Dr. Jim Spiegel Dr. Jim Spiegel

James S. Spiegel (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.  His publications mainly explore issues in ethics and philosophy of religion.  Jim has authored several books, including The Benefits of Providence (Crossway, 2005), Faith, Film, and Philosophy (InterVarsity, 2007), The Love of Wisdom (B&H, 2009), The Making of an Atheist (2010), and the award-winning How to be Good in a World Gone Bad (Kregel, 2004).  In addition to teaching a variety of philosophy courses, Jim coaches the Taylor University Ethics Bowl team.  Jim and his wife Amy blog together at  They have four children and live in Fairmount, Indiana.

Dr. Larry HelyerDr. Larry Helyer

Larry R. Helyer (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana.  He pastored North Baptist Church in Portland Oregon and Faith Baptist Church in Sun Valley, California before teaching Biblical Studies at Taylor University.  He has published numerous articles and reviews and has authored Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period (InterVarsity, 2002), Yesterday, Today and Forever (Sheffield, 2004), The Witness of Jesus, Paul and John (InterVarsity, 2008), The Book of Revelation for Dummies (Wiley, 2008), and The Life and Witness of Peter (InterVarsity, 2012).  Larry has also been Bible teacher for several Taylor University Holy Land Tours to Israel and Turkey.

Dr. Tom JonesDr. Tom Jones

A 1971 graduate of Taylor University and an ordained minister, Tom has pastored the Center Christian Church in Fairmount, IN since 1968.  Earning graduate degrees from Notre Dame and Ball State University and pursuing additional graduate studies at Miami (Ohio) and Purdue, Tom was a high school history teacher and administrator before returning to Taylor as a member of the History Department in 1988.  He serves as Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Biblical Studies and continues to teach courses such as 20th Century U.S History, The World Since ’45, and Irish History.  He was recognized as the Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Office of Parent and Alumni Affairs in 1993 and 2004.  His special areas of interest are U.S. political and diplomatic history and the history of K-12 public education.

Dr. Nancy DaytonDr. Nancy Dayton

Nancy Dayton (Ph.D., Miami University) is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at Taylor University. Her research focuses upon contemporary literature with particular interests the contemporary novel and the graphic novel. She teaches courses in contemporary literature, literary theory, and the history of the novel. She co-teaches a course for the Honors Guild in African-American literature and history. Nancy was recognized as the Alumni Association Distinguished Professor of the Year for 2013.

Dr. Joel BryanDr. Joel Bryan

After receiving a BS in physics and mathematics from Angelo State University in 1986, Dr. Bryan taught physics and mathematics in Christian and secular high schools for 13 years.  During that time he earned a graduate degree in science education from UT Dallas in 1994.  In 2003 he received a Ph.D. in science education at Texas A&M University and held a joint appointment in Texas A&M's physics department and in the Center for Mathematics and Science Education until 2007, when he and his family moved to Yorktown, IN, to accept a faculty position in Ball State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy.  His duties as physics education specialist include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in physics and science education and conducting research on physics teaching and learning.

Dr. Matt DeLongDr. Matt DeLong

Matt DeLong (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is Professor of Mathematics and Fellow of the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Taylor.  He has also been a visiting professor at Harvey Mudd College and The University of Michigan. Matt is co-author (with Dale Winter) of the book Learning to Teach and Teaching to Learn Mathematics (MAA Press, 2001) and over twenty articles.  He has been recognized by the Mathematical Association of America with two national teaching awards. In addition to teaching mathematics, he also co-teaches the Foundations of the Christian Liberal Arts course at Taylor.