Faculty
Joel Allen, PH.D.
Assistant Professor of Religion, department chair

Education: 
M. Div. Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky.
Ph.D. Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio

Bio:
Joel Allen is the Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell SD. Before coming to DWU, Joel was an Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Lambuth University and Minister of Discipleship at First United Methodist Church in Jackson TN. He is an elder in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church and a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary (1995). Joel has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary, Union College and Moscow Evangelical Theological Seminary. Joel completed a Ph.D. at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati Ohio where he studied Hebrew Bible, Rabbinic Literature and Judaism of the Greco-Roman World. Along with several articles, he is author of two books: The Despoliation of Egypt: in Pre-Rabbinic, Rabbinic and Patristic Traditions (Brill, 2008) and Jewish Biblical Legends: Rabbinic Wisdom for Christian Readers (Cascade Books, 2013). Joel has been married to Kitty for 24 years and they have two children (Johanna, 16 and Emma,13). They reside in Mitchell South Dakota.

Contact Information:
1200 W University Ave,
Mitchell, SD 57301
605-995-2632
joallen@dwu.edu


Dr. Boyd Blumer
Adjunct Professor of Religion - Philosophy

Education
:
B.A. - Westmar College, Le Mars IA
M. Div. - Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston IL
D. Min - McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
Contact Information:
1200 W University Ave,
Mitchell, SD 57301
605-995-2600
boblumer@dwu.edu

Rev. Brandon Vetter
Adjunct Professor of Religion-Philosophy

Education:
B.A. - Dakota Wesleyan University
M. Div. – Asbury Theological Seminary

Bio:
Brandon Vetter is an adjunct professor of religion and philosophy and serves as the campus pastor. He is an elder in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church and a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary (2006). He teaches Sexuality, Spirituality and Loving (REL 240), Pop Culture and Theology (REL 370), Theology of John Wesley (REL 415), Church Growth (REL 410) and various travel seminars (REL 461). Brandon has been married to Vicky for 10 years and they have two children (Miranda, 4 and Elijah, 2). They live in Mitchell, SD.

Contact Information:
1200 W University Ave,
Mitchell, SD 57301
605-995-2919
brvetter@dwu.edu


John AndersonJohn E. Anderson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Religion-Philosophy

Education:
BA, Augustana College (2004)
MTS, Duke University Divinity School (2006)
Ph.D., Baylor University (2010)
Bio:
Dr. John Anderson is a Mitchell native and Old Testament scholar. He has published his first book, Jacob and the Divine Trickster: A Theology of Deception and YHWH's Fidelity to the Ancestral Promise in the Jacob Cycle (Eisenbrauns, 2011), and has three additional book projects currently under contract: a volume tentatively titled An Untamable God: Reading the Old Testament's Troubling Texts Theologically, a book he is co-authoring with a Jewish scholar on the Holocaust and Christianity, and an edited volume on the book of Genesis. Dr. Anderson's scholarly interests include Genesis, Psalms, Job, Old Testament theology, and theodicy. In his free time he enjoys running and spending time with his family. He is also an unabashed professional wrestling fan.

Contact Information:
1200 W University Ave,
Mitchell, SD 57301

joanders@dwu.edu

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800-333-8506



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