Dr. ‚ÄčEchol Nix, Jr.

Dr. Echol Nix, Jr. has a passion for education and enjoys helping students reach their goals and overcome difficulties and challenges. Three words to describe him include: serious, determined and dedicated.

Biography

Dr. Echol Nix, Jr. is the second child born to the Rev. Dr. Echol and Mrs. Annie Mae Nix in Jefferson County, Alabama. He graduated from George Washington Carver High School and later Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Morehouse, he accepted a call to ministry and was licensed and ordained in the National Baptist Church.

Believing that the call to ministry is a call to preparation, he received the Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and over the years has served in Baptist, Cumberland Presbyterian, Presbyterian (USA) and non-denominational churches. During seminary, he participated in a study course in the Holy Land to better understand the history and geography of the Bible and visited Bethlehem, Jericho, Joppa, Bethany, Galilee, and Caesarea Philippi, among other cities.

After receiving his first Master’s degree at Vanderbilt in 1998, Dr. Nix was awarded a second Master’s degree in Theology (2000) and the Ph.D. degree (2007), both from Boston University. Because of his academic work and community service in Boston, he was awarded an international doctoral fellowship anywhere in the world and chose to live and study in Europe for three years, traveling throughout Germany and France.

Dr. Nix, is a past president of the North American Paul Tillich Society and has served on the Board of the Baptist World Alliance (Commission on Ethics, Evangelism and Theological Reflection). His book, Ernst Troeltsch and Comparative Theology (2010) contributes to an emerging field of study, and he co-authored a popular book of sermons with his parents, namely, The Inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2011). His last book, In the Beginning: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel at Morehouse College (2015) highlights the founding of the largest religious memorial dedicated to Dr. King and includes essays on education, social justice and reconciliation. Dr. Nix has also authored several scholarly articles, encyclopedia entries and book reviews in journals and other professional literature and he regularly attends conferences, workshops and training sessions on teaching and ministry.

Currently, Dr. Nix teaches philosophy and African American heritage courses at Claflin University in the Department of Humanities. He has lectured at Furman University, Brown Mackie College, Selma University, Boston University, Hamilton College, Baylor University, Morehouse College, Lane College and Frankfurt University (Germany).

Dr. Nix participates in several community organizations such as the Olive Branch Community Organization, Resurrected Treasure Ministries, and Miracle Hill Ministries. These organizations help families and children (especially low-income) in need of social and educational services. For two years, he taught Hispanic students and out of school youth in the Migrant Education program through the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Finally, he is a proud parent of McKenzie Grace Nix, an outstanding second grade student.

Education

Boston University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (Division of Religious and Theological Studies), May 2007

Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität (Frankfurt am Main,

Germany International Ph.D. Exchange Program,

January 2003- August 2005

Boston University School of Theology (Boston, Massachusetts)

Master of Sacred Theology, May 2000

Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)

Master of Divinity, August 1999

Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia)

Bachelor of Arts, May 1995 (History Major)

Research Interests

  • Religion
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Liberation Theology
  • 19th and 20th Century German Theology
  • American History
  • The Black Church and Civil Rights Movement
  • Autobiographies

Activities and Honors

Presentation, Migrant Education Program, South Carolina Department of Education, Evans Learning Center (Greenville, SC), May 2016

Lecture and Book Signing, Georgia Center for the Book, Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Change, September 2015

Presenter, Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History (Atlanta, Georgia), September 2015

Luce Seminar Fellow, Cohort Two of the AAR/Luce Foundation

Summer Seminars in Theology of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology – Catholic Theological Union (Chicago, Illinois), June 2011

Luce Seminar Fellow, Cohort Two of the AAR/Luce Foundation

Summer Seminars in Theology of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology – Georgia Tech Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia), June 2010

Participant, Emerging Technologies Conference, Rhodes College (Memphis, Tennessee), February 2007

Participant, Excellence in Teaching Seminar, American Academy of Religion (Washington, D.C.), November 14, 2006

Recent Publications

“The Charleston Shooting and Race: A Time to Reflect,” Baptist World, a magazine of the Baptist World Alliance (October-December 2015), 27.

“Singing the Good News of God: An Overview of Gospel Music” in God and Popular Culture: The Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry’s Most Influential Figure, edited by Stephen Butler Murray and Aimée Light (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2015)

In the Beginning: The Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College (GA: Mercer University Press, 2015)

Book Review, Assessing and Improving your Teaching: Strategies and Rubrics for Faculty Growth and Student Learning, by Phyllis Blumberg in Reflective Teaching, (A periodical published by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion), February 2015

“Building Bridges: A Friendship Forged Through Interreligious Dialogue,” Journal of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School (Cambridge, MA), Volume 5, Issue 1, www.comparativetheology.org, January 2015

“James Cone” (1000 words), “Bob Jones” (600 words),

“Liberation Theology” (1000 words) in Encyclopedia of Religious Controversy (ABC-CLIO Press: Santa Barbara, CA), a new edition from the original 1997 publication, edited by Bill J. Leonard and Jill Crainshaw (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press, 2013)

The Inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This is a book of sermons, co-authored with Reverend Dr. Echol Nix, Sr. and includes a chapter written by Dr. Nix's late mother, Mrs. Annie Mae Nix. (Montgomery, Alabama: NewSouth Books, 2011)

Ernst Troeltsch and Comparative Theology (Frankfurt am Main and New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2010)

Book Review, Internationalizing the University by Yvonne Turner and Sue Robson in Teaching Theology & Religion (London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 393-394.

Recent Presentations

Presentation, Migrant Education Program, South Carolina Department of Education, Evans Learning Center (Greenville, SC), May 2016

Presenter, “Paul Tillich’s Idea of the Kingdom of God with Special Reference to the Church or Spiritual Community,” North American Paul Tillich Society at the American Academy of Religion (San Diego, CA), November 2014

Presenter, “Religionswissenschaft and Ernst Troeltsch’s Theory of Christianity, Third Annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture – “Secularization and Revival: The Fate of Religion in Modern Intellectual History), October 2009

Participant, “Preparing Students Beyond the Classroom,” Conference at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, February 2009

Presenter, “Paul Tillich as Apologetic Preacher,”American Academy of Religion (Chicago, Illinois), October 31-November 3, 2008

Presenter, “Ernst Troeltsch and Robert Neville: Liberal Theology in Europe and America,” American Academy of Religion (San Diego, California), November17-20, 2007

Participant, Emerging Technologies Conference, Rhodes College (Memphis, Tennessee), February 2007

Participant, Excellence in Teaching Seminar, American Academy of Religion (Washington, D.C.), November 14, 2006

Dr. ‚ÄčEchol Nix, Jr.
Echol
  • School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Contact
864-430-0446