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Urias beverly
Beverly, Urias H.
Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Director of DMin Program and the Muslim Chaplaincy Program
BA, Indiana Central University
MS, Butler University
MDiv, Christian Theological Seminary
DMin, Christian Theological Seminary

E-mail: ubeverly@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 216

Dr. Beverly began his preaching ministry at the early age of six as the son of a Baptist preacher in Indianapolis, Indiana. After serving in the US Army, he earned his BA, MA, and MDiv. and DMin degrees. Since his ordination as a Baptist minister at the age of 24, he has pastored several churches including: Riverside United Methodist, Stone of Hope Nondenominational Church, and Grand River American Baptist Church. Aside from parish ministry, he has had a career as in Pastoral Care and Counseling Serving; a Certified: Hospital Chaplain, Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, Pastoral Counselor, and a Marriage and Family Therapist and Social Worker. He is a past president of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and currently serves as Director of the Doctor of Ministry program and the Muslim Chaplaincy Program at Ecumenical Theological Seminary,  conducting Interfaith Spiritual Care (ISC). He is the author of The Places You Go: Caring for Your Congregation Monday Through Saturday.
Dr. Beverly is married to the Dr. Billie Beverly and has five children, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild. He enjoys daily walking and many other sports, plays piano and organ, writes and sings songs, poetry, and plays.

Kennteh Harris
Harris, Kenneth
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Professor of Biblical Studies
BRE, William Tyndale College
MA, Ashland Theological Seminary
ThM, Western Theological Seminary
DMin, Ecumenical Theological Seminary

E-mail: kharris@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200, ext. 204

Dr. Kenneth E. Harris currently serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies at ETS.  Dr. Harris has served in a number of roles at ETS, beginning as a doctoral student in 1992, and as the founding director of the UMD program at ETS in 1994.  Dr. Harris is also the founding pastor of the Detroit Baptist Temple (Now Detroit Bible Tabernacle) where he has served for over thirty years. He served as Senior Production Buyer, General Motors Truck Division, Pontiac Michigan from 1972 to 1984.  Dr. Harris also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Franklin Wright Settlements in Detroit.  In 2006-2007 he served as Co-Chair of the Finance / Procurement Committee of the Governor’s Transition Team for Detroit Public Schools. 

He has been married to the former Ruthie May White for the past forty-five years. They have three daughters: Keedra, a former ETS employee, who is with the Lord; Karisa (B.A., M.S.W., M.A.C.E.), a psychiatric social worker; Kenita (B.A., MDiv), an ordained pastor in the Reformed Church in America.  He enjoys playing golf when he can and enjoys spending time in the kitchen creating meals for the family.

Tony Curtis Henderson
Henderson, Tony Curtis
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
BA, University of Alabama at Birmingham
MDiv, Interdenominational Theological Center
DMin, United Theological Seminary

E-mail: thenderson@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200, ext. 215


For more than thirty-four years, Dr. Henderson has had the opportunity to serve God through pastorates in seven Christian Methodist Episcopal congregations in the states of Alabama, Kansas, and Michigan, respectively. Presently, he serves as the founding pastor of Resurrection Christian Center. In addition to serving as a pastor, he has served as a teacher and pastoral leader in church discipleship ministries and institutes that were sponsored by various Methodist congregations and several Baptist congregations. His ministry has included roles in the development of the Edmonds-Carr Nonprofit Housing Corporation, being an Adjunct Hospital Chaplain, and serving as a Theological Field Education Supervisor.

In 2004, he was invited to ETS to teach and to direct its theological field education program, which is known as Ministry Practicum. One of the rich qualities of this vocation that he really loves is the diversity of its faculty and staff. Another aspect of his calling is teaching and learning from his students who come from various traditions within the Church, as well as, from diverse ethnic communities throughout the state of Michigan. Finally, a very significant part of hid calling has to do with his constant advocacy for the intentional integration of spiritual or theological theory/principles with ministerial and/or ecclesiastical practice as the minister and the congregation look critically and honestly at the church's mission against the landscape of devastating social, political, educational, economic, and justice issues that manifest themselves daily in the life of our various communities.

Oscar King III
King III, Oscar
Assistant Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Faith-Based Economics and Urban Studies
BArch,  Howard University
MCP,   Harvard University
MDiv, Equiv. Ecumenical Theological Seminary
DMin,   Ecumenical Theological Seminary

E-mail: oking@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 215 

Dr. Oscar King, III is the pastor of Northwest Unity Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan. He has served in the United States Air Force Civil Engineering Corps. He has accomplished wide array of community and economic development projects as well as serving on the board of trustees for St. John Hospital. He has been on the faculty of Ecumenical Theological Seminary since 1999. He is currently the first vice-president of the Council of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity.
He is currently Chair of the Board of Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiatives. Served as Chair of the Board of Trustees for St. John's Northeast Hospital and former member of the Board for St. John Health System.  Member of Detroit Public Schools Bond Oversight Committee. Guest Editorial Writer for the Michigan Chronicle. First Vice Moderator for Metropolitan Congress of Christian Education, Wayne County Sheriff's Chaplain, Immediate Past President of the Council Of Baptist Pastors of Detroit and Vicinity.
He is married to Robin Wright-King, a manager at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and they are the parents of a blended family of four adult children. 

Olaf Lidums
Lidums, Olaf
Assistant Professor, Urban and Ecological Studies, Pastoral Ministry and Applied Ethics
BA, Luther College
MDiv, Wartburg Theological Seminary
MS, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
DMin, Ecumenical Theological Seminary

E-mail: olidums@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 213

Born in Tallin, Estonia, Dr. Olaf R. Lidums spent his early childhood in Upsalla, Sweden, and youth and college years in Chicago (immigrated in 1950). After graduation in 1965 from Luther College, Decorah, Olaf entered Wartburg Seminary, in Dubuque, Iowa, after a year of discernment while working as a social worker in a nursing home. Dr. Lidums received his MDiv and was Ordained in June, 1970. Over his 37 years of service, Olaf has served in a variety of congregational ministries, such as town and country, suburb, and three different urban churches in the Detroit area.

He pursued graduate studies in counseling psychology and received his M.S. in Counseling (1977) from U.W.-Whitewater, after which he worked as a Pastoral Counselor for LSS-Wisconsin for 6 years. Half of his 37 years have included other specialized ministries such as directorships in social service, homeless, hospital and addiction treatment ministries. After a long bivalent academic journey between PhD studies in psychology and DMin study at ETS, Olaf focused in on his dissertation work in the practice of trinitarian spirituality and received his DMin from ETS in 2003.

Murray, Stephen Butler
President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Preaching
BA, Bucknell University
MBA, Endicott College
MDiv, Yale University Divinity School
MPhil, Union Theological Seminary in New York City
PhD, Union Theological Seminary in New York City

Telephone: 313-831-5200 Ext. 220

The Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Preaching at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  Previously, he was the Senior Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Boston, Massachusetts, American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University and Denominational Counselor and Lecturer in Ministry at Harvard Divinity School, and the founding Dean of the College and Associate Professor of Theology at Barrytown College. He has served as the pastor of American Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ congregations in Massachusetts and New York, as the chaplain and on the faculty of Endicott College, Skidmore College, and Suffolk University, and was an administrator at Yale University’s Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice.  He serves on the national Emerging Theologians Task Force of the American Baptist Churches - USA and is an invited participant in the national, multi-denominational Baptist-Muslim Dialogue program.  He previously served as a denominational delegate to the National Council of Churches, was the founding Managing Editor of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, and is a past President of the North American Paul Tillich Society.  

He is the author of Reclaiming Divine Wrath: A History of a Christian Doctrine and Its Interpretation (Peter Lang, 2011), co-editor with David L. Bartlett and Claudia Ann Highbaugh of the festschrift for Harry Baker Adams, Crossing By Faith: Sermons on the Journey from Youth to Adulthood (Chalice Press, 2003), and co-editor with Aimee Upjohn Light of the multi-volume set God in Popular Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2015).  His academic work focuses on the history and contemporary relevance of Christian theology and ethics, inter-religious dialogue, and religion and the arts. 

Michael Nabors
Nabors, Michael C.
Director of MDiv Program and Director of Student Life, Assistant Professor of Homiletics
BS, Western Michigan University
MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
MTh, Princeton Theological Seminary
DMin, United Seminary

E-mail: mnabors@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 201

Michael Nabors is Director of the Master of Divinity Program, Student Life and assistant professor of Homiletics.  He has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Marygrove College and Calvin Theological Seminary.  He is the Senior Pastor of New Calvary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan where he has served for 16 years.  He serves as Chair of the Board for Gateway Community Health (Wayne County) and is a Board member of Voices for Michigan’s Children, the state’s largest children’s advocacy program.  He has served as president of the Michigan Progressive Baptist Convention.  He also served Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, New Jersey as Assistant Pastor and First Baptist Church in Princeton, New Jersey as a pastor, for a total of sixteen years. In New Jersey, Dr. Nabors was President of the Princeton Clergy Association, President of the Central New Jersey NAACP and President of the Trenton Branch of the NAACP. Serving as third pastor in the church's sixty-four year history, Dr. Nabors' primary goal is in building bridges between faith and intellect, senior citizens and youth, suburban and urban, the academy and the community/church.

James Perkinson
Perkinson, James W.
Professor of Ethics and Systematic Theology

BBA, University of Cincinnati
MDiv, St. John's Provincial Seminary
MTS, St. John's Provincial Seminary
PhD, University of Chicago Divinity School

E-mail: jperkinson@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 212

Jim Perkinson is a long-time activist and educator from inner city Detroit, where he has a history of involvement in various community development initiatives and low-income housing projects. He holds a PhD in theology from the University of Chicago, with a secondary focus on history of religions, is the author of White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity and Shamanism, Racism, and Hip-Hop Culture: Essays on White Supremacy and Black Subversion, and has written extensively in both academic and popular journals on questions of race, class and colonialism in connection with religion and urban culture. He is in demand as a speaker on a wide variety of topics related to his interests and a recognized artist on the spoken-word poetry scene in the inner city.
Jim is interested in using a broad array of interdisciplinary tools to investigate the way socio-economic position, racial presupposition, and gender perspective already inform our values and orientation to life long before we begin to grapple with questions of identity, ministry or spirituality. He is particularly concerned to understand the way white supremacy, as an effect of colonial Christian practices, continues to be reproduced in mainstream Western cultures. In addition, he explores how the creative forms of cultural resistance developed by marginalized groups and indigenous peoples can critically challenge Christianity today. These concerns figure in both his academic writing and the performance poetry that he produces as a necessary adjunct to teaching. Becoming at least bi-cultural in communication skills and poly-rhythmic in spiritual practice is fast emerging as a requisite capacity for Christian leadership in a transnational world. And the need for a pedagogy adequate to such a demand is his consuming passion.

Anneliese Sinnott
Sinnott, Anneliese O.P. 
Director of MA Program, Professor of Systematic Theology
BA, Siena Heights College
MM, De Paul University
MA, University of Detroit
MDiv, Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary
Phd, Katholieke Universitelt Leuven

E-mail: asinnott@etseminary.edu
                                    Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 218

Dr. Anneliese Sinnott is Professor of Systematic Theology and is currently serving as the Coordinator for the Master of Arts program in Pastoral Ministry Program. She served as Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean at ETS from 1996 to 2010. Prior to that, she directed the Master of Divinity Program. In addition to her work here, Dr. Sinnott has been a frequent presenter at local, regional and national gatherings on a variety of topics and has contributed several articles to published works. She values the opportunity provided by ETS to guide others in learning in a multicultural, ecumenical environment. She believes that the task of a theological seminary today is to assist students in a discovery, examination and articulation of the Christian faith, both in the language of their own tradition and in dialogue with others as well as to effectively minister in the church and world of the 21st century. 

Anneliese was born and received her early education in Chicago, Illinois. Following her graduation from high school, she became a member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in Adrian, Michigan. Her early years as a Roman Catholic sister were spent teaching elementary school and music. She came to Michigan to attend seminary. 

Waddell, James
Assistant Professor
BA, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
MA, Washington University in Saint Louis
MDiv, Concordia Seminary
STM, Concordia Seminary
MA, University of Michigan
PhD, University of Michigan

E-Mail: jwaddell@etseminary.edu
Telephone: 313-831-5200 ext. 213

With nearly 25 years of experience as a Lutheran pastor, Dr. Waddell serves in parish ministry in an urban setting. His congregation is in the process of planning a large community garden in Ypsilanti Township, with the intent to empower dozens of lower-income families in the surrounding neighborhood to achieve some measure of food independence. He holds a Ph.D. in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins from the University of Michigan, and has taught Biblical Studies, Classics, Religious Studies, and Liturgical Theology at several institutions, including the University of Michigan and Ecumenical Theological Seminary. He has published a number of books and peer-reviewed articles, has delivered numerous papers at professional conferences, and is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature.  He is the author of The Messiah: A Comparative Study of the Enochic Son of Man and the Pauline Kyrios (T&T Clark, 2011). His teaching highlights early Jewish and early church views of wealth, economic exploitation and oppression of the poor, and justice in biblical and extra-biblical sources, and postmodern/post-colonial appropriation of biblical ethics regarding wealth, poverty, justice, and liberation. His research focuses on first- and second-century developments of early christology, as well as social and ideological intersections of early Judaism, early Christianity, and early Islam in antiquity and late antiquity.