Assistant Professor of Church History and Historical Theology
Wake Forest University, B.A., 2003
Candler School of Theology at Emory University, M.Div., 2006
Emory University, Ph.D., 2013
Joined Eden Faculty, Fall 2013
Adam Ployd came to Eden in the fall of 2013 as Assistant Professor of Church History and Historical Theology. He teachers the introductory Church History and Doctrine courses as well as United Methodist History and Doctrine and electives in early Christian thought.
Dr. Ployd approaches the study of history not simply as facts about the past, but as a resource for our current and future ministries and as a way to broaden our theological imaginations. He is committed to the idea of tradition, not as something that dictates what we have to do, but in the sense that our religious language is given to us by past generations.
“We are able to take a journey in our faith alongside those who have come before us and learn from them.”
Dr. Ployd is a certified candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church in the West Virginia Annual Conference. His teaching experience includes adjunct positions at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Focusing on the development of doctrine in the early church, particularly the thought of Augustine of Hippo, Adam’s dissertation explores Augustine’s use of pro-Nicene trinitarian theology in his anti-Donatist theology of the church. The title of his dissertation is, “Trinity and Church in Augustine’s Anti-Donatist sermons (406-407)” and he is currently revising it for publication. Dr. Ployd finds Augustine’s blend of prayerful devotion and intellectual investigation to be a fruitful way to approach the theological life in general. “At every turn, Augustine reminds us that knowledge of God is not separate from love of God and love of neighbor.”
Dr. Ployd’s other interests include
Augustine’s theology of deification, North African ecclesiology, martyrs
and asceticism, and theologies of the will in the Greek East.
Dr. Ployd is married to Rev. Diane
Kenaston, a commissioned elder in the West Virginia Annual Conference of
the United Methodist Church who is currently pastoring a church in
Waverly, West Virginia.