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The Phillips Theological Seminary Faculty Speakers Bureau is comprised of distinguished faculty members who are available to provide lectures and presentations to churches, organizations, and businesses. Available speakers and their presentation topics are listed below.  Honoraria are negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Faculty is also available for media interviews that relate to their presentation topics.  Requests should be directed to the Seminary Relations Office or by telephone at (918) 270-6470.

When making requests, please include the following information:

  • Name and location of organization where lecture is to be held
  • Name of speaker and requested title of topic
  • Date of event (Please provide multiple dates, if possible, as advanced notice is important.)
  • Type of meeting
  • Approximate size of audience

Faculty

Presentation Topics

Joe Bessler
Robert Travis Peake Professor of Theology

  • Religion and Politics
  • Theology and Leadership
  • Contemporary Theology
  • Church and State

Ellen Blue
Mouzon Biggs, Jr., Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies

  • Methodist history and doctrine
  • Methodist women's history
  • British Reformation
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • 20th century history
  • Women's issues

Sarah Morice Brubaker
Assistant Professor of Theology

  • Social media in the life of the church
  • The doctrine of the Trinity
  • Body image and churches’ response
  • Christianity and reproductive health
  • Augustine and Sin

Lisa W. Davison
Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible

  • Hebrew Bible (Christian First Testament) as a whole or specific books
  • Women in the Bible
  • Sexuality and the Bible – what the Bible does and doesn’t say about homosexulaity
  • Contemporary/“Hot Button” Issues and the Bible (e.g., Evolution & Creationism, Immigration, etc.)
  • “Difficult” Texts in the Hebrew Bible (Christian First Testament)
  • Various Other Topics (e.g., Bible & the Environment, Psalms & Spirituality, Who/What is a Prophet, etc.)
  • Christian use and misuse of the Hebrew Bible (Christian First Testament)
  • Feminist Biblical Interpretation

John Imbler
Stephen J. England Associate Professor of the History of Christianity & Disciples Studies

  • Faces of Jesus in North America
  • Disciples of Christ History
  • Christianity in the United States
  • Church/religion and Culture
  • Post-reformations Church

Kathleen D. McCallie
Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership & Ethics

  • Ethical issues in church governance and administration
  • Ethics of international trade, globalization, and public policy
  • Faith-based community organizing, particularly the Industrial Areas Foundation work
  • Fair trade and economic justice

Gary Peluso-Verdend
President & Associate Professor of Practical Theology

  • Changing dynamics in church life in North America
  • 19th century Methodist history, especially the split over authority and slavery
  • Jesus and money
  • History of funding Protestant congregations in the U.S.
  • Civil religion (the nation and God)
  • The purpose of seminary education
  • Christianity and democracy
  • Civil discourse

Nancy Pittman

Dean & Associate Professor of the Practice of Ministry

  • Leadership Issues for Churches in the 21st Century
  • Women in Ministry and other Leadership Roles
  • Book of Revelation, Apocalyptic Literature and their Interpretations

Bernard Brandon Scott
Darbeth Distinguished Professor of New Testament

  • Parables
  • Historical Jesus
  • Resurrection
  • Paul
  • Film

Mindy McGarrah Sharp
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology & Ethics

  • Sustainable Faith
  • Medical Ethics
  • United Methodist Ethics
  • Christian Responses to Religious Pluralism
  • Globalization

Dennis E. Smith
LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament

  • Hospitality and the House Church in Early Christianity
  • The Lord's Supper According to Paul
  • The Lord's Prayer: What It's Really About
  • Acts of the Apostles: Problems and Promise
  • New Testament and homosexuality
  • Any topic relating to the New Testament

Susanna Southard
Instructor in Ministry Studies

  • Women of the Hebrew Bible (Ruth, Esther, Deborah, Song of Songs, etc.)
  • Interactive timeline – Abraham & Sarah through Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Jewish and Christian approaches to biblical texts
  • What the Bible does (and does not) say about homosexuality

John L. Thomas, Jr.

Associate Professor of Practical Theology

  • The History and Theology in African-American Preaching
  • Cultural Competency in Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Effective Hospital Ministry

Richard Ward
Fred B. Craddock Professor of Homiletics and Worship

  • Preaching (enrichment)
  • Storytelling
  • Theology, Theatre and the Arts
  • Supply preaching
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