Robert J. Duncan, Jr, D.Min

Founder & President

Professor of Leadership & Ministry

Rob is a retired ordained United Methodist with over 30 years of ministry experience,


He was the Director of Institutional Advancement, Director of Admissions, and Doctor of Ministry Core Faculty at the Drew University Theological School. While at Drew he received the Doctor of Ministry Directors Award, Hispanic Institute of Theology Award, and a named Prize in the Doctor of Ministry Program.

Rob served as President and Professor of Religion at Bacone College from 2002-2013. Bacone is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and has a historical educational mission with native people. While at Bacone he received awards from the Oklahoma State Legislature, NCCA Student Chapter, several Tribal Colleges, American Indian Chamber of Commerce, NAIA, EIIA, and Daughters of the American Revolution.

He currently serves as the Executive Director of Certified Temperament Life Coaching for the Sarasota Academy and is a Clinical Supervisor for the National Christian Counselors Association.  In 2009 he received The Drs. Richard & Phyllis Arno Temperament Award at the National Christian Counselors Association Annual Conference.

Rob is a published author of articles, chapters, and several books, including Circuit Rider Magazine articles, a chapter in Equipping the Saints (Abingdon,2000), and Christian Futuring (Indian University Press 2012).

He has been a frequent speaker at national conferences presenting ways to connect technology, distance education, and ministry,

Michael Christensen, Ph.D

Academic Dean

Professor of Theology & Spiritual Formation

Michael is a Retired Elder - California-Nevada Annual Conference


He held numerous positions at Drew University including:

Director of Doctor of Ministry Program

International Director of Communities of Shalom

Director of the Center for Prophetic Ministry and Community Development

Affiliate Faculty in The Casperson Graduate School

Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry

Michael is the Founder of WorldHope Corps a nonprofit mission organization supported by Believers without Borders engaged in Connecting Resources with Needs for the Common Good in Malawi | Uganda | Palestine | USA. Sponsoring sustainable projects–such as village wells, agricultural initiatives, and social innovation/incubation loans– that build local capacity for economic community development in areas of greatest need.

His published works include:

Partakers of the Divine Nature: The History and Development of Deification in the Christian Traditions (Baker Academic 2008), The Heart of Henri Nouwen: His Words of Blessing(Crossroads 2003), Spiritual Direction: Wisdom for the Long Walk of Faith (Harper One 2015), Spiritual Formation: Following the Movements of the Spirit, (Harper One 2015), Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life (Harper One 2015), C. S. Lewis On Scripture: His Thoughts on the Nature of Biblical Inspiration, The Role of Revelation and the Question of Inerrancy (Abingdon), and Equipping the Saints: Mobilizing Laity for Ministry (Abingdon 2000)

Carl Savage, D.Min, Ph.D

Associate Dean for Doctoral Studies

Professor of Biblical Studies & Archeology

In addition to being a retired ordained United Methodist with over 20 years of pastoral experience, Dr. Carl Savage is an American religion scholar and registered professional archaeologist. He was the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and an Associate Professor of Biblical Archaeology at the Drew University Theological School.

He has particular interests in biblical studies, biblical archaeology, Christian origins, Second Temple Period Judaism, and narrative research in ministry. A specialist in the first century who studies the origins of Christianity and Judaism, Savage searches for “material culture”—artifacts—to back up the hypotheses of scholars who rely on written sources to describe ancient civilizations. “You have to have something that can substantiate what you’re saying the world was like.” 

He has written and edited several books, including Narrative Research in Ministry (Wayne E. Oates Institute, 2008) and Biblical Bethsaida (Lexington Books; Reprint edition, 2016), Equipping the Saints: Mobilizing Laity for Ministry (Abingdon 2000), as well as numerous articles on both ministry practice and archaeology.