Tyler Atkinson, PH.D., M.DIV., Assistant Professor of Religion at Bethany College, received his Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Aberdeen and his Master’s of Divinity from the Divinity School, Duke University. His interests are in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, historical theology, theological ethics, Martin Luther, J.G. Hamann, theology and race, and sustainability. He has written a book titled, “Singing at the Winepress: Ecclesiastes and the Ethics of Work” published by London: Bloomsbury, 2015 and written articles for the Scottish Journal of Theology (forthcoming), and Studies in Christian Ethics (November, 2013). He is married to his high school sweetheart, Rachel Ann, and has a son. He enjoys playing and listening to music, trail running, and travel.
Don H. Compier, PH.D, became Dean of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry (BKSM) in Topeka, Kan., in July 2014. BKSM is a joint project of the Episcopal Dioceses of Nebraska, Western Kansas, Kansas, and West Missouri. It uniquely seeks to educate candidates for ordained ministry, both priests and deacons, together with lay ministers. The school is strongly committed to making quality theological education affordable and accessible to all. Compier was ordained as transitional deacon in the Episcopal Church in June of 2014 and was ordained as priest January 10, 2015.