J. Dwayne Howell
J. Dwayne Howell, PhD is professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in the School of Theology of Campbellsville University and was named Distinguished Professor in 2008. He is also pastor of Rolling Fork Baptist Church in Gleanings, KY. Dwayne has written and presented in the area of Old Testament and Homiletics and is chair of the Homiletics and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is also active in the Academy of Homiletics.
Dwayne and his wife Susan have volunteered with CBE, effortlessly leading community workshops, writing journal articles and strategizing an “egalitarian climate-change” at Campbellsville University—where they serve. The Howell’s established a CBE Lecture Series at Campbellsvile that holds annual lectures and chapel addresses by known leaders of biblical gender equality. Susan and Dwayne also helped establish a CBE chapter on campus. The impact of their egalitarian advocacy resulted in a bold and costly challenge to the forceful tide of complementarians in their culture and the Kentucky Baptist Convention, an event that made rapid news in Baptist circles and beyond.
The Howells continue to mentor young people, encouraging them to use their gifts despite their age, gender or ethnicity. They bring students to CBE events and have developed courses and lectures that explore the biblical and psychological data on biblical gender equality, topics on which they have also published widely. In 2017, CBE celebrated the Howells’ work by awarding them a Lifetime Achievement Award.