Affiliate Faculty

Affiliate faculty members are generally those persons with annual part-time contractual responsibilities at Trinity in either teaching or administration; however, they also have major commitments to another employer, which prohibit them from full participation in daily campus life. They are appointments of the Dean of the College.

David K. Bryan, 2020
Director of TEDS Undergraduate Teaching Department
Affiliate Assistant Professor of New Testament

BA, James Madison University
MTh, Luther Seminary
MDiv, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. Bryan leads the undergraduate teaching department of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Before coming to TEDS as an adjunct professor and Masters Programs Coordinator, he previously served on a church planting team in Madrid, Spain. He is the co-editor of Ascent into Heaven in Luke-Acts (Fortress, 2016), and has published other works related to the Gospel of Luke. His current research focuses on authority in ancient and contemporary contexts as it relates to the New Testament. 

Franklin Matthew Eppinette, 2019
Affiliate Professor of Bioethics

BS, Louisiana State University 
MBA, Louisiana Tech University 
Beta Gamma Sigma, Business Honors Society
MA, Trinity International University 
PhD, MAT, Fuller Seminary 

Dr. Eppinette is Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD) at Trinity. He has nearly two decades of experience in the field of bioethics, including serving CBHD previously, from 2002-2007. His current research interests include transhumanism, Alasdair MacIntyre’s ethics and epistemology, bioethics and public policy, and the intersection of fiction, film, and other areas of culture, particularly popular culture, that raise or address bioethics issues.

Michael J. Sleasman, 2019 
Director of Bioethics Programs
Affiliate Associate Professor of Bioethics

BA, Malone College
MDiv, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Prior to joining the Trinity faculty full-time, Dr. Sleasman was the managing director and research scholar at The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity for 12 years where he oversaw the center's research agenda and online resource development. He also served as an affiliate professor, adjunct instructor, and online course tutor at the college and graduate level in the areas of philosophy, theology, ethics, and cultural engagement. His particular area of research interest focuses on the theological engagement of bioethical issues with particular emphasis on biotechnologies, other emerging technologies, and human futures, as well as the intersection of technology, ethics, and culture in general. He is a co-editor of Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends with Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Charles A. Anderson (Baker Academic). He has authored and co-authored a number of essays, book chapters, and articles in the areas of theology, emerging technology, and bioethics. Dr. Sleasman is the editor of Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics, and serves on the Board of Reference for the Christian Institute on Disability for Joni & Friends and as a consulting editor for the Journal of the Christian Institute on Disability. He has been interviewed on a range of bioethical issues by print and radio media, and has delivered workshops, lectures, and presentations for churches, universities, and at several professional societies.