The Phoenix Seminary Text & Canon Institute is pleased to introduce its inaugural recipient of its ThM Fellowship award. The Fellowship is a one-year scholarship and mentoring program for a ThM student worth up to $10,000.
This year's recipient is Clark Bates. Clark has been serving the local church in various ministries for more than a decade. He has acted as an interim pastor and guest speaker for churches along the Southern Oregon Coast in addition to speaking on apologetics and theology in Oregon, California, Michigan, Missouri, and Illinois.
Clark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Liberty University, graduating magna cum laude, as well as a Master’s of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has studied Greek paleography at the Lincoln College Summer School with the University of Oxford and is now pursuing his Masters of Theology degree with Phoenix Seminary. He plans to seek his PhD with the University of Birmingham in the UK, studying under professor Hugh Houghton. His current research interests include the origin of minuscule Greek script common to medieval manuscripts and their use of ligatures (abbreviations) as a means of dating manuscripts.
Currently, Clark transcribes New Testament manuscripts for the Institute of New Testament Research in Münster, Germany, the Museum of the Bible, and the ITSEE at the University of Birmingham, UK, for which he works on the Greek Paul Project and the Editio Critica Maior. Additionally, Clark writes online and has recently published an article in The Expository Times.
Applications for the 2020–2021 school year are now being accepted. Interested students who have applied to the ThM program can apply for the TCI Fellowship here.