Richard B. Parker Professor of Wesleyan Theology
Director of MATS and MDiv Programs
I enjoy spending time with my family – my wife Evangeline, daughters Alison and Anna, sons-in-law Dima and Martin, and grandchildren Kolya, Sasha, Kaia and Caden. They are the light of my life. I also enjoy spending time in God's creation – fishing, hiking, and camping with friends and family. I also enjoy good movies (like Casablanca, Lord of the Rings, Doctor Zhivago (1965), Beowulf, Mr. Magorium's Magic Emporium and Blind Side) and novels (like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, and The Shack by Paul Young).
My goals as a seminary professor are to challenge men and women to be adequately equipped to minister effectively and live as Christians in a global society. I seek to challenge them to understand the culture in which they minister, and to critique methods, practices, and theological concepts for both cultural relevancy and biblical foundation.
My concerns for the issues of social justice and globalization focus in particular on Native American theology and the morality of colonization and its impact on indigenous peoples. Humanitarian issues, such as poverty and world hunger are also of primary concern to me.
BA, Pfeiffer College; MDiv, Asbury Theological Seminary; ThM, Asbury Theological Seminary; ThD, Fuller Theological Seminary
Expertise and Research Interests
Historical and systematic theology, church history, Wesleyan studies, Christian leadership, integration of theology and psychology, church leadership development, postmodernism and generational studies, theology of the atonement, Native American religion and justice issues.
CHTH 552 Essentials of Christian Theology
CHTH 513 American Church History
CHTH 566 Theology in the Wesleyan Tradition
CHTH 563 The Evangelical Movement
CHTH 550 Christian Ethics
CHTH 553 BioEthics
BIST 542 Biblical Theology
SFAD 537 Spirituality and Suffering