Earn Your Divinity Degree from Brilliant Minds, Humble Peacemakers, Ethical Leaders

The Yellowstone Theological Institute faculty brings together bright, reverent, impassioned scholars and educators with diverse sets of spiritual and Christian beliefs in order to foster productive dialogue and reexamine the way we can serve the world.

Our faculty members seek to challenge one another in love and with grace, as we each pursue as individuals the characteristics which strengthen and bring light to our organization as a whole.

Yellowstone Theological Institute Faculty

Dr. Jay Smith

Jay T. Smith

President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

Ph.D., Trinity College University of Bristol
D.Min., Carey Theological College
Th.M., Regent College, Vancouver, B.C.
M.Div., Truett Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Dr. Smith has taught at Howard Payne University, Baylor University, and the United States Naval Academy. A published author, he and Stanley Grenz co-created The Pocket Dictionary of Ethics (IVP, 2003) and Created for Community Revised Edition (Baker Academic, 2015).

A conversation with Jay reveals his passions for literature and adventure. He loves to hike, compose music, and write about Jesus. Jay roots for the Baylor Bears and Howard Payne Yellowjackets.

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Dr. Scott Hamilton

E. Scott Hamilton

Lecturer in Pastoral Care & Counseling and Academic Administrator

Ph.D., Walden University
Th.M., Brite Divinity School
M.Div., George W. Truett Theological Seminary
B.A., Howard Payne University
A.A.S., Vernon College

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 before joining the faculty of YTI, he now 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.

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Dr. Bill Fowler

Bill Fowler

Church Relations and Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology

Ph.D., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
M.Div., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
B.A., Howard Payne College

Dr. Bill Fowler brings his deep authenticity of relationship and appreciation for the power of God’s love to Yellowstone Theological Institute. He taught previously at Howard Payne University, the San Antonio Center of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the San Antonio Campus of Wayland Baptist University, and as a graduate student, at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Bill loves to fish and talk about Jesus; he also loves to root for the San Antonio Spurs.

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Dr. David Wilmington

David Wilmington

Professor of Theology and Philosophy

Ph.D., Baylor University
M.T.S., Duke University Divinity School
B.A., Music Performance

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.

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Rachel Toombs

Rachel Toombs

Professor of Theology and Old Testament

Ph.D., Baylor University
M.A., Regent College
B.A., Bethel University

Dr. 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.

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Brett Desper

Brett Desper

Lecturer in Discipleship and Spirituality

D.Min. in process, George Fox University
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.

Lance Green

Lance Green

Lecturer in Theology and Adventure

Ph.D. in process, University of St. Andrews
M.A., Luther Seminary
B.A., Trinity Lutheran College

Mr. Green’s primary areas of research are in dogmatic theology and metaphysics, with a particular interest in the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Martin Heidegger. Currently, Lance is a Ph.D. student in Theology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Lance is an avid cyclist and outdoorsman, believing books are best read atop a mountain.

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