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Tracy Paino has Fifteen years in pastoral ministry, over twenty years in higher education, a two year stint as a national ministry representative for a missions organization that helps meet the physical and spiritual needs of children in poverty-stricken areas of the world.
One of his many passions is to challenge people to go deeper in their faith, to make the Bible come alive, and to serve as a teaching guide for trips to the land of the Bible. He enjoys opening up new paths of insight into the Bible and the Christian faith using the context of biblical history, language, culture, and spirituality. High School students, College students, pastors, church leaders, and people from all walks of life benefit from his unique style of combining these elements with a pastoral approach while using the geographical and archeological realities of the biblical setting.
His educational background includes a B.A. from Evangel University (Springfield, MO) in Biblical Studies, a Masters of Divinity from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry from Bethel University (St. Paul, MN), and post-doctoral work in Biblical Languages, Biblical Geography, and Ancient Judaism.
Chris McKinny has a PhD from Bar Ilan University in Israel. His dissertation focused on the historical geography and archaeology of the town lists of Judah and Benjamin in the book of Joshua. Chris currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, The Master’s University (IBEX), and William Jessup University. Outside the classroom, Chris is a senior staff member of the Tel Burna Archaeological Project (Biblical Libnah), and he has contributed a wide-range of peer-reviewed articles, conference papers, and popular essays. Chris is currently engaged in several other writing and research projects, including writing numerous articles in the Lexham Geographic Commentary Series, preparing content for the Old Testament Books of the Photo Companion to the Bible, and writing extensive study notes for The Koren Tanakh of the Land of Israel - 1-2 Samuel.
Chris has also authored, co-authored, and co-edited several books including: My People as Your People: A Textual and Archaeological Analysis of the Reign of Jehoshaphat, and more.
Chris has led numerous study trips to Israel and Jordan for both students and non-students alike.
Dr. Archie Wright is the Executive Director of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. He is a Visiting Lecturer at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and the London School of Theology in London, UK. His Doctorate is in Second Temple Judaism and biblical interpretation in early Judaism and Christianity. He earned his Ph.D. at Durham University in England under the supervision of Professors Loren T. Stuckenbruck and C.T. Robert Hayward.
Dr. Wright’s research focuses on the relationship between 2nd Temple Period Jewish Literature and the New Testament, in particular the understanding of the New Testament in its 1st century Jewish context. His publications include the Origin of Evil Spirits, Satan and the Problem of Evil, Early Jewish Literature: An Anthology, An Introduction to Ancient Ethiopic Grammar, and The Spirit Says: Inspiration and Interpretation in Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Texts along with other essays and journal articles. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha and serves as co-editor of Enoch Literature for the Textual History of the Bible, and as the General Editor for the forthcoming monograph series with Cascade Academic, The NT in its Second Temple Jewish Context. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Enoch Seminar.
Dr. Wave Nunnally’s love for the Scriptures has brought him to Evangel, where he has been a staple in the Theology Department for the past decade. Among his many academic accomplishments, the former CBC professor has studied Hebrew in Israel and earned a Ph.D. from Jewish rabbinical school. He has also published an extensive amount of literature including numerous books, book chapters and articles. Along with teaching a wide range of Bible courses, Dr. Nunnally directs Evangel’s Israel/Jordan/Egypt study trip program and teaches Sunday school at nearby Central Assembly.
When he’s not working, Dr. Nunnally loves playing sports and spending time outdoors. He enjoys softball, weightlifting and archery, along with watching action movies and the Outdoor Channel.
Dr. Nunnally is married to Lacey Nunnally, director of Evangel’s Social Work Program. They both treasure spending quality time with their two children and two grandchildren.