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 activities beyond the classroom.

Valerie Bridgeman
Associate Professor of Homiletics and Hebrew Bible


“What Will We Say to Our Children?” Sojourners, Feb. 16, 2016.

Contributor to No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice, ed. Chris Doucot and Shannon Craigo-Snell. Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming.

“‘I Will Make Boys Their Leaders’: Rhetorical Use of Children in Lovelace,” in Womanist Biblical Interpretation: Expanding the Discourse (a Semeia volume), forthcoming September 2016.

“‘Now You Have Struck a Rock’: Rizpah, Black Mama Trauma, and the Power of Shaming in the Face of the Powers,” in Unraveling and Reweaving Sacred Canon in Africana Womanhood: 107-117. Ed Rosetta E. Ross and Rose Mary Amenga-Etego. New York: Lexington Books, 2015.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Have You Read This Text?” “Who is at Stake? Reading the Bible with the Least Among Us” and Justice as a “Hermeneutical Lens,” Pembroke Institute, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Aug. 3-7, 2015.

“On Standing in Solidarity, Choosing, and Mentoring: The Vocational Work of Theological Education,” Louisville Institute’s Vocation of Theological Education (VTE) Fall Gathering, Oct. 11-14, 2015.

“My Great-Grandmother was Enslaved: Racial/Ethnic Consciousness in the USA,” Black Lives Matters Symposium, Xavier University, Nov. 7, 2015.

“Randall Bailey was Right All Along: In Celebration of Randall Bailey’s 25 Years in the Academy,” Society of Biblical Literature African American Biblical Hermeneutics Section in honor of Randall Bailey, 2015.

“Dancing My Way Home: Reflections on Bible and Embodied Ritual Remembrance(s),” presented as a keynote speech at the McCormick Theological Seminary Women’s History Month, March 3, 2016.

Plenary presentation on “‘Tears for Food’: The Psalms as a Resource for Emotional and Spiritual Health” and workshop on “Soul Journaling,” Sankofa Women’s Conference, Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, March 19, 2016.

Virzola Law installation as senior pastor at Lindenwood Christian Church, Memphis, April 1, 2016.

Plenary presentation on “Preaching to Matter” and workshop on “Preaching for Kin-dom Movement,” The Voice of the Prophets Conference, April 7-9, 2016.

“Preaching to Matter: Taking the Real Bodies Seriously in Preaching,” presented at  the Consultation on African American Preaching in the Academy and the Church, at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, April 11-13, 2016.

Workshop on preaching, presented for the Tuscarawas District, East Ohio Conference, United Methodist Church, April 23, 2016.


Black Theology and Leadership Institute, Princeton Theological Seminary, July 11-18, 2015.

Movement for Black Lives conference, Cleveland, July 24-26, 2015.

Co-convener and panelist, National Gathering of Black Scholars, Ferguson, Missouri, Aug. 7-9, 2015.

Plenary presenter and workshop leader, sponsored by WomanPreach! Inc., Women’s Work Preaching Workshop, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Aug. 13-15, 2015.

Consultation on Ph.D. in African American Preaching, Christian Theological Seminary, Oct. 4-5, 2015.

“Theological Educator as Vocation,” plenary address, Louisville Institute Vocation of the Theological Educator Gathering, Oct. 11-13, 2015.

Workshop presenter on prophetic preaching, inaugural Ella P. Mitchell Preaching Conference, Atlanta, Oct. 15-17, 2015.

Workshop presenter on preaching, Women of Color in Ministry Conference, Atlanta, Oct. 15-17, 2015.

American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature; presented in SBL; presided over an AAR session; Atlanta, Nov. 19-22, 2015.

Academy of Homiletics, preceded by Black Caucus, Dec. 2-5, 2015.

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Social Justice and the Black Church and Academy, Houston, Feb. 15-18, 2016.

Prophetic Activism as Ministry, April 4, 2016.

Consultation Between AA Homileticians and Working AA Pastors, Christian Theological Seminary, April 11-13, 2016.

Association of Theological Schools Mid-Career Faculty Gathering, Phoenix, April 14-17, 2016.

Church and popular lectures

Preached at First Baptist Church, Hillside, N.J., July 19, 2015.

“How Race, Sexuality, and the Holy Spirit Collide in a Congregational Setting,” East Euclid UCC, Cleveland, Aug. 1, 2015.

Preached at First Baptist Church in University Hills, Illinois, Aug. 2, 2015.

Preached at Christ the King United Church of Christ, Florissant, Missouri, Aug. 16, 2015.

Preached at First Bethel Baptist Church, Cleveland, Aug. 23, 2015.

Preached at MTSO chapel, Sept. 1, 2015.

Preached at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Sept. 6, 2015.

Vision Revival Preaching, East Euclid United Church of Christ, Sept. 10, 2015.

Preached at 150th anniversary of First Congregational UCC, Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2015.

Preached at Wesley Theological Seminary chapel, Sept. 15, 2015.

Preached on occasion of pastor’s anniversary at Antioch Baptist Church, Susan, Virginia, Sept. 20, 2015.

Filming panel presenter, Palestinian/Israeli Relationships, the Bible, and the American Church, sponsored by the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, filmed at First Congregational UCC, Washington, D.C., Oct. 8, 2015.

Women’s Day Celebration, Mount Zion Baptist Church, Cleveland, Oct. 25, 2015.

New Mount Zion Baptist Church, Women’s Day Celebration, Cleveland, Oct. 25, 2015.

Mt. Aery Baptist Church, Ma’afa Sunday, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Nov. 1, 2015.

Preached for church anniversary, Abyssinian Baptist Church, Memphis, Nov. 8, 2015.

“Litany Witness to Joy” for the installation of Pastor Troy Sanders, Atlanta, Nov. 15, 2015.

“You Are Not a Dummy: Finding Your Own Voice in Preaching,” workshop at the Festival of Young Preachers (Academy of Preachers), Lexington, Ky., Jan. 2-5, 2015.

Preached at three services, Elmwood United Presbyterian Church, East Orange, New Jersey, Jan. 10, 2016.

Leadership consultation at Elmwood United Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), East Orange, N.J., Jan. 11, 2016.

Preached at MLK Jr. Service, Fresh Waters Ministries, Austin, Texas, Jan. 17, 2016.

Open Worship, MTSO, Feb. 2, 2016.

Conversation partner with Mike Graves, Schooler Institute on Preaching, MTSO, Feb. 8-9, 2016.

“Healing the Breaches: Preaching Through Social Upheaval” and “Finding Voice,” plenary leader, Chloe’s Circle by WomanPreach! Inc., Chicago Theological Seminary, March 4-5, 2016.

Preached at 99th anniversary of Clair UMC, Columbus, March 20, 2016.

Preached at mid-day Good Friday service, St. Paul’s Baptist Church, Philadelphia, March 25, 2016.

Preached at evening Good Friday service, St. Sabina Catholic Church, Chicago, March 25, 2016.

Preached at Christ Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn., April 3, 2016.

Preached for three services and offered daylong consultation with staff at Elmwood United Presbyterian Church, Trenton, N.J., May 1-2, 2016.

Preached on Mother’s Day at First Baptist Church, Hillside, N.J., May 8, 2016.

Preached on Church Anniversary for the Historic Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, N.Y., May 15, 2016.

John Kampen
Professor in the Dunn Chair in Biblical Interpretation


“Response,” to Gerbern S. Oegema, “Was the Maccabean Revolt an Apocalyptic Movement?” in The Seleucid and Hasmonean Periods and the Apocalyptic Worldview: 95-102. Ed. Lester L. Grabbe and Gabriele Boccaccini with Jason M. Zurawski. London: Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2016.

“Wisdom, Poverty, and Non-Violence in Instruction,” in The War Scroll, Violence, War and Peace in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature: Essays in Honour of Martin G. Abegg on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday. Eds. Kipp Davis, Dorothy M. Peters, Kyung S. Baek, and Peter W. Flint. Leiden: Brill, 2016.


Official representative of Mennonite Church USA to the National Council of Churches Jewish-Christian Dialogue meeting, Philadelphia, Nov. 18, 2015.

American Schools of Oriental Research, Atlanta, Nov. 18-20, 2015.

Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta, Nov. 21-24, 2015.

Church and popular lectures

“Dangerous Inspiration,” Columbus Mennonite Church, Oct. 25, 2015.

Consultation: Rebranding of the Pines School of Graduate Studies, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Nov. 11, 2015.

“Mennonites and Jews,” adult education sessions for Cincinnati Mennonite Fellowship, Dec. 6 and 13, 2015.

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

Academic lectures and presentations

“Japanese Occupation and Biblical Exile,” Pyeongtaek University, Korea, Dec. 7, 2015.

“A Comparative Study of the Historical Aspects of Korea During the Japanese Occupation Era for a New Understanding of the Historical Contexts of the Exile” at Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society meeting, Perrysville, Ohio, March 10-11, 2016.

“Isaiah, Iconography, Images,” Richard E. Wilkin Faculty Chair lecture series, Mazza Museum, University of Findlay, March 15, 2016.

Church and popular lectures

Preached at Daechi Good Neighbors Church, Seoul, Korea, Oct. 25, 2015.

“Calling,” Methodist Theological University, International Graduate Studies of Theology Chapel, Seoul, Korea, Nov. 12, 2015.

“God’s Values,” Soongsil University, Seoul, Korea, Nov. 19, 2015.

“Positive Psychology,” workshop at Osaka Senior Citizens University, Osaka, Japan, Nov. 29, 2015.

Preached at Osaka Korean Church, Osaka, Japan, Nov. 29, 2015.

Preached at Hilliard Presbyterian Church, Hilliard, Feb. 7, 2016.

“The Bible and Spiritual Well-Being,” five-week seminar co-led with Fulgence Nyengele, First Community Church, Columbus, May 1-29, 2016.

Sarah Heaner Lancaster
Professor in the Werner Chair of Theology


Romans in the series Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2015.

Introductions and reflections for 1 and 2 Corinthians, CEB Women’s Bible, forthcoming in October 2016.

Academic lectures and presentations

“The Church: Towards a Common Vision,” in Ecumenism course at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Sept. 28, 2015.


2015 United Methodist Studies Review Committee for the Board of Ordained Ministry to review UM Studies courses at about a dozen schools. This review committee gives recommendations to the University Senate.

Church and popular lectures

Preached at Church of the Savior, Westerville, July 5, 2015. 

Denise Lewis
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling


Co-author, “Personality Disorders,” Disability Handbook, Aspen Professional Services, forthcoming in 2016. 

Church and popular lectures

Established a counseling program in partnership with Destiny Church International and Pastor Teddy Ceasar, in recognition of the lack of resources for African-American congregants and their needs. Services are offered once per week for eight weeks and are pro-bono for persons referred by Pastor Ceasar. 

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


Live Commentary on the “Religious Landscape Study” Pew Forum Report, on All Sides with Ann Fisher, 89.7 NPR News, May 12, 2015.

Interviewed for “Lessons for the Church from the Spiritual but not Religious,” by Joe Iovino, UMC.org, May 15, 2015.

Interviewed for “FUMC Guests Bring Unique Views to Town,” by Megan Quinn, Boulder Daily Camera, June 6, 2015.

Interviewed for “How to Get Millennials to Church? Houses of Worship Get Creative,” Columbus Monthly, July 2015.

“A Right Orientation,” Collegeville Institute, Bearings Online, Nov. 19, 2015.

“White Protestant Efforts to Convert Italian Americans,” Strangers in This World: Multireligious Reflections on Immigration. Ed. Hussam S. Timani, Allen G. Jorgenson, Alexander Y. Hwang. Fortress Press, 2015.

Video recorded on the theme “Fear Not! Be Not Afraid!” by the Workgroup on Constructive Theology, Nashville, for upcoming video production, April 23, 2016.

“Case Study: The Spiritual but not Religious Movement,” The Macmillan Handbook on Religion, Vol. 2: Social Religion: Historical Consciousness and the Social Sciences, May 2016.

“Spiritual Compass: SBNR? Let’s Talk,” Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum, Vol. 44:2.

Manuscript reviewer, Religions. Topic: Addiction, Ethics and Theology.

Interviewed by Charles Cotherman for Ph.D. dissertation/book on women who migrated through evangelicalism and beyond, passing through L’Abri and Regent College.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Pastoral Care with SBNRs,” keynote speaker and seminar leader, American Association of Pastoral Counselors Winter Event, Chicago, Oct. 23-24, 2015.

Keynote speaker, Faith in Culture Institute, Wycliffe Institute, University of Toronto, Nov. 5, 2015.

“Understanding the Rise in SBNR and Why It Matters,” Anglican Women’s Event keynote, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, Nov. 7, 2015.

“SBNRs and Mysticism,” American Academy of Religion, Mysticism Section, Nov. 22, 2015.

“Spirituality and Belief for SBNRs,” the Hines Center for Spirituality, Houston, March 17, 2016.

“Case Study: Beliefs in the SBNRM,” Rice University conference on the SBNR new religious movement, Houston, March 18-20, 2016.

“Belief without Borders,” Burchenal Lecture, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, April 11, 2016.


Traverse City Film Festival, Friend of the Festival, July 28-Aug. 2, 2015.

American Academy of Religion, Nov. 20-24, 2015.

Church and popular lectures

Keynote speaker, seminar, Metro Area Clergy Association, Columbus, May 4, 2015.

Presentation, PCUSA Clergy Women, May 6, 2015.

Presentation, “Sacred Bites,” First UMC, Boulder, Colorado, May 19, 2015.

Worship leader and preacher, First UMC, Boulder, Colorado, May 24, 2015.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Virginia Synod, “Getting Clear on Ministry to SBNRs,” seminars and work sessions for pastoral two-day Event, Virginia Beach, Oct. 13-14, 2015.

“Cuba Today and Tomorrow,” keynote speaker, Worthington International Friends Association, Worthington, Oct. 28, 2015.

“Sin and Addiction: Conceptual Enemies or Fellow Travelers?” video presentation, Recovery from Addiction Conference, University of Chester, United Kingdom, Nov. 2-3, 2015.

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

Academic lectures and presentations

“Mapping the Civic Engagement of Selected Immigrant Religious Groups in America,” (on a panel based on 2007 co-authored book), XXI World Congress of International Association for the History of Religions, Erfurt, Germany, August 2015.

“Sacred Assemblies under the Same Roof: How Groups Share Common Space for Religious Purposes,” Religion and the Social Sciences Section, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 2015.


American Academy of Religion, November 2015.

Led two sessions on Islam with an adult study group at Old Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbus.

Church and popular lectures

Presentation, Third Annual Day of Ahimsa (Non-Violence) Celebration, Jain Center of Central Ohio, Oct. 3, 2015.

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

Academic lectures and presentations

“Reclaiming a Marginalized Voice: Ubuntu as a Resource for Postcolonializing Practical Theology,” Practical Theology Group, American Academy of Religion, Nov. 21, 2015.


American Academy of Religion, Nov. 21-24, 2015.

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

Academic lectures and presentations

“Missional Church: A Missio-Ecclesial Reflection,” Washington Conference on Ministry, Washington, D.C., Aug. 10, 2015.


Course of Study Directors Meeting, Nashville, Sept. 22-24, 2015.

Ryan Schellenberg
Assistant Professor of New Testament

Academic lectures and presentations

“Mutualism or Charity? Locating Paul’s Economic Program,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Nov. 21, 2015.

Church and popular lectures

“Paul the Prisoner,” presentation to Delaware Ministerial Association, Delaware, Nov. 4, 2015.

Sermon response, “The New Jerusalem,” Columbus Mennonite Church, Columbus, Oct. 25, 2015.

Timothy L. Van Meter
Associate Professor in the Alford Chair of Christian Education and Youth Ministry

Academic lectures and presentations

“Cultivating Prophetic Hope,” The Good Earth: Creation and Ministry in an Ecological Age, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, June 7-10, 2015.

“Cultivating Ecological Hope and Commitment” plenary panel presentation, Religious Education Association Conference, Nov. 7, 2015.


“Through Hispanic Eyes,” Hispanic Summer Program, Emory University, Atlanta, June 21-24, 2015.

Executive Board Meeting, Hispanic Summer Program, San Antonio, Oct. 14-16, 2015.

Design meeting for Midwest Initiative, Faith and Ecology (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary), Jan. 3-5, 2016.

Led Wabash visit: Duke Divinity School and Wake Forest Divinity School, Feb. 1, 2016.

Led Wabash visit: Princeton Theological Seminary and Drew Divinity School, Feb. 22, 2016.

Awards and appointments

Awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

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


Editor, Summer 2015, Autumn 2015 and Winter 2016 issues of The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song.

“Hymns in Periodical Literature,” The Hymn 66:2, 19-20.

Articles on Arthur G. Clyde, Wesley Lee Forbis, Ruth Ellis Messenger, co-written with Carlton R. Young, Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology. Carlton R. Young, USA ed., J. R. Watson and Emma Hornby, eds.

“Singing the Psalms in Lent,” Worship, Music and Ministry: A Journal of the United Church of Christ Musicians Association 14:2 (Winter 2016), 20-22.

Academic lectures and presentations

“Congregational Singing and Everyday Life: Results of a Survey,” Cambridge 2015 International Hymn Conference, July 30, 2015.

“A Methodology for Seminary Students: Congregational Musicking as Local Theology,” Contemporary Christian Music, Ripon College, United Kingdom, Aug. 6, 2015.

Baptism and Communion, all-day workshop for residents-in-ministry, East Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, North Canton, Oct. 15, 2015.

Worship and Music in the Interim, all-day workshop for interim ministry working group, Christian Churches in Ohio (Disciples of Christ) and Ohio Conference United Church of Christ, Delaware, Oct. 19, 2015.


Executive Committee of the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada, July 11, 2015.

Editorial Advisory Board of the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada, chair, July 12, 2015.

Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada annual conference, introducer at three sessions, July 12-16, 2015.

Cambridge 2015 International Hymn Conference, July 26-Aug. 1, 2015.

Contemporary Christian Music (conference), Ripon College, United Kingdom, Aug. 4-7, 2015.

Executive Committee of the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada, Richmond, Virginia, Nov. 2-6, 2015.

Lisa Withrow
Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor in the Dewire Chair of Christian Leadership


Website Review, McKinsey & Co. (www.mckinsey.com), Journal of Religious Leadership, Vol. 14:2, Fall 2015.

Review of Looking and Learning: Visual Literacy across the Disciplines (New Directions for Teaching and Learning book series), ed. Deandra Little, Peter Felten and Chad Perry Number 141, Spring 2015. Reviewed for Reflective Teaching, a Wabash online journal, Aug. 9, 2016.

Academic lectures and presentations

Presentation on Innovation and Imagination to ATS working groups, Pittsburgh, Feb. 19, 2016.


Consultant for Carey Theological College, Vancouver, Canada, September 2015.

American Academy of Religion, Nov. 21-24, 2015.

Association of Theological Schools, School for New Deans, Dec. 14-16, 2015.

Wabash visitations with Tim Van Meter and Ryan Schellenberg (Duke, Wake Forest, Princeton, Drew), Feb. 1 and 22, 2016.

Deans’ Colloquy sponsored by Wabash Center, March 2-6, 2016.

Church and popular lectures

“Conflict in the Church,” keynote at United Church of Christ day retreat, April 20, 2015.

Preaching and consultation, Wooster UMC, Sept. 20, 2015.

Local church conflict consultation, East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, Oct. 25, 2015.

Seminary conflict consultation, Vancouver, Canada, Oct. 27, 2015.

Taught conflict management training workshop, Mid-Ohio District Leadership Institute, East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, Nov. 7, 2015.

Led workshop for leadership of St. Paul AME Church, Columbus, Jan. 23, 2016. 

Yvonne Zimmerman
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Academic lectures and presentations

“Making Room for Other Dreams of Freedom,” Human Trafficking Center Fall Speaker Series, University of Denver, Oct. 28, 2015.

“Who’s a Sinner; Who’s a Slave? Sex Trafficking and the Rescue Industry,” panelist with Amey Victoria Adkins and Letitia Campbell, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting: Women and Religion Section, Atlanta, Nov. 24, 2015.

“Queer Theory and Human Trafficking,” panelist for the LGBT and Queer Studies Interest Group, Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, Jan. 9, 2016.

“Missing in Action: The Disappearance of Progressive Christianity in the Movement to End Human Trafficking,” faculty lecture, MTSO, Feb. 16, 2016.


American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, 2015.

Society of Christian Ethics Annual Meeting, 2016.