Fellows are senior scholars of the Baptist academy engaging with and shaping the work of the Scholars. Fellows serve three-year terms, leading the group to connect within the larger Baptist academy. They review and select papers, lead in worship and academic sessions, and promote the work of the BSIR.
T. Laine Scales, Roundtable Co-Director and Fellow, Professor of Social Work, Baylor University, Waco Texas, USA received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, her MSW from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and completed her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Kentucky. After teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Stephen F. Austin State University, she began her Baylor career in 1999 as a faculty member in the School of Social Work. From 2004-2018 she served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development in Baylor’s Graduate School and from 2008-2018 she served the School of Education as Professor of Higher Education. Since 2011 Dr. Scales has co-directed the Baylor in Oxford summer study abroad program. In 2016, Baylor honored Dr. Scales with its highest teaching award, Baylor Master Teacher.
Dr. Scales has authored, co-authored, or co-edited ten books and over forty articles and chapters in the areas of faculty development, Christianity and social work (with an emphasis on early Baptist social workers and Woman’s Missionary Union) and history of Baptist women in higher education, including All That Fits a Woman: Training Southern Baptist Women for Charity and Mission, 1907-1926 (Mercer University Press, 2000) and Doing the Word: Southern Baptists’ Carver School of Church Social Work and its Predecessors, 1907-1997 (with Melody Maxwell, University of Tennessee Press, 2019).
João B. Chaves, Roundtable Co-Director and Fellow, Assistant Professor of the History of Religion in the Américas in the Department of Religion at Baylor University, received his undergraduate degree from the Baptist University of the Américas, his MTS from Truett Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in Religion from Baylor University. João taught at the Baptist University of the Américas from 2012-2018. In 2020, he joined the Hispanic Theological Initiative at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he served as the Associate Director for Programming until 2023 and was part of a team that raised $7.5 million in grant funds. In 2022-2023 he was also an Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Mission at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. João has been chair of the Latinx Religions section, AAR-Southwest since 2018 and is a member of the Commission on Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice of the Baptist World Alliance, 2020-2025 Quinquennium. He also serves as coeditor for Perspectives on Baptist Identity, a book series published by Mercer University Press, and as an editorial board member for Perspectives in Religious Studies (2022-2025).
João’s research focuses primarily on the history of Christianity in the Américas, with a particular interest in the influence of US Protestantism on the Global South. He has presented and published his research broadly in English and Portuguese. His academic articles were published by peer-reviewed journals such as The International Journal of Latin American Religions, The Journal of Reformed Theology, Perspectives in Religious Studies, and the Baptist History and Heritage Journal. He is the author of the books Evangelicals and Liberation Revisited (Wipf and Stock, 2013), O Racismo na História Batista Brasileira (Novos Diálogos, 2020), Migrational Religion: Context and Creativity in the Latinx Diaspora (Baylor University Press, 2021), The Global Mission of the Jim Crow South: Southern Baptist Missionaries and the Shaping of Latin American Evangelicalism (Mercer University Press, 2022) and Remembering Antônia Teixeira: A Story of Missions, Violence, and Institutional Hypocrisy (Eerdmans, 2023), with Mikeal Parsons. João has also written opinion pieces about the history of Christianity in Latin America for periodicals and magazines, including the Washington Post and The Christian Century, and was part of a research consulting team that worked with documentary filmmakers in a forthcoming film about Christian Nationalism in Brazil.
Brad Creed, Roundtable Fellow, President, Campell University, Buies Creek, NC, USA is an accomplished leader of mission-driven institutions and a scholar and historian of religion. He began his duties as Campbell University’s fifth president in July 2015. Previously, Dr. Creed was the provost, executive vice president, and professor of religion at Samford University, a private Christian university in Birmingham, Alabama. Prior to joining Samford, Dr. Creed was a professor of Christian history, associate dean, and dean at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has also served as the scholar-in-residence at the Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C., and visiting professor of church history at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Falls Church, Virginia. Earlier in his career, he served as pastor of churches in Texas and Louisiana.
A Jacksonville, Texas, native, Brad received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Baylor University. He earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He pursued further study in Harvard University’s Management Development Program and in the Spanish language program at Academia Hispano Americano in Mexico.
Paul Fiddes, Roundtable Fellow, Director of Research, Regent's Park College of the University of Oxford, UK has been described as “one of the leading contemporary Baptist Theologians” and “one of Christianity’s most distinguished scholars”. Dr. Fiddes has degrees from Oxford in English Language and Literature (BA Hons, 1968) and Theology (MA, 1972 and DPhil, 1975) and a DD (2004). He has taught at Regent’s Park College since 1972, successively as a Research Fellow, Tutorial Fellow in Christian Doctrine, Principal, and Director of Research. He is also Director of the Project for the Study of Love in Religion, and research supervisor in systematic theology, ecclesiology, and Baptist studies. Dr. Fiddes has been Chairman of the Board of Faculty of Theology and Religions as well as an Honorary Fellow of St. Peter’s College, Oxford. As an ordained Baptist Minister, he has been concerned to foster ecumenical relations, acting as co-chair of conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and both the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church, and serving as an ecumenical representative on the General Synod of the Church of England. Dr. Fiddes is an Ecumenical Canon of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and Ecumenical Prebendary of St. Endellion, North Cornwall.
His research focuses on the doctrine of the Triune God, wisdom literature, the relations between theology, literature and late-modern philosophy, and ecumenical ecclesiology. Dr. Fiddes has authored eleven books and more than 115 articles and book chapters. His book The Creative Suffering of God is considered one of the major contributions to theology in the last decades of the 20th century. Dr. Fiddes recently published his first novel, a mystery exploring the mythology and symbolism of the unicorn: A Unicorn Dies: A Novel of Mystery and Ideas (Firedint: Oxford, 2018).
David Emmanuel Goatley, Roundtable Fellow, President, Fuller Seminary, CA, USA, has served in leadership roles in organizations dedicated to justice advocacy, Christian mission, and global ecumenism. He earned his BS in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Louisville and holds two degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: an MDiv with an emphasis in pastoral care and counseling, and a PhD in Theology.
Dr. Goatley assumed the Presidency at Fuller Seminary in January 2023 following administrative and faculty roles at Duke University Divinity School. He led the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Society for more than two decades and served as an urban missionary for Baptist associations and a Baptist pastor in Louisville, KY.
Dr. Goatley is the author of Were You There? Godforsakenness in Slave Religion and A Divine Assignment: The Missiology of Wendell Clay Somerville, as well as the editor of Black Religion, Black Theology: Collected Essays of J. Deotis Roberts. His current research focuses on flourishing in ministry and thriving congregations, most recently working on projects funded by the Lilly Endowment and the Duke Endowment.
Nora O. Lozano, Roundtable Fellow, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Christian Latina Leadership Institute, teaches at the Doctor of Ministry Program at Central Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas. She received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Religious and Theological Studies at Drew University, Madison, NJ, her M.Div. at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, now Palmer Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, and her BA in Social Communications at the Universidad Regiomontana in Monterrey, Mexico. In addition, she holds a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa, from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Arlington, Virginia.
Mexican born, Dr. Lozano co-founded the Christian Latina Leadership Institute, and organization devoted to the discovery, development, nurturance, and empowerment of women leaders from a Latina perspective to be transformational agents in church and community settings.
Dr. Lozano has been involved in Christian theological education for more than 25 years. Previously, she served as Professor of Theological Studies at Baptist University of the Américas (2000-2021). Her academic interests are centered in the areas of systematic, Hispanic, Latin American, and women's theologies as well as leadership studies. Her writings include chapters in books, essays in theological dictionaries and encyclopedias, devotionals, and Bible studies. In addition, she writes for digital publications such as Baptist News Global, Baptist Standard, Good Faith Media, and Christianity Today. She is a member of the Baptist World Alliance Commission on Doctrine and Christian Unity, and attends Woodland Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her family.
Melody Maxwell, Roundtable Fellow, Associate Professor of Christian History at Acadia Divinity College, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, has filled this role since 2018, teaching courses in Christian history and Baptist studies. Dr. Maxwell previously worked at Howard Payne University, East Texas Baptist University, Samford University, and Woman’s Missionary Union. She holds degrees from Union University (BA), Beeson Divinity School at Samford University (MDiv), and the University of Wales (International Baptist Theological Seminary, PhD).
Dr. Maxwell’s research interests include Baptist history, women in ministry, missions history, and global Baptists. She is the author of numerous articles as well as two books: Doing the Word: Southern Baptists’ Carver School of Social Work and Its Predecessors, 1907-1997 (co-authored with Laine Scales; University of Tennessee Press, 2019) and The Woman I Am: Southern Baptist Women’s Writings, 1906–2006 (University of Alabama Press, 2014).
Dr. Maxwell serves as chair of the Baptist World Alliance’s Commission on Baptist Heritage and Identity and as Director of the Acadia Centre of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies, among other leadership roles. In 2020 she received the Acadia Students’ Union Teaching Recognition Award, and she has also received multiple grants for her research. Her current research, funded by a $55,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, focuses on oral histories of ordained Atlantic Baptist women since 1950.
Caleb Oladipo, Roundtable Fellow, Professor Campbell University Divinity School, Buies Creek, NC, USA, originally from Nigeria, holds the inaugural Snellings Chair of Christian Evangelism and Mission at Campbell University Divinity School where he also serves as the Director of Braswell World Religions and Global Cultures Center.
Although he grew up in a Christian home, Dr. Oladipo became a Christian through the Baptist Mission work in Nigeria and that missionary influence remains dominant in his life and work. Dr. Oladipo received his post-secondary education in the United States, starting from Wayland Baptist University with a B.A. degree in Theology. He attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC for the M.Div. degree, and proceeded immediately for the Master degree in Sacred Theology at Yale University Divinity School, where he was named the first Charles Forman Scholar in 1988. Dr. Oladipo earned the PhD degree in Theological Studies at Baylor University in 1993. He has written numerous articles and two books that explore the natural depth and character of Christianity in Africa. Dr. Oladipo was a member of the delegation to the 5th Parliament of World Religions at Melbourne, Australia in 2009, and he has served as a visiting scholar and professor in five continents. An active member in many professional organizations, he has received numerous leadership and service awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award at Wayland Baptist University in 2016. He is fluent in six languages and has three children.
Anthony G. Reddie, Roundtable Fellow, Professor of Black Theology at Oxford University, serves as the Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture at Regent’s Park College, a Permanent Private Hall with Baptist roots at the University of Oxford. Dr. Reddie’s scholarly journey has been shaped by a deep commitment to transformative education and the intersection of Black Theology with decolonial and transformative pedagogies aimed at conscientization and empowerment. He is a prolific author and editor of books, demonstrating his prowess as one of the world’s leading Black practical theologians. As editor-in-chief of Black Theology: An International Journal of Theology since September 2001, Prof. Reddie has been pivotal in promoting scholarly dialogue across cultures and disciplinary emphases. His most recent publications include Deconstructing Whiteness, Empire and Mission (SCM, 2023), Theologizing Brexit: A Liberationist and Postcolonial Critique (Routledge, 2019), and Journeying to Justice: Contributions to the Baptist Tradition across the Black Atlantic (Paternoster, 2017).
Prof. Reddie holds a Ph.D. in Education and Practical Theology from the University of Birmingham. He approaches Black Theology with an interdisciplinary method and ecumenical commitment that distinguishes his work from the more classical and systematic approaches often prevalent among his peers in the United States. Additionally, he offers a postcolonial model of Black Theology to challenge rising xenophobia and nationalism. Among his many additional accolades and accomplishments, Prof. Reddie is an A rated, Leading International Researcher with the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) and a recipient of the Archbishop of Canterbury's 2020 Lanfranc Award for “exceptional and sustained contribution to Black theology in Britain and beyond.”