Faculty & Staff

 

Rodney Ashlock, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Assistant Professor

B.A., Biblical Language, Harding University, 1987
M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 1991
Ph.D., Biblical Studies, Baylor University, 2002

Phone: 325.674.3740
Email: ashlockr@acu.edu 

Areas of scholarship or expertise: 

  • Hebrew Bible, Hebrew language.
  • Pulpit minister, Westgate Church of Christ, Abilene.  

Tony Ash, Ph.D.
Professor

B.S., Florida State University, 1956
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1959
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1966

Phone: 325.674.3788
Email: asht@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Luke-Acts.
  • Writings of C.S. Lewis.
  • Has served as a minister in several congregations.

Publications:

  • Pray Always: What the New Testament Teaches about
    Prayer,
    Leafwood Press, 2008.
  • Numerous articles published in leading Christian journals.

 

Cliff Barbarick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.A., Religion, Pepperdine University
M.Div., Pepperdine University
Ph.D.., Biblical Studies, Baylor University

Phone: 325.674.3767
Email: cliff.barbarick@acu.edu 

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • New Testament literature and theology
  • 1 Peter, Mark, 1 Clement
  • Moral Transformation in the New Testament and Greco-Roman education
  • John Muir, Annie Dillard and other American wilderness writing
  • The motif of the wilderness in Christian thought

 
 

Kilnam Cha, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.A., Columbia Christian College, 1991
M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 1995
Ph.D.., Baylor University, 2006

Phone: 325.674.3758
Email: kilnam.cha@acu.edu 

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Hebrew Bible and Psalms
  • Former minister at three ethnic Korean churches in Texas
  • Regularly takes students to Korea and China on summer mission trips

 

Sonny Guild, D.Min.
Associate Director for Missionary Care and Formation

B.A., Harding University, 1966
M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 1969
D.Min., Abilene Christian University, 1996
Missionary in Kenya, 1970-79

Phone: 325.674.3710
Email: sonny.guild@acu.edu 

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Developing strong teams for foreign and domestic missions.
  • Preacher for Woodlawn Church of Christ in Abilene.

 

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Randy Harris
Instructor
CBS Spiritual Director

B.A., Harding University, 1979
M.A., M.Th., Harding School of Theology, 1983
M.Phil., Syracuse University, 1987
Ph.D. candidate, Syracuse University

Phone: 325.674.3793
Email: randy.harris@acu.edu 

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Theology, philosophy and preaching.
  • Certificate in Christian Spiritual Guidance from the Shalem Institute.
  • Participated in Trappist, Carmelite, Ignatian, Franciscan and Celtic communities in his study of contemplative prayer and mysticism.

Publications:

  • Godwork: Confessions of a Standup Theologian, Leafwood Press, 2009

Houston Heflin, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1995
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1997
Ed.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2004

Phone: 325.674.3714
Email: houston.heflin@acu.edu 

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Spiritual formation.
  • Theological field education.
  • Youth ministry.

Publications:

  • Youth Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Youth Ministry, Abingdon Press, 2009.

 

Christopher Hutson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Academics

B.A., Lipscomb University, 1983
M.A., University of Cincinnati, 1987
M.Div., Yale University, 1989
M.A., M.Phil., Yale University, 1993
Ph.D., Yale University, 1998

Phone: 325.674.3705
Email: crhutson@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship and expertise:

  • New Testament Exegesis and Interpretation
  • Greco-Roman milieu of Early Christianity
  • Cultural contexts of Pauline letters
  • Biblical perspectives on peace & war, race & ethnicity, and gender 

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
 


 

David Kneip
Instructor

A.B., Duke University, 1997
M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 2003
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Notre Dame

Phone: 325.674.3743
Email: david.kneip@acu.edu 

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Theology, Biblical interpretation, and worship in early Christianity
  • Church history
  • Has served in youth and worship ministry in churches in North Carolina, Texas, and Indiana

 

Victor McCracken, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.A., Harding University, 1995
M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 1999
Ph.D., Emory University, 2008

Phone: 325.674.3718
Email: vbm95u@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Theological and philosophical ethics, theology and popular culture, and religion in American public life.
  • Currently studying the intersection of Christian faith and the ethics of patriotism.
  • Member of the Society of Christian Ethics.
  • Former Adult Discipleship Minister at the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas.

 

Marcia Moore
Instructor

B.S.N., 1979
M.Th., 1985

Email: mdm2cor19@aol.com

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Beginning Greek.

 

Curt Niccum, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 

B.A., Lubbock Christian University, 1985
M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 1992
Ph.D., Notre Dame University, 2000

Phone: 325.674.3764
Email: lcn07a@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Dead Sea scrolls, ancient Christianity, Luke-Acts, textual criticism.
  • Teaches Greek and New Testament text courses at ACU.
  • Teaches frequently at the Institute for Theology and Christian Ministry in St. Petersburg, Russia.
  • Specialization is textual research. He has done work for a number of international collaborations including the Dead Sea Scrolls Project (for which he edited one of the scrolls of Daniel), the International Greek New Testament Project (for which he collates manuscripts), and the International Project of the Text of Acts (for which he studied the origin of the Greek text underlying the Ethiopian version of the book).
  • He and his wife, Deborah, have a special heart for children, having served as foster parents for nine years. They also have a keen interest in missions, especially in Europe.

Publications:

  • Work published in Discoveries in the Judaean Desert (the official publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls), in Festschriften, and in several scholarly journals.

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Robert Oglesby Jr.
Instructor
Director, Center for Youth and Family Ministry

B.S., Ministry & Evangelism, Abilene Christian University, 1981
M.S., Marriage & Family Studies, Abilene Christian University, 1982

Phone: 325.674.3798
Email: oglesbyr@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Youth ministry and moral development.
  • Family minister at Southern Hills Church of Christ, Abilene.

 

Glenn Pemberton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1985
M.A., Old Testament, Abilene Christian University, 1995
Ph.D., University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology, 1999

Phone: 325.674.3720
Email: gdp05b@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Old Testament, Psalms and Wisdom Literature.
  • Came to ACU after teaching at Oklahoma Christian and preaching for churches in Texas (Sterling City and Midland) and Colorado (Buena Vista). 

Publications:

  • When God Calls, 21st Century Christian.
  • Learning to Lament, scheduled for publication in 2010.

 

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Jeanene Reese, D.Min.
Associate Chair for the Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry
Director, Center for Women in Christian Service
Associate Department Chair

B.S.H.Ed, Abilene Christian University, 1974
M.B.R.S., Abilene Christian University, 1995
D.Min., Abilene Christian University, 2001

Phone: 325.674.3794
Email: jeanene.reese@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Teaches freshman Bible courses and upper-level ministry classes.
  • Works with the Missions Committee at Highland Church of Christ.
  • Speaks for retreats and lectures around the world.
  • On the leadership team for the Come Before Winter renewals for missionary women and national leaders.

Publications:

  • Men and Women in Partnership (forthcoming book).

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


 

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Jerry Taylor, D.Min.
Associate Professor

B.A., Southwestern Christian College, 1984
M.Div., Southern Methodist University, 1988
D.Min., Southern Methodist University, 1995

Phone: 325.674.3760
Email: jat02f@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • General education Bible classes.
  • Formerly involved in congregational ministry in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas.
  • One of the organizers of the annual New Wineskins Ministers Retreat.

 

Trevor Thompson
Instructor 

B.A., Bible & Ministry, Oklahoma Christian University, 1998
M.Div., New Testament, Harding School of Theology, 2002
M.A., New Testament, Harding School of Theology, 2002
M.A., New Testament & Early Christian Literature, University of Chicago, 2007
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago

Phone: 325.674.3704
Email: trevor.thompson@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Ancient rhetoric and education
  • Early Church history
  • Biblical interpretation
  • Greek
  • Pseudepigraphy  

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


 

John T. Willis, Ph.D.
Burton Coffman Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies
Professor of Old Testament
Associate Editor of Old Testament Abstracts

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1955
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1956
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1966

Phone: 325.674.3736
Email: willisj@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Teaches Advanced Introduction to the Old Testament, Old Testament Theology and Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament.
  • ACU Teacher of the Year in 1973 and E.W. McMillan Distinguished Professorship in 1987.
  • Elder at Highland Church of Christ, Abilene.

 

Publications:

  • Editor of the Living Word Commentary series, published by ACU Press.
  • Author of commentaries on Genesis, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel and Isaiah.

 

Wendell Willis, Ph.D.
Professor

B.S., Midwestern State University, 1965
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1967
B.D., Vanderbilt University, 1969
Ph.D., Southern Methodist University, 1981

Phone: 325.674.3796
Email: willisw@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • New Testament literature and theology, Paul and exegesis.
  • Elder at Minter Lane Church of Christ in Abilene.
  • Former minister at Western Hills Church of Christ in Temple, Texas, and South National Church of Christ in Springfield, Missouri.  

Staff


 

Carlene Harrison
Academic Degree Plan Specialist

Phone: 325.674.3747
Email: harrisonc@acu.edu

Carlene is the degree plan specialist for all new undergraduate Bible students, as well as all undergraduate Bible majors at ACU.

Adjunct Faculty


Steve Austin
Instructor
Director of Texas Gulf Coast Bible Institute

Phone: 281.787.3721
Email: sra98m@acu.edu or austin@tgcbi.org


 
 

Craig Altrock
Instructor
Director of Project Administration at Let's Start Talking

Phone: 817.684.7578
Email: cea05a@acu.edu


 

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Gary Green
Missions Coordinator, Latin America
Coordinator, WorldWide Witness

B.A., Northeast Louisiana University, 1983
D.V.M., Northeast Louisiana University, 1987
Harding School of Theology, 1993

Phone: 325.674.3782
Email: glg01b@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Teaches general education Bible classes.
  • Coordinates global summer missions internships.
  • Practiced veterinary medicine for two years before returning to study at Harding School of Theology
  • Missionary to Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, for eight years.   

 

Steve Hare
Instructor

Phone: 325.673.5295
Email: steve.hare@acu.edu


Larry Henderson
Missions Coordinator

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1973
M.A., Thai Studies, Chulalongkorn, 1995
M.A.R., Abilene Christian University, 2000

Phone: 325.674.3757
Email: hendersonl@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Asian missions

 

Brent Isbell, D.Min.
Instructor
Preaching Minister, University Church of Christ, Abilene

B.B.A., Finance, Abilene Christian University, 1986
M.Rel., Education, Abilene Christian University, 1988
M. Div., Abilene Christian University, 1995
D.Min., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 2002

Phone: 325.673.6497
Email: brent.isbell@acu.edu


  Casey McCollum
Instructor
Director of ACU Leadership Camps

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 2003
M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 2006


Phone: 325.674.2802
Email: casey.mccollum@acu.edu

 

Royce Money, Ph.D.
Professor

B.A., Abilene Christian University
M.Div., Abilene Christian University
M.S., University of Nebraska
Ph.D., Baylor University, 1975

Phone: 325.674.4974
Office: Hunter Welcome Center 187
Email: moneyr@acu.edu

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Church History
  • Church and State
  • Ministry
  • Leadership
  • Served churches in Maryland, Alabama, Missouri, and Texas

 

Janine Morgan
Instructor 
Student Life Chaplain for Study Abroad, ACU in Oxford

Phone: 01144/1865/ 423-412
Email: janine.morgan@acu.edu


 
 

Mike Patrick
Instructor
Coordinator of Ministry Education, Department of Pastoral Care, Hendrick Medical Center, Abilene

Phone: 325.670.6302
Email: mpatrick@ehendrick.org


 

Bob Strader
Instructor
Director, ACU Leadership Camps

Phone: 325.674.2537
Email: straderb@acu.edu 


 

Wimon Walker
Instructor
Study Abroad

Email: wbw00b@acu.edu

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