Our Faculty

Department of Religion and Philosophy Faculty and Staff

Dr. W. Glenn Jonas, Jr.

Chairman of the Department of Religion and Philosophy and Charles Howard Professor of Religion

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

Dr. Jonas has served in both academic and ministerial capacities for a number of years.   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 also edited The Baptist River: Essays on Many Tributaries of a Diverse Tradition (2006).
Dr. Jonas has served as interim pastor of numerous churches in eastern North Carolina. 


Dr. Donald N. Penny

Professor of Religion

  • B.A., Campbell University
  • M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Emory University

Donald N. Penny is a graduate of Campbell (B. A., 1970), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div., 1974) and Emory University (Ph. D. in New Testament Studies, 1979). Since joining Campbell’s Department of Religion and Philosophy in 1980, he has taught primarily in the areas of New Testament and Greek. He is a contributor to theMercer Dictionary of the Bible and co-author of A Journey of Faith. Dr. Penny and his wife Joanne make their home in Buies Creek, are members of Buies Creek First Baptist Church, and have three adult children and one grandson.


Dr. Kathryn M. Lopez

Professor of Religion


Adam English

Professor of Christian Theology and Philosophy

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

Dr. English came to Campbell in 2003.  Dr. English’s research interests include the history of theological ideas and constructive theology. He is becoming more and more interested in the early patristic theologians and writers of the first five centuries of Christian history.


Dr. Ken Vandergriff

Instructor of Religion

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

Dr. Vandergriff has taught in the Religion Department at Campbell since 1996, starting at the RTP and Pope AFB campuses. He began teaching on main campus in 1999, while continuing at both extended sites. Since 2007 Dr. Vandergriff has co-coached the Campbell Ethics Bowl team. At his church, Woodhaven Baptist in Apex, he is a Bible study teacher, serves on several committees, and has served as a deacon. 


Rev. Faithe Beam

Adjunct Instructor of Religion and Campus Minister

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

Prior to coming to Campbell University, Faithe served on staff as minister of music and education for nine years at Zion Baptist Church in Shelby, North Carolina. In addition, Faithe served as director of Student Services at Campbell Divinity School for nearly five years.  Faithe began as campus minister of Campbell University in February 2007. Faithe’s husband, Tom, is Associate Pastor for Youth and Families at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh.  They have one son, Patrick.

Professor Emeritus: Dr. Keyser (Deceased)

Administrative Assistant:  Mrs. Mikaela Priddy [email protected]