Summary of Experience


Presnell Fellow, Class of 2017 Executive Leadership Institute, Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1990
Dissertation:  “The Amelioration of Society:  Alexander Campbell and Educational Reform in Antebellum America”
Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Johnson City, TN, 1986
Thesis:  “Context and Response:  Ashley S. Johnson and the School of the Evangelists, 1893-1909”
Bachelor of Arts (B.A., cum laude) Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1978


  1. Administrative:
    • Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee:
      • 2014-present   Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost
      • 2012-2014       Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences
      • 2003-2012       Chair, General Education Committee
  2. Teaching:
    • Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee:
      • 2002-2014       Professor of History and Theology
      • 1999-2002       Adjunct Professor of History and Theology
      • 1997-99           Professor of History and Theology
      • 1993-96           Associate Professor of History and Theology
      • 1991-93           Assistant Professor of History and Theology
      • 1989-91           Instructor in History
    • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee:
      • 1993                Visiting Lecturer in History
      • 1990-91           Lecturer in History
      • 1986-90           Graduate Assistant, Graduate Teaching Assistant, and Teaching Associate in History
    • Tusculum College, Knoxville Tennessee:
      • Visiting Professor of History and Political Science
  3. Professional Organizations:
    • Disciples of Christ Historical Society (not current member)
    • East Tennessee Historical Society (not current member)
    • Stone-Campbell Journal Scholars Community
  4. Publications:
    • Books:
      • Above Every Other Desire:  A Centennial History of Johnson Bible College, 1893-1993 (Johnson Bible College, 1993).
    • Essays:
      • “Preserving a Prophetic Voice,” in A Question of Power:  A Study Guide for the Film Theologians Under Hitler (Vital Visions Incorporated, 2006).
      • “Andrew Johnson’s Political and Religious Redemption:  Civil Liberties and the Southern White Churches, 1862-1869,” in Nineteenth-Century America:  Essays in Honor of Paul H. Bergeron (University of Tennessee Press, 2005).
      • “Southern Boys for the Ministry:  Ashley S. Johnson and Another Creed for the New South,” in Jesus, God’s Last Word:  Essays in Honor of David L. Eubanks (Tennessee Valley Publishing, 2004).
    • Articles:
      • “Thomas Campbell’s Midlife Crisis:  A Biographical Introduction and Historiographical Synthesis” in Stone-Campbell Journal  14:1 (Spring 2011).
      • “The Stone-Campbell Movement:  A Global History—Reviews and Comments: in Stone-Campbell Journal 17:1 (Spring 2014); contributor.
    • Encyclopedia/Dictionary Entries:
      • “Ashley S. Johnson,” and “Johnson Bible College” in Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Eerdmanns, 2004).
      • “Cumberland Presbyterian Church,” “Johnson Bible College,” and “Lachlan McGillivray” in Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture (Tennessee Historical Society, 1998).
    • Book reviews:
      • Review of Gary Holloway and John York.  Unfinished Reconciliation:  Justice, Racism, and Churches of Christ. Revised and expanded edition, in Stone-Campbell Journal 17:1 (Spring 2014).
      • Review of Anthony N.S. Lane, A Reader's Guide to Calvin's Institutes in Stone-Campbell Journal 13:1 (Spring 2010).
      • Review of Mark A. Noll and Carolyn Nystrom, Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism in Stone-Campbell Journal 10:1 (Spring 2007).
      • Review of Dale R. Stoffer, ed.  The Lord’s Supper:  Believers Church Perspectives in Stone-Campbell Journal 1:2 (Fall 1998).
    • Other:
      • Member of the General Editorial Board, Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Eerdmanns, 2004).
  5. Conference Papers:
    • Leadership And Spiritual Formation:  The Role of Doctrinal Preaching;” paper presented at the Christian Scholar’s Conference, Lipscomb University, July 2014.
    • “Review of The Stone-Campbell Movement:  A Global History, Part One;” paper presented at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, April, 2014.
    • “Thomas Campbell’s Midlife Crisis:  A Biographical Introduction and Historiographical Synthesis;” paper presented at the Thomas Campbell’s Declaration and Address: Past, Present & Future Conference, Johnson Bible College, October 2009.
    • “Beyond Digression and Jangling Legalism?  The Influence of Editor Isaac Errett, 1866-1888;” paper presented at the Christian Scholar’s Conference, Lipscomb University, July 2009.


  • Farragut Christian Church, Knoxville, Tennessee
    Minister, 1999-2002
  • Bearden Christian Church, Knoxville, Tennessee
    Minister (part-time), 1986-1991
  • Valley Forge Christian Church, Elizabethton, Tennessee
    Associate Minister (part-time student ministry), 1985-1986
  • Embreeville Church of Christ, Erwin, Tennessee
    Minister, 1982-1984
  • Morrison Hill Christian Church, Kingston, Tennessee
    Minister, 1980-1982
  • Bethel Church of Christ, Jonesborough, Tennessee
    Minister, 1979-80
  • Woodlawn Christian Church, Knoxville, Tennessee
    Associate Minister (Youth and Education), 1976-1979
  • Other ministries:
    • Held interim preaching ministries in Rockwood, Morristown, Farragut, Chattanooga, and Seymour, Tennessee;
    • Preached/led numerous revivals, missions rallies, workshops, and seminars;
    • Participated in short-term mission trips to Haiti, Honduras, Ukraine, and China;
    • Worship leader for churches, conferences, and conventions.