President, and Professor of Biblical Preaching, Leadership, and Spiritual Formation and Ministry
A seasoned entrepreneur with a diverse professional background in business, education, and ministry, Dr. Lewis has worked as an engineer, senior pastor, administrator, director, and CEO. An ordained minister, he has served in leadership on a number of denominational and non-denominational ministry and professional boards, and served as a short-term missionary in Bolivia, Haiti, India, and Korea. Founder of InspireUSA: Celebrating the Best of America®, author of the Meat and Potatoes for the Soul series, Plight, and other books, his productions and publications include numerous articles, other books, a cable TV show, dissertation, magazines, musicals, songs, videos, and web sites. He and his wife, Wendy, have three adult children.
Vice-President of Finance and Administration
Mr. McCalip retired from ConocoPhillips in August 2010, after 34 years of service primarily in safety and environmental program management. Upon retirement, he began immediately serving as a volunteer for The Bible Seminary, assisting with the initial capital campaign and establishing initial organizational plans and accounting procedures. He and his wife, Elaine, have one married son.
Provost, and Professor of Biblical Archaeology and Church History
A native Texan with 36 years of experience serving professionally as a pastor, principal, superintendent, professor, Development Director, teacher, coach, and more, Dr. Stripling began his career in college working in youth ministry, then worked in public education, then full-time professional ministry and Christian education, and then a combination of public and private education and ministry. Former Department Chair of Humanities at Wharton County Junior College, he has also taught at Houston Baptist University, Belhaven University, International Bible College, and Texas Southmost College/University of Brownsville. He previously worked as Director of Development at The IDEA Academy, helped co-found and served as Principal of Covenant Christian Academy, and served as teacher and/or coach at Sugar Land Middle School, Point Isabel ISD, and James Pace High School. An active archaeologist and a Board member of the Near East Archaeological Society, Dr. Stripling serves as Director of Excavations at Shiloh, and served as Field Supervisor of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan from 2005 to 2010, Director of the Khirbet el-Maqatir project since 2010, and Supervisor of the Jerusalem Temple Mount Salvage Project in Israel. A popular speaker and author of The Trowel and the Truth: A Guide to Field Archaeology in the Holy Land, The Trowel and the Truth, Somebody Call 9:11, and numerous other publications, he has served on a variety of community, education and ministry Boards and organizations. He and his wife, Janet, have four children and two grandchildren.
Faculty, Professor of Biblical History and Exegesis
A native Ohioan, Dr. Petrovich has been involved in Christian service and various educational institutions since the 1980s, and he has taught over 30 different courses. He was ordained in a non-denominational church in 1998, and he has served as a pastor in California and Siberia, Russia. He was invited by Slavic Gospel Association to lead the founding of a seminary in Akademgorodok (Russia), called Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary, where he served as Academic Dean and Assistant to the President for 10 years. He later served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, North Carolina, and he has taught at the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University. While he has taught courses in ancient history, Egyptology, biblical studies, theology, and pastoral studies, his two areas of greatest specialization are biblical history and the exegesis of the biblical languages. He has studied/taught Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Middle Egyptian, and Late Egyptian. He is an historian, archaeologist, epigrapher, and Egyptologist, and he has participated in archaeological digs at Hazor (Israel), Shiloh (Israel), and Tell Tayinat (ancient Syria). His groundbreaking research on the reading of inscriptions of the earliest alphabetic script led to the publication of his book, The World’s Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew as the Language of the Proto-Consonantal Script, and his publications can be found on his academia.edu webpage. He and his wife, Sherri, have three children.
Dobie is a CPA with more than 30 years of leadership experience in finance, accounting, business administration, information technology, human resources, and operations. His roles have generally involved overseeing growth, change and the development of best practices as part of a management team. Dobie is making a career change, leaving the corporate world to follow God’s call to work bi-vocationally or full-time in ministry. To that end, he began classes at The Bible Seminary in the fall of 2016. Dobie and his wife, Alyson, have 3 married sons and a married daughter.
Coby is a native of Katy, Texas who returned to the area after a family journey living in diverse places such as Santa Maria, California and Beijing, China. Following undergraduate work at Sam Houston State University, her career has included work as Middle School History Teacher at Faith West Academy in Katy, Texas; History and Comparative Literature Teacher at SLO Classical Academy in SLO (San Luis Obispo), California; and Administrative Assistant at RECON in Santa Maria, California. Coby and her husband, Matt, have three daughters.