2018 June-July Faculty News

The faculty members of Johnson University participate in many activities beyond their normal teaching responsibilities, including writing, speaking, presenting at academic meetings, mission trips, and community involvement. The list below describes faculty activities for June and July 2018.

Steve Cook (Professor of Old Testament) preached at First Christian Church in Morristown, TN, on June 17. On June 23, he officiated at the wedding of Josh Zarger (’15) and Jenna Millman at Our Savior’s Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn, VA.

Heather Gorman (Associate Professor of New Testament) presented two papers at the Christian Scholars Conference at Lipscomb University in Nashville: “The Church and the Academy in the Independent Christian Churches: Antagonistic, Apathetic, or Amicable?” and “Is Restoration Singular or Plural?,” which was a response to a paper by Gregory Stirling. She also worked with Brian Leslie to provide theological training for the Future of Hope Institute’s immersion week. On July 15, she contributed to a panel at Crossings: A Faith Community titled “A Better Definition of Community.”

James Gorman (Associate Professor of History) published “The Omission of Missions: Transatlantic Evangelical Missions Culture and the Historiography of the Campbell Movement’s Origins” in the Stone-Campbell Journal 21.1 (2018): 5-27. He also published “Your Mother in the Gospel: The Remarkable Story of Emma Johnson” in Johnson 8.1 (2018): 20-25. He also served on three panels at the Christian Scholars Conference at Lipscomb University in Nashville in June and participated in the planning of a luncheon honoring Doug Foster’s life and work for religious and racial unity. At the luncheon, the festschrift for Doug Foster that Dr. Gorman co-edited was revealed. Its title is Slavery’s Long Shadow: Race and Reconciliation in America (Eerdmans, 2019).

Kristel Headley (Director of the Graduate Counseling Program) completed PREP Relationship Help facilitator training with the Knoxville Marriage Initiative. She plans to begin offering marriage enrichment workshops through local churches in Jefferson County in order to expand the reach of the KMI. During 2018-2019, she will also serve as the Research Committee Chair for the Tennessee Counseling Association. On July 21, she served as the keyboard specialist/workshop leader at the regional Music Ministry Leadership Conference of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, which was held at First Baptist Church in Morristown. She offered workshops on “Classic Skills for Timeless Hymns” and “Expanding the Horizons: New Skills for Newer Music.”

Landon Huffman (Assistant Professor of Sport & Fitness Leadership) presented “Unveiling the Sport Chaplain Cloak: Legal and Ethical Implications of Freedom from Religion Foundation’s ‘Pray to Play’ Report” at the Christian Society for Kinesiology, Leisure, & Sport Studies Conference at Judson University in Elgin, IL. He also published “Coach Small Religious Protection Act: Public Employee or Private Citizen” in Sports Litigation Alert (15.6). It was also cross-posted in Legal Issues in High School Athletics.

John Jaeger (Assistant Librarian) led a breakout group during the Annual Conference of the Association for Christian Libraries on June 12 at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. He also published a review of The Qur’an and the Bible: Text and Commentary in Library Journal 143.11 (2018): 77.

Tony Krug (Professor of Educational Technology) presented a session on “Hackaball: The Computer You Can Throw!” at the Tennessee Educational Technology Association P-16 Summer Summit at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN, on June 6.

Brian Leslie (Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries) served as the Campus Pastor for the Christ in Youth Move conference at Johnson University from June 11 to 15. From June 18 to 22, he filled the same role at the Move conference at Hope College in Holland, MI. From July 6 to 13, he served on the teaching team with Heather Gorman for the Future of Hope Institute’s immersion week. From July 15 to 20, he was the main speaker on the life of Moses for Junior High Camp at Camp Allendale in Trafalgar, IN.

Carrie Beth Lowe (Library Director) attended the Annual Conference of the Association for Christian Libraries from June 11 to 14 at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. At the conference, she presented a training workshop for beginning indexers for the Christian Periodical Index. From July 23 to 27, she completed a course on “Women and Children First!: Research Methods for the Hidden Half of the Family” at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh.

Gerald Mattingly (Director of Honors Program & Professor of Intercultural Studies) attended a lecture by Wilson Green on “The Battle of the Crater” at the Knoxville Civil War Roundtable on July 10. He also attended the exhibition of “Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection at the Knoxville Museum of Art. He traveled to the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS, to bring back a collection of Egyptian artifacts on loan to our museum for 2018-2019. He also traveled to Greenville, SC, to bring back a collection of archaeological artifacts and framed pages from historic Bibles, which had been collected by Rev. Ed Taylor. The family donated the collection of 100 items to Johnson University.

Roy Miller (Dean of the Templar School of Education) was elected to serve as secretary of the board of the Tennessee Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education (TAILACTE).

Camden Morgante (Assistant Professor of Human Services & Undergraduate Program Director) provided training on Sexual Identity Therapy to the counseling center staff of Fellowship Church in Knoxville on June 26.

Daniel Overdorf (Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry) led a seminar on June 9-10 titled “The Church on Purpose” at Buffalo Valley Christian Church in Elizabethton, TN.

Sean Ridge (Dean of the School of Social & Behavior Studies) attended the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling in Dallas, TX, from July 13 to 15. He chaired the Awards Committee and facilitated the Awards luncheon. He served as a counselor for Way of Life Christian Camp in northwest Ohio from June 30 to July 6. He participated as a volunteer during Vacation Bible School at Gap Creek Christian Church from July 29 to August 1.

Chris Templar (Professor of Education) was elected to serve as treasurer of the board of the Tennessee Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education (TAILACTE).

Jon Weatherly (Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost) preached on “Your Sexuality and Christ’s Cross” at the Markle Church of Christ in Markle, IN, on June 10.

Linda Whitmer (Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies) served as President of the Association of Professors of Mission during the Annual Meeting from June 13 to 15 in Notre Dame, IN. She was elected President Emeritus for the coming year. She also attended the American Society of Missiology Annual Meeting from June 15 to 18. She attended the North American Christian Convention and ICOM leadership meetings in Indianapolis. She accepted the position of International Prayer Chair for ICOM 2019. She also published “Roland Allen’s Missionary Methods: St. Paul’s or Ours?” in Missio Dei: A Journal of Missional Theology and Praxis 9.1 (2018).

Bill Wolf (Dean of the Chapel) graduated from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL, with a Doctorate of Worship Studies. His doctoral thesis, which was titled Developing a Freshman Orientation to University Chapels was the first and only thesis in the Institute’s history to be awarded the honor of “Thesis of Distinction.”

Posted: 8/15/2018 4:14:06 PM


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