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. Occasionally, we will publish updates on these activities. The list below describes faculty activities from August to November 2016.
Carl Bridges (Professor of New Testament) and L. Stephen Cook, Jr. (Professor of Old Testament) published “Tribal Sabbaths: Rest Days in the Bible and in African Traditional Religions” in Stone-Campbell Journal 119 (2016): 239-250.
Robert B. Chambers (Professor of Music) published a review of the recording Il Trionfo di Dori: The Triumphs of Dori by The King’s Singers in the June/July issue of the Choral Journal.
Lawrence Clark (Affiliate Faculty in Economics of Organizational Architecture and Strategy) is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the casino gambling industry and has a new book out on the casino gambling industry called The Eccentric World of Casino Gambling. The book is a complete encyclopedia of the casino gambling industry around the world and reflects Dr. Clark's decades of study of the industry. Because of Dr. Clark’s casino gambling industry expertise, he was retained by President-elect Donald Trump as a casino gambling industry expert for Trump’s property tax appeal case against the City of Atlantic City for one of his casino properties. Because of his testimony, Donald Trump prevailed and received close to a $7.0 million-dollar property tax refund from the city.
Alicia Crumpton (Professor of Leadership Studies & Ph.D. Program Director) presented “Leading Your Campus with Online Education” at the Academic Officers Summit of the Association for Biblical Higher Education in Orlando, FL, on October 24-25. She also served as the Panel Chair for “Religion in the Public Square: Exclusive Claims but Inclusive Leadership?” at the International Leadership Association’s 18th Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, on November 2-5. At the same conference, she also co-presented “Inclusive Leadership Through Arts Based Practice.” She also attended the International Restoration Movement Convention in Seoul, South Korea, on August 14-17 and the International Conference on Missions in Lexington, KY, on November 17-20.
Jacqueline Faulhaber (Affiliate Faculty in Leadership) was a panel presenter on a paper titled “Virtue as a Foundation for Inclusive Religious Leadership” at the International Leadership Association (ILA) 2016 Conference, Atlanta, GA, on November 3, 2016. From September 13 to October 25, she taught a course titled “Faith of Our Founding Fathers” at Prince of Peace Lutheran Missouri Synod Church in Springfield, VA.
Pat Fuller (Director of Undergraduate Studies, Templar School of Education) attended edTPA seminar/workshop at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, TN, on November 3-4.
Heather Gorman (Assistant Professor of New Testament) published an article titled “What Has Aeneas to Do with Paul? Gender, Head Coverings, and Ancient Appeals to Origin Stories” in Priscilla Papers 30.3 (2016): 11–17. In September, she was the keynote speaker at White Mills Ladies’ Retreat at White Mills Christian Camp in White Mills, KY.
James Gorman (Assistant Professor of History) recently became Assistant Editor for the Stone-Campbell Journal articles covering Stone-Campbell history and theology. On September 25, he was a guest preacher at Bridge Christian Church, Chattanooga, TN. His message “The Past for the Present: Christian Unity as Christian Witness” explored the heritage of the Christian Churches for this community as part of a series on “What Really Matters?” On October 10, he participated in a podcast for Crossings in Knoxville, TN, dealing with violence in Scripture. Its title was “A Broken King,” and it covered especially 1 Samuel 15.
Kristel Headley (Associate Professor of Counseling) co-presented a paper on “Teaching students to practice what we preach: Infusing student wellness in graduate counseling curricula” at the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in New Orleans, LA. In November, she presented a paper on “Skills vs. Content: Flipping the Counseling Classroom” at the Tennessee Counseling Association Conference in Murfreesboro, TN, in November.
Landon Huffman (Visiting Assistant Professor of Sport and Fitness Leadership) presented the keynote address “A Declaration on Sport and the Christian Life: A Call to Action” at the Inaugural Global Congress on Sports and Christianity, which was hosted by the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at York St John University in York, England, in collaboration with the Bible Society on August 24-28. In October, he co-presented “Religiosity’s Role in Inspiring Resiliency in Collegiate Athletes” at the Inaugural Perspectives on Sport and Inspiration (PSI) Conference at Neumann University in Aston, PA. He co-authored “The sport chaplain’s role in the holistic care model for collegiate athletes in the United States,” Practical Theology, 9(3), 226-241. He also co-authored “College choice…holistic development…career success…college choice: Introducing the ‘Lifetime Human Capital Cycle’ for intercollegiate athletes,” Journal of Applied Sport Management, 8(4), 67-94. During the fall, he led a five-week workshop on “Sport & Christianity” at Chilhowee Hills Baptist Church, Knoxville, TN.
John Ketchen (Associate Provost for Online Education) spoke at a Pedagogy and Technology Conference in July. He attended the Sakai Virtual Conference in November. He attended OLC Accelerate in Orlando on November 16-18.
Tony Krug (Professor of Educational Technology) published the game Crown, Dove, and Lamb: A Scripture Memory Game (Zorquieaux Press) in September.
Brian Leslie (Associate Professor of Youth Ministry & Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries) attended the Association of Youth Ministry Educators conference in Orlando, Florida on October 29-31.
Gregory Linton (Vice Provost for Academic Services & Professor of New Testament) was the keynote speaker at Esplorando la Bibbia (“Exploring the Bible”) from August 21 to 25 in Policoro, Italy. He presented two lectures on house churches in early Christianity and three lectures on the General Epistles. He attended the dedication ceremony for the Saint John’s Bible and new archaeology museum at Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, TN, on October 6. He attended an Archaeological Institute of America lecture by Nancy T. de Grummond on “Etruscan Human Sacrifice in Ritual and Myth” at the McClung Museum in Knoxville on October 13.
Gerald Mattingly (Professor of Intercultural Studies) published an article on “Ivory,” in Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity, Volume III: I-N, ed. Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2016), 61-85. He also published an article on “Karak Resources Project (Khirbat al-Mudaybi’) 2014,” in the American Journal of Archaeology 120, no. 4 (October 2016): 652. He attended the 14th Biennial Symposium of the T. E. Lawrence Society—Commemorating the Centenary of the Arab Revolt at St. John’s College/University of Oxford on September 23-25. He attended the dedication ceremony for the Saint John’s Bible and new archaeology museum at Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, TN, on October 6. He attended an Archaeological Institute of America lecture by Nancy T. de Grummond on “Etruscan Human Sacrifice in Ritual and Myth” at the McClung Museum in Knoxville on October 13. He co-authored a paper with Mark D. Green (Indiana State University) on “By the Sweat of Your Brow: Quarrying, Dressing, and Transporting Stone on Central Jordan’s Karak Plateau,” which was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR), in San Antonio, TX, on November 18. During the fall, he also taught a series of lessons on Sundays at Woodlawn Christian Church in Knoxville and on Wednesdays at Gap Creek Christian Church in Kimberlin Heights.
David Russell Mosley (Lecturer in Theology) had a book titled On the Edges of Elfland: A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups released on September 16 by Wipf & Stock. He also presented a paper entitled “Commonly Fed: Aquinas on the Incarnation and the Eucharist and Their Implications for the Dinner Table” at the Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference at Villanova University, Villanova, PA, on October 14-16.
Daniel Overdorf (Dean of the School of Congregational Ministry) preached or led workshops at the following churches: Leadership Seminar at Dublin Christian Church, Dublin, VA (7/30); Homecoming at Oak Grove Christian Church, Beckley, WV (8/ 14); Seymour Heights Christian Church, Knoxville, TN (8/ 21); First Christian Church, Cookeville, TN (8/28); Cedar Creek Church, Fort Wayne, IN (9/ 11); Men and Boys Rally, Lake James Christian Assembly, Angola, IN (9/12); New Castle Christian Church, New Castle VA (10/2); Chapel, Johnson University Florida (10/18); Seniors Rally, Boone’s Creek Christian Church, Gray, TN (10/20); Revival, Steel’s Chapel Christian Church, Corbin, KY (11/15); First Church of Christ, Altoona, PA (11/13). In addition, he led a pre-conference seminar on preaching at the Eastern Christian Conference, Hershey, PA, on November 11 and preach for three main sessions at the Eastern Christian Conference on November 11-12.
Wilbur A. Reid III (Professor of Organizational Leadership & M.B.S. Program Director) presented a paper titled “Service and Humility in Leadership: Intriguing Theories, but Do They Actually Produce Results?” at the International Leadership Association annual conference in Atlanta on November 4, 2016.
Robert Reese (Lecturer in Intercultural Studies) had the article “The Need for Bivocational Ministry” published in the September-October edition of Mission Frontiers, pp. 19-21.
Sean Ridge (Dean of the School of Social & Behavioral Sciences & Professor of Counseling) co-presented a paper on “Teaching students to practice what we preach: Infusing student wellness in graduate counseling curricula” at the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in New Orleans, LA. He also serves as an elder at Gap Creek Christian, Kimberlin Heights, TN, and chaired the pulpit search committee. He also serves as a board member for Tennessee Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. He is also a committee member (Co-Chair of Awards Committee) for the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC).
Rafael Rodriguez (Professor of New Testament) published an essay, “Paul and Social Memory,” in Paul in the Greco-Roman World: A Handbook, 2nd ed., ed J. Paul Sampley, 2 vols. (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016). He also presented a paper titled “What is History? Reading the Gospel of John as a Historical Text” to the John, Jesus, and History project at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, on November 18-22. He also served as co-chair of the Steering Committee for the Bible in Ancient and Modern Media section. During the fall, he taught a nine-week course on Romans titled “The Strange Family of Abraham: Good News for the Nations” at Jefferson City Christian Church, Jefferson City, TN.
Michael Shannon (Professor of Congregational Ministry & Indiana/Kentucky Program Director) presented a workshop on Christian communication at the Student Ministry Conference in Evansville, IN, on August 12. He presented an all-day workshop on evangelism for the Solsberry Christian Church, Solsberry, IN, on August 26th. He preached in chapel for Great Lakes Christian College, Lansing, MI, on September 27. He preached in chapel for Mid-Atlantic Christian University, Elizabeth City, NC, on October 4. He also wrote an illustration column for the Winter 2016 issue of Preaching magazine.
Chris Templar (Director of Educational Technology and International Education) took eight graduate students to the ACSI Forum Conference in Winston-Salem on October 20-22, 2016, where they helped her present a workshop on the hour of code and robotics. In mid-November, she attended a three-day state training for site visitors for the CAEP accreditation process in Murfreesboro, TN. She and Roy Miller (Dean of Templar School of Education) were selected by the state to participate in this program and training. Also in November, Dr. Templar conducted three days of professional development for the faculty of Cookson Hills Christian School in Kansas, OK, to prepare them for their Advanced Ed and ACSI Accreditation.
Linda Whitmer (Dean of the School of Intercultural Studies) attended the American Society of Missiology—Eastern Fellowship in Maryknoll, New York, on October 21-22. She also attended the International Conference on Mission at Lexington, KY, on November 17-20, where she participated on the Continuation Committee. She also attended the Mission Trainer’s in Lexington, KY on November 17.
Steve Whitmer (Director of Online Programs, School of Intercultural Studies) attended the American Society of Missiology—Eastern Fellowship in Maryknoll, New York, on October 21-22. He also attended the International Conference on Mission at Lexington, KY, on November 17-20, and the Mission Trainer’s in Lexington, KY, on November 17. He also met with several missions organizations to discuss their needs for trained personnel.
Bill Wolf (Dean of the Chapel and Assistant Professor of Worship and Theology) was the plenary speaker (three main sessions) for a teen conference entitled Re-Define Worship in Virginia Beach on November 11-13. One hundred students from four youth groups attended. He also attended a Theology & Arts conference in Nashville called Hutchmoot on October 6-9. Three students (Cord Johnson, Tanner Rutherford, Olivia Martin) and a recent alumna (Kirby Waggoner) attended with the conference with him.