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King University News :: King University Welcomes New Chaplain Brian Alderman

BRISTOL, Tenn., August 14, 2014 – The Rev. Dr. Brian Alderman has joined the King University community and will serve in the role of chaplain and professor of Philosophy and Religion.

“I am so pleased that the Rev. Dr. Brian Alderman has joined the King Community,” said the Rev. Dr. Fred Foy Strang. Strang has served King as chaplain, dean of the Peeke School of Christian Mission, and professor of Missions, Philosophy, and Religion since 2005. Strang along with his wife, Cecily, who served King as lecturer of Nursing, and Chase and Audrey Arndt, both alumni of King are embarking on a 3 1/2 year missionary deployment in an underserved area of East Africa.

“Brian will continue the King chaplain legacy of a pastor-scholar available to all our students, faculty, and staff,” added Strang. “Dr. Errol Rohr and I were both privileged to be part of the search committee and sense that Dr. Alderman is the right person to whom the chaplaincy baton should be passed.”

When he went off to college, Alderman knew he wanted to be a pastor. He recalled a poignant moment from his undergraduate days at Lee College when a professor posed a question during one of Alderman’s classes. The professor asked, “Why is it I always hear about people being called to preach? Why do I never hear of any who say they are called to the ministry to teach?” This resonated with Alderman. “Teaching as a vocational or ministry category had never been there for me until that moment,” says Alderman. “When a friend from my seminary days told me of the opening here at King for someone to fill the roles of both chaplain and professor, I thought this could be a great chance to bring together the two vocational dimensions of my calling.

“I look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff here at King University,” says Alderman. “When you become ordained in the Presbyterian Church, there is a vow you take that asks ‘will you seek to serve the people with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love?’ That is how I see myself in relation to the King community. I’m excited to serve King as chaplain.”

Alderman, originally from Galax, Va., attended Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn., where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Theology in 1996. He received his Master of Divinity in 2000 from Princeton Theological Seminary, followed by his Doctor of Philosophy in Hebrew Bible from Emory University in 2013. His affinity for Greek and Hebrew lead to an interest in other ancient Near Eastern languages, including Aramaic, Syriac, Akkadian, and Ugaritic.

Through the years, Alderman received numerous fellowships including the Biblical Studies Department Award from Lee College in 1996, the Benjamin B. Stanton Prize in Old Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1999, and the Graduate Student Fellowship from 2000-2004 and the Dean’s Teaching Fellowship from 2004-2005, both from Emory University. He was also awarded the Piedmont Fellowship in Teaching, the Environment, and Sustainability from Emory University in 2005, and the John B. Stephenson Fellowship from the Appalachian College Association for 2007-2008.

Alderman’s ministerial experience includes time as a chaplain assistant at the Trenton State Psychiatric Hospital in Trenton, N.J., pastoral intern for the MacArthur Church of God in MacArthur, W.V., pastor of Madisonville Presbyterian Church, and chaplain of Hiwassee College. He has taught at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Lee College (now Lee University), McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, Ga., and most recently at Hiwassee College.

The Rev. Dr. Brian Alderman may be reached by contacting the Office of the Chaplain at or 423.652.4708.


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