I am by vocation a professional theologian, at least by classical definitions. By more modern terms, I am more precisely a biblical scholar, which actually should be the only route to becoming a theologian. At any rate, my primary responsibilities at Community Christian College are to teach the Bible and Christian thought and worldview classes to college freshmen and sophomores. This is not all I do, however; I also teach art history and appreciation, speech, philosophy, physical education, and literature. There is a possibility that I will also teach sociology next quarter. Yes, not only am I able to enter the “Great Conversation,” but my very job demands it. My doctoral degree in literature, theology, and the arts allows me the freedom to teach beyond my theological expertise, depending upon my interest or depending upon my employer’s vacancies. Furthermore, this is the reason I have been providentially placed here—I needed them and they needed me.
Community Christian College is a small Christian community college (hence the very generic but perfectly descriptive name), whose primary mission is to educate those who may struggle in a four-year college environment if they were to go straight into Bachelor degree programs. Due to its small size, I am the only full time faculty member, with numerous other well qualified adjunct professors. At larger Christian universities, a theology and/or Bible and/or religion professor such as myself would be hired for a particular expertise in such subdisciplines as Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, Practical and Pastoral Theology, Christian Counseling, Hermeneutics, Homiletics, Biblical Languages, and so on. In my situation, I have to cross many of these boundaries; my colleagues in larger universities do not. I would have it no other way. I get to teach both Old and New Testaments, Christian Thought and Worldview, and use my other theological training to input wherever possible. I love being an interdisciplinarian. It has been surprising to me, as we search for some other Bible adjuncts for our other campuses, how easily we find New Testament professors and how rare it is to find Old Testament professors.