Faculty & Staff

The faculty and staff of BTSR hold degrees from educational institutions around the globe and demonstrate a lifelong commitment of service and ministry to and with local congregations.





Biblical Studies

Mark E. Biddle
Russell T. Cherry Professor of Old Testament

F. Scott Spencer
Professor of New Testament and Biblical Interpretation


Historical/Theological Studies

Thomas H. Graves
President, Emeritus and Professor of Philosophy of Religion

Elizabeth Newman
Eula Mae and John Baugh Professor of Theology and Ethics
Director, Master of Theological Studies program

Caleb O. Oladipo
Duke K. McCall Professor of Christian Mission and World Christianity


Ministry Studies

Daniel G. Bagby
Theodore F. Adams Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care

Tracy L. Hartman
Daniel O. Aleshire Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology
Director, Supervised Ministry Program
Director, St. John’s Bible Project



Melissa Jackson
Affiliate Professor of Old Testament

Arthur M. Wright, Jr.
Affiliate Professor of New Testament




Office of the President

Ronald Crawford

President, Professor of Pastoral Ministry


Office of the Dean

Tim Gilbert


Beverly Vandevender

Assistant to the Dean

Penny Jenkins

Supervised Ministry and D.Min. Program Assistant


Office of Institutional Advancement

Kimberly Tetlow

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Lacy Kendrick

Communications Manager


Office of Admissions and Recruitment

Melissa Fallen

Director of Admissions & Recruitment

Judith Myers

Admissions Associate


Office of Business Affairs

James F. Peak, Jr.

Director of Business Affairs and Facilities

George Chandithuruthel

Accounting Manager




Information Technology

Eryn Van Lear

Director of Information Technology

Lucas Smith

Technical Assistant



Jeff Walton

Maintenance Coordinator


Registrar & Financial Aid

Susan Blanchard

Registrar and Director of Financial Aid


Student Services

Ivy Haga

Student Accounting and Housing Manager




Susan Blanchard, Supervised Ministry
Stephen C. Booth, Christian Education Formation
Stephen Brachlow, Spirituality
Eugenia Freiburger, Christian Education Formation
Samuel P. Harrell, Practical Mission & MIE Field Coordinator, Kenya
Dan Koger, Christian Education Formation
Steve Law, Church Management
Rusty Lee, Technology
Deborah C. Loftis, Church Music and Worship
Narola McFayden, Research Methodology, D.Min.
Elizabeth A. Pugh Mills, Supervised Ministry, Practical Theology
James Peak, Jr., Church Management, Chapel Choir Director
Greg Randall, Youth Ministry
Dr. B.V.R. Rao, MIE Field Coordinator, India
Cindy Ring Ruble, MIE Field Coordinator, Malaysia
Barbara Robbins, Justice and Peacebuilding
J. Brent Walker, Church and State
Mark White, Supervised Ministry
Lynn Yarbrough, MIE Field Coordinator, China