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Dr. Eric Vail

Associate Professor of Theology

Contact Information

School of Christian MinistryReligion Program Coordinator
740-392-6868 Ext. 3612Email Dr. Vail

In The News

  • MVNU Employees Recognized for Service

    MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Faculty and staff members at Mount Vernon Nazarene University were honored for their years of service at the annual University Dinner on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. During the event, President Henry Spaulding reminded attendees that as the new academic school year begins, administration, faculty, and staff have “good work to do and that we have done good work together.”

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Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Theology, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2015-present
  • Assistant Professor of Theology, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2012-2015
  • Adjunct, Northwest Nazarene University, 2012
  • Adjunct, Nazarene Theological Seminary 2011-2012
  • Ordained Elder, Kansas City District, Church of the Nazarene, 2011
  • Pastor, First Church of the Nazarene, St. Joseph, Missouri, 2010-2012
  • Lecturer, Marquette University, 2009-2010

Professional Organizations

  • Wesleyan Theological Society

Published Works & Presentations

  • Eric M. Vail, Creation, The Wesleyan Theology Series (Kansas City, MO: The Foundry Publishing, 2022).
  • Eric M. Vail, Eschatology, The Wesleyan Theology Series (Kansas City, MO: The Foundry Publishing, 2020).
  • Eric M. Vail, Atonement and Salvation: The Extravagance of God’s Love (Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 2016).
  • Eric M. Vail, Creation and Chaos Talk: Charting a Way Forward, Princeton Theological Monograph Series (Eugene,
  • OR: PICKWICK Publications, 2012).
Last updated on 9/15/2022.


  • Ph.D., Religious Studies, Systematic Theology (“Using ‘Chaos’ in Articulating the Relationship of God and Creation in God’s Creative Activity”), Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 2009
  • M.Div. Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO, 2005
  • B.A., Philosophy Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID, 2001


"(MVNU professors) feel a great weight of responsibility to get it right for the students who enter our community each year."

John Ballenger - Director of the Writing Lab, Assistant Professor of English