Ashland Theological Seminary Faculty Members Receive Promotions, Tenure

2/16/11 ASHLAND, OH -- A number of Ashland Theological Seminary faculty members have received promotions and/or tenure following the action of the Ashland University Board of Trustees. The promotions are to take effect on July 1, the beginning of the institution's 2011-2012 academic year.

Dr. William Payne will be promoted to professor of Evangelism/World Missions, while Dr. Claudia Sadler-Gerhardt will be promoted to associate professor of counseling, and Dr. Terence Mournet will be promoted to associate professor of New Testament & Greek.

Tenure was granted to Dr. David Mann, director of the Midwest Counseling program and professor of counseling, and Dr. Lee Wetherbee, professor of counseling.

Dr. Payne, who is a clergy member of the United Methodist Church, holds a B.A. in religion from Florida Southern College, a M.Div. from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in intercultural studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. He teaches in the area of missiology. He is a member of two academic guilds and the former editor of the Journal of the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education. He recently returned from a 14-month tour as the Deputy Force Chaplain with Multinational Force - West in Iraq.

Dr. Sadler-Gerhardt holds a B.S.N. from the University of Cincinnati, M.A. from Ashland Theological Seminary and Ph.D. in counselor education from the University of Akron. She is a registered nurse and licensed professional counselor in the state of Ohio as well as past president of the Ohio Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (OASERVIC).

Dr. Mournet holds a B.S. from the University of Sioux Falls, M.T.S. from Palmer Seminary and Ph.D. from the University of Durham, UK. He is the author of "Oral Tradition and Literary Dependency: Variability and Stability in the Synoptic Tradition and Q" (Mohr Siebeck, 2005) and has written articles and book chapters on various subjects related to the Synoptic Gospels. He is currently writing a book on the transmission of the early Jesus Tradition and the formation of the Gospels.

Dr. Mann holds a B.S. from North Central University, M.A. from Ashland Theological Seminary and Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Kent State University. He is a licensed professional clinical counselor with supervisory status in the state of Ohio, past president of the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (OACES) and the current president-elect of the Ohio Counseling Association (OCA).

Dr. Wetherbee holds a B.A. from Malone University, M.Ed. from Kent State University and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. He is a licensed psychologist and licensed professional clinical counselor with supervisory status in the state of Ohio.

Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.