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.

Related Links: HBU.edu/contact/benjamin-blackwell // HBU.edu/school-of-christian-thought

Collin Garbarino, PhD is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of Graduate Programs in Humanities. Originally from Lousiana, 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.

Related Links: HBU.edu/contact/collin-garbarino // HBU.edu/School-of-Humanities/

Phillip 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.  Phillip’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.

Related Links: PhilipRenner.com

James Mable, MEd is the Director for Career and Calling, he centralized career resource for all students and alumni of Houston Baptist University. In his past at another university, he was able create a career 97% placement rate and has brought that same dedication and spirit of service to HBU students. As a former Marine and restaurant server, James shares details about his own personal experience and how he uses it to help students today.

Related Links: HBU.edu/CareerandCalling // HBU.edu/hireahusky

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.

Related Links: Evanc@HBU.edu // HBU.edu/college-of-science-and-mathematics/department-of-chemistry/

Think about it podcast Episode 13 - Tim Smith

Tim Smith, Chief Development Officer from the Museum of the Bible, met with our host Dr. Jerry Johnston, to discuss his experiences as a fundraiser and his journey from raising one thousand to one billion dollars. He explains his optimism for the millennials today in comparison to his own baby boomer generation, the most generous generation yet.  Tim shares some of the upcoming features at The Museum of the Bible and talks about his new book, from 1,000 to 1 Billion.

Related Links: TimothyLSmith.com // MuseumoftheBible.org

Think about it podcast... Episode 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 - Steve Peterson & 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.

Link from this episode: HBUonline.com

Think about it podcast Episode 10 - Steve Peterson & 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.

Link from this episode: HBUonline.com