MemberDanny Yencich

…Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies: New Testament & Christian Origins, University of Denver & Iliff School of Theology (Joint Doctoral Program), Denver, Colorado.

M.Div., New Testament, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Johnson City, Tennessee. 2013. 

B.S., Cross-Cultural Ministry; Bible & Theology (double-major), Great Lakes Christian College, Lansing, Michigan. 2009.

I am a Ph.D. student in New Testament and Christian Origins at the University of Denver & Iliff School of Theology. My research centers on the traditions of earliest Christianity and the media cultural context(s) from which they come.

MemberBenjamin Steele-Fisher

Benjamin Steele-Fisher is a doctoral student in the study of religion with a designated emphasis in critical theory at the University of California, Davis. His main research areas broadly are modern Jewish thought, Jewish-Christian relations, and secularization. He holds a MA in religious studies with a concentration in philosophy of religion from the University of Denver and a BA in theology from Colorado Christian University. Prior to UC Davis he worked as a research and teaching assistant in philosophy at the University of Denver. In the past he has also published book reviews in various publications and presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion.

MemberJoshua Smith

…Ph.D. Student, Religious Studies: New Testament and Biblical Interpretation. University of Denver & Iliff School of Theology (Joint Doctoral Program), Denver, Colorado. Expected graduation: 2020. GPA: 3.9. Dissertation: TBA. Dissertation Supervisor: Gregory Robbins.

M.A., Theological Studies—Research Track: New Testament. Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Shawnee, Kansas. 2014. Thesis: “‘I Will Ask You a Question’: A Socio-Rhetorical Study of Opposing-Turn Questions in the Gospel of Luke.” Supervisor: David May. Second Reader: Vance Thomas.

B.A., English—Writing Track. Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. 2011….

I am a Ph.D. student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Religious Studies at the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, specializing in New Testament/Christian origins and biblical interpretation. My current research interests include Luke-Acts, early Jewish/Christian identity, and early Rabbinic/Christian scriptural interpretation.

MemberDavid VanderHamm

…Ph.D. Musicology (2017). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A. Musicology (2013). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill         
M.M. Guitar Performance (2011). University of Denver
B.A. Music (2007). Colorado Christian University

David VanderHamm is an interdisciplinary scholar of music and culture as well as an active guitarist. He currently serves as continuing lecturer in the Department of Humanities and Philosophy at the University of Central Oklahoma. Dr. VanderHamm earned his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his dissertation on the social construction of virtuosity in 2017. His current research pursues the theme of virtuosities through both fieldwork and archival methods, exploring how wide-ranging displays and discourses of musical skill carry meaning for audiences in the U.S. during the age of electronic media. He has presented widely at national and international conferences, and his published work appears in American Music, Oxford Bibliographies, The Public Historian, and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music and Advertising and Oxford Handbook of Phenomenological Ethnomusicology. He has previously taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Denver.

MemberSarah Magnatta

…School of Art and Art History, University of Denver…

Sarah received her PhD in Art History from The Ohio State University, specializing in Tibetan and South Asian art.  Her upcoming article is titled “Common Ground: Place and Identity in Contemporary Tibetan Art,” in a special issue of the Journal of the British Association for South Asian Studies.  She is currently an affiliate faculty member at the University of Denver, where she has taught since 2010.  Her courses include Asian art history, Tibetan art, Sacred Spaces, Politics in Art, and Buddhism in Art. She also teaches a travel course each summer that brings students to the galleries of New York City.  Titled “Tibet on Display,” the students learn how institutional motivations vary between places like the Met, the Natural History Museum, the Tibet House, and the Rubin Museum of Art. Sarah spent three years as the Interpretive Specialist of Asian Art at the Denver Art Museum, where she worked on exhibitions such as Ganesha: The Playful Protector and Linking Asia, for which she wrote the catalog essay “The Transmission of Buddhist Imagery throughout Asia.”  Sarah is now working on various exhibitions throughout Denver, including curating an exhibition with contemporary Cambodian artist Leang Seckon at McNichols Civic Center and an exhibition with contemporary Tibetan artist Tenzing Rigdol at the Emmanuel Art Gallery on Auraria campus.

MemberJeremy Garber

…University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO: Ph.D. in Theology, Philosophy, and Cultural Theory 

Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN: M.Div. in Theology and Ethics

Goshen College, Goshen, IN: B.A. in Theatre, Minor in English…

Jeremy Garber is the Team Lead of the Academic Advising Center and an Adjunct Instructor in Theology at the Iliff School of Theology. He is a graduate of the Ph.D. Religious Studies program in Theology, Philosophy, and Cultural Theory at the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology. Jeremy received his M.Div. from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Indiana, concentrating in theology and ethics. Dr. Garber’s dissertation was titled “‘Another Way’: The Pneumatology of Deleuzean Minoritarian Communal Interpretation in Scripture, the 16th Century Radical Reformation, and Alternative 21st century Anabaptist Community.” His primary research is on the idea of the Holy Spirit and the interpretation of popular culture in religious communities, using media theory and Deleuzean philosophy. Dr. Garber has published articles on the perception of Anabaptism in contemporary literature, the authority of Scripture in young adults, and theology in popular culture. He has also taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in constructive theology, philosophy of religion, religion and popular culture, ethics, and comparative religion. He and his daughter, Fiona, are members of First Mennonite Church in Denver.