Charles M. Rix
Director of M.A. in Theological Studies & Ministry Studies Programs
As we are all made in the image of God, each of us reflect some aspect of the divine image back into the world. As we journey together in study and fellowship, my hope is that each one will discover more about their unique God-given voice for faith, justice, and service.
Academic Teaching and Leadership
7/1/2023 – present: Director of M.A. in Theological Studies and Ministry Studies Programs, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, New Brunswick, NJ
7/2023 – present: Professor Emeritus, Oklahoma Christian University
7/2020 – 1/2023: Dean, College of Humanities and Bible, Professor of Bible, Baugh Chair of Preaching, Oklahoma Christian University
1/2018 – 6/2020: Associate Professor of Bible, Dean, College of Biblical Studies, Baugh Chair of Preaching, Oklahoma Christian University
9/2015 -12/2017: Interim Dean, College of Biblical Studies, Oklahoma Christian University
8/2011 to 8/2015: Associate Professor of Bible, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Chair, Undergraduate Bible Programs
2009 – Present: Visiting Instructor, African Christian College, Manzini, eSwatini
1/2011-8/2011: Associate Academic Dean and Affiliate Professor of Biblical Studies, New Brunswick Theological Seminary (New Brunswick, New Jersey)
2006 – 2011: Adjunct Professor, New Brunswick Theological Seminary
2007 – 2008: Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Bible, Drew University
Preaching and Congregational Ministry
1994 – 2011 Senior Minister, Monmouth Church, Tinton Falls, NJ/strong>
Served as a minister and elder of a diverse multi-cultural, 150-member congregation through weekly preaching, teaching, worship planning / leading, one-on-one Bible-studies and counseling.
Corporate Work and Management Experience
1991-1994 Senior Financial Analyst, Exxon International Corporation (ECI)
1989-1991 Financial Analyst, Exxon Research and Engineering
1985-1989 Accounting Manager, Esso Eastern Inc. and Exxon Pacific Inc., Guam, USA
1981-1985 Sr. Auditor, Esso Eastern Inc. Asia-Pacific Region, Singapore
Publications: Biblical Studies, Music, and Art
“Review of Tracy Letts’s The Minutes,” A Review of the Steppenwolf Broadway Production, May 15, 2022. Good River Review (December, 2022).
“Accepting God’s Acceptance,’ in Our Favorite Bible Stories; Old Testament, Tina Ware-Walters, Ed. (November, 2022, Healthy Life Press).
“Justice, Isaiah, and Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 57, ‘Appassionata,” in Dialogismos 6 (2022), pp. 109-119.
“Gaming with Rahab and the Spies” in The Oxford Handbook of Feminist Approaches to the Hebrew Bible. Ed. Suzanne Scholz (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021).
“Review of “A Guide to Christian Art.” By Diane Apostolos-Cappadona. Forward by Gabriele Finaldi. London: T&T Clark, 2020. Dialogismos 4 (2020), pp. 8-11.
“Who’s Watching the Children: Ethics of Responsibility in Genesis 4:1-16,” in Dialogismos 1 (2016), pp. 20-33.
“Slippery Feet: A Re-reading of Psalm 73,” in Our Favorite Psalms, ed. Tina Ware-Walters. Golden, CO: Healthy Life Press, 2016.
“Trauma and Narrative Wreckage in the Story of Hagar,” in Journal of Culture and Religion, Vol. 3, No. 3, May- June, 2015, pp. 167-176.
“Bitten. Branded. Bought. The Apple Logo in Popular Culture and the Bible,” in Stone Campbell Journal Vol. 18. No. 1, Spring, 2015.
“Relaxing in Grace,” in Our Favorite Verses, ed. Tina Ware-Walters. Golden, CO: Healthy Life Press, 2015
“Song and Dance: The World of Carnival in the Exodus Story of the Golden Calf,” in Leaven: A Journal of Christian Ministry. Vol. 21, No. 2, Second Quarter 2013.
“Holocaust Drama: The Theater of Atrocity,” in Ecumenical: Journal of Theater and Performance. Volume 5.1, Spring 2012.
“For the End of Time,” in Representing the Irreparable: The Art of Samuel Bak ed. Danna Nolan Fewell, Gary A. Phillips, and Yvonne Sherwood. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2008.
Concert Performances and Stage Presentations: Biblical Studies, Music, and the Arts
Rix, Charles, “Saving Funny Girl: A Short Play,” New York Short Play Festival, Players Theater, New York City, June 22-25, 2023
Rix, Charles. “Midnight Roundup: A Short Play,” New York Short Play Festival, Players Theater, New York City, October 18-22, 2022.
Rix, Charles. “Beethoven, Isaiah, and the Prophetic Voice: A performance of Beethoven’s Appassionata Op. 57 with paper presentation and discussion,” The Christian Scholars Conference, Nashville, TN, June, 2021.
Benefit Concert: Christian Association of Librarians, Spring 2015 Meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Recital: Center for Global Missions, Oklahoma Christian University, Spring 2012, Fall, 2013
The Music of Liszt and the Gospel of John, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, 2008.
Performance and Ministry, Lecture at Abilene Christian University, 2005.
Recital, Guest Artist Series: ACU’s Centennial Celebration, Abilene Christian University, 2005.
Master Class with David Dubal, Polish Cultural Center, New York City, NY, May 2003.
Semi-Finalist at International Piano Competitions in Paris and New York, 2001 and 2002.
The Influence of the Bible on Early Twentieth Century Piano Music, Rochester University, 1997.
Religious Texts and Classical Scores, Teachers University, St. Petersburg Russia, 1995.
Recital, The School of Performing Arts, Archangelsk, Russia, 1995.
Recital for Public Radio, Archangelsk, Russia, 1995.
Barbara D. Burke Memorial Piano Recital, Brookdale Community College, Middletown, NJ, 1995.
The Bible and the Piano in the Music of Oliver Messiaen and Franz Liszt, Concert Performance and Master Class, The Mussorgsky Conservatory of Music, Ekaterinburg, Russia, 1993.
The Bible and the Piano in the Music of Oliver Messiaen and Franz Liszt, Concert Performance and Master Class, First Baptist Church of Red Bank, New Jersey, 1993.
American Cancer Society Benefit Concert, Agana, Guam, 1988.
American Heart Foundation Governor’s House Benefit Concert, Agana, Guam, 1988.
Benefit Concert for the International School of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1983.
Abilene Christian University Lectureship Concert, Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1, February, 1978,
Houston Symphony Piano Competition Winner, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1, Performances, May, 1974.
Houston Al-City Piano Concerto Competition Winner, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1, Performances, 1974.
Professional Papers, Presentations, and Seminars: Biblical Studies
“Systematic Othering: A Biblical and Humanitarian Approach,” Stamford Church of Christ, Stamford Connecticut, June 6-25, 2023.
“Systematic Othering in Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Bible,” Centerpiece Conference on Gender and Sexuality, Dallas, TX, November, 2022.
“New Directions in Hebrew Bible / Old Testament Studies: Reading the Bible after the Shoah,” Christian Scholars Conference, Hebrew Bible. Old Testament Section, Nashville, Tennessee, June, 2022.
“Beethoven, Isaiah, and the Prophetic Voice, Kerygma Preaching Conference, Oklahoma Christian University, September 2021.
“Pain and Suffering and the Love of God,” Central European Faith Talks, Online, September, 2020.
“Old Testament Roots of Faith,” Ray Evans Preaching Seminar Series, Alameda Church of Christ, Norman, Oklahoma, 2019.
“God’s Top Ten Words: The Ten Commandments,” Advanced Bible Study Series, Gemunden, Germany, 2019; Amarillo Church of Christ Speaker Series, 2018.
“Psalms and the Life of Faith,” Advanced Bible Study Series, Antwerp, Belgium, 2019.
“Pain, Suffering, and the Love of God,” Campbell Institute for Theological Education, Corvalis, OR, 2019; Gemunden, Germany, 2019.
“Reading for the Victim: Developing Compassion in Gateway Religious Study Courses.” John E. Gardner Conference on Gateway Courses, Houston, TX, 2018.
Theology and the Arts, Chair, Panel Discussion, Christian Scholars Conference, Nashville, TN, 2017.
“Rip-Currents: Rethinking Approaches to Gender Equality in our Churches,” Christian Scholars Conference, Nashville, TN 2017.
“Fearing the Faithful: Filicide Inspired by Abraham’s Sacrifice in Genesis 22,” Society of Biblical Literature, National Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 2016.
“Deviance and Deliverance: Re-reading Rahab through Alan Turing’s Imitation Game,” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 2015.
“Returning from the Wilderness: When One Must Endure to Survive,” Pepperdine Lectures, 2015.
“The Ten Commandments: A Perspective from the Shoah,” Austin Graduate Theology, May, 2016.
“Trauma and Narrative Wreckage in the Story of Hagar,” Christian Scholar’s Conference, June, 2015.
“Bitten. Branded. Bought. The Apple Logo in Popular Culture and the Bible,” Society of Biblical Literature National Conference, San Diego, California, 2014.
“Who is Watching the Children: Ethics of Responsibility in Genesis 4:1-16,” Christian Scholar’s Conference 2013, Society of Biblical Literature Regional Conference, Dallas, Texas 2014, Pepperdine Lectures, 2015, Stone Campbell Journal Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2016.
“Solomon and His Affairs,” Presided: Society of Biblical Literature, Dallas, Texas 2014.
“The Music of Silenced Harps: Reading Psalm 137 through the Musical Theory of John Cage,” Society of Biblical Literature National Meeting, Chicago, Illinois 2012.
“Innovative Pedagogical Methods for Teaching Urban Ministry,” Wabash Workshop for Theological Schools, Drew University 2012.
“Song and Dance: Reclaiming the World of Carnival in Exodus 32,” Society of Biblical Literature International Meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2012 and SBL Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California 2011.
“Re/creating Life After Loss: Re-reading Genesis 1-2,” Lifeline Chaplaincy, Houston, Texas 2009; Houston Area Churches of Christ 2009; Pepperdine University Lectures 2008.
“YHWH and Moses in Exodus 32: Suffering Faces of a Text in Pain,” SBL Annual Meeting 2007.
“Note the Silence: Reading Psalm 137 through the Music of Olivier Messiaen and the Art of Samuel Bak,” SBL Annual Meeting 2007, ISBL Vienna, July 2007.
“Face to Face in Friendship” Friendship Proverbs after Levinas, ISBL, Edinburgh, July 2006.
“Towards an Ethic of Disruption” The Decalogue as Interpreted Through the Lens of Emmanuel Levinas, SBL National Meeting, Philadelphia 2005, ISBL Singapore 2005.
“For the End of Time”: Interpreting the Post-Holocaust Art of Samuel Bak in light of the Hebrew Bible and the Music of Oliver Messiaen, SBL National Meeting Philadelphia, 2005.
“Shades of Masculinity: Gendering Sheol and the Rephaim”, SBL International Meeting, Singapore 2005, National Meeting, November 2004, and SBL Mid-Atlantic Region, March 2004
Selected Academic Service Positions:
Sr. Editor, Dialogismos Academic Journal, 2013 – Present.
Editorial Board, Restoration Quarterly, 2019 – Present.
Title IX Deputy Coordinator, Oklahoma Christian University (2014 – 2022)
Professional Memberships and Certifications
Certification in On-line course design and delivery, Online Learning Consortium (2019)
Lean Six-Sigma Certification, Villanova University, 2008
Certified Six-Sigma Green-Belt Certification, Villanova University, 2008
Member, Society of Biblical Literature 2006-present.