Faculty Fellows


portraitDr. Jeff Childers (Oxford) is Director of CSART and Carmichael-Walling Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity — his areas of interest include New Testament textual criticism, the history of Early Christianity, early versions of the New Testament, and Patristics, especially in the eastern Christian traditions. He teaches Church History, Syriac, and courses in the history of Christian Spirituality.


niccum-curtDr. Curt Niccum (Notre Dame) is Assistant Director of CSART and Professor of New Testament — he also co-directs the Textual History of the Ethiopic Old Testament Project and serves as a consultant for the International Greek New Testament Project, the Novum Testamentum Graece Editio Critica Maior, and the Museum of the Bible. Dr. Niccum teaches Greek, Ethiopic, and New Testament text courses.

CSART Fellows

aquino cropDr. Frederick Aquino (Southern Methodist University) is Professor of Theology and Philosophy in the Graduate School of Theology at ACU — he specializes in religious epistemology, John Henry Newman, and the epistemology of theology in Patristic and Medieval writers, including Maximus the Confessor.

barbarick-cliff-2014Dr. Cliff Barbarick (Baylor) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at ACU — he specializes in early Christian literature and theology, particularly the Gospel of Mark, 1 Peter, and 1 Clement. He researches the subject of moral transformation in the New Testament and Greco-Roman education and is an aficionado of American wilderness writing.

boyles-johnDr. John Boyles (Emory) is Assistant Professor of New Testament at ACU — with a strong background in mathematics and music, Dr. Boyles’ research includes the reception history of the Bible, particularly as reflected in modern media culture.

kelli-gibsonDr. Kelli Gibson (Oxford) is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at ACU — her research focuses primarily on Syriac texts, especially intra-Christian and inter-religious controversial texts of the 7th–12th centuries CE. She also reads Greek and aspires gradually to build upon a basic knowledge of classical Arabic and classical Armenian.

hamilton-markDr. Mark Hamilton (Harvard) serves as the Onstead Professor of Biblical Studies at ACU — he teaches Hebrew Bible and is the author or editor of numerous books and articles focusing on Israelite conceptions of society within their ancient Near Eastern context. His specialities include Hebrew, Aramaic, Akkadian, Ugaritic, and the patristic-medieval reception of the Hebrew Bible.

Dr. Chris Hutson (Yale) is Associate Professor of New Testament and Associate Dean of the College of Biblical Studies at ACU — he has taught Greek for many years and his areas of expertise include New Testament exegesis, the Greco-Roman milieu of Early Christianity, Paul’s epistles, and biblical perspectives on peace & war, race & ethnicity, and gender.

kneip-davidDr. David Kneip (Notre Dame) is Assistant Professor of Church History at ACU — his teaching focuses on theology, worship, and biblical interpretation in early Christianity. His expertise includes manuscript paleography, textual criticism, patristic theology, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Coptic.

thompson-melindaDr. Melinda (Mindi) Thompson (Luther Seminary) is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Director of Distance Education in the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University — she teaches elementary Greek and Hebrew for residential and online students. Helping beginning students unlock the mystery of biblical languages is one of her favorite tasks.

willis-wendellDr. Wendell Willis (Southern Methodist University) is Professor of New Testament at ACU — he has taught Greek for many years and specializes in the interpretation and theology of Paul and in the exegesis of scripture.

richard-wrightDr. Richard Wright (Brown University) is Associate Professor of New Testament at ACU — his specialties include Paul, Greek and Roman religions and philosophies, theories of religion, and biblical interpretation. He has published groundbreaking work on Galen’s recently discovered text, De indolentia. He is an accomplished classical musician and teaches Greek and Latin.