Biblical Studies

School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Biblical Studies
Ph.D., 1988, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.M., 1983, Duke University
M.Div., 1981, Nazarene Theological Seminary
B.S., 1976, Trevecca Nazarene University
B.S., 1992, West Virginia University

Dr. Murphy began teaching in what was then Olivet's Division of Religion in the fall of 1992. He brought with him training and experience from diverse disciplines encompassing science, education and religion. Currently, he teaches in the Department of Biblical Studies.

While a student majoring in medical technology at West Virginia in 1972, he realized God's call into full-time Christian service. He then transferred to Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tenn., where he completed a B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and religion (1976). While at Trevecca, he also completed the course of study for secondary education, eventually culminating in West Virginia state certification for teaching grades 7-12.

Between his work at Trevecca and entering Nazarene Theological Seminary, Dr. Murphy served as a substitute teacher and tutor in West Virginia public schools. It was during this time that he married Connie Slusser Murphy of Fairmont, West Virginia.

Dr. Murphy completed his work at Nazarene Theological Seminary and received a Master of Divinity degree in 1981. He then went on to complete a Master of Theology at Duke University in 1983 in New Testament studies. After Duke, Dr. Murphy completed his Ph.D. at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Before coming to Olivet, Dr. Murphy served as a pastor in Charlottesville, Va. In 1992, he completed a B.S. in Medical Technology at West Virginia University. His academic achievements earned him the B.F. Love Award there. In 1993 he was ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene, West Virginia North District.

At Olivet, Dr. Murphy has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses, particularly in New Testament studies. He and his wife, Connie, attend College Church of the Nazarene. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Wesleyan Theological Society, and the Chicago Society of Biblical Research.

Chair of Biblical Literature and Professor
School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Biblical Studies
Ph.D., 2006, Claremont Graduate University
M.A.R., 2005, Claremont Graduate University
M.Div., 1995, Nazarene Theological Seminary
B.A., 1990, Olivet Nazarene University

Since 2004, Dr. Mellish has taught biblical literature at Olivet. His main teaching area is in the field of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. He has also taught classes in elementary and advanced Hebrew; survey courses in Bible; and upper division and graduate courses in Old Testament. In 2016, he became chair of the Department of Biblical Studies.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Mellish has presented scholarly papers at conferences and written articles for various academic and church publications. He has written a commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel in the New Beacon Bible Commentary Series. His research interests have focused on the life of David, the development of Israelite faith and religion, the Deuteronomistic history, archaeology and ancient Near Eastern history, comparative Midrash, and the Pentateuch.

Prior to coming to Olivet, Dr. Mellish taught in the Ontario-Montclair School District for six years and served as an associate pastor at Ontario First Church of the Nazarene. He is currently a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Wesleyan Theological Society.

For his leisure time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, biking, playing and watching sports, and reading fiction (especially mysteries).

He and his wife, Jeanine, are the parents of three children: Dakota, Delaney and Lacie.

School of Theology and Christian Ministry
Biblical Studies
Ph.D., 2005, Baylor University
Th.M., 1999, Emory University
M.Div., 1991, Asbury Theological Seminary
B.A., 1986, Stetson University

Dr. Ellis teaches in the Department of Biblical Studies. His professional areas of interest include Pauline Studies and narrative criticism of the Gospels.

He grew up in the orange groves of central Florida and did his undergraduate work at Stetson University in Deland, Florida (BA, English, 1986). Feeling a call to the ordained ministry, he sought training at Asbury Seminary (MDiv, 1991). After serving seven and a half years as a pastor in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, he came to believe that he was called to a ministry of teaching. He returned to school for the necessary training, studying at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (ThM, 1999) and Baylor University (PhD, 2005). After a year of part-time teaching at Baylor, he accepted a full-time position at Olivet in 2006. He remains an ordained United Methodist Elder under appointment of the Florida Area bishop. (That means that, by making the job his appointment, the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church gives its official approval to Dr. Ellis’s working at Olivet.)

Dr. Ellis’s publications include Paul and Ancient Views of Sexual Desire (2007); scholarly journal articles; online reviews of academic books; presentations at scholarly conferences; a chapter in The Long Journey Home: Understanding and Ministering to the Sexually Abused (2011); Good Boy, Achilles! (2016), a work of Christian fiction for children; and an entry in the Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Biblical Theology (forthcoming).

In his free time, Dr. Ellis enjoys fishing, hunting, singing, writing, and spending time with his wife, Terri, and their two sons.

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