Ryan Neal

Ryan Neal
Assistant Provost, Professor of Christian Studies

Bachelor of Arts, Texas Tech University, Political Science
Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Master of Theology, University of Edinburgh, Systematic Theology
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, Systematic Theology


(864) 231-2052

What classes do you teach at Anderson

I currently serve in an administrative role, plus I teach a handful of courses, ranging from a variety of Theology courses to a few Honors courses.

What year did you start teaching at AU


Why teach at AU?

I love teaching at the college level because it is a rich, formative time for students. College students are highly inquisitive, curious, and most enjoy the questions set before them. My classes focus a lot on beliefs and convictions, and the greatest aspect of teaching courses about theology and ethics is that students are continually working to understand their faith at a deeper level. I tend not to lecture; instead, I pose questions and help guide discussions. In my classes, I like to impress upon students a fundamental truth of life: theology is not just for the “experts.” Everyone is a theologian.


Travel, tennis, reading

People might be interested to know I...

I have a wife, 4 kids, 2 dogs, 1 cat & 1 chinchilla. I am the former intramural tennis champion at 2 universities, and my love language is sarcasm. I was born in Denver, Colorado and my wife and I lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for four years during grad school, and because it can be a transformative experience, I encourage students to study abroad.


Theology as Hope: On the Ground and the Implications of Jürgen Moltmann’s Doctrine of Hope. Princeton Theological Monograph Series, No. 99. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Press, 2009. Kindle edition, 2015.

“J. Moltmann,” in The Student’s Companion to the Theologians, edited by Ian Markham. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, Hardcover, 2009, vol 2: pp. 367-384; Paperback & Kindle editions, 2013, pp. 461-471.

“Minority Report: Reconsidering Jürgen Moltmann’s Turn to a Theology of the Cross,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 14.1 (Jan 2012): pp. 26-43. 5)