Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing


Photo of Dr. Rick WilliamsonDr. Rick Williamson
(740) 392-6868 Ext. 3616

  • Ph.D. Southern Baptist Seminary, New Testament, 1993.
  • M.A. University of Iowa, Jewish/Christian Literature, 1987.
  • M.Div. Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1975.
  • B.A. Mid America Nazarene University, 1972.
Professional Experience:
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio; Professor of Biblical Literature-July 2001 to present; Chaplain for Graduate and Professional Studies-July 2001 to 2006
  • Nazarene Bible College, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Professor of Bible- November 1997 to June 1999; Online Faculty-August 1998 to 2001
  • Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, Indiana; Hospital Chaplain- 1999 to 2001
  • Spalding University, Louisville, Kentucky; Adjunct Professor of New Testament- 1995-1997
  • Alliant Health System, Louisville, Kentucky; Chaplain 1990-1997
  • Military Chaplain, US Army (Guard/Reserve), 1988-1999.
  • Pastor, Churches of the Nazarene, Iowa and Indiana, 1975-1989
Professional Organizations :
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Wesleyan Theological Society
  • Association of Professional Chaplains
  • Chaplains Association of Ohio
Awards and Recognition:
  • One time (to date) reader for Society of Biblical Literature in their Dissertation Monograph series
  • Invited External grader for Nazarene Bible College's Assessment Plan 2003-2008
  • Invited contributor and Responder to Exploring Chaplaincy Ministry: An Overview of Relevant Opportunities to Expand a Pastor's Effective Ministry and Spiritual Impact Beyond the Sphere of A Local Church - a twelve lesson module for the Deacon's Course of Study for the Church of the Nazarene. Workshop co-writer in 2005. Responder/proof-reader in 2006.
  • Faculty Member of the Year, 2013
  • Promotion to Full Professor 2005
Published Works & Presentations:
  • 1, 2, & 3 John in the New Beacon Bible Commentary
  • “I Am.” Seven commentary articles on the “I am” sayings in the Gospel of John for Spring 2013, Illustrated Bible Life (Word Action Publishing, Kansas City, MO)
  • "After Easter." Seven commentary articles on the resurrection and Pentecost for Spring 2012, Illustrated Bible Life (Word Action Publishing, Kansas City, MO)
  • Singing: Luke's Songs as Melodies of the Marginalized in Vital Christianity: Spirituality, Justice, and Christian Practice, Eds. David L. Weaver-Zercher and William H. Willimon, 2005 (T & T Clark, New York)
  • This We Proclaim: Preaching from the Johannine Letters in The Bible Tells Me So: Reading the Bible as Scripture, Ed. Richard P. Thompson and Thomas J. Oord, 2011 (Sacra Sage Press, Nampa, ID)
Favorite Scripture Verse:

Revelation 1:5b-6 – To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Past jobs and/or current hobbies unrelated to your profession:

I enjoy woodworking.

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