Brandon Cline

Brite Divinity School educates women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice.



Brandon Cline joined Brite in 2015 after completing his Ph.D in New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago.  At Chicago, Brandon served in the Divinity School’s Office of Development and was the founding director of the Divinity School’s Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion.  In addition, he taught courses in early Christianity as a Lecturer in the college and worked as a teaching consultant and workshop leader at the university-wide teaching center.  His scholarly research focuses on religion and politics in the early Roman Empire, but other interests range from early Christian art and archaeology to contemplative studies to comparative religion.

A native of Missouri, Brandon completed his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies and Classical Studies at the University of Missouri and earned a Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School.  Prior to his doctoral studies, Brandon was an AmeriCorps volunteer and later served Disciples congregations in Downers Grove, IL, and Olathe, KS.


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2016
M.A., University of Chicago, 2010
M.Div., University of Chicago Divinity School, 2003
A.B., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1997


Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Professional Affiliations

Society of Biblical Literature
American Academy of Religion
North American Patristics Society
Development and Institutional Advancement Program—Association of Theological Schools
Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education
Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies