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Dr. Jim Keating

Dr. James Keating earned his Doctor of Education from the GTF in 2004 and holds a M.B.A. in Leadership and a M.A. in History, Political Science and English from Butler University where he has taught in the English Department since 1987. As part of his studies at the GTF, he attended the Oxford Theology Summer School and, in 2014, was awarded an Oxford Foundation Fellowship from the GTF to pursue a sabbatical in Oxford, England, with use of the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library.

Recently, Dr. Keating was appointed by Butler University as the General Editor of the Global Studies Reader which is published in coordination with Pearson Publishing. The reader, which includes historical, demographic, and religious studies articles compiled from works by internationally known academics working in the fields of Asian and Middle Eastern religions, politics, and culture, is used in a program described as Global Historical Studies which was originally created at Butler in 1983 and which is now taught under various rubrics at a number of universities in the U.S.

Routinely writing and publishing in the field of history and education, Dr. Keating is currently working on a book entitled, The King’s English in the Authorized Psalms, which is related to his research conducted as an Oxford Foundation Fellow. Active in his community, he has served as a member of the National Grants Selection Committee for the Nike Foundation, the Scholarship Awards Committee of the Sociedad Amigos de Colombia (Friends of Colombia Society), as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and on the Board of Governors of the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Indianapolis.

Dr. Keating has written the second in a series of blog posts outlining some of the historic methods of cataloging library books in Europe.  Read Dr. Keating’s most recent blog post.

Featured alumna Nancy Graham

Nancy L. Graham is an independent researcher, musician and teacher. She earned both her Ph.D. (2014) and Doctor of Sacred Music (2006) through the Graduate Theological Foundation, with some coursework completed at Oxford University, as well as the Master of Music from Westminster Choir College. She has served as a choral conductor, organist and lecturer throughout the Eastern United States and the UK. She currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee.  Dr. Graham has recently published a book entitled, They Bear Acquaintance: African-American Spirituals and the Camp Meetings.

Following is a brief description of her book.

Identifying the roots of African American spirituals and other religious folk music has intrigued academics, hymnologists and song leaders since this genre came to the public eye in 1867. The conversation on origins has waned and waxed for over eighty years, sometimes polemical, sometimes compromising. They Bear Acquaintance looks at this discussion through the output of various well-regarded researchers from the twentieth century. The effects of cultural distinctions, immigration patterns and class structure have all left their imprint on the anatomy of the music. No one living has ever heard a spiritual performed in an authentic setting, so misconceptions abound. Pre-dating the American Civil War and achieving global attention in the Civil Rights movement, the spirituals soften the edges of difficult situations, and speak gently, yet poignantly, to human struggles. The book also pinpoints new material from a wide range of sources in the twenty-first century that will preserve and affirm this music for many years to come.

The Journeyman's Journey: From Drewry to Doctor

GTF alumnus, Dr. Melvin Bullock, Sr., Pastor of the Fishers of Men Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Henderson, North Carolina, has recently published a new book.  We congratulate Dr. Bullock on this accomplishment.  A brief description of the book follows.

The most precious virtues of life are often lost because of their superficial presentations. It is the purpose set forth in the expressions of Dr. Melvin Bullock, Sr., as he retrieves life long memories, sharing what seem at first to be destructive weapons but throughout life’s journey these retrieved experiences have taught lessons which would never have enriched lives of the neglected nor condemned their accuser.To learn more about this book or to purchase a copy, click here.


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We at the GTF would like to offer our sincere congratulations to Chaplain Bea Broder-Oldach, D.Min. (2015), BCC, who recently received board certification with the Association of Professional Chaplains and the Spiritual Care Association.  We wish you the best as you continue your ministry.


Dr. Murray Casey Joseph

Dr. Murray Joseph Casey, Md, MS, MBA, Ph.D. (Theology, GTF, 2012) is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska.  Dr Casey attended the Oxford Theology Summer School from 2003 through 20016 and at the age of 81 remains actively engaged in clinical consultation, teaching, investigation, supervising research, writing and some administration.  In the last few years Dr. Casey has published extensively.  We congratulate Dr. Casey on his continued ministry and engagement in academic pursuits as evidenced by his ongoing commitment to research and writing.  Below are just two of Dr. Casey’s most recent publications.

Casey MJ.  Dignum et justum est:  Obamacare and travail of the Little Sisters, Issues in Law and Medicine.  2016;31(2):111-124

Casey MJ, Colanta AB.  Müllerian intra-abdominal carcinomatosis in hereditary breast ovarian cancer syndrome:  implications for risk-reducing surgery.  Familial Cancer.  2016;15:371-384

Please visit this link to view a full listing of Dr. Casey’s publications.