Teaching Faculty

Stephen Angell, Geraldine Leatherock Professor of Quaker Studies

Stephen is co-author, with Ben Pink Dandelion, of Early Quakers and their Theological Thought (2015), and Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and African-American Religion in the South (1992). He serves as associate editor of Quaker Theology, a Progressive Journal and Forum for Discussion and Study. Stephen earned a B.A. from Boston University in 1974; an M.A. from Earlham School of Religion in 1982; an M.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1987; and, a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1988. He joined the ESR faculty in 2001. Contact Stephen

Phil Baisley, Professor of Pastoral Studies

Phil is a recorded Friends minister, and serves as pastor of Williamsburg Friends Meeting. He earned a B. S. from Lancaster Bible College in 1975; an M. Div. from Earlham School of Religion in 1993; and a D.Min. from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2009. He joined the ESR faculty in 1999.

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Michael Birkel, Professor of Christian Spirituality

Michael is author of numerous publications, including Silence and Witness: Quaker Spirituality and Qur’an in Conversation. His research interests include Quaker spirituality and interreligious understanding. He earned an M. A. from Earlham School of Religion in 1978 and a Ph. D. from Harvard University in 1986.

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Nancy Bowen, Professor of Old Testament

Nancy is an ordained minister and author of Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries: Ezekiel (2010). She earned a B.A. from the University of California in 1978; an M. Div. from the School of Theology at Claremont in 1985; and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1994. She joined the faculty of ESR in 1991.

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Ben Brazil, Assistant Professor and Director of the Ministry of Writing Program

Ben joined the faculty of ESR in 2013. He has written extensively about the theology of travel, and has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. He earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina in 1999; an M.T.S. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University in 2005; and a Ph.D. from Emory University in 2014.

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Stephanie Crumley-Effinger, Director of Supervised Ministry

Stephanie is a recorded Friends Minister, and contributor to the book Quakers and the Interfaith Movement: A Handbook for Peacemakers (2011). She earned a B. A. from Earlham College in 1977, and M. Div. from Earlham School of Religion in 1981. Stephanie joined the faculty of ESR in 2000.

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James Higginbotham, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care

James is an ordained minister who joined the ESR faculty in 2005. He earned a B.A. from Hiram College in 1980; an M.Div. from Vanderbilt University in 1983; an M.S. from Loyola College of Maryland in 1990; and, a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2005.

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Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Associate Professor of Theological Studies

Grace is an ordained minister in the PC(USA) noted for her work in the fields of feminist, post-colonial and Asian American theology. Kim is the author or editor of 10 books, most recently Embracing the Other (2015) and Making Peace with the Earth (2016). She earned a B.S. from Victoria University in 1992; an M.Div. from Knox College in 1995; and a Ph.D. from University of Toronto in 2001.

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Lonnie Valentine, Trueblood Chair of Christian Thought

As Trueblood Chair of Christian Thought, Lonnie is engaged in projects related to Quaker war tax resistance and process theology. He earned a B.A. from Raymond College, University of the Pacific in 1970; a B.A. from University of California at Irvine in 1975; an M.A. from Earlham School of Religion in 1983; and, a Ph.D. from Emory University in 1989. Lonnie joined the ESR faculty in 1989.

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