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  • Wayne Ballard

    Position: Associate Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: (865) 471 - 3544

    Campus Box: 71922

    Email: wballard@cn.edu

    B.A., Oklahoma Baptist University (1985)

    M.Div., Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (1990)

    Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1995)

    Ph.D., University of Tennessee (2011)

    Dr. Ballard joined the faculty at Carson-Newman in 2002, and he has taught in several places including Campbell University. Dr. Ballard teaches Old Testament, Hebrew, and Leadership. He has also served as a pastor for numerous years in Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, California, and Oklahoma. His wife Kim works in the Knox County schools. They have three children: Brack (a CN student), Zachary (high school senior) and Jake (d.5/07/00). Dr. Ballard’s primary hobbies include golf and supporting his sons in their sports and other activities.

  • Ross Brummett

    Position: Vice President of Student Affairs, Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3235

    Campus Box: 71941

    Email: rbrummett@cn.edu

    B.A., Ouachita Baptist University (1977)

    M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1983)

    Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1990)

    Dr. Brummett joined the Carson-Newman faculty in 1987, where for many years he taught a wide-range of courses, particularly in theology and spiritual formation. Additionally, he has served numerous East Tennessee churches as interim pastor or supply preacher across the past two decades. In May 2011, Dr. Brummett was named Distinguished Faculty member for 2010-2011. He began his duties as Vice-President of Student Affairs in August 2011 and continues to teach our theology courses. He and his wife Lea Ann are the parents of Molly Brummett, a 2010 graduate of Carson-Newman and current student at Wake Forest Divinity School and Will Brummett, a student at Elon University.

  • Harold Bryson

    Position: Visiting Senior Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3495

    Campus Box: 72012

    Email: hbryson@cn.edu

  • David Crutchley

    Position: Chair of Religion, Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3277

    Email: dcrutchley@cn.edu

    Bachelor of Law [B.L.] University of Rhodesia (1975)

    Bachelor of Laws [LL.B.] University of Rhodesia (1976)

    Master of Divinity [M. Div.] Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1980)

    Doctor of Philosophy [Ph. D.] Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1985)

    Dr. Crutchley came to Carson-Newman in 2004 and teaches upper level New Testament electives that include Sermon on the Mount, the Fourth Gospel, and Paul. He grew up in southern Africa and leads the annual summer trip to Cape Town, South Africa teaching a course entitled “Being Fully Human: A Spirituality Out of Africa.” His wife, Carol, is a staff accompanist in the Music School at Carson-Newman. His two sons, Russ & Matthew live in Houston and Birmingham: Russ has a PharmD and teaches at the University of Houston with a specialty in HIV/AIDS and Matthew is in his first year of Anesthesiology residency at the University of Alabama. He is involved in the Baptist World Alliance circles and has been the teaching Pastor at Smithwood Baptist Church in Knoxville for the past six years.

  • Donald Garner

    Position: Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: (865) 471 - 3279

    Campus Box: 72012

    Email: dgarner@cn.edu

    B.A., English major [Phi Beta Kappa], University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    M.Div., Ph.D. in Old Testament studies, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Sabbatical study leave at Candler School of Theology (Spring 1991) and Duke Divinity School (Spring 2009)

    Don joined the C-N faculty in 1980 and teaches Old Testament Introduction, OT Prophets, and Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes. His wife, Vickie, completed her degree in elementary education at C-N in 1993 and is retired from teaching second grade. All three of their sons chose C-N. Aaron (1979-1999), a computer science major, deceased three weeks before his junior year at C-N; Andrew (’03, Biology) is a physical therapist; and Adam (’06, Religion; Psychology) is a seminary graduate, works as a pastoral counselor, and is married to Sarah, a pharmacist.

    Don frequently is invited to speak in churches and has served as interim pastor in KY and TN. He is certified as an Intentional Interim Minister [ www.healthychurch.org ]. He has taught at two seminaries and has published one book and many articles about the Bible and Christian faith. Don especially enjoys “old” things like antique automobiles and doing archaeology in Jordan [ see www.vkrp.org ].

  • Chad Hartsock

    Position: Assistant Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3275

    Campus Box: 71938

    Email: chartsock@cn.edu

    B.A., Carson-Newman College (1999)

    M.Div., George W. Truett Theological Seminary (2002)

    Ph.D., Baylor University (2007)

    Dr. Hartsock joined the faculty at Carson-Newman in 2008. He teaches primarily New Testament courses including the Parables of Jesus and Luke-Acts, along with Greek and Theological Research. Dr. Hartsock has served as a youth minister in various churches for ten years, and has served numerous churches in East Tennessee as a supply preacher. His wife, Ami, is also a CN graduate and works in the CN library. Their daughter, Kaylin, was born in March of 2011. Dr. Hartsock also officiates high school athletics in the East Tennessee region.

  • Merrill Hawkins , Jr

    Position: Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: 471-3246

    Campus Box: 71919

    Email: mhawkins@cn.edu


    B.A., Baylor University (1985)

     M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1990)

     Ph.D., Baylor University (1994)

     Additional Study:  Clinical Pastoral Education Residency, University of Tennessee Medical Center, 2003-2004 Dr. Hawkins joined the faculty at Carson-Newman in 1995 and has taught both in the areas of historical studies and ministry studies, including Love, Grief, and Anger. From 2008-2013, he held a joint appointment in the Department of Graduate Counseling and he continues to teach a course each summer in that program: Foundations of Spirituality.  In addition to his Ph.D. in Religion with a concentration in the history of Christianity, he has received post-doctoral education in clinical pastoral education and spiritual direction.  Dr. Hawkins has served as a pastor of Baptist and United Methodist congregations since 1983.  In 2005, he became the pastor of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Talbott, Tennessee.

     Mel is married to Dr. Kimberly Hawkins, who is also part of the Carson-Newman faculty and Chair of the Department of Education (fall 2014).  They are the proud parents of Anna Lee, a high school student, and Conner, a middle school student.  As a family, they enjoy hanging out at home and travel. 

  • Christine Jones

    Position: Assistant Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4620

    Campus Box: 71879

    Email: cjones@cn.edu

    B.A., Ouachita Baptist University (1999)

    M.Div., George W. Truett Theological Seminary (2003)

    Ph.D., Baylor University (2009)

    Dr. Jones joined the faculty at Carson-Newman in 2008. She teaches Introduction to the Old Testament, Carson-Newman and the Liberal Arts, and a variety of Old Testament electives. As a member of First Baptist Church Jefferson City, Dr. Jones currently teaches children’s Sunday school and Mission Friends. In the past, she served on staff at churches in Arkansas and Texas in the areas of children and youth ministry. She occasionally provides pulpit supply for churches in East Tennessee. Originally from Arkansas, Dr. Jones now lives in Jefferson City with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys reading, baking sweet treats, watching her daughters participate in softball and swimming, and spending time with her family.

  • David Kitts

    Position: Adjunct Professor

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3272

    Campus Box: 71899

    Email: dkitts@cn.edu

  • Dave McNeely

    Position: Adjunct Professor (Religion), Student Success Counselor; Coordinator, Faith & Justice Scholars Program, Adjunct Professor (Religion)

    Campus Phone: 865.471.4460

    Email: dmcneely@cn.edu

    Mr. McNeely has been a part of the Carson-Newman family since 1997. He graduated from Carson-Newman in 2001, completed a Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (VA) in 2005, and has conducted additional studies in the area of Justice and Peace Studies and Social Change at Iliff School of Theology (Denver, CO). In addition to his responsibilities as Student Success Counselor at Coordinator for the Faith & Justice Scholars Program, Mr. McNeely also teaches Religion courses at C-N. He has a wife and two children, is a native of Burlington, KY, and also has 15 years of youth ministry experience.

  • George Miller

    Position: Adjunct Professor

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3272

    Campus Box: 72012

  • Cheryl Prose

    Position: Adjunct Professor

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3497

    Campus Box: 72012

  • Andrew Smith

    Position: Assistant Professor of Religion

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3243

    Campus Box: 72040

    Email: asmith@cn.edu

    B. A., Carson-Newman College (2002)

    M. Div., Mercer University (2005)

    M. A., Vanderbilt University (2008)

    Ph. D., Vanderbilt University (2011)

    Andrew came to Carson-Newman in 2011. He teaches courses in church history and Baptist history and directs the Oxford Studies Program. He was ordained at Towne View Baptist Church in Kennesaw Georgia in 2004 and has served there and at the First Baptist Church of Columbus, Georgia as well. He is married to Pamela and has one child, Elizabeth. He enjoys reading and spending time with his family.

  • Sonny Strange

    Position: Adjunct Professor

    Campus Phone: (865) 471-3272

    Campus Box: 71899

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