Born Sweetwater, Texas (1930). Graduated Grandfalls-Royalty High School, Grandfalls, Texas (1948). B.A., Austin College (1953); M.Div., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1957); M.A., University of Texas at Austin (1958); Ph.D., Duke University (1962). Married Mary Scott (“Scottie”) Daugherty (1955); divorced (1978). Children: William Scott (b. 1957), Mary Evan (b. 1960), Michael Neal (b. 1964); grandchildren: Elizabeth Forbes Walker (b. 1984), William Michael Walker (b. 1986), Margaret Farrington Walker (b. 1988), Hannah Nicole Walker (b. 1995).
C. Mackenzie Brown spent his academic career of 45 years at Trinity, joining an all-male Department in 1973 He was the first hire in the Department not a Presbyterian minister. His appointment as Assistant Professor of Asian Religions completed the vision of Guy H. Ranson, Chair of the Department, for a comprehensive Religion department, moving away from a Christian, Bible-focused curriculum.
Kim Bauser McBrien joined the Religion Department in 2018 after holding visiting positions at Saint Anselm College and Rivier University in New Hampshire. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Theology degrees from Yale Divinity School. She received her Ph.D.
Gregory M. Clines joined the Religion Department in 2018. He received a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 2009, an M.A. in Religion from Columbia University in 2010, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University's Committee on the Study of Religion in 2018. His research focuses on Jain literary and religious history in the early modern period, specifically Jain Sanskrit and vernacular versions of the Rāma story.
Sajida Jalalzai joins the Religion Department as Assistant Professor after holding an equivalent position for two years at St. Michael's College in Vermont. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from McGill University, and she received her Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University. She specializes in North American Religions with a focus on Islam and is currently engaged in studying chaplaincy programs for Muslim students housed at Protestant seminaries.
Angela Tarango joined the Department of Religion in 2009 as an Assistant Professor. She received a B.A. as a double major in Religion and History from Wellesley College in 2001. She went on to attend Harvard Divinity School where she graduated with a M.T.S. in 2003.
She received a Ph.D. in American Religions from Duke University in 2009, with specialties in Native American religions, American Pentecostalism, and missionary history.
Chad Spigel joined the Religion Department at Trinity University in 2008 and teaches courses in Hebrew Bible, Judaism, and archaeology. His research interests include ancient synagogues and their roles in ancient Jewish communities, Jews living in the ancient Diaspora, and the use of archaeology and the Bible in popular television documentaries. Chad has worked on several archaeological excavations and from 2011-2014 he was an Area Supervisor for the excavation of the ancient village of Huqoq (Israel).
Rubén R. Dupertuis joined the Religion Department in 2006 as an Assistant Professor. He received a B.A in English Literature from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in Theological Studies from Claremont School of Theology, and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christian Literature from Claremont Graduate University. His interests include Acts of the Apostles and early Christian narrative more generally, education in the ancient world, and the role of Bible in American Popular culture.