Carroll College, Helena Montana


Dr. John C. Ries

Department Chair

He holds M.A. degrees in philosophy from St. Louis University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also holds an M.A./S.T.L. and Ph.D./S.T.D. from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His special interests include: systematic/fundamental theology, continental philosophy, philosophical and theological ethics, philosophy of religion, hermeneutics.

Courses taught at Carroll: Theological Foundations, History of Christian Thought, Perspectives in Philosophy, Ethics, The God Question, Church and Worship

Courses taught elsewhere: Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Human Nature, God and Philsophy (TH)-Sacraments, Catholic Beliefs, Moral Theology

Dr. Brian Matz

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Associate Professor of Theology

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Following an early career in the business world, Dr. Matz earned a Th.M. in Historical Theology from Dallas Seminary, a Ph.D. in Historical Theology/Early Christianity from Saint Louis University, and a Ph.D. and S.T.D. in social ethics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

His special interests include: history of Christianity and social ethics.

Dr. Eric E. Hall

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Assistant Professor of Theology and PhilosophyEric

Eric earned his M.A. in philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, focusing on Hegel and Lonergan studies. He earned his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in Philosophy of Religion and Theology, writing his dissertation on contemporary interpretations of authenticity, which he researched in part at the University of Zürich. His current research concerns itself with hermeneutics, modern Japanese philosophy, and 20th century philosophical theology. He has recently published on the possibility of post-metaphysical theology and will be publishing a reworking of his dissertation with Mohr Siebeck this summer, 2015, entitled "The Paradox of Authenticity".

Away from the classroom, Eric enjoys gardening, cooking for his family, wrestling, and boxing.

Courses taught: Ethics, Philosophical Perspectives, Theological Foundations, Asian Philosophy, Comparative Religion, Philosophy of Human Nature, and Violence and Atonement.

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Dr. Gerardo Rodriguez

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Assistant Professor of Theology

Dr. Rodríguez earned his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in Historical Theology with particular emphasis on the reception of the New Testament in early Christian literature.  He earned his MA from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN where he focused on the Pauline letters.  He has taught at Lindenwood University and at Saint Louis University. His special interests include Pauline studies and history of biblical interpretation.

Classes he teaches at Carroll: Theological Foundations, Intro to the OT, Intro to the NT, and specialty courses in biblical studies.


Affiliate Faculty

Chris FullerDr. Christopher Fuller

Dean of Mission Integration and Effectiveness
Director, Hunthausen Center for Peace and Justice

Dr. Fuller earned his Ph.D. at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif., where he concentrated on blending biblical studies with film studies. His B.A. is in Mass Media Communications from UCLA and his M.A. is in Biblical Studies from the Graduation Theological Union. 

From 1995 until his hiring at Carroll, Dr. Fuller taught at Saint Mary's College of California near San Francisco. He also served as a campus minister at Saint Mary's College of California from 1994 until his hiring at Carroll.

Outside of work, Dr. Fuller's main hobby is time with his family and photography.  You can view some of his photography here.

Adjunct Faculty

Ms. Martha Gonzalez 

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Martha completed her M.T.S. in 2001 through the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA.  Her B.A. is in Economics from UCLA. 

Martha was a college campus minister at the University Catholic Center, UCLA from 1990-1992 and later at St. Mary’s College of California from 1994-2004.   She also taught Religious Studies at Bishop O’Dowd a college preparatory high school in Oakland from 1994-1998. Prior to becoming an adjunct at Carroll College, she was the Asst. Director of Community Living for St. Charles and Trinity, 2004-2005.

Outside of work, Martha enjoys time with family and friends and has a passion for community volunteering. 


Mr. Jim Tucker

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Jim completed his M.A. in Italian in 1973 through the Catholic University of America, and his M. A. in Theology (Systematics) the same year through Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.  He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1973, but left the active priesthood in 1975 to marry.  Jim's wife Lorraine was born in Anaconda, MT and is a former Sinsinawa Dominican sister. They have two adult children.

Jim taught at Butte Central High School in Butte, MT from 1978-1981, chairing the Theology department and serving as Acting Principal in that period.  He has subsequently served in a number of pastoral and administrative roles promoting and developing theological education in local parishes through catechetical ministries and their oversight. He has taught as an adjunct instructor in Theology at Carroll from 1990-1992, and now since 2010.  


Welcoming to Carroll Theology Soon!

Katherine A. GreinerKat

Katherine will be joining the Carroll College Theology Department in the Fall of 2015.

Katherine is a doctoral candidate in Theology and Education at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. She earned her M.T.S. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 2007 and her B.A. in history and theology from Carroll College in 2005. She taught theology at Mt. St. Joseph Academy in Boston, MA from 2007-2011. Her dissertation, “There is a Wideness in God’s University: Wisdom and Lessons from Colleges Founded and Sponsored by Women Religious in the United States, focuses on questions concerning Catholic identity, charism, and mission in Catholic colleges and universities founded and sponsored by women Religious congregations." Her research interests include Christian spirituality in contemporary society and education, American Catholicism, and feminist and contextual theologies. She serves on the editorial board for the blog Daily Theology.

Courses to be taught at Carroll: Theological Foundations and Exploring Christian Spirituality: Traditions, Practices, and Contemporary Experience.