Dr. William McDonald

College Chaplain and Associate Professor of Religion

Sherman Hall 201
100 College St.
Athens, TN 37371

Dr. McDonald is better known as "Rev" on campus, given his double role as pastor and professor. He works to make his classes not just interesting and informative, but transformative. He tells his students: "Thinking takes practice. It comes easier the more curious you become about a subject. Curiosity takes you from the outside of a subject, where you just want facts enough to pass a test, to the inside, where you begin to see how things fit together. Curiosity has to do with knowing how to ask the right questions--how to dialog with the Bible, or figures from Church History. It is almost impossible for those whose minds are already incurably 'made up' about this or any subject. I hope that, regardless of why you are taking a class, you will become curious, maybe even exuberantly passionate, about learning to ask good questions. When you do, you are on the way to seeing the world, and your place in it, in new and exciting ways."

McDonald has taught at TWC since 1997. He is both an ordained elder in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church and an "Ecumenical Covenant Pastor" in the Southeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Vonore, Tennessee. He and his wife Carolyn, a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, are the parents of four children.

Educational Background

BA, Lenoir-Rhyne College
MTS, Duke University Divinity School
MA, PhD, Vanderbilt University

Courses Taught

R 100 Christian Faith
R 101 Introduction to the Bible
TWC 101 Freshman Seminar
R 200 Life and Letters of Paul
PH 200 Introduction to Ethics
R 319 Church History
Seminar: Augustine the Theologian
Seminar: The Sixteenth Century Reformation
Jesus in the Gospels
History and Practice of Christian Worship
R 209 Religion in America

Selected Publications/Professional Activities

Gracious Voices: Shouts and Whispers for God Seekers (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 1997).

"The Ecumenical Ministry of Robert Johnston Miller, 1758-1834" Lutheran Historical
Conference Proceedings, 2001.

"'What Shall We Do for the Rising Generation?': Methodist Catechisms, 1745-1928." Wesley
Theological Journal, Fall 2008.

"Lutheran and Wesleyan Pilgrims on the Catholic Way" at www.lutheranforum.org

American Academy of Religion
American Society of Church History
North American Patristic Society
North American Academy of Ecumenists