Ben Wayman

Dr. Ben Wayman

James F. and Leona N. Andrews Chair in Christian Unity & Assistant Professor

Year Started at GU: 2013
Phone: 618.664.6837
Areas of Responsibility:

As the Andrews Chair in Christian Unity, Dr. Wayman facilitates learning experiences in Christian Unity, teaches courses in Scripture, theology, and ministry, and directs the University's core course in theology. Over the summer, Dr. Wayman supervises senior-level ministry placements as the Director of the Ministry Internship Program.


Ph.D., Historical Theology, Saint Louis University, 2013
M.Div., Duke Divinity School, 2007
B.A., Philosophy and Psychology, Greenville College, 2002

Dr. Wayman is the Andrews Chair in Christian Unity at Greenville University, and co-founded Greenville University's Justice Ministry program with Lisa Sharon Harper. Dr. Wayman facilitates Justice Ministry courses alongside Professor Harper, and his goal for the program is to offer Christians a critical education in how to faithfully engage culture as a necessary part of the church's proclamatory action. At Greenville University, Dr. Wayman teaches courses in Scripture, theology, and ministry, supervises the Senior Ministry Internship program, and directs the university's core course in theology. Dr. Wayman is committed to training up the next generation of leaders for the church.


BIBL 172/372: Christian Unity in Diversity: Reading the New Testament in Honduras
BIBL 215: New Testament Survey
BIBL 352: Pauline Epistles
BIBL 353: Synoptic Gospels
CORE 301: Liberal Arts and Christian Thought
CORE 399: Christian Ethics
GREK 101: Elementary New Testament Greek I
GREK 102: Elementary New Testament Greek II
HONR 270: Theology and Philosophy
THEO 110: Introduction to Christian Thought and Life
THEO 170: Theology Baseball
THEO 200: Orientation to Ministry
THEO 265: Homiletics
THEO 343: Early Christianity
THEO 405: Ministry Internship
THEO 452: Methods in Wesleyan Theology


Publications and Presentations


 Make the Words Your Own: An Early Christian Guide to the Psalms, Foreword by Stanley Hauerwas and Afterword by Fr. David V. Meconi, S.J. (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2014).

 Diodore the Theologian: Πρόνοια in his Commentary on Psalms 1-50, Studia Traditionis Theologiae, vol. 15, Foreword by Rowan A. Greer (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2014).

Ordaining Women: New Edition with an Introduction and Notes, by B. T. Roberts and Benjamin D. Wayman (new edition), Foreword by Christy Mesaros-Winckles and Howard A. Snyder (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015).

Ordaining Women (en Español), by B. T. Roberts and Benjamin D. Wayman (New Edition), Foreword by Delia Nüesch-Olver (Indianapolis, IN: Light+Life, 2017), forthcoming.


“Julian against Christian Educators: Julian and Basil on a Proper Education,” Christian Scholar’s Review 45.3 (2016) 249–267.

“Diodore on the Politics of Kingship in Psalm 2,” in Sacred Scripture and Secular Struggles, The Bible in Ancient Christianity 9, ed. David V. Meconi (Leiden: Brill Press, 2015) 139–161.

Ordaining Women and The Woman’s Bible: Reading the Bible with B. T. Roberts and Elizabeth Cady Stanton,” Women’s Studies: An interdisciplinary journal 43.5 (2014) 541–566.

“Lactantius’s Power Struggle: A Theological Analysis of the Divine Institutes, Book V,” Political Theology 14.3 (2013) 304–324.

“Accentuation and Causes for the Obscurity in the Divine Scriptures: Polychronius’ Prologue to Job,” Horizons in Biblical Theology 35.1 (2013) 61–69.

“The Syriac Transmission of Basil of Caesarea’s On the Holy Spirit,” in The Use of Textual Criticism for the Interpretation of Patristic Texts: Seventeen Case Studies, ed. Kenneth B. Steinhauser and Scott Dermer (Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2013) 335–369.

“Women as Types of the Church in the Blank Bible: The ‘Feminine’ Ecclesiology of Jonathan Edwards,” Jonathan Edwards Studies 2.2 (2012) 56–78.

“Women as Types of the Church in the Blank Bible: Appendix,” Jonathan Edwards Studies 2.2 (2012) 79–82.

Selected Presentations

“Racism and Christian Witness: Embracing God’s Family.”
Chapel Address, Greenville College, Greenville, IL, October 28, 2016.

“United in Christ: From Paul’s Heart to the Heart of God.”
Guest Sermon for Greenville College Homecoming, Greenville Free Methodist Church, Greenville, IL, October 23, 2016. 

“Ordaining Women: A Panel Discussion with Priscilla Pope-Levison, Howard Snyder, and Karen Strand Winslow.” Wesleyan Theological Society Conference, San Diego, CA, March 11-12, 2016.

“It’s About Jesus: The Beatitudes in Context.” Chapel Address, Greenville College, Greenville, IL, September 11, 2015.

“How to Pray the Psalms.” Conference Session, Gateway Conference Leadership Summit, Free Methodist Church, USA, Greenville, IL, June 26, 2015.

“Turn the World Upside Down.” Baccalaureate Address, Greenville College, Greenville, IL, May 22, 2015.

“You Are What You Sing: Introducing Philippians.” Chapel Address, Greenville College, Greenville, IL, September 3, 2014.

“Conflicting Education: Basil and Julian on Greek Paideia.” North American Patristics Society Conference, Chicago, IL, May 22–24, 2014.

“Julian Against Christian Educators: The Dangers of Christian Education.” Wesleyan Theological Society Conference, Nampa, ID, March 7–8, 2014.

“The Politics of Kingship in Diodore’s Commentary on Psalm 2.” 50th Annual Graduate Student Theological Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, September 20–22, 2013.

“The Obscurity and Inspiration of Scripture in Diodore’s Psalms Commentary.” North American Patristics Society Conference, Chicago, IL, May 23–25, 2013.

“The Obscurity of Scripture in Diodore’s Commentary on Psalms 1-50.” Early Church Colloquium, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO, May 1, 2013.

“Diodore the Philosopher.” Wesleyan Philosophical Society Conference, Seattle, WA, March 21–23, 2013.

“Prónoia in Late Antiquity: Understanding Diodore of Tarsus’ Commentary on the Psalms.” North American Patristics Society Conference, Chicago, IL, May 24–26, 2012. 

Ordaining Women and The Woman’s Bible: Reading the Bible at the Margins with B. T. Roberts and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.” Wesleyan Theological Society Conference, Nashville, TN, March 2–3, 2012.


Professional Affiliations

North American Patristics Society (NAPS)
Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
Wesleyan Theological Society (WTS)

Related Experiences

  • Pastor, St Paul's Free Methodist Church (2007-Present)
  • Chair, Simple Room Board of Administration (2013-Present; BoA member since 2008)
  • Member of the Committee on Free Methodist History and Archives, Indianapolis, IN (2015–Present)
  • Member of the Board of Administration, Gateway Conference, Free Methodist Church, USA, St. Louis, MO (2011–15)

315 E. College Avenue
Greenville, Illinois 62246-1145
800.345.4440 / 618.664.7100
Contact Us © 2000-19 Greenville University. All rights reserved.
Greenville University is authorized to operate as a postsecondary educational institution by the Illinois Board of Higher Education
Accreditation | IBHE Complaint Form