Core Faculty Bios

Core Faculty Bios

Gaskin Fitchue, Ed.D.


B.A., Rutgers University, 1963; M.S., University of Michigan, 1964; M.Div, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1983; Ed.D., Harvard University, 1974; Associate Professor, Trenton State College, 1977-1978; Associate Professor, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1992-1999; Adjunct Professor at the following Universities: Antioch College (PA), 1989-1990, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, 1990-1993; Executive Vice President for Academic Services and Academic Dean, The Interdenominational Theological Center (GA), 1999-2001; President, Payne Theological Seminary, 2004-Present.

Carl B. Smith, II, Ph.D.

Interim Academic Dean

B.A., Tennessee Temple University, 1979; M.Div., Temple Baptist Theological Seminary, 1983; M.A., History, Miami University, 1992; Ph.D., History, Miami University, 2001; Academic Dean, Baptist Bible College East, (Boston) 1986-1989; Pastor, Fairhaven Community Church, (OH)1989-1998; Associate Dean of School of Ministry, Palm Beach Atlantic University, (FL) 1998-2001; Interim Dean, School of Ministry, Palm Beach Atlantic University, 2001-2003; Associate Professor of History and Religion and Director of Evening Programs; Palm Beach Atlantic University; 2003-2007; Adjunct Seminary Instructor, Trinity School of Ministry, (PA) 2012- 2013; Professor of Church History, Cedarville University, (OH) 2007-2013; Interim Academic Dean, Payne Theological Seminary, (OH) October 2013 – Present.



William J. Augman, Jr., Ph.D.

Director of Supervised Ministry

B.A., Southern University, 1965; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1972; M.Phil. and Ph.D., Drew University, 1980, 1983. Instructor, Southern University, 1965-68; Pastor, AME Churches in New Jersey and Louisiana, 1970-80; Assistant Professor and Director of Afro-American Studies, St. Peter's College, 1974-78; Associate Professor and Director of Field Education, Payne, 1978-79; Associate Director of Field Education and Associate Professor of Religion and Society, United Theological Seminary (Dayton), 1980-86; Pastor, McKinley United Methodist Church, Dayton, Ohio1986-98; District Superintendent 1998-2003; Pastor, Centenary United Methodist Church, Columbus, Ohio; Payne, 1982-Present.


Solomon K. Avotri, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical Studies

B.S., University of Ghana, 1978; M.Div., United Theological Seminary (Dayton), 1982; Ph.D., Iliff School of Theology/University of Denver, 1990; Secondary School Teacher, Ghana, 1970-79; Graduate Teaching Assistant, Iliff School of Theology, 1983-84; Adjunct Instructor, New Testament, Payne, 1989-90; Adjunct Faculty, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 1990; Payne Theological Seminary, 1991-Present.

Charles S. Brown, Th.D.

Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics

A.B., Morehouse College, 1956; M.Div., United Theological Seminary, 1962; Th.D., Boston University, 1973; Instructor of Human Relations, Boston University College of Business Administration, 1963-66; Professor of Church and Society, United Theological Seminary, 1968-79; Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Yale University Divinity School, 1979-83; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Wright State University Medical School, 1984-; Professor, Black Church Ministries Program, United Theological Seminary, 1986-; Pastor, Bethel Baptist Church, 1983-Present.



Roger S. Evans, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Historical Theology

B.A., Columbia Union College, 1976; M.Div., Andrews Theological Seminary, 1979; M.A., The Ohio State University, 1987; Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1996; Pastor, Ohio Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, 1979-1994; Adjunct Professor of History, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1990, 1994; Adjunct Professor United Theological Seminary, 2002; Payne Theological Seminary. Dr. Evans has taught at Payne for 22 years.

Published Works:

Sex and Salvation: Virginity as a Soteriological Paradigm in Ancient Christianity – 2003 – University Press of America

Issues of New Testament Anti-Judaism: Son of Man, Deicide, and Divine Predetermination – 2007 – University Press of America

Upcoming Book:

Constructing a Theology of Isolation: Anti-Judaism and Anti-Semitism in Ancient Christianity: The Hermeneutic of Supersessionism - 2013

Betty W. Holley, Ph.D.

Ecological Theology and Christian Education

B.A., Bennett College, 1977; M.Ed.; University of North Carolina, 1980; Ed.S., University of North Carolina, 1988; M.Div., Payne Theological Seminary, 2000; PhD., Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, 2005; Adjunct Professor at the following schools: Wilberforce University, Payne Theological Seminary, Wright State University, Clark State Community College; Teacher in the following schools: Dayton Public Schools,  Xenia Community Schools, Richmond County Schools (NC), Greensboro Public/Guilford County Schools (NC); Research Scientist for Project SWOOPE (Students Watching Over Our Planet Earth) at Los Alamos National Laboratory; Director of ATEP program at Payne Seminary; Pastor of Holy Trinity AME Church, Wilberforce, Ohio, 2000 – Present, Pastor Central Chapel AME Church.