Religious Studies Faculty

Faculty Emeriti

William Barnett
Professor Emeritus

Kathleen Nash
Professor Emerita
B.A., The University of Dallas; M.A., St. Louis University; Ph.D., The Catholic University of America

Nancy Ring
Professor Emerita (1979)
Ph.D., Marquette University

Adjunct Faculty

Gerard F. Beritela

B.A., St. John Fisher College; M.Div., Nashotah House; Ph.D., Syracuse University
Grewen Hall 202,

Amy M. Chaney
B.A., Oklahoma State University; M.T.S., Emory University; M.Phil., Syracuse University
Grewen Hall 202,

James Alan Krisher

A.B., Syracuse University; M.A., Boston College
Grewen Hall 202,

Jim Krisher received his B.A. in religion from Syracuse University, and his M.A. in theology, specializing in scripture, from Boston College. He also did further graduate study in Christian spirituality and spiritual direction at Creighton University in Omaha. He has been an adjunct in the Religious Studies Department at Le Moyne since 1984, teaching courses in New Testament and Christian spirituality. He is the founder and director of the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse, where he oversees a wide variety of services and ministries, gives classes, retreats and workshops, spiritual direction and training to spiritual directors. In 2009 he received the Le Moyne award for “Outstanding Part-time Teacher of the Year.” He also serves as an instructor of first year Jesuit novices at St. Andrew Hall novitiate in Syracuse.

Jim has written numerous articles on scripture and spirituality, and is the author of two books in Christian spirituality for general readership.

J. Mark Lawson

B.A., Hendrix College; M.Div., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Grewen Hall 202,

J. Mark Lawson is an ordained minister who serves as pastor of the United Church of Christ in Bayberry, Liverpool, New York. He is also a biblical scholar with particular interest in the New Testament and how it reflects the theological and social development of early Christian communities. At Le Moyne, he has taught Religious Perspectives on the Human Situation, Introduction to the New Testament, Letters of Paul, American Religion, and The Theological Venture. In 2008, he was honored as Le Moyne’s Outstanding Part-time Faculty Member of the Year. He designed, instituted, and continues to teach in the New York School of Ministry (NYSOM), a theological training program for laypeople seeking to practice licensed ministry in the local church. NYSOM also includes an alternative track to ordination for second-career ministers in the United Church of Christ. In addition to serving as a pastor and teacher, he is a part-time Spiritual Director for the Spiritual Renewal Center in Syracuse.

Shawn C. Loner

B.A., Boston University; M.A., Miami University; Ph.D. candidate, Syracuse University
Grewen Hall 202,

Shawn Loner has been teaching at Le Moyne College since Fall 2011. His research focuses on the phenomena of New Religious Movements in America, particularly modern Pagan movements and the use of mythology in constructing new religions, personal identity, and community. His teaching interests include: Introduction to the Study of Religion/World Religions, New Religious Movements, Religion and Marginality, Folk and Popular Religion, Apocalypticism and Millennialism, Religion and Popular Culture, the Ancient Near East and the History of the Bible, Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion and Mythology, Comparative Religion, Comparative Mythology, and Folklore.  At Le Moyne, he has taught the following courses: COR 400B/REL 420: The Future of Being Human, HON 215: The Meaning of Monsters (Integral Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar II), REL 326: Religion and Popular Culture, HON 112: Religion on the Fringes (Integral Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar I), REL 410:The End is Nigh! Understanding the Apocalyptic Worldview, COR 100: Gods, Dragons, and Fools: Exploring the Landscape of World Mythology, REL 200: Religious Perspectives on the Human Situation, REL 365: Islam, and REL 314/PSC 314: Church and State. His article, “Be-Witching Scripture: The Book of Shadows as Scripture within Wicca/Neo-Pagan Witchcraft,” was published in Postscripts: The Journal of Sacred Texts & Contemporary Worlds (vol. 2.2-3) and reprinted in Iconic Books and Texts (Equinox Publishing, May 2013).