Faculty


(Back row, left to right) Dr. Warren Johnson, Dr. Rick Johnson Dr. John L. Harris,
(Front row) Dr. Jennifer Bashaw, Dr. Jeph Holloway, and Dr. Thomas Sanders.
(Not pictured: Dr. Lynn New, Dr. Jerry L. Summers)


Jennifer G. Bashaw, Ph.D.
Dr. Bashaw holds the rank of Assistant Professor at East Texas Baptist University. She has an earned M. Div. from George W. Truett Theological Seminary and a Ph. D. in Theology (New Testament) from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Her dissertation compares the martyr rhetoric of the Gospel of Matthew with the letters of Ignatius of Antioch using René Girard’s theory of sacred violence. Dr. Bashaw’s research interests include narrative criticism of the Gospels, biblical interpretation, religion and pop culture, and women in the Bible and the church. Dr. Bashaw is a member of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion and is active in the Society of Biblical Literature.  She is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church and has served as children’s minister, youth minister, and associate pastor in various Baptist churches in Texas and California.


John L. Harris, Ph.D.
Dr. Harris holds the rank of Professor at East Texas Baptist University. He also serves as the Dean of the School of Christian Studies. He has an earned M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, concentrating in the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, and archaeology. He also has done additional graduate study at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. His teaching experience includes five years at the graduate level and 20 years at the undergraduate level. Dr. Harris’ academic contributions include more than twenty-three publications and presentations. Since 1980, his ministry experiences include serving in the positions of pastor, associate pastor, single adult pastor, interim pastor, youth minister, and university minister.


Jeph Holloway, Ph.D. 
Dr. Holloway holds the rank of Professor at East Texas Baptist University. He has an earned M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, focusing in the field of Christian ethics. He has done additional graduate study at Duke University and Columbia Theological Seminary. He has taught at both undergraduate and undergraduate levels. His most recent publication is The Poetics of Grace: Christian Ethics as Theodicy: Volume 1, The Hope of God’s Calling (Cascade Books, 2013). Since 1978, his ministry experiences include serving in the positions of youth minister, assistant pastor, interim pastor, and pastor.


Rick L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Dr. Johnson holds the rank of Professor at East Texas Baptist University. He has an earned M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, concentrating in the field of Old Testament. He has also done additional graduate study at the University of Texas at Arlington, Brown University, Rice University, Wayland Baptist University, and Eberhard Karls Universitat, Tubingen, Germany. His teaching experiences include 16 years at the graduate level (M.Div. and Ph.D. levels) and 20 years at the undergraduate level. Dr. Johnson’s academic contributions include 80 publications and presentations. Since 1971, his ministry experiences include serving in the positions of youth minister, assistant pastor, and interim pastor.


R. Warren Johnson, Ph.D.
Dr. Johnson holds the rank of Professor at East Texas Baptist University. He has an earned M.Div. and Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, concentrating in the field of New Testament. His teaching experiences include four years at the graduate level and 14 years at the undergraduate level. Dr. Johnson’s academic contributions include 24 presentations and publications. Since 1993, his ministry experiences include serving as pastor, interim pastor, and education minister. While at ETBU Dr. Johnson has conducted five travel-study experiences to Greece and Turkey.


Lynn New, Ph.D. 
Dr. New holds the rank of Professor at East Texas Baptist University. He has an earned M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a M.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, focusing in the field of psychology. His teaching experiences include 27 years in higher education. His academic contributions include 16 presentations and publications. Dr. New’s ministry experiences include serving at the National Chung Gung University, Tainan, Taiwan.


Thomas  Sanders, Ph.D.
Dr. Sanders holds the rank of Associate Professor and Assistant Provost at East Texas Baptist University. He serves He has an earned doctorate Ph.D. from Dallas Baptist University. His dissertation and ongoing research is in children and their conversion experiences and the ways boys and girls construct meaning related to the language of faith. Dr. Sanders serves on the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Theological Education and Spiritual Formation and as Children’s and Family Editor for Christian Education Journal. He has authored or co-authored five books, several of which are textbooks in the field, as well as contributing to the field of spiritual formation and Christian education through 9 academic articles and presentations. Along with his academic experiences, Sanders speaks as conferences like D6, Conclave, and Children’s Pastor’s Conference and has served as director of Childhood Ministry Publishing, LifeWay Christian Resources and minister to children, youth, and their families at Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, TX, Hyde Park Baptist Church, Austin, TX, and First Baptist Church, Waco, TX.


Jerry L. Summers, Ph.D.
Dr. Summers holds the rank of Professor at East Texas Baptist University.  He also serves as the Dean of the School of  Humanities.  He has an earned M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. with a major in college teaching and history from the University of North Texas. He also has done additional graduate study at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford. His teaching experience includes two years at the graduate level and 25 years at the undergraduate level.  His academic contributions include 37 presentations and publications.  Dr. Summers also authored Sam B. Hall, Jr.: Whatever is Right (2005), a biography published by East Texas Baptist University and Best of East Texas Press. His ministry experiences include serving as the Baptist Student Union Director, Mitchell-Scurry Baptist Association, Western Texas College, Snyder.