Dr. Adrian Hinkle arrived as Southwestern Christian University in 2004 where she served as the first female to teach Theology at an IPHC higher education institution. Before joining Southwestern, Dr. Hinkle served the IPHC through her work as an assistant at the Global Ministry Center and was involved as an assistant youth pastor in the Heartland Conference. Since joining SCU, Dr. Hinkle was involved in several leadership roles including Department Chair for the Christian Studies Department (2008-2014), Academic Dean for the School of Professional Studies (2011-2017), and Dean of the Graduate Studies program (2014-2016). Dr. Hinkle also serves as a reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission and is an active member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
An alumna of SCU with a BS in Biblical Studies, Dr. Hinkle went on to earn a Master of Arts in Theology from Southern Nazarene University. She then completed additional graduate work through the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary before completing her Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David in 2014.
In spring 2017, Dr. Hinkle published her second book that is part of the culmination of her cross-disciplinary research on the application of active learning theory to the biblical texts. She has additional publications through Encourage Magazine, LifeSprings Resources, Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, Journal of Biblical and Pneumatological Research, Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies, and Pneuma Review. In addition to her publications, Dr. Hinkle also regularly presents papers at the Society for Pentecostal Studies annual meeting and has formerly presented papers at the annual meetings for the Higher Learning Commission, Christian Adult Higher Education Association, and Society of Biblical Literature.