Faculty Profile

Dr. Carey Vinzant

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology
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  • B.A., Mississippi College
  • M.Div., Wesley Biblical Seminary
  • Ph.D., Concordia Seminary


Carey Vinzant grew up in Raymond, Mississippi, where his father still lives. He completed his undergraduate work in English Literature and Psychology at Mississippi College in 1994. During his time as an undergraduate Carey recognized his calling to Christian ministry. In August of 1992 he began volunteering at an urban ministry in downtown Jackson. Carey enrolled at WBS in August of 1995, and it was in Monday night Greek class that he met Allene Cockerill, whom he married in July of 1996. After completing his M.Div. studies at WBS in 1999, the Vinzants moved to Celina, Ohio, where Carey served as a youth minister. In 2001 Carey, Allene, and their son, Patrick (born July 2000) moved to Saint Louis, Missouri for Carey to begin doctoral work at Concordia Seminary. His doctoral dissertation focused on the concept of the human person in the thought of John Scottus Eriugena. Shortly after moving to Saint Louis, the Vinzants became part of a conservative Anglican parish. Carey wasordained to the diaconate in January 2005 and the priesthood in 2007 within the Anglican Mission in America. After completing his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary in 2010, Carey wrote and edited for Concordia Publishing House and Creative Communications for the Parish, among others. In 2011 Carey began teaching at WBS as an adjunct professor. The Vinzants moved back to Mississippi in July of 2012 and happily reside in Clinton with their diminutive and highly opinionated terrier, Cookie. They attend Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Madison, Mississippi, where Carey serves as a priest in residence.

Carey's theological interests include:

  • Medieval and Byzantine studies
  • Hermeneutics
  • the relationship between Trinity, personhood, and phenomenology
  • the Christian mystical tradition
  • the philosophical implications of creedal orthodoxy
  • Carey's other interests include:

    • Music (especially playing the guitar)
    • Reading
    • Food (especially Thai, Vietnamese, Jamaican, or any number of other tasty ethnic cuisines)