James A. Kelso Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament
Year Started at PTS: 2005

Contact Info



  • Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary in Virginia / Hebrew Bible
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary / Hebrew Bible
  • B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College / Major: Psychology and Religion

Recent Courses Taught

  • Prophets and Psalms
  • The Book of the Twelve (Minor Prophets)
  • Ezekiel
  • Daniel
  • Creation
  • Genesis
  • Hebrew
  • Old Testament Exegesis


Church Associations

Ordination: United Methodist Church Year, Elder

Current Pastoral Position: Member in Full Connection, Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the UMC

Local Church Membership: St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Allison Park, Pa.

Professional Competencies

Areas of Specialty

  • Biblical literature of the Early Persian Period (especially Chronicles)
  • OT prophetic books (especially Ezekiel; Nahum through Malachi)

Professional Service

Board Service

  • Western Pennsylvania Conference Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships
  • Western Pennsylvania Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry
  • Committee on Theology and Education of Christian Associates


  • 2007: Science and Transcendence Advanced Research Series fellow; Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences
  • 2005: Faculty Member of the Year, Student Government Association, Randolph-Macon College
  • 1998: Randolph-Macon College nominee, State Council of Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 1996 and 1994: Thomas Branch Award for Excellence in Teaching, Randolph-Macon College
  • 1995: General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church Award for exemplary teaching at a United Methodist-related institution of higher education

Additional Resources

Complete CV
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Installation Service
Writing Commentary on Habakkuk, St. Paul's UMC
Half Truths: God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It, St. Paul's UMC
Personal Blog *

* This material expresses the research and opinion of Tuell and is not necessarily the opinion of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary faculty, staff, or Board of Directors.