Michael Vines
  • Michael Vines
  • Professor of Religious Studies, Program Coordinator of Religious Studies

  • Email: vines@lmc.edu
  • Phone: 828.898.8757
  • Office: North Carolina Building, Office 16
  • Department: Academics


PhD, Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
BA, Willamette University

Common Courses Taught

Biblical Greek
Great Books
Advanced Research and Composition
Introduction to Religion

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Broadly, my expertise is in Biblical Studies, with an emphasis on the Christian New Testament. Within that area, I am more narrowly focused on the literary aspects of the Gospels, especially on the Gospel of Mark. Specifically, I apply the tools of literary criticism to our understanding of New Testament narrative literature.

Institutional Service and Responsibilities

As a professor of religious studies, I am responsible for teaching a wide variety of courses within that field. I also serve as the program coordinator of religious studies and am responsible for planning, scheduling, and representing the program. I am also an active member of the Faculty Senate, where I serve on the Promotion and Contract Conversion committee, as well as on the Core Curriculum committee. 

Personal Interests

I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and backpacking, and I am an avid cyclist.