Lecturers

Jerrad Lopes

Jerrad Lopes is a Christian pastor and the founder of Dad Tired,  a non-profit ministry focused on equipping men to lead their family well. He hosts the weekly Dad Tired Podcast, listened to by hundreds of thousands of men from around the world, and also authored Stop Behaving: A Gospel-Centered Devotional for Men. 

He and his wife Leila live in Portland, Oregon with their two children.

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Kevin Bogan

Kevin is the director of Traditional/Blended Worship Arts at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS. He has developed a wide variety of worship and musical experiences for the church that have included music, dance, drama and multi-media resources. Under his direction, the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra have performed around the country and world. Kevin is also active in the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts as well as in musical theater in Kansas City. Kevin travels with EO regularly and has been the Musical Guest on past Celebration Cruises. Members of the Resurrection Choir will perform with him during the 2020 cruise. 

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Dr. Rich Bimler

Rich is Ministry Consultant and Ambassador for Health, Hope, and Aging! for Lutheran Church Charities. Based out of the Chicago area, he writes, speaks and consults with agencies and organizations throughout the world. He is author of 17 books, editor for Hope-Full Living: Daily Devotions for Christian Seniors and writer for www.richandcharlie.com. He has served in local churches,  district and national denomination positions and on numerous boards and advisory groups. Rich continues to enjoy his family, grandparenting, jogging, St. Arbucks, writing, laughing and the Chicago Cubs.

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Brent A. Strawn

Brent A. Strawn is William Ragsdale Cannon Distinguished Professor of Old Testament in the Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University. He has twice won the On Eagle’s Wings Excellence in Teaching Award at Candler. Brent is an ordained elder in the North Georgia conference of The United Methodist Church. In addition to his many speaking engagements at churches, he is a frequent contributor to CNN. Brent’s most recent book is The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment.

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Carol Newsom

Carol Newsom is the C. H. Candler Distinguished Professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion, where she has taught Hebrew Bible since 1980. The first woman on the international team that translated the Dead Sea Scrolls, Carol has also focused on the ways in which women are portrayed in the Bible, and she co-edited the Women’s Bible Commentary, which has sold over 100,000 copies. Carol was president of the Society of Biblical Literature and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Rev. Dr. James Voelz

Rev. Dr. James W. Voelz is the Dr. Jack Dean Kingsbury Professor of New Testament Theology and graduate professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Among his foci are the Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of Mark. He has also taught the Pauline epistles and Acts of the Apostles. He is a member of SBL and SNTS and regularly present papers for both organizations. Jim has also served in churches as Bible teacher and assistant pastor.

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Bishop Guy Erwin

Bishop Guy Erwin serves the Southwest California Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Previously, he has served as professor at California Lutheran University and Yale Divinity School as well as part-time interim pastor for 3 ELCA congregations. During the Reformation anniversary in 2017, Bishop Erwin gave 30 lectures related to Luther and the Reformation in the US and Germany.

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Dr. David deSilva

Dr. deSilva is the Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary. He has published over twenty-five books, including "Honor, Patronage, Kinship and Purity: Unlocking the New Testament," "Unholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation's Warning," and "Transformation: The Heart of Paul's Gospel." He has also contributed articles to numerous journals, reference works, and study Bibles. As a popular speaker on several EO cruises, he has taken on the complex subject of the book of Revelation and received high praise.

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The Rev. Judy Fentress-Williams Ph.D.

The Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress‐Williams is Professor of Old Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary and Senior Assistant to the Pastor and Christian Education Director at Alfred Street Baptist Church. Previously she was a member of the faculty at Hartford Seminary. Dr. Fentress‐Williams has published numerous essays and books in addition to being the Old Testament editor and contributor for the CEB Women’s Bible.

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Dr. Monte Luker

Monte Luker is the Academic Dean of the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies. He has lived, studied, and taught in the Holy Land for the past 30 years. In addition to the Land, his primary interests are in the literary and theological analysis of Scripture, and he has contributed numerous articles to Mercer Dictionary of the Bible, Anchor Bible Dictionary, New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, as well as scholarly and church-related journals. 

Dr. Luker’s books include Doom and Hope in Micah; Passion, Vitality, and Foment: The Dynamics of Second Temple Judaism; and An Illustrated Guide to the Holy Land For Tour Groups, Students, and Pilgrims (Abing- don, fall 2013 see www.AbingdonAcademic.com/HolyLand). Dr. Luker has been Adjunct Professor of Bible at the Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies since 1997. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Schools of Oriental Research, the Biblical Archaeology Society, and the National Association of Professors of Hebrew.

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