From left to right: Dwight M. Gunter II, H. Ray Dunning, Timothy Green, Nathan Kerr, Steven Hoskins.
Tennessee church establishes Theologians in Residence team
Nashville, Tennessee
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene (Nashville, Tennessee) Head Pastor Dwight M. Gunter II is pleased to announce the creation of a new team of experts from within the congregation that will advise him and the ministry staff on matters of theological significance.

The TCC church board unanimously approved the concept of designating "Theologian in Residence" as an extension of the broader ministry team. Four scholars have been initially identified to serve in this new role.

H. Ray Dunning, professor emeritus at Trevecca Nazarene University, has long been recognized as an accomplished scholar and teacher, particularly in the field of systematic theology from a Wesleyan perspective. Although retired for several years from the classroom, Dunning continues to be a faithful teacher in Sunday School classes and occasional seminars. He has also authored numerous works.

Steven Hoskins is a church historian who has distinguished himself as a Greek scholar and teacher. Currently Hoskins teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Trevecca Nazarene University. Additionally, he serves as a consultant with several historical societies in Tennessee and across the U.S.

Timothy Green has served for 18 years as university chaplain at Trevecca Nazarene University and is beloved by students as a teacher and friend. His scholarly work has won praise from a wide variety of theologians. Green's mastery of the Hebrew language and Old Testament theology has earned him a place among the finest of Old Testament scholars.

Nathan Kerr represents a new era of scholarship in systematic theology and philosophy. Kerr is a recent addition to the religion faculty at Trevecca Nazarene University and has quickly emerged as a favorite of his students. Kerr emphasizes the core doctrinal understanding of Christlike holiness, a central tenet of the Church of the Nazarene.

Gunter sees many ways for the church to benefit from these experts' presence.

"I am so pleased to have great men like these as a part of our congregation already," Gunter said. "These will not be new names to our people, but I believe this specific designation will help us further identify with the significant role that sound theological teaching plays in our overall ministry as a church. And I think it also says to the university with whom we share a campus that we value scholarship at a very high level."

The positions, as approved by the church board, will grant the theologians in residence status as honorary staff members. The theologians are members of Trevecca Community Church and have demonstrated a love for the church through finding a place of service in the local church.

"Not only are these men eminent scholars in their respective fields, they are genuinely humble servants of our Lord," Gunter said. "I am honored by their commitment to our church and to the Kingdom of God. I look forward to their continued service among us."
--Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene via NCN News submissions
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