Liaison to the School of Theology and Ministry
M.Div., Campbell University Divinity School
B.S. in History, University of Mount Olive
Jonathan Best coordinates the Library’s information literacy initiatives and the Library’s public events. He is also an adjunct instructor for the School of Theology and Ministry. Jonathan has received his Ph.D. in Practical Theology from St. Thomas University. In addition to his work at the university, Jonathan frequently reviews books for several journals including Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries and Reviews in Religion and Theology. Jonathan has presented papers to numerous theological conferences and meetings. He has also published several encyclopedia entries and serves as an editorial consultant to the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. He is a member of the Association of Practical Theology, the Baptist History and Heritage Society, and the American Academy of Religion. His research interests include hermeneutics and postmodern philosophy.
- Best, J. L. (2015). Anabaptist. In G. Kurland & M. A. Lamport (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Christian education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Best, J. L. (2015). Sacramental theology. In G. Kurland & M. A. Lamport (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Christian education. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Best, J. L. (2015). Why a theology of foot washing is necessary. The Free Will Baptist, 133(8), 4-7.
- Best, J. L. (2015). Review of A living tradition: On the intersection of liturgical history and pastoral practice, by D. Pitt, S. Alexopoulos, & C. McConnell (Eds.). Practical Matters, 8. Retrieved from http://practicalmattersjournal.org/2015/03/01/a-living-tradition-review
- Best, J. L. (2014, June). An exploration of foot washing within the Original Free Will Baptist Community. Presented to the 2014 Annual Conference of the Baptist History and Heritage Society and the Association of Librarians and Archivists at Baptist Institutions, Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD.
- Best, J. L. (2014, March). Digital social space? Interpreting digital action and behavior for today’s churches. Presented to the 32nd Biennial Meeting of the Association of Practical Theology, Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Nashville, TN.