Places / subjects I've studied for degrees

      Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)

      *Doctor of Arts in United States & Modern European History (August 2007)

      *Bachelor of Arts in History & Geography (August 2000)

  •    United States Religious History with David Rowe
  •    Jacksonian America with Lisa Pruitt
  •    Tennessee History with Robert Jones and Mary Hoffschwelle
  •    Modern United States History with Susan Myers-Shirk
  •    Modern German History with Nancy Rupprecht and Walter Renn
  •    Middle East History & Material Culture with Ronald Messier
  •    Historical Geography with Douglas Heffington
  •    Middle East & World Geography with Hari Garbharran

      Cincinnati Christian Seminary (Cincinnati, Ohio)

      *Master of Divinity in New Testament Studies (May 1984)

  •    New Testament with Lewis Foster
  •    Old Testament with Wilke Winter
  •    Early Church & Restoration History with James North
  •    Biblical Theology with Jack Cottrell
  •    Effective American Congregation with Joseph Ellis

      Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, Tennessee)

      *Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies & Physical Science (August 1977)

      *Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts (May 1976)

  •    Bible-Old Testament with Clyde Woods
  •    Bible-New Testament with Dowell Flatt and Robert Witt
  •    Biblical Ethics & Homiletics with Tom Holland
  •    Christian Apologetics & Church History with William Woodson
  •    General & Organic Chemistry with Eugene Hibbett
  •    Survey of Civilization with Wendell Bloomingburg

      Coffee County Central High School (Manchester, Tennessee)

      *High School Diploma in Mathematics & Science (May 1974)

  •    Concert & Marching Band with Evans Baird and James Blalock
  •    Biology with Ronald Bingham
  •    Chemistry with Herman Massey
  •    Algebra with Larry Hale
  •    Geometry with Hubert Davis
  •    Calculus & Trigonometry with Betty Yates
  •    Golf with Pat Barton & Bob Gardner

   Other places / subjects I've studied

      Central Community College, Columbus, Nebraska (June 2012)

  •    Legacies and Landmarks of the Plains Native Americans (NEH)
  •    Otoe-Missouria Culture with Matt "Sitting Bear" Jones
  •    Pawnee Culture & History with Donna Roper & Pat Leading Fox
  •    The Poncas' Fight For Justice with Judi gaiashekibos & Joe Starita
  •    Omaha Culture & Community with Wynema Morris & Jeff Gilpin
  •    The Dispossession of the Nebraska Indians with David Wishart

      Motlow State Community College, Lynchburg, Tennessee

  •    Survey of British Literature with Morgan Hanson (Spring 2012)
  •    United States History I with Clarence Cheatham (Summer 1999)
  •    United States History II with Michael Bradley (Summer 1999)

      Center for Theological Education, Gemunden, Germany

  •    Theology for Ministry with John Mark Hicks (Fall 1993)

      Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

  •    Intensive Bioethics with Edmund Pelligrino (Summer 1990)

      Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

  •    Biblical Archaeology with Nancy Lapp (Fall 1986)

      University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  •    Classical Judaism with Steven Katz (Fall 1985)
  •    Religious Phenomenology with Fred Clothey (Fall 1985)

      University of Wisconsin--Extension, Madison, Wisconsin

  •    Biblical Hebrew I with Menahem Mansoor (1981)
  •    Biblical Hebrew II with Menahem Mansoor (1983)

      Jerusalem University College, Jerusalem, Israel

  •    Geography & History of Palestine with J. Monson (December 1982)

      Westminster Theological Seminary, Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania

  •    New Testament (Philippians) with Moises Silva (Fall 1981)
  •    Colonial Reformation Theology with Samuel Logan (Spring 1982)

Autumn Foilage at Middle Tennessee State University


Faculty & Graduates of Cincinnati Christian Seminary, May 1984


Old Main Administration Building at Freed-Hardeman University


The FHC Preachers Club on the steps of the Old Main Administration Building


CCHS Senior Class Officers, 1973-1974 - Mike Crick, Treasurer; Ernie West, Sergeant-At-Arms; Anita Washam, Secretary; David Fletcher, Vice-President; and Mike Niederhauser, President.


  Places / subjects I've taught

    Motlow State Community College, Lynchburg, Tennessee (2006 - 2017)

  •    Survey of United States History I
  •    Survey of United States History II
  •    Tennessee History

    Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2007 - 2010)

  •    Survey of United States History I
  •    Survey of United States History II
  •    Survey of Western Civilization II
  •    Tennessee History

    Alabama Christian School of Religion, Montgomery, Alabama (Winter 1986)

  • Historical Geography of Palestine (with ten day study tour in Israel)

  Favorite biblical / religious topics I've taught in church & chapel

  •    Bible Eschatology & the Book of Revelation
  •    Canon & Text of the New Testament
  •    Christian Ethics & Contemporary Issues
  •    Christian Ordinances - Baptism & the Lord's Supper
  •    Dealing with Pain & Suffering
  •    Survey of the Old Testament / New Testament
  •    The Nature of God from the Psalms
  •    Teachings of Jesus - the Beatitudes & the Parables

    Ellsworth Air Force Base, Box Elder, South Dakota (1994 - 1998)

    Sembach Air Base, Sembach, Germany (1991 - 1994)

    Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City, Louisiana (1987 - 1991)

    Coraopolis Church of Christ, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania (1983 - 1987)

    Valley Road Church of Christ, Warrington, Pennsylvania (1980 - 1982)

    Sunman Church of Christ, Sunman, Indiana (1978 - 1980)

Base Chapel at Sembach Air Base, Germany

Israel Tour Group - Will Mayhue, Kenneth Bass, Donna Bentley, Anita Speck, Olivia Burt, Walter Wagner, Jimmy Green, John Mark Hicks, John King, Steve Grubb, Floyd Parker, T. A. Lancaster, and David W Fletcher - on the Ramparts in Old Jerusalem, Israel, for Historical Geography of Palestine, Sponsored by Alabama Christian School of Religion, Montgomery, AL, December 1985.


  Some history writings I've published


          Apocalyptic Rhetoric in the Old Southwest, Doctor of Arts Dissertation (Middle Tennessee State University, 2007)

          "Signs and Wonders and the New Madrid Earthquakes," Border States 16 (2007): 11-27

          Militant Musings or Insanity Delayed: Personal Reflections in Poetry from 2003 - 2004 Deployment to Kuwait (published personally, 2004)

          "Regions Financial," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture [] (University of Tennessee Press, 2002)

          Editor, Baptism and the Remission of Sins:  A History of Baptismal Thought in the American Restoration Movement (College Press, 1990)

          "Alexander Campbell and His New Translation," Seminary Review  20, no. 2 (June 1984): 45-61


  Short articles I've written


          "The Initial Conquest: Jericho," Adult Bible Quarterly (Nashville: 20th Century Christian, Fall 1986), 11-15

          "A King After God's Heart," Adult Bible Quarterly (Nashville: 20th Century Christian, Fall 1986), 61-65

          "Beyond Basics:  Biblical Modeling," Image 2 (August 1986): 22-24

          "Critics Don't Count," TAC Talk (Pittsburgh GIAP: 112th Tactical Fighter Group, March / April 1986)

          "The Price of Leadership," TAC Talk (Pittsburgh GIAP: 112th Tactical Fighter Group, December 1985 / January 1986)

          "A Parable of Sympathy," TAC Talk (Pittsburgh GIAP: 112th Tactical Fighter Group, September / October 1985)

          "La Segunda Venida de Cristo, Pasada o Future?"  La Voz Eterna 20 (July / August 1982): 7-8

          "Stewardship and the Meetinghouse," Firm Foundation (January 1982): 9

          "The Second Coming of Christ--Past or Future?" Gospel Advocate (August 1981): 460

          "The Fundamental Doctrine?" Gospel Advocate (April 1981): 209

          "The Deity of Christ in the Gospel of John," Firm Foundation (March 1980): 6

          "The Action of Immersion," Gospel Advocate (September 1979): 10

          "The Goodness and Severity of God," Firm Foundation (April 1979): 245

          "God Is Your Creator, So What?" Firm Foundation (January 1979): 53

  Some papers I've presented at conferences

          "Theology of Others--All of the Above:  Personal Reflections on Ecumenical / Interfaith Ministry in Military Chaplaincy" at Seventeeth Annual Stone-Campbell

                      Journal Conference, Milligan College (April 2018)

          "Amos 2.1-3, God's Judgment against Moab: The Prophet's Method, Message, and Theology" at Sixteenth Annual Stone-Campbell Journal  Conference, Johnson

                      University (April 2017)            

          "Burritt College in Spencer (Van Buren County), Tennessee: A Pacifist College or a College Just Named for a Pacifist?" at Fifteenth Annual Stone-Campbell 

                      Journal Conference, Johnson University (April 2016)  

          "Memory and Commemoration:  A Comparison of Tennessee's Holocaust Memorials" at 12th International Holocaust Studies Conference, Middle Tennessee

                    State University (October 2015)

          "The Apocalyptic Logos of Luke in Acts of Apostles" at Fourteenth Annual Stone-Campbell Journal Conference, East 91st Street Christian Church, Indianapolis,

                    Indiana (April 2015)

          "Revival Phenomena and Religious Division on the Frontier" at Tennessee Conference of Historians, Union University (September 2007)

          "Eusebius of Caesrea:  A Brief Evaluation of his Ecclesiastical History & Implications for Current Church-State Questions in the United States"

                    at 22nd Annual Ohio Valley History Conference, East Tennessee State University (October 2006)

          "The Salem Witch Trials of 1692:  A Religious Overview" at 21st Annual Ohio Valley History Conference, Murray State University (October 2005)

          "The New Madrid Earthquakes and Apocalyptic Rhetoric" at 50th Annual Meeting, American Studies Association (KY - TN Chapter), Lake Cumberland

                    State Resort Park, Jamestown, Kentucky (April 2005)

          "The Foreign Immigrants of Knox County, Tennessee from 1850 to 1880" at 35th Annual Tennessee Conference of Historians, East Tennessee

                    State University (October 2002)

          "The Great War and English and German Society" at 24th Annual Mid-America Conference on History, University of Arkansas (September 2002)

          "Coffee County, Tennessee, and Its Foreign Immigrants" at 34th Annual Tennessee Conference of Historians, Middle Tennessee State University

                    (September 2001)

          "Geography as an Historical Determinant:  A Brief Study of Fort Loudoun, Monroe County, Tennessee" at 23th Annual Warren L. Susman Graduate

                    Student Conference, Rutgers University (April 2001)

           "The Brief Military Career of Private Lawrence Edward Freeze" at Annual Phi Alpha Theta Regional History Conference, University of Tennessee

                    (March 2001)

           "Alexander Campbell and His New Translation" at Evangelical Theological Society 36th National Conference, Moody Bible Institute (December 1984)

  Academic Awards


    At Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

  •    Doctor of Arts Fellowship, 2002 - 2003, 2004 - 2006
  •    Graduated summa cum laude, August 2000
  •    Member of Phi Kappa Phi, 2005 - 2008

    At Cincinnati Christian Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio

  •    National Dean's List, 1983 - 1984
  •    Dean's List, three semesters, Fall 1979, 1982 - 1983
  •    Baker Book House Award, 1984
  •    Ray Britton Scholarship, 1983
  •    Murch Scholarship, 1980

    At Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, Tennessee

  •    Graduated summa cum laude, August 1977
  •    Dean's List, eight semesters, 1974 - 1977
  •    Presidential Scholarship, eight semesters, 1974 - 1977
  •    Johnnie D. Wallace Foundation Scholarship, 1976
  •    D. E. Mitchell Freshman Honor, 1975

     At Coffee County Central High School, Manchester, Tennessee

  •    National Beta Club, 1972 - 1974
  •    Beta Club Scholarship, 1971
  •    Regional Contests in H.S. Mathematics Participant, 1971 - 1974
  •    American Legion Boys State Participant, 1973
  •    Band Letter, 1971 -1974
  •    Golf Letter, 1973 - 1974

RIGHT - Freed-Hardeman College President E. Claude Gardner hands B.A. diploma to David W Fletcher at Summer Graduation Ceremony, August 1977.