Dr. Robert Asa
I joined the faculty of Oakland City University’s Graduate School of Theology (now Chapman Seminary) in the fall of 1984, having completed the Bachelor of Arts in history and religion at Belmont University in 1975, and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1979 and 1983. I came to the University as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Church History, but taught across the entire curriculum for a number of years, including undergraduate courses. I most enjoy teaching Hebrew, Greek, Church History, and Old Testament.
The graduate program in theology was new when I came here to teach; I have remained ever since. In 1992 I was awarded Teacher of the Year, and in 1994 I was promoted to full Professor. Also in 1994 I was graduated with a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Evansville.
Since 1986 I have served as the minister of the Winslow Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Additionally, I perform dramatic monologues as biblical characters in a variety of churches in the area.
I understand my role as a professor to be a mentor, not merely a lecturer. I believe that a higher education should address the whole person, and that intellectual formation, while basic to an academic degree, is only one dimension of what it means to be an educated person. The relational, affective, and spiritual dimensions of life must be addressed as well by a University education.
As hobbies I have performed magic since I was twelve years of age and have been a lifelong martial artist, holding black belt ranks in several martial arts and continuing to teach them.