Faculty at Lexington Theological Seminary

Full Time Faculty

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

Leah Schade
Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship
lschade@lextheo.edu, (859) 280-1252

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

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

Program Directors

Erika Smith
Director of the M.P.S. Program
esmith@lextheo.edu, (859) 280-1219

Director of the D.Min. Program & Continuing Education
(859) 280-1253

 Adjunct Professors

Greg Alexander
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Leadership
M. Div., Christian Theological Seminary

Rev. Greg Alexander is the General Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) In Kentucky. Prior to this position, he was Associate Regional Minister of the Christian Church In Kentucky. During his tenure as Associate Regional Minister, Alexander served as treasurer and business manager, staff consultant to the Committee on Ministry, and in various other entities.

Rev. Alexander is an ordained minister and trained congregational consultant. He created the Christian Church In Kentucky’s “Green Chalice” ministry and is founder/editor of “The Journal of Worship Resources” (1993-2003), a resource for pastors and worship leaders providing prayers, litanies, offering and communion meditations, children sermons, and selected hymns based on the Revised Common Lectionary.

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
Adjunct Professor of Educational Ministry
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.

Charles Bowie
Adjunct Professor of Ethics
M.T.S., Vanderbilt Divinity School
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Professor Charles Bowie has taught as various Ethics and Religious Studies courses at Vanderbilt University College of Arts and Sciences, American Baptist College, and Tennessee State University.  He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Christian Ethics.  Professor Bowie has several projects under development.

Bruce Breeding
Adjunct Professor of Church History
M.Div., Lexington Theological Seminary
Additional Graduate Work, University of Georgia

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.

Virstan Choy
Adjunct Professor of Leading the Church into Mission
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
D.Min., San Francisco Theological Seminary

Wilson Dickinson
Adjunct Professor of Interpreting the Faith for the Church
B.A., Transylvania University
M.Div., Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Ph.D., Syracuse University

Rev. Wilson Dickinson earned his B.A. degree from Transylvania University, his M.Div. from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and his Ph.D. in Religion from Syracuse University.  He has taught at Syracuse University and Transylvania University where he was also Associate Dean for Religious Life from 2012 to 2016.  An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he has served the church in a variety of local and national contexts. 

Donald Gillett
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Leadership
B.S., Jarvis Christian College
M.A., Indiana Wesleyan University
D.Min., Lexington Theological Seminary

Reverend Dr. Donald K. Gillett, II, has been the Senior Pastor at East Second Street Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since July 1999. Prior to his call to ESSCC, he served as Youth Minister and Associate Minister at Park Manor Christian Church in Chicago.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, TX; a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL; a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington ,KY; and a Master of Business Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN.

Gillett serves as the Chair of the Division of Overseas Ministries board and serves on numerous boards including the Kentucky Council of Churches Executive Board, and the Academy of Preachers Board of Directors. Moreover, he is the immediate past Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in KY.  Gillett and the East Second Street Christian Church have been the recipients of several grants including:  Worship Renewal Grant from the Calvin Institute of Worship, the College of Pastoral Leaders Grant, and the Pastoral Renewal Grant from the Lilly Endowment, to name a few.

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.

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.

Pablo Jimenez
Adjunct Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Leadership
M.Div., Evangelical Seminary
M. Sacred Theology, Christian Theological Seminary
D.Min., Columbia Theological Seminary

Pablo A. Jiménez is a bilingual Hispanic American scholar in the field of homiletics who has taught full-time at the Latin American Biblical Seminary (now University) in San José, Costa Rica & at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, in Austin Texas. He has also served as Adjunct Faculty in several theological seminaries in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. A member of the Academy of Homiletics, he is the only Hispanic scholar who offered bilingual courses for the Cathedral College (also known as the College of Preachers), at the National Washington Cathedral in Washington, DC.

Jiménez has extensive experience on Hispanic theological education, and extensive administrative experience, having served as National Pastor for Hispanic Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. Pablo is a prolific writer and an experienced editor of religious materials. He has also produced educational videos, radio shows and religious websites.

Pablo currently serves as the Pastor of the Iglesia Cristiana (Discipulos de Cristo) in Espinosa, Dorado, Puerto Rico. He is also consultant editor for Chalice Press, and imprint of the Christian Board of Publication.

William (Bill) Lee
Adjunct Professor of Leading the Church into Worship
M.Div., Duke University Divinity School (1978)
D. Min., Ashland Theological Seminary (2009)

Dr. Lee holds the B.S. degree from Virginia State University, the M.Div. degree from Duke University Divinity School, and the D.Min. degree from Ashland Theological Seminary.  Dr. Lee is pastor of Loudon Avenue Christian Church, Roanoke, Virginia, a congregation he has led for over 34 years, turning it into a major force for improvement in the city of Roanoke and one of the leading congregations among the Christian Churches in Virginia.  He is also a former moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and is vice-moderator of the LTS Board of Trustees.

Barbara Lomonaco
Adjunct Professor of Cultural Studies
B.A., Southern Methodist University (1987)
M.A., Southern Methodist University (1990)
Ph.D., Southern Methodist University (1995)

Dr. LoMonaco began her career in higher education in 1996 as professor of anthropology at Transylvania, where she created the anthropology major. A Bingham Award-winning professor, she has taught more than two dozen courses

Appointed in 2012 as the chief student affairs officer at Transylvania, LoMonaco guided implementation of many new initiatives to bolster enrollment and retention strategies, among them a living/learning community plan, an expansion of counseling services, a First Generation Student program, the Pioneer Leadership program, and programs to boost bystander intervention, alcohol education, and awareness of diversity and inclusion concerns.

Her extensive faculty service record includes a number of positions directly related to student life, including leadership roles on the Alcohol Task Force, Judicial Council, Selection Committee for Student Orientation Leaders, Sexual Grievances Judicial Board, RA Selection Committee, and the Transylvania Scholarship Committee.  LoMonaco served Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students prior to leaving Transylvania.

LoMonaco is currently serving as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Salve Regina University.  Her responsibilities include, but are not limited to strategic planning, strategic enrollment and planning retention, policy development and enforcement in student affairs, budget planning and allocations, personnel management, teaching, and collaborating with the university president and cabinet for various departments.

LoMonaco is also a certified addictions counselor and therapist who worked in community mental health and private practice for five years in Chicago.

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.

Narola McFayden
Adjunct Professor of Leading the Church in Formation
M.Th., United Theological College
Th.M., Candler School of Theology of Emory University
Ph.D., Union Presbyterian Seminary

Dr. Narola McFayden began her education and ministry as a Christian educator in India, earning the M.Th. at United Theological College, and then teaching at Trinity Theological College.  More recently she completed the Th.M. degree at Candler School of Theology of Emory University, and her Ph.D. in Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond.  In the States she has taught at Union Presbyterian Seminary and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.  She wrote her dissertation on “Economic Justice: Towards a Transformative Pedagogy.” 

Christy Newton
Adjunct Professor of Social Ethics
MDiv, Pacific School of Religion
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union

Rev. Dr. Christy Newton received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, in the area of Interdisciplinary Studies.  Her dissertation, which is on the journey toward publication, is titled, Saving at Wal-Mart: A Theological Analysis of Relationships in Consumer Culture.  Utilizing constructive and practical theologies, the sociology of globalization, and material culture studies, she researched how consumer culture reflects and reifies people’s deepest beliefs and values and how economic structures incarnate the ethical commitments of ordinary people through the material objects they consume.  In other words, she test the hypothesis that what we buy is what we believe.  Other research interests include the ways consumer practices influence religious and class identities.

Newton is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), originally from Russellville, Arkansas.  She is an alumna of Texas Christian University (B.A.), Nanzan University (Nagoya, Japan), Monash University (Melbourne, Australia—M.A. Art History/Film), and Pacific School of Religion (M.Div.).  She has served local Disciples and United Church of Christ congregations in Arkansas and California and worked in campus ministry/church relations at Chapman University in Orange, California.  Currently, she is serving as the Senior Minister at the First Christian Church (DOC) in Vallejo, California.

Lon Oliver
Adjunct Professor of Interpreting the Past for the Church


John Opsata
Adjunct Professor of Worship
M.Div., Yale University
M.A. Ed.Min., Wheaton College Graduate School
Ph.D., Drew University

The Rev. Dr. John T. Opsata is the senior minister of First Christian Church, Frankfort, Kentucky. Before that he was the pastor of Lakewood Christian Church (Lakewood, OH), and North Middletown Christian Church (North Middletown, KY), as well as associate pastor of Jeffersontown Christian Church (Jeffersontown, KY). He holds a Ph.D. in liturgical studies from Drew University where he wrote his dissertation on “Order at the Table: Lord’s Supper Services in the Disciples of Christ 1883-1960.” Before entering the ministry he had a career as a choir director and minister of music. He teaches preaching and worship in the Lay School of Ministry of the Christian Church in Kentucky, and has written a variety of worship aids, especially related to music in worship.

Rebecca “Jeney” Park-Hearn
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Care
M.Div., Princeton Theological Semianry
MTS, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Claremont School of Theology

Dr. Rebecca “Jeney” Park-Hearn has experience as an adjunct professor at Seattle University, Seattle, Washington and Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona.   She has lectured and appeared as a guest speaker for various universities and organizations since 2007 on topics including but not limited to “The Asian American Experience” and Asian North American Feminist Theology.

Dr. Park-Hearn, as the Director of Clinical Services at Clinebell Institute for Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy in Claremont, California, worked collaboratively to coordinate a homeless shelter and a transitional program for paroled women. Her community service achievements can also be seen through her work as a layperson and Pastor of Community Life at Holliston UMC, and as President of Transgeneration Ministry (the national organization of Korean American United Methodists who attend an English ministry) to name a few. Park-Hearn is currently a member of Asian American Language Ministry of United Methodist Church.

Dr. Park-Hearn has received many awards and recognition. Most recently these include the First UMC of Santa Monica/Edwin & Frances Witman Pastoral Care Award and the Korean Alumni/ae Association Award, both from Claremont School of Theology.

William Paulsell
Adjunct Professor of Church History


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

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.

Daniel Shin
Adjunct Professor of Theology
B. A., Wheaton College, 1989
M. Div., Yale Divinity School, 1995
Ph. D., University of Chicago, 2011

Dr. Daniel Shin has completed doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, with his dissertation on Hans W. Frei’s work in theological hermeneutics, Christology, and theological method.  He has since participated in the Lilly Postdoctoral Fellowship at Candler School of Theology of Emory University.  As an ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church, he is deeply interested in how theology can serve the church by helping its members to think critically, constructively, and creatively about their Christian life and mission in the world.

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.

Trumbauer  has written an number of books:  Superior Journey:  Dairy of a Dream, Created and Called:  Discovering Our Gifts for Abundant Living, and Sharing the Ministry:  A Practical Guide for Transforming Volunteers into Ministers to name a few.   

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).

Dr. Tamar Wasoian
Adjunct Professor of Church in Formation
B.A., Near East School of TheologyMTS, McCormick Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

Dr. Tamar Wasoian earned her B.A. in Christian Education from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, her MTS in Christian Education at McCormick Theological Seminary, and her Ph.D. in Christian Education & Congregational Studies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  She has served as Director of Children and Youth Ministries of the Armenian Evangelical Churches of Syria, as the Co-Director of the Christian Education Programs of the Evangelical Churches of Armenia and Karabakh, as Professor and Associate Director of the Christian Education Degree Program at the Armenian Theological Academy of Armenia, and as an adjunct member of the faculties of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.  

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.