Dr. K. Lynn Lewis
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 began his professional career as a hydrologist and dam engineer at Dan McGill and Associates in Gainesville, Georgia. He served as Youth Director at Tuckston United Methodist Church (UMC) in Athens, Georgia and Watkinsville UMC in Watkinsville, Georgia, and later as Senior Pastor of Flowery Branch UMC in Flowery Branch, Georgia; Senior Pastor of Trinity UMC in LaGrange, Georgia; and Beeson Pastor in Wilmore, Kentucky. He founded the media communications company, InspireUSA, Inc. in 1997 (registered trademarks include Celebrating the Best of America® and The AZ List®), and served as Director of Institutional Advancement at Savannah Christian Preparatory School in Savannah, Georgia. He served as Board President and CEO of the Pregnancy Care Center and Board member of West Georgia Christian Academy, both in LaGrange, Georgia; served as Founding Executive Board member of Adventure Ministries at Epworth By the Sea on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia; Board Chair of Barnabas Counseling Center in Savannah, Georgia; and Executive Board member of the University of Georgia Wesley Foundation. He served as a short-term missionary in Bolivia, Haiti, India, and Korea. Author of Boss Like God: A Blueprint for Elite Workplace Performance (2018), the Meat and Potatoes for the Soul series (2013, 2015), fiction novel Plight (2010, 2015), children’s book and audiobook The Little Giraffe (2010), and dissertation Christian Communication in the Twenty-first Century: Patterns and Principles Relative to the Effective Use of Internet-based Communications (2002), his productions and publications include numerous articles, the cable TV show “Trinity Today” (1993-97), The Raider (2005-11) and The Sentinel (2012-present) magazines, musical Any Day (2011), cantata Surely This Man Is the Son of God (1992), Shiloh Network News series, and songs, videos, and web sites. He and his wife, Wendy, have three adult children.
- Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering (1985), University of Georgia
- Master of Divinity (1989), Asbury Theological Seminary
- Doctor of Ministry (2002), Asbury Theological Seminary
- Beeson Pastor Certificate in Biblical Preaching and Church Leadership (2002), Asbury Theological Seminary
Dr. Scott Stripling
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.
- Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and English (1984), UT Pan American
- Master of Arts in English (1988), UT Pan American
- Master of Arts in Biblical Literature (1995), Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
- Ph. D. in Archaeology and Biblical History (ABD), Veritas International University
- Doctor of Ministry in Leadership (2006), Vision International University
Dr. J. Paul Nyquist
Dean of Graduate Programs, and Professor of Biblical Preaching, Leadership, and Theology
A seasoned Christian ministry leader with Chief Executive Officer experience in two diverse ministries and expertise in local church ministry, international missions, and education, Dr. Nyquist served as President and CEO of Moody Bible Institute from 2009-18, President and CEO of Avant Ministries from 2001-09, Senior Pastor of First Federated Church from 1996-2001, Senior Pastor of Evangelical Bible Church from 1983-96, and served as adjunct faculty at Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska and Western Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona, among others. He has served on the boards of The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), Cairn University, Avant Ministries, and Cross Global-Link. His publications include Is Justice Possible? The Elusive Pursuit of What is Right (Moody Publishers, 2017), Prepare: Living Your Faith in an Increasingly Hostile World (Moody Publishers, 2015), The Post-Church Christian (Moody Publishers, 2013), and There is NO Time (Avant Ministries, 2005). He and his wife, Cheryl, have four children – Natalie, Taylor, Carson, and Sawyer – and eight grandchildren.
- Bachelor of Science Architecture Studies (1976), University of Nebraska
- ThM in Systematic Theology (1981), Dallas Theological Seminary
- PhD in Systematic Theology (1984), Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. Douglas Petrovich
Dean of the Bible Certificate Program, Professor of Biblical History and Exegesis
Originally from Ohio, 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.
- Bachelor of Arts in Evangelism (1992), Moody Bible Institute
- Master of Divinity (1996), The Master’s Seminary
- Master of Theology (1998), The Master’s Seminary
- Master of Arts (2009), The University of Toronto
- Doctor of Philosophy (2016), The University of Toronto
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.
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (1976), University of Oklahoma
Yami has a professional background working as Senior Financial Accountant at Opportune LLC in Houston (2016-19), Accounting Manager at Element Materials Technology in Houston (2014-16), and Controller/Operations Manager at Superior Foods in Miami, Florida (1995-2014). A native of Miami, Florida, she has three children – Jesus (23), Alyette (17) and Dalilah (9) – and is married to Omar Soto. Her multi-cultural background includes a Hispanic mother, Lebanese grandmother and Palestinian Christian grandfather (born in Bethlehem, Israel) who migrated to Cuba during World War II and then to Miami. She speaks English and Spanish fluently.
- Bachelor of Accounting (2008), Florida Gulf Coast University
- Master of Accounting (2015), Liberty University
Carousel is a native of South Africa and has served as Chief of Customer Relations and Billing for Wise Information Technology (2018-19), volunteer Program Director for Katy Cares (2016-present), CEO and Managing Director of Heartware Life Skills Upgrade for Teens, CEO and Managing Director of Puisano Training Institute (2005-10), Executive Director and Chief of Strategic Relations and Corporate Communications for Puisano Business Development Group (1998-2005), National Marketing Manager of Perskor and Orion Publishers (1996-98), National Coordinating Officer (1995-96), Captain (1995-96), and Lieutenant in the South African Police Service (1993-96). In addition to her Bachelor’s degree, she completed the Executive Leadership Facilitator’s Development Course at the University of the Orange Free State, completed the National Aids/HIV Organizational Program Development at the University of the Orange Free State, and completed the Officer’s Development Course at the South African Police Service Academy. Carousel and her husband, Dawid, have two children: Davied (20) and Eanthe (16). She speaks Afrikaans, English, and understands Dutch.
- Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (1990), University of Stellenbosch in the Republic of South Africa
Janice Havins-Hamric is a retired educator who served with Katy ISD as a teacher and librarian for 35 years. She has a B.S. in Education, Master of Education, and Master of Library Science degrees. For many years, she served at Grace Fellowship UMC on the Prayer Altar Ministry Team, the Freedom and Healing Prayer Team, and worked as an assistant to Teaching Pastor, Paul Helbig. She served as the Institute Administrative Coordinator for The Bible Seminary from 2011-2016, and continues to serve as the TBS Librarian.
She is the co-author of From Misery to Ministry: A Walk of Faith Through the Loss of a Loved One (Tate Publishing, 2011), with Brian and Leah Foutz. Janice and her husband, Steve, enjoy quality time with family members, especially their granddaughter, Justice.
- Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Geography (1975), Southwest Texas State University
- Master of Education (1979), Prairie View A&M University
- Master of Library Science (1983), Sam Houston State University
Student Services Coordinator
A native of California and southwestern Idaho and veteran of nearly twenty archaeological digs, Abigail has served on excavation teams as Objects Registrar and a Square Supervisor for the Associates for Biblical Research since 2010. Her career journey includes stints as an assistant librarian, barista, housekeeper, janitor, maintenance worker, receptionist, and sales representative. She is currently enrolled in the Dual Degree Completion program and pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology at TBS.
- General Bible Certificate (2017), Frontier School of the Bible
- Bachelor of Arts (in process), University of Pikeville and The Bible Seminary
- Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology (in process), The Bible Seminary
- Wharton County Junior College (2003)
- Bible Certificate (in process), The Bible Seminary
- Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with English Minor (1985), Texas A&M University
- Master of Divinity (2018), The Bible Seminary