Lane-Mcgaughy-2Geo. H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies emeritus
Willamette University, Salem, Oregon

Lane C. McGaughy is the author of three books on New Testament Greek and numerous scholarly articles in academic journals and anthologies. He has served as President and Executive Secretary of the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. With his mentor, Robert W. Funk, he worked on numerous projects including a four-volume Greek grammar, the establishment of the Religious Studies Department at the University of Montana, the founding of Scholars Press, the development of Polebridge Press and Westar Institute, and the reorganization of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is the former Chairman of the Boards of Directors of Westar Institute and Polebridge Press, and is also an ordained United Methodist minister.


  • The Authentic Letters of Paul (with Arthur J. Dewey, Roy W. Hoover, and Daryl D. Schmidt), 2010
  • Workbook for a Beginning-Intermediate Grammar of Hellenistic Greek, 1976
  • Toward a Descriptive Analysis of Einai as a Linking Verb in New Testament Greek, 1972

Academic Credentials

  • A.B., Ohio Wesleyan University
  • B.D., Drew Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Special Study

  • University of Tübingen
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Yale Divinity School
  • Ecumenical Institute, Tantur

Academic Appointments

  • Geo. H. Atkinson Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies and Professor of Religion, Willamette University, 1981–2007
  • Visiting Associate Professor of History and Cotner Professor of Religion, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 1977
  • Instructor, Assistant, and Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History, University of Montana, 1969–1981

Professional Service

  • Chair, Westar Institute Board of Directors, 2004-2009
  • Chair, Classical Studies Program, Willamette University, 1997– 2003
  • Chair, Faculty Council, Willamette University, 1992–1994
  • Chair, Willamette University Reaccreditation Self-Study Steering Committee, 1990–1991
  • Chair, Religious Studies Department, Willamette University, 1989–1992, 1997–2003
  • Editor, FORUM: A Journal of the Foundations & Facets of Western Culture,1989–1990
  • Board of Ordained Ministry, Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1986–1992
  • Board of Directors, Polebridge Press, 1985–2012
  • Editor, Willamette Journal of the Liberal Arts, 1983–1988
  • Board of Directors, Alton L. Collins Retreat Center, Eagle Creek, Oregon, 1982–2005
  • Montana Committee for the Humanities, 1981
  • Faculty Senate, University of Montana, 1980–1981
  • President of Pacific Northwest Region of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature, 1974–1975; Executive Secretary, 1982–1985

Honors and Awards

  • Willamette University Faculty Study Award, 1996
  • United Methodist Distinguished Teaching Award, 1991–1992, 2006-2007
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, 1985
  • National Science Foundation Summer Fellowship, 1971
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2012
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