Faculty Activities

Our faculty are busy on and off campus, contributing to the church, the academy and the community in various ways. Here are some of their recent accomplishments.

Stephen Ahearne-Kroll
Associate Professor of New Testament


“The Scripturally Complex Presentation of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark,” Portraits of Jesus: Studies in Christology, edited by Susan E. Myers; WUNT II; Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2012.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Publically Solidifying the Memories of Private Dreams and Visions in Ancient Religion,” The Stuff that Dreams are Made of: The Interpretation, Divination and Use of Dreams in Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Tenth Annual Conference of the Midwest Consortium on Ancient Religion, Ohio State University, Feb. 25, 2012.


The Stuff that Dreams are Made of: The Interpretation, Divination and Use of Dreams in Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Tenth Annual Conference of the Midwest Consortium on Ancient Religion, Ohio State University, Feb. 24-26, 2012.

Church and popular lectures

“Jesus and the Early Church,” Westerville Community UCC, May 2012.

Judith Craig
Visiting Professor in the Dickhaut Chair of Church Leadership, and Bishop in Residence

Church and popular lectures

Sing a New Song, reconciling event for the United Methodist Church, Aug. 31, 2011.

Study of Romans, Retreat for Central States Moravian Women, Oct. 24-25, 2011.

Leadership event for Lansing District, West Michigan Conference, Nov. 19, 2011.

Jeffrey Jaynes
Professor in the Warner Chair of Church History


African Christians, Christians visiting Africa: the Early Modern Narrative Cosmographies from Breydenbach to al-hassan Ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan [Leo Africanus],” in Die Begegnung mit Fremden in ihrer Bedeutung für das Geschichtsbewusstsein, edited by Betina Braun and Judith Becker, Veröffentlichung des Instituts für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz Beiheft 88, 2012.


Faculty seminar participant, “German Church Complicity and the Holocaust,” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C., June 2012.

John Kampen
Professor in the Dunn Chair of Biblical Interpretation


“‘Torah’ and Authority in the Major Sectarian Rules Texts from Qumran,” in The Scrolls and Biblical Traditions: Proceedings of the Seventh Meeting of the IOQS in Helsinki (edited by George J. Brooke, Daniel K. Falk, Eibert J. C. Tigchelaar and Molly M. Zahn; STDJ 103; Leiden: Brill, 2012).

Academic lectures and presentations

Response to Gerbern S. Oegema, “Was the Maccabean Revolt an Apocalyptic Movement?” Enoch Seminar, Nangeroni Meeting, Villa Cagnola, Gazzada, Italy, June 25-28, 2012.

Paul Kim
Professor of Hebrew Bible in the Williams Chair of Biblical Studies


Review of Exile as Forced Migrations: A Sociological, Literary, and Theological Approach on the Displacement and Resettlement of the Southern Kingdom of Judah by John J. Ahn, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 74, 2012.

“Re-reading the Adam and Eve Story,” United Methodists in Service, March/April 2012.

“Heroines in Exodus,” United Methodists in Service, May/June 2012.

Church and popular lectures

“Heaven on Earth,” sermon on Acts 4:32-35, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Columbus, April 15, 2012.

“God’s Face,” sermon on Acts 3:12-19 and Psalm 4, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Columbus, April 22, 2012.

“Ministers of Our God,” sermon on Psalm 66 and John 14:15-21, Boulevard Presbyterian Church, Upper Arlington, May 29, 2011.

Sarah Heaner Lancaster
Professor in the Werner Chair of Theology


“Issues Facing Ecumenism: A Perspective from the World Council of Churches,” in Ecumenical Directions in the United States Today: Churches on a Theological Journey, edited by Antonios Kireopolous and Juliana Mercera, Paulist Press, 2012.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Eucharist and Soteriology,” Theology, Eucharist, and Ministry Conference, United Theological School, Dayton, May 17, 2012.


Drafting group, World Council of Churches Faith and Order Ecclesiology Working Group, the Ecumenical Institute of Bossey, Celigny, Switzerland, Dec. 10-11, 2011.

World Council of Churches Faith and Order Standing Commission, Penang, Malaysia, June 18-22, 2012.

Church and popular lectures

Presentation on revision of World Council of Churches Faith and Order ecclesiology document to National Council of Churches Executive Committee, Consultation on Ecclesiology, Chicago, Nov. 10, 2011.

Linda A. Mercadante
Professor of Theology in the Straker Chair of Historical Theology


“Theology of Trauma,” Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2011.

“Unfettered Belief, Untethered Practice: Thinking Theologically about ‘Spiritual but not Religious,’” Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, 2010-11.

Awards and appointments

Chair, Coordinating Committee, Religious Conversions Program Unit, American Academy of Religion, 2008-present.

Paul Numrich
Professor in the Snowden Chair for the Study of Religion and Interrreligious Relations


Review of Exploring the Spirituality of the World Religions: The Quest for Personal, Spiritual and Social Transformation by Duncan S. Ferguson, Theology Today, January 2012.

Academic lectures and presentations

Organized and presented at session of Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Montreal.

“Christian Sensitivity in Interreligious Relations,” faculty lecture, MTSO, May 10, 2012.

“The Scope of Buddhist Influence in American History and Culture,” presentation at the 26th General Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists, Yeosu, Korea, June 13, 2012.

Taught Summer Sampler at Trinity Lutheran Seminary on the topic of world religions.


Reviewed manuscript for Social Forces Journal.

Reviewed project proposal for United States Institute of Peace.


Faith and Order Commission, Ohio Council of Churches.

Ramadan Iftar Dinner, sponsored by Scioto Educational Foundation and Students for Dialogue (OSU), Columbus.

Interfaith Association of Central Ohio open house at Masjid Al-Urooj, Dublin, Ohio.

Church of the Brethren Ministerial Ethics Training, Peoria, Ill.

Met with representative of OhioHealth regarding local religious diversity and implications for health care.

Met with leaders of local congregation regarding programming in science/religion and interreligious relations.

Awards and appointments

Appointed to editorial board of Journal of Global Buddhism.

Scioto Educational Foundation Award for Excellence in Dialogue, Academic Institutions category, at 7th Annual Dialogue Dinner, Columbus.

Church and popular lectures

Led workshop for Certified Lay Ministers Academy, West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.

“Muslims in America,” series of three Sunday presentations, Trinity UMC, Columbus, Spring 2012.

M. Fulgence Nyengele
Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling in the Chryst Chair in Pastoral Theology

Academic lectures and presentations

Panelist, “Toward a Global United Methodist Theological Imagination: Challenges, Prospects, Possibilities,” and invitation-only consultation of 10 United Methodist scholars, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Ill., April 15-16, 2012.

Workshop presentation: “Challenges of Postcolonial Trauma for Pastoral Theology for the 21st Century,” Society for Pastoral Theology Annual Study Conference, Long Beach, Calif., June 14, 2012.


United Methodist Committee on Faith and Order, Nashville, March 11-13, 2012.

Pastoral Care Advisory Committee, OSU Wexner Medical Center, May 2, 2012.

Society for Pastoral Theology Annual Study Conference, Long Beach, Calif., June 14-16, 2012.

Church and popular lectures

“Living Generously,” sermon, Maple Grove United Methodist Church, Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 7, 2011.

Presided at Holy Communion; Ebenezer United Methodist Church; Columbus, Ohio; Dec. 4, 2011.

“Men Under Construction,” sermon, Men’s Day Celebration at First AME Zion Church, Columbus, March 25, 2012.

“The Transforming Power of Forgiveness,” sermon, Good Friday Worship Service, Northland Cluster of United Methodist Churches, Columbus, Ohio, April 6, 2012.

Sermon:  “Men Striving to Be Faithful to their Calling in Christ,” Men’s Day Celebration at Hilltop United Methodist Church, Columbus, April 29, 2012.

Joon-Sik Park
Professor in the E. Stanley Jones Chair of World Evangelism


“Ecclesiology,” The Wesleyan Studies Project – Methodist Evangelism (curriculum and video series), edited by Laceye Warner, Washington, D.C., Wesley Ministry Network, 2011.

Review of A Protestant Theology of Passion: Korean Minjung Theology Revisited by Volker Küster, International Bulletin of Missionary Research 35, no. 2, 2011.

Review of Eschatology and Ecology: Experiences gof the Korean Church by Paul Hang-Sik Cho, International Bulletin of Missionary Research 35, no. 3, 2011.

“Korean Protestant Christianity: A Missiological Reflection,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research, April 2012.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Korean Protestant Christianity: A Missiological Reflection on Its Past, Present, and Future,” American Society of Missiology, Chicago, June 19, 2011.


Study Committee on the Worldwide Nature of the United Methodist Church, Chicago, June 28-July 1, 2011.

General Board of Discipleship Board of Directors Meeting, Nashville, July 19-22, 2011.

American Society of Missiology Board of Directors Meeting, Chicago, Nov. 11-12, 2011.

General Conference of the United Methodist Church, Tampa, April 24-May 4, 2012.

Church and popular lectures

“Who Do You Say I Am?” sermon, Bethel International UMC, Columbus, July 11, 2011.

“‘So I Send You’: A Missional Church,” sermon, Sanmaru Korean Methodist Church, Seoul, Korea, Aug. 14, 2011.

“A Community of Healing and Wholeness,” sermons, Quad Cities Korean UMC, Bettendorf, Iowa, Sept. 9-11, 2011.

“The Worldwide Nature of the UMC,” presentation, East Ohio Chapter of the Methodist Federation for Social Action, Canton, Oct. 22, 2011.

“Watchful Waiting,” sermon, Harpster UMC, Harpster, Dec. 11, 2011.

“Seek First God’s Kingdom and Righteousness,” sermon, Living Water Ministry, Cincinnati, Feb. 5, 2012.

“The Worldwide Nature of the UMC,” presentation, West Ohio Delegation to the General and Jurisdictional conferences, Tipp City, March 3, 2012.

Robin Knowles Wallace
Professor in the Taylor Chair of Church Worship and Music


Review of Recovering the Love Feast: Broadening Our Eucharistic Celebrations by Paul Fike Stutzman, Homiletic 36:2, 2011.

Review of Music and the Wesleys, edited by Nicholas Temperley and Stephen Banfield, and The Lyrical Theology of Charles Wesley: A Reader by S.T. Kimbrough Jr., in Methodist History, April 2011.

Edited The Hymn, Winter and Spring 2012 issues.

Academic lectures and presentations

Taught three classes in Certified Lay Pastors’ Training Course, a joint project of the Central Southeast Association of Ohio of the United Church of Christ and the Presbytery of the Scioto Valley of the Presbyterian Church (USA), April 21, May 19 and June 16, 2012.

“Worship and Eucharist,” presentation at “Theology, Eucharist, and Ministry,” United Theological Seminary, Dayton, May 17, 2012.


Executive Committee of the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada, Dallas, Nov. 2-5, 2011.

“Music That Makes Community,” Valparaiso University Institute of Liturgical Studies, April 16, 2012.

Church and popular lectures

Sermon, North Congregational UCC, Nov. 6, 2011.

Workshop leader, Exploration 2011, sponsored by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry/Young Seminarians Network, St. Louis, Nov. 11-13, 2011.

Choir director, ordination of Jean Feeney at North Congregational UCC, Columbus, May 12, 2012.

Lisa Withrow
Professor in the Dewire Chair of Christian Leadership
Associate Academic Dean


Editor and contributor, Alienation and Connection: Suffering in a Global Age, Lexington Books, November 2011.

Co-editor (guest), “Women and Leadership,” Journal of Religious Leadership, Spring 2012.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Ecology of Vocation,” co-presenter, Academy of Religious Leadership, Seattle, April 2012.


Participant, Association of Theological Schools Committee on Race and Ethnicity, Pittsburgh, March 2-4, 2012.

Awards and appointments

Named guest editor of Journal of Religious Leadership, 2011-12.

Church and popular lectures

Guest speaker and retreat leader, Episcopal Diocese Clergy Convocation, Syracuse, N.Y., October 2011.

“Getting Along with Neighbors,” Habitat for Humanity, Delaware, Ohio, Feb. 14, 2012.

Consultation, conflict management tools, Akron First UMC, April 2012.

Yvonne Zimmerman
Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics


“Christianity and Human Trafficking,” Religion Compass, October 2011.

Academic lectures and presentations

Panelist, “The Role of Religious Institutions in Combating Human Trafficking,” the Protection Project’s Sixth Annual Symposium on Trafficking in Persons. The theme of the symposium was “The Five Elements of Civil Society: A New Approach to Participation in Combatting Trafficking in Persons.” Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., Oct. 7, 2011.


American Academy of Religion, November 2011.

Society of Christian Ethics, January 2012.

Church and popular lectures

“Re-Examining Our Sexual Ethics,” Summit on 16th UMC, Jan. 19, 2012.