Rev. Dr. Dru Johnson, Director

Dru Johnson teaches Biblical literature, theology, and biblical interpretation at The King’s College. He is an ordained minister in the EPC, an editor for the Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Biblical Criticism series, an associate director for the Jewish Philosophical Theology Project at The Herzl Institute in Israel, and a co-host for the OnScript Podcast
He has been a Research Fellow at the Logos Institute of Analytical and Exegetical Theology (University of St Andrews, Scotland), the Institute for Advanced Studies—Shalem Center (Jerusalem, Israel), and a Senior Research Fellow at The Henry Center’s “Creation Project” (TEDS). Interviews, articles, and a full list of his books can found at

Robert Nicholson, Senior Fellow

Robert Nicholson is Founder and Executive Director of The Philos Project. He holds a B.A. in Hebrew Studies from Binghamton University, and both a J.D. and M.A. in Middle Eastern history from Syracuse University. A former U.S. Marine and a 2012-13 Tikvah Fellow, Nicholson founded The Philos Project in 2014. His advocacy focuses on spreading the vision of a multi-ethnic and multi-religious Middle East based on freedom and rule of law. Mr. Nicholson serves on the Board of Directors of Passages, and is a publisher of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. His written work has appeared in First Things, The Federalist, The Jerusalem Post, The Hill, and The American Interest, among others.

Celina Durgin, Director of Operations

Celina Durgin joined the staff of the Center for Hebraic Thought in the spring of 2020. She earned a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King’s College in 2015 and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 2018. Celina was a student in Dr. Dru Johnson’s first-ever Introduction to Old Testament Literature class at King’s, which began to liberate her from some bad exegetical habits. Some of her written work can be found in Christianity Today and National Review.

Darren Duke, Semitic Language Senior Fellow

Darren Duke spent 30 years as a Marine Corps officer, serving in both military and diplomatic assignments in the Near East, Africa, and the Far East. He is pursuing a PhD in Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics from Catholic University of America. Darren holds a BS in Political Science from the US Naval Academy and a MA in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School. His work focuses on strengthening the identity of Near East Christian communities and deepening Western Christian awareness and interest in Near East issues.