Professor of Religion, Faculty Council Chair, Faculty Representative to Board of Trustees
Office: Keller 102
Office Phone: 803-321-5198
Ph.D., Focus on Christian History & Christian Identity Formation - University of Notre Dame
M.Div., Focus on Early Christian Theology - Yale Divinity School
B.A., Biblical Studies - Abilene Christian University
B.S.Ed., Secondary Education - Abilene Christian University
Dr. Mike Beggs earned his Ph.D. in Theology (Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity) from the University of Notre Dame. His Ph.D. work explored the first Christian history and Christian identity formation in Greco-Roman antiquity which has led to a life-long interest in the nature of Christian identity in a multicultural church. His master’s work at Yale Divinity School focused on Early Christian Theology. He received his B.A. in Biblical Studies and B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education from Abilene Christian University.
Prior to joining the faculty at Newberry College in 2002, Dr. Beggs taught at Livingstone College (Salisbury, NC) as well as Elmhurst College (Elmhurst, IL). He has also served as the pastor in churches in Illinois, Indiana and Connecticut. Over the past few years, Dr. Beggs has directed grant funded programming serving the needs of immigrant children in Columbia and Newberry County. He has also served as a presenter on World Religions and a panelist on local Interfaith Dialogue forums.