Academics

Faculty

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Dr. Paul Owen
Professor of Greek and Religious Studies

Dr. Paul Owen has been with Montreat College since 2001. Dr. Owen is a graduate of Life Pacific College (B.A. in Biblical studies and languages), Talbot School of Theology (M.A. in New Testament), and the University of Edinburgh (PhD in New Testament). He also did graduate studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (1993-94). His research interests currently include Jewish and early Christian apocalypticism, the historical Jesus, Pauline theology, Mormonism, and the relationship between earliest Christianity and proto-orthodox Catholicism. Among his favorite theologians are: St. Augustine, Heinrich Bullinger, John Calvin, Richard Hooker, B.B. Warfield, George Eldon Ladd, Thomas Torrance, Donald Bloesch, Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Pope Benedict XVI, Thomas Oden and Simon Chan. His three favorite authors are Rick Bass, Edward Abbey and Jack London. When he is not studying and engaging in academic pursuits, he enjoys hiking in the mountains and cuddling with his numerous rescue dogs. His religious affiliation is with the Episcopal Church and Anglican tradition. 


Dr. Mark Wells
Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics

Dr. Mark Wells is a graduate of Friends University (B.A.), Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A.T.), and Baylor University (Ph.D.).  

He came to Montreat College in August 2006 with several years of experience teaching philosophy, ethics, theology, and leadership studies, and currently working on a book of essays on Christ-centered servant-leadership. His philosophical and theological interests include classical philosophy, apologetics, ontology, the theology of worship, and theological anthropology. Dr. Wells is keenly interested in the theology of Dietrich Bonheoffer and the Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth. He spent the summer of 2007 on a fellowship as a visiting scholar at St. Olaf College studying and writing on the works of Soren Kierkegaard. He has also done a great deal of work on the early Church Fathers and creeds of Christendom.

Dr. Wells grew up in Seattle, Washington and he comes from a large family—three brothers and three sisters—so family is very important to him. Married to his wife, Julie, in 1993, he now has two boys—Austin and Caleb. In his spare time, Dr. Wells enjoys running, singing, soccer, hiking, and reading classic novels, and attending concerts, ballets, operas, and sporting events.


Dr. Timothy Gibson
Assistant Professor of Youth Ministries and Biblical Studies

Dr. Timothy Gibson is a graduate of the University of Mississippi (B.A. English and Broadcast Journalism), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div. Counseling) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D. Educational Studies).  Dr. Gibson is passionate for Christ and the spiritual maturation of young adults. In fact, he has over 20 years of experience ministering to teenagers and college students in congregational and academic settings. In addition, Dr. Gibson maintains his ordination in the Southern Baptist Church (SBC) and is the author of the book Whatever Is Wise: Proverbs for Young Adults

He is married to his lovely wife Brooke, and together they have two sons – Whitman and Chamblin. Dr. Gibson enjoys spending time with his family, chatting around a good meal and getting out for a round of golf.


Dr. John Ellington
Cross-Cultural and Biblical Studies 

Dr. John Ellington is a graduate of Emory University (B.A.), Columbia Theological Seminary (B.D. and Th.M.) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.A., M.A. and Ph.D). Dr. Ellington’s graduate and doctorate work focused on African Languages and Literature and Linguistics. he also studied the French language in Belgium for one year. Dr. Ellington is an avid traveler, having served as a pastor, missionary, French teacher and Bible translation consultant in Congo, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and in Montreat, North Carolina. 

He and his wife, Jo Ann, live in the Montreat area and have four children and nine grandchildren. In his free-time, he enjoys hiking and amateur radio.


The Rev. David L. Taylor
Chaplain/Dean of Spiritual Formation

David holds a B.A. in Bible and Religion from King University, an M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary, a Th.M. in Pastoral Theology and Congregational Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a D.Min. in Engaging Mind and Culture at Talbot School of Theology. Rev. Taylor serves as the College’s Dean of Spiritual Formation and Chaplain, actively caring for the campus community as well as teaching in the Bible and Religion department. He enjoys worldview and cultural engagement studies, apologetics and the philosophy of the mind/existence of the soul. 

In addition, David is married to his wife Ginger and they have two boys. David spends his free time cruising the scenic roads on a motorcycle, enjoying the great outdoors and participating in martial arts. 


Mr. Tom Oxenreider
Instructor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Assistant Dean for Work and Vocation

Mr. Tom Oxenreider has a B.A. in Economics from The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and an M.B.A. from Wheeling Jesuit University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Worldview Studies from the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Ontario. He came to Montreat College in 1994 to work in Career Services and Residence Life. Shortly after coming to the college, he began teaching and has taught a range of classes in Interdisciplinary Studies and Business Administration. In his current position, he is focusing on the first-year student course (IS 102: Foundations of Faith and Learning), along with developing campus work opportunities for students. He enjoys assisting students with vocational discernment. Dr. Oxenreider’s interests are in the areas of vocational exploration, Christian theology of work, and the integration of faith and learning.

Mr. Oxenreider grew up in a small town in central Pennsylvania and, while a student at Pitt-Johnstown, became involved in campus ministry. When God found him on a college campus, it forever changed his life. Following his graduation from college, he joined the ministry of the Coalition for Christian Outreach and worked on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University as a graduate assistant in Campus Life while completing his master’s in business administration. He married his wife, Anne, in 1992, and they have a daughter, Helen, born in 1998. He loves spending time with his family, listening to music, cheering for the Philadelphia Phillies, and playing with nearly any type of electronic gadget.