Staff / Faculty

The women and men of the BTSR faculty hold degrees from the finest educational institutions around the globe and demonstrate a lifelong commitment of service to 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


Affiliate Faculty

Peter James Flamming
Affiliate Professor of Preaching
Melissa Jackson
Affiliate Professor of Old Testament
Arthur M. Wright, Jr.
Affiliate Professor of New Testament
Vladimir Kharlamov
Affiliate Professor of Christian Heritage and Spirituality



Staff Members

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

Gayle Haglund
Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Brandon Lowe

Donor Relations Manager

Admissions & Recruitment
Tiffany Kellogg Pittman
Director of Admissions & Recruitment

Judith Myers
Admissions Associate

Ivy Haga
Accounts Payable

George Chandithuruthel
Accounting Manager

James F. Peak, Jr.
Director of Business Affairs and Facilities

Student Services
Susan Blanchard
Student Services and Housing Manager

Drew Nagy
Maintenance Coordinator

Administrative Assistance
Ivy Haga
Office Manager

Information Technology
Eryn Van Lear
Director of Information Technology

Lucas Smith
Technical Assistant

Lacy Kendrick
Registrar and Director of Financial Aid



Adjunctive faculty

Susan Blanchard, Supervised Ministry
Stephen C. Booth, Christian Education Formation
Samuel P. Harrell, Practical Mission & MIE Field Coordinator, Kenya
Dan Koger, Christian Education Formation
Steve Law, Church Management
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
Michael Rackett, Church History
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
William Wagner, MIE Field Coordinator, South Africa
J. Brent Walker, Church and State
Lynn Yarbrough, MIE Field Coordinator, China