Dr. John Ragsdale

Associate Professor of Academic Affairs

Dr. John Ragsdale comes to Asbury Theological Seminary from Azusa Pacific University, where he has served as Associate Dean of the School of Theology, Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and most recently, Interim Dean at the School of Theology. Dr. Ragsdale brings two decades of experience in strategic planning, assessment, program review, and external funding within higher education administration. His research interests include Old Testament interpretation and hermeneutics, the Spirit in the Old Testament, theology of joy, and racism and lament. His most recent publication is a curriculum for churches and other groups entitled Lamenting Racism: A Christian Response to Racial Injustice with the Herald Press. Dr. Ragsdale received an M.A. in Biblical Languages from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Marquette University.


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