Dr. John 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.

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.

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.

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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.”

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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. Visit HBUhuskies.com.

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.

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.” Visit HBUhuskies.com.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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. Visit HBU.edu/Gideon.