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Faculty Updates: October 2021

Ted Campbell to Lecture at Bob Monk Event

Ted Campbell

Dr. Ted A. Campbell will be the featured lecturer at a special homecoming event honoring Dr. Robert “Bob” Monk at McMurry University on Friday, October 15 at 1 p.m.

Campbell will lecture on “The Methodist Who Uttered the Dreaded ‘C’ Word.”

“The title is a nod to Monk’s scholarly work examining Calvinist influences in Methodism,” said Campbell, who is Albert C. Outler Professor of Wesley Studies and Church History. “That’s not a popular topic among Methodists. It’s an under-appreciated topic, and yet very true and much needed. So I look forward to honoring Bob Monk at this event.”

Dr. Robert “Bob” Monk and his wife

Monk served on the faculty at McMurry University as Professor of Religion for 31 years, retiring in 1995. During his years at McMurry, he served as the chair of the religion faculty and the humanities division as well as serving on numerous committees and task force groups.  He also devoted more than 50 years of service to St. Paul United Methodist Church in Abilene, including teaching the Inquirers Class Sunday School since 1966. In 2015, he was the Northwest Texas Annual Conference recipient of the McMurry University Cross & Flame Award, which recognizes individuals for service to their churches and to the University.

Miles Receives Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award

Over the summer, Provost Elizabeth Loboa announced that Dr. Rebekah Miles was one of four SMU faculty members to win this year’s Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Award. Miles is Susanna Wesley Centennial Professor of Practical Theology and Ethics at Perkins.

The Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award annually recognizes four SMU faculty members for their notable achievements in fostering student learning. Recipients receive $10,000 and membership in SMU’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers. For two years following the award, they participate with other members of the Academy in providing campus-wide leadership in teaching and learning.

Hunt Lectures at Institute

Dr. Robert Hunt, director of Global Theological Education at Perkins, lectured at the Institute for Multicultural Ministry at The United Methodist Church of Germany Educational and Training Center in Stuttgart in late August. Hunt delivered a two-part lecture, “Missio Dei—Towards Practical Applications in the Current Missional Context.” The Institute is an annual week-long training program for pastors of multicultural congregations in Europe, organized by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Hunt, who was the pastor for seven years in the multi-cultural English Speaking UMC of Vienna, was one of four lecturers for the conference, which involved 19 participants from a dozen different countries.

The United Methodist Church in Europe has a number of multi-cultural congregations served by pastors from around the globe. Among those in attendance at this conference were pastors from Angola, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Switzerland, Kenya, Estonia, Germany, and the United States serving multi-cultural churches in England, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Spain, and Portugal. “Each context brings its own challenges, whether it is ministering to refugees, migrants, or the international business community,” said Hunt. “All are united in a commitment to serve in culturally complex environments where people of many different backgrounds and gifts come together in Christ.”