Board of Directors
Chairman: Allan McNicol
Allan is originally from Queensland, Australia. An Emeritus Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Austin Graduate School of Theology – Lipscomb University Austin Center, he graduated from Abilene Christian College and Yale University before gaining a PhD in New Testament from Vanderbilt University. A former church elder, Allan is a member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, an international community of New Testament scholars. His published works include: Beyond the Q Impasse: Luke’s Use of Matthew, co-editor (Bloomsbury, 1996); Preparing for Baptism: Becoming Part of the Story of the People of God (Christian Studies Press, 2001); The Conversion of the Nations in Revelation (T&T Clark, 2011); and The Persistence of God’s Endangered Promises: The Bible’s Unified Story (T&T Clark, 2018). Allan is married to Patricia, a musician, and they are members of Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, Texas.
Secretary: Mary Elisabeth (Libby) Weed
Libby earned a BS in Education, MA in English Literature, and PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed a career as a classroom teacher, biblical worldview teacher trainer, and school administrator, culminating in thirty years as principal of Brentwood Christian School. Presently she continues to serve as a part-time consultant to the school and also as a teacher of children and adults at Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ. Libby was on the review committee for the Timeless Psalter project. She and her husband Michael Weed co-authored the Bible Handbook: A Guide for Basic Bible Learning, and she edited the Read ‘N’ Grow Picture Bible. Michael was the founding editor of Christian Studies; Libby assisted him in editing and proofreading the journal. Michael and Libby are the parents of two children and grandparents of six.
Treasurer: Becky Blake Stewart
Becky earned a BA in Education and Psychology from the University of Iowa and MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin. She is retired from a career in education, having spent decades teaching in elementary and middle school, supervising student teachers, and mentoring faculty. For over 30 years she focused on writing curriculum and teaching students from a Christian perspective at Brentwood Christian School in Austin, Texas. Becky was the first to receive the Texas Christian Schools Association’s Teacher of the Year for outstanding contribution to Christian education. She served on the review committee for the Timeless Psalter project. Becky grew up in Iowa and Nebraska attending small congregations of the Church of Christ. She now attends Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin where she teaches women’s and children’s classes. Her late husband Bill Stewart was an active supporter of Christian Studies. They have a son and two grandsons.
Keith is the Director of CCS and is Professor of Theology at Heritage Christian University. He previously taught Scripture and historical theology at Harding University and Austin Graduate School of Theology. He received his education at Oklahoma Christian University (BA), Harding School of Theology (MDiv), and Calvin Theological Seminary (PhD). A leading scholar of Jacob Arminius, Keith has written several books including: Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace, co-author (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Reformation to the Modern Church: A Reader in Christian Theology (Fortress Press, 2014); The Letter and Spirit of Biblical Interpretation: From the Early Church to Modern Practice (Baker Academic, 2018); After Arminius: A Historical Introduction to Arminian Theology, co-author (Oxford University Press, 2020); and Ethics Beyond Rules: How Christ’s Call to Love Informs Our Moral Choices (Zondervan, 2021). Keith is the Editor of the Journal of Christian Studies. Keith, his wife, Amanda, and their three children are members of Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, Texas.
Todd served as Associate Professor and the Director of the David Worley Library at Lipscomb University Austin Center (formerly Austin Graduate School of Theology). He continues to serve as the Library Director at LUAC. He served in local church ministry before undertaking biblical studies at the Center for Christian Education and, later, at Austin Graduate School of Theology (BA, MA in Theological Studies). He then completed a MS in Library Science at University of North Texas and a PhD in education at Texas State University. Todd has published several articles in Christian Studies and has worked alongside Keith as managing editor of the journal for nine years. Todd, his wife Cara, and daughter, Madison, live in San Marcos, Texas, where Todd serves as the minister of the Holland Street Church of Christ.
Michael R. Young (M.S., M.Div., Biblical Studies, ACU; M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy, U. of Dallas)
Mike previously served as a minister in churches in Texas, New Mexico, and Connecticut as well as a missionary in Santiago, Chile. He currently teaches in the Ph.D. Humanities Program at Faulkner University.
Robert Bluethman (BSEE, MSEE, Rice University)
Robert Bluethman and his wife, Karen, are longtime members of the Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ (BOCC) in Austin, Texas. At BOCC, Robert teaches in the adult education ministry and previously served as an elder. Robert worked for many years in product development and is now retired.
Bopelo Boitshwarelo (Ph.D., Education, Deakin Univ., Melbourne AUS)
Bopelo Boitshwarelo holds a PhD in Education from Deakin University in Melbourne, focussing on flexible learning approaches. He currently works at La Trobe University (Melbourne) as the Academic Coordinator for Online Education Programs. Bopelo became a Christian in 1990 and has been a member of a few congregations in Botswana (his native country) and Australia. He has also served as a deacon at the Broadhurst Church of Christ in Gaborone from 2010 -2012. He is married to Itabo and they have two children.
Jim Martin MDiv., (ACU; D.Min., HST)
Since January 2014, Jim Martin has served as the Vice President of Harding School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to this appointment, he served various congregations in Alabama, Missouri, and Texas as a preaching minister for 36 years. Most recently he served the Crestview Church of Christ in Waco, Texas for 20 years (1993-2013).
Jim has a passion for mentoring and developing Christian leaders and other Christ followers. He has regularly led mentoring and coaching groups for Christian leaders throughout the United States. He also spends much time coaching, mentoring, and encouraging individual ministers. He serves as a partner with Hope Network Ministries.
Jim and his wife, Charlotte, enjoy spending time with their three grandsons, Brody, Lincoln, and Sully and one granddaughter, Elsie.
Mac Sandlin (MDiv., HST; Ph.D., Theology, University of Dayton)
Mac Sandlin is a professor in Harding University’s College of Bible in Ministry and Honors College. He specializes in theology and ethics, but also teaches a variety of courses including Old and New Testament. Mac and his wife, Jenni, are members of the Beebe Church of Christ where Mac serves as deacon of adult education.