MA Program in Religious Studies

Overview

Overview

The Master of Arts in Religious Studies offered by Wake Forest University’s Department for the Study of Religions provides students an opportunity to forge a unique, creative, and rigorous program of study. The degree can serve either as a terminal degree or as preparation for a doctoral program. It emphasizes the comparative and theoretical study of religion in its various traditions and forms. Reflecting on the teaching and research interests of the current graduate faculty in the department, the program fosters interdisciplinary approaches, offering training in traditional and contemporary theories and methods in conjunction with substantive investigations of diverse religious traditions and topics. Students are encouraged to make imaginative use of all available resources in the creation of their own distinctive programs of study. Typically, this would involve 1) a focus on a particular religious culture/region or historical period, and 2) an approach or approaches to the study of the subject area.

Ordinarily, applicants for admission into the M.A. in Religious Studies program have majored in religious studies during their undergraduate coursework. The department will consider applications from students who have majored in other social science or humanities disciplines and who have focused on the topic of religion. Admission is based on the degree of success in previous courses in religion, the clarity of the applicant’s educational goals, and the demonstrated potential for successfully engaging in graduate-level work in Religious Studies.

Religious Cultures/Regions/Historical Periods:

  • Judaism, Christianity, Islam.
  • Hinduism, Buddhism, South Asian Religions; East Asian Religions (China & Japan).
  • Near Eastern Languages and Literature, Hebrew Bible; Ancient Near East, Greco-Roman World.
  • Early, Medieval, & Modern Christianity.
  • Christian Mysticism, African Christianity, American Religious Traditions, Evangelical Christianity.
  • Contemporary Native American Culture & Religions
  • African Religions

Methodology/Approaches to the Study:

  • Comparative Religion
  • Religion and Law
  • Historical Studies
  • Ritual Studies
  • Linguistic Studies
  • Archaeological Studies
  • Textual Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Ethnography
  • Gender & Feminist Studies
  • Ethics
  • International Human Rights
  • Psychology and Religion
  • Religion and Politics
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Postcolonial Studies

Program Structure

Program Structure

The M.A. in Religious Studies is a course intensive program that requires a total of 36 hours of coursework and the submission of a portfolio in the final semester of the program. At least 12 of the 36 hours in coursework must be in courses numbered 700 or above, including “REL 700: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, which is required of all MA students, and additional 700-level graduate seminars offered in the department. The remaining 24 hours may be in courses offered at either the 600-level or 700-level.

Students must submit to a committee of 1 professor of their choice and the graduate director a final portfolio no less than a month before the end of their final semester, comprising a resume, personal statement, a selection of 3 papers (at least 1 theoretical) from any graduate-level courses they have taken during their M.A., and a 12-15 page reflection paper that discusses the trajectory, methods, and personal growth across the 3 papers and the way in which the student’s views of “religion,” broadly defined, have developed. In addition, students will present and discuss their portfolio with their committee in a meeting lasting no longer than one hour. The portfolio will be graded pass/fail (with an option to resubmit) and the committee will consider its overall presentation, clarity of expression and purpose, depth of reflection, and the student’s articulation of what they have learned through their course of study.

  1. THESIS OPTION

A Thesis Option may be pursued by students who wish to undertake substantial independent research and who are already thinking and writing in a succinct, analytical, and sophisticated manner. Permission to write a thesis to complete the M.A. in Religious Studies is dependent on submitting a thesis proposal that earns the approval of the graduate director and proposed primary thesis adviser. If no faculty member in the Department for the Study of Religions agrees to serve as Primary Adviser, then the student cannot write a thesis. Students writing a thesis must also form a thesis committee of 3 faculty (2 must come from the Department for the Study of Religions) and pass an oral defense of the thesis before the committee.

The M.A. in Religious Studies Thesis Option requires a total of 36 hours course work. At least 12 hours of coursework (not counting thesis research hours) must be in courses numbered 700 or above, and one of these courses must be “REL 700: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion.” A further 18 hours may be in courses at either the 600-level or 700-level (not counting thesis research hours). The final 6 hours are to be taken as thesis research (REL 791 and 792), typically in the final semester of study. Students who write an M.A. thesis do not submit a portfolio for graduation.

1.1 THESIS PROPOSAL

In order to write a thesis, the student must have a primary thesis adviser from the Department for the Study of Religions faculty, and a committee comprising two additional faculty in relevant areas of research (one of whom must also be a member of the Department for the Study of Religions). Students interested in writing a thesis to complete the M.A., are encouraged to seek out a primary thesis adviser before the end of their second semester in the M.A. program. To receive permission to write an M.A. thesis, the student must submit a well-researched thesis proposal in her or his third semester of study (by or before October 15th) that earns the approval of the graduate program director and the primary thesis adviser. The proposal must be 6-10 pages in length, with a clear synopsis of the thesis argument, proposed chapters, a timeline for chapter submission, and an annotated bibliography. If the student cannot demonstrate both their ability to pursue the thesis independently and that enough preparation has been done to lead to the successful completion of the thesis in the fourth semester, the advisory committee will withhold approval of the thesis option and the student will continue in the course intensive program that is the norm for the M.A. program. The decision to approve or not approve the thesis proposal will be made jointly by the Graduate Program Director and the primary thesis adviser by or before October 31st.

1.2 THESIS LENGTH AND QUALITY

The length of the thesis is to be decided between the student and the primary faculty adviser, but the department recommends no more than 100 pages. At minimum, the department expects that the thesis should be a publishable, article-length paper (35-50 pages) accompanied by substantial sources. It should be original work and can be a heavy reworking of a previous term paper or other research efforts. The thesis process culminates in an oral examination by a committee of at least three faculty members who must assess the thesis according to the normal guidelines (see Graduate Handbook).

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University’s requirements for the M.A., the Department for the Study of Religions strongly recommends and encourages proficiency in a foreign research language relating to the student’s area of study, whether ancient or modern. Proficiency is normally a minimum of two years of work in a specific language at the university level or equivalent and may include, but not limited to, the following: Hebrew, Greek, Sanskrit, Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, or Japanese. A second research language is not required, but may be advised depending on the student’s area of study and their plans after graduation (i.e., whether or not they plan on pursuing a Ph.D.). For example, students working on the Hebrew Bible, New Testament, or Sanskrit literature may be advised to learn German (the German Department offers a reading course for graduate students most summers: 001 German for Science and Humanities).

 

 

Requirements/Application

Requirements for Entrance and Graduation

 

All applicants should hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Ordinarily, applicants for admission into the MA in Religious Studies program have majored in religion or religious studies during their undergraduate coursework. Admission is based on the degree of success in previous courses in religion, the clarity of the applicant’s educational goals, and the demonstrated potential for successfully engaging in graduate-level work in Religious Studies. Applicants will not be admitted if it is likely that they lack sufficient preparation to fulfill any of the program requirements. In the rare case that a student is admitted into the program without what the Graduate Committee considers to be a well-rounded undergraduate course of study in religion, the student will be required to complete remedial coursework without graduate credit.

 

Applications

The deadline for applications to the graduate program is January 15th of each year.

All applications to our program are made through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, rather than with the Department for the Study of Religions. Do not submit your application to the department.
To apply, go to the WFU Graduate School website.

Please note in addition to:

    • Statement of Interest
    • Official Transcript
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • GRE Test Scores
With regard to the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), applicants should have, at a minimum, a score of 530 or 155 (69th Percentile) on the Verbal Reasoning; 500 or 144 (26th Percentile) on the Quantitative Reasoning; and 4.0 or above on the Analytical Writing. (Wake Forest University’s GRE institution code is 5885. There is no separate departmental code.)
  • In addition, the Department for the Study of Religions requires an 8-12 page writing sample in addition to the “Statement of Interest” that should be included with the application to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This should be a paper/essay from undergraduate work that best reflects and represents the applicant’s abilities, training, and potential for success in our program.

RPE

Religion and Public Engagement Graduate Concentration

The Department for the Study of Religions offers a Graduate Concentration in Religion and Public Engagement as part of its Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies.

M.A. in Religious Studies with a Concentration in Religion and Public Engagement
Religion and Public Engagement (RPE) Concentration is unique to Wake Forest University—the only program like it in the country. Encouraging theoretical and practical exploration at the intersection of religion and public life, the concentration is open to graduate students enrolled in the M.A. in Religious Studies Program, who want to relate their area of study to issues of public life. Students will be expected to apply their academic study to specific problems by engaging in public work through research projects, service-learning opportunities, and internships for academic credit. Internships or research projects may focus on local, state, regional, or international issues. The program has existing relationships with non-profits, governmental and non-governmental agencies in such places as Winston-Salem; Raleigh; The San Carlos Apache Reservation; Washington, DC; Chile; the Ukraine, Israel/Palestine, and South Africa. By working with professors in various specialties, students develop competence in public engagement in reciprocal collaboration with diverse communities regionally, nationally, and globally. Embracing the spirit of Pro-Humanitate, the RPE Concentration allows students to pursue their deepest interests and directs them towards community development consistent with internationally accepted standards of human rights and the highest academic standards of teaching, research and collaboration.

Graduate Students are to meet all requirements of and are subject to, the policies of the M.A. in Religious Studies. REL 700: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion is required for all M.A. students, including students completing the RPE Graduate Concentration.

As with all graduate students enrolled in the M.A. in Religious Studies, students seeking to finish with a Concentration in RPE are initially enrolled on the Course Intensive Option but can submit a thesis proposal to finish on the Thesis Option (the thesis can be on a topic independent/unrelated to RPE Concentration or it can focus on RPE; if so, then it is advised that the Primary Thesis Advisor should be a faculty member in the Department for the Study of Religions who has worked closely with the student on RPE topics).

Graduate Concentration requires 12 hours of course work, and must include:

1. REL 632: Religion and Public Engagement (Core Course) (3h)
2. Internship: REL 709: Field Program in Religion and Public Engagement (3h)

a) If the student has already completed a significant internship or held a job that intersected with issues of public life, he or she can substitute an extra elective course for the internship requirement with the approval of the Director of RPE and Graduate Program Director.

3. One Graduate Course (3h) focused on theory and its application, taken from the “Theory” group listed below (the following are given as examples and other courses may be approved by the Director of RPE and Graduate Program Director):

a) Theory: REL 605: Ethnography of Religion; REL 636: Religion and Human Rights; REL 638: Religion, Ethics, and Politics; REL 631: Religion and Law; REL 644: Religion, Poverty, and Social Entrepreneurship

4. One Elective Graduate Course (3h) from any of the following choices (other courses can be approved by the Director of RPE and Graduate Program Director). Since these are taken toward the RPE Graduate Concentration, they will also count toward the M.A. in Religious Studies degree, even if they do not have a REL designator.

a) REL 619: Feminist and Contemporary Interpretations of the Bible; REL 669: Radical Christian Movements; REL 679: Feminist and Liberation Theologies; REL 690: South Asian Women: Religion Culture and Politics; REL 648: Race, Memory and Reconciliation; REL 690: Socially and Politically Engaged Buddhism; MIN 790: Faith, Food Justice, and Local Communities; THS 621: Christianity and Public Policy; THS 624: Church and State in America; THS 625: Sexuality, Religion and the Law; THS 721: Freedom of Religion Under the Constitution; LAW 582: Non-Profit Management; LAW 601: Non-Profit Organization Law

Financial Aid

Financial Aid

Wake Forest University provides scholarships amounting to full tuition or partial tuition. In recent years the University has provided us a teaching assistantship for Near Eastern Languages and Literature.

For information pertaining to the Graduate Program in Religious Studies write:

Mary Foskett (foskettm@wfu.edu)
Graduate Program Director
Department for the Study of Religions
Box 7212
Winston-Salem, NC 27109-7212
(336) 758-5653

Wake Forest University and the Department for the Study of Religions welcomes all applications. We do not discriminate in admission or financial aid on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin

Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

2019

  • Britany Hockley
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Since graduation, she has been taking some much needed time to rest, relax, and explore the many opportunities that her degree provides. Hockley worked as a volunteer for the North Carolina Museum of Art to curate a sacred art tour. This deepened her love for museum work, so she accepted a position at the Reynolda House as a Visitor Experience Specialist. On top of museum work, she is also working on a blog that focuses on her experience with chronic illness. Through this process, she aims to advocate for other women with chronic illnesses while also creating a space for them to share their own experiences.
  • Ronald James
    • Graduated with the thesis, The Injustice of Criminal Justice: An Analysis of American Correction Through the Prism of Human Rights. James is working as a counselor at an intervention/rehabilitation center for juveniles.
  • Heather Richardson
    • Graduated on the course intensive option.
  • Preston Walker
    • Graduated with the thesis, “Otium Christianum: The Christian Reception of Traditional Roman Otium in Late Antiquity.” Preston is pursuing a PhD at Brown University in the Department of Classics.
  • Tommy Woodward
    • Graduated with the thesis, Hang ’em High: Gender, Politics, and Humor in Esther. Tommy is pursuing a PhD at Florida State University in the Department of Religion.

2018

  • Hannah James
    • Graduated with the thesis, And the Great Dragon was Thrown Down: A Historical Examination of the Protestant Stewardship Theological Principle. Hannah is pursuing a PhD at the University of Vanderbilt in the Department of Religious Studies.
  • Alainna Liloia
    • Graduated with the thesis, Enduring Tensions: The Pressures of Modernity and the Hold of Tradition in the Lives of Qatari Women. Alainna is pursuing a PhD in Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona and is a teaching assistant.

2017:

  • Chase Martin
    • Graduated with the thesis, Constructions of Masculinities Among Conservative Evangelicals in the US: Exploring How Homophobia, Sexism and Violence Are Inscribed Through Social Practices. Chase is pursuing his master’s in education at Wake Forest University.
  • Jake Whitehead
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Jake is working at Habitat for Humanity in Greensboro, NC as an administrative coordinator for construction services.
  • Hunter Keane
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Hunter is working as a program manager for an AmeriCorps program called Impact America that provides aid for families struggling with poverty in Memphis, TN.
  • Moyo Kemi-Rotimi
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Moyo is enrolled in the Business Information Systems degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Business School.

 

2016:

  • Jillian Alexander
    • Graduated on the course intensive option (Dec. 15), with a certificate in Medieval Studies.
  • Anne Donovan
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Anne is working at the American Heart Association in Greensboro, NC as a special events administrator.
  • Kathryn Harmon
    • Graduated on the course intensive option.
  • Kelsey Ostergren
    • Graduated on the course intensive option.
    • Kelsey is a Senior Community Engagement Coordinator at WIRE2NET, LLC.
  • David Priddy
    • Graduated with the thesis, Sensing the Vexations: An Embodied Reading of the Book of Job. David is working as an adjunct teaching at Campbell University in their Department of Religion and Philosophy. David is also the Interim Minister at Leaflet and Raven Rock Presbyterian.
  • Finley Trent
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Finley graduated in 2018 with her Master of Library and Information Science at UNCG.

 

2015:

  • Catherine Culbertson-Stewart
    • Graduated on the course intensive option.
  • Martha Fulton
    • Graduated with the thesis, The Impact of Medieval Debates on Modern Discussions of Abortion and Euthanasia in Islam. Martha is currently working in the libraries for Sandwich Public Schools.
  • Annie O’Brien
    • Graduated with the thesis, In the Souls of All of Us: Masculinity, White Supremacy, and the Discourse of Lynching in America. Annie is pursuing a PhD in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a teaching assistant.

2014:

  • Giancarlo Angulo
    • Graduated with the thesis, Manufacturing History and Identity: A Study on the Teacher of Righteousness, Collective Memory, and Tradition at Qumran. Giancarlo is pursuing a PhD at Florida State University in the Religions of Western Antiquity and is a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
  • Daniel McCluskey
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Daniel is an owner and operator in a family-owned business, Cape Save, in South Yarmouth, MA.
  • Jacob Prahlow
    • Graduated with the thesis, Discerning Witnesses: First and Second Century Textual Studies in Christian Authority. Jacob is the program Coordinator and Teaching Assistant at St. Louis University as well as a PhD candidate in Philosophy and Historical Theology.
  • Kevin Scott
    • Graduated with the thesis, Locust Imagery and the Problem of Genre in the Book of Joel. Kevin is a graduate teaching assistant and PhD candidate at Baylor University.
  • Chris Smith
    • Graduated with the thesis, Dispensationalism, Islamophobia, and the Mass Media in America. Chris obtained a PhD at UNC Chapel Hill and is now at Duke University Library as the Middle East Order and Receipts Specialist.
  • John Taylor
    • Graduated with the thesis, Nala As Nara, Rāja, and Yudhiṣṭhira: Masculinity, Kingship, and Dharmic Suffering In The Nalopākhyāna. John is a PhD candidate at UT Austin in Asian Cultures & Languages.
  • Gregg Vaillancourt
    • Graduated with the thesis, Margery’s Reading Communities: Literacy and Devotion in The Book of Margery Kempe. Gregg is a PhD candidate in English at Ohio State University.

 

2013:

  • Elizabeth Beckwith
    • Graduated on the course intensive option.
  • Tom Benza
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Tom is the Associate Director of Financial Aid at Wake Forest University.
  • Leslie “Trey” Frye
    • Graduated with the thesis, Divergent Divine Memories: Divine National Power, Cultural Memory, and the Deuteronomistic History of 1&2 Kings. Leslie is an Assistant Registrar at Wake Forest University.
  • Kayla Wolfe
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Kayla earned her JD at Emory School of Law in 2018.

 

2012:

  • Joshua Driscoll
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Joshua is a PhD candidate in the department of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and is a teaching assistant.
  • Bradley Johnson
    • Graduated with the thesis, Identity, Catholicism, and Lozi Culture in Zambia’s Western Province. Bradley is the Editorial Assistant for Religious Studies Review and in the PhD Religious Studies Program at Rice University.
  • Meagan Lankford Collins
    • Graduated with the thesis, Making Muslims American: CAIR’s Portrayal of American Muslims in Public Service Announcements. Meagan is currently the Operations Manager for the startup biotech company TypeZero Technologies in Virginia.
  • Jeannette Rork
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Jeannette is the Registrar and Director of Institutional Research at Salem College.
  • Nathan Shurte
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Nathan is the Senior IAM Security Administrator at Bon Secours Health System.
  • Israel Vance
    • Graduated on the course intensive option. Israel is a middle school math teacher at Sutton Middle School in Atlanta.
  • Ryan Weber
    • Graduated with the thesis, Unforgiven: The Textual Problem and Interpretation of Luke 23:34a and Anti-Judaism in the Early Church. Ryan received an MBA from University of Central Oklahoma, and is now a business analyst in MidFirst Bank’s mortgage division, Midland Mortage.
  • Stephanie Yep
    • Graduated with the thesis, A Hermeneutical Consideration of Islamic Jurisprudence on Same-Sex Acts. Stephanie is enrolled in the PhD program in West and South Asian Religions at Emory Univeristy.

 

2011

  • Eric Chalfant
    • Graduated with the thesis, Thank God I’m an Atheist: Deconversion Narratives on the Internet. Eric has obtained his PhD from Duke University in Religious Studies in Religion and Modernity.
  • Ryan Fitzgerald
    • Graduated with the thesis, Postcolonial Criticism and the Gospel of Mark: An Assessment. Ryan is a teaching assistant and PhD candidate in Biblical Studies at UT Austin.
  • Joshua Goocey
    • Graduated with the thesis, White Island in a Black Sea: An Examination of Christology and Race in a Southern Church. Joshua is a PhD candidate at Duke University in the Divinity School.
  • Sarah Lieberman
    • Graduated with the thesis, Vibia Perpetua’s Gendered Hybridity: A Critical Examination of Perpetua’s Androgynous Identity in the Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas. Sarah is enrolled in the PhD program in Religious Studies at Drew University.
  • Jonathan Williams
    • First student to enroll and finish joint M.A. in Religion and Law, dual degree with the WFU Law School. Jonathan an associate attorney at Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley and Gill, PLLC.

 

2010

  • Christy Cobb
    • Graduated with the thesis, The Motif of Lovesickness in the Acts of Paul and Thecla and the Acts of Andrew. Christy earned her PhD in Religious Studies at Drew University and is now an Assistant Professor of Religion at Wingate University.
  • Anthony DiMichele
    • Graduated with the thesis, Serving the Lord with Gladness: Situating Christian Humor in Three Historical Contexts. Anthony is a copywriter at Young & Rubicam.
  • Kathryn Elvey
    • Graduated with the thesis, God Talk: Shifting Religious Rhetoric in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Kathryn is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Plymouth State. University.
  • Christopher Lawson
    • Graduated with the thesis, Seekers No More: Historical Sources of American Voluntaryism. Christopher is the Campus Pastor of Reynolda Church in Winston-Salem. Obtained his doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary.
  • Yasmine Singh
    • Graduated with the thesis, Ghumar: Historical Narratives and Gendered Practices of Dholis in Modern Rajasthan. Yasmine is a doctoral candidate at the Religious Studies Department at Duke University, and writing her dissertation on goddess worship in rural Rajasthan, India.

2009

  • Marcus Dragas
    • “Washington in Glory”: Clerical Reflections on the Death of George Washington and the Making of a New Nation
  • Christine Foust
    • “An Alien in a Christian World”: Intolerance, Coping, and Negotiating Identity Among Atheists in the United States
  • Caroljane Roberson
    • Wolves in Lamb’s Clothing: Redeeming the Images of Catherine of Siena and Angela of Foligno
  • Emily Weston
    • The Resuscitation of St. Thomas Aquinas: Catholic Bioethics and Abortion in the United States
  • Jonathan Leidheiser-Stoddard
    • Religious Land Ideologies and Violence: Gush Emunim and Hamas

2008

  • Matthew Imboden
    •  Assessing the Oppositional Discourse in the Academic Study of Religion. Matthew  is the Assistant Director of Residence Education at Wake Forest University and Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education at UNC-Greensboro
  • Linda Randall
    • Finding Grace in the Concert Hall: Community and Meaning Among Springsteen Fans. Linda is the author of Finding Grace in the Concert Halls (2010) and teaching at Empire State College.

2007

  • Josh Carroll
    • Mark’s “Way” Motif as Informed by Deutero-Isaiah: An Intertextual Analysis of Mark 1.2-3 and 8.22-10.52
  • Nicholas Farr
    • Religious Rhetoric in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Study in Comparative Ethics
  • Adam Pelser
    • Made in the Image of Man: The Value of Christian Theology for Public Moral Discourse on Human Cloning
  • David Tolliver
    • The Essence of Wine: The Meaning of “Tirosh” in the Hebrew Bible
  • Daniel Watts
    • No Poverty in Heaven: Theology of the Poor in Bluegrass Music

2006

  • Jessica Devaney
    • A Dialogical Roadmap to Peace: Israeli and Palestinian Feminists Bridges to Peace in the Shadow of the Wall. Jessica is currently living in New York, NY, as Communications and Production Manager for critically acclaimed documentary Budrus. Jessica is also Assistant Editor/Associate Producer, Home Front Producer/Assistant Editor for Just Vision.
  • Diana Donovan
    • Elements of Emotion in the Opening Sections of the Community Rule
  • Elizabeth Story
    • Empowering Theology: The Transformation of Easter in Highland Chiapas
  • Stephanie Wheatley
    • Enemies of Freedom or Enemies of God?: A Comparative Analysis of Religious Justification for War. She is enrolled in PhD program in religion, politics, and society at Baylor University.
  • Keely Sutton
    • Women in Buddhism/Women in India. Keely is enrolled in Ph.D. program in Asian Studies at the University of Texas
  • Margaret Hurst
    • Having His Say: The Life, Work, Ethics, and Legacy of Henry B. Delany, Suffragan Bishop for Colored Work, Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, 1918-1928

2005

  • Amber Cordell
    • Debating Abortion Rites: Mizuko Kuyo In Fukuchiyama, Japan. Amber is the Program Director of Academic English and Cultural Affairs, & International Student Advisor at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.
  • Audrey Dodson
    • The Ideal King In Isaiah 7, 9, And 11. Audrey is the Assistant Director at the Richard Riley Institute at Furman University in Greenville, SC.
  • Jason Levine
    • Philo of Alexandria and Empire: A Study of Philo’s Cultural Hybridity in the Context of His Social Location
  • Quentin Pearson
    • Exploring Difference in the Pali Canon: An Examination of Ideas of Self in the Sutta-Pitaka and the Kathavatthu
  • Charles Hall
    • The Third Quest for the Historical Figure of Jesus: A Comparison of Two Key Reconstructions

2004

  • Lance Adams
    • An Examination of Logos Theology as a Source for Soteriological Doctrine and The Cross in the Writings of Justin Martyr. Lance is a youth and community development worker for two social housing estates in England.
  • Stephanie Lovett
    • Eternity In Our Minds Hevel In Qohelet As An Ontology Similar To Maya. Stephanie is teaching Latin and World Religions at Forsyth Country Day School, in Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Andrea Ogier
    • Liminal Ladies and Ambiguous Anti-Heroes: Liminality, Ambiguity, and Mediation in Judges 14-16. Andrea is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Religion and Literature at Boston College.

2002

  • Van Lo
    • For the Sake of One’s Self: A Dialogue on Self-Transformation Between New-Confucianism and Robert Kegan, and its Implications for Supervision in Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Derek Wittman
    • The Function of Warrior-Priest Imagery in 1 Maccabees
  • Sally Whelan
    • Gnostic Inner Illumination and Jungian Psychology: The Persistence of an Ancient Religious Ideal

2001

  • Ernest Koontz
    • The Jaguar in the Religions of Pre-Columbia MesoAmerica
  • James Mitchell 
    • A Comparison of the Models of Religious Experience Proposed by Lewis Rambo and James Fowler

2000

  • Camille Everhart
    • Hosea 1-3: The Marriage Metaphor and the Sanctification of Abuse. Is a defense Attorney in the Richland County, SC Public Defenders Office.
  • S. Charles Bower
    •  Alexander Campbell’s Doctrine of Salvation: The Reconciliation of Grace and Baptism
      – Today: Associate Minister at Poplar Springs Church of Christ.
  • James Sturdivant
    • Ballad Worlds and Divine Mercies: A Study of Popular Religious Belief as Encountered in Folklore
  • Donna Morris
    • A Study of Cain Hope Felder’s Perspective of the Doctrine of Election and its Impact on Race Relations
  • Daniel Terry
    • Take Shame Seriously; or, Why a Pastoral Theological Understanding of Shame is Essential to a More Inclusive and Accurate Assessment of the Experience of Human Brokenness

1999

  • Christa Fisher
    • Christina is working at the WFU Miller Center, as a tutor for athletes in religious studies courses.
  • Kaeley McMahan
    • Kaeley earned her Master of Library and Information Studies from UNCG in May 2003. She works as a Research and Instruction Librarian specializing in Art, Theatre, and Dance, at WFU’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

1997

  • Megan Moore
    • Megan earned Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Emory University and taught at Emory’s Candler School of Theology and also at Wake Forest University. She is an independent scholar living in Winston-Salem, working on several publications related to the history of ancient Israel.
  • Sharon Snow
    • Sharon was ordained at WF Baptist Church in 1998, Chaplain at Forsyth Hospital for 14 years. Sh is the head of Special Collections & Archives and Religious Studies Liason at WFU’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

1996

  • Louis Fawcett
    • Louis earned their M.Div. from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC, and ordained as a Lutheran pastor, serving congregations in Florida and North Carolina. Louis is the director of Outreach for Christian World Adoption, and pastor of Gethsemane Lutheran Church.

1993

  • Martha Greene Eads
    • Martha earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from UNC-Chapel HIll. Studied theology and literature at the University of Durham (England), and taught interdisciplinary courses at Valparaiso University. Martha is a professor and Chair of the Department of Language and Literature at Eastern Mennonite University.
  • James Joseph
    • James earned his M.T.S. from Hood Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in New Testament Biblical Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. James is the pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Mt. Airy, NC.

1992

  • James Garrison
    • James completed a residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at NC Baptist Hospital, served as Chaplain of Hospice of Davidson County, NC, as well on relief/recovery teams in the Gulf Coast region. James is a staff chaplain at Mission Hospitals, Inc. in Asheville, NC.

1982

  • M. Dwaine Greene
    • Greene earned their Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity from the University of Virginia. Served as Chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Chowan College, and later as Professor of religion, – Provost/Dean of the Faculty, and Acting President, at Lees-McRae College. Greene is the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Campbell University, in Buies Creek, NC.

1977

  • David Allred
    • Allred has 30 years of experience in the mental health field and served on a 10-year planning commission to end chronic homelessness in Forsyth County. Allred is a housing Specialist with CenterPoint Human Services, in Winston-Salem, NC.

1971

  • E. Stuart Powell, Jr.
    • Powell earned a number of Insurance certifications (CPCU, CIC, CLU, ChFC, ARM, AMIM, AAI, & ARe), served as President of the Powell Agency, Inc, in Reidsville, NC, and President of the Independent Insurance Agents of NC, Inc. Powell is the Vice President of Insurance Operations for the Independent Insurance Agents of North Carolina, Inc.
  • Barry Crawford
    • Crawford earned a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Vanderbilt University. Taught at the University of Tennessee at Nashville, Austin Peay State University, the University of the South in Sewanee, and the University of Iowa. Crawford is a Professor of Religious Studies at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

1970

  • John A. Mann
    • Mann earned their M.Div. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, served as Baptist Minister at three churches in Virginia, Manager of CSC Project Management Assessment Centers in US, UK, Germany, Belgium, and Australia, an adjunct faculty member at Marymount University and Leland Center for Theological Studies. Mann is retired from church ministry, but serving annually as Holy Week Chaplain for ships of Norwegian Cruise

 

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