Speak - Preach - Teach

The faculty and staff at Mercer's McAfee School of Theology is available to serve your congregation or organization through preaching, speaking, teaching, and retreat leading. Read below to discover the individual ways each one can support the ministry you are doing. The example topics are not exhaustive, but will give you an idea of the gifts and interests of each person. Click on a person's name in orange to read a fuller bio. Click the orange "Invite" link to communicate directly with the person whom you want to connect.

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Edwina Cowgill

Administrative Secretary

Edwina is a counselor, teacher, speaker and author. She graduated from Logos University with a BA in Christian Counseling and has served as a counselor in the church setting since graduation. She is a Licensed Liturgical Minister and a Commissioned Minister for Congregational Care. Edwina has served in music ministry as a vocalist, keyboardist and choir director, taught numerous Sunday school classes and spoken at women’s meetings and special events. Her book, Abandoned into the Heart of God was published in 2017 under a pen name.   

Example Topics
The King is Enthralled with Your Beauty: Seeing Yourself as God Sees You
Journaling into the Presence of God
Laughing without Fear of the Future

Invite Mrs. Cowgill to speak at your church or organization.

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C. Greg DeLoach
Interim Dean

Greg is preacher, motivator, and organizational leader. With more than thirty years of experience leading local congregations, Greg now focuses his energy in working with the School of Theology to support students, staff and faculty. He loves discovering how ancient Biblical text can speak with a fresh voice to contemporary challenges. His most recent book, Wanderings: A Pilgrim’s Walk on This Good Earth, is a collection of short essays reflecting on faith, nature, and pilgrimage. Greg also keeps a blog called, The Prilgrim's Walk.

Example Topics
Canonical Studies                   Faith and Art
Wrestling with th Bible           Leadership Development
Retreats                                    Old Testament Wilderness Narratives

Invite Dean DeLoach to speak at your church or organization.

Nancy Declaisse-Walford
Nancy L. deClaissé-Walford
Carolyn Ward Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages and Director of the Masters of Theological Studies degree program at McAfee

Nancy is a professor, a preacher, and a linguist. One of her greatest joys is teaching students in the seminary classroom. This joy is matched only by the deep sense of responsiblity with which she approaches the task. She knows that seminary students are practitioners who are likely to use what she teaches as they prepare to lead a Bible study or preach a sermon. Because of this deep sense of responsibility, Nancy takes great care when she prepare lectures, designs discussions, or prepares to debrief a reading assignment, to consider how her students will use the course content in their various ministry settings.

Example Topics
The Book of Job                               Seder Meal

     History of the Bible                     Psalms
     Wisdom Literature                     Genesis 1-11
     Psalm 108: Singing the Old Songs
     Psalm 139: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
     Genesis 2: It is Not Good for the Human to Be Alone

Invite Dr. deClaissé-Walford to speak at your church or organization.

Nikki Hardeman
Nikki Carroll Hardeman
Director of Outreach and Alumni Relations

Nikki wants to live in a world where people wait their turn, vulnerability is considered to be brave, and people cheer more than they criticize. She is a preacher, a Christian educator, a connector, and a collector of hobbies. She has served local congregations as minister to youth, young adults, and homebound seniors. She writes and films small group curriculum for Faithelement, and co-hosts a podcast called Glass Half Full. She has led retreats for women and for families and enjoys supply preaching. When she’s not pursuing her vocational goals through ministry, Nikki can be found chasing after her children, bing watching something on Netflix, or on the hunt for her next hobby. 

Example Topics
The Journey of Grief and Its Unexpected Gifts
The Invitation to Connection

Heffalumps and Woozles: Not Welcome Here!
     Embracing Vulnerability 

     I Love to Tell the Story
    Prayer Retreats

Invite Rev. Hardeman to speak at your church or organization.

Natalie King
Natalie Vinson King
Enrollment Associate

Natalie loves being supportive and hospitable to both prospective and incoming students. She graduated from Georgia College and State University in 2007 with a BA in Marketing and Management and then received a Master of Divinity in 2012 from McAfee School of Theology. After McAfee, Natalie was involved in ministry with all age groups but served primarily for two years as a hospice chaplain in the middle Georgia area.  

Example Topics
Pastoral Care
Death and Dying

Invite Rev. King to speak at your church or organization.

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Karen Gwynn Massey
Associate Dean for Masters Degree Programs and Associate Professor of Christian Education and Faith Development and Holder of Watkins Christian Foundation Chair

Karen Massey is a professor, administrator, preacher, and ordained Baptist minister.  Prior to joining the faculty at McAfee in 1998, Karen served as a minister in the local church.  Her years in ministry prepared her for her multi-layered job as Associate Dean, which includes teaching, administrating, counseling, leading, and fellowshipping with amazing students.   One of her greatest joys is traveling the “seminary journey” with students from the first day they enter to the day they graduate.  Karen says, “Watching how students grow, learn, mature, and change over the course of three years brings me such fulfillment and joy.  It is an honor to play a role in their transformation, and it is exciting to know that the Church will be in such good hands in the future.”  

Example Topics
Series of sermons for Lent                     Good Friday sermons on the seven last words of Christ.
Lectures on Women in the Bible            Lectures on forming faith in the lives of children
Advent lectures on Christmas carols

Invite Dr. Massey to speak at your church or organization.

Rob Nash
Rob N. Nash, Jr.
Associate Dean for the Doctor of Ministry program and Arnall-Mann-Thomasson Professor of Missions and World Religions

Rob is pastor, scholar, professor, and global mission expert. He has pastored congregations in Kentucky, Alabama and Georgia and has served on the faculty at Judson College in Alabama, Shorter University in Georgia and now serves on the faculty at Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology. He has also served as the Global Missions Coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.  

Example Topics
Moving the Equator: The Church and Mission Now 
Five Faiths We Need to Know Better: Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese Traditions 
Diaspora Mission: The Global Church Comes to Us

Invite Dr. Nash to speak at your church or organization.

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Thomas B. Slater
Professor of New Testament

Thomas is a minister and that comes through whether he is working in a seminary or serving in a local parish. As a teacher, he enjoys seeing his students make new discoveries and helping them to find their best selves as ministers of the gospel. As a pastor, he sees himself as a servant who puts the needs of his congregation first.  He loves the New Testament and he wants to bring that love to both his students and his parishioners.

Example Topics
The Sermon on the Mount                         The Church in Matthew
The Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts                       Problems in 1 Corinthians
The Church in Ephesians                            John's Apocalypse as Protest Literature

Invite Dr. Slater to speak at your church or organization.