Richard Lowery

Affiliate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew Scripture

Phone: (317) 931-2308


Richard H. Lowery, Ph.D. Yale, is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister and Hebrew Bible scholar. His scholarship is focused on his faith commitments to social and ecological justice, mission, and ecumenism. Rick taught and served as dean at Lexington Theological seminary, where he continues to teach as an adjunct. He taught 17 years at Phillips Theological Seminary (PTS) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was appointed Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible, and four years at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma, where he first earned tenure and received the Dean Shirley Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He also teaches at Methodist Theological School in Ohio and offers online video and audio Bible lectures through a partnership between Christian College of Georgia and For the last several years, he has taught in the Commissioned and Licensed Ministers Summer School at CTS. He also taught at Valparaiso University and Yale Divinity School. In 2009, Rick moved to Indianapolis to live full-time with his wife, the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). 

He has traveled extensively with his wife to visit mission partners around the world. He blogs for Huffington Post, speaks at church gatherings throughout the US and Canada, and has written articles and Bible lessons for scholarly and popular publications, including The Chalice Introduction to the Old Testament and journals of preaching and stewardship. He has written and produced Bible study lessons and videos for a variety of church projects and programs, including the current 12-lesson online series with webcast lectures for Disciples-UCC Global Ministries’ Congo Initiative. His lessons and videos on stewardship are posted on the Center for Faith and Giving website.

He is the author of three books, including Sabbath and Jubilee, and wrote the Bible commentary for the Storyteller’s Companion: Daniel and Revelation. He’s currently working on a book, Genesis and Human Rights. Rick is a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature Southwest Region, is a founding member of the Sabbath Economics Collaborative, and served on the executive committee of the World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission.