Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature
Director, Center for Faith and Higher Learning
Co-editor, Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies
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BA in Bible and Religion, King College
MDiv, Church of God School of Theology
PhD in Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield (UK)
Postdoctoral Studies in Pedagogy and Curriculum of Higher Education, University of South Florida
Dr. Robby Waddell is the author and editor of multiple books and numerous academic articles on the New Testament. He edited (with Dr. Steven Fettke) a book titled Calling and the Academy: The Testimonies of Pentecostals in Scholarship (2012). This book provides a historical record of the call to scholarship and personal testimonies of leading Pentecostal scholars in order to inspire young, up-and-coming Pentecostal scholars and show the link between Pentecostal scholarship and the body of Christ. Dr. Waddell edited (with Dr. Peter Althouse) a book titled Perspectives on Pentecostal Eschatologies: World without End (2010). This volume is interdisciplinary and incorporates the perspectives of biblical studies, history, ecumenism and theology as it explores the landscape of Pentecostal and Charismatic articulations of eschatology, broadly construed. Dr. Waddell is the author of The Spirit of the Book of Revelation, which was published in the Journal of Pentecostal Theology Supplement Series (2006), which is now in its second printing (2013). This book was nominated for the Pneuma Book of the Year Awardin 2008. He co-authored (with Dr. Homer Rhea, Dr. Lee Roy Martin and Dr. William Simmons) Rightly Dividing the Word (2003). This book is part of the curriculum used by the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee, to train students seeking ministerial credentials. He also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research.
In addition to his work at the university, Dr. Waddell is on the board of directors for PEACE (the Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment) and regularly speaks at local venues on the topic of peace and justice. He is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and Pentecostals and Charismatics for Peace and Justice.
Dr. Waddell is an elder and teaching pastor at his local church, and he also regularly speaks in churches and conferences on a variety of topics, including Pentecostal spirituality and worship, biblical foundations for peace and justice, equality of men and women from a biblical perspective, the Lord’s Prayer, 1 Corinthians and the book of Revelation. He has taught internationally in Israel, England, Puerto Rico and Kenya. Previously Dr. Waddell served as an associate pastor in California and a college pastor and director of a master’s commission in Tennessee.
Dr. Waddell teaches the following courses: New Testament Survey, Biblical Hermeneutics, New Testament Greek, Life of Christ, I and II Corinthians, Romans and Revelation. His research interests are apocalyptic literature, hermeneutics, literary theory, ecology, spirituality and Pentecostal theology.