Scholarly Activities


John Ayabe, Associate Professor of History

Around the Family Altar: Domesticity in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1865-1900, by Julius H. Bailey. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005).

American Nineteenth Century History, Vol. 8, no. 1, 2007.

Stephen Bailey, Professor of Intercultural Studies

Religious Freedom: A Human Right that Needs Human Agency in Asia Today.” Cornerstone. March 2015.

Co-edited the August 2013 edition of The Review of Faith and International Affairs Journal. He also contributed an article and co-authored another in the same journal.

“Theological Education in Laos.” Theological Education in Asian Minority Churches. 2012. (co-author)

Dan Berger, Professor of Communication

Speaking the Truth in Love: Christian Public Rhetoric. Eugene: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2007.

Oral Interpretation of the Bible. Eugene: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2003.

Richard Brown, Vice President for Student Development

"His Part and Ours: The terror of trusting God." Alliance Life. July 2011.

Trusting God with Rest of Your Life (Crossover Publications, 2011)

Tim Carlisle, Associate Professor of English and Literature

Book Review: “John F. Desmond’s Walker Percy’s Search for Community,” Modern Fiction Studies (2006).

Darren Gordon, Assistant Professor of TESOL

Had a research article published in volume 42 of the Mon-Khmer Studies Journal of Southeast Asia. The article was titled “A selective Palaungic linguistic bibliography.”

Michael Lyons, Associate Professor of Old Testament

“Envisioning Restoration: Innovations in Ezekiel 40–48.” In ‘I Lifted My Eyes and Saw’: Reading Dream and Vision Reports in the Hebrew Bible, ed. Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer and Elizabeth Hayes, LHBOTS 584 (New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014).

“‘A Barley Cake’ (Ezek 4:12a): Syntax and Redaction,” JNSL 40.1 (2014): 79–92.

“Paul and the Servant(s): Isa 49:6 in Acts 13:47,” ETL 89.4 (2013): 345-59.

“’I also could talk as you do’ (Job 16:4): The Function of Intratextual Quotation and Allusion in Job,” in Reading Job Intertextually, ed. Katherine Dell and Will Kynes (T&T Clark: 2013)

Transforming Visions: Transformations of Text, Tradition, and Theology in Ezekiel. William A. Tooman and Michael A. Lyons, eds. Princeton Theological Monograph Series 127 (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, Pickwick Publications, 2010)

From Law to Prophecy: Ezekiel's Use of the Holiness Code. LHBOTS 507 (T&T Clark, 2009).

Marking Innerbiblical Allusion in the Book of Ezekiel, Biblica 88.2 (2007): 245-50.

Edward Mooney, Assistant Professor of Education

Had two journal articles and a textbook chapter published in the fall of 2014. “The Effects of School Shootings on Teachers: Narrative Methodology” was published in SAGE Cases in Methodology; “The ethical relationship between school violence and teacher morale” was published in Pedagogy and the Human Sciences.

His 2002 novel, The Pearls of the Stone Man, was translated into Japanese in 2014. A Japanese movie based on the novel will come out in 2015.

Jack Painter, Professor of New Testament

The Gospel of John: A Thematic Approach (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2010)

Greco-Roman Religions at Caesarea Maritima, in Terence L. Donaldson (ed.), Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Caesarea Maritima, Studies in Christianity and Judaism, Waterloo ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2000.

The Origins and Social Context of Mithraism at Caesarea Maritima, in same volume. Review of New Testament Greek, by Gerald Stevens. Review and Expositor 93 (1996) 299. Review of Josephus, The Essential Works, by Paul L. Maier. Review and Expositor 93 (1996) 433.

Mardy Philippian, Jr., Assistant Professor of English

“Introduction.” Prose Studies. New York: Routledge Press, 2007. [forthcoming, August 2007]

“James Stuart.” Companion to Pre-1600 British Poetry. Ed. Michelle M. Sauer. New York: Facts on File, 2007. [forthcoming, 2007]

“Meditation.” Companion to Pre-1600 British Poetry. Ed. Michelle M. Sauer. New York: Facts on File, 2007. [forthcoming, 2007]

Dan Pinkston, Professor of Theory and Composition

Released CD entitled “Vanguard Premieres.” October 2006.

Craig Slane, Professor of Systematic Theology

"Uneasy Martyrs." In Willis Jenkins and Jennifer McBride, eds. Bonhoeffer and King: Receiving Their Legacies for Christian Social Thought (forthcoming 2009, Fortress Press).

“Why Moses?” In Bernd Wannenwetsch, ed. Who Am I? Bonhoeffer's Theology through his Poetry (London, T & T Clark, 2008).

“Existing for God in an Age of Theology's Disestablishment: Prospects for the Christian University.” In Religion, Religionlessness and the Church: Impulses from Bonhoeffer for Current Contexts. International Bonhoeffer Interpretations Volume I (Berlin: Peter Lang, 2008).

Bonhoeffer, O MÁRTIR. Responsabilidade Social e Compromisso Cristão Moderno. Translated by Emirson Justino. Sao Paulo: Editora Vida, 2007.

Slane, Annual Updates to Bonhoeffer Bibliography, eds. Wayne Whitson Floyd, Jr. and Clifford J. Green. American Theological Library Association, 1992. These official updates are published annually by the American Chapter of the International Bonhoeffer Society in the spring edition of the Bonhoeffer Society Newsletter (2000–2007).

“Martyrdom and a ‘World Come of Age’.” In Crux, 42, no. 3 (Fall 2006).

Review of Bonhoeffer. Stephen Plant. In the Newsletter of the International Bonhoeffer Society (Fall 2006).

“Response to Lori Brandt Hale.” In Conversations in Religion and Theology 3:1 (May 2005): 20-23.

Bonhoeffer as Martyr: Social Responsibility and Modern Christian Commitment (Brazos Press, 2004)

Review of “Saints and Villains.” The Christian Century (July 15-22, 1998): 697-8.

“Christ and the Spirit: Fleshing Out the Vision of A.B. Simpson's Imitation of Christ.” In The Alliance Academic Review (May 1997): 135-153.

“Salvation” and “Sabbath.” In The Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Ed. Walter Elwell: Grand Rapids: Baker 1996.

Paul Stonehouse, Associate Professor of Outdoor Leadership

Had an article published in spring 2013 in Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education titled “Character development and outdoor adventure education: Critique and hope.”

Stonehouse, P. (in press). Presentation abstract: The rough ground of character: A philosophical investigation into character development on a wilderness expedition through a virtue ethical lens. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Educational Learning.

Stonehouse, P., Allison, P., & Carr, D. (2011). Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates: Ancient Greek perspectives on experiential learning. In T.E. Smith, & C. Knapp (Eds.), Sourcebook of experiential education: Key thinkers and their contributions (pp. 18-25). New York: Routledge.

Stonehouse, P. (2009). Virtue ethics and expeditions. In S. Beames (Ed.), Understanding Educational Expeditions (pp. 17-23). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

David K. Strong, Professor of Missiology

Had a review of Richard Gray’s “Christianity, the Papacy, and Mission in Africa” published in Missiology.

“The Jerusalem Council: Some Implications for Contextualization.” In Mission in Acts: Ancient Narratives in Contemporary Context. American Society of Missiology Series, 34. Robert L. Gallagher and Paul Hertig, eds., 196-208. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2004.

“The Globalizing Hermeneutic of the Jerusalem Council.” In Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity. Craig Ott and Harold A. Netland, eds., 127-139. (Grand Rapids: Baker Academics, 2006).

“Dwarves, Elves, and Vampires: An Exploration on Syncretism in Metro Manila.” In Contextualization and Syncretism: Navigating Cultural Currents, EMS 13. Gailyn Van Rheenen, ed., 205-227. (Pasadena: William Carey Library, 2006).

Pam Van der Werff, Associate Professor of Biology

Authored two chapters in the Purposeful Design, elementary science textbook series (level 4) and two chapters (level 5), and two chapters in each level of the accompanying Teacher’s Edition; (Colorado Springs: Association of Christian Schools International).


Presentations, Consultations, and Conferences

John Ayabe, Associate Professor of History

Helped with a “Teaching American History” grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education and directed by UC Davis and the Shasta County Office of Education. The program brought together K-12 teachers in Shasta County and college professors to design U.S. history lessons to be taught in classrooms.

“Evil Sanctioned by God:” The Turning Point: Quincy's Lincoln-Douglas Debate Symposium, Quincy, Ill., February 2, 2008.

“'Trouble in Illinois': Missionaries, Elders, and the Struggle for Western Baptist Identity, 1817-1840,” 26th Annual Illinois History Symposium, Springfield, Ill., December 1, 2005.

“Associating Churches: The Practice of Christian Fellowship in the Central Mississippi Valley, 1820-1840,” The Newberry Seminar in Rural History, Chicago, Ill., October 1, 2005.

“Exegesis and the Spiritual Meaning in Jonathan Edwards's Notes on Scripture,” Society of Biblical Literature, Central States Regional Meeting, St. Louis, Mo., April 2003.

Stephen Bailey, Professor of Intercultural Studies

Spoke at an event in Washington, D.C., funded by the John Templeton Foundation, in September 2013 to announce the special edition of the journal, which focused on religious freedom in East and Southeast Asia.

Taught a course called “Effective Ministry in Today’s Globalized Urban Environment” for 17 doctoral students at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, N.Y., in July and August 2012.

Led November 2012 workshops in Udornthani, Thailand, for 150 expatriate Christians working in Laos. The workshops were titled “Freedom of Religion” and “Lao Religious Systems.”

Dan Berger, Professor of Communication

Presented a paper at the National Communication Association in 2011. The title of the paper was “Toward a Virtue Philosophy of Rhetoric.” It won a top 4 papers prize.

Presented a paper at the Houston Baptist Virtue Conference in 2011. The title of the paper was “Virtue Metaphysics.”

Presented a paper called “Knowing Metaphysical Unity with Diversity: Being-as-Being with Being Society of Christian Philosophers” in 2011.

Presented a paper in 2010 called the “Diversity and the Evangelical Christian Institution.” The paper was co-authored with Tammy Cleveland, director of student inclusion.

Presented “Oral Exegesis of the Bible” at the ACSI conference in Sacramento, CA.
October 2006.

Presented “Jesus’ use of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics,” at the Religious Communication Association in San Antonio, Texas. November 2006.

Poem, “Audible Silence,” was read nationwide on NPR, November 2006.

Listed in “Who’s Who in Poetry,” (2006-2007).

Timothy Carlisle, Assoicate Professor of English and Literature

Read an essay and chaired a session at the Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature in May. He also served as a reader for Advanced Placement in Louisville, Ky., in June 2013.

Michelle Engblom-Deglmann, Director of Clinical Training (MACP program)

Gave a presentation titled “Ambiguous Loss” at the Redding Regional Chapter of CAMFT (California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists) in January 2013.

Richard Harris, Associate Dean of Education/Professor of Education

“Building Bridges of Love.” Speaker at Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, Anderson/Cottonwood Neighborhood Church, Redding Christian Fellowship, Neighborhood Church in Chico and Evangelical Free Church in the Yuba City Area.

Attended the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) forum in Colorado Springs, Colorado for university professors and representatives of mission organizations who are involved in schools for missionary children.

Participated in the inauguration of the Southeastern European Seminary in Tirana, Albania.

Elected to the board of the Shasta County Association of California School Administrators and on the board of the California Association of Professors of Educational Administration (CAPEA).

Member of Executive Board of the Shasta County Association of California School Administrators as the representation for higher education.

Served as member of the Abraham Lincoln ESL Board in Tirana, Albania, traveling to board meetings in Albania and Los Angeles.

Michael Lyons, Associate Professor of Old Testament

Read a paper entitled “Ezekiel 34: Composition and Allusion” at the Society of Biblical Literature International meeting in Scotland in July 2013.

Presented a paper in October 2012 entitled “The Role and Techniques of Allusion in Ezekiel’s Rhetoric” at a symposium on Textualization, Intertextuality and the Formation of Prophetic Literature at Harvard Divinity School.

Cherry McCabe, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Presented a paper and participated in a panel discussion of “Biblical Mandates for Civic Engagement” at the American Political Science Association’s national conference of Christians in Political Science in May 2014.

Participated in a joint CCCU and Hillsdale College Free Market Forum in Houston, Texas, in October 2012.

Cyril Myers Jr., Assistant Professor of Choral Music

Led a lecture-recital on Feb. 24 for Black History Month on American jazz singer Johnny Hartman. The event was held on Simpson’s campus and open to the public.

Jack Painter, Professor of New Testament

Presented a paper titled, “They have gone the way of Cain: Violence in the letter of Jude with Reference to René Girard,” at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in November 2013.

Caesarea and the Origins of Mithraism, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, November 1995, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania "Religion at Caesarea Maritima to AD 100: Continuity and Conflict,? Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, June 1, 1995, Montreal, Canada "The Caesarea Mithraic Inscription, Midwest SBL, February 13, 1995, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan "For God so loved the world: the Global Implications of Salvation and Mission in the Gospel of John," Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2003.

East Meets West: Caesarea Maritima in Josephus and the Acts of the Apostles, Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2006.

Mardy Philippian, Associate Professor of English

Presented a paper titled "Philip K. Dick, Varieties of Cognition, and Theory of Mind" at the 38th annual Society for Utopian Studies Conference in November 2013. He also presented a paper entitled “King Lear, Cognitive Theory, and the Disabling of Madness” at the 42nd annual Shakespeare Society of America conference in April 2014.

Dan Pinkston, Professor of Theory and Composition

Performance of “The Maccabees” by the Northwestern College Wind Ensemble as part of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers National Conference in Orange City, IO. September 29 – October 1, 2006.

“Banfora” premiered by the Foothill High School Band. May 17, 2007.

“Nothing but the Blood of Jesus,” for saxophone and piano performed at the Simpson University Faculty Recital, October 12, 2006.
Positions, Appointments, Awards

Presented paper entitled, “Systematic and Mystical Theology in James Macmillan’s Veni, Veni Emmanuel.” National Faculty Leadership Conference, Alexandria, VA., July 2006

Commissioned by the North Sate Symphony to write an orchestral composition, to be premiered November 30 and December 1-3, 2007 at four Northern California locations.

Debora Rager, Assistant Professor of Spanish

Selected to serve as a mentor with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, which creates national standards for foreign language instruction.

Craig Slane, Professor of Systematic Theology

“Existing for God in an Age of Theology’s Disestablishment: Prospects for the Christian University." A paper delivered at the 2nd Annual Bonhoeffer Colloquium, Freie Universität—Berlin, July 14, 2007.

“The Mark of Cain and God’s Patience with Evil.” Baccalaureate address, Simpson University, 2007.

“Bonhoeffer the Martyr: Imitatio Christi, ‘Religionless Christianity’, and a ‘World Come of Age’.” A paper delivered at the conference ‘Will the Real Dietrich Bonhoeffer Please Stand Up?’ at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, July 19-21, 2006.

“Martyrdom and a World Come of Age.” Paper presented at the Vancouver Bonhoeffer Symposium, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 18, 2006.

“The Holocaust and the German Resistance: The Case of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” A paper presented at the University of British Columbia under the auspices of the Waldmann Foundation, February 20, 2006.

“Ontological Construal or Ontological Description?” A response to Peter DaBrock's "Responding to Wirklichkeit: Reclaiming Bonhoeffer's Approach of Theological Ethics between Mystery and Formation of the World." Bonhoeffer Symposium, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (September 29 – October 1, 2005).

“Bonhoeffer's Two Mistakes and the Way of Responsibility.” Chapel address at Taylor University commemorating the 60th anniversary of Bonhoeffer's death. April 2005.

“A New Letter in the Alphabet? Early Christian and Contemporary Martyrdom.” A paper to the History of Christianity Group, AAR/SBL Western Regional Meeting, Tempe, Arizona, March 13, 2005.

Schuldübernahme as an Instance of Penultimate Suffering: A Response to Christine Schliesser.” A paper presented to the Bonhoeffer and Society Section, American Academy of Religion, 22 November 2004, San Antonio, Texas.

“Diary of a Bourgeois Priest.” Paper given at Princeton Seminary on the occasion of the Simpson University East Coast Alumni Gathering, October 2003.

“Bonhoeffer's Christus Praesens and its Relevance for Christian Behavior.” Midwest Regional Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, 1995.

“After Fifty Years,” Public lecture commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Bonhoeffer's death, Huntington College, Huntington, Indiana, 1995.

Amy Smallwood, Assistant Professor of Outdoor Leadership

Presented a workshop titled, “A Philosophical Approach to Integrating an Immersion Semester into Your Curriculum” at the Association for Experiential Education’s International Conference in November 2013.

Michelle Stinson, Associate Professor of Old Testament

Charting the Currents of Israel’s Exodus: the Structural and Rhetorical Use of Water References in Psalm 78”; Trinity College Bristol PostGraduate Research Conference; Bristol UK, July 2014

“A Consuming Desire: A Look at Psalm 78’s Retelling of the Quail Account of Numbers 11”;Trinity College Bristol PostGraduate Research Conference; Bristol UK, June 2013

“The Undoing of Creation: Psalm 105’s Depiction of Divine Judgment in the Egyptian Plagues”; Evangelical Theological Society Conference; Milwaukee WI, November 2012

“Praise the LORD, the (un)Creator of Heaven and Earth”: Psalm 105’s Depiction of YHWH’s Sovereignty in the Egyptian Plagues”; Trinity College Bristol PostGraduate Research Conference; Bristol UK, June 2012

“A Triptych of the Table: Rebellion, Judgment, and Restoration in the Book of Isaiah”; Society of Biblical Literature Conference; Atlanta GA, November 2010

“Guests at the Table of God: Fellowship and Judgment at Divine-Human Meals”; Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego CA, November 2007

“Turning Tables and Musical Chairs: Role Reversals and Situational Irony at Divine-Human Meals”; Evangelical Theological Society, Washington D.C., November 2006

“God and Man at Table in Isaiah 25:6: A Banquet of Celebration or a Feast of Destruction?” Evangelical Theological Society Regional Conference, Lincoln IL, March 2004

Paul Stonehouse, Associate Professor of Outdoor Leadership

Gave a presentation at the Christian Experiential Learning Leadership Summit in Missouri in February 2013. The title of the presentation was “Experiential Education and Discipleship: The Vita Activa and the Vita Contemplativa.”

Gave a presentation at the Christian Adventure Association Conference in Mt. Hermon, in October 2012. The title of the presentation was “The Long Held Assumption of Character Development through Outdoor Adventure Education: Critique and Hope.”

AORE Research Symposium, Keystone, CO, November 2010. The rough ground of character: A philosophical investigation into character development on a wilderness expedition through a virtue ethical lens.

Cynthia A. Strong, Assistant Professor of Missiology

Presented "Past Approaches to Outreach" for the Encountering Islam Project, Austin, Texas, Nov 5, 2006

Presented at the Evangelical Missiological Society, "Dwarves, Elves and Vampires: A Case Study of Syncretism in Manileno Folk Beliefs," April 16, 2004, Worldview Center, Portland, Oregon.

Presented paper on Sufism at the Fourth Consultation on Ministry to Muslim Women, Fort Worth, Texas, August 4-8, 2004.

Presentation on Evangelizing Muslim Women at the Global Celebration for Women, September 19-21, 2001, Reliant Astrodome, Houston, Texas

David K. Strong, Professor of Missiology

Presented a paper “From Barbarians to Barbarians: Celtic Missionary Spirituality in the Dark Ages” at Evangelical Missiological Society, Orlando, FL, September 30, 2006.

Cindy Van Schooten, Adjunct Professor

Attended Beyond the Bench Conference in Monterey, CA. December 2006.

Plenary speaker at Association of Families, Children and Courts Conference in San Francisco, CA. February 2007.

Served for the sixth year for the National Judicial College in Reno, NV, teaching newly appointed/elected judges nationwide on how to interview children, using child development and research regarding the best interest of the child.

Served on the California Statewide Educational Committee for the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).

Served on the California Legislative Committee for the California Family Court Services Director’s Association.

Carol Wertz, Associate Professor of Education/Project WELCOME Director

Gave a presentation on classroom management at Global Vision Christian School in South Korea in October 2012.

Taught in Rayhua Bilingual Academy in Suzhou, China, with Footsteps Mission Organization (Summer 2006).


Performances and/or Recitals:

Dan Pinkston, Professor of Theory and Composition

Had premieres of several original compositions: “Thievery” was performed by the Simpson University percussion ensemble at its spring 2014 concert; “Valedictum” for cello and violin, a work commissioned by the North State Symphony board of directors, was performed in May 2014 by symphony members. In addition, his Symphony No. 2 was performed by the Juneau Symphony Orchestra in Alaska in April 2014.


Professional organizations, honors, and awards

Cherry McCabe, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Executive board member of the Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Jack Painter, Professor of New Testament

Society of Biblical Literature

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Eagle Scout

Craig Slaine, Professor of Systematic Theology

Dr. Craig Slane has won a competitive research fellowship at the Biola Center for Christian Thought with his proposal "The Temptation to Sacred Violence in Christian Scholarship." Dr. Slane will be part of an interdisciplinary team of eight scholars researching, writing, and speaking on the center's current theme: "Christian Scholarship for the 21st Century: Prospects and Perils."