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Professor John Ballenger

Assistant Professor of English


School of Arts and Humanities


Professional Experience:
  • Assistant Professor of English, 2017-Present
  • Director of Student Success (MVNU), 2010-2017
  • Pastor, 2000-2009
  • Resident Director (MVNU), 1998-2000

Professional Organizations:

  • Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene
  • Ohio Poetry Association

Published Works & Presentations:

Professor Ballenger’s writing appears (or is forthcoming) in publications such as
Appalachian Heritage, The Cresset, New Ohio Review, Rock & Sling, Relief Journal,
among others. His poems also appear in the book Not Yet Christmas: It’s Time for


  • MFA Creative Writing – Ashland University
  • MA Christian Education – Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • BA Religion – Mount Vernon Nazarene University

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