David P. Gushee, Director
Dr. David P. Gushee (BA, College of William & Mary; Master of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy, Union Theological Seminary in New York) is Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University, where he has served for eleven years.Widely regarded as one of the world's leading Christian ethicists, he is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 22 books and hundreds of articles in his field, including Righteous Gentiles of the Holocaust, Kingdom Ethics, The Sacredness of Human Life, Evangelical Ethics, A Letter to My Anxious Christian Friends, Still Christian, and the forthcoming Moral Leadership for a Divided Age: Fourteen People Who Dared to Change Our World.
Dr. Gushee was elected by his peers to serve as the current President of the American Academy of Religion and the immediate Past-President of the Society of Christian Ethics, a very rare combination for any religion scholar.
A devoted teacher, Professor Gushee offers courses to seminary students at Mercer's McAfee School of Theology, and to college students in Macon. Over a busy 25-year career, he has written opinion pieces or given interviews to almost all major national and religion media outlets in the United States and many around the world. He has also been heavily involved in numerous activist efforts for peace, justice, human dignity, and the integrity of God's creation, most notably in addressing torture, climate change, and the continued harm being inflicted on LGBTQ persons by Christian churches and families.
Dr. Gushee, his beloved wife Jeanie, and their regal cat Noah live in NE Atlanta, where they are happily surrounded by four generations of family members, including his father, sister, three children, and two grandchildren. He is a classic novel reader, world traveler, and tennis player, and awaits a call from his beloved Atlanta Braves to resume the baseball career he abandoned in college.
Social Media: www.davidpgushee.com - twitter: @dpgushee -- facebook.com/davidpgushee
Paul E. Knowlton, Principal – Marketplace Initiative
A Practicing attorney, Rev. Paul E. Knowlton, Esq. (BS, Temple Univeristy; Juris Doctor, Georgia State University College of Law; Master of Divinity, Mercer University) is also Principal - Marketplace Initiative for the Center for Theology and Public Life. Paul brings an intentionally diverse and vertically integrated trajectory of training, experience, and proven leadership to his role as Principal. Initially trained as an engineer and then attorney, he enjoys successful careers in both construction management and legal services. Following seminary, where he was fortunate to be a student of Dr. Gushee, he successfully served as CEO of a human services agency. In his various professional roles he has gained broad and critical experience constructively relating theological and ethical commitments to public life, and helping others do the same. This is especially true over the past 15 years, where his work has focused on successfully growing people and organizations to the next level.
Edwina E. Cowgill - Administrative Secretary
Edwina Cowgill (BA, in Religious Arts with a concentration in Christian Counseling from Logos University) is the Administrative Secretary for Dr. David Gushee, Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life. She is responsible for scheduling Dr. Gushee’s appointments; making travel arrangements; class material prep; coordinating timely submission of paperwork for research assistants and student workers. Edwina serves as a liaison for Dr. Gushee to his students and faculty members. In her spare time, Edwina enjoys reading, writing, music and spending time with her family.
Jeremy Hall - Researcher and Media coordinator
Rev. Jeremy Hall (BA, in Religion and Congregational Studies from Samford University, Masters of Divinity in Christian Social Ethics from Mercer University) does research for ongoing CTPL projects, and manages the center’s various intellectual and media properties. In Atlanta, Jeremy is the Associate Pastor of Faith Development at Towne View Baptist Church. He has partnered with various churches as a growth and general health consultant; he currently serves as a member of the advisory board for missions non-profit WORDWALK Inc., as well as traveling arround the country and the world to lead conversations on youth and family ministry, Christian Ethics & Theology, Ecclesiastic/Cultural Issues, and congregational sustainability.
Ian Madden - Student Worker and Glen H. Stassen Scholar
Ian Madden, (Ba, in English from Truman State University) is a first year student at McAfee School of Theology, pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. In June 2017, after reading Kingdom Ethics by Dr. Gushee and Dr. Glen Stassen, Ian drove 10 hours in his rattly car to a Christian ethics-themed conference to talk with others about the book. Now he is the first recipient at McAfee of the Glen H. Stassen scholarship and Dr. Gushee's mentee. Originally from St. Louis, Ian's writing has been published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and he is an alumnus of STL-area's Cultural Leadership program, which trains students passionate about social justice to become 'troublemakers of the best kind.'