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Lifelong Learning Faculty

 

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Tammy Algood, George Killgore and Judy

Tammy Algood is a recognized and trusted expert of Southern cooking, techniques and recipes. In addition to her Marketplace column appearing in 60 newspapers, Tammy has also written six cookbooks. If she looks familiar, it’s because you have seen her on television in Nashville, as well as HGTV, PBS, QVC, Fox News, Good Morning America and the Today Show.

George Killgore dedicated his entire career to the University of Tennessee Extension service, where he was considered the foremost source of knowledge of Tennessee agriculture and gardening. You might have seen him too, sharing his expertise on HGTV, PBS and NewsChannel 5 here in Nashville.

Tammy and George have been married for 25 years and welcomed Judy in their home in 2020. A four-year old Goldador, Judy loves meeting people, making new friends and being petted.When she’s not working, you can find her playing with Tammy and George and indulging in her favorite treat—peanut butter!


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Neal Allison

Professor, Department of History, Politics, and Philosophy and the Honors College

Neal Allison has taught at Lipscomb University since 1997. He holds joint appointments to the Department of History, Politics, and Philosophy and the Honors College. Allison’s areas of interest are in history of ideas and in theological, military, political and cultural history. He enjoys teaching at Lipscomb because of the quality of the students and the faith-based atmosphere. Allison believes it is important to give students not just historical facts but to provide a better understanding of humanity and the world.

Allison earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Lipscomb University and a Master of Arts degree in history from Middle Tennessee State University.


Mary Nelle Chumley

Lipscomb Alumna and Special Event Hostess

Chumley’s unbroken legacy of volunteerism at Lipscomb began when she and her husband returned to the university in 1958 after a period during which he taught in Indiana. In those days at small colleges, faculty had wide-ranging responsibilities beyond the classroom. As art department chair, her husband was responsible for decorating everything from Board meetings to dorm lobbies to Homecoming, and she was in the middle of—or out in front of—these extracurricular assignments. A gifted floral arranger, Chumley quickly became recognized as the campus event decorator. But she contributed far more: for many years, she was the de facto showrunner for Homecoming, coaching participants on their roles and managing this and other events. 

It was Chumley’s idea to use Avalon, university founder David Lipscomb’s historic, on-campus home, as a bed and breakfast or meeting space for campus visitors. Her vision was to use the proceeds to endow the Associated Women for Lipscomb (AWL)-Centennial Scholarship. The administration granted that request and invested in restoring Avalon to its original configuration and modest, country splendor. Chumley began serving as scheduler, host and caterer—roles in which she continues to serve more than 45 years later. She and others volunteered their time in every role — including cooking meals for the visitors — so all of the proceeds would go to the scholarship. A campus publication from 2001 stated more than $23,000 was raised that year alone from activities at Avalon. Today, nearly $414,000 has been generated for the Centennial Scholarship endowment principal. In the past 20 years, more than 600 scholarships have been awarded from the AWL-Centennial Scholarship fund. 

The success of the AWL-Centennial Scholarship led them to endow additional scholarships, and satellite AWL chapters also adopted scholarships as their primary focus. In the same 20-year period, a total of 1,627 AWL scholarships have been awarded. Because of their appreciation for her vision and service, AWL established the Associated Women for Lipscomb–Mary Nelle Hutcheson Chumley Endowed Scholarship in 2015. 

In 2006, Chumley was named the university’s “Alumnus of the Year,” an honor she shared with her husband Charles Chumley (’39), a 1991 “Alumnus of the Year” honoree.

In recent years, Chumley has immersed herself in serving the university’s alumni relations office, particularly with the Lifelong Learning and senior alumni programs. She is described as “a third staff member” and “a life saver” by the professionals in those programs. She is happy to do the “small things” that have a big impact in constituent services, such as meticulously reproducing yearbook photos of 50-year class reunion attendees, setting up registration areas, greeting guests, coordinating events, and general office work.



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Rita Cato Cochrane

Retired Lipscomb Academy Faculty, Author,
Director of Women’s Ministry at the Church of Christ in Green Hills

Rita Cato Cochrane is a native Nashvillian who attended Lipscomb first grade through university. She received her degree in education and taught middle school for 25 years. Rita currently serves on the board of Healing Hands International and as the director of Women’s Ministry at the Church of Christ in Green Hills.

Rita is married to her high-school sweetheart, Michael Cochrane, and is mother to three adult children, grandmother to six rambunctious boys and “American Mom” to four international students. Rita speaks and teaches for conferences, Bible classes, lectureships and Ladies’ Days in the US and abroad. She also writes a weekly email devotional called “Monday Meditation” and has published a book entitled Lace Up Those Sneakers, Let's Take a Walk with God.Her hobbies include walking, cooking and traveling the world. She and her husband have traveled to six continents and declare Antarctica too cold to visit. 


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Dr. Perry Cotham

Retired Lipscomb University Professor of History, Political Science and American Rhetoric

Perry Cotham served as a professor of communication and political Science at Lipscomb University in the 1970s. He also was a full-time minister at two Tennessee congregations for several years, and retired as professor in communication at Middle Tennessee State University in 2018. He has lived in Brentwood, Tennessee, for past 40 years and has been an adjunct professor at Lipscomb in several departments in the past few years.


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Timothy Easter J.D.

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Middle Section, State of Tennessee

The Honorable Timothy Easter was appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals for the Middle District by Governor Bill Haslam in 2014. He received his juris doctor from Nashville School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree in political sciences from Lipscomb University. He previously served as Circuit Court Judge for the 21st Judicial District since 1998. He is a member of the Williamson County Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association (Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow), Tennessee John Marshall Inns of Court, Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation.


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Mark Ezell

Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Tourism Development

As Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development (TDTD), Mark Ezell is responsible for the growth and overall branding of the state’s global tourism footprint. A trusted longtime business advisor to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Ezell and his team support the state’s second-leading industry by driving visitation, revenue and job creation.

Since joining the team in January 2019, Ezell has overseen groundbreaking campaigns like “Kid Reviewed,” which used wearable technology to scientifically prove kids have more fun in Tennessee. He spearheaded the growth of initiatives including the Tennessee Music Pathways and the annual Tennessee Songwriters Week. Additionally, he established the department’s new Office of Rural Tourism to better assist rural counties through marketing, grants, education and outreach.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, Governor Lee appointed Ezell as the Director of the Economic Recovery Group (ERG) to reboot the state’s economy as nearly half a million Tennesseans experienced job loss. Ezell oversaw leaders from a diverse cross-section of public and private sectors to restore economic growth throughout Tennessee.

Under Ezell’s leadership, the department has received such prestigious awards as a Gold Cannes Lion, North American Effie, Ad Age’s A-List, Reggie Award, Bronze Clio and a Yesawich Award for Marketing Excellence. Additionally, he was named HospitalityTN’s Tourism Leader of the Year in 2021.

Ezell is a seventh-generation Tennessean and a leader in building recognizable brands, helping make Purity Dairies a household name and one of the minds behind the iconic “Got Milk?” campaign.


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Phyllis Gobbell

Faculty Emeritus at Nashville State Community College

Phyllis Gobbell, faculty emeritus at Nashville State Community College, taught composition, literature and creative writing for 20 years and edited the college’s literary journal for eight years. She is an editor and writing coach.

Gobbell writes a little bit of everything—short stories, creative nonfiction, books and even some poetry—but her latest focus has been mysteries. The most recent book in the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series, Treachery in Tuscany, received a Silver Falchion Award for Best Cozy Mystery. Gobbell’s fiction and nonfiction have received awards, and she was recipient of Tennessee’s Individual Artist Award in Literature.

Before she began her mystery series, she co-authored two true crimes, An Unfinished Canvas and Season of Darkness, based on two high-profile murders that have become part of Nashville’s history.

When she’s not writing or teaching, she plays tennis, plays the piano and spends time with her daughters and their families, all who live in the Nashville area. Browse her website www.phyllisgobbell.com for more about her and her writing.


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Dr. David Holmes

Dean, Lipscomb University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

A native of Los Angeles, California, Dr. David Holmes began his role as dean of the Lipscomb University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2020. He taught at Pepperdine University, Seaver College for over 25 years and was the first African American to receive tenure (2003) and the rank of Full Professor (2008) in the Humanities Division. Holmes also led in several administrative roles, including as associate dean for curriculum and general education. During his time at Seaver College, Holmes was invited to two distinguished academic posts: as visiting associate professor of rhetoric and composition at Arizona State University (2008) and the Langston Hughes Visiting Professor at the University of Kansas (2013).

Holmes has presented at dozens of national conferences and has served as a referee for prestigious academic journals and book publishers as well as an academic program reviewer for universities.

Holmes holds a doctorate in English and a Master of Arts in English from the University of Southern California, a Master of Arts in English Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication with a minor in Greek from Oklahoma Christian University. He is the author of two books, several scholarly articles and the recipient of awards for teaching, scholarship and community service.


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Dr. Dennis Loyd

Lipscomb University Retired Faculty

Dennis Loyd, retired professor of English at Lipscomb University, has taught in the Lifelong Learning program since its beginning. A specialist in American literature, he has taught such classes as Revolutionary War Literature, Civil War Literature, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Tennessee Literature, Nashville Writers, William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. Dr. Loyd is a graduate of David Lipscomb College and holds a Ph.D. from George Peabody College for Teachers.


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Janet McMahan

Lipscomb Alumna, Performing Artist, Writer and Producer

Janet McMahan has worked as a professional pianist since she was 16 years old. She’s also worked as a writer, performing artist and producer of music, audio books and dramatic works.

Her first love has always been volunteering as a musician and singer for retirement centers, skilled nursing facilities, homeless shelters and similar venues. She began volunteering at age 12 when the school librarian invited her to sing at Lakeshore/Wedgewood. It has been a passion of hers since.

As a musician and singer, Janet has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, toured the United States and abroad as Roy Orbison's keyboard player and played for hundreds of society gigs, weddings, parties and every kind of function imaginable. She’s worked in the studio as a keyboard player, vocalist and vocal contractor on recordings for numerous artists including Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Steve Winwood, Shirley Jones, John Denver, Sandi Patti, Kathie Lee Gifford, Michael Crawford and many others.

She’s performed on jingles for McDonald's, Target, General Tire and many other regional and local commercials and also has written and produced for Simon and Schuster, LifeWay, McGraw-Hill, Word, Gibson Publishing, Thomas Nelson, Sparrow, Brentwood/Benson and Sesame Street Records.

She has written and produced Grammy and Dove Award winning projects. Janet has had more than 1,500 songs published and in print and over 75 published children's musicals which she has written and/or collaborated. Several of her dramatic musical works (words, music and book) have been recognized by the Dramatists Guild "Off Off Broadway."

With her collaborator, Janet wrote the musical adaptation of "Much Ado About Nothing" for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival in Summer 2012, and it’s being licensed for worldwide distribution.

Her songs have been featured on 20/20, 60 Minutes, Robert Schuller Hour of Power and the Billy Graham Crusade, and they have been recorded by artists including Big Bird, Sandi Patti, Sonny James and Lynn Anderson. She has received the ASCAP Award for 21 years in a row, and she was one of nine participants selected for ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop in NYC. Janet has acted in radio and television commercials as well as numerous live theatrical performances. She is a member of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and the Dramatists Guild of America.

Janet received a Bachelor of Science degree in musical performance from Lipscomb University and is working toward earning a master’s degree in conflict management.


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Dr. Candice McQueen

Lipscomb University President

Dr. Candice McQueen was appointed the 18th president of Lipscomb University, a vibrant faith-based, liberal arts community with a student body of nearly 5,000 students located in Nashville, Tennessee, on Aug. 4, 2021. She has more than 20 years of experience in education spanning classroom teaching, higher education leadership, state government and nonprofit sectors.

Prior to her appointment at Lipscomb, McQueen was CEO of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) from January 2019 through August 2021. NIET is a national nonprofit founded by the Milken Education Foundation to encourage and incentivize teaching excellence in undergraduate and higher education classrooms using federal and state grants and philanthropic gifts to support its programs. As CEO, McQueen has overseen substantial growth of NIET’s work, including increasing service revenue and partnerships by almost 40% in three years, receiving more than $50 million in new multiyear federal and state grants, and significantly increasing NIET’s national profile and influence on improving educator effectiveness to ensure every student achieves.

From January 2015 to January 2019, McQueen served as Tennessee commissioner of education under former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. In this role, McQueen collaborated with and monitored 147 school districts and hundreds of nonpublic and charter schools to serve the 1 million students in the state of Tennessee. This included leading 1,100 state employees and a $6 billion budget. As commissioner, she led the creation of a strategic plan called Tennessee Succeeds, which became the department's plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Tennessee Succeeds outlines goals and strategies to increase college and career readiness for Tennessee's students. During her time as commissioner, Tennessee experienced its highest graduation rate, highest ACT scores, and largest increases in career and technical education enrollment in the state's history while also transitioning academic standards and the statewide assessment to higher expectations. In 2018, Education Next noted that the quality of Tennessee's academic standards moved from an "F" to an "A" over these several years, with Tennessee also being the only state to both raise expectations and improve student performance simultaneously.

Before becoming the state’s top education official in January 2015, McQueen served Lipscomb University as senior vice president and dean of the university’s College of Education. After joining Lipscomb’s education faculty in August 2001 and serving as chair of the undergraduate education department from 2004 to 2008, McQueen was appointed dean of the College of Education in July 2008. Under her leadership as dean, McQueen doubled the College of Education’s enrollment and giving, and expanded programming to include six new graduate programs, including the university’s first doctoral program, and was also the founding director of Lipscomb’s Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation that launched in 2012. She also led the College of Education to recognition at the state and national levels for excellence in teacher preparation and teaching outcomes.

In addition to her role as dean of Lipscomb’s College of Education, McQueen was appointed senior vice president in November 2013. In that capacity, she also had the responsibility for oversight of Lipscomb Academy, the 1,300-student pre-K-12th grade school, was a member of the president’s executive leadership team and set strategic vision for the university. She served in both the dean and senior vice president role until December 2014.

McQueen has a Bachelor of Science degree from Lipscomb University, a Master of Education in school administration from Peabody College, Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in curriculum studies from the University of Texas. Before coming to Lipscomb in August 2001, McQueen taught in both private and public elementary and middle schools in Texas and Nashville — including Lipscomb Academy, was on adjunct faculty at Vanderbilt University and was an assistant instructor and supervisor of student teachers at the University of Texas at Austin. She has won multiple awards for her teaching at both the K-12 and collegiate levels. Her primary research interests are teacher professional development, leadership, and reading and writing methods.

A native of Clarksville, Tennessee, McQueen and her husband, Andy, a Lipscomb graduate and former member of the men’s basketball team, have two children, Abigail, who will be a freshman at Lipscomb University this fall, and Henry, a ninth grader at Lipscomb Academy. The McQueens are members of Hillsboro Church of Christ in Nashville.


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Michael Shane Neal

Portrait Artist

Since beginning a full-time career as an artist at the age of 21, Michael Shane Neal (b. 1968) has completed more than 500 commissioned portraits on display around the world. His public, private and institutional portraits include Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, five Presidential Cabinet members, former President George H.W. Bush, 9th Baronet and Laird of Luss, Scotland Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, three former U.S. Ambassadors to France, seven U.S. Senators including Majority Leaders Robert C. Byrd and Bill Frist, more than a dozen Federal Judges including Chief Judge Anthony Scirica, actor Morgan Freeman, numerous heads of universities and four U.S. governors.

In 2020 his portrait of Congressman John Lewis was acquired by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. His current commissions include former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Perot, Jr., and former U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley.

Receiving his B.A. from Lipscomb University, Neal also studied at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, The Scottsdale Artist School, Lyme Academy of Art, and was a protégé of America’s most celebrated figurative and portrait painter, Everett Raymond Kinstler. Neal’s studio in the historic National Arts Club in Gramercy Park, just off Park Avenue in Manhattan, was formerly occupied by Kinstler and his teacher before him, Frank Vincent DuMond. DuMond not only taught Kinstler, but also Georgia O’Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, and James Montgomery Flagg. Neal is only the third artist to occupy the space in over 100 years.

Neal’s work has been featured in publications such as American Artist, International Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, Art News, and Fine Art Connoisseur. He has received numerous awards for landscape and figurative paintings as well as the Grand Prize Award from the Portrait Society of America.

Neal is the chairman of the board of the Portrait Society of America. He also serves on the board of directors of the Norman Rockwell Museum’s National Council and the Andrew Jackson Foundation. He previously served on the board of the American Patrons for the National Library and Galleries of Scotland (APNLGS) and the Executive Board of Trustees for Cheekwood Museum of Art. He is a member of the Allied Artists of New York, the Artist Fellowship of New York, the Salmagundi Club of New York, the Lotos Club of New York, the Century Association of New York, the Players Club of New York, the Sloane Club of London, and an Exhibiting Artist member of the National Arts Club in New York, among others.

The father of two daughters, Neal also enjoys church and community outreach, golf, plein-air painting, travelband reading with a particular interest in history.


Pamela O'Neal

Author and Historian

Pamela Dawn O’Neal is a grateful servant of the One who came to serve, and considers this to be her greatest and most impressive credential. She attended Harding University and Texas A&M University, majoring in both biology and psychology. However, for the past quarter of a century, she been captivated by a profound love for the study of ancient Egypt, searching vigorously for indications in Egyptian history to verify the Hebrew sojourn in that great country. Reading and accumulating notes to that effect has become her pastime, her pursuit, and her passion. She is completely self-taught in this subject, but her theories concerning the convergence of the Biblical Exodus and well-documented Egyptian records are unique in that there is no compromise to the integrity of either source.  Her book, The God of Egypt, expounds her theories. 

Pamela is a frequent ladies day speaker, presenting lessons across the country. She has authored three books in a series of Bible class teacher training programs, has written four week-long sets of nature-centered Bible camp courses, complete with lessons, related activities, and crafts for campers ages nine through eighteen. She has been asked to devise Bible class curriculums and related lessons for congregations in multiple states. She has been a speechwriter for a professional athlete and a proofreader for a university president. She also has composed over 1,000 songs.

Pamela lives in Ridgetop, Tennessee, with her husband of 41 years, T. Brian O’Neal. Brian is director of operations and engineering for Lipscomb’s Mullican Studios and is an elder and teacher at the Ivy Point Church of Christ. They have three daughters: Dr. Summer O’Neal, Auburn Spicer and Taffeta Xu.


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Dr. Steve Ortiz

Director, Lanier Center for Archaeology at Lipscomb University

Dr. Steven Ortiz is the director of the newly established Lanier Center for Archaeology at Lipscomb University where he is also a professor of archaeology and biblical studies. He was the director of the former Tandy Institute for Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the principal investigator and co-director, along with Sam Wolff, of the Tel Gezer Excavation Project and is one of the directors of the Ilibalyk Project, Kazakhstan, and is the co-director at Tel Burna (Biblical Libnah). He has over 30 years of archaeological experience in Israel as he has been a senior staff member at a variety of major sites.

Ortiz’s research and publications focus on the archaeology of David and Solomon, Iron Age I and II transition and the border relations between Judah and Philistia. He has served or currently holds leadership positions in several scholarly and academic associations. He currently serves on the board of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research, Jerusalem. He has served American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR) since 2001 as a board member and on various committees.


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Dr. Paul Prill

Retired Lipscomb University Professor and Certified Master Gardener of Davidson County

Paul Prill retired from Lipscomb after 42 years of teaching. He has since become a certified Master Gardener of Davidson County, and he serves on the board of Wild Ones of Middle Tennessee. He will soon complete the Certification in Native Plants offered by the Tennessee Valley chapter of Wild Ones, and he has spent the last two years planting a mostly native garden in his yard that features over 75 different species of native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers.


 

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Dr. Scott Sager

Vice President of Spiritual Development & Church Services; College of Bible & Ministry

Since July 2011, Sager has strategically reached out to and served numerous churches as vice president for church services at Lipscomb University. Prior to joining the administrative team, Sager served for 15 years as senior minister of the Preston Road Church of Christ in Dallas, giving him a unique understanding of the interworking and needs of churches. He also is on faculty in the College of Bible and Ministry. Under his leadership, Summer Celebration, the university’s annual Bible lectures, has had record attendance and participation.

Sager serves on the board of the Christian Relief Fund where his focus is on supporting AIDS orphans in Africa. In Dallas, he serves on the board of Christ’s Family Ministries, a fully functioning health clinic he founded that serves the working poor and is located inside the Preston Road Church of Christ building.

Sager earned a D.Min. in evangelism from Southern Methodist University and is an Abilene Christian University alumnus, having earned an undergraduate degree in business management as well as a master's degrees in Bible and divinity. Prior to moving to Dallas, Scott was the campus minister at the University of Texas in Austin.


Linda Peek Schacht

Retired Lipscomb University Faculty; Founding Director, Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership; and Former Senior Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Linda Peek Schacht has advised government, business and nonprofit leaders on communication and strategy for over 40 years. A veteran of the Carter White House press office, she has held the top communication positions for a national Presidential campaign, USA Today, the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. She is a former vice president for global communications and public affairs strategy for The Coca-Cola Company and senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

As founding director of Lipscomb’s Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership, she created programs that reflect her lifelong commitment to developing leaders who serve the common good. She is a frequent commentator and author on leadership, politics and government. As a board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation and Athena International, Linda has worked to advance women’s leadership around the globe. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Women Business Collaborative advisory council. She also is a recipient of the NBJ Women of Influence Trailblazer award, the Athena Award and the YWCA’s Academy of Women of Achievement.


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Joseph Shulam

Founder, Netivyah

Joseph Shulam was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, on March 24, 1946, to a Sephardic Jewish Family. In 1948 his family immigrated to Israel just before the establishment of the State. Joseph grew up in Jerusalem. While in high school he was introduced to the New Testament and immediately identified with the person of Yeshua. Joseph’s fascination with the teaching of Yeshua eventually brought him to faith in God and the Messiah. This caused his family to reject him. As a result of that rejection, he traveled to the United States and finished high school in Dasher, Georgia.

After a short study in Michigan Christian College, he returned to Jerusalem and enrolled in the Hebrew University where he studied Biblical Archaeology and Bible. From the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Joseph returned to the United States and studied New Testament and Chemistry in David Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. There he met Marcia Saunders, and after a short courtship they were married.

Upon his graduation in 1969, they immigrated to Israel and started a congregation in the Tel-Aviv area. In 1972 Joseph entered an Orthodox Jewish Yeshiva (Rabbinical College) in Jerusalem. He studied in the Yeshiva for three and a half years. After Rabbinical Studies Joseph returned to the Hebrew University and studied History of Jewish Thought during the Second Temple period.

In 1981, Joseph and the small fellowship that was started in his house established one of the first official non-profit organizations of Jewish Disciples of Yeshua in Israel - Netivyah Bible Instruction Ministry. Netivyah Bible Instruction Ministry purchased the building on Narkis Street in 1982 as the congregational home. This was the first time that a Messianic Jewish Congregation had their own building and not an inherited protestant church.


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Scott Smith

Jimmy the Cricket Tours

Scott Smith, a.k.a. Jimmy the Cricket, has been a tour operator for many years. Scott grew up in Franklin, Tennessee, but for the last 20 years he’s been a resident of The Doctor’s Shoppe—the oldest residence in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Smith graduated from Belmont University and has taken thousands of school children to places like Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and Boston.

Ten years ago, Scott switched to senior group tours and began going all over the globe on a much broader scale and higher level. From Natchez to New Orleans and Charleston, Williamsburg and even Oklahoma, these fun-filled educational tours are unlike most anything else usually experienced, and Smith often offers events that money cannot buy on his behind-the-scenes excursions. He hopes that partnering with Lipscomb University’s Lifelong Learning program will allow participants to explore the rich history of this county, this state and, sooner than later—this entire nation—and all through his eyes!