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Following graduation from HPU (2003), Brooke attended George W. Truett Theological Seminary, earning a M.Div. with a specialization in Christian Education (2006). She was ordained by Calvary Baptist Church (Waco, TX). She then served as Minister of Youth and Community Missions at Central Baptist Church (Marshall, TX) for six years. Currently she serves as Associate Pastor of Youth and Missions at Memorial Baptist Church (Arlington, VA). In the fall of 2013, Brooke began working on her Doctorate of Ministry at George W. Truett Theological Seminary. She also serves on the Graduate Program Advisory Council at HPU.
“I knew HPU was the place for me because it instantly felt like home: I was not mistaken. While I studied at Howard Payne, and particularly in the Christian Studies department, my faith and knowledge deepened as I grappled with and studied Bible and theology. My learning was not confined to the classroom, but was made richer in relationships with professors and fellow students and in the opportunities to stretch my wings in the practice of church, ministry, and community. To this day, these relationships and experiences are shaping me. The community I formed at HPU is living and active in my life and ministry even as I’m many miles away now: I know that I can call ‘home’ and find friends who are journeying with me through the challenges and joys of life and ministry! I am so thankful for my HPU home-base.”
Following his graduation from HPU’s School of Christian Studies in 1989, Steven R. Harmon earned the M.Div. and Ph.D. in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and pursued additional studies at The Catholic University of America, the University of Dallas, Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität (Münster, Germany), and Duke University Divinity School. He has served as a member of the faculties of Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, NC and Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL; as visiting professor at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, NC and Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC; and currently teaches Christian theology at Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity in Boiling Springs, NC. He the author of Every Knee Should Bow: Biblical Rationales for Universal Salvation in Early Christian Thought, Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision, Ecumenism Means You, Too: Ordinary Christians and the Quest for Christian Unity, and Baptist Identity and the Ecumenical Future: Story, Tradition, and the Recovery of Community, as well as numerous journal articles, chapters in multi-author books, and general readership publications. As a Baptist ecumenical theologian he has been actively involved in international dialogues between the Baptist World Alliance and other Christian world communions.
“There’s not a thing I do in my ministry of teaching, writing, and preaching that’s not indebted to the theological formation I received as an undergraduate student at Howard Payne. There I came to appreciate the Bible as historically-conditioned text as well as Sacred Scripture, learned the language of the early Greek Christianity that’s been the focus of much of my historical research, and appropriated as my own the theological framework of Christian doctrine in a way that’s since been expanded but not replaced. My years at HPU represent without question the most fertile concentrated period of my intellectual development. It was an exhilarating time, and my ongoing theological reflection takes me back to it often.”