Samford University Department of Religion Faculty

Members of the Department of Religion

Kenneth B.E. Roxburgh, Chair and S. Louis and Ann W. Armstrong Professor
B.A., London Bible College; M.Th., Aberdeen University; Ph.D., Edinburgh University.
Joined Religion Department Fall 2002.

Penny L. Marler, Associate Professor
B.S., Auburn University; M.Div., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.S.S.W., University of Louisville.
Since coming to Samford in 1993, Professor Marler has taught courses in Congregational Studies, Sociology of Religion, and Faith Development. She has authored numerous works in the sociology of religion and congregational studies. She has also served as a consultant to many local churches.

Paul A. Holloway, Assistant Professor
A.B., University of Texas; M.A., Rice University; Ph.D., University of Chicago.
Professor Holloway arrived at Samford in 1998. He offers courses in Early Christian literature and Second-Temple Judaism. He has recently published Consolation in Philippians with Cambridge University Press.

David R. Bains, Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Virginia; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University.
Since coming to Samford in 1999, Professor Bains has taught courses in the History of Christianity, World Religions, Contemporary Theology, and Christian Worship. His research focuses on the history of Christianity in America, especially the intersection of theology and worship.

Scott McGinnis, Visiting Assistant Professor
B.S., Samford University; M.B.A., University of Alabama; M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Joseph Scrivner, Instructor
B.A., Crichton College; M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton Theological Seminary.

Others offering courses in religion

Sigurd F.  Bryan, Chair, Retired
S. Louis and Ann W. Armstrong Professor
A.B., Howard College; B.D., Th.D. The Southern Baptist TheologicalSeminary.
Professor Bryan has served the department of religion since 1956. He offers courses in the Bible, Old Testament, and Christian Doctrine. He has taught and preached in churches throughout Alabama.

Dennis L. Sansom, Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., Ph.D. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A., Washington University.
Professor Sansom arrived at Samford in 1988. In addition to courses in philosophy he teaches Christian Ethics, Christian Spirituality, and occasional courses in World Religions.

James R. Barnette, Minister to the University
B.A., Samford University; M.Div., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In addition to serving as Minister to the University, Dr. Barnetteoffers courses in Bible, Preaching, and Formation for Ministry.

J. Bradley Creed, Provost
B.A., Baylor University; M.Div, Ph.D. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Creed teaches Biblical Perspectives and Cultural Perspectives.

Gary A. Furr, Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.A., Carson-Newman College; M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Baylor University.
A full-time pastor, Dr. Furr also teaches Biblical Perspectives.

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