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Spring 2021 Commencement Exercises Master of Arts - Research and Advanced Degrees

Order of Service

Prelude - This is My Father's World, arr. Anna Laura Page

Processional - O Worship the King, arr. Ed Dunbar

Hymn - All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name, arr. Richard Huggins

Invocation - David Jones, Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Dean for Theological Studies, Professor of Christian Ethics

Greeting - Mark Liederbach, Vice President for Student Services, Dean of Students, Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture

Hymn - In Christ Alone, arr. Dave Cleveland/David Angerman

Scripture Reading - Karen Swallow Prior, Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture

Charge to Graduates - Daniel L. Akin, President, Professor of Preaching and Theology, Ed Young, Sr. Chair of Preaching

Prayer of Dedication - Charles Quarles, Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Charles Page Chair of Biblical Theology

Conferring of Degrees - Keith Whitfield, Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Theology

Charles E. Lawless, Jr., Dean of Doctoral Studies, Vice President for Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers, Professor of Evangelism and Missions, Richard & Gina Headrick Chair of World Missions

The Seminary Hymn - For the Cause, by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend

Benediction - Ronjour Locke, Director of Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership, Instructor of Preaching and Urban Ministry

Recessional - Ode to Joy, arr. Gordon Young

Master of Arts - Research

Southeastern's research Master of Arts degrees offer a foundation in biblical studies and theology while also allowing students to study in a particular discipline. These programs take most students 2-3 years to complete.

* - 2020 Graduate // ia - in absentia

Master of Arts Apologetics and Christian Philosophy

  • Jacob Tyler Howard - Greer, SC

Master of Arts Biblical Languages

  • Cody Michael Beasley - Coats, NC - Major Professor: Dr. Chip Hardy, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Second Reader: Dr. Todd Borger, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Project Title: Word Order in Late Biblical Hebrew: Syntax and Pragmatics in Qohelet
  • Richard Thomas Smyly - Thomasville, AL - Major Professor: Dr. Miguel Echevarria, Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, Project Title: Walking in Wisdom: 1 John 1:5-10 as Wisdom Literature through Conceptual Metaphor
  • James Jeffrey Willison - Winchester, KY - Major Professor: Dr. Charles L. Quarles, Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Project Title: Reconsidering the Textual Status of Luke 23:34a

Master of Arts Biblical and Theological Studies

  • Adam Garrett Green, ia - Fort Worth, TX - Major Professor: Dr. Kenneth D. Keathley, Senior Professor of Theology, Project Title: Genre: Where Are It?

Master of Arts Christian Studies

  • David Benjamin Chambers - Holly Springs, NC
  • Gary J. Freeman* - Raleigh, NC
  • Allen Jefferson Fuller, Jr.* - Chester, VA
  • Hannah Rachel Green - Lakeland, FL
  • Jordan Leigh Hargrave - Lilburn, GA
  • Amy Ellmers Kavanaugh - Cary, NC
  • Alice Louise Perry - Marietta, GA
  • Lake Franklin Slabach - Clayton, NC
  • Carson Glenn Steen* - Lancaster, SC
  • Dante T. Thomas - Raleigh, NC
  • Kimberlee Dawn Wiley - Pascagoula, MS
  • Mark Allen Wise - Jinja, Uganda
  • Charity Nichole Brandsma, ia - Yakima, WA
  • Catherine Billings Egan, ia - Spartanburg, SC
  • Andrew Mark Fernandez, ia - Miami, FL
  • Leah Phillips Finn, ia - Travelers Rest, SC
  • Logan Scott Hammond, ia - Asheville, NC
  • Connor Evan Hipps, ia - Greenville, SC
  • Christopher Cody Hyde, ia - Hartselle, AL
  • Cotter Johnston, ia - Fruitland, MD
  • Logan Trey Maloney, ia - Raleigh, NC
  • Caylor Rye Anderson Myers, ia - West Melbourne, FL
  • Philip Matthew Pinckney, ia - Charleston, SC
  • Nathan Paul Robbins, ia - Raleigh, NC
  • Mehrdad Sajadi, ia - Iran
  • Lee Ford Shaw, ia - Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Edmund Burwell Stark, ia - Nashville, NC
  • Sean Strubbe, ia - Chesapeake, VA
  • Rafael Villalona, ia - Miami, FL
  • Adam Patrick Whiteside, ia - Bishopville, SC

Master of Arts Ethics, Theology, and Culture

  • Caleb Thomas Duncan - Adel, GA - Major Professor: Dr. David W. Jones, Professor of Christian Ethics, Second Reader: Dr. Mark D. Liederbach, Vice President for Student Services, Dean of Students, Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture, Project Title: Transformative Cultural Engagement in Micropolitics
  • Ryan Paul Ellington - Celina, TX - Major Professor: Dr. Daniel R. Heimbach, Senior Professor of Christian Ethics, Second Reader: Dr. Stephen B. Eccher, Associate Professor of Church History and Reformation Studies, Project Title: "A Haven from Their Misery": Pilgram Marpeck's Theology of Christian Social Engagement
  • Matthew Lee - San Diego, CA - Major Professor: Dr. Mark D. Liederbach, Vice President for Student Services, Dean of Students, Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture, Second Reader: Dr. David W. Jones, Professor of Christian Ethics, Project Title: In God We Trust: A Biblical Analysis of Christian Nationalism

Master of Arts Old Testament

  • Christopher Steven Beecher - Shreveport, LA - Major Professor: Dr. Chip Hardy, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Second Reader: Dr. Mark F. Rooker, Senior Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Thesis Title: “They Saw the God of Israel": A Linguistic, Compositional, and Reception-Historical Analysis of the Visio Dei in Exodus 24:9-11

Master of Theological Studies

The Master of Theological Studies is a basic Seminary program of study and research for international students in a cross-cultural setting who are paticipating in an approved Global Theological Initiative cohort and have already completed an initial undergraduate degree in theological studies or another approved field as determined by the Program Coordinator and the Registrar. The purpose of the program is to train God called men and women to be leaders within various international Christian ministries.

  • Scott Albert Bubp - Las Cruces, NM
  • Keyla Elizabeth Luna Dizbarriga - Santa Cruz Xoxocotlán, Mexico
  • Hannah Mae Marrero, ia - Waynesboro, VA

Master of Theology

The purpose of Southeastern’s Master of Theology degree program is to provide the post-MDiv student with an opportunity for advanced, guided research under the supervision of a faculty member in a special area of theological study.

* - 2020 Graduate // ** - ThM with Thesis // ia - in absentia

  • Timothy Parker Griffin, Jr. - Raleigh, NC - Major Professor: Dr. Benjamin Quinn, Associate Professor of Theology and History of Ideas, Second Reader: Dr. Steven A. McKinion, Professor of Theology and Patristic Studies, Guided Research Project: Reading the Old Testament Like Augustine: A Modern-Day Baptist Reappropriation of Augustine's Hermeneutics and Biblical Theology from Psalm 119
  • Waad E. Haddad - Warren, MI - Major Professor: Dr. Benjamin L. Merkle, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Second Reader: Dr. David R. Beck, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Guided Research Project: The Nature of Tongues in First Corinthians
  • Justin Jay Harrell** - Franklin, NC - Major Professor: Dr. N. Allan Moseley, Senior Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Second Reader: Dr. Tracy J. McKenzie, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Third Reader: Dr. Chip McDaniel, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Thesis: Deuteronomy 30:11-14 in Context: A Compositional Analysis
  • Cole Ryan Jones - Elgin, SC - Major Professor: Dr. Chip McDaniel, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Second Reader: Dr. Jerry Lassetter, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and the History of Ideas, Guided Research Project: Examining and Critiquing the Three Main Interpretations of the David and Jonathan Narrative
  • D. Scott Jones - Niceville, FL - Major Professor: Dr. Benjamin Quinn, Associate Professor of Theology and History of Ideas, Second Reader: Dr. Steven A. McKinion, Professor of Theology and Patristic Studies, Guided Research Project: Explorations in the Typology of Irenaeus of Lyons
  • Hardy Gordon Owens - Covington, GA - Major Professor: Dr. Steven A. McKinion, Professor of Theology and Patristic Studies, Second Reader: Dr. Benjamin Quinn, Associate Professor of Theology and History of Ideas, Guided Research Project: Economic Condescension: A Necessary Act of Divine Benevolence
  • Joshua Brooks Wester** - Rocky Mount, NC - Major Professor: Dr. Benjamin Quinn, Associate Professor of Theology and History of Ideas, Second Reader: Dr. David W. Jones, Professor of Christian Ethics, Third Reader: Dr. Stephen B. Eccher, Associate Professor of Church History and Reformation Studies, Thesis: John Locke’s Social Contract Theory: A Baptist Assessment and Critique of Locke’s Formulation for the Basis of Legitimate Political Authority
  • Joshua Kelly Yates - Auburn, KY - Major Professor: Dr. John Ewart, Professor of Missions and Pastoral Leadership, Second Reader: Dr. Jim Shaddix, Professor of Preaching, Guided Research Project: The Role of Preaching in Church Revitalization
  • Brian Karl Davis, ia - Charlotte, NC - Major Professor: Dr. Walter R. Strickland, II, Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology, Second Reader: Dr. Miguel Echevarria, Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, Guided Research Project: Our Sin, Not in Part, but the Whole: Toward a Theology of Social and Structural Sin
  • Dong Hun Jeun, ia - Busan, South Korea - Major Professor: Dr. Benjamin L. Merkle, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Second Reader: Dr. Miguel Echevarria, Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, Guided Research Project: Circumcision of the Heart in the Old and New Testament
  • Robert Owen Kelly, ia - Wake Forest, NC - Major Professor: Dr. C. Ivan Spencer, Professor of History and Philosophy, Second Reader: Dr. Bruce A. Little, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Guided Research Project: Sola Christus Victor? Penal Substitution in Saint Maximus the Confessor

Doctor of Ministry

The Doctor of Ministry program at Southeastern is a professional degree designed to equip ministry leaders to fulfill the Great Commission in their own ministry contexts. The DMin program offers a number of specializations, including church revitalization, counseling, women's ministry and more. Southeastern's DMin program provides the essential tools to equip leaders in various contexts to strengthen their ministries and further develop them as leaders. The program is designed as a modified residency model to encourage and provide further education for ministry leaders all over the globe.

  • David Michael Acton - Miami, FL - Major Professor: Scott Hildreth, Assistant Professor of Missiology, George Liele Director of the Center for Great Commission Studies, Faculty Reader: Ross D. Inman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Faculty Reader: Al James, Professor of Missions, Associate Dean of Ministry Studies, EQUIP Network Coordinator, Ministry Project Report Title: Develop a Strategy to Create a Missional Church Culture at New Hope Church
  • Thomas David Brinkley - Raleigh, NC - Major Professor: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Director of Doctor of Education Studies Faculty Reader: Marti MacCullough, Faculty Reader: Tate Cockrell, Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of Doctor of Ministry Studies, Ministry Project Report Title: Teaching Christian Worldview at Rosslyn Academy: An International School Setting Assessment and Strategy for Worldview Instruction in an International School Setting
  • Brennan D. Coughlin* - Chesterfield, NJ - Major Professor: Dwayne A. Milioni, Associate Professor of Preaching, Director of the Preaching PhD Program, Faculty Reader: George G. Robinson, IV, Professor of Global Disciple Making, Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism, Faculty Reader: Charles Harvey, Professor of Christian Education, Project Title: Enhancing Crossover Preaching at Fellowship Capital City
  • Adam Spencer Denny - Charlotte, NC, Major Professor: Larry Purcell, Faculty Reader: Scott Pace, Dean of the College at Southeastern, Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Preaching, Johnny Hunt Chair of Biblical Preaching, Faculty Reader: Tate Cockrell, Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of Doctor of Ministry Studies, Ministry Project Report Title: The Utilization of Expository Preaching During the Mid-Week Meeting to Develop Fully Devoted Disciples of Jesus at North Run Baptist Church
  • Mark William Emerson - Sherman, IL, Major Professor: J. Gregory Lawson, Professor of Christian Education, Faculty Reader: Keith Whitfield, Associate Professor of Theology, Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies, Faculty Reader: Tate Cockrell, Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of Doctor of Ministry Studies, Ministry Project Report Title: The Development of an Online Pastor Search Training Module at the Illinois Baptist State Association
  • Gordon B. Fox - Monrovia, MD, Major Professor: Randy Millwood, Faculty Reader: George G. Robinson, IV, Professor of Global Disciple Making, Baily Smith Chair of Evangelism, Faculty Reader: Al James, Professor of Missions, Associate Dean of Ministry Studies, EQUIP Network Coordinator, Ministry Project Report Title: A Strategy for Ministry Evangelism at Grace Baptist Church of Sunset Beach, Pasadena, Maryland
  • Dustin Ray Gillespie - Pontotoc, MS - Major Professor: Charles Harvey, Professor of Christian Education, Faculty Reader: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Director of Doctor of Education Studies, Faculty Reader: Al James, Professor of Missions, Associate Dean of Ministry Studies, EQUIP Network Coordinator, Ministry Project Report Title: Equipping a Select Group of Men at Redemption Fellowship Church to Become Disciple-Making Leaders
  • John F. Huckaby* - Woodruff, SC - Major Professor: Charles Harvey, Professor of Christian Education, Faculty Reader: Drew Ham, Associate Vice President of Student Life, Assistant Dean of Students to Men, Faculty Reader: George G. Robinson, IV, Professor of Global Disciple Making, Baily Smith Chair of Evangelism, Project Title: To Equip Select Members of First Baptist Church, Stantonsburg, North Carolina to Practice the Spiritual Disciplines of Prayer and Bible Intake to Facilitate Personal Spiritual Growth
  • David L. Lawson* - Chattanooga, TN - Major Professor: George G. Robinson, IV, Professor of Global Disciple Making, Baily Smith Chair of Evangelism, Faculty Reader: Benjamin L. Merkle, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Editor of the Southeastern Theological Review, Faculty Reader: Tate Cockrell, Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of Doctor of Ministry Studies, Ministry Project Report Title: A Curriculum-Based Strategy for Making Disciples of Oral Learners Using Inductive Bible Study Listening Skills
  • Travis Benjamin McGuirt - Winston-Salem, NC - Major Professor: Tate Cockrell, Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of Doctor of Ministry Studies, Faculty Reader: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Director of Doctor of Education Studies, Faculty Reader: George G. Robinson, IV, Professor of Global Disciple Making, Baily Smith Chair of Evangelism, Ministry Project Report Title: The Development of a Plan for Disciple-making at Bethany Baptist Church
  • Matthew McMillan - Gainesville, GA - Major Professor: Randy Millwood, Faculty Reader: David R. Beck, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Associate Dean of Biblical Studies, Faculty Reader: Charles Harvey, Professor of Christian Education, Ministry Project Report Title: To Create D-groups as Part of the Emerging Discipleship Pathway Toward Creating a Discipleship Culture in Westminster Baptist Church, Westminster, Maryland
  • Yamin Park - Busan, South Korea - Major Professor: Mike Dodson, Faculty Reader: Dwayne A. Milioni, Associate Professor of Preaching, Director of the Preaching PhD Program, Faculty Reader: Al James, Professor of Missions, Associate Dean of Ministry Studies, EQUIP Network Coordinator, Ministry Project Report Title: Designing a Strategy to Develop Leaders within the Korean Ministry at Open Door Church for Church Planting
  • Jeff S. Pate - Spindale, NC - Major Professor: George G. Robinson, IV, Professor of Global Disciple Making, Baily Smith Chair of Evangelism, Faculty Reader: Benjamin L. Merkle, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Editor of the Southeastern Theological Review, Faculty Reader: Tate Cockrell, Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of Doctor of Ministry Studies, Ministry Project Report Title: Developing a Strategy for Making Disciples by Multiplying Male Leaders at Adaville Baptist Church
  • Edward L. Rose - Wendell, NC - Major Professor: J. Gregory Lawson, Professor of Christian Education, Faculty Reader: Charles Edward Lawless, Jr., Professor of Evangelism and Missions, Dean of Doctoral Studies, Vice President for Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers, Richard & Gina Headrick Chair of World Missions, Faculty Reader: Tate Cockrell, Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of Doctor of Ministry Studies, Ministry Project Report Title: A Comprehensive Deacon Development Strategy for Central Baptist Church
  • Brian Kris Smith* - Cleveland, TN - Major Professor: George G. Robinson, IV, Professor of Global Disciple Making, Baily Smith Chair of Evangelism Faculty Reader: Benjamin L. Merkle, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Editor of the Southeastern Theological Review, Faculty Reader: Tate Cockrell, Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of Doctor of Ministry Studies, Project Title: A Strategy for the Members of Stuart Heights Baptist Church that Catalyzes Gospel Conversations Among Their Circles of Influence
  • Jurian Jermaine Washington* - Canton, GA - Major Professor: Charles Harvey, Professor of Christian Education Faculty Reader: Al James, Professor of Missions, Associate Dean of Ministry Studies, EQUIP Network Coordinator, Project Title: To Design an Intentional Process for Developing New Leaders At Woodstock Church At Austell
  • Franklin Alexander Watkins - Auburn, KY - Major Professor: J. Gregory Lawson, Professor of Christian Education, Faculty Reader: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Director of Doctor of Education Studies, Faculty Reader: Tate Cockrell, Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of Doctor of Ministry Studies, Ministry Project Report Title: The Development of a Strategy to Support Parents in Raising Their Children with a Christian Perspective at New Friendship Baptist Church, Auburn, KY
  • Jeffrey Austin Withers - Warsaw, VA - Major Professor: Seth Bible, Assistant Professor of Ethics and the History of Ideas, Director of Prison Programs, Faculty Reader: Benjamin Quinn, Associate Professor of Theology and History of Ideas, Associate Dean of Institutional Effectiveness for the College at Southeastern, Faculty Reader: Charles Harvey, Professor of Christian Education, Ministry Project Report Title: Developing an Evangelism Strategy for Boydton Baptist Church
  • Jerry Christopher Workman* - Kenova, WV - Major Professor: Charles Edward Lawless, Jr., Professor of Evangelism and Missions, Dean of Doctoral Studies, Vice President for Spiritual Formation and Ministry Centers, Richard & Gina Headrick Chair of World Missions, Faculty Reader: Al James, Professor of Missions, Associate Dean of Ministry Studies, EQUIP Network Coordinator, Project Title: Developing A Strategy for Increasing Sunday School Attendance at Harrison Avenue Baptist Church, Harrison, Ohio
  • Nathan Alan Young* - Canton, GA - Major Professor: Scott Hildreth, Assistant Professor of Missiology, George Liele Director of the Center for Great Commission Studies, Faculty Reader: George G. Robinson, IV, Professor of Global Disciple Making, Baily Smith Chair of Evangelism Faculty Reader: Charles Harvey, Professor of Christian Education, Ministry Project Report Title: The Development of an Assessment Plan for the Leaders of Grace Church of Alpharetta, GA to Begin a Church Revitalization Initiative

Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education degree is a research-based, terminal degree that focuses on all aspects of educational leadership. Students pursuing the degree enhance and expand their skills in teaching all age groups, leading complex organizations and designing solutions for 21st century ministry. Graduates of the program are involved in higher education teaching and leadership, local church ministry, curriculum and publishing, and denominational leadership.

  • Thomas Martin Beam* - Forest City, NC - Major Professor: James P. Porowski, Professor of Child and Family Development, Second Reader: J. Gregory Lawson, Professor of Christian Education, Dissertation Title: A Content Analysis of Gospel Presentations on Evangelistic Websites
  • Jason Carl Engle - Roxboro, NC - Major Professor: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Second Reader: Keith Whitfield, Assistant Professor of Theology, Dissertation Title: Teaching Toward Biblical Knowing: Developing A Student Ministry Pedagogy That Helps Students Connect Faith To Life
  • Leonard Owen Griffin - Goose Creek, SC - Major Professor: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Second Reader: J. Gregory Lawson, Professor of Christian Education, Dissertation Title: An Academic-Style Seminar: An Intrinsic Case Study Of The South Carolina Baptist Congress Of Christian Education
  • Kristin Lynn Kellen - Kittrell, NC - Major Professor: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Second Reader: B. Tate Cockrell, Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of Doctor of Ministry Studies, Dissertation Title: Biblical Counseling Learning Modalities: A Comparison Of Graduate Online Versus Residential Learning As It Relates To Student Competency
  • Trevor Logan Oliver King - Moore, OK - Major Professor: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Second Reader: Keith Whitfield, Assistant Professor of Theology, Dissertation Title: Serving With The Heart In Mind: A Quantitative Study Exploring The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence And Servant Leadership In SBC Associational Leaders
  • Charles Mitchell McRae, Jr.* - Waltersboro, SC - Major Professor: J. Gregory Lawson, Professor of Christian Education, Second Reader: James P. Porowski, Professor of Child and Family Development, Dissertation Title: Barnabas: The Transformational Servant Leader
  • Sean Patrick Simonton - Christiansburg, VA - Major Professor: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Second Reader: Al James, Professor of Missions, Dissertation Title: A Phenomenological Study Analyzing Contemporary Models Of Bible Storying Used In Selected Evangelical Churches In The United States
  • Timothy Jordan Stephenson - Bradenton, FL - Major Professor: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Second Reader: B. Tate Cockrell, Associate Professor of Counseling, Dissertation Title: A Multiple Case Study Of Foster Care Ministries In Florida Churches
  • Wendy Beth Summerlin - Pace, FL - Major Professor: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Second Reader: Kristin Kellen, Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling, Dissertation Title: A Multiple-Case Study Examining Non-Profit Pregnancy Resource Centers And Their Approach To Ministering To Post-Abortive Mothers Through Education And Biblical Healing
  • Sangita Victor - Tampa, FL - Major Professor: Kenneth S. Coley, Senior Professor of Christian Education, Second Reader: Mark F. Thompson, Executive Pastor, Centerview Baptist Church, Dissertation Title: Identification Of Current Practices In ESL Ministry And Evangelism For The Purpose Of Evangelizing Unbelievers In The ESL Programs

Doctor of Philosophy

Through Southeastern's PhD program, students engage in exceptional scholarship by studying under premier evangelical scholars who have authored numerous significant works in their respective fields. Students participate in advanced research that advances theological understanding for the sake of the church and the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Students also receive focused mentorship by an accomplished scholar throughout the year who guides in the process of publishing and presenting the student's research. The mentor also aids the student in proposing a dissertation that will make a significant contribution to scholarship.

  • Robert Lee Booth - Cochrane, Alberta, Canada - Major Professor: Dr. Charles L. Quarles, Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Faculty Reader: Dr. Benjamin L. Merkle, Professor of New Testament and Greek, External Reader: Dr. Jeannine Brown, Instructor in Doctor of Ministry; Bethel Seminary, Dissertation Title: First Jerusalem, Then the Parousia: A Case for a Simple Preterist-Futurist Interpretation of Matthew 24 – 25
  • Alex Shane Carr - Dora, AL - Major Professor: Dr. Benjamin L. Merkle, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Faculty Reader: Dr. Charles L. Quarles, Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, External Reader: Dr. Douglas J. Moo, Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament; Wheaton College, Dissertation Title: First Corinthians 14:34–35: Silence in Its Literary, Historical, and Theological Context
  • Thomas Stephen Cribb - Chase City, VA - Major Professor: Dr. David R. Beck, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Faculty Reader: Dr. Charles L. Quarles, Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, External Reader: Dr. Michael Bryant, Professor of Christian Studies; Charleston Southern University, Dissertation Title: The Unique Nature of the Intercessory Prayers of Paul in Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon
  • Curtis Jess Dupree* - St. Charles, MO - Major Professor: Dr. Todd Borger, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Second Reader: Dr. Mark F. Rooker, Senior Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, External Reader: Dr. Lindsay Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Old Testament; Ridley College, Dissertation Title: The Doctrine of Creation in the Speeches of Elihu: A Study of the Function of the Elihu Pericope in the Book of Job
  • Taylor Andrew Lethco - Summerville, SC - Major Professor: Dr. James K. Dew, President; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Faculty Reader: Dr. C. Ivan Spencer, Professor of History and Philosophy, External Reader: Dr. Bryan Baise, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics; Boyce College, Dissertation Title: Thomistic Hylomorphism and the Problem of Subsistent Souls
  • Stephen Reece Lorance - Winston-Salem, NC - Major Professor: Dr. Keith Whitfield, Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Theology, Faculty Reader: Dr. Steven A. McKinion, Professor of Theology and Patristic Studies, External Reader: Dr. David Fergusson, Regius Professor of Divinity; University of Cambridge, Dissertation Title: T.F. Torrance’s Ecumenical Trinitarianism: Cutting Behind the “Latin Heresy” in Augustine’s Trinitarian Theology
  • Daniel Wayne Roberts* - Colonial Heights, VA - Major Professor: Dr. Benjamin L. Merkle, Professor of New Testament and Greek, Second Reader: Dr. Miguel Echevarria, Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, External Reader: Dr. Frank Thielman, Presbyterian Chair of Divinity; Beeson Divinity School, Dissertation Title: Reading the Pastoral Epistles from a Canonical Perspective in Light of the New Perspective on Paul
  • Hassan Aziz Siddiqui - Wake Forest, NC - Major Professor: Dr. David Alan Black, Senior Professor of New Testament and Greek, Faculty Reader: Dr. Charles L. Quarles, Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, External Reader: Dr. Stanley Porter, Professor of New Testament; McMaster Divinity College, Dissertation Title: The Significance of the Byzantine Text for Textual Criticism within the Book of Acts
  • Christine Elise Thornton - Wake Forest, NC - Major Professor: Dr. Keith Whitfield, Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of Theology, Faculty Reader: Dr. Steven A. McKinion, Professor of Theology and Patristic Studies, External Reader: Dr. Paul D. Molnar, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies; St. John’s University, Dissertation Title: Knowing God in the Body of Christ: The Epistemic Significance of the Church in the Theology of T.F. Torrance
  • Jonathan Stephen Welch - Raleigh, NC - Major Professor: Dr. Joshua R. Waggener, Associate Professor of Music and Christian Worship, Faculty Reader: Dr. Mark D. Liederbach, Vice President for Student Services, Dean of Students, Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture, External Reader: Dr. John D. Witvliet, Professor, Director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship; Calvin University, Dissertation Title: The Politics of Christian Worship: How Liturgy Cultivates Political Identity
  • Geoffrey Todd Brown, ia - Dallas, TX - Major Professor: Dr. Brent J. Aucoin, Professor of History, Faculty Reader: Dr. Walter R. Strickland II, Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology, External Reader: Dr. Miles S. Mullin II, Professor of Christian Studies and Religious History; Hannibal-LaGrange University, Dissertation Title: Exegetical Soundness Regarding Ethnicity: Were White American Evangelicals Influenced by the Contemporary Racial Opinions of Their Day Rather Than Consistent Application of Biblical Hermeneutics?
  • Russ White, ia - Apex, NC - Major Professor: Dr. Bruce A. Little, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Faculty Reader: Dr. Mark D. Liederbach, Vice President for Student Services, Dean of Students, Professor of Theology, Ethics and Culture, External Reader: Dr. Jeremy Peckham, Chairman; African Rural Trainers Trust, Dissertation Title: Framed by Naturalism: A Critical Assessment of the Effect of Neurodigital Media on the Person

Faculty Marshals

Todd Borger, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

George G. Robinson, IV, Professor of Global Disciple Making, Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism

Musicians

Music Director: Joshua Waggener, Associate Professor of Music and Christian Worship

Organist: Valerie Elston, Piano and General Music Teacher (Friendship Christian School)

Pianist: Sheila Dacus, Instructor of Music (Southeastern) and Nationally Certified Piano Instructor (NCTM)

Academic Regalia

The hoods, gowns, and caps worn in academic ceremonies today are modified versions of clothing worn by ecclesiastics and students in the 12th and 13th centuries. They wore gowns and hoods to their lectures, probably for warmth in the damp, unheated halls where classes were held. The designs and colors of these costumes have come to symbolize the level of academic attainment and the institution attended.

The bachelor’s robe has an elaborate yoke but is otherwise a plain garment with a closed, pleated front and long, full-pointed sleeves. The master’s robe is identifiable by its sleeves, cut for the arm at the wrist and just above the elbow, which have a distinctive oblong back and are squared at the ends. The doctor’s robe, full cut and with voluminous long sleeves, is distinguished by its rich velvet trim. Robe-length front panels and velvet sleeve bars are either black or symbolize, by their color, the field in which the doctorate was obtained. The mortarboard or tam is worn with tassels that are usually black but may represent the degree held by the wearer.

Tassels worn signify the following:

  • Scarlet: Theology, Divinity
  • Light Blue: Pedagogy, Education
  • White: English, History, Arts, Letters, Humanities
  • Purple: Jurisprudence, Law
  • Dark Blue: Political Science, Social Ethics, Philosophy
  • Pink: Music
  • Gold: Physics, Mathematics, Science
  • Lemon: Library Science