Scholars Collaboration

Derek C. Hatch

Derek C. Hatch is the Coordinator of the NABF Scholars Collaboration. He is Associate Professor of Religion and Endowed Chair of Baptist Studies at Georgetown College. He is a member of the Baptist World Alliance’s Commission on Baptist Doctrine and Christian Unity. Additionally, he is the author of several books and articles related to Baptist theology, including Thinking with the Church: Toward a Renewal of Baptist Theology.


Curtis W. Freeman

Curtis W. Freeman is Research Professor of Theology at Duke University Divinity School and Director of the Baptist House of Studies at the Divinity School. He is the editor of American Baptist Quarterly and a member of the Baptist World Alliance’s Commission on Baptist Doctrine and Christian Unity. He is the author and editor of several books, including Baptist Roots, A Company of Women Preachers, Contesting Catholicity, Undomesticated Dissent, and Pilgrim Letters.


Jennifer Garcia Bashaw

Jennifer Garcia Bashaw is Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Ministry at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Her research interests include Gospels studies, biblical hermeneutics, homiletics, and the work of René Girard. She is an ordained American Baptist minister and has served in multiple Baptist churches throughout the country.



Elizabeth Newman

Elizabeth Newman is Professor of Theology (Adjunct) at Duke Divinity School. Previously she was the Eula Mae and John Baugh Professor of Theology and Ethics at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (2002-2019). She is the author of Untamed Hospitality: Welcoming God and Other Strangers (2007); Attending the Wounds on Christ’s Body: Teresa’s Scriptural Vision (2012); and Divine Abundance: Leisure, the Basis of Academic Culture (2018). She currently serves as Chair of the BWA Commission on Baptist Doctrine and Christian Unity.


Bruce Fawcett

Bruce Fawcett is President, Vice Chancellor, and Professor of Leadership and Religious Studies at Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. An ordained Canadian Baptist minister, he is a former pastor, denominational staff member, and seminary dean. His research interests include Christian higher education, clergy recruitment, youth ministry, and mission.