Faculty and Staff

Robbins Jeffrey W. Robbins, Chair of Religion and Philosophy; Professor of Religion; Director of American Studies
B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., Texas Christian University; M.Phil., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Syracuse University

His area of specialization is in continental philosophy of religion. His teaching interests include contemporary religious thought, philosophy of religion, world religions, Christianity, Islam, and religion and politics. In addition to teaching courses in religion, he also is the director of the American Studies program. He was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching at LVC in 2005. He is the author or editor of six books, including most recently Radical Democracy and Political Theology (Columbia University Press, 2011), and Religion, Politics and the Earth: The New Materialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) with Clayton Crockett. He is also a Contributing Editor of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory and co-editor of the Columbia University Press book series “Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture.”

Telephone: 717-867-6720
Address: Humanities 307-D
Email: robbins@lvc.edu
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Hubler Noel Hubler, Professor of Philosophy
B.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Noel Hubler is a specialist in Ancient Greek metaphysics and science and explores the connections between Ancient epistemology and political theory. He has published articles on Aristotle, Plotinus, and the Neopythagoreans. He also has research interests in contemporary political theory. Additionally, he is the translator of the book of Ezekiel for the New English Translation of the Septuagint (Oxford University Press).

Telephone: 717-867-6131
Address: Humanities 306-B
Email: hubler@lvc.edu
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Sayers Matthew Sayers, Assistant Professor of Religion
B.A., University of Maryland Baltimore County; M.A., Florida State University; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Matthew R. Sayers earned his Ph.D. in Asian Cultures and Languages at The University of Texas at Austin. His work focuses on the relations between the living and the dead and his research includes the Hindu and Buddhist traditions in ancient India as well as the later history of and contemporary practice at the pilgrimage site Gaya in Bihar, India. His book, Feeding the Dead: Ancestor Worship in Ancient India, discusses the development of ancestral rites from the ?g Veda to the formative stages of Hinduism and is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. He is currently working on the development of Gaya as a pilgrimage place in the Puranic period. He teaches across the religion curriculum, including special courses on Evil, Death and Dying, and Scripture, and also teaches introductory Sanskrit.

Telephone: 717-867-6133
Address: Humanities 307-D
Email: sayers@lvc.edu
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Vahanian Noelle Vahanian, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Baccalauréat, Lycée International des Pontonniers; B.A., Syracuse University; M.A., Syracuse University; M.Phil., Syracuse University; Ph.D., Syracuse University

Dr. Noelle Vahanian’s approach to philosophy is both problem-oriented and existential. Her research interests aim at evaluating the master concepts—concepts that we take for granted, but that play an inordinate role in how we understand ourselves and our actions. Such concepts can be the topic of a class: Happiness, Madness, Faith, or Genocide, for example. On the other hand, her interests go beyond analysis. She is committed to the notion that philosophy is a way of life, not merely a tool to serve other ends: a way of thinking is a way of living. Her teaching expertise in Continental Philosophy of Religion reflects this understanding. She is the author of two books, and is currently engaged in research on philosophy, identity, and genocide.

Telephone: 717-867-6134
Address: Humanities 307A
Email: vahanian@lvc.edu
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Valgenti Robert T. Valgenti, Associate Professor of Philosophy
B.A., College of the Holy Cross; M.A.T., Fairleigh Dickinson University; M.A., DePaul University; Ph.D., DePaul University

Dr. Valgenti teaches courses on ethics, Kant, Nietzsche, the history of philosophy, and 19-20th Century Continental philosophy. He is an active translator of Italian philosophy into English and has published and presented in the areas of hermeneutics and contemporary Italian philosophy. His current work focuses on the Italian philosophers Luigi Pareyson and Gianni Vattimo, as well as rethinking the connections between food and philosophy.

Telephone: 717-867-6132
Address: Humanities 307-B
Email: valgenti@lvc.edu
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Michael J. Ardoline, Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy

Telephone: 717-867-6355
Address: Humanities 307
Email: ardoline@lvc.edu



Fullmer Paul Fullmer, Chaplain and Director of Service and Volunteerism
B.S., University of Southern California; M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley.

As Chaplain, Rev. Dr. Fullmer coordinates both spiritual life and community service at the College. Following the completion of his doctoral dissertation on the Gospel of Mark (Resurrection in Mark’s Literary-Historical Perspective [T&T Clark, 2007]), he published a series of four workbooks designed to help people read New Testament Greek (Read Greek by Friday [Wipf & Stock, 2005-2011]). In 2011, he published a pictorial history titled Annville Township (Arcadia Publishing, 2011), the preparation for which also produced an “Electronic Archive” of Annville in which historical pictures and data for addresses of Annville are gathered and shared with members of the local community. “Chaps” (as he is known to students) lives in Annville with his wife, Becky, daughter, Juliana, and a miniature poodle named Mimi.

Telephone: 717-867-6135
Address: Miller Chapel 202
Email: fullmer@lvc.edu



Gary Gates, Adjunct Instructor of Religion

Telephone: 717-867-6213
Address: Humanities 107
Email: gates@lvc.edu



G. Kipp Gilmore-Clough,

Telephone: 717-867-6355
Address: Humanities 307
Email: gilmore@lvc.edu



Jennifer Tyre Lancaster,

Telephone: 717-867-6355
Address: Humanities 307
Email: lancaste@lvc.edu



Paula Reimers, Adjunct Instructor of Religion

Telephone: 717-867-6355
Address: Humanities 307
Email: reimers@lvc.edu



Terry Jonathan Terry, Adjunct Instructor of Religion
Mansfield State University B.S. , Winebrenner Theological Seminary M. Div. , Temple University M.A. , Temple University Ph.D .

Dr. Terry’s area of specialization is Religion in America. His dissertation was a "Liberationist critique of the Church Growth Movement". Other areas of scholarly interest include Liberation Theology, Christianity and Market Capitalism, Spiritual Formation and the Emergent Church movement. He brings to his teaching 30 years experience as a local church pastor and currently serves as the Chaplain at Carlisle Regional Medical Center.

Telephone: 717-867-6355
Address: Humanities 307-D
Email: terry@lvc.edu



Byrne Donald E. Byrne, Professor Emeritus of Religion
B.A., St. Paul Seminary; M.A., Marquette University; Ph.D., Duke University.

Telephone: 717-867-6356
Email: byrne@lvc.edu



Voorhis C. Cantrell, Professor Emeritus of Religion and Greek
B.A., Oklahoma City University; Southern Methodist University; Ph.D., Boston University.

Email: vcc001@lvc.edu



Heffner John H. Heffner, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
B.S., Lebanon Valley College; B.A.; A.M., Boston University; Ph.D.; M.A.R., Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Email: heffner@lvc.edu



Warren K. A. Thompson, Associate Professor Emeritus of Religion and Philosophy
A.B., Trinity University; M.A., University of Texas, Austin.

Telephone: 717-867-6130
Address: Humanities 307-D
Email: thompson@lvc.edu



Perry J. Troutman, Professor Emeritus of Religion
B.A., Houghton College; M.Div., United Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Boston University.

Email: troutman@lvc.edu



L. Elbert Wethington, Professor Emeritus of Religion
B.A., Wake Forest; B.D., Divinity School of Duke University; Ph.D., Duke University.



Support Staff

Corum Rebecca Corum, Administrative Assistant for the Humanities Departments

Telephone: 717-867-6355
Address: Humanities 307
Email: corum@lvc.edu