Joe and Donatello's Mark    Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Weaks began his work and ministry in Texas. Following a Business Marketing degree from The University of Texas, where he began studies of Classical Greek, Dr. Weaks completed an M.Div. at Brite Divinity School and was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as pastor of Disciples churches in Texas and Missouri. He has most recently co-pastored with his wife Rev. Dawn Darwin Weaks. Joe began Ph.D. studies in NT at Brite Divinity School/TCU and completed his dissertation on Gospel source criticism while pastoring in Kansas City. Joe enjoys occasional teaching and lecturing outside of his congregation.

Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Weaks

Current Position

Minister, First Christian Church of Odessa, Odessa, MO, 2014 to present

Former pastorates:

• Raytown  Christian Church, Raytown, Mo.
• Bethany Christian Church, Dallas, Tx.
• First Christian Church, Spearman, Tx.
• First Christian Church, Wilmer, Tx.

Ordained, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 1997
Current standing in Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Greater Kansas City


Ph.D., Biblical Interpretation, New Testament and Early Christian Literature
Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Tx, 2010

M.Div., Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fr. Worth, Tx, 1996

BBA., Marketing and Statistics
The University of Texas, Austin, Tx, 1993

Current Research Interests

  • Computer Assisted Stylometric Analysis of Synoptic Data
  • Synoptic Problem
  • Shape of Gospel of Mark
  • Biblical Interpretation in Disciples of Christ
  • Biblical Preaching
  • Technology in a Congregational Ministry
  • Acts and Tobit

Work-related International Travel

Italy, 2011
Veracruz, Mx, 2011
Haiti, 2011, 2009, 2007
Germany, 2004
Turkey, 2004
Greece, 2004, 1996
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, England 1996


Foundations Course, New Testament Professor
Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Shawnee, KS, 2013, 2012, 2011

Adjunct Professor
Saint Paul School of Theology
Kansas City, MO, Spring 2012

Visiting Professor, Saint Andrews Seminary, Conseil National Spirituel des Eglises d'Haiti
Port au Prince, Haiti, 2011, 2009, 2007

Visiting Lecturer, Austin College, Religion Department
Sherman, Tx, 2001-2004

Teaching Assistant, Brite Divinity School
Fort Worth, Tx, 1994-1996, 2000-2002

Licensed Minister Program Faculty
Christian Church in the Southwest, 1997-1999

Sample of speaking topics at churches and schools:
  • "The Problem with 'Q' in Historical Studies"
  • "Corinthian Letters in Context"
  • "Revelation as Evocative Word"
  • "The Gospels Compared"
  • "Disciples of Christ and the Bible"
  • "Apocalyptic Imagination"
  • "Poverty in Luke-Acts"
  • "Moving From Gospel text to Transformative Sermon"
  • "Early Church History"
  • "Reader-response Bible Studies"
  • "Effective Technology for Pastoral Efficiency"

Fellowships and Awards

Lilly Endowment Renewal Sabbatical Grant, 2010
Leander Keck Fellow of New Testament Studies, Brite Divinity School, 2000-2005
Colby Award for Disciples Contribution, Brite Divinity School, 1997
Greek Book Award for Greek Studies, Brite Divinity School, 1995
Granville and Erline Walker Preaching Award, 1994
Hugh Scholarship, Brite Divinity School, 1993-1996
Teagle Foundation Fellowship, 1993-1996

Published Work

"Mark without Mark: Problematizing the Reliability of a Reconstructed Text of Q", 2010
(Traditional press dissertation publication pending)

"Barton W. Johnson" in Encyclopedia of the Stone Campbell Movement, 2004

Professional Papers

2013: "Acts and Tobit" (Paper presented in the Formation of Luke-Acts section of the Society of Biblical Literature at the Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Nov. 23)

2013: "Formal Stylometric Tendencies in the Reconstructed Text of Q" (Paper presented in the NT section of the Central States SBL, St. Louis, March)

2012: "Power and Poverty in Acts" (Paper presented in the NT section of the Central States SBL, St. Louis, March)

2011: "Mark without Mark" (Paper presented in the NT section of the Central States SBL, St. Louis, March 19)

2009: "The Problem with Getting at the Source" (Paper presented in the Gospel of Mark section of the Society of Biblical Literature at the Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Nov. 23)

2008: "Mark without Mark: The Unreliability of the Text of Q" (Paper presented in the Synoptic Studies section of the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, MA, Nov. 21)

Current Memberships

Society of Biblical Literature

Language Aptitudes

Biblical Greek, reading competency
Biblical Hebrew, modest reading competency
Spanish, modest conversational competency
German, modest reading competency

Computer related experience

Bible software testing and consulting
Computer Programming languages: Applescript, RegEx, HTML, PERL
Unicode Character Encoding


Married: Rev. Dr. Dawn Darwin Weaks
Children: Arwen (13 yrs) and Sam (11 yrs)
Hobbies: Guitar, Programming