Dr. James Buchanan Wallace is Chair and Professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy. His area of specialty is the New Testament, with a focus on the letters of Paul, patristic interpretation of Scripture, and the Greco-Roman and Jewish contexts of early Christianity. Dr. Wallace teaches courses on both the Old and New Testaments. He never tires of exploring these texts with students, whether introducing new interpretations to long-time Bible readers or showing new readers why Scripture is surprising and still relevant. He especially loves learning from his students! Dr. Wallace has a wife, Thea, and three children.


  • Emory University, PhD
  • Candler School of Theology, Emory University, MDiv
  • Sewanee (The University of the South), BA

Publications and Research Focus

Service and Community Engagement

CBU stands out because we recognize that Faith, Service, and Community are intricately interconnected. The Department of Religion and Philosophy regularly hosts “Conversations” on topics of immense relevance, such as “What is Happiness?” or “The Stranger,” or “What is Faith?” Three panelists reflect briefly on the topic, and then all present join in. These events allow us, among other things, to ask about the role of faith in everyday life and to build community. Dr. Wallace also builds service-learning projects into two of his class, The Gospels and the Prophets. Outside of CBU, he teaches a regular Bible study.

Office Hours

Mon.: 9:30-10:30 am; 2:00-4:30 pm
Wed.: 9:30-10:30 am; 2:00-4:30 pm
Thurs.: 2:00-4:00 pm (virtual)
Fri.: 9:30-10:30 am