Faculty & Staff

Rodney Ashlock, Ph.D.
Department Chair 
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.  


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

John Boyles, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.A., University of Florida, 2007
M.Div., Yale Divinity, 2010
Ph.D., Emory University, 2016

Phone: 325-674-4866
Email: john.boyles@acu.edu


Kilnam Cha, Ph.D.
Assistant 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

Chris Flanders, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Director, Halbert Institute for Missions

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1989
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1991
M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 1994
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2005

Phone: 325-674-3733
Email: chris.flanders@acu.edu


Randy Harris, M.Phil
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.


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

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Houston Heflin, Ed.D.
Associate 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.
  • Teaching and learning.
  • Theological field education.
  • Youth ministry.


  • Heflin, Houston, Meredith Platt, and J. Kyle Roberts. 2014. Training and Teaching Methods of Volunteer Teachers. Christian Education Journal. 11(1): 24-32.
  • Heflin, Houston. 2012. Teaching Eutychus: Engaging today’s learners with passion and creativity. Abilene, TX: ACU Press.
  • Heflin, Houston. 2009. Youth Pastor: The theology and practice of youth ministry. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.


Christopher Hutson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Dean, Academics and Programs

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, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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.
Associate 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.

Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby, M.Div

Phone: 325-674-3788
Email: acm12a@acu.edu

Marcia Moore, M.Div
Half-Time Instructor

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

Email: mdm2cor19@aol.com

Areas of scholarship or expertise:

  • Beginning Greek.

Janine Morgan, Ph.D.

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1977
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 1984
M.A., Biola University 2002
Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2009 

Phone: 325-674-3751
Email: janine.morgan@acu.edu

Curt Niccum, Ph.D.

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.


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


Robert Oglesby Jr., M.A.
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.

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Glenn Pemberton, Ph.D.

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). 


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

Amanda J. Pittman, Th.D.
Assistant Professor

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 2009
M.Div., Abilene Christian University, 2012
Th.D., Duke University, 2016

Phone: 325-674-3704
Email: amanda.j.pittman@acu.edu


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

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.


  • Men and Women in Partnership (forthcoming book).

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


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.

John T. Willis, Ph.D.
Senior Faculty
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.



  • 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.

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.  


Brad Bennett
Technology Support Services

Phone: 325-674-2270
Email: bennettb@acu.edu

Carlene Harrison
Administrative Coordinator
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, D.Min
Director of Texas Gulf Coast Bible Institute

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


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

Phone: 817.684.7578
Email: cea05a@acu.edu

Rodney Chisholm

Email: rmc15a@acu.edu


Gary Green
Missions Coordinator, Halbert Institute for Missions

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

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

Justin Hatfield

Email: jrh09c@acu.edu

Larry Henderson
Missions Coordinator, Halbert Institute for Missions
Director, WorldWide Witness

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.
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

Ryan Maloney

Email: ram96a@acu.edu


Royce Money, Ph.D.

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


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

Phone: 325-670-6302
Email: mpatrick@ehendrick.org

Ben Pickett, D.Min.
Discipleship Minister, Highland Church of Christ Abilene

B.S., Texas A&M University, 1992
M.A.R., Abilene Christian University, 2006
D.Min., Abilene Christian University, 2013

Phone: 325-673-5295
Email: bdp01a@acu.edu

Jarrod Robinson

Email: jwr96a@acu.edu

John Weaver, Ph.D
Dean of the Library

Phone: 325-674-2476
Email: jbw11a@acu.edu

Brent Bailey

Email: bpb06a@acu.edu

Elizabeth Brown 

Email: egregorybrown@gmail.com

Laura Callarman

Email: laura.callarman@gmail.com

Chris Dowdy

Email: cjd99a@acu.edu

Cari Myers

Email: cmm95b@acu.edu

Derran Reese

Email: derranreese@gmail.com

Ben Suburt

Email: bsiburt@gmail.com

James Walters

Email: jewalters@gmail.com

Naomi Walters

Email: nrc07a@acu.edu

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