Midwestern Seminary’s faculty hold a diversity of degrees from the University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, and Cambridge to the University of Memphis and Texas A&M to Southern, Southwestern, Southeastern, New Orleans and Golden Gate Baptist Theological seminaries, as well as Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Dallas Theological Seminary and Hebrew Union College, among many more. At Midwestern Seminary, you’ll not only find professors with solid educational backgrounds, but also find men who have real-world experience ministering to the lost and proclaiming the Word as pastors, missionaries, associational leaders and more.
Dr. Steve Andrews is Professor of Old Testament, Hebrew, and Archaeology at Midwestern Seminary, where he has served since 1998. He received the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, the Th.M. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the M.Div. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary), and the B.A. from Carson-Newman College. Before coming to Midwestern, Andrews was Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Seminary. Andrews has co-authored the Holman OT Commentary on 1 & 2 Samuel (with Robert D. Berge), which has also been translated into Korean for the Main Idea series. Dr. Andrews translated Zephaniah for the Holman Christian Standard Bible and edited Ezekiel for the same volume. He has contributed chapters in the forthcoming The Biblical World and Its Impact: Precept and Praxis (Eisenbrauns) and the recently published The World of Jesus and the Early Church (Hendrickson). Additionally, Dr. Andrews has presented papers at annual meetings of the International Society of Biblical Literature and the Evangelical Theological Society. He has published articles and book reviews in books, journals, and dictionaries, including IVP’s Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch and the forthcoming The Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics and Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary. He currently serves as Executive Editor of the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, an open access journal (www.jesot.org) and its associated ‘Law, Prophets, and Writings’ blog. In other ministry service, Andrews has pastored four churches and served as interim/transitional pastor for another 15 churches. In addition, he has spoken in a number of academic and Bible conferences. Andrews has contributed to SBC denominational publications such as Bible Studies for Life Sunday School Curriculum, Open Windows, and Deacon Magazine. He has also authored many articles in Lifeway’s Biblical Illustrator. He has been a board member of the Liberty Women’s Clinic, Liberty, Mo., and as co-founder and president of the Up Next! Leadership Foundation of Kearney, Mo. He was named MBTS Professor of the Year for 2003-2004. Andrews and his wife, Tammie, are members of the First Baptist Church of Kearney, Mo. They have four children and two grandsons.
Dr. Ben Awbrey has been teaching expository preaching at Midwestern Seminary since 1996. He received the Doctor of Theology degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, with a specialization in expository preaching. His Master of Divinity is from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, with further graduate work at Talbot Theological Seminary. Dr. Awbrey’s Bachelor of Science degree is from the University of Central Oklahoma, where he also earned a football scholarship, beginning in his freshman year, as a walk-on defensive back. Prior to coming to Midwestern, Dr. Awbrey served as senior pastor in Oxnard, CA, and as an adjunct professor of preaching at The Master’s Seminary in Panorama City, CA. Prior to that, he held senior pastorates in Oklahoma and Louisiana. Dr. Awbrey’s Ph.D. work concentrated on the expository preaching of John MacArthur. He has written two books on preaching, namely, How Effective Sermons Begin and How Effective Sermons Advance, both with Christian Focus Publications. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Eric and Lauren.
Trey Bechtold is a full-time Instructor of Biblical Studies and a Course Developer for the MBTS online program. For the last three years, he has taught as an adjunct at Midwestern Seminary, both on campus and online.
Trey graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. At Oklahoma State, he met and married Alexis; they have been married for 13 years. After graduation, Trey and Alexis moved to Liberty, where Trey taught High School Spanish. He then pursued and received his Master of Divinity degree from Midwestern Seminary. After that, he began work on his PhD in Old Testament at Midwestern Seminary. He is now ABD and expects to graduate soon.
Trey was previously the Program Coordinator for Religion at Park University. He served for three and a half years as Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church, Braymer, MO, and after that he was the Worship Minister for Harvest of Hope Community Church, a local church plant.
He co-wrote a chapter with Rusty Meek in the book Coffee Shop Conversations, entitled “Fair Trade: What Would Jesus Eat, Drink, and Wear?” In 2012 he presented a paper at the Institute of Biblical Research Emerging Scholarship session, entitled “The Literary Function of Visual Perception in the Characterization of Judah.” He has also recently contributed four entries to the Lexham Bible Dictionary, as well as book reviews for the Midwestern Journal of Theology, the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, and Anglican Theological Review.
Dr. Alan Branch is a specialist in Christian Ethics, and he also teaches a wide range of biblical studies courses for Midwestern Baptist College. From 2001 to 2008, Dr. Brach also served as the Seminary’s Vice-President for Student Development. Dr. Branch received the Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Divinity degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His doctoral work addressed the challenges posed by personal autonomy in connection with medical decision-making. Dr. Branch earned a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, from Kennesaw State College. Prior to joining the Midwestern staff in 2001, he served as a pastor for eight years at Turner Memorial Baptist Church in Garner, N.C. Dr. Branch has served as the interim pastor for both McCarthy Baptist Church in St. Joseph, MO, and Immanuel Baptist Church, in Wichita, KS. Dr. Branch completed a tour of duty in Middle East as a chaplain in the United States Army, and he is currently a Reserve Chaplain while serving at MBTS. His research has encompassed a wide range of issues in medical ethics, from abortion and euthanasia to human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, with additional studies addressing the ethics of Gnosticism. He and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters, Joy and Anna Beth.
Dr. Daniel Chong is Director of Korean Master of Arts in Theological Studies and appointed assistant Professor of Counseling at Midwestern. He received Doctor of Philosophy in pastoral care and counseling and Master of Theology from Liberty University. He earned Master of Divinity from Korea Baptist Theological Seminary. His doctoral dissertation was about relationships between acculturation, religious commitment, forgiveness style and general health. He did his pastoral ministries in both English and Korean bilingual settings as a senior pastor at Kinsarang Baptist Church in Florida. Also, his ministerial experiences include church ministries to children, youths, young adults, and young couples. He previously taught at Liberty University and Korea Baptist Theological Seminary as an adjunct faculty. He and his wife Sangkyung have four children, Gyu-won “Joshua”, Gyu-min “Joseph”, a daughter Gyu-eun “Grace” and Gyu-han “John”.
Dr. Christopher Cornine teaches Counseling Theories, Abnormal Psychology and Research Methods at MBTS, and he internship phase of the Master in Counseling (MACO) and Doctor of Counseling (DCoun) degrees. Dr. Cornine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UMKC (1999), a Master of Science in counseling psychology from Avila College (1999), and a Doctor of Philosophy in clinical psychology from the Harold Abel School of Psychology at Capella University (2003). He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Missouri, a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Illinois, a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). In addition to teaching at MBTS, Dr. Cornine is Clinical Director of Diakonos Counseling, a private mental health practice in Independence, MO. Dr. Cornine came to MBTS having a wide range of experience working with adults, adolescents, and children on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS), and the Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association (MMHCA). Dr. Cornine has been teaching at MBTS since 2004 and was hired full-time in 2010. He lives in Lee’s Summit, MO, with his wife, Andrea, son, Dominic, and twin daughters, Reece and Riley.
Dr. Larry Cornine teaches Pastoral Care and Counseling classes at the graduate level and selected Christian education and undergraduate classes. Along with his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Cornine has immediate oversight of Midwestern’s Master of Arts in counseling (MACO), Doctor of Ministry in Care & Counseling (DMin), and Doctor of Counseling (DCoun) degrees. Dr. Cornine has earned four degrees in education. He earned his Bachelor of Science in education and his Master of Science in education at the University of Central Missouri, and his Doctor of Education is from the University of Kansas. Additionally, he holds the Master of Arts in counseling from Liberty Baptist University and the Doctor of Philosophy in psychology from Golden State University. Dr. Cornine began his professional career as a biology teacher in the North Kansas City School District at Oak Park High School. Interrupted by service in the U.S. Army, he returned to the NKC District as a teacher, and he later became assistant principal at Oak Park High School, where he served for eight years. Finally, Dr. Cornine became the principal of Kearney High School in Kearney, MO. Upon his retirement from public education, Dr. Cornine established the Diakonos Counseling Center and continued his work with this institution while consulting with area inpatient psychiatric hospitals. He retired from clinical practice in 2000 and was elected to the faculty of MBTS in 2008.
Jason Duesing serves as the academic Provost at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He comes after serving for more than a decade on the administrative leadership team and faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His various roles at SWBTS included assistant to the president, chief of staff in the office of the president, and most recently, vice president for strategic initiatives. Duesing also served as Southwestern Seminary’s acting provost during the 2011-12 academic year. In the classroom, he was assistant professor of Historical Theology.
Duesing earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology and Baptist Studies from Southwestern Seminary in 2008. He also holds a M.Div. from Southeastern Seminary and a B.A. in Speech Communications from Texas A&M University in College Station. Duesing has been editor of Counted Worthy: The Life and Thought of Henry Jessey and Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary, and is author of the forthcoming book, Seven Summits in Church History. Additionally, he has contributed to several other volumes and has published scores of essays and articles.
In Southern Baptist denominational life, Duesing currently serves on the Southern Baptist Historical Library & Archives Advisory Board, on the Committee on Nominations for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, as a research fellow for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and on the board of directors for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Duesing is married to Kalee, and together they have four children: Gracyn, Ford, Lindsey, and George.
Dr. Christian George serves as the curator of the C.H. Spurgeon Library and as assistant professor of historical theology. George previously served on the faculty of OBU in 2011 as the Jewell and Joe L. Huitt Assistant Professor of Religious Education. He received his PhD in theology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where he also served for three years as a doctoral tutor. George received his Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, and his bachelor’s degree from Samford University. George is the author of several books including Sex, Sushi, & Salvation, Godology, and Sacred Travels. He has contributed to the Journal of Theological Studies, Theology in Scotland, and Perichoresis Journal of Theology, and also to popular theological magazines such as Conversations and Modern Reformation. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and Preaching, and he has been interviewed on Moody Broadcasting Radio and other syndicated shows in the U.S. and throughout the world. He has served as a peer reviewer for InterVarsity Press and a consultant for Faith and Culture Books for Zondervan Publishing House. George has presented papers at conferences including the Society for the Study of Theology in Utrecht, The Netherlands; the History of Scotland Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland; the Interdisciplinarity in Theology and Religion conference in Durham, England; and the Sale di Lettura at the University of Rome, Italy. He preaches and speaks regularly throughout North America and Europe in churches, at spiritual retreats, at youth and college camps, and in university chapel services. George’s passion for world evangelism has taken him to more than thirty countries for short-term mission work. George has served his denomination as a messenger to the Southern Baptist Convention, as a member of the Teller’s Committee of the SBC, and currently as a member of the Worship and Spirituality Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He has participated in BWA meetings in South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Canada, and England, and regularly writes Bible study curriculum for LifeWay Christian Resources. In his spare time, George enjoys ping pong, martial arts, jazz piano, golf, and racquetball. Students: If you successfully beat him in a game of racquetball or ping pong, you will have the opportunity to drop your lowest quiz grade. Thus far, he is undefeated.
Dr. Radu Gheorghita is a specialist in the New Testament, with additional teaching responsibilities in the Old Testament and Septuagint. He is currently associate professor of biblical studies. Dr. Gheorghita is a native of Romania and received the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cluj, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. His Master of Divinity degree is from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill, and his Doctor of Philosophy is from the University of Cambridge, England. Dr. Gheorghita came to Midwestern from Emmanuel Bible Institute in Oradea, Romania. He currently travels to Romania on a regular basis to teach in the master’s program at the University of Bucharest. His work there continues in association with a series of biannual theological conferences established by him to assist pastors and lay leaders in the Baptist churches of Romania. Dr. Gheorghita’s field of research is Septuagint studies and the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament. He has a special interest in Scripture memorization, both in English and the original languages; and he is able to recite entire books of the New Testament, including 1 Timothy and the Revelation. Dr. Gheorghita is also a talented musician in both guitar and organ. He and his wife, Liz, have five children.
Dr. Robin Hadaway is professor of missions at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, having joined the faculty in 2003. Dr. Hadaway came to MBTS following 18 years of missionary service with the International Mission Board. During that time, Dr. Hadaway was a pioneer church planter in North Africa and Tanzania, and he is a fluent speaker of Arabic, Swahili, and Portuguese. His 18 years with the IMB included administrative positions such as strategy coordinator, cluster leader, and finally Regional Leader for Eastern South America, with oversight of 300 missionary families in Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay. In his early years, Dr. Hadaway was an Air Force captain and pilot, stationed in Alaska and Nevada. He then became a senior pastor of churches in California and Arizona. Dr. Hadaway received the Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Doctor of Ministry from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Theology from the University of South Africa. He also pursued graduate work at Dallas Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary. His undergraduate degree is from Memphis State University. He has played golf on three continents and is a native of Tallahassee, FL. He is married to the former Kathy Baze of Phoenix, AZ. They have three grown children.
Dr. Rodney A. Harrison serves as Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Dean of Online Education, Director of Doctoral Studies, and as an associate professor of Christian Education. Dr. Harrison comes to Midwestern following a fruitful ministry in church planting and mission service in California, the Dakotas, and Minnesota. Prior to coming to Midwestern, he was the New Church Extension Associate for the California Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Harrison is the author of two books on church planting and has written material for LifeWay Christian Resources and the North American Mission Board. Dr. Harrison holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from Dallas Baptist University, the Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry in Mission Administration from Golden Gate Seminary. He has also pursued post-doctoral studies at Oxford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Harrison is an amateur auto-racer, Formula One fan, avid motorcyclist, hunter, and shooting sports enthusiast. His wife Julie is a graduate student in Old Testament studies at MBTS. They have three grown children, Joshua, Cassandra and Gabrielle.
Dr. Mike Hawkins serves as the Registrar at Midwestern Seminary and assistant professor of pastoral ministry. Dr. Hawkins the Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwest Baptist University and both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Hawkins has been a pastor in Missouri for over 25 years. During that time, he has been an adjunct professor at MBTS and Southwest Baptist University. In addition to these duties, Dr. Hawkins has served two terms on the Executive Board of the Missouri Baptist Convention. His first book, Detour, was published in 2009. Hawkins and his wife, Elisa, have three children – Cody, who passed away at the age of 13, and two grown daughters, Kelsey and Kristen.
Hearson serves as assistant professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at MBTS. He earned his doctorate and Master of Philosophy degrees in Hebraic and Cognate Studies from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass., and Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Wheaton College, in Wheaton, Ill. He has served as an associate pastor of small groups at Crossroads Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been a member of the faculty at Columbia Evangelical Seminary. His research interests include “sacred space in the Bible and Rabbinic Literature” and “the problem of evil in the prophetic literature.”
Dr. Johnston serves as professor of evangelism and as the director of the Midwestern Evangelistic Teams. Born in Paris, France, to missionary parents, Dr. Johnston’s heart for missions and evangelism was forged in the context of post-Christian Europe. His fluency in French and familiarity with European culture have served him well in leading evangelistic team in six countries and across three continents. He also brings to his students fifteen years of pastoral ministry experience in the United States and Canada. Dr. Johnston received the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and the Bachelor of Science from Wheaton College. His research interests include Medieval French history, writings of the Geneva Reformation, and related textual studies on theology and practice. Dr. Johnston’s published works include Charts for a Theology of Evangelism (Broadman), Evangelism in the Western Church (Evangelism Unlimited),Evangelizology (Evangelism Unlimited), Examining Billy Graham’s Theology of Evangelism (Wipf and Stock), and most recently The Worth and Work of the Evangelist (Evangelism Unlimited). He articles have appeared in Decision Magazine, the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry, the Lausanne Movement, Midwestern Journal of Theology, Perichoresis, Preaching Magazine, Preaching Online, and Trinity Journal. While serving as president of the Southern Baptist Professors of Evangelism Fellowship for six years, and currently as its Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Johnston edited Mobilizing a Great Commission Church for Outreach (Wipf and Stock), with chapters by 19 Southern Baptist professors of evangelism. Johnston is married to Raschelle. They have three children and one grandchild.
Dr. John Lee is assistant professor of New Testament and Greek. Dr. Lee received the Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, the Master of Divinity the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Bachelor of Music from Seoul National University, South Korea, with a specialization in piano performance. His doctoral study was combined with teaching at the King’s Evangelical Divinity School and research at Tübingen University. Dr. Lee’s research interests include the Gospel of Mark, Second Temple Jewish “Monotheism,” and New Testament Christology. He has also been involved with pastoral ministry in both English- and Korean-speaking churches. Lee and his wife, Sunny, have one son, Joshua.
Dr. Thor Madsen has been at MBTS since 1999 and is currently Dean of Midwestern Baptist College and professor of New Testament, ethics and philosophy. He also serves presently as Interim Vice-President for Academic Development/Dean of the Faculty, the position which he held at MBTS from 2003 to 2009. Dr. Madsen graduated from Wheaton College with the Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in philosophy. Following his studies at Wheaton, he went to Western Kentucky University for his Master of Arts degree, during which time he was also the graduate assistant for Dr. Ronald Nash. Upon graduation from WKU, Dr. Madsen spent a year in the doctoral program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With this foundation, he enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and followed this degree with doctoral study at the University of Aberdeen, from which he graduated with a Ph.D. in 1998. His research at Aberdeen concentrated on the Jewish background of Paul’s moral teaching, specifically the ‘gift and task’ structure of biblical exhortation. His articles have appears in journals, dictionaries, online resources, and anthologies. Dr. Madsen is an avid motorcyclist, alpine skier, and shooting sports enthusiast. He is married to Li and has two sons, Paul and Timothy.
Mr. Robert Matz teaches Christian Doctrine and Preaching in the College at Midwestern Seminary, and he directs the online undergraduate programs of MBTS. Mr. Matz received a Master of Divinity with a concentration in theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He is currently completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theology and Apologetics with a cognate in Practical Theology at Liberty University. Mr. Matz has pastored churches in Texas and Virginia and served on two church staffs in Tennessee. He has contributed sermons to Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Source Book (2012). He and his wife, Jessica, have three children. Jessica is an adjunct professor in counseling.
Dr. Maynard serves Midwestern Seminary as director of the Doctor of Educational Ministry program and the Christian Education program and professor of Christian education. She comes to Midwestern from LifeWay Christian Resources, where she served for 30 years. Through those years, she worked in various areas including preschool Sunday school, family ministry, Christian Growth Study Plan, SBC ministry program, adult ministry, discipleship and evangelism and as a church library ministry specialist. Before LifeWay, she was a minister of children in Tennessee. Maynard holds a Doctor of Educational Ministry from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University. She has written numerous articles and three books including Understanding Today’s Preschoolers, Understanding Young Adults, and Happy Times with People (younger preschoolers). She is the compiler for the Church Library Ministry Information Service and the Church Library Ministry Newsletter. She is also the editor of the Baptist Association of Christian Educators Journal. Maynard is the 2010 recipient of the Baptist Association of Christian Educators’ Distinguished Leadership Award. She and her husband, Ken, have one adult son, Jonathan.
Dr. David M. McAlpin is Vice President for Student Development at MBTS and Associate Professor of Biblical Interpretation. Dr. McAlpin comes to Midwestern with over 25 years of experience as a senior pastor, having served churches in Tennessee, Florida, and Missouri. During his long tenure at First Baptist Church of Harvester in St. Charles, MO, he co-founded the Center for Christian Ministry Studies at Lindenwood University and was also the Center’s Executive Director from 2002 to 2006. As a pastor and academician, Dr. McAlpin has been committed to interpreting the Bible with accuracy, and preaching it with passion and clarity. Helping those called into Christian ministry to develop those same gifts is the educational goal of his teaching. Dr. McAlpin holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Berry College, GA, the Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, with doctoral research concentrating on biblical hermeneutics. He served on Midwestern’s Board of Trustees from 1995 until 2000 and in various capacities on the state denominational level. He and his wife, Nanell, have two sons.
Dr. Michael McMullen was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in Hull, Yorkshire. He was saved at the age of 16 and called to ministry in the same year. Before attending university, however, Dr. McMullen engaged various kinds of employment, including work with the local fire brigade and in hospitals as an orderly and nurse. At the age of 24, Dr. McMullen began his studies at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, from which he took his Bachelor of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. His doctoral work on Jonathan Edwards was financed by a major government scholarship, gained on a competitive basis, and carried on partly at Yale University. Dr. McMullen has pastored churches in Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, and in Kansas City, KS; and he presently maintains an active supply-preaching ministry in the greater Kansas City area. He has been a part-time lecturer at Aberdeen University and a distance tutor both in at St. John’s College and the Open Theological College, UK. He has authored several books, including Hearts Aflame (Triangle/SPCK), Clouds of Heaven (Triangle/SPCK), The Passionate Preacher (Christian Focus), The Prayers and Meditations of Susanna Wesley (MPH, London), God’s Polished Arrow (Christian Focus), and The Unpublished Sermons of M’Cheyne (Banner of Truth). His 2004 work, The Blessing of God (Broadman & Holman), was a Gold Medallion finalist in the Inspiration category. He is also Associate Editor (Church History) for Oxford University’s New Dictionary of National Biography.
Dr. Sung Jin Park is Dean of Korean Studies and Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. Dr. Park has earned a Ph.D. and M.Phil. in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2012 and 2010, respectively, and a Th.M. in Old and New Testaments from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2004. Prior to being called into ministry, he worked as a research engineer for Hyundai Motor Company for six years, having earned a M.S. and B.S. in Material Science & Engineering from POSTECH and Hanyang University, respectively. Dr. Park has written extensively. His articles have appeared in academic journals such as Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentlich Wissenschaft, Ugarit Forschungen, Biblica, Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages, and Hebrew Studies. He has also contributed articles to the Lexham Bible Dictionary and numerous reviews to Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Review of Biblical Literature, Bulletin for Biblical Research, and Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament. In addition, Dr. Park’s book, Towards Biblical Hebrew Poetic Typology: Generative Metrical Approach (working title, Edwin Mellen) is forthcoming soon. Prior to coming to Midwestern, Dr. Park taught Ph.D. and Rabbinical students at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has also served as a teaching pastor at All Nations Congregation of Cincinnati Chinese Church (Ohio), and previously as English Bible Study senior leader at Sa-Rang Community Church, Seoul, Korea. Dr. Park is married to Alice Park, and has three children: Eileen, Eunice, and Euclid.
Dr. Tony Preston teaches pastoral leadership and supervised ministry at MBTS. Dr. Preston received the Bachelor of Arts degree from William Carey College, the Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Seminary. He has been involved in pastoral ministry for more than 25 years, among churches in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas. He is a highly sought-after interim/transitional pastor, having served as such almost continually since coming to MBTS. Along with his pastoral ministry, Dr. Preston brought to MBTS experience as a professor of evangelism at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO, member of the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (renamed the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission), and the United States Army. His research interests are in the field of pastoral ministry and leadership. Dr. Preston and his wife, Brenda, have two grown children, Brandon and Angela. In his spare time, he enjoys motorcycling and automobile restoration.
Dr. Sena received his bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, the Master’s of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, California. For more than 45 years, Bobby has served in a variety of roles in the Southern Baptist Convention. He has served as pastor of small and large Hispanic churches in Texas and Georgia, Church Planting Missionary in New Mexico, and National Multi-Ethnic Evangelism Consultant for the Home Mission Board, Hispanic Evangelism Associate in the Baptist General Convention of Texas and National Hispanic Missionary NorthAmerican Mission Board. In addition, he served as Co-Chair of the Hispanic Advisory Council, a three year initiative, created by Dr. Frank Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, on September 20, 2011. He has been married for 48 years to Priscilla,, who worked for the Department of Federal and Special Programs Gwinnett County Public Schools, in Georgia, until her retirement in 2010.
Sim serves as Appointed Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Pastoral Ministry in Korean Studies at Midwestern Seminary. He received a Th.D. in Church Growth from Chongshin University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education from Korea University. He has completed post-doctoral studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem on a full scholarship provided by the National Research Foundation of Korea. Sim also earned an M.Div. from Korea Baptist Theological Seminary and an M.Ed. from Yonsei University. He graduated from Seoul National University of Education. Sim brings his expertise both in academics and church ministry to Midwestern. He has been serving as a key pastor in various critical positions with the world famous Global Mission Church in Korea for about 20 years while simultaneously teaching in many universities and seminaries. His research interests include spiritual growth, Christian culture, and the community spirit of early church, among many others. His wife, Hong, has served as an elementary school teacher for 20 years. Sim and his wife have one son, Sangyoon.
Dr. David Sundeen is Director of Online Education, with an instructional profile in Church Planting and Missions. He is a graduate of MBTS with the Doctor of Ministry degree (2010), with project specialization in church-evangelism leadership. Dr. Sundeen also holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology from Crown College (1982) and the Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1987). Before joining the staff of MBTS, Dr. Sundeen began his ministry as senior pastor and church planter at Calvary Baptist Church, Marshall, MN. Subsequently, he has served at several levels of denominational leadership, within associations and statewide. He was Director of Missions in the Northwoods Baptist Association, MN, for 9 years, and Director of Evangelism and Stewardship at the Minnesota Wisconsin Baptist Convention for 8 years. His greatest joys in life come from serving his God and family, and from proclaiming the truth of Salvation thru Jesus Christ. He was married to Julie in 1980, and they have four children.
Sung serves Midwestern as Appointed Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry. He graduated with a B.A. from Korea Baptist Theological University in 1983. He came to the States while studying in Korea Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with an M.A. from Azusa Pacific University in 1986. He also received an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in 1993 and finished his Ph.D. coursework in the Old Testament at SBTS. Sung received a D.Min. from Midwestern in 2011. In December 1992, Sung was ordained at the First Baptist Church of Louisville. He has 25 years of abundant pastoral experience as a youth pastor and senior pastor. He taught Old Testament as an adjunct professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been an adjunct professor with the CLD program at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, where he taught Ethics and Old Testament. Sung lives in Los Angeles, CA. He is married to Kristy and has two children. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing tennis.
Matthew F. Swain serves as Assistant Professor of Church Music & Worship—training, equipping, and encouraging future Worship Pastors and church musicians to lead well, serve faithfully, and take seriously their stewardship of biblical, Christ-centered worship in the context of the local church.
Swain is native to Southern California (Los Angeles) but comes to Kansas City by way of Savannah, Georgia where he most recently served as Pastor of Worship & Fine Arts at Bull Street Baptist Church. Matthew earned both his Doctorate in Music Ministry (2010) and Master’s Degree in Church Music (2000) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in Louisville, Kentucky. In addition, he completed all the required coursework for the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree (2006) with an emphasis in Piano Performance and also served as an adjunct professor for SBTS and its undergraduate arm, Boyce College. He also holds a Bachelor Degree in both Church Music and Piano Performance from Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia.
In addition to serving other churches in Kentucky and Georgia, Matthew has often served Southern Baptists as an adjudicator, clinician, guest musician or worship leader for various worship conferences, workshops, and state conventions.
Swain is married to his “seminary sweetheart,” Angela (2007); a music educator, church musician, and fellow alumnae of Southern Seminary. They are doting parents to John-Franklin and Olivia.
Dr. Steve Thompson is Assistant VP for Institutional Effectiveness, Associate Director of Professional Doctoral Studies, Profiles of Ministry Director, and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at MBTS. Dr. Thompson holds two Bachelor’s degrees. His Bachelor of Science in Education is from Southern State College, AR, and his Bachelor of Arts, in vocal performance, is from Southern Arkansas University. Dr. Thompson’s Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees are both from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Thompson came to the seminary as Profiles of Ministry Director in the fall of 2003 and served as an adjunct professor for Profiles of Ministry for seven years, prior to being elected to the faculty. He and his wife, Sherry, a public school teacher, have been married since 1976, and they have resided in Gladstone, MO since 1984.
Alan Tomlinson is Professor of New Testament and Greek at Midwestern Seminary, where he taught since 1995. He received the Doctor of Philosophy from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. His Bachelor of Science in industrial management is from the University of Tennessee. Before coming to MBTS, Dr. Tomlinson had been employed as an industrial engineer with the Tennessee Valley Authority, an office manager with a Public Accounting firm, and resident dean of men at a Dallas Bible College. Dr. Tomlinson has recently contributed a chapter for the edited work, Entrusted with the Gospel (Broadman & Holman), study notes for 1 Corinthians in the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible, and also edited the translation of 2 Corinthians for the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Additionally, Dr. Tomlinson has presented papers at the Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting and published articles in journals and magazines. He is currently under contract with Broadman Academic to co-write A New Testament Theology of Persecution (2015). His area of special interest within the field of New Testament studies is the Greek language within the context of ancient Greek and Roman history and culture. Thus he is a member of the New Testament Background Study Group Committee of the ETS.
Dr. Rustin Umstattd is assistant professor of theology at MBTS and associate academic dean. Dr. Umstattd’s Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds the Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University and the Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern University. Dr. Umstattd comes to MBTS having served more than 15 years in student ministry, the last 10 of which were at Matthew Road Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. He is a highly sought-after conference speaker for youth camps, revivals, and adult education ministries. His doctoral research concentrated on the role of the Holy Spirit in judgment and the relevance of this concept to the doctrine of the Trinity.
Dr. John Mark Yeats serves as the undergraduate dean for Midwestern Baptist College. Yeats earned his Ph.D. in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He also holds degrees from Southern Seminary, Oxford University, and Criswell College. Yeats has authored three books, Franchising McChurch: Feeding our Obsession with Easy Christianity; The Time is Come: The Rise of British Missions to the Jews, 1808-1818; and Worldviews: Think for Yourself about How We See God. He has also contributed articles to multiple journals as well as the Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. Yeats is married to Angie, and they have four children, Briley, Sean, Cadie, and Jackson.