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Russell P. Spittler retired in 2002 as Provost Emeritus and Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary after 27 years on the Fuller faculty. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Provost (Interim) at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California. He has spoken and written on ecumenical dialogue, Pentecostalisms, the charismatic movement, and Christianity at Corinth. He has a multidisciplinary career that spans work as a chaplain, book editor, and pastor, as well as professor and provost.

As provost, Spittler served as the chief academic officer of Fuller Seminary and Vanguard University. In addition to supervising academic programs and personnel, his responsibilities included accreditation affairs. He also served as the founding director of the David Du Plessis Center for Christian Spirituality at Fuller, named for one of this century's leading Pentecostal spokespersons. Fuller is home to Du Plessis's personal papers and artifacts collection on the history of the Pentecostal and ecumenical movements. Vanguard University is a Christian comprehensive liberal arts college with a heritage in the Pentecostal tradition.

Listed in prior editions of Who's Who in Religion, Spittler is a former president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies and has held membership in the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature. His most recent publication is Fuller Voices Then and Now (2004) and before that Pentecostal Currents in American Protestantism (co-editor with Edith Blumhofer and Grant Wacker, 1999).

Spittler, who earned a Ph.D. degree in New Testament at Harvard University, has taught at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri; Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Vanguard University; Fuller Seminary; and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. An ordained minister of the Assemblies of God, he has served as a pastor in Corona and Newport Beach, California, and as a chaplain at the Naval Air Station in Los Alamitos, California.