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Fred Horton 

Title: Professor Emeritus of Religion
Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, North Carolina, United States

Fred Horton, professor emeritus of religion at Wake Forest University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academia.

Dr. Horton is a distinguished educator and scholar with an illustrious career spanning over five decades. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina in 1964, he continued his academic journey, earning a Bachelor of Divinity in the New Testament from Union Theological Seminary in 1967 and a PhD in biblical studies from Duke University in 1971. Since 1970, he has been an integral part of the faculty at Wake Forest University, where he currently holds the esteemed position of professor emeritus of religion.

Throughout his tenure, Dr. Horton has made significant contributions to the field of religion and biblical studies. He has held various teaching positions, including serving as the John Thomas Albritton professor of religion from 1991 to 2011. Beyond his academic roles, he has been actively involved in civic and community service, serving as an Episcopal priest and volunteering for organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

As an accomplished author and researcher, Dr. Horton has published extensively in prestigious academic journals and books. His notable works include “The Melchizedek Tradition,” published by Cambridge University Press. His dedication to scholarship and teaching has been recognized with awards such as the Teaching Award for Tenured and Non-Tenured Professors at Wake Forest University. He is driven by a strong passion for expanding educational opportunities, with plans to develop a second-year Hebrew course for the people of Gaborone in Botswana. Building upon his successful experience teaching an experimental course in Greek via Zoom, he aims to replicate this model to benefit communities across Africa.

Dr. Horton attributes his success to the support of his family and the stimulating academic atmosphere fostered at Wake Forest University. As he looks to the future, he remains dedicated to advancing his research endeavors, particularly in creating educational initiatives for communities in Botswana. Concurrently, he is immersed in a research endeavor delving into forgiveness within apocalyptic contexts. He aims to provide a unique perspective on forgiveness as a moral virtue amidst end-of-the-world scenarios. His unwavering commitment to scholarship and teaching, alongside his substantial contributions to academia, underscores his commitment to broadening educational horizons and nurturing community involvement.

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