Courses

Courses

Fall Semester

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Introduction to Bible I: Doctrine of Scripture

This course explores the claims the Bible makes of itself and how the Scriptures came from God to us, exploring the process of revelation, inspiration, collection, transmission, and translation. This course is one part of a three-part Introduction to Bible credit.

Introduction to Bible II: Biblical Overview

A course designed to give a broad picture of the Bible, which enables the student to visualize the Word as a whole. Emphasis is on the historical flow of the scriptures throughout redemptive history. This course is part two of a three-part Introduction to Bible credit.

Backpack Trip (Elective)

In the early fall, students will experience a challenging but exciting week backpacking. Students will be seeing the sights of the Bob Marshall Wilderness – the largest wilderness area in the continental US – which happens to be our backyard! This course will also give the student a new awareness of the environment from a Biblical viewpoint. This course is a one credit elective course.

Introduction to Bible III: Christ in All of Scripture

The aim of this class is to reveal that the Lord Jesus would be seen more clearly and accurately as the great point of all Scripture. This course is part three of a three-part Introduction to Bible credit.

Biblical Creation Science (Elective)
This class will explore what the Bible teaches about how God created the world around us.  At a time in our culture when the world is desperate to show there is no God, this course will show the student how Scripture compares to the hollow theories set up against it.  This course is a one credit elective course.
Old Testament Survey I: The Pentateuch

This class will study the theology, content and unity of the first five books of the Old Testament. Various readings and discussion will introduce the student to various critical approaches to the origin and development of the Pentateuch and to the ways it continues to guide and shape God’s people today. This course is part one of a four-week Old Testament Survey credit.

Old Testament Survey II: Historical Books

This course will give the student a detailed overview of all the historical Old Testament books with a focus on the main characters and events contained within. Also, one of the books will receive special attention. This course is part two of a four-week Old Testament Survey credit.

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Old Testament Survey III: Wisdom Literature

This study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and The Song of Solomon leads students through poetry and prose unrivaled in all secular literature. The Wisdom Books are beautiful Holy Spirit-inspired literature, containing narrative, history, instruction, celebration, prayer, passion, prophecy, and more unfolding of the drama of divine redemption, looking toward its ultimate fulfillment in the atoning of Jesus Christ. This course is part three of a four-week Old Testament Survey credit.

Old Testament Survey IV: Prophets

This class looks at the role and significance of Old Testament prophets as emphasized in light of Biblical history. This overview includes a focus on select prophets and prophetic oracles. This course is part four of a four-week Old Testament Survey credit.

New Testament Studies I: I Timothy – The Church

This course is a verse-by-verse look at Paul’s letter to Timothy as he takes on the role of pastoring the church in Ephesus. In this book, God inspired Paul to instruct Timothy and subsequent church leaders how the local church should be set up and run. Students will learn the Biblical standards and priorities for the local church.  This course is part of a five credit New Testament studies series.

New Testament Survey I: Jesus & the Gospels
New Testament Survey II: Pauline Epistles

This course is an introductory look into the letters God inspired Paul to write, as well as a general overview into Pauline theology. This course is part two of a three-week New Testament Survey credit.

New Testament Survey III: General Epistles

This course is an introductory look into the other New Testament letters not written by Paul, including James, Hebrews, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude, and the Johannine epistles. This course is part three of a three-week New Testament Survey credit.

Spiritual Disciplines (Spiritual Formations - Night Course)

This course gives the basis for and a brief look at the many different spiritual disciplines that the Bible encourages believers to participate in in order to grow in their Christian life. This course is a one credit elective course.

Courses

Spring Semester

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Systematic Theology I: Doctrine of God, Jesus & the Holy Spirit

This course concentrates on seeing God as He is and the impact that this understanding can have on the Christian life. Additionally, this class will examine the sufficiency and necessity of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ as God’s means to rescue the world. Finally, this course seeks to give students an introductory level of insight into what the Bible has to say about the third person of the Triune God, the Holy Spirit. This course is  part one of a three-part Systematic Theology credit.

Systematic Theology II: Doctrine of Man and Sin

This course seeks to take a concentrated look at gaining a biblical understanding of man as made in God’s image, what really happened at the fall and the consequences of the fall. This course is part two of a three-part Systematic Theology credit.

Systematic Theology III: Doctrine of Salvation
This course seeks to give students a Biblical understanding of the Doctrine of Salvation.  This class will explore the elements of Redemption and how the Triune Godhead participates in our salvation and sanctification. This course is part three of a three-part Systematic Theology credit.
New Testament Studies II: Ephesians

This course is a verse-by-verse look at Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus. In this book, students will learn the critical things that the Apostle Paul teaches the members of the Ephesian church. This course is part of a five credit New Testament studies series.

Apologetics I: Introduction to Worldview

As a Christian, the defense of our faith is our responsibility. As we learn to defend our faith we see that it is a confirmation to believers and conviction to non-believers. This course shows how the Gospel gives Christians a new way of seeing everything in the world around them. This is part one of a three-week Apologetics credit.

Apologetics II: Contemporary Issues & Objections

In this course students will look at how Christianity responds to some of the main contemporary issues that are facing Western culture today. This course is part two of a three-week Apologetics credit.

Apologetics III: World Religions

This course looks at how the grace found in Christianity makes it unique to the other religions of the world. This course will also take a look at pseudo-Christian cults and how they do not teach true Christian doctrine. This course is part three of a three-week Apologetics credit.

New Testament Studies III: Romans 1-8

This course is a verse-by-verse look at chapters 1-8 in the letter to the Christians living in first century Rome. In this book, God inspired Paul to instruct and encourage the Roman believers to understand great doctrine while living out those doctrines on a daily basis. Students will learn the Biblical theology and the necessary truths to live in a Christ-centered manner. This course is part of a five credit New Testament studies series.

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New Testament Studies IV: Romans 9-16

This course is a verse-by-verse look at chapters 9-16 in the letter to the Christians living in first century Rome. In this book, God inspired Paul to instruct and encourage the Roman believers to understand great doctrine while living out those doctrines on a daily basis. Students will learn the Biblical theology and the necessary truths to live in a Christ-centered manner. This course is part of a five credit New Testament studies series.

Church History I: Book of Acts

This class will take a look back at the New Testament Church and the foundations of Christianity so that we can learn how to live and function in the Church today. Discussions will contrast God’s view of the role and relationship of the Church against those ideas contrived by man. Emphasis will be on backgrounds of denominations today and present teachings. This course is part one of a three-week Church History credit.

Church History II: 100 AD – Reformation

This course will offer an overview of Church history, from AD 100 to the Reformation. Special attention will be given to theological and denominational development, as well as a study of the lives of many of history’s religious leaders. This course is part two of a three-week Church History credit.

Church History III: Reformation – Present Day

This course will offer an overview of Church history, from the Reformation to the present. Special attention will be given to theological and denominational development, as well as a study of the lives of many of history’s religious leaders. Like in the previous week, the goal is for the student to come to an understanding that history is more than memorized facts, but that it is affecting them even today. This course is part three of a three-week Church History credit.

New Testament Studies V: Galatians
Introduction to Missions I: Global Missions & History

This course will provide a Biblical foundation for understanding God’s mission among the nations, a historical overview of missions, and exploring the calling all Christians have to be a part of God’s mission in the world. This course is part one of a two-week Missions credit.

Introduction to Missions II: Personal Missions

The aim of this course is to show students the importance of living for God’s purpose and mission in the world as a Christian, whether or not they are in vocational ministry, and what that looks like in today’s culture. Missions will be examined at the micro level. This course is part two of a two-week Missions credit.

Practical Christian Living (Spiritual Formations)
This class is designed to help students apply Scriptural principles to their everyday life. This class will explore a few elements of Christian life such as: Recognizing hindrances to victorious Christian living; Understanding key principles for healthy relationships; Understanding the Biblical principles of conflict resolution; Examining how to face and overcome adversity; Understanding Biblical and practical principles on finance; Examining practical ways to serve the local church; Researching scriptures relevant to class topic.  This course is a one credit elective course.

Instructors

Dr. Jared Compton

Dr. Jarod Compton

Associate Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary

Minneapolis, MN

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Jared serves as assistant professor of New Testament Theology and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College and Seminary, a post he took up in 2020. Before coming to Bethlehem, Jared served as pastor for discipleship and pastoral-training at CrossWay Community Church (Bristol, WI) and assistant professor of New Testament at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (Allen Park, MI). Jared received his Ph.D. in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School under the supervision of D. A. Carson.

Jared loves teaching and preaching the Bible and training others to do the same. He loves thinking and talking about how the Bible fits together and how we fit into the Bible’s big story. Jared’s written articles and reviews for several publications and published three books, most recently Biblical Theology according to the Apostles: How the Earliest Christians Told Israel’s Story (IVP, 2020), a book he wrote with two of his childhood friends. He’s served on the editorial board for Themelios and Trinity Journal and is presently a member of ETS & IBR. Best of all, he’s been a Christian for 30 years, married to his best friend Charisse for nearly 20 years, and has been telling dad jokes for 15 years. Jared, Charisse, and their three children—Asher, Jude, and Haven—live in Arden Hills and attend Bethlehem’s North Campus

Dr. Jordan Edwards

Professor at Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, MO

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Dr. Jordan Edwards is Assistant Professor and Honors Program Director at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO. His background is in the early church, having studied Patristics and the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the early church under the supervision of Michael Haykin at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He also taught Church History at Boyce College in Louisville. In his current role, he primarily teaches in the area of Christianity and culture, helping students to develop as Christian thinkers prepared to engage with the world.  Jordan and his wife Lindsay have been involved in church ministry for the last decade, with Jordan leading and teaching small groups and Lindsay serving in nursery and children’s ministry. They have one daughter, Ellie, who has more energy than both of them combined and is a source of great joy.

Dr. Matthew Emadi

Dr. Matthew Emadi

Pastor at Crossroads Church

Sandy, UT

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Matt grew up in Layton, Utah and is a graduate of Weber State University (Ogden, UT). He currently serves as the lead pastor of Crossroads Church in Sandy. Before coming back to Utah, Matt was the head coach for the Boyce College men’s basketball team in Louisville, KY. He earned an M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY). Matt is the author of the booklet, How Can I Serve My Church? (Crossway) and The Royal Priest: Psalm 110 in Biblical Theology in IVP’s New Studies in Biblical Theology series. He has also contributed articles to The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology and 9marks. Matt is passionate about pastoral theology, biblical theology, preaching, and ecclesiology.

Matt has been married to Brittany since 2008, and together they have six children: Elijah, Jeremiah, Aliyah, Josiah, Judah, and Isaiah. Brittany is from Illinois and enjoys being a stay-at-home mother, gardening, and homeschooling their children.

Lowell Engle

Lowell Engle

Program Director at MWSB

Augusta, MT

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Lowell Engle is a 2012 alumnus of Montana Wilderness School of the Bible and went on to do the Venture Program (2nd-year student leadership program) the following year. Before joining the staff at MWSB, he worked in Minnesota with a non-profit ministry for at-risk youth called Timber Bay. Lowell teaches five different classes for the Venture students and one class for MWSB’s first-year students. He also disciples eight students at the college every year. He lives on campus with his wife Jill and their two children. They are members at Augusta Community Church. Lowell received his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies at Lancaster Bible College and is currently working on a Masters degree at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary.

Chad Everhart

Dr. Chad Everhart

Professor at University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

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Dr. Chad Everhart serves as Professor of Missions and Ministry online and as Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Vilas, NC.  He previously served for several years as the Department Chair of Missions & Ministry as well as Campus Minister to the University of the Cumberlands at the Williamsburg Campus. He and his wife, April, have three daughters, Emerson, Mabry, and Taylor as well as a son named Bridger who live on a small farm in western North Carolina.

  • Doctor of Education, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture, North Carolina State University

Pastor Zach Fallon

Pastor at Christ Church South Metro Atlanta

Tyrone, GA

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Zach is a pastor at Christ Church, a new church plant in the South metro Atlanta area. He saw his need for Christ and received him the summer after his freshman year in college. He and Christine met while students at Wheaton College and have been married since 2010. Together they have four children and are excited to live all of life in light of the gospel and invite others to do the same. Previously, Zach served as a pastor for five years at College Church in Wheaton, IL. Before that, he and Christine lived and served in ministry for five years at Montana Wilderness School of the Bible. Zach has been privileged to be trained for ministry through Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Micah Forsythe

Pastor Micah Forsythe

Pastor at Emmaus Church

Bozeman, MT

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Micah is currently the lead teaching elder at Emmaus Church in Bozeman, Montana. Previously he was on staff at Montana Bible College. He grew up in Colorado and was a Supervising Manager at Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI). Then, in 2004, he and his wife moved to Montana where he took on the roles of Financial Director and Instructor at Montana Wilderness School of the Bible. He has a passion for teaching and sharing God’s Word and enjoys other hobbies such as photography, backpacking, cycling, and most outdoor activities. Micah and his wife Christa have three young children. Micah earned a BS in Bible/Theology and Educational Ministries from Multnomah Bible College in 2004 and an MA in Curriculum and Instructional Design from Colorado Christian University in 2017.

Dr. Sandy Good

Dr. N. Sanford Good

Executive Director of Live 10:27 Ministries

Lititz, PA

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Dr. Good (Sandy) was born in Lancaster, PA, grew up in New Holland and went to Garden Spot High School, graduating in 1967. He accepted Christ as his personal Lord & Savior at age 8 at a Good News Club and grew in his faith through teachings at church, Youth for Christ and Good News Camp in the summer. He attended Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY where he played 4 years of soccer and met his wife, Diane. He and Diane have been married for 46 years and have 3 grown daughters, 3 son-in-laws and 7 grandchildren. After earning his Master of Divinity degree and Master of Theology in missions & evangelism from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL., he and Diane served in Rhodesia, Africa for 6 months and then at Lancaster Bible College for 31 years. While at LBC, Sandy served as Dean of Men, soccer coach, Chair of the Intercultural Studies Department and Director of the H.I.S. Ministry Team Program. As the Chair of the department, he taught such courses as: Spiritual Life & Evangelism; Prayer: A Missiological Perspective; Cross-Cultural Communication; World Religions; Discipleship Evangelism; and Relationships in Ministry. As Director he organized all the short-term missions teams of the college and has personally served on over 70
short-term missions trips in 28 different countries. He earned his Doctor’s degree from Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions in Columbia, SC. [Doctor of Ministry in Missions & Evangelism] Since leaving LBC, Sandy and
Diane have started their own non-profit ministry called “Live 10:27 Ministries”. This ministry exists to educate, inspire, and motivate the world-wide Body of Christ to live Luke 10:27. Through Live 10:27 Ministries he organizes and leads ministry backpacking trips in Europe. He has led over 80 missions trips.

Dr. Ryan Hanley

Professor at University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

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Dr. Ryan Hanley is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, KY. He primarily teaches in the area of Old Testament. He taught previously at Boyce College in Louisville, KY. Ryan and his wife Kathleen have been involved in church ministry together for the last 15 years, serving in nursery, college ministry, and in young couples ministry. He also preaches on occasion. Together, they have five children, which is as busy and crazy and wonderful as it sounds.

Dr. Zachary Hedges

Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Trinity College of Florida

Trinity, FL

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Dr. Zachary Hedges serves as Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Trinity College of Florida – a small evangelical school in the Tampa Bay area. He also serves as the Director of the Honors Program at Trinity. Zach completed his Ph.D. in Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, and also previously served as an adjunct instructor there. In addition to Church History, he also teaches in the areas of Bible, Theology, and Apologetics. Zach is married to his wife Rachel, and their household includes one beautiful baby girl and one poorly-behaved cat. He is originally from the Cincinnati, OH, area, and in his spare time enjoys baseball, good coffee, jazz music, and relaxing on Florida beaches.

Paul Hill

Paul Hill

Executive Director at MWSB

Augusta, MT

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Paul has been the director of the Montana Wilderness School of the Bible since June 2016. Previously he was the Executive Pastor for GracePoint Church, Bremerton, WA starting in September 2004. Previous to that, Paul was the Director of the Island Lake Camp, Poulsbo, WA, from 1990 to 2004. Paul has a Masters in nonprofit Management from Regis University. He also became an Ordained Minister by the Silverdale Baptist Church on March 5, 2011 and a Licensed Minister on January 9, 2000.
Dr. Chris Hopf

Dr. Chris Hopf

Pastor at Second Baptist Church

Houston, TX

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Chris is originally from Chicago, but now resides in Katy, TX which is a suburb of Houston. He is married to Loren and they have four children. Chris currently serves as the associate pastor of adult ministries at Second Baptist Church in Houston, TX. Chris is also an adjunct professor of theology at Houston Baptist University. In addition, he serves as the chaplain to three agencies: the Katy ISD Police Department, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI. He received his BA in theological studies from the Moody Bible Institute, his THm from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his DMin also from Dallas Theological Seminary. In his spare time he enjoys relaxing with his family, reading, and playing golf.

Dr. Kevin Horton

Executive Director of Institute for Biblical Authority

Missoula, Montana

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Dr. Horton practiced veterinary medicine on both large and small animals in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana for 20 years. During the last five years of veterinary practice he answered God’s call to church leadership and established two churches in the Valley. He served Crossroads Christian Fellowship of Victor, MT as senior pastor for 20 years. He began as full-time as director of IBA in the spring of 2018. Dr. Horton has a passion to see God’s Word correctly understood. He is convinced that as people begin to grasp the intended meaning of scripture, they gain a solid foundation to navigate this difficult life.

Dr. Bryan Hughes

Senior Pastor at Grace Bible Church

Bozeman, MT

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Bryan is senior pastor of Grace Bible Church in Bozeman. He and his wife, Bev, have three children. Bryan enjoys hunting, reading, and playing basketball. Bryan has also taught a modular class at a Bible college in the Ukraine. Bryan earned his BA in Greek and Theology from Moody Bible Institute, an MA in Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Hebrew and Greek from Trinity Seminary in Newburgh, IN, having graduating in 2001.

Dan Jacobson

Director of the Trailhead Gap-Year Program

Westboro, WI

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Dan Jacobson was born and raised in Wisconsin where he still lives. His passions have always been good books, the outdoors, and life’s big questions. His degree is in Literature and he was a small business owner before entering ministry. He is the founding director of the TRAILHEAD GAP-YEAR PROGRAM (a one-year Bible and life-skills program) at Forest Springs Camp and Conference Center in Wisconsin. He teaches Bible, worldview and other topics as diverse as gun safety and pig-butchering. He is married to Laura and they have two boys – Charlie and Mason. Dan has a bachelors in literature from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, having graduated in 2001.

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Dr. Jim Lacy

Professor at Cornerstone University

Grand Rapids, MI

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Jim began pastoring in 1974 and served 3 churches for 20+ years.  He then started as an interim pastor while teaching college courses.  As an interim pastor he has served 20 churches in Michigan, Illinois and Washington.

Jim taught at Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary for 25 years including  Bible Survey, individual Bible Books and church administration, pastoral care and preaching. 

Jim has an MA in Biblical Studies from Northwest Baptist Seminary, a MRE from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

He is married to Nancy and they have 3 children (the oldest, Andrew, is a graduate of MWSB).

John Klaassen

Dr. J. Michael McKay, Jr.

Associate Professor of Biblical Theology; Director of Online Graduate Ministry Degrees at Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

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Michael McKay was born and raised in the Southeastern United States. He married Lee-Ann in 1994 and they have three adult children. Michael and Lee-Ann served with Ethnos360 for almost a decade in one of their training facilities equipping missionary candidates to plant churches among indigenous peoples around the world. After graduating from Grace Seminary (MA, 2008) and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (PhD, 2017), they moved to Ohio. Michael has been teaching at Cedarville University since 2017. Michael is an elder at Patterson Park Church and a member of the board for Ethnos360 USA.

Dr. Randall McKinion

Professor at Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

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Dr. McKinion (Randy) was saved, began to follow Christ, and was baptized when he was 9 years old. He attended the University of South Alabama, where he majored in mechanical engineering and played baseball. He was active in Baptist Campus Ministries during his time at USA and was involved in college ministry at Cottage Hill Baptist Church. During those years, God moved his heart toward preparation for ministry. Upon graduation, he married April and moved to the Los Angeles area to attend The Master’s Seminary, where he graduated in 2001. It was while studying at Master’s that he began to desire further study in the Old Testament. He began studying at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC) in 2001 and received his PhD in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Old Testament in 2006. While at SEBTS, he began teaching at Shepherds Seminary (Cary, NC), where he taught and worked in various administrative positions from 2003 until 2014. While at Shepherds, he participated as an elder in the planting of Redeemer Community Church in Fuquay-Varina, NC. In 2014, God moved Randy and April, along with their three kids, Caleb, Caden, and Zoe Grace, to Cedarville University, where he is currently Professor of Old Testament.

Tom Miller

Tom Miller

Former Director of Arrowhead Bible College

Tappen, ND

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Tom lives in Tappen, ND and works full-time on an organic farm. Tom was previously the Director of Arrowhead Bible College for 14 years at Beartooth Mountain Christian Ministries in Fishtail, Montana. He received a Masters of Ministry from Pacific Evangelical School of Ministry and He is an alumni of MWSB (’98).

Nate Newell

Pastor Nate Newell

Pastor at Mission Church

Lancaster, PA

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Nate Newell is Pastor of Mission & Ministry Development at Mission Church in Lancaster, PA where he overseas the discipleship and leadership pathway, church planting, and global missions. He previously served as Senior Pastor at an international church in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as well as planting a church in rural Pennsylvania. Nate and his wife Marie have been involved in church ministry for the past 20 years in many capacities, but have found a passion for coaching men and women in ministry. They love their three children and Labrador retriever. 

Dr. Russell Sanders

Online Teaching Assistant/Garrett Fellow at Boyce College

Louisville, KY

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Russ Sanders was born in Orange, California. In 1973 he and his family migrated to Northwest Arkansas, where he grew up on a farm and attended Bentonville High School. Through the kindness of God, he met his Savior when he was about 18 years of age. He attended college at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. While studying at John Brown, he met his beloved Katherine. They were married in 1982 and have four children and a daughter-in-law: AnnaBeth, David, who is married to Jaymi, Sarah, and Jonathan. Russ worked as a social worker for the Arkansas State Department of Human Services between 1989 and 1992. He then worked in a family owned apartment rental business between 1992 and 2004. In 2004 Russ and his family uprooted and moved to India, where they served as missionaries with the International Mission Board. Russ and Katherine returned home from overseas in 2019. They presently reside in Bentonville, Arkansas. Russ is an active lay volunteer in Centerton First Baptist Church. He leads an adult Sunday School class and teaches children on Wednesday nights. He currently works in the Bentonville Public Schools as a substitute teacher and serves as the grader/online teaching assistant to Dr. John Klaassen of Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky.

Chris Sherrod

Chris Sherrod

Discipleship Minister at South Spring Baptist Church

Tyler, TX

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Chris Sherrod began teaching at MWSB in 2004, covering such classes as Apologetics, Foundations of Biblical Morality, and Biblical Creationism. Graduating from Auburn University with a BA in Education in 1993, Chris went on to get a MA in Religion from Liberty University in 2003 and has spent his years in ministry to students and families through teaching, writing, pastoring, coaching, and speaking. Chris and his wife Katie have eight wonderful children (and two daughter-in-laws), and their passion is for their family to be used by God to show His glory and grace, and to equip believers to live, defend, and share their faith.

Dr. Chris H. Smith, Jr.

Director of Student Development and Adjunct Instructor at Boyce College

Louisville, KY

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Chris is from South Carolina where he attended Clemson University, majoring in wildlife biology. After a short time as a biologist and game warden in Colorado, he pursued a call to ministry. Chris has done mission work in Central Asia, has church planted in the Chicagoland area, and has served in various roles in local churches. He has worked at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College in different capacities since 2010. He has an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Wheaton College. He’s married to Holly, and they have three young boys: Frederick, Simon, and Nicholas.

Jordan Thomas

Jordan Thomas

Lead Pastor at Grace Church Memphis

Memphis, TN

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God opened Jordan’s heart to believe the gospel during his freshman year of college. He has been preaching the gospel since 1997, is husband to Tracy, and has six children—four daughters and two sons.  While serving with the other elders to provide soul-care to the flock, Jordan is a pastor-teacher at Grace Church Memphis overseeing vision and spiritual leadershipHe has a M.Div, from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN (g. May, 2003).

Dr. Joshua Waltman

Professor at Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

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Dr. Josh Waltman teaches various courses in theology, apologetics, and research. He holds a Ph. D in Theological Studies with a concentration in Apologetics from Columbia International University. His dissertation focused on trinitarian theology and theistic responses to the problem of divine hiddenness. He also holds additional degrees in philosophy and religion, theology and apologetics, theological studies, and library science. A life-long Virginian and ordained pastor, Dr. Waltman has served churches throughout the state in roles that include elder, itinerate preacher, evangelist, and teaching pastor. He is passionate about helping students become champions for Christ who pursue both truth and love in their lives and callings within the local church. He currently lives in Rustburg, VA with his wife, Whitney, and their two sons, Jack and Barry. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, woodworking, outdoor activities, and getting lost in the library stacks.

Dr. Gary Yates

Dr. Gary Yates

Professor at Liberty Divinity School & University

Lynchburg, VA

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Before coming to Liberty Divinity School, Gary pastored churches in Kansas and Virginia and taught at Cedarville University in Ohio. Gary and his wife Marilyn have three children. They both are graduates of Liberty. His special interests in Old Testament studies are the prophets, biblical theology, and Hebrew language. He also is involved in preaching and teaching in the local church. Gary received
his BA from Washington Bible College, and his Th.M and Ph.D from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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