EPEC Research

Kevin Kennedy; Vice President of Research

Educated at Guilford College, Greensboro, NC and Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, Kennedy then pursued the Master of Divinity degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC and served in churches in Roxboro and Durham, N.C.  After serving on the faculty of Liberty University from 1991–1994, Kevin Kennedy pursued his Ph.D. at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. After earning his Ph.D., he fulfilled his desire to serve the church in the capacity of a seminary professor when he joined the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX in 2002.

While his formal training is in the fields of theology, philosophy, and historical theology his long-time interests in cultural, worldview, political, and economic issues makes him well suited to contribute to discussions on contemporary issues. His father, Charles Darrell Kennedy, introduced Kevin to political and economic issues at an early age when his father was elected to public office in Durham, North Carolina; the first Republican elected to public office in that county since Reconstruction.

Kevin Kennedy leads our research fellows, who are scholars skilled at research, writing and speaking.  Every research fellow has a doctoral degree, is published and is an experienced teacher. Each research fellow  can speak to general topics, but each one is also an expert in a specialized area of policy.  While they have full time positions elsewhere, they all write, speak and represent EPEC in various venues.

Our research fellows are not just good, they are EPEC!


Associate Editor

Ronald Rothenberg, PhD

Ron Rothenberg, PhD serves not only as a research fellow, but as the associate editor for EPEC Articles.  Ron is a Christian ethicist/ systematic theologian.   Ronald M. Rothenberg received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Irvine. He went on to study at Bethel San Diego where he graduated with honors and received his M.Div. He served as a pastor in local churches for nearly a decade. Rothenberg went on to receive his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology (major) and Ethics (minor) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

He is the author of two books and one article:

A Virtue Ethical View of Trinitarian Sanctification: Jesus’ Roles as Teacher, Example, and Priest. Seattle, WA: Amazon Digital Services, 2014.

Solving the Immigrant Church Crisis: The Biblical Solution of Parallel Ministry (Acts 6:1–7). Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2016.

“The Public/Private Distinction: An Indispensable Heuristic Tool for Evangelicals.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 60, no. 4 (2017): 793–815.


EPEC Research Fellows

Graham Floyd, PhD


Dr. Graham Floyd received his BA in Biblical Studies and History from Blue Mountain College, Blue Mountain, MS.  He received his Master of Divinity, Master of Theology in philosophy of religion, and PhD in philosophy of religion and ethics from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is an adjunct professor at Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX and Weatherford College, Weatherford, TX.

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Paul Golata, PhD


Paul Golata is a philosopher/ Christian ethicist.  He also has extensive experience as an engineer.  

PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: Ethics & Philosophical Studies, 2016

MDiv w/BL, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2010 

MBA, Pepperdine University, 1987

BS, Electronic Engineering Technology, DeVry Institute of Technology, 1985

Golata, Paul. The Ethics of Superintelligent Design: A Christian View of the Theological and Moral Implications of Artificial Superintelligence. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2018.

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Jack Greenoe, PhD


Jack L. Greenoe earned an MDivBL (2003) and a Ph. D. (2012) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He studied Intelligent Design under William A. Dembski, who also supervised the dissertation, The Ethics of Darwin or the Ethics of Design. He taught ethics classes adjunctly for SWBTS from 2007-2016. He served on staff at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX (2001, 2004) and served on the committee to update the New American Standard Bible (2016-2018). He has also served on the SWBTS Board of Visitors (2014-2018). He is also CO-CEO of CGMG in Addison,  TX. He and his wife Gail have been married since 1980 and reside in Plano, TX.

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Marvin Jones, PhD


Dr. Jones has been teaching Theology and Church History at Louisiana College since 2013. He has contributed to Christian scholarship via his books, teaching courses, and participation in the School of Ministry and Missions. Dr. Jones has also pastored churches in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Nevada and Louisiana.

  • Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminar, 2014
  • D.Th., University of South Africa, 2005
  • S.T.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 2001
  • M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1994
  • B.A., The Criswell College, 1991

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Bernard J. Mauser, PhD


Dr. Bernard James Mauser  is currently spearheading the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program at Southern Evangelical Seminary and works as an adjunct Professor at Liberty University.

In addition to his doctoral work in natural law theory, his publications include a book called Reading to Grow: A Field Guide to the Bible, a chapter in We Choose Life, and he’s written extensively in applying natural law ethics to different issues including a defense of freedom in A Christian View of Economics. Dr. Mauser has been a funded scholar for the Acton Institute, and has worked on Economics curriculum from a Christian perspective for the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics.

Dr. Mauser received his Ph.D. from Marquette University in Philosophy with areas of specialization in the history of philosophy, Thomas Aquinas, and ethics. He’s also earned a M.A. in philosophy (Marquette University) and a M.A. in Apologetics (Southern Evangelical Seminary). Since that time, Dr. Mauser helped to launch a Great Books program for San Diego Christian College and North Central University where he taught a diverse number of courses including theology, law, government, and economics. 

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Eric Alan Mitchell, PhD


Dr. Eric Alan Mitchell is Associate Professor of Old Testament & Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Mitchell’s research and writing has focused in the area Old Testament Narrative and Biblical (Old Testament) Archaeology and more recently in Old Testament and Economics.  He is most interested in how the Old Testament author shapes the text to convey meaning and how the combined ancient contexts of Scripture, historical event, culture, and language inform interpretation. 

Dr. Mitchell earned a B.B.A. in Finance/Computer Information Systems from Baylor University (1985), an MDiv from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (1994), and a PhD in Old Testament Literature and Archaeology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2002).

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Donald McConnell; J.D.


Donald McConnell has most recently taught in San Diego Christian College’s Rivendell Program. Before Rivendell he was a faculty member and Dean at Trinity International University’s Trinity Law School. He has a BA from Westmont College (Magna Cum Laud) and a JD from the University of Southern California. He is passionate about God’s work in history and the public affairs. 

Donald contributed Chapter Seven “Practical Ways Forward” to God and Governing; Reflections on Ethics, Virtue, and Statesmanship, Roger Overton editor, forward by Charles Colson. Donald also wrote “Is Modern Legal Liberalism Still Compatible with Free Exercise of Religion?”

Campbell Law Review, volume 33, No. 3, pp. 641-660, “Why Natural Law is Called Natural”

Liberty Law Review, volume 2, number 3, pp. 797-846, Natural Law Symposium issue,

Spring 2008 (actual publication November 2009) (Article also presented as a lecture at the

Symposium on February 22, 2008), “Christians and the Government: Ten Suggestions”

Trinity Magazine Fall 2008 and the book reviews ““Redeeming the Law: Christian Calling and the Legal Profession – by Michael P. Shutt” Religious Studies Review, volume 34, number 2, p. 88, June 2008 and

“Contracts and Common Decency: Robert Mather’s Contract Law and Morality” Trinity

Law Review, volume 10, number 1, pp. 201 – 209, Fall 2000.

Sam Roach, PhD, JD


Sam is a pastor in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Prior to entering the pastoral ministry, he practiced law in his home state of Florida as an assistant state attorney for the Fifth Judicial Circuit of Florida and later as an associate in the commercial department of Harris, Barrett, Mann & Dew, LLP. Sam has taught courses at colleges and universities in the areas of political science and business law. In addition to a J.D., he holds an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Texas, Arlington, and other degrees. His work was quoted in part in the published report, “Public Private Partnerships in California Phase II Report Section IV: Structuring P3 Projects,” prepared by researchers at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California, and sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program, and California Department of Transportation.

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John W Taylor, PhD


John is Director, Academic Graduate Studies Program | Professor of New Testament at Gateway Seminary.

2004 Ph.D. New Testament Studies
University of Cambridge, England Member of St. Edmund’s College

Studied at Tyndale House - Paul’s Understanding of Faith

2000 M.Div. (Master of Divinity)
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA

1980 BTRP (Bachelor of Town and Regional Planning)
University of Melbourne, Australia

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Greg Tomlin, PhD


Dr. Gregory Tomlin is Associate Professor of Church History and a faculty instructional mentor for Liberty University's Rawlings School of Divinity. He earned his Ph.D. at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, completing a dissertation on Southern Baptist responses to military intervention in Vietnam from 1958-73. Tomlin also studied at Baylor University and Boston University's summer Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs. In 2011, he also founded Christus Films, LLC, a documentary and feature film company based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company's first film, The Man Left Behind (2013), a documentary about the Battle of Lang Vei, Vietnam, on February 6-7, 1968, won four Best Documentary awards. 

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