Joy Vaughan, Ph.D. – Asbury University
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Joy Vaughan

Assistant Professor of New Testament

Department: Christian Studies & Philosophy

Office: Hughes 139

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Biographical Information

Dr. Joy Vaughan’s passion for lifelong learning and teaching led her to pursue a role in higher education. She holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in New Testament from Asbury Theological Seminary. Joy’s area of expertise is in Lukan scholarship, and her dissertation focused on the possession and exorcism stories of Luke-Acts. Joy is happily married to Tim Vaughan, who is a ’97 graduate of Asbury University, and together they have a daughter.


  • Ph.D., Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Biblical Literature, Oral Roberts University
  • M.Div., Oral Roberts University
  • B.M., Bowling Green State University

Selected Publications

Forthcoming with Craig Keener, “Glossolalia” in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, second edition, Grand Rapids, MI: InterVarsity Press.

With Ben Witherington, Who is God?, Lexham Press, Fall 2019 (contributing chapter reflections and study questions).

“Review of James D. G. Dunn, Jesus Remembered: Christianity in the Making, Volume 1.” The Asbury Journal 70.1 (2015): 189-90.

“Teaching as Formation: The Vision of Ephesians 4:11-16 and Pedagogical Implications for Routine Teaching Tasks.” The Asbury Journal 69.2 (2014): 8-22.


Keynote Address, Asbury Theological Seminary Ph.D. Seminar. NT Panel on The Reality of Demons. March 17, 2021.

Future Research

Joy is currently working on a monograph that expands her dissertation research. Her focus is on a multicultural reading of the spirit possession and exorcism accounts in the Synoptics and Acts.

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