Dr. Mark Proctor joined the faculty of Lee University’s Theology Department in the fall of 2009 as an Assistant Professor of New Testament. Dr. Proctor completed his undergraduate studies at Evangel University, where he earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies with a Concentration in Philosophy as a student athlete. Having graduated summa cum laude from his alma mater and having married his high school sweetheart Wendy, Dr. Proctor moved on to earn an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in Scripture Studies at Marquette University. While at Marquette he wrote his M.A. thesis on Jas 2:14-26. Dr. Proctor graduated from Baylor University with a doctorate in Religious Studies in 1999, where he studied under renowned Luke-Acts scholar Mikael Parsons. Dr. Proctor’s dissertation concerned an important text-critical problem at Mark 1:41, and sought to build a case for the “Western” text’s angry Jesus. Before coming to Lee, Dr. Proctor taught Biblical Studies and Philosophy at Houston Baptist University for more than six years.
Dr. Proctor’s involvement in biblical scholarship is ongoing; he values scholarly writing and actively participates in the scholarly guild. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, and frequently delivers papers at professional meetings. Dr. Proctor has a love for studying biblical languages and recently became involved with the OpenText.org project. He has completed the sentence and word annotations for the Gospel of Peter, and has commenced work on the Didache. He is a member of Lee’s Diversity Committee, is chaplain for the men’s soccer team, and is a faculty sponsor of the Lee Cycling Club with Dr. Matthew Krepps.
Together with his wife Wendy and their two daughters Lauren and Esther, Dr. Proctor moved to Cleveland from Houston, Texas in 2009. Outside the classroom, Dr. Proctor enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and participating in motorsports (particularly drag racing).