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
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

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
Assistant Professor of TheologyGerardo

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

Mr. Jim Tucker, jtucker@carroll.eduJim Tucker

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.  




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