Faculty

Scott Dermer

Scott Dermer

Chair, Department of Christian Ministry and Formation

Ph.D. in Historical Theology, Saint Louis University, 2018
M.Div. at Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology, 2010
B.A. in Theology & Ministry, Southern Nazarene University, 2005

“God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).

Throughout my life, learning has been a means through which the Holy Spirit has poured into my heart a greater love of God. My aspiration is to help my students experience learning in the same way: that is, as an occasion to grow in their love for God and his church.

  • Awards & Honors
    • SMU Summa cum laude, 2010
    • SMU Philip Schaff Prize in Church History, 2010
    • SMU W. B. J. Martin Award in Homiletics, 2010
    • SMU Bishop John Wesley Hardt Award, 2009
    • SMU Bert Affleck Award for Creative Ministry during Internship, 2009
    • SMU Perkins School of Theology First Year Student Book Award, 2006
    • SNU Summa cum laude, 2005
    • SNU President’s Award, 2005
    • SNU National Dean’s List, 2004
    • SNU Phi Delta Lambda National Honor Society, 2003
    • SNU President’s Honor Roll, 2001-2005
    • SNU Freshman Achievement Award, 2001
  • Publications

    Edited Volume

    • Kenneth B. Steinhauser and Scott Dermer, eds. The Use of Textual Criticism for the Interpretation of Patristic Texts. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2013.

    Articles and Book Chapters

    • “The Sign of Jonah.” In A Thrill of Hope: An Advent Devotional. Edited by Audra Spiven, 21–24. Kansas City: The Foundry Publishing, 2018.
    • “Participating in Grace: Augustine and Wesley as Preachers of Sanctification.” In Embodying Wesley’s Catholic Spirit. Edited by Daniel Castelo, 87–99. Eugene: Pickwick, 2017.
    • “Vellet or Vellent? A Textual Variant in Augustine’s Enchiridion.” In The Use of Textual Criticism for the Interpretation of Patristic Texts. Edited by Kenneth B. Steinhauser and Scott Dermer, 479–512. Lewiston, NY: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2013.
    • “Interpreting Idolatry: Reading Scripture with the Fathers, Wesley, and Contemporary Exegesis.” Co-authored with Stephen Riley. Wesleyan Theological Journal 48 (2013): 149–161.
  • Presentations
    • “Right Praise, Right Belief: How Worship Shapes Us,” co-presented in the worship section at the Values Conference of the Missouri District Church of the Nazarene, St. Louis, MO, May 2019.
    • “‘They Shall See God:’ Augustine, Wesley, and the Vision of God,” presented in the Historical Studies section at the annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society, Washington, DC, March 2019.
    • “You Can’t Go It Alone: Wesleyan Accountability in the Church Today,” presented in the discipleship section at the Values Conference of the Missouri District Church of the Nazarene, St. Louis, MO, May 2016.
    • “Participating in Grace: Augustine and Wesley as Preachers of Sanctification,” presented in the Ecumenical Studies section at the annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society, Seattle, WA, March 2013.
    • “The Latin Fathers on Song of Songs 1:4–5,” presented at the annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society, Chicago, IL, May 2012.
    • “Interpreting Idolatry: Reading Scripture with the Fathers, Wesley, and Contemporary Exegesis,” presented with Stephen Riley in the Biblical Studies section at the annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society, Nashville, TN, March 2012.
    • “Augustine and the Virtue of Studiositas,” presented in the Church History section at the annual meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society, Anderson, IN, March 2009.
  • Involvement at MNU
    • Academic Affairs Committee
    • General Education Committee
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