Adam L. Bond
Associate Professor of Historical Studies
American Baptist Liaison
ADAM L. BOND is a historian of American Christianity. His research and writing focus on the narratives and ideas of black Christian leaders of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He believes in the power of remembering, retelling, and reliving our histories to interpret and navigate our contemporary world. He attempts to bring these resources to the classroom for students who might have missed the connection(s) between yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Bond has been the recipient of prestigious awards and is a published author. He was the recipient of a First Book Grant for Minority Scholars from the Louisville Institute, The Lynn E. May Study Grant, a Dissertation Fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education (now Forum for Theological Exploration), and a Wabash Summer Fellowship. He is the author of the book I’ve Been Called: Now What? (Judson Press, 2012), The Imposing Preacher: Samuel DeWitt Proctor and Black Public Faith (Fortress Press, 2013), and co-editor of the book Church on Purpose: Reinventing Discipleship, Community, and Justice (Judson Press, 2015). His current project, Enduring Tensions: Black Baptist Preachers and the Salvation of America (Mercer University Press), identifies the constant struggle and debate among black Baptist leaders about the best path forward for African American racial uplift (salvation).
An ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), Bond maintains a commitment to the local church and denominational life. He serves as the senior minister of the Providence Baptist Church in Ashland, Virginia.
John W. Vest
Visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism
Email: [email protected]
Department: Practical Theology
John received a BA in Religious Studies and Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations from Rice University; an M.Div. from the University of Chicago Divinity School; and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He has also studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and fulfilled all the Ph.D. coursework requirements in Hebrew Bible at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He has served as pastoral intern and pastoral associate at the Community Presbyterian Church, Clarendon Hills, IL, and associate pastor for youth ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church since 2006. He was the moderator of the Presbytery of Chicago for 2014 and, as you might imagine, has served on or moderated many Presbytery committees and task forces. He has also served as commissioner to both the 219th and the 221st General Assemblies. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, the Presbyterian Youth Workers’ Association, and the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators. His ministry presentations, academic presentations, and publications are numerous and give every indication that he will spark imagination and creativity in his students.
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Vice President: Rev. Lauren Ramseur
Treasurer: Ms. Catherine Griffin
Secretary: Mr. Edward Rossmoore