Faculty


Faculty – Institute for Justice Formation


Samuel L. Feemster, JD, M.Div.

Pastor, Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Director,  John Leland Center for Theological Studies (Adjunct Lecturer)

Samuel Freemster

Samuel L. Feemster, JD, M.Div.

Education:

  • JD, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • M.Div., The John Leland Center for Theological Studies
  • B.A., Appalachian State University

Relevant Presentations/Publications

  • Feemster, S.L. Conversation with a Professor: Addressing Racial Injustice hosted by the Alumni Association, John Leland Center for Theological Studies, July 28, 2020
  • Feemster, S. L. Wellness on the Front Line, “Mind-Body-Spirit”, hosted by the Public Safety Peer Support Association, San Diego, CA., November 8, 2019.
  • Feemster, S.L. The price of freedom. 2019. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (December 2010): 7-10.
  • Feemster, S.L., and Collins, J.V. 2010. Beyond survival toward officer wellness (BeSTOW): Targeting Law Enforcement Training. The Police Chief (November 2010): 34-43.
  • Feemster, S. L. Wellness and Spirituality: Beyond survival practices for wounded warriors. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (May 2009): 2-8.
  • Feemster, S. L. Spirituality: An invisible weapon for wounded warriors. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (January 2009): 1-12.
  • Feemster, S. L. Spirituality: The DNA of law enforcement practice. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. (November 2007): 8-17.

IJF courses/subjects:

  • In Search of Biblical Justice

  • What the Early Church says about Justice

  • Rethinking Policing


Henry Lee Allen, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, Wheaton College (retired)

Invited Lecturer, John Leland Center for Theological Studies

Henry Allen

Henry Lee Allen, Ph.D.

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Social Sciences, Education, Sociology, Science
  • M.A., University of Chicago, Higher Education Systems, Science, Labor Markets
  • B.A., Wheaton College, Biblical Studies, Greek, Christian Education

Recent Publications:

  • Allen, H. L. 2020. Scientific literacy and the erosion of democracy: From Counterknowledge to Sophistry to Kakistocracy, (in process) for Akande, Adebowale and Bruce E. Johansen, eds. The Dangerous Global Rise of Nationalism: Rights, Identity, and Environmental Crises.
  • Allen, H. L. Scientific literacy and the Sociology of Science: New frontiers for

the 21st century. Sociology of Science and Technology 10(4): 25-36.

  • Allen, H. 2018. Scientific literacy and the future of ethnic minority groups in the United States: The unfinished Civil Rights Movement. Athens Journal of Social Sciences 5: 133-150.
  • Allen, H. L. Faculty workload and productivity: The trauma of Trump. 2018 NEA Almanac of Higher Education. Washington, D.C.: National Education Association: 43-55.
  • Allen, H. L. 2018. Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and Implicit Bias, a presentation to the Department of Court Services, 17th Judicial Court, Rockford, IL 61101.

IJF courses/subjects:

  • Sociology of Hate

  • Violence Against Women

  • Race and Ethnic Relations

  • Males, Masculinity and Violence

  • Violence in Minority Communities

  • Urban Sociology and Demography

  • FBI and Policing: Problems and Possibilities

  • On Evangelicals and Society

  • Social Concerns


Carl J. Jensen, Ph.D.

 Professor Emeritus, The Citadel

Invited Lecturer, John Leland Center for Theological Studies

Carl Jensen III

Carl J. Jensen, Ph.D.

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • M.A., Kent State University, Sociology
  • B.S., United States Naval Academy, English

Relevant Presentations/Publications:

  • Jensen, C. J. Hard questions: The future of policing. Spirituality and Law Enforcement Consultationhosted by McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University. May 17, 2017.
  • Jensen, C. J., D. H. McElreath, and M. A. Graves. 2017. Introduction to Intelligence Studies, 2nd Edition. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor and Francis Group.
  • McElreath, D. H., A. Doss,  J. Jensen, M. P. Wigginton, S. Mallory, L. S. McElreath, L. C. Williamson, T. Lyons, and W. Flaschka. 2016. The Mississippi Hustle: Corrupting the financial principal-agency relationship at the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Crime, Law, and Social Change. DOI:10.1007/s10611-016-9673-z.
  • Jensen, C. J., and A. Bringuel. 2013. The concept of social equilibrium and its application to policing. In S. G. Shoham and J. D. Freilich   Policing & Preventing Terrorism around the Globe. Whitby, ON: de Sitter Publications: 19-37.
  • Levin, B. H., and  J. Jensen. 2004. The Futures Working Group: A partnership for the future. Crime & Justice International20(78): 27-28.

IJF courses/subjects:

  • A critical history of policing in America

  • Psychological/sociological explanations of systemic racial bias


Andre Towner, M.Div., M.B.A., M.A.

Pastoral Staff, Mount Vernon Baptist Church

Invited Lecturer, John Leland Center for Theological Studies

Andre Towner, M.Div., M.B.A., M.A.

Education:

  • M.Div., Wesley Theological Seminary, Public Theology
  • M.B.A., George Washington University, Strategic Management and Public Policy
  • M.A., Wayland Baptist University, Religion
  • B.S., Jackson State University, Aviation

Relevant Presentations/Publications:

  • Towner, A., D. Hazzard, and B. Wheeler. 2020. Race, racial equity, & the DC food system: The history of DC’s grocery gap. District of Columbia Food Policy Council, August 7, 2020. https://bit.ly/3hjy4DS.
  • Towner, A. Redeeming the systems that make equality for all unreachable. Good Faith Media. January 17, 2020. https://bit.ly/3j66oCU.
  • Towner, A. Why your church must choose reconciliation over winning. Good Faith Media, December 12, 2019. https://bit.ly/31hcIkT.
  • Towner, A. and A. Almaguer. 2019. Faithful voices through advocacy. Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia 2019 Annual Gathering. September 17, 2019.

IJF Courses/Subjects:

  • Justice, Church, and Society

  • Critical Engagement with Biblical Justice

  • Justice Formation Externship

  • Resourcing the Work of Congregations and Nonprofits


Inez Tuck, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.Div., RN, FAAN

Managing Principal and Consultant, Inez Tuck & Associates,

Professor Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University

Invited Lecturer, John Leland Center for Theological Studies

Inez Tuck Head shot

Inez Tuck, Ph.D.

Education

  • Ph.D. , University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Child Development and Family Relations, Minor: Sociology
  • M.Div., Virginia Union University, Theology
  • M.B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville,  Business Administration
  • M.N., University of Florida, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • B.S.N., Agricultural & Technical State University, Nursing

Relevant Publications

  • Nicholas, P. K., Breakey, S., Tagliareni, E., Tuck, I., Neal-Boylan, L., Ladd, E., Corless, I. B., Reynolds, R. Y., Simmonds, K., & Lussier-Duynstee, P. 2020. Advancing a School of Nursing Center for climate change, climate justice, and health. Annual Review of Nursing Research. org/10.1891/0739-6686.38.147.
  • Cahn, P., Tuck, I. Knab, M.S., Doherty, R.F., Portney, L.G., Johnson, A.F. 2018. Competent in any context: An integrated model of interprofessional education. Journal of Interprofessional Care, Online July 24, 2018. doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2018.1500454.
  • Tuck, I. Does the concept of dignity warrant further research, and can the work be moved forward? Research in Gerontological Nursing. (Guest editorial).
  • Tuck, I. Introduction to special issue of Spirituality and Mental Health. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 35(4): 236-237.
  • Tuck, I. & Anderson, L.B. 2014. Forgiveness, flourishing, and resilience: The influences of expressions of spirituality on mental health recovery. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 35(4): 277-282.
  • Tuck, I. A critical review of a spirituality intervention. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34(6): 712-735. doi: 10.1177/0193945911433891.
  • Tuck, I., Baliko, B., Schubert, C.M., & Anderson, L. A pilot study of a weekend retreat intervention for family survivors of homicide. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 34(6): 764-793. doi:10.1177/019394591244301.
  • Tuck, I. On the edge: Integrating spirituality into law enforcement. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin: , 14-21. B.A. in Religion, Campbell University

IJF Courses/Subjects:

  • Mental health and social justice

  • Spiritual healing in stress, trauma and illness

  • Wellness spirituality in policing

  • Climate justice and health outcomes


Jeffrey G. Willetts, Ph.D.

Professor, Mercer University

Invited Lecturer, John Leland Center for Theological Studies

Jeffrey Willets head shot

Jeffrey G. Willetts, Ph.D.

Education:

  • Ph.D., University of Wales, Swansea, Philosophy
  • M.A., Yale University Divinity School, Religion
  • B.A., Campbell University, Religion

Relevant Publications/ Presentations/ Consultations:

  • Willetts, J. G. 2018-2020. Cultivating Educational Capacity Project, through the Committee on Race and Ethnicity, Association of Theological Schools.
  • Willetts, J. G. Spirituality and Law Enforcement Consultation. McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University. May 17, 2017.
  • Willetts, J. G. Marriage, family, and sexuality: Theological, moral, and pastoral implications. 43rd Annual Faculties’ Convocation, Washington Theological Consortium, September 28, 2015.
  • Willetts, J. G. A brief prolegomena on the language of ‘spirit’ and law enforcement. Beyond Survival: Wellness Practices for Wounded Warriors Conference, FBI Academy, National Conference Center, June, 2008. (An abridged article containing the same material may be found in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, January, 2009).
  • Willetts, J. G. 2007-2009. Spirituality and law enforcement. Lecture, presented annually at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia.
  • Willetts, J. G. Religious diversity and theories of reference: A reply. In response to “Religious diversity and theories of reference: A grammatical alternative”, Brian Birch, Utah State University. Annual meeting of The Society for Philosophy of Religion, Hilton Head, South Carolina, February, 2003.

IJF Courses/Subjects:

  • Philosophy and Race

  • Christian Ethics