Adjunct/Affiliate Faculty

John Wesley Iliff Senior Adjunct Faculty

John Wesley Iliff Senior Adjunct Faculty are experts in their respective fields who provide another layer of rich diversity of experience and thought in the classroom. These seasoned professionals bring significant gifts to complement our full-time faculty.

Loring Abeyta

John Wesley Iliff Senior Adjunct Lecturer in Religion and Society

BA, University of Denver
MA, St Thomas Theological Seminary
PhD, University of Denver

Loring Abeyta is Program Manager and Lecturer for the McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs for Engineers at the Colorado School of Mines. She received her doctorate in 2005 from the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Her dissertation examined labor relations and cultural conflict between indigenous mine workers and mining companies. She teaches courses in the areas of American foreign policy and national security, indigenous studies, and race, gender, and class.

Timothy Bryan

John Wesley Iliff Senior Adjunct Lecturer in Church History

BS, Geneva College
MS, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MS, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
ThD, The Iliff School of Theology

Tim Bryan teaches humanities, religious studies, philosophy, history, and academic writing at the University of Phoenix (Colorado Campus). He has often been a Visiting Professor at the Russia Theological Seminary and was a member of the Orthodox/Wesleyan Consultation on Spirituality. He is also a frequent contributor to adult curriculum teaching and study materials (Cokesbury) and a Consulting Reader for the Common English Bible.

Philip Campbell

John Wesley Iliff Senior Adjunct Lecturer in Ministry & Social Justice

BA, Phillips University
MDiv Iliff School of Theology
DMin Pacific School of Religion

Phil Campbell is pastor of Northern Light United Church in Juneau, Alaska, a multicultural union congregation affiliated with the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA). Prior to assuming the Northern Light position in 2010, Campbell spent five years as a visiting member of the Iliff faculty, where he taught courses in leadership and administration, the practice of ministry ,UCC history and polity, race and privilege, and a variety of other social justice issues. He is the author of “Individualism, Iliff Faculty 124, Iliff Faculty 125 Social Analysis and Ministry Formation,” in Jenkins and Rogers, Equipping the Saints: Best Practices in Contextual Theological Education, and a contributor to the Feasting on the Word Lectionary Commentary Series. Campbell is a clergyperson in the United Church of Christ.

Jane E. Vennard

John Wesley Iliff Warren Senior Adjunct Lecturer in Spirituality

BA, Wellesley College
MA, Stanford University
MDiv, San Francisco Theological Seminary
Training for Professionals, Psychosynthesis Institute
Spiritual Director in Private Practice, Denver

Rev. Jane E. Vennard is a semi-retired spiritual director and retreat leader. Ordained to a special ministry of teaching and spiritual direction in the United Church of Christ, she is a nationally respected figure and the author of numerous articles and five books, including the most recent, A Praying Congregation: The Art of Teaching Spiritual Practice

Affiliate Faculty

Affiliate Faculty are selected for their intellectual, pedagogical, and professional gifts. They offer a number of courses each year in their area of academic specialization. They are also available for mentoring, offering independent studies, advising master’s theses, and other instructional functions appropriate to their background and expertise, as their time allows.

Julie Todd

Affiliate Faculty for Justice and Peace Studies

B.A. Boston University
MDiv. Boston University School of Theology
Ph.D. University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology

Julie Todd is an elder in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, having served in small, urban, multi-cultural churches for ten years. She graduated from the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology Joint Ph.D. program in 2012. The title of her dissertation is
“Evaluating Violence and (Non)violence: A Critical, Practical Theology of Social Change.” Rev. Dr. Todd has taught courses on religion and social change as adjunct faculty at Iliff for the past three years. She is currently collaborating with Dr. Eugene Walls of DU’s Graduate School of Social Work on a book chapter related to conservative Christianity, sexual orientation and social work education, entitled “Defending the Faith: Resistance and Struggle in Recognizing Christian Privilege.” In addition to her academic publications, she is a published essayist and poet on matters of justice, identity and the spiritual life.


Iliff draws on the expertise of numerous other adjuncts each quarter to ensure a wide diversity of course offerings. See our academic course schedules for more details. For a description of specific classes, visit: