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Mark Blackwelder, B.A., M.Min., Ph.D. – 1996
Director, Graduate School of Theology; Professor of Bible and of Missions
Dr. Blackwelder is a graduate of FHU. He has been active in ministry including serving from 1992 to 1997 as a full-time missionary in Bratislava, Slovakia. Since that time he has served as a full-time member of the faculty in FHU’s School of Biblical Studies.
He also teaches courses in New Testament and in Missions and Intercultural Communication at the undergraduate level. He sponsors missions clubs and serves as a member of the Chapel Committee and the Annual Bible Lectureship Committee. Dr. Blackwelder is a minister for the Estes church of Christ. He conducts a number of Gospel Meetings each year and presents seminars on missions and cross-cultural ministry.
Billy R. Smith, A.A., B.A., M.A., M.Th., D.Min. – 1978
Dean of the College of Biblical Studies; Professor of Bible
Dr. Smith is the Dean of the School of Biblical Studies and a minister for the Henderson church of Christ. He was selected as a Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies in 1996. Dr. Smith sponsors the Preachers' Club, works with Horizons (Future Church Leaders Workshop), and serves on the Annual Bible Lectureship committee. He conducts ten Gospel Meetings each year, appears on lectureships, contributes articles to journals, and is a speaker for youth programs.
Richard (Rick) Brumback, Ph.D.
Scholar-in-Residence in the College of Biblical Studies and the Graduate School of Theology
Dr. Brumback specializes in early church history, especially third- and fourth-century Trinitarian controversies, and early Christian literature and history.
Prior to 2017, he served as Director and professor at the Southwest School of Bible Studies. He has preached for a number of congregations in central Texas.
Doug Burleson, B.A., M.A., M.Div., M.Th., Ph.D. - 2012
Associate Professor of Bible; Director of the Annual Bible Lectureship; E. Claude & Delorese Gardner Chair of Excellence in Bible
Doug Burleson received the Ph.D. in New Testament and Greek at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation is entitled, "Case Studies in Closely Related Manuscripts for Determining Scribal Traits." Dr. Burleson has been appointed to the E. Claude and Delorese Gardner Chair of Excellence in Biblical Studies. He preaches at the Scotts Hill Church of Christ in Scotts Hill, TN. He is a graduate of FHU and holds Master's degrees from FHU ('01), Lipscomb University ('03), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary ('07).
Ralph Gilmore, A.A., B.A., M.A., Ph.D. – 1981
Professor of Bible and of Philosophy
Dr. Gilmore is a Professor of Bible and of Philosophy. He is a graduate of FHC (A.A. in Bible); David Lipscomb College (B.A. in Biblical languages); Harding Graduate School of Religion (M.A. in apologetics); and the University of Tennessee (Ph.D. in philosophy). He was selected as a Distinguished Professor of Bible and Interdisciplinary Studies in 2001. Dr. Gilmore has served in a variety of faculty leadership roles. He has written for many brotherhood publications, has presented papers at professional academic organizations, and has appeared in several forums involving public discussion of Bible topics.
Sam E. Hester, B.A., M.Th., Th.D. - 1978
Adjunct Professor of Bible
Dr. Hester is a professor of Bible and Church History and has taught at FHU since 1979. Now teaching only as adjunct, Dr. Hester also preaches for the Crooked Creek congregation in middle Tennessee. He owns Hester Publications, which publishes short-run books and booklets.
Stan R. Mitchell, B.A., M.A., M.Div. - 2005
Assistant Professor of Bible
Stan Mitchell was born in Abilene, TX, the son of long time missionaries Loy and Donna Mitchell. He grew up in what was then Rhodesia, and returned when it became Zimbabwe to do mission work. He has also preached for the church in Glendale, California, and Borger, Texas. He has published two books, The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish, a study on the book of Proverbs, and Give the Winds a Mighty Voice, a study on our worship in song.
Kevin L. Moore, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. - 1994-96, 2003
Associate Professor of Bible and Missions
Dr. Moore is a graduate of East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions, has completed Masters-level missions courses at Abilene Christian University, holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from FHU, and has completed the Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
He and his family served sixteen years as missionaries in New Zealand. He was Missionary-in-Residence at FHU before joining the full-time Bible faculty, teaching Bible and Missions courses, and now serves as Director of Missions. He has authored three books and has had a number of articles published in brotherhood papers. He serves as co-sponsor of Missions Group and conducts annual campaigns to New Zealand.
Kippy L. Myers, B.A., M.A., M.A., Ph.D. - 1998
Professor of Philosophy and of Bible
Dr. Myers began teaching at FHU in 1998. Before that, he was in full-time ministry in Texas and taught at Brown Trail School of Preaching, International Bible College, University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the University of North Alabama. He has written many articles in journals associated in churches of Christ and was Associate Editor of The World Evangelist. He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Society of Christian Philosophers and the co-sponsor of the West Tennessee Collegium of Philosophy and Theology.
Wade E. Osburn, B.A., M.L.I.S., M.Div. – 2002
Library Director; Assistant Professor
Mr. Osburn teaches our Introduction to Graduate Studies course. Because of the emphasis in this class on research, Osburn's library experience makes him a good instructor for this material.
Justin M. Rogers, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. – 2010
Assistant Professor of Bible
Rogers received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Freed-Hardeman University. He received his Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, OH. He preaches for the Broad Street Church of Christ in Lexington, TN.
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