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Dr. Zachary Tackett

Chair, Undergraduate Studies; Associate Professor zmtackett@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BMus (Sacred Music), Oral Roberts University
MDiv, Oral Roberts University
MA in Theological and Historical Studies, Oral Roberts University
PhD in Historical Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Biography

Dr. Zach Tackett serves as the chair of undergraduate studies in the College of Christian Ministries & Religion and as a professor in the areas of church history and theology. He brings a wealth of contributions in the areas of academics, practical ministry and teaching. In addition to his service to the university, he is the secretary-treasurer of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, an international academic society for the study of Pentecostalism. An ordained Assemblies of God minister, Dr. Tackett served 18 years as a staff pastor in churches in Kentucky, Arkansas and Pennsylvania. He has been on the pastoral team for the founding of three churches. Since 2008, Dr. Tackett has served as a professor at Southeastern.

Dr. Tackett’s studies engage the historical and theological development of Pentecostalism, with particular attention given to American Pentecostals’ interaction with culture.

He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in church history and theology. These courses include Roots of Pentecostalism, American Christianity, Early and Medieval Church, Reformation Church Through Modernity, Theology I & II, Historical Theology and Contemporary Theologies.

Brief Highlights of Publications and Presentations

  • “As Citizens of Heaven: Perspectives on Peace, War, and Patriotism among Pentecostals in the United States during World War I.” In American Churches and the First World War, edited by Gordon L. Heath. McMaster Divinity College Press, forthcoming [2017], originally published in Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity. 4 (2013).
  • “Callings, Giftings, and Empowerment: Preaching Women and American Pentecostalism in Historical and Theological Perspective.” In Women in Pentecostal and Charismatic Ministry: Informing an Ongoing Gender-Focused Dialogue on the Faith Contributions of Women, edited by Lois Olena and Margaret English de Alminana. Brill Publishers, forthcoming [2017].
  • “As a Prophetic Voice: Liberation as a Matrix for Interpreting American Pentecostal Thought and Praxis.” Journal of the European Pentecostal Association 33.1 (2013).
  • Presented, “Love Beads and Draft Cards: Assemblies of God Pentecostals Interact with 1960s American Culture,” at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2016.
  • Presented, “Considering Paradigms for Interpreting the Historic Roles of Preaching Women within Pentecostalism,” a forum on Women in Pentecostalism, at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2016.
  • Presented an essay review and response to the author, Joseph Castleberry’s, The New Pilgrims: How Immigrants are Renewing America’s Faith and Values, at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2016.
  • Presented, “Father Knows Best: Pentecostals, Cultural Icons, and the Roles of Women in the Concept of Family during the Post-World War II Era,” at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2015.
  • Presented, “Called and Sometimes Empowered: Preaching Women and the Assemblies of God in Historical Perspective,” at Assemblies of God Faculty Conference, Springfield, Missouri, 2014.
  • Participant in forum on Pentecostalism and pacifism addressing Pentecostals and Nonviolence: Reclaiming a Heritage, edited by Paul Alexander, at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2013.
  • Presented, “The Evolution of Creationism in Pentecostal Thought,” at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2012.
  • Presented, “As Citizens of Heaven: Perspectives on Peace, War, and Patriotism among Pentecostals in the United States during World War I,” at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2012.
  • Presented, “Early Pentecostal Pacifism in Black and White: American Pentecostals Engaging Peace during World War I,” at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2011.
  • Presented, “Evidences(s) of Spirit Baptism in the Life of the Church: William Piper and Chicago’s Stone Church as a Case Study,” at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2010.
  • Presented an essay critique and response to the author, George D. McKinney’s The New Slavemasters, at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2006.
  • Presented, “Signs of the Times: Premillennialism in the Pentecostal Evangel, 1914-2001,” at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 2005.
  • Presented, “More Than Fundamentalists: Fundamentalist Influences Within the Assemblies of God, 1914-1942,” at the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 1997.