Scholars Collaboration

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.

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.

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.

David Emmanuel Goatley

Professor Goatley is a constructive theologian whose scholarship and practice is at the intersection of missiology, Black theology, and leadership strategy. A globally recognized missiologist, he emphasizes cross-cultural experiential learning with indigenous communities to deepen understanding, broaden horizons, and strengthen Christian discipleship and leadership formation.

Steven R. Harmon

Steven R. Harmon is Professor of Historical Theology in the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. He is an ordained Baptist minister affiliated with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, past President of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, and co-secretary of the Baptist-Catholic International Dialogue Joint Commission–Phase III.

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.

Melody Maxwell

Melody Maxwell serves as Associate Professor of Church History and Director of the Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She is the author of multiple books and articles about Baptist women.

Mark Medley

Mark S. Medley is Professor of Theology and Seminary Chapel/Community Prayer Coordinator at Baptist Seminary of Kentucky (Georgetown/Louisville, KY). He also serves as Theologian-in-Residence at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington, Kentucky, His current project is on baptism and baptismal life interpreted in a martyrial key.

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 Baptist Alliance’s Commission on Baptist Doctrine and Christian Unity.