United Welcomes Three New Professors


United is pleased to welcome three new faculty members, Felicia Howell LaBoy, Luther J. Oconer, and Horace Six-Means.  All three will begin their teaching duties on July 1, 2012.

Felicia Howell LaBoy, Assistant Professor of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair, has a B.A. from Lehigh University, an M.B.A. from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, an M.A. from Indiana Christian University, an M.Div. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Felicia teaches in the areas of evangelism, formation and church renewal.  Her special interests are in the connections between evangelism and social justice, urban ministry, racial reconciliation, faith-based community and economic development, and African American religious history and leadership.

As a  pastor, community activist, entrepreneur and workshop leader, Felicia works with churches, businesses and community organizations to help reconcile and restore churches and communities by equipping persons.

Felicia is an Elder in Full Connection of the Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church and enjoys traveling, music concerts, cooking and gardening.

Luther J. Oconer, Assistant Professor of United Methodist Studies, has a B.S. from Mapúa Institute of Technology, an M.Div. from Wesley Divinity School and an M.Phil. and Ph.D., from Drew University. 

Luther teaches in the areas of United Methodist History, Doctrine, and Polity. His research areas include the Holiness Movement, Pentecostalism and mission history. He is particularly interested in the history of Methodism in the Philippines and Asia, the intersection between revivalism and missions, and the connections between Methodism and Pentecostalism.

Luther has recently published essays on the Development of Methodism in Asia and the Pacific in T&T Clark’s Companion to Methodism (2010), and on the history of Methodism in the Philippines in Die Methodistische Kirchen (2011). He has also published articles in Methodist History and Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

He is an ordained elder in the Pampanga Philippines Annual Conference. 


Horace Six-Means, Associate Professor in Church History, has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.Div., a Th.M., and a Ph.D. in the History of Christianity from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Horace’s teaching and research interests include using hybridity and other Postcolonial categories for studying early Christianity; Christianity, culture, and the Constitution in US History; early Christian pneumatology; and using film and other forms of popular culture as teaching tools.

He is the author of Augustine and Catholic Christianization: The Catholicization of Roman Africa, 391-408. (New York: Peter Lang, 2011). Other writings include "Bishops, Early and Mediaeval" in the New Westminster Dictionary of Church History, and “Saints and Teachers: The Canon of Persons” in Canonical Theism: A Proposal for Theology and the Church.