John M. Imbler

 John M. Imbler
Address901 N. Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74116

Executive Vice President, Phillips Theological Seminary
Director of Ministerial Formation, Phillips Theological Seminary
Associate Professor of the History of Christianity and Disciples Studies, Phillips Theological Seminary

B.A., Butler University, 1967
M.Div., Christian Theological Seminary, 1971
S.T.M., Christian Theological Seminary, 1981
D.D., Columbia College, 1987

A scholar of American Christianity, and especially the history of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), courses offered by Dr. Imbler in recent years have included the Disciples History and Polity, Disciples Theology, Christianity in the United States, and New Religious Movements.

Among his publications are Beyond Buffalo: Alexander Campbell on Education for Ministry (Nashville: Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1992), Discerning the Call: Advancing the Quality of Ordained Leadership, co-edited with Linda Plengemeier (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1992), “Disciples of Christ Colleges, Universities, and Seminaries,” in Religious Higher Education in the United States: A Source Book, ed. Thomas Hunt and James Carper (New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1996), “The Council of Agencies” and “The Louisville Plan,” in the Stone-Campbell Encyclopedia, ed. Douglas A. Foster, et. al. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005), and numerous book reviews. He is currently working on the centennial history of Phillips Theological Seminary.

An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Dr. Imbler serves on the regional ministerial commissions of Kansas and Oklahoma. Executive Vice President of PTS, he is also the seminary’s director of Disciples of Christ ministerial formation. He currently is chair of the committee on Religious Understanding of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry and sits on the board of United Campus Ministry of the University of Tulsa. A member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Association for Higher Education, and the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, he joined the PTS faculty in 1993.

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