Published: Oct 31, 2017
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Jeff Kloha, Chief Curatorial Officer
Kloha joined Museum of the Bible in the Summer of 2017. He manages the day-to-day operations of the Museum of the Bible Collections Department and is responsible for executing the department strategic plan and collection management policies, along with managing other professionals.
Kloha served 18 years as Professor of New Testament at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. For the past four years he also served Concordia as Provost/Chief Academic Officer. During that time, he oversaw two accreditation processes, transitioned the institution from quarters to semesters, steered the development of new curricula, and managed strategic planning for the institution. He received the Ph.D. from the University of Leeds, researching the textual history of the Pauline Epistles. He earned the M.Div. and S.T.M. degrees from Concordia Seminary.
His areas of teaching and research include the textual and canonical history of the early Christian writings, hermeneutics, and the Pauline Epistles. He is co-editor of Texts and Traditions: Essays in Honour of J. K. Elliott (Brill, 2014) and The Press of the Text: Biblical Studies in Honor of James W. Voelz (Pickwick, 2017). He has published peer-reviewed essays in the areas of New Testament textual criticism and the use of New Testament texts in early Christianity. He is a frequent conference presenter, radio guest, and television documentary commentator.
Stephen Gorman, Lead Registrar
Stephen Gorman joined Museum of the Bible as Lead Registrar in 2016, where he leads and co-ordinates the work of the Registration Department, and oversees proper artifact storage and conservation to ensure compliance with federal and international laws and the standards and best practices of museum collections management. This entails managing the registrars and coordinating with the curators the various aspects of artifact preservation and conservation, and the myriad details of traveling exhibitions. Stephen manages The Museum System (TMS), including validating artifact condition reports, working with curators on the accuracy of artifact descriptions and details, and accessioning new items into the collections.
Stephen gained his B.A. in Graphic Design and Illustration from St. Martin’s School of Art, London. He spent the first half of his professional life within the illustration and design field, working in Italy, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Spain, the U.S., and Germany. He also managed the graphic design and print department at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
His background includes experience in collection management, exhibition design, catalog design, and touring and managing international exhibitions throughout the world. Stephen’s international experience has developed within him a great appreciation for different cultures, their histories, and their arts.
Lance Allred, Curator of Ancient Near Eastern Culture
Lance Allred earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern studies from Johns Hopkins University and holds a master’s in history from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s in Asian and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He has previously held teaching and research positions at Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania and, most recently, the University of California, Los Angeles, as a part of the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). In 2011 he received the Delta Sigma Phi Teaching Excellence Award.
Allred became Museum of the Bible’s Curator of Ancient Near Eastern Culture in 2013, where he works on the conservation of the museum’s extensive cuneiform collections, in addition to facilitating research projects and aiding in exhibition planning, installation and de-installation.
Susan Masten, Curator of Antiquities
Susan Masten earned a master’s degree in anthropology from George Washington University. While working on her master’s degree, Jones worked with the education and outreach collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as well as a collection of archaeological material from the River Basin Surveys within the anthropology department at the Smithsonian. She also has a bachelor’s in biblical archaeology from Wheaton College and completed internships at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
Masten joined Museum of the Bible in 2015 as curator of antiquities. Her current work involves researching provenance and improving documentation for the collections’ antiquities, working with other curatorial staff to develop exhibitions, and preparing for the opening of the new museum in Washington in 2017.
Amy Van Dyke, Lead Curator of Exhibitions, OKC
Amy Van Dyke has a master’s in secondary education with an emphasis in art education from Northern Arizona University. Van Dyke earned a bachelor’s in art history with a minor in studio art from Northern Arizona University and received certification to teach from the state of Arizona. She received training in museum studies from the Phoenix Art Museum, where she assisted in digitizing museum education resources, cataloging the prints and drawings collection, and assisting the preparators for traveling exhibitions. Van Dyke was a visiting instructor at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy and a web proctor and reader-grader for the online art appreciation course for Northern Arizona University. Van Dyke is an independent painter, and has taught art history, art appreciation, visual arts, two and three dimensional design, and world history at various levels spanning from third grade classes to college courses. She developed and wrote a school-wide art curriculum for a private school in Oklahoma and lectured on the importance of “Critical Thinking & the Arts” in 2010 at the Association of Christian Teachers & Schools (ACTS).
Van Dyke joined Museum of the Bible as curator of art and education in 2012. Her current work involves curating traveling exhibitions, developing educational programs, assisting the director of the Museum Scholars Initiative, and cataloging and curating the art within the museum collections.
Herschel A. Hepler, Associate Curator of Hebrew Manuscripts
Herschel A. Hepler has a master’s in theology with an emphasis in Old Testament studies from Southern Nazarene University. He was a fellow with the Museum Scholars Initiative Logos Institute in 2013 at Oxford University. He assisted in the research of a previously undocumented Dead Sea Scroll fragment and co-authored its publication in Dead Sea Scrolls Fragments in the Museum Collection (Brill, 2016), edited by E. Tov, K. Davis and R. Duke, one of the Scholars Initiative research publications.
Hepler joined Museum of the Bible as an assistant curator in 2012. He assists the lead curator responsible for upcoming exhibitions on various tasks, including writing, editing, artifact selection, case layout, packing and shipping of artifacts, and artifact installation and de-installation in the exhibits. He works alongside various scholars researching the extensive Torah scroll collections to determine their provenance and approximate date-range through paleographic analysis. Herschel also assists with accessioning and housing new acquisitions in the collections.
Brian Hyland, Associate Curator of Medieval Manuscripts
Brian Hyland joined Museum of the Bible in 2016 as associate curator of medieval manuscripts. In addition to curating medieval materials, he assists with documentary Greek papyri.
Hyland holds a master’s in ancient history from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park. He did additional studies at the Institut für Papyrologie, Ruprecht Karls Universität, in Heidelberg, Germany.
Previously Hyland taught Greek and Roman history at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and medieval history at the University of Maryland’s European extension division. After that he returned to his hometown of Binghamton, New York, where he chaired the social studies department and taught Latin, German and social studies at Seton Catholic Central High School.
Anthony Schmidt, Associate Curator of Bible & Religion in America
Anthony Schmidt earned a Ph.D. in American religion from Princeton Theological Seminary, an MTS in Christian history from Vanderbilt University, and a B.A. in history and religious studies from the University of Oklahoma.
Anthony’s academic work focuses mainly on evangelical history. He is especially interested in the cultural construction of orthodoxy, and the way certain beliefs and behaviors become normative over time. His current research examines how denominational attitudes toward slavery and race were shaped by financial factors in the nineteenth century. He is also working on a second, longer-term project on the use of the Bible within popular devotional practices at the turn of the twentieth century. He has published several articles and many book reviews in academic journals such as The Journal of Religious History, Nova Religio, and Fides et Historia. He is also presently serving as the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Presbyterian History.
Anthony joined Museum of the Bible in 2017 as the Associate Curator of Bible & Religion in America. He curates post-16th century texts and artifacts in the Museum Collections, plans and executes exhibits, and assists with artifact cataloging and documentation. Previously, he served as a doctoral assistant in the Department of Special Collections at Princeton Seminary and as an author and researcher for the American Bible Society’s Faith & Liberty Discovery Center project in Philadelphia, PA, scheduled to open in 2019.
Francisco Rodriguez, Chief Conservator
Francisco Rodriguez graduated from the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá with a bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology. He studied communication sciences and journalism at Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogota campus, and fine arts and sculpting at the National University of Colombia. He studied document conservation, restoration and chemistry at the Plastic’s Art School of Bogotá; therapeutic and document conservation at the Colombian National Library; risk assessment, impact of preservation on manuscripts and paper, and leather conservation at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro in Rome, Italy; and aqueous treatments on paper conservation at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico in Mexico City.
Rodriguez is a third-generation descendant of bookbinders and started working alongside his father in 1970. He was the director of the restoration department at the Colombian National Museum in Bogotá, was a consultant with the Pontifical Vatican Library and collaborated with the Instituto Superiore per la conservazione ed il Restauro in restoring hundreds of books and documents dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries, which were damaged during the 1966 flood in Florence, Italy. Rodriguez then moved to Washington to become head restorer at the Columbus Memorial Library of the Organization of American States. As an independent consultant, he has done work for the Library of Congress, the White House Library, Ronald Reagan’s personal library, Dunham Bible Museum and Lanier Theological Library, among others.
Rodriguez joined Museum of the Bible in 2013 as its first conservator. He is a member of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC).