Administration and Faculty

Steve HeadshotSteve Blakemore
Professor of Christian Thought
B.A., Asbury College
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
M.A., Wake Forest University
Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Dr. Blakemore contributes to the faculty with ranging versatility as a pastor and philosopher. He spent fourteen years pastoring in the local church and four years as college chaplain and adjunct professor of religion and philosophy at Hiwassee College and Northeast State Community College in Tennessee. Dr. Blakemore is a contemporary Christian musician and the co-founder of “Resurrection,” a youth convention that annually challenges over 13,000 young people with Christ’s call to radical discipleship. He is passionate about teaching philosophy and apologetics because he agrees with Fyodor Dostoyevsky that “ideas have consequences.” Dr. Blakemore is committed to thinking deeply about “the faith once delivered to the saints” in order to strengthen Christ’s church and to communicate the Gospel in the contemporary world. He and his wife, Carolyn, have four sons. WBS faculty 2000-2006 and since 2010
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Rick HeadshotRick Boyd
Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies
B.S.M.E., University of Illinois
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
Ph.D., London School of Theology

Dr. Boyd has taught as an adjunct at a number of institutions of higher education, is a regular participant in scholarly societies and conferences, and is currently editing his doctoral dissertation, Sonship as the Central Theological Motif and Unifying Theme of Hebrews, for publication. In addition to his scholarship, Dr. Boyd brings to Wesley extensive experience in Christian media. His passion has been to communicate solid Biblical truth to a popular audience through radio. He and his wife Jodi have been actively involved in their local church through both Sunday school and small-group ministries. They have a burden for youth and for mentoring young adults. WBS faculty since 2014.
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Gary HeadshotGareth Cockerill
Academic Dean, Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Theology
B.A., Southern Wesleyan University
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
Th.M., Union Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary

Dr. Gary Cockerill, an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church, is a New Testament theologian and Greek scholar, a committed professor, a missionary who spent three terms of service in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and a campmeeting and conference Bible teacher. He regularly participates in the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. Dr. Cockerill is the author of several books including the NICNT commentary on Hebrews (Eerdmans, 2012) and Christian Faith in the Old Testament: the Bible of the Apostles (Thomas Nelson, 2014). He and his wife, Rosa, have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. WBS faculty since 1979.
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Matt HeadshotMatt Friedeman
Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship
B.A., University of Kansas
M.A., University of Kansas
M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Dr. Friedeman brings a multi-faceted ministry to his teaching at Wesley. He has authored books on evangelism, discipleship, and methods of Bible study. He has written a regular newspaper column and been a talk-show host on American Family Radio. His most recent book is Swallowed Up in God: the Best of Francis Asbury’s Journal and Letters (Teleios Press, 2014). Dr. Friedeman regularly leads students in various types of outreach, such as prison ministry and ministry to the unborn. Matt is an ordained Nazarene minister who serves as the founding pastor of Day Spring Community Church in Clinton, Mississippi. He and his wife, Mary, have six children. WBS faculty since 1987.
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Becky HeadshotRebecca Luman
Assistant Professor of Formation and Instruction/Director of Spiritual Formation and Distance Learning
A.A., Kentucky Mountain Bible College
B.S., California University of Pennsylvania
M.Div., Wesley Biblical Seminary
Th.M., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Becky Luman taught high school and college before entering the field of religious education. She has served on the staff of both Lakeshore Congregational Methodist Church and Wesley Chapel and continues to be an active consultant in the area of children’s ministries and pedagogical method. Dr. Luman has written educational curriculum for use at both the church and college levels. She has also directed and written curriculum for children’s camp. Becky is actively involved in teaching the gospel to women inmates in a nearby federal prison and in ministering to the families of the imprisoned. She is married to Karl Luman. WBS faculty since 2003. 
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John HeadshotJohn E. Neihof, Jr.
President, Professor of Pulpit Communication, Chair of the Faculty
A.A.R., Kentucky Mountain Bible College
B.A., Asbury University
M.A., The University of Kentucky
Ph.D., The University of Kentucky

After 23 years as a professor of communications and administrator at Kentucky Mountain Bible College, Dr. Neihof joined the WBS team in 2013. From 1998-2013 he participated in the Association for Biblical Higher Education which included accreditation team training, serving as a peer evaluator on eight ABHE visits, and one year as a Commissioner on the ABHE Commission for Accreditation. His professional life has included classroom teaching, student life administration, institutional advancement, ten years of pastoral ministry, and fifteen years of evangelism throughout the pan-Wesleyan world. Preaching the precious truth of God’s Word and the power of full salvation is Dr. John’s passion. His hobbies include woodworking and playing guitar. John’s wife, Beth, is retired from a career as a school library-media specialist. She loves quilting, children’s literature and her grandchildren.
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Rob HeadshotRob Pocai
Executive Vice President
B.A., Kentucky Mountain Bible College
M.Div., Wesley Biblical Seminary 

Rev. Rob Pocai is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  He has served the church as a college professor, church planter, and pastor, pastoring three churches in MS and KY. Since being called into the ministry at the age of 19, Rob has preached in over 20 different denominations and is an active evangelist in retreats, camps, and revivals.  He has a wide variety of work experience including working as a supervisor for The Salvation Army, UPS, and a landscape design company.  Weekends find him keeping up with UK basketball while drinking an Ale 8, or off on a 4×4 adventure. Rob is married to Holly, a nurse and ordained Deacon in the Church of the Nazarene.  They have three incredible children:  Isabella, Ian, and Ily Grace.

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Carey HeadshotCarey Vinzant
Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology
B.A., Mississippi College
M.Div., Wesley Biblical Seminary
Ph.D., Concordia Seminary

Dr. Vinzant has specialized in the areas of personhood and Trinitarian theology. After completing his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary in 2010, Carey wrote and edited for Concordia Publishing House, Creative Communications for the Parish, and for other Christian publishers. In 2011 Dr. Vinzant began teaching at WBS as an adjunct professor, before assuming his present position in 2013. He, his wife Allene, and his son Patrick attend Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Madison, Mississippi, where Dr. Vinzant serves as a priest in residence. He is a regular participant in the Evangelical Theological Society, where he has given several papers. In addition, he has extensive experience in urban ministry and in apologetic outreach to people who are hostile to the Christian faith. Carey is passionate about communicating the historic Christian faith and its implications for holy living. He is also an accomplished musician and worship leader. WBS faculty since 2013.
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M.A./M.Div. Adjunct Faculty

Benjamin Hegeman
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies
Ph.D., University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Houghton, New York

Don Little
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies
D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Houghton, New York

Chris Lohrstorfer
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theology
Ph.D., University of Manchester, UK
Raymond, Mississippi

Matthew O’Reilly
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry
Ph.D. cand., University of Gloucestershire, UK
Union Springs, Alabama

David Schreiner
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary
Richmond, Kentucky

William Sillings
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry
D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary
Bethany, Oklahoma

David Yetter
Church Music
M.Mus., Westminster Choir College
Madison, Mississippi

D.Min. Adjunct Faculty

Christopher Bounds
Professor of Theology at Indiana Wesleyan University
Ph.D., Drew University
Marion, IN

Thomas H. McCall
Associate Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary
Deerfield, IL

Harold A. Netland
Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
Deerfield, IL

Jason E. Vickers
Professor of Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
Memphis, TN

Faculty Emeriti

John N. Oswalt
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament
B.A., B.D., Th.M., M.A., Ph.D.

Harold G. Spann
President Emeritus
B.A., M.A., LL.D.

Paul Tashiro
Professor of Emeritus of Old Testament
B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D.

Wayne W. Woodward
Director Emeritus of Library Services
B.A., B.D., M.A., M.S. in L.S.