Faculty at Lexington Theological Seminary

Faculty at LTS

O. Wesley Allen
Professor of Homiletics and Worship
wallen@lextheo.edu , (859) 280-1252

Emily Askew
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
easkew@lextheo.edu , (859) 280-1239

Barbara Blodgett
Donald and Lilllian Nunnelly Assistant Professor in Pastoral Leadership.
bblodgett@lextheo.edu , (859) 280-1218

Margaret Ralph
Director of the M.A. Program for Roman Catholic Students
mralph@lextheo.edu, (859) 280-1219

Jerry L. Sumney
Professor of Biblical Studies
jsumney@lextheo.edu,  (859) 280-1255

William L. Turner
Director of the D.Min. Program & Continuing Education
bturner@lextheo.edu, (859) 280-1253

Richard D. Weis
Vice President for Academic Affairs,
Dean and Professor of Hebrew Bible
rweis@lextheo.edu, (859) 280-1256


 Adjunct Professors

Amy Artman
Adjunct Professor of Church History
M.Div., Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University (1997)
Ph.D., University of Chicago (2009)

  • Dr. Amy Collier Artman is an historian of American religion with an emphasis in modern American Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity.  Dr. Artman’s book-in-progress focuses on the healing evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman and her role in what Artman calls the “gentrification” of Charismatic Christianity in America in the Twentieth Century.  Artman received her PhD from the University of Chicago, and is an independent scholar residing in the beautiful Ozark mountains of Arkansas with her husband David and her dog Blue.  Artman is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  She co-pastored a Disciples congregation in Chicago, IL, from 2000-2006, and is now active in ministry as a lay leader at First Christian Church of Harrison where her husband is the senior minister. Dr. Artman is currently preparing her dissertation for publication, writing book reviews, and giving guest lectures.  She is an instructor at Missouri State University for the autumn 2012 term, and is thoroughly enjoying teaching at Lexington Theological Seminary.


Bruce Barkhauer
Adjunct Professor of Practice of Ministry
M.Div., Christian Theological Seminary (1985)
Doctoral Candidate, Ashland Theological Seminary (1993-1995)

  • Professor Barkhauer is the Minister for Faith and Giving of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  He has pastored churches in Medina, Ohio and Jeffersonville, Indiana.  After 14 years at the church in Jeffersonville Rev. Barkhauer accepted the call to work in the office of the General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in this very crucial ministry of nurturing and challenging churches throughout the country to rise to their covenant lived out through “faith and giving.”


Claire Bischoff

M.A. Luther Seminary (2004)
Ph.D. Emory University (2011)

  • Claire Bischoff received her Ph.D. in religious education and practical theology from Emory University, where her work focused on young women’s gender and faith identities, feminist theology, and narrative pedagogy. She has taught courses in religious education at Candler School of Theology and the Murray Institute at the University of Saint Thomas. She has also served as a middle school religious studies teacher and the coordinator of faith formation for children and youth at a Catholic school and parish. Claire is the co-author of Faith Sharing with Teens: A How-To Guide for Teen Group Leaders; co-editor of My Red Couch and Other Stories of Seeking a Feminist Faith; and weekly contributor to Spirit, a blog devoted to inviting teens to explore what their faith means for their lives and our world.


Bruce Breeding
Adjunct Professor of Church History
M.Div., Lexington Theological Seminary
Ph.D. (ABD), University of Georgia
M.Div., Lexington Theological Seminary (1990)

  • Professor Breeding has taught Church History courses at Lexington Theological Seminary since 2005.  In addition to teaching at LTS he has taught at Old Dominion University, Gainesville College, Jefferson Community College, and Bluegrass Community College where he continues to teach.  Professor Breeding also pastors the Christian Church in Stamping Ground, Kentucky.


Melissa Browning
Adjunct Professor of Social Ethics

Ph.D. in Christian Ethics – Loyola University Chicago: 2006-2011
M.Div. Baylor University: 1999– 2002
Maryknoll Institute of African Studies: Summer 2001, Spring 2004, Summer 2009
B.A. in Religious Studies – Gardner-Webb University: 1995-1999
Minor: African Studies, completed in East Africa

  • Melissa Browning holds a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Loyola University Chicago. Her primary research areas include Feminist theology and ethics, sexual ethics, bioethics, and HIV and AIDS. Her most recent project focuses on the ways in which marriage is an HIV/AIDS risk factor for Tanzanian women. In this project, Melissa builds on participatory action research  fieldwork completed in Mwanza, Tanzania where women were asked to re-imagine Christian marriage as a space of safety and health for women. As an ordained Baptist minister in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, she attempts to balance her academic work with her commitment to the church and the world. She has worked in relief and development with street children and refugees in Nairobi, Kenya and has also completed academic fieldwork and study in the East Africa region.


Zipporah Glass
Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Bible
M Th., Wesley Theological Seminary (1993)
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University (2010)

  • Dr. Glass has taught courses in Bible, Theology, and Hermeneutics at Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, England, Howard University School of Divinity, Washington D.C., McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, and Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis.


Rick Harrison
Adjunct Professor of Church History
M.Div. courses, Vanderbilt Divinity School (1968-1970)
MA, Vanderbilt University (1970)
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (1975)

  • Dr. Harrison has taught at Eureka College, University of the South, Sewanee, Vanderbilt University, and Lexington Theological Seminary.  He has been Dean of the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt as well as President of Lexington Theological Seminary.  He has published widely from his research interests in the Protestant Reformation, American Church History, and History of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  For many years, Dr. Harrison was pastor of Seventh Street Christian Church in Richmond, Virginia.


Jason Hays
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
M Th., Wesley Theological Seminary (1993)
M.Div.,Wesley Theological Seminary (2003)
Ph.D., Brite Divinity School (2013)

  • Professor Hays has taught courses at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, and Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C.  He has done Clinical Pastoral Education in a major medical center and provided pastoral counseling and consultation in an American Association of Pastoral Counselors accredited training program.  Presently he is a Pastoral Counselor in a private practice in Boulder, Colorado.  He is ordained in the United Church of Christ and presently serves as Associate Minister for Pastoral Care at First Congregational Church of Boulder.


John Hull
Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Bible
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary (1983)
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University (1994)

  • Dr. Hull has taught courses in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.  He is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and presently serves as the Minister of Faith Development at Beargrass Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky.


Rick Landon
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1967)
D.Min., Lexington Theological Seminary (1974)

  • Dr. Landon is Adjunct Professor at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky where he teaches courses in Pastoral Care and Counseling and Spiritual Formation.   For many years Dr. Landon was Chaplain at Kentucky’s largest facility for juvenile offenders and then became the administrator with responsibilities for the state’s eleven residential treatment facilities.  Dr. Landon is ordained and for 20 years Dr. Landon was pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Lexington.  He helped begin Lexington’s Interfaith Samaritan Counseling Center, where he presently serves as Director as well as therapist and counselor.


William (Bill) Lee
Adjunct Professor of African American Church Life
M.Div., Duke University Divinity School (1978)
D. Min., Ashland Theological Seminary (2009)

  • Dr. Lee is pastor of Loudon Avenue Christian Church in Roanoke, Virginia where he has served for 33 years.  He has taught at Duke Divinity School and Roanoke College.  He is an Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator/Facilitator for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem, Virginia as well as a Medical Center Chaplain at that Medical Center.  He is the past moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United State and Canada.


Richard Lowery
Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Bible
M.Div., PhD., Yale University

  • Dr. Lowery has taught courses Biblical Studies at Phillips University, Yale Divinity School, and served 17 years as Professor of Hebrew Bible at Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK.   He served two years as Interim Academic Dean at Lexington Theological Seminary.  He presently lives in Indianapolis where he works in research, writing, and teaching.  His current project is a book Drumbeats of Peace:  Why the Stories of the Families of Abraham Matter.


Hee-Kyu Heidi Park
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care
M.Div., Yale Divinity School (2003)
Special Student, Harvard Divinity School (2005-2006)
Ph.D Student, Claremont School of Theology

  • Professor Park is a second year resident at the Clinebell Institute at Claremont, California.  Her doctoral work is in Practical Theology, Spiritual Care and Pastoral Counseling.  She has worked as a Teaching Assistant at Claremont School of Theology as led many continuing education events.  Professor Park’s hold several accomplishments in clinical education.  As an ordained minister in the Presbyterian church, Professor Park presently serves as a minister of the New Hope Church, PCUSA.


Chris Rodkey
Adjunct Professor of Religious Education and Theology
M.Div., The University of Chicago
Certificate, Princeton Theological Seminary
D.Min., Meadville Lombard Theological School
M.Phil., Ph.D., Drew University

  • The Rev. Dr. Chris Rodkey is Pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Dallastown, PA, and also teaches at Lancaster Theological Seminary and Penn State York, where he was the recipient of the James H. Burness Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Prior to his current position he was pastor of a rural church for five years and worked in youth and young adult ministries for eight years.  He is a member of Penn Central Conference’s (UCC) Faith Formation Team and is a trained facilitator for Our Whole Lives for teens.  He was also previously a Research Fellow in youth ministry for Candler School of Theology and holds a postgraduate certificate from the American Philosophical Practitioners Association.
  • Dr. Rodkey’s publications include The Synaptic Gospel: Teaching the Brain to Worship, a book on neuroscience, philosophy, and worship with children and youth; Too Good to Be True, a lectionary preaching book under contract to be published in 2013; and two books in preparation, The Death of Oz and Murdered Between the Altar and the Temple.  He has published articles in Doxology, Liturgy, Philosophical Practice, The Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, The Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society, The Journal of Youth Ministry and Theology, Geez, Journal for the Study of Radicalism, Sacramental Life, and others.


Jean Morris Trumbauer
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Leadership
M.A., United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
D.Min., United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities

  • Professor Trumbauer has directed Doctor of Ministry programs both at United and the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools.  Prior to that, she ministered as a church consultant and leadership development specialist across the United States for over two decades. Jean has also served in professional ministry for two local congregations and directed an ecumenical group of churches called TRUST in cooperative church and community programming.
  • Professor Trumbauer has written a number of books: Superior Journey: Dairy of a DreamCreated and Called: Discovering Our Gifts for Abundant Living, and Sharing the Ministry: A Practical Guide for Transforming Volunteers into Ministers are a few of the books she has written.


Jessica Van Denend
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
M.Div., Union Theological Seminary (2006)
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary (2013)

  • Professor Van Denend is a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, and has worked as a chaplain in hospital, hospice, and prison settings.  In addition to her work at LTS, she teaches college courses at a maximum security women’s prison in New York State.  She is ordained with the Lindisfarne Community (independent Anglican).


Sharon Warner
Professor of Educational Ministry
B.Th., Northwest Christian College, 1969
M.Ed., University of Oregon, 1970
M.Div., School of Theology at Claremont, 1986
Ph.D., School of Theology at Claremont, 1993

  • Dr. Warner blends public education training and experience with theological education and the local church.  Before entering the ministry she taught elementary school in Roseburg, Oregon.  Upon leaving public education she taught Christian Education at Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon.  After completing her M.Div. she was ordained to ministry within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  She served as Associate Minister at First Christian Church in Orange, California for several years before coming to Lexington Theological Seminary.


Emeriti/ae Faculty and Staff

William Richard Barr, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus of Theology, 1964-1997.

Wayne Harvey Bell, D.D.,
President Emeritus, 1974-1986.

Loren Arthur Broadus, M.Div.,
Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Ministry, 1968-1995.

Philip N. Dare. Ph.D.
Dean, Librarian, and Professor Emeritus of Theological Research, 1984-2004.

Ruth Adams Kitchen,
Registrar Emerita, 1964-1995.

Steve Monhollen, M.Phil. and D.Min.
Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Leadership, 2003-2012.

William Oliver Paulsell, Ph.D.,
President Emeritus, 1981-1992.

David Sharrard, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counseling, 1979-2009.

Sharon Warner, Ph.D.,
Professor Emerita of Educational Ministries, 1989-2012.