Advisory Council

The Advisory Council for Spirit & Truth is a collection of respected pastors, leaders and professors in the Wesleyan stream from around the country. This group gathers annually to dream, help shape the vision, provide doctrinal accountability and help lead the effort to awaken and equip the church for the twenty-first century.

Dr. Bill T. Arnold  (Ph.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary)  Dr. Arnold is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has written or edited twelve books, including most recently  Introduction to the Old Testament  (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014). Dr. Arnold is an ordained elder in the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Dr. Bill T. Arnold
(Ph.D., Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary)

Dr. Arnold is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has written or edited twelve books, including most recently Introduction to the Old Testament (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014). Dr. Arnold is an ordained elder in the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Rev. Madeline Carrasco Henners  (M.Div., Duke Divinity School; B.A., Southwestern University)  Rev. Henners is a United Methodist elder and has served as a pastor in the Rio Texas Annual Conference area for over ten years. Since its inception, she has been part of the Wesleyan Covenant Association and serves as secretary. She recently authored a 30-day devotional challenge as part of her doctoral project, “ Ascending the Mountain ,” which guides participants into a deeper relationship with God and increased ability to hear God’s voice. She and her husband, David, have been married since 2007.

Rev. Madeline Carrasco Henners
(M.Div., Duke Divinity School; B.A., Southwestern University)

Rev. Henners is a United Methodist elder and has served as a pastor in the Rio Texas Annual Conference area for over ten years. Since its inception, she has been part of the Wesleyan Covenant Association and serves as secretary. She recently authored a 30-day devotional challenge as part of her doctoral project, “Ascending the Mountain,” which guides participants into a deeper relationship with God and increased ability to hear God’s voice. She and her husband, David, have been married since 2007.

Dr. Justus Hunter  (Ph.D., Southern Methodist University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; M.A., The University of Dayton)  Dr. Hunter is the Assistant Professor of Church History at United Theological Seminary. He teaches church history and theology. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of medieval theology, scholasticism, doctrine of God and Christology.

Dr. Justus Hunter
(Ph.D., Southern Methodist University; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; M.A., The University of Dayton)

Dr. Hunter is the Assistant Professor of Church History at United Theological Seminary. He teaches church history and theology. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of medieval theology, scholasticism, doctrine of God and Christology.

 
Rev. Dan Jordan  (Ohio Christian University)  Rev. Jordan has served as the senior pastor of Xenia Grace Chapel in Xenia, Ohio since 1980. As a member of The Churches of Christ in Christian Union (CCCU) denomination, Rev. Jordan has served in a variety of leadership roles and is currently an Assistant District Superintendent. Rev. Jordan and his wife Pam have two grown daughters.

Rev. Dan Jordan
(Ohio Christian University)

Rev. Jordan has served as the senior pastor of Xenia Grace Chapel in Xenia, Ohio since 1980. As a member of The Churches of Christ in Christian Union (CCCU) denomination, Rev. Jordan has served in a variety of leadership roles and is currently an Assistant District Superintendent. Rev. Jordan and his wife Pam have two grown daughters.

Rev. Meshach Kanyion  (M.Div., United Theological Seminary; B.A., Ohio State University)  Rev. Kanyion serves as the Senior Pastor of Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, Ohio. Rev. Kanyion is passionate about spiritual formation and helping Christians discover true life transformation. He and his wife, Ashanti, have five young children.

Rev. Meshach Kanyion
(M.Div., United Theological Seminary; B.A., Ohio State University)

Rev. Kanyion serves as the Senior Pastor of Friendship United Methodist Church in Wyoming, Ohio. Rev. Kanyion is passionate about spiritual formation and helping Christians discover true life transformation. He and his wife, Ashanti, have five young children.

Dr. Scott Kisker  (Ph.D., Drew University; M.Div., The Divinity School, Duke University)  Dr. Kisker serves as the Professor of the History of Christianity at United Theological Seminary. He specializes on Wesley studies and recently co-authored a book with Dr. Kevin Watson on recovering Band Meetings in contemporary Methodism. Dr. Kisker is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

Dr. Scott Kisker
(Ph.D., Drew University; M.Div., The Divinity School, Duke University)

Dr. Kisker serves as the Professor of the History of Christianity at United Theological Seminary. He specializes on Wesley studies and recently co-authored a book with Dr. Kevin Watson on recovering Band Meetings in contemporary Methodism. Dr. Kisker is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

 
Dr. Scott Marsee  (Ph.D., Capella University; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.S., Asbury University)  Dr. Marsee is the Academic Dean for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Ohio Christian University. His research interests are in the areas of faith integration and spiritual formation in distance education. Dr. Marsee is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and served local churches in Michigan and Ohio.

Dr. Scott Marsee
(Ph.D., Capella University; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.S., Asbury University)

Dr. Marsee is the Academic Dean for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Ohio Christian University. His research interests are in the areas of faith integration and spiritual formation in distance education. Dr. Marsee is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and served local churches in Michigan and Ohio.

Ellen Martin  (M.Div. and M.A. in Christian Education, Asbury Theological Seminary)  Ellen Martin offers equipping and empowering discipleship with workshops, parent-coach sessions, and staff training through her ministry, A Life Shared with Kids. Her new release is A Life Shared: Meaningful Conversations with Our Kids. She lives in Wilmore, Kentucky with her husband and five sons.

Ellen Martin
(M.Div. and M.A. in Christian Education, Asbury Theological Seminary)

Ellen Martin offers equipping and empowering discipleship with workshops, parent-coach sessions, and staff training through her ministry, A Life Shared with Kids. Her new release is A Life Shared: Meaningful Conversations with Our Kids. She lives in Wilmore, Kentucky with her husband and five sons.

Dr. Martha Myre  (Ph.D., Southern Methodist University; M.T.S., Perkins School of Theology; B.A., Vanderbilt University)  Martha is an elder in the North Texas Conference of the UMC, currently on Leave of Absence. She has pastored for over 25 years mainly in Town and Country settings. She has a passion for teaching Old Testament and has taught for 12 years in the Course of Study School at Perkins. She currently lives in Plano, Texas with her son. two dogs, and three cats.

Dr. Martha Myre
(Ph.D., Southern Methodist University; M.T.S., Perkins School of Theology; B.A., Vanderbilt University)

Martha is an elder in the North Texas Conference of the UMC, currently on Leave of Absence. She has pastored for over 25 years mainly in Town and Country settings. She has a passion for teaching Old Testament and has taught for 12 years in the Course of Study School at Perkins. She currently lives in Plano, Texas with her son. two dogs, and three cats.

 
Dr. Rosario Picardo  (D.Min., United Theological Seminary; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Houghton College)  Roz entered the ministry as a military chaplain, serving four years in the Marine Reserves and five years in the Navy Reserves. After discerning a call to the local church while in seminary he has served as a custodian, an associate pastor, a church planter, and many roles in between. Currently Roz serves as The Dean of The Chapel at United Theological Seminary as well as the Director of The Pohly Leadership Center, Founding Pastor and Teaching Pastor of Mosaic Church as well as a consultant, speaker and author.

Dr. Rosario Picardo
(D.Min., United Theological Seminary; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Houghton College)

Roz entered the ministry as a military chaplain, serving four years in the Marine Reserves and five years in the Navy Reserves. After discerning a call to the local church while in seminary he has served as a custodian, an associate pastor, a church planter, and many roles in between. Currently Roz serves as The Dean of The Chapel at United Theological Seminary as well as the Director of The Pohly Leadership Center, Founding Pastor and Teaching Pastor of Mosaic Church as well as a consultant, speaker and author.

Rev. Gerald Steele  (M.A., Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions, Columbia, SC; B.A., Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN)  Pastor and missionary, Gerald Steele, came to Christ as a teenager. He has served as a pastor and missionary for five decades. He is a native of Ohio but currently resides in Sebring, FL with his wife Miriam. Gerald is passionate about Jesus, his family and making disciples among the nations of the world.

Rev. Gerald Steele
(M.A., Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions, Columbia, SC; B.A., Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN)

Pastor and missionary, Gerald Steele, came to Christ as a teenager. He has served as a pastor and missionary for five decades. He is a native of Ohio but currently resides in Sebring, FL with his wife Miriam. Gerald is passionate about Jesus, his family and making disciples among the nations of the world.

Dr. David F. Watson  (Ph.D., Southern Methodist University; M.Div., Perkins School of Theology)  Dr. David Watson currently serves as the Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs for United Theological Seminary. He is also the Associate Professor of New Testament for United. Dr. Watson is an ordained elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Dr. David F. Watson
(Ph.D., Southern Methodist University; M.Div., Perkins School of Theology)

Dr. David Watson currently serves as the Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs for United Theological Seminary. He is also the Associate Professor of New Testament for United. Dr. Watson is an ordained elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.

 
Dr. Kevin Watson  (Ph.D., Southern Methodist University; MDiv, Wesley Theological Seminary; BA, University of Oklahoma)  Dr. Kevin Watson is the Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at the Candler School of Theology. Dr. Watson is the author of numerous books and articles. His research interests focus on Christian formation and discipleship from a Wesleyan perspective, particularly communal formation, Wesleyan/Methodist Christianity, the history of early Methodism, and American Methodism.

Dr. Kevin Watson
(Ph.D., Southern Methodist University; MDiv, Wesley Theological Seminary; BA, University of Oklahoma)

Dr. Kevin Watson is the Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at the Candler School of Theology. Dr. Watson is the author of numerous books and articles. His research interests focus on Christian formation and discipleship from a Wesleyan perspective, particularly communal formation, Wesleyan/Methodist Christianity, the history of early Methodism, and American Methodism.