Our second Lead U Conference, “For the Life of the World: Christianity and Cultural Engagement,” was held on April 27-28, 2018.
This conference aims to explore the way in which the universal Church, local churches, and individual Christians should engage the culture with the gospel. We hope to provide helpful biblical, theological, and historical insight into the problem and potential solutions.
Session #3: “Benedict Option”—Brad Pardue
Dr. Richard Cummings (DWS, Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies; MAFA, University of Leeds) is Professor of Art and Director of the Boger Art Gallery at College of the Ozarks where he is now in his 17th year. Richard and his wife, Alana, have two sons–Richie and Will.
Dr. Rusty Osborne (PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at College of the Ozarks. He is also an elder/pastor at Christ’s Covenant Church in Branson, MO. Dr. Osborne is the editor for two journals, the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament and Faithful Lives, and he has published chapters and articles in several books and journals. He and his wife, Sara, have four children: Sophia, Eleanor, Moses, and Henry.
Dr. Brad Pardue (PhD, University of Tennessee) is Assistant Professor of European History at College of the Ozarks. Dr. Pardue is a specialist in Early Modern Europe, Church History, and the English Reformation and serves as a member of the editorial board for the book series “Studies in the History of Christian Traditions” published by Brill Academic Publishers. His most recent publications include his book Printing, Power, and Piety: Appeals to the Public during the Early Years of the English Reformation (Brill, 2012). Dr. Pardue’s hobbies include reading, hiking, swimming, and travelling.
Dr. Kyle Rapinchuk (PhD, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Christian Worldview at School of the Ozarks, a classical Christian laboratory high school of the College of the Ozarks. Dr. Rapinchuk and his wife Kristin have also served as Campus Missionaries with the Missouri Baptist Convention in their role as Ozarks BSU Directors. He is the co-founder of The Classical Thistle, a website devoted to promoting classical Christian education in a 21st century context.
Dr. Mark Rapinchuk (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at College of the Ozarks where he is now in his 21st year. Mark teaches worldview and philosophy courses and is a teaching elder at Harvest Evangelical Free Church. Mark and his wife Dori have been married for 41 years and have two grown sons: Kyle and Brendon.
Dr. Jay Todd (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies and a Division Chair at College of the Ozarks. He is also an elder/pastor at Christ’s Covenant Church in Branson, MO. Dr. Todd is the author of Sinai and the Saints and Remember, O Yahweh. He and his wife Christina have three children: Maisy, Lily, and Isaac.