Our phenomenal faculty are leaders in their fields as well as published and influential scholars. They’re actively involved in community events involving ministry, social justice and community outreach. By remaining in touch with the needs of the church and community, they bring relevant concerns to their classrooms. In both physical or virtual classrooms, our professors care about and are available to their students. Howard's regular faculty, whose bios and CVs are accessible from this page, is supplemented by a number of highly qualified adjunct faculty members.

Our faculty build upon the noteworthy scholarship of our faculty emeriti, whose influence continues to impact current scholarship and the church.

Biblical Studies

John Ahn

Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible

Biblical Studies, Divinity

Alice Bellis


Professor of Hebrew Bible

Biblical Studies, Divinity

Gay Byron


Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity

Biblical Studies, Divinity

Bertram Melbourne

Professor of New Testament Biblical Language and Literature

Biblical Studies, Divinity

Theological Studies

Donald Davis

Professor of Theology

Theological Studies, Divinity

Frederick Ware

Associate Professor of Theology

Theological Studies, Divinity


Cheryl Sanders

Professor of Christian Ethics

Ethics, Divinity

Carlton Waterhouse

Professor at Divinity

Office of Administration and Operations, Law School

Historical Studies

Zainab Alwani

Associate Professor of Islamic Studies

Historical Studies, Divinity

Renee Harrison

Associate Professor, African American & U.S. Religious History

Historical Studies, Divinity

Ministry Studies

Barbara Fears

Assistant Professor of Religious Education

Ministry Studies, Divinity

Kenyatta Gilbert

Professor of Homiletics

Ministry Studies, Divinity

Ronald Hopson

Professor of Psychology and Pastoral Care


Bernard Richardson

Dean, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel & Professor, Pastoral Care and Counseling

Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel

Harold Trulear

Professor of Applied Theology

Ministry Studies, Divinity

Society, Culture & Religion

Kwasi Kwakye-Nuako

Associate Professor of World Religions

Society, Culture & Religion, Divinity

Yolanda Pierce

Dean, and Professor of Religion and Literature

Office of the Dean, Divinity

Faculty in the Community

The HUSD Faculty are actively involved in academic, social justice and ecclesial events.  Always in demand as keynote speakers/preachers, our faculty are available to answer questions about our degree programs and admissions requirements.

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Wisdom Commentary Volume Published by Liturgical Press Wins Book of the Year at 2019 Association of Catholic Publishers Awards

COLLEGEVILLE, MINNESOTA (June 2019)—Liturgical Press is honored to be publisher of the book of the year award recipient, the Proverbs volume from the Wisdom Commentary series by Alice Ogden Bellis, from Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) 2019 Excellence in Publishing Awards which recognizes the best in Catholic publishing.  “It is a great delight to have Alice Ogden Bellis' work on Proverbs receive this well-deserved recognition,” said Barbara E. Read the Article