LPU Press Room | May 24, 2021

 

Professor Tammy Dunahoo

Dissertation Title: Cultivating a Disciple-Centric Growth Culture in the ICFG

Jesus said to his followers, “Go, make disciples of all nations,” and, “I will build my Church.” Through fifty years of emphasis on church growth, it would seem these roles have been reversed with pastors focused on building large churches as the measurement of fruitfulness rather than equipping “the saints for the work of the ministry” measured by stories of transformation. It begs the question, “Do we use people to grow the church rather than using church to grow the people?” It addresses the need to refocus on making disciples and developing leaders through a culture shift and provides five collective culture markers and three individual culture markers discovered through the study of human development, theology, leadership theories and field research. An example of the resources can be found at growthculture.online

Professor Andrew Williams

Dissertation Title: Washed in the Spirit, Towards a Pentecostal Theology of Water Baptism

Andrew Ray Williams has recently completed his PhD in theology under the supervision of Chris E.W. Green at Bangor University (Wales, U.K.). Andrew holds the distinction of passing his PhD viva with no corrections. His completed dissertation entitled, Washed in the Spirit: Towards a Pentecostal Theology of Water Baptism, is soon to be published with CPT Press (2021). In addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member of LPU, Andrew is Lead Pastor of Family Worship Center (York, PA), a St. Basil Fellow at the Center for Pastor Theologians, and author of the forthcoming book Boundless Love: A Companion to Clark H. Pinnock’s Theology (Wipf and Stock, 2021).

Professor Leanna Thompson

Dissertation Title: The Letter of James as a Teleological Midrash on Creation

As a life-long learner, I was eager to enter a doctoral program, yet, nothing prepares you for the rigor. However, throughout this journey the faithfulness of Jesus was evident. He gave me strength to endure the hours of study, he gave me peace when my husband suffered a cardiac arrest, and he gave me provision for every need. I emerge with more than a Ph.D. I am stronger in my faith and my passion to enter the world of academia with a perspective that incorporates biblical knowledge and personal experience, to be a leader who, through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, changes the world and seeks to train leaders to change the world. As Andraé Crouch once penned, to God be the glory for all that he has done!