatt Graham is a Ph.D. student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. His interests include the Psalms, ancient Christian studies, Hebrew language, and biblical theology. Wyatt serves as part of the editorial staff for the Center.
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