Religion Faculty & Staff

John L. Harris, Ph.D.                                                   
Dean of the School of Christian Studies
Religion Professor -Old Testament & Hebrew     903.923.2180    

Favorite Scripture: John 10:27–30 (NRSV)
27 "My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”


Jennifer G. Bashaw, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor - New Testament  903.923.2179     

Favorite Scripture - Matthew 22:36–40 (NRSV)
36 “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”


Elijah M. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Missions   903.923.2186

Favorite Scripture -Matthew 6:10 (NRSV)
10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.


Jeph Holloway, Ph.D. 
Professor - Theology, Philosophy & Christian Ethics    903.923.2185

Favorite Scripture - Ephesians 2:10 (NRSV)
10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.


Rick L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor - Practical Theology & Old Testament   903.923.2183

Favorite Scripture -Psalm 23:1–6 (NRSV)
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; 3  he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. 4  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.


R. Warren Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor - Greek & New Testament   903.923.2182

Favorite Scripture - Philippians 3:20 (NRSV)
20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.




Thomas Sanders, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - Church Education   903.923.2075

Favorite Scripture - Isaiah 6:8 (NRSV)
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”



Debra A. Summers
Administrative Secretary
B.A. in Business, Baylor University    903.923.2180

Favorite Scripture - Ephesians 3:16–21 (NRSV)
16 I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.