OnScript Team

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Matthew W. Bates (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Associate Professor of Theology at Quincy University and is a co-founder of OnScript. His main teaching area is the Bible and early Christian literature, especially the New Testament. A new book, Gospel Allegiance (Brazos) is a follow-up to his award-winning Salvation by Allegiance Alone (Baker Academic). His previous The Birth of the Trinity (Oxford University Press), focuses on how certain reading strategies helped early Christians to differentiate the one God as multiple persons. He has also written a book on Paul’s method of interpreting Scripture: The Hermeneutics of the Apostolic Proclamation (Baylor University Press). He enjoys family life, hiking, baseball, and good conversation. His personal website contains a brief bio and further info about his publications, while articles can be downloaded here. With Matt Lynch, he’s the co-founder of OnScript.

Matthew Lynch (Ph.D., Emory University) is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Regent College, and is a co-founder of OnScript. He’s the author of Portraying Violence in the Hebrew Bible (Cambridge, 2020), Monotheism and Institutions in the Book of Chronicles (Mohr Siebeck, 2014), First Isaiah and the Disappearance of the Gods (Penn State University Press/Eisenbrauns, 2021) and Flood and Fury: Old Testament Violence and the Shalom of God (IVP). Matt is particularly interested in helping students grasp the theological and literary contours of the Old Testament, wrestle through its ethical and historical challenges, and understand its ongoing significance. With Matt Bates, he’s the co-founder of OnScript.

Dru Johnson (Ph.D., University of St Andrews) is Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at The King’s College in New York City and the director of the Center for Hebraic Thought. His main area of research has focused on the philosophical and intellectual world of biblical literature. His forthcoming book is Biblical Philosophy: An Hebraic Approach to the Old and New Testaments with Cambridge University Press. His recent books include Human Rites: The Power of Rituals, Habits, andSacraments (Eerdmans, 2018); The Universal Story: Genesis 1–11 (Lexham, 2018); Epistemology and Biblical Theology: From the Pentateuch to Mark’s Gospel (Routledge, 2017); and Knowledge by Ritual: A Biblical Prolegomenon to Sacramental Theology (Eisenbrauns, 2016). See all of his books at Amazon. More at his website: drujohnson.com. He is an editor for the Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism monograph series, so you can also send him proposals for monographs!

Erin Heim (Ph.D., University of Otago) is Tutor in Biblical Studies at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford. Erin’s primary area of teaching and research is Pauline literature, but she also dabbles in theological interpretation, hermeneutics, and feminist interpretation. Erin is married to Peter, who is a bi-vocational pastor and social worker, and they have two kids. Erin is passionate about her scholarship mobilizing the church to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God, and she gets particularly excited about helping students to grapple with the magnitude of the gospel, and about practicing hospitality. She is also passionate about equipping and supporting women to fulfill their callings in the church and the academy, and she serves on the advisory board of the Logia initiative at the University of St. Andrews, and on the board of the Denver Chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. Erin is the author of Adoption in Galatians and Romans (Brill, 2017) and numerous essays and articles on adoption, Paul, and metaphors. She also speaks and writes on issues surrounding contemporary practices of adoption and their intersection with Christian ethics and praxis. In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading good literature, gardening, hiking, cooking, coffee, sitting on the patio in the evening, and dancing in the living room with her kiddos.

Chris Tilling is Tutor and Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at St Mellitus College. He is also a visiting Lecturer in Theology at King’s College, London. Chris recently co-authored How God Became Jesus (Zondervan, 2014). He is also the editor of Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul(Cascade, 2014) and author of the critically acclaimed Paul’s Divine Christology. Chris has also published numerous articles on topics relating to the Apostle Paul, “Christology”, “justification”, the “historical Jesus” and the theology of Hans Küng. He is the New Testament editor for the exciting journal Syndicate, and he has appeared as a DVD media figure for Biologos, GCI and HTB’s School of Theology. He maintains his own personal blogging fiefdom, Chrisendom, which is popular and always worth a visit. He is married to Anja with two children, and he enjoys playing golf and chess.

Amy Brown Hughes (Ph.D. Wheaton College) is Associate Professor of Theology at Gordon College. She is the author (with Lynn H. Cohick, Wheaton College) of Christian Women in the Patristic World: Their Influence, Authority and Legacy in the Second Through Fifth Centuries (Baker Academic, 2017). The overarching theme of Amy’s work as a historical theologian is that early Christian writers continue to be fruitful interlocutors in modern discussions of theology. Her research interests include Eastern Christianity, Trinitarian and Christological thought, Christian asceticism, theological anthropology, the intersection of philosophy and theology, and highlighting the contributions of minority voices to theology, especially those of women.

Jules Martinez-Olivieri (Ph.D. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the Milton B. Engebretson Chair in Evangelism and Justice at North Park Theological Seminary. Dr. Martinez’s research interests range from Christology, trinitarian theology, political theologies, and missional theology. His first book, A Visible Witness: Christology, Liberation and Participation (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2016), is available in English and Spanish (Publicaciones Kerygma). As a professor, Dr. Martínez has a rich and diverse teaching background, having taught at seminaries in Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Guatemala, Perú, and the United States. As an ordained minister, his broad pastoral experience includes serving as a pastor in Latino/a churches in Illinois and church planter in Puerto Rico. It was these very commitments which, in the aftermath of hurricanes Irma and María in 2017, led him to co-found The Christ Collaborative, an interdenominational initiative focused on disaster relief and community development. He lives in Miami with his family.


Ed Hatke worked in audio and video production before joining the staff of Vineyard Cincinnati Church as Media Director in 1997. He remained on staff there for the next 21 years, becoming a pastor in 2001 and earning his Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Cincinnati Christian University in 2016. He joined The Church Next Door in Columbus, Ohio as Executive Pastor in 2018 before retiring in 2021. He became part of the OnScript team in 2017, acting as producer for the OnScript and, more recently, Biblical World podcasts. He lives with his wife Vicki in Emerald Isle, North Carolina where he enjoys the beach, the water, and randomly researching biblical topics that pique his curiosity.

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