TBS Faculty

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  • Bachelor of Science in Preaching & Youth Ministry (1997), Florida Christian College

  • Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (2005), Cincinnati Christian University

  • Master of Science in Management (2007), Indiana Wesleyan University

Brian Burke

Adjunct Bible Certificate Instructor

Brian serves as Small Group Operations Pastor at the Westpark Campus of Parkway Fellowship in the Richmond area of west Houston, Texas. He is a 1997 graduate of Florida Christian College (now Johnson University Florida), where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Preaching & Youth Ministry. After graduating, Brian moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to attend Cincinnati Christian University (CCU) where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies, graduating in 2005. In 2007, he received a Master of Science in Management from the online program at Indiana Wesleyan University. Brian and his wife, Melissa, have been married since 2002 and have three daughters: Savannah, Katelyn, and Allison. Before moving to Texas in 2013, Brian served on the staffs of Westridge Church in Dallas, Georgia and Crossroads Church in Douglasville, Georgia. He also taught as an adjunct professor at Point University near Atlanta for three years.

    • Bachelor of Science in Preaching & Youth Ministry (1997), Florida Christian College

    • Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (2005), Cincinnati Christian University

    • Master of Science in Management (2007), Indiana Wesleyan University

    Dr. Rich Cozart

    Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Leadership

    Rich serves The Bible Seminary as an Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Leadership; is the Pastor of Counseling at The Brook Church in Tomball, Texas; a Ph.D. Teaching Assistant at Liberty University; and a Ph.D. Supervisor for Union School of Theology in the United Kingdom. A Certified Counselor by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, he is a member of the Biblical Framework Counselors Association, and is a Professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas teaching Bible, Theology, Ministry, and Counseling courses since 2005. He is also the Director of Counselor Education and Development at A Future and a Hope Ministries counseling center in Tomball. He served as a Homiletics Tutor at Dallas Theological Seminary for the New Testament and Homiletics Departments and was selected as a senior speaker, and has taughtin various other counseling and teaching venues. Dr. Cozart and his wife, Janet, have been married for 35 years. He is the author of This Present Triumph, published in 2013.

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    • Bachelor of Science in Preaching & Youth Ministry (1997), Florida Christian College

    • Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (2005), Cincinnati Christian University

    • Master of Science in Management (2007), Indiana Wesleyan University

    Dr. K. Lynn Lewis

    President, and Professor of Biblical

    Preaching, Leadership, and 

    Spiritual Formation and Ministry

    Lynn is a seasoned entrepreneur with a diverse professional background in business, education, and ministry, and 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 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, videos and web sites; the cable TV show “Trinity Today” (1993-97), The Raider (2005-11) and The Sentinel (2012-present) magazines, musical Any Day (2011), and cantata Surely This Man Is the Son of God (1992). He and his wife, Wendy, have three children and one grandchild.

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    • 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 (2020), Veritas International University

    • Doctor of Ministry in Leadership (2006), Vision International University

    Dr. Scott Stripling

    Provost, and Professor

    of Archaeology and Church History 

    Scott is 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 three grandchildren.

      • B.S. in Biblical Studies (2008), The Master's College

      • Master of Arts in Biblical History and Geography (2011), Jerusalem     University College

      • Master of Arts in Archaeology and Land of Israel Studies (2014),          Bar-llan University

      • Ph.D in Archaeology an Land of Israel Studies (2016),      Bar-llan University

      Dr. Chris McKinny

      Adjunct Professor of

      Archaeological Studies

      Chris has a PhD from Bar Ilan University (Israel). His dissertation focused on the historical geography and archaeology of the town lists of Judah and Benjamin in the book of Joshua. Chris is also a senior staff member of the Tel Burna Archaeological Project (Biblical Libnah) in which capacity he has contributed a wide-range of peer-reviewed articles, conference papers, and popular essays.  Besides being involved in several other writing and research projects, including the Lexham Geographic Commentary Series (ed. B. Beitzel) and the Photo Companion to the Bible(ed. T. Bolen), Chris also authored "My People as Your People: A Textual and Archaeological Analysis of the Reign of Jehoshaphat" (Peter Lang, 2016), "The Tribal Allotments of Judah and Benjamin in the Book of Joshua: A Historical Geography" (Eisenbrauns in process), and co-edited "Tell it in Gath: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Israel Essays in Honor of A. M. Maeir on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday" (with I. Shai, J. R. Chadwick, L. A. Hitchcock, A. Dagan, and J. Uziel - Zaphon, 2018) and "‘And the Canaanite was then in the land’ (Gen. 12:6): Selected Studies on the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Southern Canaan" (with A. M. Maeir and I. Shai - DeGruyter, in press). In addition, Chris serves as an adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, The Bible Seminary, The Master’s University (IBEX), and William Jessup University.

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      • Bachelor’s (1990), Lancaster Bible College

      • Th.M. (1996), Dallas Theological Seminary

      • Ph.D. (2001), Dallas Theological Seminary

      Dr. Israel Loken

      Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

      Israel was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and graduated from Lancaster Christian School in Pennsylvania in 1986, graduated Lancaster Bible College in 1990, received his Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) in 1996, and a Ph.D. from DTS in 2001. He has taught at Dallas Christian College, served as a Teaching Assistant for the Bible Exposition department at DTS, served as an Adjunct Professor at DTS since 1999, and taught at the College of Biblical Studies since 2000 and where he currently serves as the Department Chair for both Bible and Theology. His Loken Exposition Commentaryseries includes three published volumes to date. He and wife, Kimberly, live in Tomball, Texas.

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      • Bachelor of Science in Preaching & Youth Ministry (1997), Florida Christian College

      • Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (2005), Cincinnati Christian University

      • Master of Science in Management (2007), Indiana Wesleyan University

      Dr. Ryan Lokkesome

      Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

      Ryan is the Lead Pastor of Real Hope Community Church in the Houston area, a church he helped plant in 2016. Dr. Lokkesmoe is the author of Paul and His Team: What the Early Church Can Teach Us About Leadership and Influence, Finding Onesimus: Recovering the Story of a First-Century Fugitive Slave, Blurry: Bringing Clarity to the Bible, and other resources. He loves books, music, is a history buff, and follows current events closely. More than anything, he enjoys spending time with his wife Ashley and their two children.

      • Bachelor of Science in Preaching & Youth Ministry (1997), Florida Christian College

      • Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (2005), Cincinnati Christian University

      • Master of Science in Management (2007), Indiana Wesleyan University

      Angela McClinton

      Adjunct Bible Certificate Instructor

      Angela serves as the Executive Pastor of The Waters Church. A native of Katy and graduate of Mayde Creek High School, she was the 2018 Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude Master of Divinity graduate of TBS, has a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M, and a Master’s in Library Science from Sam Houston State University. She has worked as a freelance writer for Katy Magazine, a 2nd Grade Teacher at Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School (2003-06), and a Kindergarten Teacher at Bear Creek Elementary School (2002-03). She served as a volunteer in Church Leadership and Service Ministries at The Waters Church from 2003-18. Her and her husband, Jordan, have three daughters.

      • Bachelor of Science in Preaching & Youth Ministry (1997), Florida Christian College

      • Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (2005), Cincinnati Christian University

      • Master of Science in Management (2007), Indiana Wesleyan University

      Dr. J. Paul Nyquist

      Adjunct Professor of Biblical 

      Preaching, Leadership and Theology

      Paul is 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 in Preaching & Youth Ministry (1997), Florida Christian College

      • Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (2005), Cincinnati Christian University

      • Master of Science in Management (2007), Indiana Wesleyan University

      Dr. Brian Peterson

      Adjunct Professor of Old Testament

      Brian is an Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he has taught for seven years. Prior to coming to Lee, Dr. Peterson taught at Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada and for a short period in the Gambia West, Africa. He did his PhD in Hebrew Bible at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada. His dissertation focused on understanding the book of Ezekiel in its ancient Near Eastern context. Brian is married to Christine Curley and together they have three children, Maddie, Mark, and Kevin.

      • Bachelor of Science in Preaching & Youth Ministry (1997), Florida Christian College

      • Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (2005), Cincinnati Christian University

      • Master of Science in Management (2007), Indiana Wesleyan University

      Dr. Douglas Petrovich

      Dean of the Bible Certificate Program

      and Professor of Biblical History and

      Exegesis

      Doug is a native Ohioan, has been involved in Christian service and various educational institutions since the 1980s, and he has taught over 30 different courses. Dr. Petrovich 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 Science in Preaching & Youth Ministry (1997), Florida Christian College

      • Master of Arts Degree in Theological Studies (2005), Cincinnati Christian University

      • Master of Science in Management (2007), Indiana Wesleyan University

      Dr. Charles Savelle

      Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

      Charles is committed to the discipline of Bible exposition and has taught and preached the Bible locally, nationally, and internationally (Egypt, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Korea, and the Philippines). He has earned a BA in Biblical Studies from the Criswell College and a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. While Dr. Savelle enjoys teaching all sixty-six books of the Bible, his research interests relate to the book of Acts, and in particular, the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15). Other interests include the role of the Mosaic Law and the Christian and Biblical archaeology. He is also passionately committed to the ministry of the local church where he has served in a variety of capacities. Charles is married to Kathy, and they have three grown children, Charlie, Amy, and Becky.

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