Our Faculty

Department of Religion and Philosophy Faculty and Staff

Dr. Adam C. English

Chairman of the Department of Religion and Philosophy and Professor of Christian Theology and Philosophy

  • B.A., Hardin-Simmons University
  • M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Baylor University

Dr. English joined the Campbell University Department of Religion and Philosophy in 2003.  He has served in both academic and ministerial capacities which include Ethics Bowl Team Coach; Honors Interdisciplinary Program, Retention Committee; and Chair of the Faculty Development and Research Committee.  Dr. English led Study Abroad tours to Italy in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013.  He has also served as interim pastor in several eastern North Carolina churches.

 Dr. English has contributed to a variety of journals and periodicals and is author of The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of St. Nicholas of Myra, (2012), Theology Remixed:  Christianity as Story, Game, Language, Culture, (2010), The Possibility of Christian Philosophy:  Maurice Blondel at the Intersection of Philosophy and Theology, (2007) and co-author of Pocket History of Theology, (2005).  Dr. English’s research interests include the history of theological ideas and constructive theology. 

 

Dr. W. Glenn Jonas, Jr. 

Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Charles Howard Professor of Religion

  • B.A., Mars Hill College
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Baylor University

Dr. Jonas joined the Campbell University Department of Religion and Philosophy in 1994.   He served as department chair from 1999-2015.  Dr. Jonas has served in both academic and ministerial capacities throughout his career at Campbell.  He has contributed articles to a variety of journals and periodicals and is the author of A Critical Evaluation of Albert henry Newman, Church Historian, (1992), and co-author of A Journey of Faith:  Introduction to Christianity, (2002).  He edited The Baptist River:  Essays on Many Tributaries of a Diverse Tradition, (2006).  He is the author of Nurturing the Vision, First Baptist Church, Raleigh, 1812-2012, (2012).

Dr. Jonas has served as interim pastor of numerous churches in eastern North Carolina.

 

Dr. Kathryn M. Lopez

Professor of Religion

  • B.A., University of Richmond
  • M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Emory University

Dr. Lopez joined Campbell University Department of Religion and Philosophy in 2002.  Dr. Lopez has made a variety of presentations and has publications which include:  2012 Journal editor and contributor, Review and Expositor, Book of Daniel; article in Cancer and Healing, Mercer Press, (2011),  Faith and Media Conference, Campbell University, Stephen Colbert and the Writer of Job, 2011; SBL Annual Meeting, The Levi Traditions Turned Upside Down, 2008 and SECSOR Annual Meeting:  Crusader or Mass Murderer:  The Levi Tradition and the Use of Violence to Create Social Identity, 2008. 

Dr. Lopez has served in a numerous academic capacities which include Religion Club faculty advisor (2003 – present); G-Force club faculty advisor (2012 – present); Faculty Senate (2006 – present);  and Student Life Committee (2004-present).

 

Dr. Ken Vandergriff

Adjunct Professor of Religion

  • B.S., Florida State University
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Vandergriff joined the Campbell University Department of Religion and Philosophy in 1996, teaching at the RTP and Pope AFB campuses.  He began teaching on main campus in 1999, while continuing at both extended sites.  In 2014, he was appointed a three year term as Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Academic Education, Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.  Dr. Vandergriff has served in various academic capacities including Co-Coach of the Ethics Bowl Team, 2007-present; Sexual Assault Awareness Week Committee, 2014-present; and Faculty Senate, extended campus representative, 2007-2009. 

Dr. Vandergriff has contributed to various publications and has made presentations which include:  “When Tolerance and Intolerance Collide: The Limits of Tolerance in a Liberal Democracy.”  Presentation:  Oxford Round Table Conference on “Religion, Education and the Role of Government.” Lincoln College, Oxford University, (2005); and “Re-Creating David:  The David narratives in Art and Literature.”  Review and Expositor 99, (2002).

Dr. Vandergriff is active in numerous areas of church life (Bible study teacher; deacon; moderator; church council chairman and pastor search committee co-chair).

 

Dr. Ryan Andrew Newson

Adjunct Professor of Religion

  • B.A., Elon University
  • M.Div., Wake Forest University
  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr. Newson joined the Campbell University Department of Religion in 2015. He has edited several books, including Practicing to Aim at Truth (2015) and The Collected Works of James Wm. McClendon, Jr. (2014, 2016). Dr. Newson has also written and presented on issues in political theology, ethics, and human nature in a variety of venues, and his dissertation, Radical Friendship: The Politics of Communal Discernment, is in the process of being published.

Dr. Newson served as a Student Representative on the faculty committee for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary, was co-leader of the Anabaptist Perspectives student group on campus, and was head of the Chapel Committee at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He is currently writing a book on radical baptist theological politics.

 

David W. Priddy

Adjunct Professor of Religion

  • B.A., Campbell University
  • M.Div., Campbell University
  • M.A., Wake Forest University

David Priddy joined the Campbell University Department of Religion and Philosophy in 2014.  Professor Priddy’s presentations and publications include:  “Satiating and Starving the Yahwistic Imagination:  The Weaponization of Food in the Elijah Cycle,” for the Second Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice at the University of Virginia on the theme, “Weaponizing Scripture.” (2015), and “Testimony as Apology” in “A Word from a Seminarian,” Review and Expositor, (2014).

Professor Priddy is currently serving as Interim Minister at Leaflet and Raven Rock Presbyterian.

 

Mrs. Amanda Eckelkamp Batten

Adjunct Professor of Religion

  • B.A., Religion, Campbell University
  • M.T.S., Emory University, Candler School of Theology

Mrs. Batten joined the Campbell University Department of Religion in 2010. Mrs. Batten has assisted in coordinating the Online Education courses for the department and has served as online education faculty mentor and trainer since 2013. Her presentations include The Journey of Job’s Wife Through History, Campbell University (2008). Mrs. Batten edited sections of the Old and New Testament, Christianity: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Guide For Students, Lopez, Kathryn M., Donald N. Penny, W. Glenn Jonas, Jr., and Adam C. English. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2010. She was a 2008 recipient of the B. Donald Keyser Church History Award, Campbell University. Mrs. Batten has served as a member of the DECIDE (Development Evaluation for Course Instructional Design Elements) committee, Campbell University since 2011.

 

Dr. Carol Lynn Brinkley

Director of Student & Alumni Services, Campbell University Divinity School and Adjunct Professor of Religion and Philosophy

  • B.S.S., North Carolina State University
  • M.S., University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
  • M.Div., Campbell University Divinity School
  • Ph.D., Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

Dr. Brinkley joined the Campbell University Department of Religion in 2012.  She has served in both academic and ministerial capacities which include:  staff liaison to the Student Advisory Leadership Team (SALT); and weekly chapel planning (Advanced Worship Class) presiding over all weekly chapel services.  Dr. Brinkley’s publications and presentations include:  Manners and Money: A Manual on Preaching Etiquette, (2015) and “Spiritual needs of people in ministry: Resources to deal with physical burnout; emotional fatigue and spiritual dryness.”, presented at the Baptist World Alliance Congress, Durban, South Africa, (2015).

 

Rev. Faithe Beam

Campus Minister and Adjunct Professor of Religion

  • B.M.E., Appalachian State University
  • M.Div., Campbell University Divinity School

Rev. Beam became Campus Minister in 2007.  Rev. Beam is responsible for providing administration student chapel services twice a week for 1,600 students.  She is also responsible for cultivation and supporting religious life on campus.   Prior to coming to Campbell University, she served as Minister of Music and Education, Zion Baptist Church, Shelby, NC.  In addition, Rev. Beam served as Director of Student Services at Campbell University for nearly five years.  Rev. Beam has contributed to a variety of publications including:  Reflections, Smyth and Helwys, (2011) (2012); and This is What a Preacher Looks Like, Smyth and Helwys, (2010).  She has made numerous presentations at WMU, choir and youth retreats and has presented at many churches and professional organizations  across eastern North Carolina and South Carolina.

 

Mrs. Jan E. Jernigan

Administrative Assistant

  • Meredith College
  • Johnston Community College

Mrs. Jernigan joined the Campbell University Department of Religion in 2015.  Prior to coming to Campbell she served as Minister to Youth and Children, First Baptist Church, Dunn, NC from 2009 – 2014.  Mrs. Jernigan is a retired real estate broker and has been a licensed real estate agent for more than twenty-five years.  She was co-owner and broker-in-charge of Coldwell Banker Advantage, McGee’s Crossroads office.  She is active in her community and church serving as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and member of the Sanctuary Choir.