Faculty

Melissa J. Barciela Mandala – Coming July 2024!

Melissa J. Barciela Mandala works in New Testament Studies, specifically in Pauline scholarship. After graduating from PBA with a BA in Biblical Studies and an MDiv, she relocated to Scotland with her husband Ryan. Melissa then earned a Master of Letters in Biblical Languages and Exegesis at the University of St. Andrews and is currently …

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Catherine L. McDowell – Coming July 2024!

Dr. Catherine McDowell comes to Palm Beach Atlantic University from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte, N.C.) where she was an Associate Professor of Old Testament. Before teaching at GCTS-Charlotte, Dr. McDowell was an assistant professor of Old Testament at GCTS-Boston (2002-2004) and Wheaton College (2010-2011) and served as a graduate teaching fellow at Harvard University (1999-2001). …

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Jesse Grenz

Dr. Jesse Grenz began his journey into the field of New Testament studies when he attended PBA for his bachelor of arts and master of divinity degrees. He subsequently went on to study New Testament Textual Criticism at the University of Cambridge for his master of philosophy and doctor of philosophy degrees. His research focuses …

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Brian Shockey

Dr. Shockey loves training Christian leaders and helping them discover their gifts and calling. He enjoys getting to know students and their stories, both inside and outside the classroom. Prior to coming to PBA, Dr. Shockey served as a pastor, youth pastor, worship leader, and adjunct professor. He is excited to help students grow in …

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Wanjiru M. Gitau

Assistant Professor of World Christianity and Practical Theology   Born and educated in Kenya, Dr. Gitau has extensive pastoral experience in dynamic congregations, as well as research experience in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and USA. Between 2011 and 2017, she was a researcher with a multi-country project, The Africa Leadership Survey https://africaleadershipstudy.org/, funded by …

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Bryan T. Froehle

Professor of Religious Studies and Sociology BRYAN_FROEHLE@pba.edu Dr. Froelhe previously directed the Ph.D. program in practical theology at St. Thomas University. Earlier in his career, he founded the Siena Center at Dominican University in Illinois, dedicated to the intersection of faith and contemporary society, and led the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), …

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Victor A. Copan

Professor of Ministry Leadership and Biblical Studies VIC_COPAN@pba.edu Dr. Victor Copan is a professor of ministry, leadership and biblical studies and is also chair of the ministry department.  Under his leadership, the B.A. in Ministry degree has expanded significantly through the addition of six concentrations.  His areas of teaching range from spiritual formation, New Testament, …

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Dr. Rickabaugh

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Research Scholar in Public Philosophy BRANDON_RICKABAUGH@PBA.EDU His dissertation, The Conscious Mind Unified, won the Outstanding Dissertation of the Year Award from both the Department of Philosophy and the School of Humanities (a first for the Philosophy Department) at Baylor University. Dr. Rickabaugh’s research seeks to understand what unifies and disunifies ultimate …

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