Our Faculty

Department of Christian Studies Faculty and Staff

Dr. Adam C. English

Chair of the Department of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Theology and Philosophy

  • B.A., Hardin-Simmons University
  • M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Baylor University

Dr. English joined the department in 2003 when it was called the Department of Religion and Philosophy. He was named Chair in 2015. He teaches courses in the fields of Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics. He serves as Ethics Bowl Team Co-Coach and Chair of the Faculty Development and Research Committee. Dr. English led Study Abroad tours to Italy in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has also served as interim pastor in several eastern North Carolina churches.

Dr. English has contributed to a variety of journals and periodicals. He is author of Christmas: Theological Anticipations, Cascade (2016); The Saint Who Would be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of St. Nicholas of Myra, Baylor University Press (2012); Theology Remixed: Christianity as Story, Game, Language, Culture, Intervarsity Press (2010); The Possibility of Christian Philosophy: Maurice Blondel at the Intersection of Philosophy and Theology, Routledge (2007); and co-author of Pocket History of Theology, Intervarsity Press (2005). Dr. English’s research interests include constructive theology and the history of theological ideas.


Dr. W. Glenn Jonas, Jr. 

Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Charles Howard Professor of Religion

  • B.A., Mars Hill College
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Baylor University

Dr. Jonas joined the department in 1994, teaching courses in the area of Church History. He served as department chair from 1999-2015, at which time he became Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Jonas has contributed articles to a variety of journals and periodicals. He is the author of A Critical Evaluation of Albert Henry Newman, Church Historian (1992); Nurturing the Vision, First Baptist Church, Raleigh, 1812-2012, Mercer (2012); and A Cloud of Witnesses from the Heart of the City: First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, 1816-2016, Mercer (2016). He co-authored A Journey of Faith: Introduction to Christianity (2002) and edited The Baptist River: Essays on Many Tributaries of a Diverse Tradition (2006).

Dr. Jonas preaches regularly and has served as interim pastor of numerous churches in eastern North Carolina.


Dr. Kathryn M. Lopez

Associate Professor of Old Testament

  • B.A., University of Richmond
  • M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Emory University

Dr. Lopez joined the department in 2002, teaching courses in the areas of Old Testament and World Religions. Dr. Lopez’s academic work includes: journal editor and contributor, Review and Expositor: Book of Daniel; article in Cancer and Healing, Mercer Press (2011); Faith and Media Conference, Campbell University, “Stephen Colbert and the Writer of Job” (2011); SBL Annual Meeting, “The Levi Traditions Turned Upside Down” (2008); SECSOR Annual Meeting, “Crusader or Mass Murderer: The Levi Tradition and the Use of Violence to Create Social Identity” (2008). 

Dr. Lopez has served in a numerous academic capacities including Religion Club faculty advisor (2003-present); G-Force club faculty advisor (2012-present); Faculty Senate (2006-present); and Student Life Committee (2004-present).


Dr. Lindsey Trozzo

Assistant Professor of New Testament

  • B.A., Biola University
  • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
  • Ph.D., Baylor University

Dr. Trozzo joined the department in 2016 and teaches courses in New Testament. Prior to coming to Campbell University, Dr. Trozzo was the Research Fellow to the Bradford Chair at Texas Christian University. Dr. Trozzo recently defended her dissertation, “Exploring Johannine Ethics: A Rhetorical Approach to Moral Efficacy in the Fourth Gospel Narrative.” She is editing volumes on Voices from Beyond the Apostolic Age: Essay son Second Century Texts and Traditions and Ecclesiastical Statements on the Environment. She has also served as a minister of high school discipleship at Bel Air Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.


Dr. Ken Vandergriff

Adjunct Professor of Christian Studies

  • B.S., Florida State University
  • M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Vandergriff joined the department in 1996, teaching at the RTP and Pope AFB campuses. He began teaching on main campus in 1999, while continuing at both extended sites. Dr. Vandergriff has served in various academic capacities including Co-Coach of the Ethics Bowl Team (2007-present); Sexual Assault Awareness Week Committee (2014-present); and Faculty Senate, extended campus representative (2007-2009). 

Dr. Vandergriff’s publications and presentations include: “When Tolerance and Intolerance Collide: The Limits of Tolerance in a Liberal Democracy,” Oxford Round Table Conference on Religion, Education and the Role of Government.” Lincoln College, Oxford University, (2005); and “Re-Creating David: The David Narratives in Art and Literature.” Review and Expositor 99, (2002).

Dr. Vandergriff is active in numerous areas of church life (Bible study teacher; deacon; moderator; church council chairman and pastor search committee co-chair).


Dr. Ryan Andrew Newson

Adjunct Professor of Christian Studies

  • B.A., Elon University
  • M.Div., Wake Forest University
  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr. Newson joined the department in 2015. His publications include a forthcoming book, Radical Friendship: The Politics of Communal Discernment (Fortress Press, 2017), and Inhabiting the World (Mercer University Press, 2018). He has edited several publications, including Practicing to Aim at Truth (Cascade, 2015) and The Collected Works of James Wm. McClendon, Jr. (Baylor University Press, 2014, 2016). Dr. Newson also has multiple published articles and presentations.

Dr. Newson has served as the student representative for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies committee at Fuller Theological Seminary, the leader of the Anabaptist Perspectives student group, and chair of the Chapel Committee at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He lives in Raleigh with his wife—a minister at Millbrook Baptist Church—and two children.


Dr. Carol Lynn Brinkley

Director of Student & Alumni Services, Campbell University Divinity School and Adjunct Professor of Christian Studies

  • B.S.S., North Carolina State University
  • M.S., University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
  • M.Div., Campbell University Divinity School
  • Ph.D., Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

Dr. Brinkley joined the department in 2012. She has served in both academic and ministerial capacities, including staff liaison to the Student Advisory Leadership Team (SALT) and weekly chapel planning (Advanced Worship Class) for the Divinity School. Dr. Brinkley authored Manners and Money: A Manual on Preaching Etiquette (2015) and presented research material at the Baptist World Alliance Congress, Durban, South Africa, (2015).


Rev. David W. Priddy

Adjunct Professor of Christian Studies

  • B.A., Campbell University
  • M.Div., Campbell University
  • M.A., Wake Forest University

David Priddy joined the Campbell University Department of Religion and Philosophy in 2014. Professor Priddy’s presentations and publications include: “Satiating and Starving the Yahwistic Imagination: The Weaponization of Food in the Elijah Cycle,” for the Second Annual Graduate Student Colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation, and Practice at the University of Virginia on the theme, “Weaponizing Scripture.” (2015), and “Testimony as Apology” in “A Word from a Seminarian,” Review and Expositor, (2014).

Professor Priddy is currently serving as Interim Minister at Leaflet and Raven Rock Presbyterian.


Rev. Faithe Beam

Campus Minister and Adjunct Professor of Christian Studies

  • B.M.E., Appalachian State University
  • M.Div., Campbell University Divinity School

Rev. Beam became Campus Minister in 2007. Rev. Beam is responsible for providing administration student chapel services twice a week for 1,600 students. She is also responsible for cultivation and supporting religious life on campus. Prior to coming to Campbell University, she served as Minister of Music and Education, Zion Baptist Church, Shelby, NC. In addition, Rev. Beam served as Director of Student Services at Campbell University for nearly five years. Rev. Beam has contributed to a variety of publications including: Reflections (2011) (2012); and This is What a Preacher Looks Like, Smyth and Helwys, (2010). She has made numerous presentations at WMU, choir and youth retreats and has presented at many churches and professional organizations across eastern North Carolina and South Carolina.


Mrs. Amanda Eckelkamp Batten

Adjunct Professor of Christian Studies

  • B.A., Religion, Campbell University
  • M.T.S., Emory University, Candler School of Theology

Mrs. Batten joined the department in 2010. Mrs. Batten has assisted in coordinating the Online Education courses for the department and has served as online education faculty mentor and trainer since 2013. Her presentations include “The Journey of Job’s Wife Through History,” Campbell University (2008). Mrs. Batten edited sections of the Old and New Testament, Christianity: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Guide For Students, Mercer University Press, 2010. She was a 2008 recipient of the B. Donald Keyser Church History Award, Campbell University. Mrs. Batten has served as a member of the DECIDE (Development Evaluation for Course Instructional Design Elements) committee, Campbell University since 2011.


Dr. Brian Foreman

Director of Fides Youth Theological Institute, & Associate Campus Minister, Office of Spiritual Life and Adjunct Professor of Christian Studies

  • B.A., Campbell University
  • M.R.E., Duke Divinity School
  • Ed.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dr. Foreman began teaching in the department and the Divinity school in 2013. In May 2016, he was appointed as director of the Fides Youth Theological Institute, which engages high school students in studies and discernment on faith and vocation. Dr. Foreman’s publications include #Connect: Reaching Youth Across the Digital Divide (2014); How to Be #SocialMediaParents (2013); and Help! I Teach Youth Sunday School (2004). He is also a regular curriculum writer for Passport Camps, the Center for Christian Education and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.


Rev. Louisa M. Ward

Associate Campus Minister for Worship and Spiritual Formation

  • B.A., Meredith College
  • M. Div. Campbell University

Rev. Ward joined the Office of Spiritual Life staff in 2011. In 2014, she made the leap from Graduate Assistant to full time Associate Campus Minister. In her role as Associate Campus Minister she is responsible for planning and implementing opportunities for worship and spiritual formation within the Campbell community. These opportunities include Connections, Campus Worship, Small Groups, and worship opportunities for faculty and staff in addition to teaching Introduction to Christianity.  


Mrs. Jan E. Jernigan

Administrative Assistant

  • Meredith College
  • Johnston Community College

Mrs. Jernigan joined the department in 2015 as administrative assistant to the Department of Christian Studies and the Foreign Language Department. Prior to coming to Campbell she served as Minister to Youth and Children, First Baptist Church, Dunn, NC from 2009-14. Mrs. Jernigan is a retired real estate broker and has been a licensed real estate agent for more than twenty-five years. She was co-owner and broker-in-charge of Coldwell Banker Advantage, McGee’s Crossroads office. She is active in her community and church serving as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and member of the Sanctuary Choir.