|Ronnie Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry from the Moody Bible Institute and two master degrees from Liberty University: Master of Arts in Religion Biblical Studies and Master in Religious Studies with a concentration in Philosophy of Religion and Theology. He is currently working on a PhD in Theology and Apologetics from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. His dissertation will focus on the concept of God and the problem of evil.
While pursuing his PhD, Ronnie had the privilege to assist apologist and resurrection expert, Dr. Gary Habermas, as a graduate assistant. In addition to his PhD studies, Ronnie speaks at conferences and churches and actively writes. He currently has an article under review on Augustine's ministry and philosophy of teaching and is writing a book on Christian worldview. Outside of academic writing, Ronnie regularly blogs on issues related to Christian theology,
|worldview, and apologetics.
Ronnie is passionate about youth ministry. He had the opportunity to travel the world while serving the youth on his mission trips to Chicago, Washington D.C, India, Thailand, and Mexico.
In his personal time, Ronnie enjoys playing guitar, reading books, drinking a good cup of coffee, and spending time with his family. He's been married to Debbie for nine years; they have one daughter, Abigayle, and two sons, Caedmon and Caleb.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Form a Christian standpoint, everything is theological. Facilitating religion-based courses affords me the opportunity to help students see the world theologically and to help them understand their worldviews, but also the worldviews of others.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
One effective teaching strategy is asking critical questions in the discussion forums. Students often give excellent responses, but sometimes miss subtle nuances. By asking critical questions, I find students understand the issue from new angles. It is encouraging to see students wrestle through the subtleties of a discussion topic and then come back to the discussion forum after researching the issue more in depth.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
While facilitating a course on Biblical Hermeneutics and Interpretation, a student provided an excellent response to one of the discussion questions. To probe his response a little, I asked him to explicate the difference between two terms mentioned in his response. This led to a back-and-forth exchange in which several other students joined. At the end of the exchange, the student had a light bulb moment. He later mentioned to me that our exchange was worth the whole class.