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Faculty & Staff of Northeastern Seminary

The Christian leaders of the future have to be theologians, persons who know the heart of God and are trained - through prayer, study, and careful analysis - to manifest the divine event of God's saving work in the midst of the many seemingly random events of their time.

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Get to Know the Pastors, Theologians, and Educators of Northeastern Seminary

What does a theological education mean for someone who is exploring what God is calling them to do? Our faculty share some of their thoughts. Click on the image below to learn more about a faculty or staff member. More about our leadership team can be found here.

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Old Testament, New Testament, & Ministry Specialists

Emeriti Personnel of Northeastern Seminary

Dr. Doug Cullum

Dr. Cullum is one of the founding faculty members of Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College. Dr. Cullum holds four graduate degrees and is an ordained clergyman. His earned degrees include Ph.D., M.Phil., Drew University; Th.M., Duke University; M.Div., Asbury Theological 146 Seminary; B.A., Asbury College. Dr. Cullum’s teaching ministry emphasizes the seamless relationship between the academic and practical aspects of Christian theology. His desire is to assist the local church in finding renewal along biblical and classical lines. Having been active in ministry since 1978, Dr. Cullum served pastorates until 1994 when he was invited to come to Roberts Wesleyan College to serve as college chaplain and faculty member in the religion department. In 1998, Dr. Cullum became one of the founding faculty members of Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College. Areas of special interest include Wesley and the Methodist tradition, Reformation theology and history, liturgy and liturgical theology, 19th-century American religion, and 20th-century neo-orthodoxy. Professionally, Dr. Cullum participates in the North American Academy of Liturgy and the Wesley Studies Group of the American Academy of Religion.

Dr. Nelson J. Grimm

Dr. Grimm’s earned degrees include: Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo; M.S., Canisius College; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Roberts Wesleyan College. His doctoral research considered the relationships between religiosity, spirituality, and life satisfaction. Dr. Grimm has extensive ministry experience as a pastor and conference superintendent within the Free Methodist Church of North America and as a chaplain. Additionally, he has served in a leadership/advisory capacity with other pastors, churches, and organizations. He has served as a member of the Ministerial Education and Guidance Board of the Genesee Conference of the Free Methodist Church, is a clinical member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, and a member of the Evangelical Association of Theological Field Educators. As Northeastern Seminary's founding faculty member responsible for field education, his expertise provided the Seminary with a strong internship program, and he taught a variety of courses in the area of applied theology. Dr. Grimm retired in 2021 having served the Seminary for 23 years.

Dr. Barry Hamilton

Dr. Hamilton holds the following degrees: Ph.D. and M.Phil., Drew University; M.L.S., University of North Texas; M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary; B.A., Bethany Nazarene College. He is the author of two published monographs: William Baxter Godbey: Itinerant Apostle of the Holiness Movement (2000) and The Role of Richard Watson's Theological Institutes in the Development of Methodism after John Wesley (2014), several peer-reviewed articles, and more than seventy book reviews. He served in pastoral ministry for eight years, and is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church. He served as assistant library director at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, taught church history and research methods, and served as core faculty for the Doctor of Ministry program. He has taught seminary courses in Nigeria and Burundi, served as a library consultant in Kenya, carried out research at several major universities--including Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Bridwell Library/SMU, Candler School of Theology, Duke Divinity School, Drew University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the National Library of Ireland. He attended the Third Annual Wesley Studies Summer Seminar (2013) at Asbury Theological Seminary. Ongoing research interests include history of the English Church (with an emphasis on Methodist studies), the 19th century Holiness movement, early Pentecostalism, early American Methodism, and revivalism.

Dr. Paul Livermore

Dr. Livermore’s earned degrees include Ph.D., Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary; A.B., Greenville College. He is an ordained elder in the Free Methodist Church. Dr. Livermore has served as a pastor and as a teacher. He joined the Roberts Wesleyan College faculty in 1976 and shared in the conception, birth, and development of Northeastern Seminary. Dr. Livermore retired in May 2013. Dr. Livermore’s doctoral program involved the study of Second Temple Judaism and the dialogue between early Christianity and Judaism. Over the last two decades, his research into the New Testament and early Judaism has continued, but it has also expanded to include, in particular, patristic Christianity and Wesley. All of these studies inform his work as a member of the Study Commission on Doctrine of the Free Methodist Church on which he has served since 1979. In partial fulfillment of his responsibility on the Study Commission, he has written a Catechism for the Free Methodist Church and the first of a two-volume systematic theology, The God of Our Salvation. He is currently working on the second volume.

Dr. Wayne G. McCown

Dr. McCown holds the following degrees: Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary; Th.M., Union Theological Seminary; M.A., University of Washington; B.D., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Seattle Pacific University. Dr. McCown is the provost emeritus of Roberts Wesleyan College and dean emeritus of Northeastern Seminary. He has eighteen years of service as a seminary dean (seven years at Western Evangelical Seminary plus another eleven years as the vice president and dean at Northeastern Seminary). Dr. McCown also had three years of service as a church administrator, and eight years as the vice president for academic affairs and academic dean/senior vice president and provost at Roberts Wesleyan College. In 2008 he was honored with the status of provost emeritus of Roberts Wesleyan College and dean emeritus of Northeastern Seminary.