HedrickDistinguished Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies
Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield

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.

Books

  • 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

Books Edited By Charles W. Hedrick

  • When Faith Meets Reason: Religion Scholars Reflect on Their Spiritual Journeys (2008)
  • Gnosticism and the Early Christian World. In Honor of James M. Robinson (with J. E. Goehring, J. T. Sanders, and H. D. Betz), 1990
  • Gospel Origins and Christian Beginnings. In Honor of James M. Robinson (with J. E. Goehring, J. T. Sanders, and H. D. Betz), 1990
  • Nag Hammadi Codices XI, XII, XIII, 1988
  • The Historical Jesus and the Rejected Gospels, 1988
  • Nag Hammadi, Gnosticism, and Early Christianity (with Robert Hodgson, Jr.), 1986

Academic Credentials

  • B.A., Mississippi College
  • B.D., Golden Gate Southern Baptist Seminary
  • M.A., University of Southern California
  • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School

Academic Appointments

  • Dinstinguished Professor, 2001–
  • Professor of Religious Studies and Distinguished Scholar, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield Missouri, 1991–2001
  • Professor of Religious Studies, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, 1988–1991
  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, 1983–1988
  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, 1980–1983
  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Wagner College Staten Island, New York, 1978–1980
  • Lecturer in Religion, Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California, 1977–1978

Professional Service

  • Consultant, Multi Media Project, American Bible Society, 1996–
  • Consultant, Endowment for Biblical Research, New Testament Language Project, 1995–1998
  • Society of Biblical Literature, At Large Representative, 1995–1997
  • Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies Board, 1993–
  • Chair, Society of Biblical Literature Working Group, Ancient Fiction and Early Christian and Jewish Narrative, 1991–1995
  • Editorial Board, Perspectives in Religious Studies, 1989–1991
  • Board of Directors, Polebridge Press, 1988–
  • Founding Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, 1985–

Awards and Honors

  • Southwest Missouri State University, University Research Award, 1998
  • John G. Gammie Distinguished Scholar Award, Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, 1998
  • Southwest Missouri State University, Excellence in Research Award, 1988
  • President, National Association of the Baptist Professors of Religion, 1988–1989
  • Vice President, National Association of the Baptist Professors of Religion, 1987–1988