Those who prepare people for Christian ministry and leadership, equipping them to love, know and serve God.
Faculty of Urbana Theological Seminary teach the classes which provide equipping for our students. A list is provided of our full-time faculty, as well as the lecturers and adjuncts.
President, Urbana Theological Seminary
Professor of Biblical Studies
M.Phil. and Ph.D., Drew University (Biblical Studies: Old Testament)
After serving in full-time pastoral ministry (Indiana, New Jersey), Dr. Cuffey came to Champaign-Urbana in 1994 at the founding of the Christian Studies Center, the predecessor to Urbana Theological Seminary. He taught courses in Biblical Studies and Practical Ministry for the Center from 1994 until 2003. At the inauguration of Urbana Theological Seminary, he was named President of the Seminary and Professor of Biblical Studies. He teaches courses in Old and New Testament as well as Hebrew and Greek language and Exegesis. Special research and publication interests include the literary coherence of Old Testament prophetic and wisdom books and biblical theology. As President of the Seminary he provides leadership for the school, overseeing its people and programs, and the fulfillment of its mission.
Associate Professor of Theology & Ethics
Ph.D., University of Edinburgh (Systematic Theology)
Todd's experience as an engineer for Motorola Corporation and his academic pursuits of theology brings a broad background and unique perspective to the Seminary. His involvement with churches has provided him with a breadth of understanding of different styles, ministries, and denominations. Schooled in both the American and British systems, his research has focused within the field of Systematic Theology on concerns of Bioethics. His dissertation delves into ethical implications that arise from the medical prolongation of life and aging.
Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies
D.Min., Reformed Theological Seminary and Highland Theological College (Missions)
Mike McQueen joined the Seminary’s core faculty as Assistant Professor, though he has a long history with the Seminary as both a Lecturer and in administrative roles. His research interests reflect his years of ministry experience working in cross-cultural settings, particularly with Chinese students and other internationals on the campus of the University of Illinois since 1987. His research for his doctorate focused especially on leadership development in the Chinese Christian community. He has also served in pastoral ministries in Colorado, California, and New York, as well as in a missionary capacity in England. He has done advanced study in Religion and in Chinese language at Jewish Theological Seminary (New York), UCLA, and the University of Illinois.
Assistant Professor of New Testament & Spiritual Formation
Ph.D., Wheaton College Graduate School (Biblical Theology: New Testament)
D.Min. (in-progress), Lincoln Christian Seminary (Spiritual Formation)
Peter Spychalla has taught courses in Greek and New Testament at the Seminary since 2004. His doctoral dissertation focused on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. Additional research interests include Exegetical Methodology, the General Epistles, and Spiritual Formation. Peter has served in local church ministry roles of instructor, retreat leader, lay pastor, deacon, elder, and Pastor of Spiritual Development. He has been an information technology professional in the business marketplace for the past twenty years.
Vice President, Public Outreach
Assistant Professor of History of Christianity
(2009-Present) Office Hours
Ph.D., Trinity International University (Christian History and Historical Theology)
Joe has extensive teaching experience in the field of history and religion. His expertise is in American Evangelical history with a particular interest in Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. He has also worked to bring Christian history to a popular audience through his work with the Christian History Institute. Joe speaks at retreats, seminars and Sunday mornings as a part of his own ministry, called CrossTraining. Joes's first book, Perfect Harmony: Interracial Churches in Early Holiness-Pentacostalism, 1880-1909, has recently been published.
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The Staff of Urbana Theological Seminary are responsible for the administration of the school and its programs so as to best serve the needs of students.
Ph.D., Illinois State University, English Studies with a Specialization in Literature for Children
After teaching courses for Urbana Seminary on J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and The Inklings, Melody joins UTS as Dean. She has a wide variety of experience teaching at multiple institutions of higher education. Melody's research interests include the intersection of faith and literature, as well as the authors J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and George MacDonald. She has published several articles on these and related topics, and spoken at a wide variety of conferences.
B.F.A., University of Illinois (Industrial Design)
Gee combines an eye for effective and efficient organization in the Seminary office with a background in design that has rendered her services invaluable in the school's marketing efforts. Often she is the first contact students will have with the Seminary. She is known for her focus on service to the students and quality in all she produces.