Cletus L. Hull, III
Ph.D., Biblical Studies, 2017
Advisor: Dr. Gräbe
Major Professors: Dr. Graham Twelftree and Dr. Mark Wilson
D. Min., Church Growth, 2003
Fuller Theological Seminary
Thesis Title: A Five Year Plan for Growth at Trinity United Christian Church
Theological Mentor: Dr. Peter Hintzoglou
Major Professors: Dr. Eddie Gibbs and Dr. Charles Van Engen
Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry
Major Professors: Rev. Dr. Rod Whitacre and Rev. Dr. Patrick Reardon
B.A. New Testament, 1983
Oral Roberts University
Major Professors: Dr. James Shelton and Dr. Arden Autry
Society of Chaplains in Pennsylvania
Society of Biblical Literature
TEACHING AND MINISTRY EXPERIENCE
1987 Campground Chaplain, Myrtle Beach Campground Ministry, Myrtle Beach, SC
1987-1992 Pastor, First Christian Church, Marianna PA
1989-1996 Campus Minister, California University of PA, California PA
1989-2007 Protestant Chaplain, Mayview State Hospital, Bridgeville PA
1992-1995 Associate Minister, First Christian Church, Washington PA
1996-1998 Campus Minister, Indiana University of PA, Indiana PA
1996-2003 Associate Minister, Trinity United Christian Church, New Kensington PA
2003-present Senior Pastor, Trinity United Christian Church, Lower Burrell PA
2007-present Protestant Chaplain, Torrance State Hospital, Blairsville PA
2007-present Professor of New Testament, Biblical Life Institute, Freeport PA
2014 Adjunct professor, St. Francis University, Loretto PA
2016-present Hospice Chaplain, Monarch Hospice, Lower Burrell PA
2017-present Assistant Adjunct Biblical Studies professor, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa OK
2017-present Adjunct professor, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge PA
2020-present Affiliate Faculty Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD
Greek-level of reading proficiency
French-level of reading proficiency
Spanish-level of reading proficiency
CLASSES I HAVE TAUGHT
Old Testament Survey New Testament Survey Psalms
Life of Christ The book of James The Synoptic Gospels
The Gospel of John The Major Prophets The Minor Prophets
Eschatology Acts of the Apostles Romans
1 & 2 Thessalonians The Dead Sea Scrolls 1 & 2 Corinthians
Hermeneutics Franciscan Life and Goals Introduction to Theology
Spirit-Empowered Ministry Spirit-Empowered Living New Testament Synthesis
Sermon Preparation & Preaching Church Growth & Planting Discipleship & Small Groups
New Testament Greek Introduction to Pastoral Care Senior Paper
Urban Outreach Ministries Capstone Projects
OTHER AREAS I TEACH
Hospital chaplaincy and mental health ministry (week class or one day seminar)
Evangelism in the local church (week class or semester)
How to build and sustain a youth ministry (week class or one day seminar)
How to grow your church through the spiritual gifts (week long class)
The work of the Holy Spirit in the traditional church (week class or one day seminar)
The gift of healing in the local church (week long class)
The Wisdom of the Cross and the Power of the Spirit: Grounding Pneumatic Experiences in the Theology of the Cross. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2018.
The Call: My Mission and Our Ministry at Trinity United Christian Church, In Lower Burrell PA.
Tarentum PA: Word Association, 2019.
ACADEMIC JOURNAL ARTICLES
"The Purpose of Suffering and Glory in 2 Thess. 1:5-10," Conversations with the Biblical World, (2017), 146- 165. A peer-reviewed SBL publication by the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society.
“The Power of the Cross and Healing in Ministry,” Leaven, Pepperdine University, Vol. 23,
No. 3 (Third Quarter 2016).
“The Holy Spirit, the Missing Finger: Comparing the Pneumatology of Alexander Campbell and Don Basham,” Pneuma Review, Spring 18:2 (April, 2015).
“The Compulsion of the Spirit in the Farewell Speech of Paul in Acts 20:17-38 to the Ephesian Leaders: An Exegetical Study Grounded in the Apostle’s Pneumatology and Christology,” American Journal of Biblical Theology, Vol. 16, No. 33 (July, 2015).
"The Bible’s Undertaker: Cessationism in Contrast to a Living, Miraculous Christianity," Pneuma
Review, Fall, 140 (September 24, 2015).
“My Church is a Mental Hospital,” published in The Advocate (The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ),
March 2015 and Chaplains Chatter, March 2015, (The Society of Chaplains in Pennsylvania), Healing
Line, summer 2015 (ministry of Dr. Francis MacNutt), and Fuller Studio, Fuller Theological Seminary,
“Investing in Others,” published in The Upper Room, Vol. 86, Issue 3, (July-August 2020).
“Investing in Others,” published in The Upper Room, Vol. 88, Issue 2, (May-June 2022).
Bob Burns, Tasha D. Chapman and Donald C. Guthrie, Resilient Ministry: What Pastors Told Us About Surviving and Thriving (IVP Praxis, 2013), in Pneuma Review 138 (September 2015).
Ann Christie, Ordinary Christology. (Farnham, England: Ashgate: 2012), in Pneuma Review 156 (January 2016).
Basil the Great, trans. Stephen Hildebrand, On the Holy Spirit, Popular Patristics (Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2011), in Pneuma Review 181 (July 2016).
Gary Wilkerson, with R.S.B. Sawyer, David Wilkerson: The Cross, the Switchblade, and the Man Who Believed (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014), in Pneuma Review (August 2016).
Frank Matera, God’s Saving Grace (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2012), Farnham, England: in Pneuma Review (November 2016).
David J. Courey, What Has Wittenberg to do with Azusa?: Luther’s Theology of the Cross and Pentecostal
Triumphalism (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015), in Pneuma Review, (August 2017).
Peter Stuhlmacher, Biblical Theology of the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans,
2018), in Stone-Campbell Journal Vol. 2, No. 2 (Fall 2019).
William Blaine-Wallace, When Tears Sing: The Art of Lament in Christian Community
(Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books), in Spiritus, ORU Journal of Theology, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring 2021).
Robert D. McBain, Depression, Where is Your Sting? (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2021),
in Spiritus, Oral Roberts University Journal of Theology, Vol. 6. No. 2 (Fall 2021).
Edward Watson and Martin Culy. Quoting Corinthians (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications), in Spiritus, Oral Roberts University Journal of Theology, Vol. 7. No. 1 (Spring 2022).
July 2015 Paper: "The Pneumatology of Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:9-16 Grounded by his Christology in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31." Presented at the International Society of Biblical Literature, in the category of Pauline Literature, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
March 2016 Paper: "The Purpose of Suffering and Glory in the Pauline Eschatology of Christ's Parousia in
2 Thessalonians 1:5-10." Presented at the Eastern Great lakes Biblical Society, in the category of Pauline Eschatology and Ethics, Mohican Lodge, Perrysville, Ohio.
April 2016 Paper: "The Eschatology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls."
Paper: "The Christology and Pneumatology of the Cappadocian Fathers."
Presented both papers at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, under the categories
of The Second Temple Period and Patristics, Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee.
October 2016 Lecture: "Diversity in the Arena of Mental Illness"
Presented at the Pennsylvania Society of Chaplains, Carlisle PA
March 2017 Paper: “The Compulsion of the Spirit in the Farewell Speech of Paul in Acts
20:17-38 to the Ephesian Leaders: An Exegetical Study Grounded in the Apostle’s Pneumatology and Christology.”
Presented at the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, in the category of Luke/Acts, Akron, Ohio.
April 2017 Paper: “The Compulsion of the Spirit in the Farewell Speech of Paul in Acts 20:17-38 to the Ephesian Leaders: An Exegetical Study Grounded in the Apostle’s Pneumatology and Christology."
Presented at the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference under in the category of Acts,
Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Jan. 2018 Lecture: “The Unity of the Bible in a World of Questions.”
Presented at the Western Pennsylvania Apologetics Conference under the category Discovering a Biblical Worldview, Biblical Life Institute, Freeport, PA.
March 2018 Paper: “The Pneumatology of Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:9-16 Grounded by his
Christology in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. Presented at the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, in the category of the Corinthian Correspondence, Akron, Ohio.
April 2018 Lecture: “A History of the Church and Chaplaincy with Hospitals and Mental Illness.” Presented at the Pennsylvania Society of Chaplains, Carlisle PA.
March 2019 Paper: “The Eschatology of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Qumran
Community.” Presented at the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, in the category of the Intertestamental Period, Akron, Ohio.
March 2021 Paper: “The Misery of American Politics Discovered with the Preacher in
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11.” Presented at the Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, in the category of Hebrew Bible, Akron, Ohio. In conjunction with John Carroll University.
March 2022 Paper: “The Work of the Spirit in Judges and 1 Samuel Similarities and
Contrasts.” Presented at the Eastern Great lakes Biblical Society, in the category of Hebrew Bible, Akron, Ohio. In conjunction with John Carrol University.
BOOKS THAT FORMED MY ACADEMIC STUDIES, PASTORAL MINISTRY, AND LIFE
The Greek New Testament.
The Book of Common Prayer.
Basil the Great of Caesarea. On the Holy Spirit.
Bennett, Dennis and Rita. The Holy Spirit and You.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship.
Bridges, Jerry. The Pursuit of Holiness.
Campbell, Alexander. The Christian System.
Carothers, Merlin. Prison to Praise.
Carter, Jimmy. The Blood of Abraham.
Cartwright, Colbert S. People of the Chalice: Disciples of Christ in Faith and Practice.
Chrysostom, John. On the Priesthood.
Clinton, Robert. The Making of a Leader.
Cummins, D. Duane. A Handbook for Today's Disciples.
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment.
Dunn, James. Jesus and the Spirit.
Edersheim, Alfred. The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah.
Craddock, Fred. Preaching.
Farah, Charles. From the Pinnacle of the Temple.
Fee, Gordon and Douglas Stuart. How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth
Fowler, James. Stages of Faith.
Fuller, Millard. Love in the Mortar Joints.
Gadamer, Hans-Georg. Truth and Method.
González, Justo. Mañana: Christian Theology from a Hispanic Perspective.
Greene-McCreight, Kathryn. Darkness Is My Only Companion: A Christian Response to Mental Illness.
Hoekema, Anthony. The Bible and the Future.
Jordan, Clarence. Cotton Patch Gospel.
Kaiser, Walter. Toward an Exegetical Theology: Biblical Exegesis for Teaching and Preaching.
Kasper, Walter. Jesus the Christ.
Ladd, George. The New Testament and Criticism.
Lewis, C.S. Screwtape Letters.
Little, Paul. How to Give Away Your Faith.
Luther, Martin. Table Talk.
Matera, Frank. God's Saving Grace: A Pauline Theology.
MacNutt, Francis. Healing.
McGavran, Donald. The Bridges of God.
Murray, Andrew. With Christ in the School of Prayer.
Neuhaus, Richard John. The Naked Public Square.
Niebuhr. H. Richard. Christ and Culture.
Nouwen, Henri. The Wounded Healer.
Packer, J.I. Knowing God.
Pippert, Rebecca Manley. Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World.
Sanders, J. Oswald. Spiritual Leadership.
Schnelle, Udo. Theology of the New Testament.
Sertillanges, Antonin. The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods.
Stearns, Richard. The Hole in Our Gospel.
Stott, John. Between Two Worlds.
Teegarden, Kenneth L. We Call Ourselves Disciples.
Torrey, R.A. The Power of Prayer.
Wagner, Peter. Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow.
Wesley, John. The Journal of John Wesley.
Wilkerson, David. The Cross and the Switchblade.