The Directors

E. Randolph Richards

Dr. Randy Richards is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has been teaching since 1986, originally at a state university and then abroad at an Indonesian seminary. Upon returning to the States, Dr. Richards served at two Christian universities before joining Palm Beach Atlantic University as the dean of the School of Ministry in 2006. In addition to mentoring students in advanced Greek and Greek manuscript studies, he loves training students for ministry, both domestically and internationally.  His wife Stacia has joyfully accompanied him for over forty years from jungles of Indonesia to beaches in Florida.  

Dr. Richards has authored or co-authored nearly a dozen books and dozens of scholarly articles. His newest book is Misreading Scripture with Individualist Eyes: Patronage, Honor and Shame in the Biblical World, co-written with Richard James. It follows a similar book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible with Brandon O’Brien. To date it has been translated into four other languages.

His newest article, “Did Ancients Know the Testaments were Pseudepigraphic? Implications for 2 Peter,” co-written with a grad student, appears in the Bulletin for Biblical Research. Richards is currently co-editing a volume on Papyri and Inscriptions and is writing an introduction to the New Testament, and is beginning a major 2-volume commentary on the Gospel of John in the Word Biblical Commentary series. Other recent books include Rediscovering Paul: An Introduction to His World Letters and Theology (InterVarsity, 2017) with David B. Capes and Rodney Reeves; and a popular college and seminary textbook on the Apostle Paul; A Little Book for New Bible Scholars (2017), an introduction to Biblical studies; Paul Behaving Badly (2016), a popular book on the beloved apostle; and Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Christ (InterVarsity 2015). Dr. Richards is a popular lecturer, speaker and teacher, and has presented in places as diverse as Istanbul, Turkey; Kijabe, Kenya; Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, United Kingdom; Beirut, Lebanon and Kathmandu, Nepal.  

Daniel Fredericks

Dr. Daniel C. Fredericks retired as provost of Belhaven College in JacksonMississippi earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. He later received his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool, England. 

Dr. Fredericks has numerous refereed articles, book reviews, and contributions to Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias. His books include: Shepherds: The Believer’s Outline for Theology; Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon; Coping with Transience: Ecclesiastes on Brevity in Life; Qoheleth’s Language

He has served in instructing Hebrew and biblical exegesis at the University of Liverpool, and as a visiting professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson. He is Professor of Biblical Studies and Provost Emeritus, Belhaven University where he also chaired the Biblical Studies Department and the Theology and Ministry Division. 

Dr. Fredericks has been a board member of the Ellis Foundation for Biblical Research since 2009, as well as the Institute for Biblical Research, Ballet Magnificat, Chief Academic Officers of the Southern States, Mississippi Council of Arts and Sciences, Beginning Again In Christ Prison Ministry and several other academic boards. He served on the translation committee for the New Living Translation. He has lectured in various countries: Russia, Singapore, Germany, Norway, and England. 

Actively involved in ministry, he has invested his time and energy in various service projects and leadership roles. Dr. Fredericks served as Program Director of the Young Scholar Summits in Cambridge, England, 2013 to 2017. He served as the Sunday School teacher for Gateway Rescue Mission and New Life Treatment Center for eight years, and pulpit supply for four Mississippi churches. He and Maribeth have four children, Autumn, Ryan, Justin, and Sean, and four grandchildren, Davey, Jeanelle, Isla, Celisse, and Olive.

David B. Capes

Dr. David B Capes is the Senior Research Fellow at the Lanier Theological Library in Houston Texas. Prior to that he served as Dean and Professor of New Testament in the School of Biblical & Theological Studies at Wheaton College. For more than 25 years he has held faculty and administrative posts at Houston Baptist University and Houston Graduate School of Theology. He has earned degrees from Mercer University (BA, Religion), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv and PhD). In addition to serving as adjunct for several other universities, he currently leads classes at Baylor University’s Truett Seminary and at the Lanier Library. He is married to Cathy Ann Hall and together they have three boys and three grandchildren.

Capes is the author, co-author, editor, and co-editor of fourteen books including: The Divine Christ: Paul, the Lord Jesus, and the Scriptures of Israel (Baker Academic, 2018); Rediscovering Jesus: An Introduction to Biblical, Religious and Cultural Perspectives on Jesus (InterVarsity 2015) with E. R. Richards and Rodney Reeves; Israel’s God and Rebecca’s Children: Christology and Community in Early Judaism and Christianity (Baylor University Press, 2007); Who Do You Say That I Am? On the Humanity of Jesus (Wipf & Stock, 2020) with George Kalantzis and Ty Kieser; and Rediscovering Paul: An Introduction to His World, Letters and Theology (2nd edition, 2017) with E. R. Richards and Rodney Reeves.

For sixteen years Capes has co-hosted a popular radio show in Houston called “A Show of Faith” (AM 1070 The Answer). In addition, he hosts two podcasts: “Exegetically Speaking” for Wheaton College and “The Stone Chapel” for the Lanier Theological Library.

Dr. Capes served as Dr. Ellis’ first graduate assistant when Ellis moved to Southwestern Seminary in the mid-1980s. Ellis supervised his dissertation and it was subsequently published in the WUNT series: Old Testament Yahweh Texts in Paul’s Christology (J. C. B. Mohr, 1992; reprinted Baylor University Press, 2017).