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Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School

M.A., University of Southern California

B.D., Golden Gate Southern Baptist Seminary

B.A., Mississippi College

Charles W. Hedrick

Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Southwest Missouri State University, Missouri

Charles W. Hedrick is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Southwest Missouri State University. A retired U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain (Colonel) and Juvenile Probation Officer, Los Angeles County Probation Department; he has served as pastor of churches in Mississippi, California, and New York City. Hedrick was a member of the international team (UNESCO) of scholars who worked for several years in Cairo, Egypt, reconstructing and translating the Nag Hammadi Codices and later excavated at the site of the Nag Hammadi discovery. He is a distinguished author, translator, and teacher in the academic study of religion. He is the author of numerous books and articles.


  • Many Things in Parables; Jesus and His Modern Critics, 2004
  • The Gospel of the Savior. A New Ancient Gospel (with Paul Mirecki), 1999
  • When History and Faith Collide. Studying Jesus, 1999
  • Parables as Poetic Fictions. The Creative Voice of Jesus, 1994
  • The Apocalypse of Adam. A Literary and Source Analysis, 1980