- Eddie Cloer
- Sellers S. Crain, Jr.
- Earl D. Edwards
- William W. Grasham
- Dayton Keesee
- Jay Lockhart
- Jack McKinney
- Bruce McLarty
- Edward P. Myers
- Owen D. Olbricht
- Martel Pace
- Denny Petrillo
- Neale T. Pryor
- David R. Rechtin
- Coy D. Roper
- David L. Roper
- Don Shackelford
- Duane Warden
Sellers S. Crain, Jr.
Dr. Sellers S. Crain, Jr., has been teaching and preaching for fifty years and has served congregations in Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. A graduate of Athens State University in Alabama, Crain holds master’s degrees from Alabama Christian School of Religion (now Amridge University) and Luther Rice Seminary. He earned his D.Min. degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (now Trinity International University) in Deerfield, Illinois. Crain has been a teacher in the Tennessee public school system and several schools of biblical studies, serving as director for the School of World Evangelism in Guin, Alabama, and Mid-South School of Biblical Studies in Madison, Tennessee. He has also taught in Ukraine, Greece, Peru, and Panama and has made twenty-three mission trips to eleven countries. A prolific writer, Crain has authored more than 1,500 articles and thirty-seven curriculum books. His articles have appeared in various journals, including Gospel Advocate and Power for Today. For five years, he wrote the Gospel Advocate Companion, an annual adult lesson commentary. He has served on the board for The World Evangelist and has edited junior and senior high Bible class materials for 21st Century Christian.
In addition, he has spoken at numerous lectureships, gospel meetings, and special events. His lessons have also been broadcast on radio and television programs.
Sellers and his wife Wanda were married in 1961. They have three children and four grandchildren.
Earl D. Edwards
Dr. Earl D. Edwards has devoted a lifetime to serving the Lord in preaching, missions, and scholarship. He attended Central Christian College (now Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts), and he earned the B.A. degree in communications at David Lipscomb College. He received the M.Th. degree from Harding Graduate School, and he completed his D.Miss. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Edwards began preaching in 1952 and has served as a minister in Kansas, Arkansas, Sicily, and Florence, Italy (1960-1976). He has written for Gospel Advocate, Spiritual Sword, and other periodicals and is the author of Protecting Our “Blind Side.” Edwards taught at Harding University as the visiting professor of missions from 1976 to 1977. In 1982, he began teaching Bible at Freed-Hardeman University, where he served as dean of the School of Biblical Studies from 1991 to 1993 and director of graduate studies in Bible from 1989 to 2008. He has been honored multiple times by Freed-Hardeman for his outstanding teaching. Oklahoma Christian named him the alumnus of the year for the College of Biblical Studies in 1998. In 2004, he was honoree of the Appreciation Dinner at the annual FHU lectureship.
Edwards was married to Gwendolyn Hall from 1953 until her death in 1986. Together they had two children, Terry and Karen, and eight grandchildren. Edwards remarried in 1988 to the former Lora Young.
William W. Grasham
Dr. William W. Grasham has been preaching for over sixty years in Texas, California, Arizona, Germany, and Scotland. He received a B.A. in 1962 and an M.A. in 1968 from Pepperdine University and the M.Div. from Abilene Christian University in 1975. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 1985 from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, upon completion of a dissertation that examined the nature of the Qumran community, the writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls. From 1975 to 1978, Grasham and his family lived in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where he preached for an American military congregation. Then they moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, so he could continue his education. While there, they helped to establish a local congregation of the Lord’s church. Grasham did post-doctoral studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and also participated in archaeological digs at Tel Dor in Israel. For over fifteen years, he taught Old and New Testament and Biblical Theology courses at the Center for Christian Education in Dallas, Texas. He retired in 2005 but continued to present seminars for graduate students on the Bible and archaeology and on the gospel in the Old Testament.
He and his wife, Eleanor, have been blessed with four children, seventeen grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.
Dayton Keesee is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and earned his M.A. at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, also studying language and counseling. He has served as a full-time preacher in Indiana, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma, and has conducted Bible-training schools and preaching seminars in Nigeria, Africa. His teaching and mission work have also taken him to Canada, Ukraine, India, South Africa, Trinidad, and Russia. For twenty-one years he was an instructor at the Sunset School of Preaching (now Sunset International Bible Institute) in Lubbock, Texas. During this time he conducted gospel meetings, leadership workshops, Christian home seminars, and teacher-training courses in at least thirty-five states. Brother Keesee’s work as a classroom teacher has expanded to Sunset’s satellite school program, which features his taped courses on the Christian home and Book of Jeremiah. As an author, he has published works on Restoration Revival: The Way (Back) to God, Hebrews: A Heavenly Homily, A Re-Evaluation of the Eldership, Teacher Training Tools, A Chronological Survey of the Old Testament, and The Churches of Christ during the Civil War.
He and his wife, Ruth, have three grown children: Dita Simeona of Hawaii, Tonja Rambow of Alaska, and Darren Keesee of Texas.
After returning to the US, Jack worked with congregations in Austin and San Angelo, Texas, and was a teaching assistant in German at the University of Texas. He later taught both French and German at Abilene Christian College (1952–1955). He conducted mission work in Frankfurt and Chemnitz, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland. Jack returned to Abilene Christian College, where he completed a master’s degree in Greek (1966). During that period, he preached for the church of Christ in Trent, Texas. The family then returned to Zurich for mission work (1966–1974). Toward the end of that time, Jack also served as a Bible instructor at Pepperdine University in Heidelberg. For approximately the next twenty years, Jack taught Bible and Biblical Languages at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas (1974–1992). He went on to be with the Lord in 2014, at the age of 86.
Jack and his wife, the former Joanne Wilkinson, were blessed with four children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Edward P. Myers
Owen D. Olbricht
Denny Petrillo is president of Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. He was a student there and also attended York College, Harding University, and Harding University Graduate School of Religion, earning A.A., B.A., and M.A. degrees. He received his Ph.D. in religious education from the University of Nebraska. Petrillo has devoted his career to preaching and teaching. He has preached full time in Mississippi and has conducted more than 300 gospel meetings and seminars in the United States and several foreign countries, including Germany, Spain, Panama, Argentina, Africa, and Ukraine. Dr. Petrillo has taught Bible at Magnolia Bible College, York College, and Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver. Petrillo’s works include Commentaries over the books of Ezekiel, 1, 2 Timothy and Titus, and Minor Prophets Study Guide.
He and his wife, Kathy, have three children, Lance, Brett, and Laura.
Neale T. Pryor
David R. Rechtin
Coy D. Roper
David L. Roper
Don Shackelford, a retired Bible professor, taught for thirty years at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. He also served as chairman of the Bible Department at Lubbock Christian University in Texas. A native of Joplin, Missouri, Shackelford attended Oklahoma Christian University and completed his undergraduate degree at David Lipscomb University. He attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, earning the B.D. and Th.D. degrees. As a minister, Shackelford has preached for congregations in Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Louisiana. He also served as a missionary to Palermo, Sicily, and Florence, Italy. He served as an elder of the Cloverdale church of Christ in Searcy, Arkansas, for more than twenty-five years. While at Harding University, Shackelford was a professor of Bible and Dean of International Studies. Presently, he serves as the Old Testament adviser for Truth for Today, teaches for Harding as an adjunct professor, and teaches Old Testament graduate courses for Southern Christian University in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the author of A Survey of Church History and has edited lectureship books for both Lubbock Christian and Harding. His articles have been published in Gospel Advocate, Restoration Quarterly, Firm Foundation, Power for Today, and The Christian Chronicle.
Don and his wife, Joyce, have five children and fifteen grandchildren.
Dr. Duane Warden, the associate New Testament editor for this series, was born in Franklin, Arkansas, but was reared in Flint, Michigan. He completed the A.A. degree from Freed-Hardeman University, the B.A. from Harding University, the M.A.R. from Harding University Graduate School of Religion, and the Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University. In addition, Dr. Warden has completed post-doctoral work in classical studies at Columbia University and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. Dr. Warden has served on the Bible faculty at Ohio Valley University as well as at Harding University. He was chairman of the Bible department at Ohio Valley (1986-1993) and associate dean of the College of Bible and Religion at Harding (1996-2005). He continues to teach as professor of New Testament at Amridge University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Warden has worked in ministry throughout his tenure of service. He preached full-time in West Virginia, Virginia, and Arkansas; and he served in part-time ministry while teaching for Ohio Valley and Harding. At present, he preaches at the Velvet Ridge Church of Christ.
Dr. Warden has published several essays and articles in scholarly publications, including Biblical Interpretation: Studies in Honor of Jack P. Lewis, Classical Philology, Restoration Quarterly, and Journal for the Evangelical Theological Society. He has also written for Truth for Today, Gospel Advocate, Firm Foundation, and Christian Chronicle.
He and his wife, Janet, have one son, David M. Warden, and one foster son, David A. Martin.