“Think About It” Podcasts

“Think About It” Podcasts

The HBU podcast, “Think About It,” features faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds. “Think About It” is hosted by Dr. Jerry Johnston, vice president for Innovation and Strategic Marketing. “Think About It” is great place to begin if you are wanting to become more familiar with the University and its vision. Each guest featured on “Think About It” embodies the mission and vision of HBU.


Podcast Guests

#161 | Steve Moniaci

Steve Moniaci oversees 17 men’s and women’s sports teams. During his time as director, HBU has transitioned back to NCAA Division I membership status, joined the Southland Conference, and started a football program which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). 


#160 | John Holmes John Holmes has served as associate vice president of Facilities & Campus Operations at HBU since 2014. John oversees the facilities and many auxiliary services of the University including public safety and the police department, is an adjunct instructor in the Archie W. Dunham College of Business, deputy Title IX coordinator, and is a director on the Southwest Management District board. He is pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration program through the Grenoble École de Management.  

#159 | David Baggett & Marybeth Baggett Dr. David Baggett is a professor of Philosophy in HBU’s School of Christian Thought and director of the Center for Moral Apologetics. After teaching college for 18 years elsewhere, he, along with his wife Marybeth, begin teaching at HBU in the fall of 2020. Dr. Baggett is the author or editor of 15 books and is a two-time Christianity Today book award winner, most recently, “The Morals of the Story” (IVP Academic, 2018, written with his wife). He has cowritten three Oxford University Press books on the moral argument with HBU philosophy professor Jerry Walls, and his specializations include philosophical theology, philosophy of religion, religious ethics, philosophy and popular culture, and moral apologetics. &  Dr. Marybeth Baggett is a professor of English in the HBU School of Humanities. She has 17 years’ experience teaching composition, literature and literary criticism, and, along with her husband David, is excited to join the faculty of HBU in the fall of 2020. Dr. Baggett is coauthor of “The Morals of the Story” and “At the Bend of the River Grand.” She has written articles on modern and contemporary American literature, utopian literature, and science fiction for both academic and popular publications. Her research interests include literary apologetics, critical theory, and cultural engagement. 

#158 | Kyle Gruller Kyle Gruller grew up in Cypress, Texas. He excelled in baseball and played for two seasons at Wharton County Junior College before coming to HBU as a right-handed pitcher. Gruller ranked third in the Southland Conference in strikeouts and eighth with a 1.75 opponent batting average. Gruller also posted a 3.96 GPA to earn CoSIDA Academic All-District and Southland Conference All-Academic Team honors. He recently signed with Major League Baseball’s Houston Astros. 

#157 | Bruce and Bo Badger Bruce Badger graduated from HBU in 1978. Bruce attended the University of Houston Law Center; he graduated and married his wife Susan in 1981. Together, they raised five boys, Steven, Travis ’08, Colt ’11, Davis ’15 and Bo (HBU class of 2024). Bruce and Travis practice law as partners in Badger Law PLLC where they handle a wide range of legal issues for clients in the area of commercial and residential real property law, mortgage lending, real estate development and secured lender matters. & Bo is an incoming student-athlete at HBU. He will run cross country and track while pursuing a degree in Cinema Arts. He says, “One of my older brothers ran cross country in high school and I went to all his meets. He ended up being a good runner and got a scholarship at HBU. So, when I started seventh grade, I started running. I am the youngest in my family and the fourth Badger boy to attend HBU. My parents both attended HBU along with my aunt. All my brothers, and my father, found their wives at HBU. So you could say that we are an HBU family.”  

#156 | Robert Gagnon Dr. Robert A. J. Gagnon is professor of New Testament Theology at HBU. Previously he taught at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for 23 years. He has degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard Divinity School, and Princeton Theological Seminary. His main fields of interest are Pauline theology and sexual issues in the Bible. He is the author of “The Bible and Homosexual Practice: Texts and Hermeneutics” and coauthor (with Dan O. Via) of “Homosexuality and the Bible: Two Views.” In addition, he has published articles, encyclopedia entries, and has written and been quoted in numerous publications.  

#155 | Sue Sloan First Lady Sue Sloan is the wife of HBU President Robert Sloan. Mrs. Sloan provides hospitality as an events hostess; she is a gracious presence who can often be seen throughout campus, supporting numerous HBU organizations, and cheering at Husky athletics events. With the heart of a mother and grandmother, she influences the lives of HBU students and is the friend of many. 


#154 | Michael Collins Michael Roqué Collins is an artist-in-residence for painting, professor of art, and senior director of visual arts in the HBU School of Fine Arts. His art is primarily represented by Lewallen Galleries in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has been placed in the permanent collections of more than 16 museums nationally. His paintings have been awarded over 50 juried prizes and grants in peer-reviewed juried exhibitions worldwide. The publication, “From Ruins To Resurrection: The Sacred Landscapes of Michael Roqué Collins,” showcases some of his treasured works.  

#153 | Kevin Klotz  Dr. Kevin Klotz ’99 is the director of Choral Activities and assistant professor of Music at HBU. He directs the University Singers and Schola Cantorum ensembles and teaches music appreciation, class piano, conducting, and vocal techniques. Dr. Klotz is also the music minister at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land and the artistic director/conductor of the Houston Choral Society. 


#152 | Motoko Gloria Yasue Motoko Yasue “Moto” is earning her Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in painting. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Yasue worked as an assistant manager for a global finance and insurance company. She decided to pursue her artistic vision and moved to Houston in 2012 to study art. Her work is fanciful and inspired. 


#151 | Clinton Millsap  Clinton Millsap is earning his Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis on painting and drawing. He currently teaches at his private art school, The Millsap School of Art in Houston. Clinton came to HBU to study under renowned artist and professor, Michael Roqué Collins. Clinton recently won Honorable Mention and First Prize at the Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art 2020 Juried Art Show.  

#150 | Rachel Sweet Rachel Sweet has been an Honors College student and a Christianity major and Biblical Languages minor, learning from the teaching and character of world-class theologians in the School of Christian Thought. She has represented the School on HBU’s Student Government Association and as the chair of the School of Christian Thought Leadership Council. Additionally, she’s served as a Husky Ambassador. Rachel plans to go into youth ministry. 

#149 | Philip Tallon  Dr. Philip Tallon is the interim dean of the HBU School of Christian Thought. Dr. Tallon has served for the last six years as the chair of the Department of Apologetics, and for the last two years as the graduate director for the SCT. Dr. Tallon is the author of “The Poetics of Evil” (Oxford, 2012) and “The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith” (Seedbed, 2016). He is also the author of many essays exploring the intersection of theology and the arts.  

#148 | Dr. John O. Tyler  Dr. John O. Tyler HBU professor of Law and Jurisprudence, as well as director of the Legal Studies Program, practiced as an attorney in Texas for 35 years, even arguing as lead counsel in two cases before the US Supreme Court. He earned a PhD in Philosophy; his writing and teaching emphasize the political, moral and historical dimensions of law that formed the Western legal tradition. He is involved in HBU’s pre-law program and the Morris Family Center for Law and Liberty.

#147| Misty Jones  Misty Jones, head coach of the HBU women’s soccer team, joined the University in 2006. The team secured three conference tournament championships and two NCAA tournament appearances, among other accolades. One of the soccer team’s mottos has always been, “In Your Name we play,” reminding players that they represent Christ in everything they do. Visit HBUhuskies.com.

#146| Denim Rogers  Denim Rogers became HBU’s first track athlete to reach the NCAA championships. He is primarily a decathlete. The decathlon is a 10-event competition featuring the pole vault, high jump, long jump, javelin, shot put, discus, 110-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, 400-meter run, and a 1500-meter run. Denim has prepared for his impressive athletic career since he began running track as a 5-year-old.

#145| Bailey Zappe Bailey Zappe is a junior quarterback on HBU’s football team. In September 2019, he was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week following HBU’s defeat of the University of South Dakota. For the game, Zappe completed 41-of-53 passes for 513 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions for the Huskies, setting new records for completions, yardage and tying the touchdown mark.

#144| David Shuster David Shuster is head coach of the HBU men’s and women’s golf teams. When recruiting athletes, Shuster looks for well-rounded student-athletes. The men’s and women’s teams have enjoyed significant success, including multiple conference championships. He says, “Each one of our golfers has a great opportunity to make a difference, to win championships, and to grow in Christ while getting a great education.”

#143| Rev. Gregg Matte The Rev. Gregg Matte is senior pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church and chair of the HBU Board of Trustees. Matte joined the Board in 2011, and has helped lead the University through growth in enrollment and programs. Matte grew up in southwest Houston. Before leading Houston’s First, Matte founded Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M University. He is a celebrated author, husband, and father of two.

#142| Dr. Robert Sloan Dr. Robert Sloan became president of HBU in 2006. Under his leadership, the University has grown in enrollment and now offers 70 undergraduate, 41 master’s, and 3 doctoral programs. Notably, he led the adoption and pursuit of the Ten Pillars Vision, began the Honors College, reinstated NCAA Division I sports, and paved the way for new academic offerings including the doctorate programs and the Engineering programs. During Dr. Sloan’s tenure, the University opened the Morris Cultural Arts Center, University Academic Center, the Hodo Residence College, Husky Stadium, and The Pillars at HBU development. His leadership and contributions, as well as those of First Lady Sue Sloan, are extensive and greatly treasured.

#141| Dr. Michael Rosato Dr. Michael Rosato is the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs of HBU. He oversees the registrar, academic deans, curriculum matters, the scheduling of courses, helps with the hiring of new faculty, professional development, and oversees the Moody Library, Academic Success Center, and Office of Career & Calling. Rosato cares deeply about incorporating faith in academics. 

#140| Diane Lamberson Diane Lamberson, LCSW, joined HBU in August of 2019 as the first director of the Gideon Institute Counseling Center. She is responsible for launching and growing the Counseling Center to provide Christ-centered, biblically rooted, and clinically informed counseling, not only to HBU students, but eventually the community as well. Diane is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked with adults and children in a variety of settings for more than 25 years.

#139| Dr. Joseph Pelletier Dr. Joseph Pelletier is an associate professor of Psychology in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. He earned his advanced degrees at the University of Kent in Canterbury. His primary teaching interests are social psychology developmental psychology, research methods and statistics. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

#138| Dr. Mark Clark Dr. Mark Clark is the director of The McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at HBU. Dr. Clark serves as an assistant professor of Entrepreneurship for the HBU Master of Science in Management and Entrepreneurship program. Prior to joining the Archie W. Dunham College of Business in 2018, Dr. Clark worked with or led entrepreneurship programs at the University of North Texas, The University of Texas at Dallas and New Mexico State University.

#137| Juan Cerda Juan Cerda is a Houston native and a Biology major at HBU. He grew up loving both science and music, learning to play several instruments at a young age. On campus, Juan is involved in the worship band, Refuge, and is an officer in Tri-Beta, an academic honor society for the sciences. In the summer of 2019, Juan worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the CPRIT (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas) Program, where he gained laboratory research experience.

#136| Rev. Willie Davis The Rev. Willie Ray Davis is the senior pastor and founder of the MacGregor Palm Community Baptist Church in Houston. Reverend Davis has served as president of the Minister’s Advisory Board to the Mayor, vice president of the Metropolitan Minister’s Alliance, and in several other service and civic leadership roles. He is a board member of Houston Baptist University, and is eager to help others fulfill their dream of obtaining a Christian education.

#135| Joanne Lemmons Joanne Lemmons studied English and Biology at HBU, and graduated in 1992. Since then, she has worked in web applications and development. HBU has become a family affair for the Lemmons, and Joanne stays connected through the HBU Alumni Association. Alumni are among the best ambassadors of and friends to HBU. HBU.edu/Alumni

#134| Dr. Dan Wilford Dr. Dan Wilford was president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System from 1984-2002. He has served on the board of directors of numerous organizations, and currently serves as a trustee for Houston Baptist University. He is a role model and mentor for many, having exhibited a strong work ethic combined with moral direction. Among his many honors is his induction into the Modern Healthcare Magazine’s Hall of Fame. He is a former NFL referee.

#133| Cam Sitler HBU became only the second university in the state of Texas to enter into Division I beach volleyball competition, along with Texas Christian University, beginning in 2016. Cameron Sitler joined HBU athletics in 2015 and has served as head coach of the beach volleyball program since 2018. With a background in both indoor and beach volleyball, he has led the team to successes including winning the Southland Showcase for the past two years. HBUhuskies.com

#132| Dr. Stanley Napper Dr. Stan Napper joined HBU in 2017. He is the dean of the College of Science and Engineering and is a professor of Engineering. Napper launched the University’s engineering programs: Cyber Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The University recently combined the former College of Engineering with the former College of Science and Mathematics. 

#131| Michael Dooley Michael Dooley has served as the team president of HBU Mock Trial. Mock Trial involves an imitation trial involving a plausible scenario. The HBU Mock Trial team received an Honorable Mention at the 2019 American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Open Round Championship Series (ORCS) in Tennessee, and was an Honorable Mention for the Houston Regional ORCS Tournament as well. Dooley earned a Top Witness Award at the Houston Regional Tournament.

#130| Tyler Boyd Tyler Boyd is HBU’s University counsel. He handles a wide range of legal issues in the areas of commercial, contract, business and employment law. He also is the general counsel of Beechnut Street Inc., an HBU subsidiary entity. When away from work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, twin boys and daughter. Tyler is in his third season as a football commentator for the Huskies. A four-time USA National Water Ski Champion, he continues to compete. For the past 10 years, Tyler has been highly recognized as a water ski announcer as the voice of the Masters Water Ski Tournament.

#129| Lisa Simon Lisa Morris Simon is the daughter of HBU founding father, Dr. Stewart Morris, Sr. She graduated with a BA from HBU in 1976 with degrees in Math, Art and Education. Simon is chairman of Morris Strategic Investments and president of the Joella and Stewart Morris Foundation. She has served as a member of the HBU Board of Trustees, as well as on numerous boards and in organizations in Houston and beyond. Her broad and consistent support for HBU includes chairing the school’s 50th anniversary Gala in 2010 with her husband, Jerry. 

#128| Kirkland Guillory Kirkland Guillory is majoring in Marketing. In the summer of 2019, she accepted an internship with Perry Homes. Her work has included providing research-based recommendations to impact sluggish sales for a new community, and preparing a press release related to the company’s foundation. The Marketing program is part of the Archie W. Dunham College of Business, which gives students a foundation in theory and ideas as well as practical application.

#127| Dr. Michael Kraten Dr. Michael Kraten is chair of Accounting for HBU and a professor of Accounting. Dr. Kraten focuses upon global business, entrepreneurship, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He teaches courses including Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, International Accounting, and Leadership. He is eager to grow HBU’s Accounting program and to connect with business leaders in the area.

#126| Dr. Steve Peterson Dr. Steve Peterson is HBU vice president for Online/Digital Learning. The HBU Pampell Online Division offers undergraduate and graduate programs across the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the School of Christian Thought, the Archie W. Dunham College of Business, the School of Nursing and Allied Health, and the School of Humanities.

#125| Dr. Matthew S. Stanford Dr. Matthew Stanford is the CEO of the Hope and Healing Center and Institute in Houston. He also serves as an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and at the Methodist Hospital Institute for Academic Medicine. As an author, researcher and educator, Stanford focuses on the interplay between psychology and faith issues. Visit HopeandHealingCenter.org.

#124| Melissa Cain Travis Dr. Melissa Cain Travis is an apologist who teaches in the Houston Baptist University School of Christian Thought. She is an author known for “Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God.” She was notably featured on the cover of Christianity Today in April 2015 beside other prominent female defenders of the faith. Visit HcChristian.wordpress.com. 

#123| Mike Licona Dr. Michael Licona is the founder and president of Risen Jesus and associate professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University. Dr. Licona studied world religions and investigated the evidence for them and for atheism. He is an author, coauthor and editor, known for books including, “Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy and Science.” Visit RisenJesus.com.

#122| Steve Moniaci, part 2 Steve Moniaci joined HBU Athletics in January of 2007 and was the assistant athletic director prior to being named the interim AD in May of 2009. He became director of Athletics in February 2010. Moniaci oversees 17 men’s and women’s sports. During his time as director, HBU has transitioned back to NCAA Division I membership status, joined the Southland Conference, and started a football program which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

#122| Steve Moniaci Steve Moniaci joined HBU Athletics in January of 2007 and was the assistant athletic director prior to being named the interim AD in May of 2009. He became director of Athletics in February 2010. Moniaci oversees 17 men’s and women’s sports. During his time as director, HBU has transitioned back to NCAA Division I membership status, joined the Southland Conference, and started a football program which competes in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

#121| Abbey-Hannah Brant Abbey-Hannah Brant is a class of 2019 Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honors graduate, and has accepted a position with Houston Methodist West Hospital on the cardiovascular unit. Abbey-Hannah has enjoyed membership in The Student Foundation, the Nursing Student Association, and House Augustine of the Honors College. She is a recipient of the HBU President’s Award. 

#120| Lindsey Moreno Lindsey Moreno graduated in December of 2018 with honors and the highest GPA of the December graduates. During her time at HBU, she was a member of the Honors College and double-majored in Spanish and Classics. Outside of academics, Lindsey was involved on campus as a Husky ambassador, served on the leadership team with the Baptist Student Ministries, and worked for the Student Success Department running their social media. She now works as the program coordinator for First-Year Success. She is a recipient of the HBU President’s Award.

#119| Marcella Fick Marcella Fick is a class of 2019 Elementary Education major who has been a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society and Alpha Chi Honor Society. She has served as a member of the HBU cheerleading team and was the captain of the team during her junior and senior years. Fick was HBU’s 2018 Homecoming Queen and a recent recipient of the President’s Award, an honor given by President Sloan upon the recommendation of the Student Life Advisory Committee.

#118| Jonathan Rangel-Salazar Jonathan Rangel-Salazar is a class of 2019 Education major with a Spanish certification for K-12. He was crowned Homecoming King in Fall 2017 and Mr. HBU in 2019. He served with the Baptist Student Ministries and started the first-ever Spanish Bible study, Profundo, at HBU. He served as a Husky Ambassador and was involved with the LSSI (Latino Student Success Initiative). Jonathan is the first person in his family to graduate from college.

#117| David Kirkwood David Kirkwood is an assistant professor of Music in the HBU School of Fine Arts. Professor Kirkwood’s primary teaching focus is vocal arts and opera. His areas of research and interest include sacred music, literature and musical aesthetics. He previously taught at Biola University.

#116|Bill High Bill High is the Chief Executive Officer of The Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation in 2000, Bill was a partner with Blackwell Sanders LLP, a national and international law firm. He is also the founder of iDonate, a fundraising software company serving the nonprofit community. iDonate.com provides an online marketing solution for nonprofits to market and receive gifts of all kinds, including cash, text, credit card and non-cash gifts.

#115| Mon’Sher Spencer Mon’Sher Spencer graduated from HBU a decade ago, and is passionate about furthering what was so integral to her own time at the University. As director of Student Involvement and Student Leadership Programs, Spencer oversees dozens of clubs and organizations, and helps facilitate meaningful Student Life experiences for students. Visit HBU.edu/StudentLife.

#114| Lesha Wincher Lesha Wincher is earning her MSHRM (Master of Science in Human Resources Management) from HBU. A graduate of Clear Brook High School in Friendswood, Wincher obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston, and was a Houston Texans cheerleader from 2013 to 2017. In 2018, she was crowned Miss Houston USA, and was the second runner-up at the state level.

#113| Paul Arce Paul Arce is involved throughout HBU. He has served as a resident assistant, a student mentor, and as a Bible study leader. He is recognizable in the signature orange blazer of the prestigious HBU Student Foundation as well.


#112| Kristina Lazzari Kristina Lazzari is a founding member of the HBU American Marketing Association, an HBU peer mentor, a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and is involved in the Baptist Student Ministry, Husky Hype, and the Apologetics Club.


#111| Maria-Louise Cook Maria-Louise Cook attended The Academy at HBU as a teen. As an English major in the Honors College, she is following in the footsteps of many of her family members who attended HBU, including her great uncle, uncle, sister, brother-in-law and brother.

#110| Leah Brewer Leah Brewer transferred to HBU after earning her associate’s degree from Coastal Bend College in Beeville, Texas. She has been involved throughout the University as a student worker and as a participant in Campus Recreation intramural sports, The Navigators, and Baptist Student Ministries.

#109| Dr. Matthew Stanford Dr. Matthew Stanford is the CEO of the Hope and Healing Center and Institute in Houston. He also serves as an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and at the Methodist Hospital Institute for Academic Medicine. As an author, researcher and educator, Stanford focuses on the interplay between psychology and faith issues. Visit HopeandHealingCenter.org.

#108| Dr. William Martin Dr. William Martin is the Harry and Hazel Chavanne Professor Emeritus of Religion and Public Policy in the Rice University Department of Sociology. He serves as the Chavanne Senior Fellow for Religion and Public Policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice. Dr. Martin’s research and writing have focused on issues ranging from religion to criminology and drug policies. He is the author of many important works including the recent, “A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story.”

#107| Dr. David Hardage Dr. David Hardage is the executive director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Hardage earned a Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University. He has served as a pastor and interim pastor, and served in leadership roles in faith-based and educational organizations. Visit TexasBaptists.org.

#106| Drake Lamb Drake Lamb is a sophomore in the HBU College of Engineering. Launched in the fall of 2018, the HBU College of Engineering offers tracks in Cyber Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. The mission of the College is to educate and train engineers who will utilize God-given resources and God-given talents to serve humanity by solving technical challenges efficiently and securely. Visit HBU.edu/Engineering.

#105| Dr. Khara Breeden Dr. Khara Breeden is an HBU assistant professor of Nursing. As a past program manager of the Harris Health Forensic Nursing Department, Breeden is passionate about serving abuse victims. She founded and runs the Harris County Forensic Nurse Examiners, which bridges the gap between victims, law enforcement agencies, and treatment organizations.

#104| Dr. Angie Durand Dr. Angie Durand serves as a program coordinator in the HBU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her background includes teaching kindergarten in both public and private school settings, being in school administration, and helping prepare teachers as a university professor.

#103| Saleim Kahleh Saleim Kahleh, HBU associate minister, is involved in leading Spiritual Life and Kaleo Discipleship programs. After being raised as a Muslim, Kahleh accepted Jesus Christ as a young man. He graduated from HBU in 1984 and has served the HBU community faithfully. He is known for communicating profound truths in memorable ways, including his well-known “scarf illustration.”

#102| Cheyenne DuPont Cheyenne DuPont is a student in the HBU Nursing program and is president of the Nursing Student Association. Nursing Schools Almanac recently released its 2018 rankings of the top US nursing schools. Among more than 3,000 institutions, HBU’s is among the top 15%! In fact, we’re #31 in all of Texas and #43 in the southwest region.

#101| Mandi Humphrey Mandi Humphrey is a senior Piano Performance major in the HBU Music Department. She holds memberships in Schola Cantorum and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, and has been involved in various leadership positions and organizations throughout her time at HBU.

#100| Mary-Ellen Hall Mary-Ellen Hall is in her third decade as head coach of the HBU Softball team. Hall has racked up many wins, and led the Huskies through the return to NCAA Division I play. Hall was a Husky herself, playing volleyball and graduating in 1988. Coach Hall is known for leading her players to successful competition and for encouraging academic achievement.

#99| Sierra Humphrey Sierra Humphrey is a biology major, a softball player, a leader for Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is involved in Tri-Beta. She plans to attend medical school upon her graduation. Humphrey is preparing for summer internship opportunities in the medical field.

#98| Dr. Eric Johnson Dr. Eric L. Johnson is the professor of Christian Psychology at HBU. He has taught for almost 30 years and published more than 50 articles and two books on Christian psychology. The founding director of the Society for Christian Psychology, he is the director of the Gideon Institute of Christian Psychology and Counseling, a new HBU program.

 #97| Dr. Phillip Marshall Dr. Phillip Marshall is an assistant professor of Theology in the HBU School of Christian Thought. His areas of specialization are the Septuagint, textual criticism, Hebrew and Greek grammar, and biblical exegesis. Dr. Marshall’s teaching focus is Classical Biblical Hebrew and Hellenistic Greek; he teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

#96| Dr. Randy Hatchett Dr. Randy Hatchett is a professor of Theology in HBU’s School of Christian Thought. His areas of specialty range from biblical interpretation to philosophy. He represents the University in numerous speaking and preaching engagements. Dr. Hatchett has served as an interim pastor many times, and is cognizant of making teaching applicable.

#95| Trent Franson Trent Franson is an HBU junior and business major who is an infield player on the HBU Baseball team. He is known as being a strong player who has good barrel control and a feel for the strike zone. He packs a high-power hit, and has proven to be an integral member of the team.

#94| Jared Moon Jared Moon is the head coach of the HBU Baseball Team. He is HBU’s all-time winningest Baseball coach. Under his direction, the team has become a serious Division I contender. As a Husky himself, Moon led the 1994 Baseball team to their first-ever national ranking. He was inducted into the HBU Sports Hall of Honor in 2008.

#93| Dan Kramlich Dr. Dan Kramlich is a professor of Music and the program coordinator for Piano Performance for HBU’s Department of Music. Dr. Kramlich has served in HBU’s Music program since 1981. He is an active pianist, playing in chamber recitals and leading church worship. His professional work includes commissioned orchestral work, a documentary film score, and a number of performance arrangements.

#92| Tyler Kelly Tyler Kelly is an HBU senior. During his time at HBU, he has been a defensive end on the HBU Football team. He is completing a degree in international business and plans to go on for his master’s degree. Tyler is known for designing and making homemade longboards, a tradition which began as a teenager with his father, Shannon Kelly.

#91| Craig Evans and Jerry Jenkins Dr. Craig Evans is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at HBU. He is a sought-after biblical scholar and New Testament expert. His books and teaching have encouraged many and led skeptics to faith in Jesus Christ. Jerry Jenkins is a bestselling author of numerous books, including the famous “Left Behind” series. Together, they have collaborated to create the novel, “Dead Sea Rising.” Visit CraigAEvans.com and JerryJenkins.com.

#90| Kenny Holt Dr. Michael Kenneth “Kenny” Holt is the dean of the Archie W. Dunham College of Business. Holt brings a broad knowledge base with a career spent in higher education, including in both educational and operational areas. Most recently, he was the dean of the Middle Georgia State University School of Business. His specialties include entrepreneurship and collaboration. He is a leader in the field of business regarding the integration of the Christian faith and business.

#89| Jayme McGhan Jayme McGhan joins HBU as the dean of the School of Fine Arts. He was most recently the director of the School of Stage and Screen at Western Carolina University. McGhan is a nationally recognized playwright, theater artist and educator. His works have been produced and performed in numerous locations. McGhan is also an accomplished director, technical director, actor, set designer and lighting designer.

#88| Dr. Julie Fernandez Dr. Julie Fernandez is dean of the HBU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Fernandez has served as the program coordinator of the Education Administration Program and as the department chair of Leadership and Counseling at HBU. Fernandez has served the Texas education community for more than three decades, including extensive experience in K-12 education. She has both the knowledge and the heart to prepare effective educators and behavioral science professionals.

#87| Colette Cross Colette Cross is director of Discipleship at HBU. Her office helps integrate spiritual life into each aspect of University life. Much of the University’s spiritual activities fall under the umbrella of “Kaleo,” an initiative made possible by Terry and Doris Looper. Cross is passionate about helping students find their spiritual and life callings.

#86| Andre Walker André Walker III is a defensive end on the HBU Football team and is a pre-med major. Walker is involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Alpha Epsilon Delta (the pre-med society). In the summer of 2018, he shadowed team physician, Dr. Vishal M. Shah, and participated in the Summer Health Professions Education Program at Columbia University.

#84| Aaron Swarts Aaron Swarts is the assistant director of Career and Calling at HBU. He has excelled in coaching students and alumni in their search for the right fit, whether that be part-time jobs, internships or full-time positions. Swarts has formed partnerships with employers in all industries, assisting small to large companies in finding top candidates. From individual job search strategies to career development workshops, to classroom instruction, Swarts brings a passion for helping HBU students and alumni on their career path, and in their life calling.

#83| Paul Hoyt Student Paul Hoyt and his teammates were finalists in the first American History and Western Civilization Challenge Bowl, presented by the American Heritage Education Foundation last year. He serves as a member of the Student Programming Board’s executive team. As a scholar in the Honors College, Hoyt has balanced rigorous academics with extensive student involvement and leadership.

#82| Dr. Chris Hammons Dr. Chris Hammons is the program coordinator for Government and a professor of Government. Dr. Hammons is eager to ensure the Constitution and American founding principles are taught to the next generation. He is the director of The Morris Family Center for Law & Liberty. Thanks to a gift by University founding father Stewart Morris, a replica of Independence Hall will be constructed on HBU’s campus. The project will further the Center’s educational and community engagement objectives.

#81| Melissa Carlton Dr. Melissa Carlton is an assistant professor of Computer Science in the College of Engineering. Dr. Carlton brings specialized cybersecurity strength to the College of Engineering through her participation in the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), experience with one of the National Security Agency (NSA) Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), and the Joint Task Force for Cybersecurity Education. She worked in information technology in corporate and higher education settings for 26 years before completing her PhD in Information Systems and Security.

#79| Elizabeth Saldivar Elizabeth Saldivar serves as chair of the Student Foundation, a group whose members serve as fitting representatives of the University, interacting with friends and guests of HBU at various events. She is a student worker in the President’s Office, at the desk of the Academic Success Center, and serves as a tutor. Saldivar also serves as a mentor for the Summer Launch and Impact programs, and is a historian for the Filipino Student Association. As a management major, she is the first person in her family to go to college.

#78| Dr. Meredith O’Hara Dr. Meredith O’Hara is an associate professor of Biology in the College of Science and Mathematics, and is director of the “Under the Microscope” HBU Biology Speaker Series. Dr. O’Hara’s teaching specialties include embryology and anatomy and physiology. She emphasizes critical thinking and the integration of scientific concepts.

#77| Dr. Todd Bates Dr. Todd Bates is dean of the HBU School of Christian Thought and a professor of Theology. Dr. Bates is particularly interested in Christianity within culture. He has written broadly in the areas of philosophy, theology, rhetoric and education. As an ordained Southern Baptist minister, he has pastored several churches. In addition to the SCT’s renowned programs on campus and online, students may learn through the Houston Theological Seminary. 

#75| Dr. Kristie Cerling Dr. Kristie Cerling is the associate dean in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and an associate professor of Education. Dr. Cerling’s experience is extensive; she worked as a K-12 teacher, principal, curriculum director and superintendent of schools before moving into higher education. Her specialties include teaching strategies, classroom management and content area reading. Dr. Cerling has presented in numerous professional settings and has received multiple honors.

#73| Norm Miller Norm Miller is the chairman of a billion-dollar success, Interstate Batteries. After becoming a Christian, Miller interspersed his faith into his work, making the Bible applicable to each aspect of his business. Miller is known for being the impetus behind “I Am Second,” a campaign in which well-known people share how God is first and they are second. 

#72| Joe Hale Joe Hale started his first international school in 1983 while serving as a missionary in Korea. Since then, the Network of International Christian Schools has become 17 schools across 15 countries serving thousands, and is growing.

#71| Rene Maldonado Rene Maldonado is a student in HBU’s Cinema & New Media Arts program. The Cinema & New Media Arts Program at HBU provides a challenging and creative environment for students to develop their abilities and prepare for work in film, media and the web.



#70| Kingsley Onyeiwu MFA Student Kingsley Onyeiwu will graduate in May. Kingsley’s work, along with other MFA students’ work, will be on display in the University Academic Center following the opening reception on April 19. The HBU Master of Fine Arts program is a Christian-based, two-year studio program with specialization in the areas of two-dimensional studies (painting, drawing and printmaking) and three-dimensional studies (sculpture and ceramics).

#69| Dianne Reed Dr. Dianne Reed is the director of the doctorate program, EdD in Executive Educational Leadership, and a professor of Education. The Doctor in Executive Educational Leadership was HBU’s first doctoral program, making Houston Baptist University a national, comprehensive University. The College of Education is launching a second doctoral program, the Doctor Education in Special Education Leadership.

#68| Dr. Steven Mark  Dr. Steven Mark serves as the director of Graduate Programs and chair for the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance in the Archie W. Dunham College of Business. He is an associate professor of accounting. Having had years of hands-on corporate experience, Dr. Mark brings a rich knowledge base. His primary teaching focus centers on Accounting Information Systems and Cost/Managerial Accounting.

#67| Dr. John Tyler Dr. John Tyler, Jr. is the program coordinator for Legal Studies and associate professor of Government. Dr. Tyler practiced commercial, civil rights and toxic tort litigation as an attorney in Texas for 35 years. As a professor, his teaching emphasizes the dynamic conflict between the political, moral and historical dimensions of law that formed the Western legal tradition.

#66| Dr. Tim Brookins Dr. Timothy Brookins serves as the director of Graduate Programs for the School of Christian Thought, program coordinator for Graduate Theology Programs, interim chair for the Department of Theology and assistant professor of Classics and Biblical Languages. Dr. Brookins specializes in the Greco-Roman context of early Christianity, with a primary emphasis in the Pauline epistles. A new program, Master of Arts in Classics and Early Christianity, is being launched. 

#65| Gabriel Byrd Gabriel Byrd is majoring in Education, and additionally serves as the head football equipment manager for the Huskies Football team. HBU’s Education program encompasses numerous options for use in the K-12 and higher education settings. Learners are prepared in subject matter competency and in teaching strategies. 

#64| Hannah John Hannah John is a standout student in HBU’s Psychology program. An excellent program within HBU’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, the HBU Psychology degree trains students in multiple disciplines including individual, social and cultural psychology. Coursework prepares students for further study and meaningful application.

#63| Dr. Brenda Whaley Dr. Brenda Whaley is a professor of Biology and an administrative SACSCOC Officer. Dr. Whaley was named HBU Faculty Woman of the Year in 2000, received the Opal Goolsby Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001, and was named the HBU Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Nominee in 2003 and 2004. She is a leader and a servant within the College of Science and Mathematics, and in the University as a whole.

#62| Vic Shealy Vic Shealy is HBU’s head football coach. He was named the first head football coach in University history in 2012. Since the Huskies’ first official season in 2014, Shealy has built a NCAA team from the ground up. As a longtime coach, Shealy is known for emphasizing, not only the essentials of the game, but character development in his players.


#61| Dr. Jodey Hinze Dr. Jodey Hinze is dean of the School of Humanities and an assistant professor of Legal Studies. As an attorney, his expertise lies in business law, civil litigation and tax law with an emphasis in estate planning. His academic interests include corporate criminal liability, legal hermeneutics, meta-ethics and applied ethics.


#60| Randy and Cindy Garbs Randy Garbs went to HBU in the 1970s and majored in Chemistry and Biology. He graduated in 1976, and later returned to earn his MBA in 1983. In 1990, Randy and Cindy were married; their connection with HBU continued when Cindy Garbs served as the HBU Vice President of Advancement. The Garbs love HBU and its mission, and have set up a personal foundation with HBU as a beneficiary.

#59| Dr. Gary Hartenburg Dr. Gary Hartenburg is the director of the HBU Honors College and an assistant professor of Philosophy. He specializes in ancient philosophy, and especially enjoys exploring business ethics. He teaches at the undergraduate level, in the Honors College, and at the graduate level.

#58| Dr. Chris Kugler Chris Kugler is as an assistant professor of Theology, and an online program coordinator for Theology. His primary teaching focuses on Jesus and Paul in their second-temple, Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts.

#57| Charles Bacarisse Charles Bacarisse is vice president for Major Gifts in the HBU Office of Advancement. His team helps ensure that the University remains fiscally healthy, and maintains partnerships. Charles is known for building relationships and for being an effective public speaker; he often serves as an emcee at University events.


#56| Gregg Keiffer Dr. Gregg Keiffer is an assistant professor of Management in the HBU Archie W. Dunham College of Business. He earned his bachelor’s and MBA from HBU, and went on to work in the corporate world. He recently completed his doctorate and came back to HBU, this time as a professor.


#55| Cristina Nader Cristina Ramos has served as director of TRiO Student Support Services since 2015. The program serves first-generation college students, students who meet U.S. Department of Education income guidelines, and students who have a documented disability.

#54| Rhonda Furr Rhonda Furr is a professor of Music and the University Organist. She has influenced countless lives during her nearly three decades at HBU. One of her greatest accomplishments is helping make the magnificent Smith Organ in Belin Chapel a reality.

#52|Theresa Fuqua Theresa Fuqua serves as the HBU head track coach. Coach Fuqua has built a successful program and started the BacktheTrack campaign. Additionally, each year, she supports volunteer events such as the Husky Hustle 5K. In 2017, she received the Hallmark Award during the Spirit of HBU Awards ceremony.\


#51| Craig Ferrell Dr. Craig Ferrell has an extensive background including roles as a police officer, detective, attorney and professor. He now serves as a program coordinator and assistant professor of Criminal Justice and Law for the HBU Department of Law and Society. The first two graduates of the HBU Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program received their diplomas in December 2017.


#50| Allyson Cates Allyson Cates serves as the director of HBU Graduate Admissions. She has helped oversee the modernization and growth of the department. During the 2017-2018 school year, the HBU Graduate School reached 1,000 students for the first time. Recently, the department joined forces with the Pampell Online Division for even greater effectiveness.


#49| Shelby Stafford and Michael Leanes Shelby Stafford earned a degree in Christianity with a minor in Classics from HBU before going on to the Master of Arts in Theological Studies. In addition to her work as a student, she is an administrative assistant for the West University Baptist Church. Michael Leanes completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology before entering the HBU Master of Fine Arts program, specializing in Sculpture. Leanes creates furniture out of wood and metal, and owns Michael Leanes Design (MichaelLeanes.com).

#48| Christian Guzman and Tyler Helaire Christian Guzman earned an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from HBU before pursuing a Master’s in Education (All-level PE specialty). As a student athlete, he ran and set records in the 60, 110 and 400-meter hurdles, and was a punter for the football team (#39).

Tyler Helaire earned a Bachelor’s in Business Management, and continued on to the Master’s in Human Resource Management program. As a defensive lineman (#96), Helaire was an integral part of the HBU football team.

Christian would like to play in the NFL and be a high school teacher and coach. Tyler would like to open a sports complex.

#47| Donna Finnie Donna Finnie is the HBU head women’s basketball coach. She was named the fifth head coach in program history in April 2013. As a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, she became the first international coach ever to be the head coach of a NCAA Division 1 basketball team. She is the winningest coach at the Division 1 level in the HBU basketball program’s history.


#46| Ed Borges Ed Borges serves as the senior director of Special Projects for HBU. He has spearheaded important advancements, including a recent emphasis on enhanced services to veterans and their families.



#45| Encarna Bermejo Dr. Encarna Bermejo is an associate professor of Spanish in the School of Humanities. The Madrid native established a study abroad and internship program for HBU students based at la Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in Spain.



#44| Dr. Stanley Napper Dr. Stan Napper joined HBU in 2017 after serving on the faculty of Louisiana Tech University for the previous 33 years. He is the founding dean and professor of Engineering for HBU’s College of Engineering. HBU’s official commissioning of the College of Engineering is in January 2018.



#43| Dr. Jerry Walls Dr. Jerry Walls has authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited a dozen books and over eighty articles and reviews. Among these is a trilogy on the afterlife, namely: Hell: The Logic of Damnation (University of Notre Dame Press, 1992); Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy (Oxford University Press, 2002); Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation (Oxford University Press, 2011).


#42| Nancy Pearcey Nancy Pearcey is a professor of Apologetics for HBU, a Scholar-in-Residence, and director of the Center for Christian Worldview. Her latest book is “Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality.”



#41| Lynne Jordal Martin Lynne Jordal Martin, senior opinion editor of Fox News, was the special guest of The Guild Institute in Christian Family Studies, as well as an HBU convocation speaker, last fall. Martin draws from her decades of experience in television, including more than 16 years at Fox. She shared her reflections on the importance of thinking with a balanced perspective during an interview with HBU’s Dr. Jerry Johnston.

#40| Dr. Phillip Tallon Dr. Philip Tallon is chair of the Apologetics department. As a professor, he researches the intersection of theology, culture and the arts. His books include “The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith,” and “The Poetics of Evil.”



#38| Dr. Holly Ordway Dr. Holly Ordway’s work centers on cultural and imaginative apologetics. Her writing includes the books, “Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms,” and “Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith.” Her current project is a literary-critical study of J.R.R. Tolkien for Kent State University Press. 

#36| Michael Licona Dr. Michael Licona is an associate professor of Theology for HBU. He is a preeminent scholar whose expertise lies in the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus and the historical reliability of the Gospels. His academic books include “The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach” and “Why Are There Differences in the Gospels: What We Can Learn From Ancient Biography.”

#34| Ron Cottrell HBU Men’s Head Basketball Coach and associate director of Athletics Ron Cottrell has one of the longest coaching tenures, and is one of the most successful collegiate basketball head coaches in the NCAA. He has risen to the challenge of every level in which HBU has competed since he began his service to HBU in 1990.


#33|Mary Jo Sharp Known for her expertise in public speaking and writing, Assistant Professor of Apologetics Mary Jo Sharp emphasizes relational connections in apologetic engagement. She has written the influential Bible study,  “Why Do You Believe
That?” and is a contributor to several collected works of apologetics including, “A New Kind of Apologist,” and “In Defense of the Bible.” She also regularly writes curriculum with LifeWay Christian Resources.

#32| Dr. Craig Evans Dr. Craig Evans is the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins for HBU. He is an expert on the historical grounds of New Testament writings. Dr. Evans has published more than 600 scholarly studies, including more than 70 books. His book, “Fabricating Jesus: How Modern Scholars Distort the Gospels,” is a best-seller.

#31| Dinesh D’Souza Dinesh D’Souza is an author and filmmaker. He is known for making apologetics points and writing patriotic manifestos and political tell-alls. D’Souza’s well-known books include, “The Big Lie,” “What’s So Great About America” and “What’s So Great About Christianity.” His film documentaries include “2016: Obama’s America,” “America: Imagine the World Without Her,” as well as “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.”

#30| Dr. Doris Warren Dr. Doris Warren is the dean of the HBU College of Science and Mathematics and a professor of Chemistry. She has served the University since 1967. As a professional chemist, she developed the analytical chemistry curriculum for HBU. Dr. Warren’s writings, research, committee work and volunteer service have benefited the University and many others.


#29| Dr. Michael Rosato Dr. Michael Rosato is associate provost for Academic Affairs and a professor of Education for HBU. His blend of experience in both teaching and student services helps give Dr. Rosato a well-balanced perspective. His areas of research interest include teaching methods and brain research related to student achievement and school improvement.


#28| Dr. Jeff Green This week’s guest is Jeff Green, the Dean of the Graduate School and Interim Dean of the School of Christian Thought. Dr. Green profiles the Graduate School at Houston Baptist University and our Houston Theological Seminary in conjunction with Second Baptist Church. The Master of Divinity degree program is available with some online portions as well as classes at HBU and Second Baptist. In addition, Dr. Green highlights the strength of the faculty within the School of Christian Thought.

#27| James Steen  James Steen is the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Houston Baptist University. In his first year, he helped to more than double the annual freshman enrollment at HBU. Steen grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas and began his Christian walk at a young age. Having previously served as Assistant Vice President for Admission and Enrollment Services at Baylor University, Steen brought a wealth of knowledge when he joined the HBU staff over a decade ago.

#25| Joshua Dunn For our Labor Day episode we have guest Joshua Dunn, Director of Campus Recreation here at HBU. In his purview is the Bradshaw Fitness Center, an 80,000 square foot facility that includes a 10,000 square foot fitness floor, Pilates Reformer studio, crossfit box, basketball court, swimming pool, an indoor track and many other amenities.  While open to public membership, students may enjoy the facility for no additional cost. Joshua and Dr. Johnston spoke about his journey from obesity to being physically fit and the dangers of junk food among other topics.

#23| Dr. Renae Schumann Renae Schumann, PhD is a nurse and educator in her role at Houston Baptist University.  Her experience in growing programs for nursing in previous organizations lead to her being recommended for the position of Dean by a former boss. She talks about the future of the School of Nursing and its role in helping to produce nurses for the growing healthcare market in the United States. Dr. Schumann is helping to diversify the Nursing Programs at HBU by creating programs that compliment each other and produce skilled nursing professionals.

#21| Dr. Lou Markos Dr. Louis Markos is a professor of English at Houston Baptist University. The enthusiasm, passion and energy that he brings to his lectures are just a few reasons why he is known as a student favorite. On this episode of Think about it, Dr. Markos discusses his love for C. S. Lewis and shows how a variety of subjects all tie into the Christian Worldview.


#20| Jay Strack Dr. Jay Strack is a dynamic communicator and author of several books.  As this week’s guest, he shared his story and testimony from how he came to Christ, to how he came to build Student Leadership University. At SLU, their mission is to develop and equip student leaders to think, dream and lead.  As an educator, he has taught and brought students to  many locations around the world.


#19| Dr. John Fea John Fea, Professor of American History at Messiah College is our special guest this week on Think about it. As a professor of American history John Fea (Pronounced: Fee-Uh) has explored numerous topics about the religious aspects of the  founding of America. In his book, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction he explores this topic in depth.


#18| Dr. Ben Blackwell Ben Blackwell is Assistant Professor of Theology, Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Christian Thought and Program Coordinator, Undergraduate and Graduate Theology Programs here at Houston Baptist University. Dr. Blackwell speaks of his in-depth knowledge of Pauline soteriology and the reception history of the New Testament.

#17| Dr. Colin Garbarino Colin Garbarino, PhD is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of Graduate Programs in Humanities. Originally from Louisiana, his teaching focus includes classes on western civilization and ancient and medieval history. In this episode Dr. Garbarino shares details on his background and views on history and the lessons that it teaches.

#16| Phillip Renner Philip Renner, in this special extended episode of Think About It, shares his family story of moving to Russia at a young age and the amazing things that God has done in his life.  Philip’s father, Rick, moved his young family to Russia and founded Moscow Good News Church, one of the largest churches in the world.  Dr. Johnston, explores his upbringing and uncovers some of the musician and worship leader’s plans for the future.

#14| Eric Van Caemelbecke Dr. Van Caemelbecke is a professor of chemistry here at HBU. Originally from France, Dr. Van Caemelbecke shared details of his journey to the United States and ultimately to Houston Baptist University.  Our host, Dr. Jerry Johnston, was able to speak to him about his techniques for preparing students to enter the chemical industry or graduate school.


Think about it podcast... Episode 12 - Rita Tauer#12| Rita Tauer Rita Tauer, Associate Provost for Operations, reports directly to the University Provost.  Working in concert with the Provost, Ms. Tauer is responsible for academic leadership, direction and support of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, and compliance support with our accrediting body, SACSCOC, the Southern Association on Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. She shared many of her thoughts on the state of academics at HBU and the bright future ahead. With many new programs being offered, both for online and residential students, in the coming months Ms. Tauer is in high demand for her knowledge and leadership. 

Think about it podcast Episode 11 - N.T. Wright#11|Tom Wright Happy Memorial Day everyone. Renowned New Testament Scholar and Anglican Bishop of Durham, N.T. Wright joins us this week on Think about it… Dr. Jerry Johnston and Bishop Wright discussed many New Testament topics including the death and resurrection and Jesus.


Think about it podcast Episode 10 - Steve Peterson & Jay Spencer#10| Steve Peterson and Jay Spencer The new heads of HBU Online spoke with guest host Alan W. Presley, Associate Director of Web Strategies and Operations, for part two of the conversation. Dr. Jay Spencer, Associate Vice President for Digital/ Online Operations,and Dr. Steven Peterson, Vice President for Digital/Online Learning, spoke about their backgrounds and experience and the opportunities ahead.


#9| Steve Peterson and Jay Spencer Dr. Steven Peterson, Vice President for Digital/Online Learning, and  Dr. Jay Spencer, Associate Vice President for Digital/ Online Operations, were recently selected to head up the expansion of the online programs for Houston Baptist University. They spoke with Dr. Johnston about their experience and success in building one the largest online educational institutions and the opportunity presented by HBU.


#6| Dr. Katie Alaniz For this week’s episode, Dr. Jerry Johnston sits down with Dr. Alaniz to talk about her book, Naturalizing Digital Immigrants, written with co-author and HBU professor, Dr. Dawn Wilson.  During her interview she reflects back on why she came to HBU as a student and the benefits of technology in the modern classroom.


#5| Dr. John Spoede In this episode, Dr. Jerry Johnston sits down with Dr. Spoede to talk about his work in psychological counseling and the role of faith and religion in the healing process.  Given the current issues with opioid addiction facing many Americans, Dr. Spoede speaks on his experiences as a licensed clinical drug counselor.


#4| Charlotte Fontenot Dr. Charlotte Fontenot is the Director of Graduate Programs in Education and Assistant Professor of Education. Her research in the area of Autism and inclusion emphasizes integrating technology into the special education classroom. She shares her experience and successes on this episode while also speaking to the importance of prayer.


#2| Steve Moniaci HBU Athletic Director, Steve Moniaci, shares details on the athletics programs available at the university. During his tenure, he has successfully transitioned HBU back to NCAA Division I membership status. Steve also talks about the importance of faith in our day-to-day lives and especially for athletes.


#1| Dr. Robert Sloan Dr. Robert Sloan became president of HBU in 2006. Under his leadership, the University has grown in enrollment and now offers 70 undergraduate, 41 master’s, and 3 doctoral programs. Notably, he led the adoption and pursuit of the Ten Pillars Vision, began the Honors College, reinstated NCAA Division I sports, and paved the way for new academic offerings including the doctorate programs and the Engineering programs. During Dr. Sloan’s tenure, the University opened the Morris Cultural Arts Center, University Academic Center, the Hodo Residence College, Husky Stadium, and The Pillars at HBU development. His leadership and contributions, as well as those of First Lady Sue Sloan, are extensive and greatly treasured.