The Producers of Messiah
S. Kent Brown, Creator
S. Kent Brown recently retired as a professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and is the current associate director of the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies in charge of academics. He previously served as the director of the BYU Jerusalem Center from 1993 to 1996. His degrees include a B.A. in 1967 from the University of California at Berkeley in classical Greek, with a minor in Near Eastern languages and a Ph.D. in religious studies from Brown University in 1972 with an emphasis in New Testament and early Christian studies.
Sterling Van Wagenen, Director/Executive Producer
Sterling Van Wagenen is an award-winning director and producer. Van Wagenen co-founded the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, and, in association with Robert Redford, was the founding executive director of the Sundance Institute. Van Wagenen has taught film at Brigham Young University and the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Most recently, he directed parts two and three of The Work and Glory trilogy: American Zion and A House Divided and served as the Director of Content at BYU Broadcasting.
Gaye Strathearn, Host Scholar
Gaye Strathearn was born and raised in Australia. She participated in the Jerusalem Study Abroad in fall 1987 and came to BYU as a student in 1989, earning a B.A. and M.A. in Near Eastern studies. She received her Ph.D. in New Testament at Claremont Graduate University.
Andrew C. Skinner, Host Scholar
Andrew C. Skinner was born and raised in Colorado. He attended the University of Colorado where he earned his B.A. in history. He went on to earn an M.A. from the Iliff School of Theology in Jewish Studies and a Th.M. from Harvard in Biblical Hebrew. He performed graduate work at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His Ph.D. was awarded from the University of Denver in Near Eastern and European history, specializing in Judaism.
John S. Tanner, Host Scholar
John S. Tanner received his bachelor’s degree in 1974 from Brigham Young University and began studies at the University of California at Berkeley where he received his Ph.D. in 1980. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil. His scholarly work has focused on John Milton; his book Anxiety in Eden received the Best Book Award from the Milton Society of America in 1992. He was formerly chair of the BYU English department and in 2004 he became the academic vice president of BYU.
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