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Comments from some recent outside evaluators:

"We recognize religion and philosophy as distinct but related disciplines. Catawba has a department of religion and philosophy and one of its majors is a Religion/Philosophy major. We came with the expectation of finding and evaluating a single department that successfully integrates the two disciplines, not two disciplines in a forced and uneasy alliance. That is exactly what we found. In fact, we were greatly impressed with the sense of collegiality and common purpose of the staff."


"Catawba College is fortunate to have the faculty members in the Department of Religion and Philosophy. They have the necessary academic credentials in each case to teach their subjects but also have a passion in their instruction, a zeal to bring out the best in their students, and a quality of openness to the students."


Dr. Barry R. SangBarrySang.jpg 
Office: ADM 304
Phone: (704) 637-4354
Fax: (704) 637-4444

  • Professor of Religion
  • B.A., Carroll College
  • M.Div., Crozer Theological Seminary
  • M.Phil., Ph.D., Drew University

Dr. Barry R. Sang is Professor of Religion at Catawba College where he has taught since the fall of 1985. He chaired the department from 1994-2006. He holds a B.A. from Carroll College in Wisconsin; an M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Theological Seminary in New York state; and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Drew University in New Jersey. Dr. Sang maintains ordinations in the American Baptist Churches, USA, and in the Presbyterian Church, USA. His special fields of interest are New Testament studies, Old Testament prophecy, and Process Theology. He has published in the latter. Read more »


Assistant Professors

KenClapp.jpgDr. Kenneth W. Clapp
Office: CHAPEL
Phone: (704) 637-4446

  • Senior Vice-President
  • Chaplain of the College
  • Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
  • Director of The Lilly Center for Vocation & Values
  • B.A., Catawba College
  • M.Div., Yale University
  • D.Min., Lancaster Theological Seminary
  • Post-doctoral study, Harvard University

Dr. Kenneth Clapp has many responsibilities at Catawba, from campus chaplain to Senior Vice-President in the campus administration to part-time teacher in the Religion & Philosophy department to the Director of the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values at Catawba. He is also deeply involved in the lives of students on campus. He received his Bachelors of Arts from Catawba, and he also received a Masters in Divinity from Yale University as well as a Doctorate in Divinity at Lancaster Theological Seminary, with post-doctoral work at Harvard University. Read more »

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Kim Porter
Adjunct Instructor in Religion & Philosophy



Dr. Jim Spiceland
Adjunct Instructor in Religion & Philosophy





Retiring Faculty

Dr. Seth M. Holtzman 

  • B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Holtzman received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retiring this year in December 2020, he joined Catawba in 1998, where he taught almost all of the philosophy courses. He was the advisor for the Department's club, Catawba Conversations. His most recent publications are several articles in Routledge's Encyclopedia of American Philosophy. He opposes the dominant scientistic philosophy of scientific naturalism, instead defending a philosophy of the humanities worked out by his mentor, the late E. M. Adams.