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Cross Named Distinguished Professor



Dr. Terry Cross was recently awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology by the Lee University Board of Directors. This title is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member of Lee’s faculty.

Cross is one of only seven professors in Lee’s history to be awarded the title of Distinguished Professor.

In addition to teaching, Cross serves as dean of the School of Religion. He has been on Lee’s faculty since 1997. Prior to his work at Lee, Cross was a pastor for 12 years, pastoring churches in Ohio, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He was also a high school teacher of Latin and history.

Terry Cross Named Distinguished Professor
Dr. Terry Cross


Originally from Big Rapids, Michigan, Cross has spent over 17 years at Lee dividing his time between teaching and administrative duties. He also oversees the religion graduate programs from Lee at the European Theological Seminary in Germany and at SEMISUD in Ecuador, traveling to Germany almost annually to teach.

He is an ordained bishop in the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) and serves on the Doctrine and Polity Committee as well as the Standing Committee on Certification for educational institutions for this body.

Cross was awarded the Lee University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000 and the Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2001. He is also listed in “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.”

In April 2000 a book edited by Cross and Emerson Powery, was published by University Press of America in honor of their former teacher, Dr. Donald N. Bowdle, titled “The Spirit and the Mind: Essays in Informed Pentecostalism in Honor of Donald N. Bowdle.”

Cross has authored books such as “Dialectic in Karl Barth’s Doctrine of God” and “Answering the Call in the Spirit: Pentecostal Reflection on a Theology of Vocation, Work, and Life.” He is currently completing a two-volume work on ecclesiology titled, “The People of God’s Presence: An Introduction to Ecclesiology,” which will be published by Baker Academic Press in early 2019.

Cross received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Systematic Theology and his Master of Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, his Master of Divinity and his Master of Arts in church history from Ashland Theological Seminary, and his Bachelor of Arts in biblical education from Lee.

Cross and his wife, Linda, have one daughter, Tara, who is married to Kevin Snider, and one grandchild, Luke Edward Snider.
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