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Peeler, McCaulley Join Wheaton’s Ph.D., Graduate Programs

May 5, 2021

Wheaton College is pleased to announce that Dr. Amy Peeler and Dr. Esau McCaulley have joined the graduate faculty and Ph.D. program in the School of Biblical and Theological Studies.

Wheaton College announced this week that Associate Professor of New Testament Rev. Amy Peeler, Ph.D. has joined the Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies program, and Assistant Professor of New Testament Rev. Esau McCaulley, Ph.D. is joining the Ph.D. program and graduate faculty in the School of Biblical and Theological Studies. 

A woman smilingDr. Peeler (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) has served on Wheaton’s faculty since 2012, teaching a wide range of undergraduate courses including New Testament Literature and Interpretation, Matthew, Mark, Galatians, James, Hebrews, and an interdisciplinary art and biblical and theological studies course on Mary. Her expertise and publication history also have significant breadth and depth, including works on Gender and Theology, Mary, the Fatherhood of God, the Epistle to the Hebrews, and the Gospel of MarkHer first monograph, “You are My Son”: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews (T&T Clark, 2014), will be followed next year by a book on the gendered implications of the Incarnation, Mother of God (Eerdmans, 2022) and then the Hebrews volume in the Commentaries for Christian Formation series (Eerdmans).  

Beginning this academic year Dr. Peeler also serves as a Ph.D. mentor in New Testament. “I’m honored and excited to participate in the shaping of students from freshman to doctoral students,” said Dr. Peeler, “What a gift to discover the complex beauty and good news of the Biblical texts alongside the next generation of leaders in the church and academy.” 

A man smiling Dr. McCaulley (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) joined Wheaton’s faculty in the Fall of 2019. His areas of expertise include Pauline Exegesis and Theology, African American Biblical Interpretation, and Second Temple Jewish and early Christian Messianism. A nationally recognized opinion writer for the New York Times whose most recent publication, Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope (IVP Academic, 2020) earned him several awards including the Christianity Today Book of the Year Award. His first book entitled Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance: Davidic Messianism and Paul’s Worldwide Interpretation of the Abrahamic Land Promise in Galatians was published by T & T Clark in 2019, and his future projects include commentaries on Philemon, Colossians, and Galatians. 

In addition to teaching Wheaton undergraduate courses, Dr. McCaulley will now also teach New Testament and Biblical Interpretation courses for the School of Biblical and Theological Studies M.A. programs. Beginning Fall 2022, he will also join the ranks of Wheaton’s Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies mentors as a New Testament supervisor. “The opportunity to train women and men for the church and the academy is a real honor,” said Dr. McCaulley. 

“I am delighted about the involvement of Dr. Peeler and Dr. McCaulley in the Ph.D. program,” said Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies Dr. David Lauber, “they both have unique gifts, scholarly expertise, and significant pastoral experience, which God will use to carry on the important legacy of New Testament studies in our doctoral program. They join a strong team of scholars, teachers, and mentors. I am confident that they will serve their students well - equipping them to contribute to the mission of the church and the work of the academy worldwide.”  

Fall 2021 Master’s applications for the School of Biblical and Theological Studies are still open. Students are encouraged to apply by May 15.  

--Hannah Hempstead