Four new faculty members joining Phillips Theological Seminary

Dean Nancy Claire Pittman is pleased to announce four additions to the Phillips Theological Seminary faculty.

The four new faculty members are:

  • Lisa D. Barnett, PhD, ThM, MDiv, BA, Assistant Professor of Christian History
  • Arthur F. Carter, Jr., PhD, MA, MDiv, BA, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Director of Black Church Studies
  • Warren Carter, PhD, ThM, BD, BA, LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament
  • Annie A. Lockhart–Gilroy, PhD, MDiv, BA, Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology.

“We are pleased to welcome such top-level scholars to Phillips,” Pittman said. “They each bring rich backgrounds and research that will serve our students and churches in the middle of the country.”

Barnett received her PhD in U.S. history from Texas Christian University in 2017 and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Barnett has also received several academic honors including the Graduate Student Teaching Award from TCU and the Stone-Campbell Journal Promising Scholar Award.

Barnett’s professional memberships include the Stone-Campbell Journal Scholars Community, American Society for Ethnohistory, Coalition for Western Women’s History, and the Society for United States Intellectual History.

Arthur Carter received his PhD in Religion, New Testament and early Christian Literature from Vanderbilt University in 2016. Through his specialization in contextual/cultural biblical criticism, Carter has additional transdisciplinary training in Black Atlantic Studies, Diaspora Studies (ancient and contemporary), (post)colonialism, and Classics.

Carter is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Institute for Signifying Scriptures.

Warren Carter will delay his arrival at Phillips for one year in order to complete several projects and responsibilities at Brite Divinity School where he currently serves. He received his PhD in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1991 and is an ordained New Zealand Baptist minister who is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Carter’s work in the intertextuality between New Testament texts and the structures, ideologies, and practices of power that constitute the Roman empire is considered groundbreaking and important for followers of Jesus in the contemporary context of empire.

Carter was the founder of the Society of Biblical Literature’s Gospels, Jesus Traditions, and Negotiating the Roman Imperial World Section and currently serves on its steering committee. He has also co-chaired the SBL’s Matthew Section.

Lockhart–Gilroy received her PhD in Christian Education and Congregational Studies in 2015 from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. She is an ordained deacon and is transferring her ordination to the United Methodist Church. She is currently working on two publications including one tentatively titled, Nurturing the Sanctified Imagination of Urban Youth.

She is a member of the Religious Education Association and served on its executive board for two years. Lockhart-Gilroy is also a member of The Society for the Study of Black Religion, The Academy of American Religion, and the United Methodist Association for Scholars and Christian Educators.

“We had a number of excellent candidates in our searches,” Pittman said. “I believe these new faculty members will strengthen the long history of academic excellence at Phillips as we continue to provide education for clergy and the church.”


Phillips Theological Seminary is a graduate seminary, affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), dedicated to learning the way of Jesus in order to cultivate vital communities, vital conversations, and the public good. We are a community of teachers and learners seeking to be faithful to God through disciplined, reasoned, and reflective study of scripture, religious tradition, and human experience.