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
Associate 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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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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Chris Lohrstorfer
Vice President of Academic Affairs, Assistant Professor of Wesleyan Theology
B.A., Wesley College
M.A., Wesley Biblical Seminary
Ph.D., University of Manchester, UK

Chris Lohrstorfer is from Elizabeth, Indiana, where he met and married his childhood sweetheart. He now resides in Raymond, Mississippi where he and His wife Mary are the parents of two teenagers, Diana, and Nicolas. Chris has served as Senior Pastor at Hinds Independent Methodist Church in Raymond since 1997 and has been actively involved in higher education for 25 years both teaching and as an administrator. Dr. Lohrstorfer is currently finishing his third book with Teleios Press entitled, Learning to Breathe: Mastering the Art of Spiritual Respiration.
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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 Oswalt
Interim President
B.A., Taylor University
B.D., Th.M., Asbury Theological Seminary
M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University

Dr. Oswalt has had an extensive career as a professor and administrator in Christian higher education. He has taught at Asbury Seminary, served as President of Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky; Professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, and Research Professor of Old Testament at Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of fifteen books, the most notable of which is his two-volume commentary on Isaiah in the New International Commentary on the Old Testament series.
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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 Congregational Methodist Church. He has served the church as a college professor, church planter, and pastor, having pastored four 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 Deeproots, 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 elder in the Congregational Methodist Church. They have four incredible children: Isabella, Ian, Ily Grace, and Iris May.
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David Schreiner
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
B.A., Indiana Wesleyan University
M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Asbury Theological Seminary

Dr. David Schreiner has published on a variety of subjects, including biblical archaeology, the history of biblical interpretation, and the exegesis of a number of Old Testament passages. He has also contributed to a variety of lay publications, including Bible Study Magazine. In addition, he is an active reviewer for a number of scholastic journals, is active in the Society of Biblical Literature and the Institute for Biblical Research, and is the co-chair of the Old Testament Study Group for the Society of Biblical Literature’s Southeast Region. His current research interests include 1 and 2 Kings and the synthesis between archaeological research and biblical studies.
David and his wife, Ginny, have two daughters, Maddie, Bailey, and Lily. They currently live outside of Lexington, Kentucky. His hobbies include camping and being active. A son of a United Methodist minister, Dr. Schreiner is a member of the Free Methodist Church of America.
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M.A./M.Div. Adjunct Faculty

Weldon Greer
Ph.D. (ABD) Mid-America Baptist Seminary
Eclectic, Alabama

Benjamin Hegeman
Ph.D., University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
Houghton, New York

Don Little
D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Houghton, New York

Matthew O’Reilly
Ph.D., University of Gloucestershire
Montgomery, Alabama

Gail Schlosser
D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary
Buffalo, New York

William Sillings
D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary
Bethany, Oklahoma

Jerome Van Kuiken
Ph.D., University of Manchester
Bartlesville, Oklahoma

D.Min. Adjunct Faculty

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

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

Bill Ury
National Ambassador of Holiness, The Salvation Army
Ph.D., Drew University

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

Faculty Emeriti

Gareth Cockerill
Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Biblical Theology
B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.
1979-1981; 1984-2017

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.