Jay T. Smith
President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics
Ph.D., Trinity College University of Bristol
Dr. Smith has taught at Howard Payne University, Baylor University, and the United States Naval Academy. He is the co-author with Stanley Grenz of The Pocket Dictionary of Ethics (IVP 2003) and Created for Community Revised Edition (Baker Academic 2015). Jay loves to hike, compose music, and write about Jesus. He roots for the Baylor Bears and Howard Payne Yellowjackets.
Provost and Professor of Biblical and Ministerial Studies
Ph.D., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Fowler has taught at Howard Payne University, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (as a grad student), the San Antonio Center of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the San Antonio campus of Wayland Baptist University. Bill loves to fish and talk about Jesus. Bill is a San Antonio Spurs fan.
E. Scott Hamilton
Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling
Ph.D., Walden University
Dr. Hamilton is a clinically trained pastoral counselor. His research interests come to fruition at the intersection of spirituality, psychology, and existential theology. Having pastored in Texas and Maryland, he runs and bikes extensively and enjoys hiking, throwing clay, and woodworking. Dr. Hamilton, his father, and two daughters are all graduates of Howard Payne University.
Betsy Gaines Quammen
Professor of World Religions and Culture
Ph.D. candidate, Montana State University
Ms. Quammen has tremendous experience in world religions and environmental conservation as founder of the Tributary Fund. Additionally, Betsy is an expert on the topics of science and religion, as well as religion and literature. Betsy loves her husband David and her dogs. She enjoys snow skiing and mountain climbing, and roots for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Professor of Theology and Philosophy
Ph.D., Baylor University
Dr. Wilmington has taught at Baylor University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. He is the author of A Pregnant Silence: Negative Theology and Virtues Ethics (forthcoming, Fortress Press). Through interdisciplinary work in contemporary and medieval theology, music, and ethics, David explores creative ways to help train people as faithful improvisers of the Gospel. He loves soccer, hiking, playing saxophone, and jazz evangelization.
Rabbi Ed Stafman
Lecturer in Judaism and Social Justice
Ph.D. studies, University of Florida; J.D., Florida State University
Ed Stafman is spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman, Montana. Prior to becoming a rabbi, he was a trial lawyer for 25 years focusing on civil rights and death penalty cases.
Professor of Theology and Old Testament
Ph.D. candidate, Baylor University
Rachel Toombs’ research interests intersect theology, biblical studies, and literature with a specific interest in Flannery O’Connor, philosophical hermeneutics/theological interpretation, and how reading shapes our theological imagination. Rachel is married to Lance with two sweet pit rescues, Eowyn and Rosie.
Lecturer in Discipleship and Spirituality
M.Div., Regent College
Mr. Desper has taught in both the high school and college settings. Surrendering to ministry in the late 1990s, Brett was ordained in the Vineyard Movement in 2005. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Ministry.
Lecturer in Theology and Adventure
M.A., Luther Seminary
Mr. Green’s primary areas of research are in dogmatic theology, metaphysics, and phenomenology, with a particular interest in the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Lance is an avid cyclist, mountain biker, and outdoorsman. Lance’s ultimate dream is to read Christian mystics while ascending a mountain.