TBS Faculty


    • Associate of Biblical Studies (2010), College of Biblical Studies

    • Bachelor of Arts in Christian Leadership (2012), College of Biblical Studies

    • Master of Divinity (2016), The Bible Seminary

    Rev. Kevin Alvarez

    Adjunct Bible Certificate Instructor

    Kevin currently serves as the Pastor of Long Point Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He formerly served as Operating Officer for All Nations Sports Academy, a sports ministry focusing on using soccer as a tool for the Gospel. He also previously served as Youth Pastor at Long Point Baptist Church, served on staff at YMCA's in Katy and Richmond, Texas, and spent more than ten years in retail serving managerial positions in the southeast Houston region at HEB, Randalls Grocery, Kirklands, and Hollywood Video. A popular speaker at Camp Eagle in Rocksprings, Texas, he has an Associate’s degree in Biblical Studies and Bachelor’s in Christian Leadership from the College of Biblical Studies, and a Master of Divinity degree from The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas. Kevin enjoys exercising, reading, and spending time with family and friends. He and his wife, Yvette, have been married for over 15 years and have 3 daughters.

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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 Arts in Religion (1976), Claremont McKenna College

      • Master of Theology in Bible Exposition (1982), Dallas Theological Seminary

      • Master of Theology in Biblical and Theological Studies (2008), University of Wales

      • Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies (2011), University of Wales

      • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (2019), Liberty 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.

        • Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership (2011), College of Biblical Studies

        • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (2017), Dallas Theological Seminary

        Dan Enright

        Adjunct Bible Certificate Intructor

        Dan currently serves as the Community Groups Pastor at The Brook Church in Tomball, Texas. Prior to this, he served as the High School/College Pastor (2006-13) ministering to students transitioning from high school to and through college and into adult life. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and received his Bachelor’s in Christian Leadership from the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas. He has been a featured speaker in various settings on the subject of the historical reliability of the New Testament and its resulting impact. He loves journeying to the Holy Land and leading others in their life-transformational visits. He is an avid reader, writer, drummer and Bible teacher. Dan and his wife, Jennie, have been married for over 21 years and live in Houston, Texas.

          • • Bachelor of Arts in History (1974), Claremont McKenna College

          • • Master of Divinity (1977), Western Baptist Seminary

          • • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (1980), Claremont Graduate University

          • • Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (1983), Claremont Graduate University

          • DHabil (2009), Károli Gáspár Református University

          Dr. Craig A. Evans

          Adjunct Professor

          of New Testament

          ​Craig is a well-known evangelical scholar, an elected member of the prestigious Society of New Testament Studes (SNTS), Director of the Christian Thinkers Society Fellows Program and Strategic Studies, and the John Bisagno Distinguished Professor of Christian Origins at Houston Baptist University. He has also been awarded the D.Habil. by the Karoli Gaspar Reformed University in Budapest. Evans began his teaching career at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and then taught at Trinity Western University in British Columbia for twenty-one years where he directed the graduate program in Biblical Studies and founded the Dead Sea Scrolls Institute. Evans then taught for thirteen years at the Divinity College at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, and was a Visiting Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Author and editor of more than seventy books and hundreds of articles and reviews, Professor Evans has given lectures at Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Yale, and other universities, colleges, seminaries, and museums, such as the Field Museum in Chicago, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. He is a Fox News Opinion contributor and also regularly lectures and gives talks at popular conferences and retreats on the historical Jesus, Archaeology, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Bible. Along with countless interviews on radio networks across Canada and the US, Evans has been seen on Dateline NBC, CBC, CTV, Day of Discovery, and many documentaries aired on BBC, The Discovery Channel, History Channel, History Television, and others. He has also served as a consultant for the National Geographic Society and for The Bible miniseries, produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey.

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          • Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Petroleum Engineering (1985), Fundación Universidad de América in Bogotá, Colombia, S.A

          • Master of Divinity (2015), The Bible Seminary

          Esmeralda Heer

          Adjunct Bible Certificate Instructor

          Esmeralda is a native of Bogota, Colombia, and earned degrees in Petroleum Engineering from Fundacion Universidad America in 1985 with a thesis entitled, "Sand Sensitivity to Sweet Water Injection of the Zone A in the Casabe Field". She then worked as a Petroleum Production Operations Engineer for Tenneco in Bogota and Neiva, Colombia for 5 years, a Production Engineer for Shell Oil Company in Cartagena, Colombia for 4 years, and a Production Technologist and Engineer with Sarawak Shell Berhad in Malaysia, Southeast Asia for 3 years. She relinquished her engineering career in 2001 to serve full-time as a wife and mother while also volunteering at East Jefferson Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana; studying and teaching Precept Upon Precept Inductive Bible Studies in New Orleans and Katy, Texas; serving as a Prayer Leader for Audience of One for the Great Southwest Prayer Center; serving as a Facilitator for the Alpha Course; and serving as a translator and worker on mission trips to Colombia and Belize. She was the very first applicant for The Bible Seminary's inaugural Master of Divinity class, and graduated with her degree and was ordained for ministry service in 2015. She and her husband, Philippe, have two adult children, Patrick and Michael.

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          • 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. 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 adult children.

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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 (ABD), 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 two grandchildren.

          • Bachelor’s, Lancaster Bible College, 1990

          • Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1996

          • Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary, 2001

          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.


          • Bachelor of Arts in Crime & Justice Studies (2004), University of Texas

          • Master of Arts in New Testament (2008),

          Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

          • Ph.D. in New Testament (2015), University of Denver

          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 Early Childhood Education (2002), Texas A&M University

          • Master of Library Science (2007), Sam Houston State University

          • Master of Divinity (2018), The Bible Seminary

          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 Architecture Studies (1976), University of Nebraska

          • ThM in Systematic Theology (1981), Dallas Theological Seminary

          • PhD in Systematic Theology (1984), Dallas Theological Seminary​

          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 Finance (1971), Louisiana State University

          • Master of Arts in Biblical Literature (1983), Oral Roberts University

          • Doctorate of Theology (2005), Centre for the Study of Biblical Research

          • ​Certificates: Historical Geography of Israel and the Trans-Jordan (1997), Jerusalem University College; Historical Geography of Palestine (1987), Educational Opportunities; Historical Geography of Israel (1985), Institute of Holy Land Studies

          Dr. Linda Pattillo

          Adjunct Professor of Biblical Culture,

          Geography , and Languages

          Linda is a career educator and missionary, having served as a Greek Tutor and Adjunct Professor of Hebrew at Oral Roberts University, and an Adjunct Professor of Hebrew at Phillips Seminary. Dr. Pattillo spent nearly 30 years as an Itinerate Missionary for Nathan Ministries teaching biblical studies and pastoral development and spiritual formation in such diverse locales as Argentina, Bangladesh, Czechoslovakia (Slovak Republic), Latvia, Norway, Poland and various domestic locations. She has vast experience in research and study in the Holy Land, including regular research work helping present the life and teachings of Jesus in their original cultural and linguistic settings in association with Jerusalem Perspective’s synoptic scholar, David Bivin. Dr. Pattillo is married to Dr. Phillip Pattillo, recently retired from BP America, and they have two children and several grandchildren.

          • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (1970), Louisiana State University

          • Masters in Engineering Science (1971),Louisiana State University

          • Masters in Engineering Science (1972), University of Notre Dame

          • PhD in Engineering Science (1978), University of Notre Dame

          Dr. Phil Pattillo

          Adjunct Bible Certificate Professor

          Phil is currently a retired, contract research engineer. During his more than forty-year career at Amoco and BP, Dr. Pattillo received BP’s Helios award for innovation, and authored or co-authored over forty peer-reviewed publications. He has served as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer and was the 2009 recipient of the SPE Drilling Engineering Award. Since accepting Christ Jesus as his personal Savior in High School, Phil has progressed in the spiritual gift of teaching by consistent study of the Scriptures, practical experience in preaching and teaching, and interaction with his wife, Linda, an independent missionary and adjunct professor at The Bible Seminary. Working with her in Argentina, he has also been honored with the title of Predicador Ordenado from Iglesia Visión de Futuro, their Argentine host. Phil and Linda live in Cypress, Texas.

          • Journeyman's License in Carpentry (1987), Moncton Technical Training School

          • Bachelor of Bible (2001), Zion Bible College

          • Master of Theological Studies (2003), Beeson Divinity School

          • Master of Arts in Old Testament (2004), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

          • Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies (2009), Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto. Thesis, "Ezekiel in Context: Ezekiel’s Message Understood in its Historical Setting of Covenant Curses and Ancient Near Eastern Mythological Motifs"

          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 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

          Dr. Douglas Petrovich

          Dean of the Bible Certificate Program

          and Professor of Biblical History and


          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 Arts in Biblical Studies (1998), The Criswell College

          • Master of Theology in Bible Exposition (2003), Dallas Theological Seminary

          • Ph.D. in Bible Exposition (2013), Dallas Theological Seminary

          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.

          • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology (1970), Seattle Pacific College

          • Ph.D. in Anthropology (1980), Southern Illinois University Harvard University’s School of Education program for Academic Deans

          Dr. Darrell Whiteman

          Adjunct Professor of Cultural

          Anthropology and Missions

          Darrell is retired as Vice-President for Missions Mobilization and Resident Missiologist of The Mission Society in Norcross, Georgia. Dr. Whiteman spent a decade training national church leaders and Mission Society missionaries worldwide. Prior to joining the Mission Society in 2005, Dr. Whiteman was a Free Methodist VISA missionary in Central Africa (1969-71) and a United Methodist Church Board of Global Ministries missionary in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands (1974-84) before joining the faculty of Asbury Theological Seminary in 1984, where he served as Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Dean of the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism. He has authored numerous articles, several books (including Melanesians and Missionaries, An Introduction to Melanesian Cultures: A Handbook for Church Workers, and Missionaries, Anthropologists, and Culture Change), served as editor of Missiology: An International Review (1989-2002), is presently publisher for the American Society of Missiology, and serves on the board of trustees for the American Bible Society and the Overseas Ministries Study Center. He is the Founding chair of the Network of Christian Anthropologists, and has served as President of the Association of Professors of Mission, President of the International Association for Mission Studies, and President of the American Society of Missiology. He and his wife, Laurie, have two children, Geoffrey (married to Kriss), and Julie.


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