Kevin Twain Lowery

Chair of Theology and Philosophy and Professor
School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Theology and Philosophy
Ph.D., 2004, University of Notre Dame
M.Div., 1993, Asbury Theological Seminary
B.A., 1987, Frostburg State University

Dr. Kevin Twain Lowery is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Olivet Nazarene University. His academic specializations and interests include moral philosophy, Enlightenment thought (esp. Kant), and the interaction of ethics with science and religion. Dr. Lowery has published a number of scholarly articles and chapters, and he has authored two books – The Maturity of Belief: Critically Assessing Religious Faith and Salvaging Wesley’s Agenda: A New Paradigm for Wesleyan Virtue Ethics. Prominent Methodist scholars have referred to him as a “groundbreaking” author in Wesley research and as “a major contributor to the construction of new Wesleyan theologies for our day.”

Originally employed as an engineer in the aerospace industry, Dr. Lowery has undergraduate majors in physics and mathematics. He is an Ordained Minister in the Wesleyan Church, and he served ten years in pastoral ministry, including five years as a Christian school administrator. After being awarded a Presidential Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Lowery received his Ph.D. in moral theology, also completing a minor in science and religion. He is a member of several professional societies, has received multiple research grants, and was presented the inaugural Samuel L. Mayhugh Award for Scholarly Excellence at Olivet in May 2012

Dr. Lowery and his wife, Amy, have two adult children and reside in West Kankakee. His recreational interests include music, golf, chess, puzzles (of all sorts), reading, and other sports. He is also a fan of Notre Dame football and University of Maryland men’s basketball.