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.

Jim Anderson

Chancellor Pro Tem, Professor of Biblical Studies, Aviation


Anderson teaches biblical studies and aviation at Midwestern Seminary and serves as the chancellor pro tem of Midwestern Baptist College.

He received a Doctor of Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary after earning his Master of Divinity there as well. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Ottawa University. Anderson has been in the full-time ministry for 57 years, having served as a pastor for 13 years, and brings with him 39 years of teaching experience. From 1996 to 1999, he was the president of Calvary Bible College and Seminary and has been honored with the Calvary Bible College Alumnus of the Year Award. He has led 80 tour groups to the Holy Land and has taught aviation classes as a certified flight instructor to train missionary pilots.

Anderson is currently involved in evangelistic meetings, Bible conferences, camps, revival meetings, Bible studies and aviation – teaching and flying ministry and mercy flights, as well as some test flights. His research interests include archaeology.

He and his wife, Diana, have four children – Rebecca, Bill, Jonathan and Dan – and 10 grandchildren.

Stephen J. Andrews

Professor of Old Testament, Hebrew and Archaeology, Director of Ph.D. Program


Andrews is Professor of Old Testament, Hebrew, and Archaeology at Midwestern Seminary and has served at the school since 1998. He received a Doctor of Philosophy from Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, earned a Th.M. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a M.Div. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary), and a B.A. from Carson-Newman College. Before coming to Midwestern Andrews served as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Seminary.Andrews co-authored with Dr. Robert D. Bergen the Holman OT Commentary on 1 & 2 Samuel, which has been translated into Korean in the Main Idea series.

He 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, Andrews has presented papers at the annual meetings of the International Society of Biblical Literature and the Evangelical Theological Society. He has published articles and book reviews in scholarly 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 the Executive Editor of the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, an open access journal (www.jesot.org) and the Law, Prophets, and Writings Blog.In other ministry service, Andrews has pastored four churches and served as interim or transitional pastor of 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.

Matthew Arbo

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics


Arbo (M.Th., Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics at Midwestern.

At Midwestern, Arbo teaches Christian Ethics, Intro to Philosophy, Intro to the Humanities, Christian Political Thought, Research and Writing, and a seminar on St. Augustine. He has been published in Political TheologyJournal for the Society of Christian EthicsExpository Times, and Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, among others, and has contributed to several essay collections on subjects ranging from contemporary medical ethics to theories of justice in the New Testament. Arbo has presented papers at the Evangelical Theological Society, Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, Templeton Foundation Workshops, and the Ethics and Social Theology Group of Tyndale House, Cambridge.

His research interests range broadly in Christian ethics and political theology, including Augustine, theories of political economy, technological ethics, philosophy of religion, historical theology (especially early-modern), and the history of Christian political thought. Before arriving at Midwestern, Arbo served as a tutor and part-time lecturer in Christian Ethics at the University of Edinburgh.

His wife, Ashli, is an attorney practicing civil law. They have one son, Henry.

Ben E. Awbrey

Professor of Preaching

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Awbrey teaches expository preaching at Midwestern Seminary.

He received a Doctor of Theology in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He did graduate work at Talbot Theological Seminary and earned a Bachelor of Science from Central State University.

Prior to coming to Midwestern, Awbrey served as a pastor in Oxnard, Calif., and as an adjunct professor of preaching at The Master’s Seminary in Panorama City, Calif. Prior to that, he pastored in Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Awbrey completed his dissertation on the expository preaching of John MacArthur.

He and his wife, Lisa, have two children: Eric and Lauren. Awbrey has written two books on preaching: How Effective Sermons Begin and How Effective Sermons Advance.

J. Alan Branch

Professor of Christian Ethics

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Branch teaches Christian Ethics at Midwestern Seminary as well as Wisdom and Poetic Literature and Prophetic Literature for Midwestern Baptist College.

He received a Doctor of Philosophy and a Master of Divinity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Having a special interest in medical ethics, he titled his dissertation “The Challenge Posed by Autonomy in Medical Ethics.” Branch earned a Bachelor of 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.

Branch has served as the interim pastor for both McCarthy Baptist Church in St. Joseph, Mo., and Immanuel Baptist Church, in Wichita, Kan. Dr. Branch currently serves as a chaplain in the United States Army Reserves. His research interests include abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, embryonic stem cell research and the ethics of Gnosticism.

Branch and his wife, Lisa, have two daughters, Joy and Anna Beth.

Timothy Chong

Dean of Korean Studies, Associate Professor of Theology


Chong serves as the Dean of Korean Studies (Doctoral and KMATS) and associate professor of theology.

He received his Bachelor of Arts from Liberty University, Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Philosophy from Dallas Theological Seminary.

His experiences include over 25 years of various pastoral ministries ranging from youth to young adult to senior pastorate. He previously taught both residential and online theology and Bible courses at LBTS. He has preached at churches and led seminars in many countries all over the world, including America, Korea, Japan, China, Ukraine, Thailand, Nepal and India. His short-term mission teams over the years have shared the gospel message with thousands of people and have seen hundreds receive Christ in Japan, Thailand, Nepal and India. Korean and Korean-American issues are a big part of his interests. In addition, he advises and provides consultation for international Christian schools and institutes.

He and his wife, Julianne, have two daughters, Jamie and Priscilla.

Christopher K. Cornine

Assistant Professor of Counseling


Cornine teaches Counseling Theories, Abnormal Psychology and Research Methods and is the internship director of the Master in Counseling degree (MACO) at MBTS. Cornine holds a Bachelor of Arts 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, Cornine is the clinical director of Diakonos Counseling, a private mental health practice in Independence, Mo. Dr. Cornine has a wide range of experience working with adults, adolescents and children in both inpatient and outpatient settings. 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).

Cornine has been teaching at MBTS in either an adjunct, part-time, or full-time capacity since 2004. He lives in Lee’s Summit, Mo., with his wife, Andrea, son, Dominic, and twin daughters, Reece and Riley.

Larry L. Cornine

Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling


Cornine teaches Pastoral Care and Counseling classes at the graduate level and selected Christian education and undergraduate classes. Along with his teaching responsibilities, Cornine directs the Master of Arts in counseling (MACO) and Doctor of Ministry in counseling programs.

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 a Doctor of Education from the University of Kansas. Additionally, he has a Master of Arts in counseling from Liberty Baptist University and a Doctor of Philosophy in psychology from Golden State University.

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, became an assistant principal at Oak Park High School, where he served for eight years, and became the principal of Kearney High School. Leaving education, he established Diakonos Counseling Center, consulted with area inpatient psychiatric hospitals and retired from clinical practice in 2000. Cornine taught as an adjunct professor for many years and was elected to the faculty in 2008.

Eric A. Foley

Assistant Professor of Church Music


Foley teaches church music at Midwestern Seminary and serves as conductor of the Midwestern Singers (the MBTS choir).

He received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting Performance from the University of Kansas and earned a Master’s of Music and a Bachelor’s of Science in Vocal Music Education from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Foley is in demand throughout the region as a clinician and adjudicator. He enjoys spending his leisure time involved in Scouting with his sons and other outdoor related activities.

Additional academic interests include vocal jazz and musical theater.

Foley and his wife, Kathy, have two sons, Alan and Ryan.

Radu Gheorghita

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

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Gheorghita teaches New Testament and some Old Testament classes at Midwestern Seminary and serves as associate professor of biblical studies.

He received a B.S. from the University of Cluj, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Ill.; and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England.

Gheorghita came to Midwestern from Emmanuel Bible Institute in Oradea, Romania. He continues to travel to Romania on a regular basis to teach in the master’s program at the University of Bucharest. A couple of years ago he initiated a series of biannual theological conferences for the pastors and lay leaders in the Baptist churches there.

His field of research is Septuagint studies and the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament.  He is passionate about book-by-book memorization of the Scriptures, especially in the original languages.

Gheorghita and his wife, Liz, have five children.

Robin D. Hadaway

VP for Institutional Initiatives, Professor of Missions

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Hadaway has served as associate professor of missions at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary since October of 2003. Previously, he and his wife, Kathy, served as missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention for a total of 18 years. Hadaway served as a strategy coordinator, cluster leader and church planter in a closed country in North Africa and earlier as a church planter in Tanzania. More recently, Hadaway was the IMB Regional Leader for Eastern South America, supervising over 300 missionaries in Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay.

He has also been a senior pastor for churches in California and Arizona and has attained the rank of captain in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Alaska and Nevada. Hadaway received an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a D.Min. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and a Th.D. from the University of South Africa. He also attended Dallas Theological Seminary and Fuller Theological Seminary. His undergraduate degree is from Memphis State University.

He is a native of Tallahassee, Fla., and is married to the former Kathy Baze of Phoenix, Ariz. They have three grown children.

Rodney A. Harrison

VP for Institutional Effectiveness, Dean of Online Ed., & Assoc. Prof. of Christian Education

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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.

He 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 served as the New Church Extension Associate for the California Southern Baptist Convention. Harrison is the author of two books on church planting and has written material for LifeWay Christian Resources and the North American Mission Board.

Harrison holds a D.Min. in Mission Administration from Golden Gate Seminary and has done post-doctoral studies at Oxford University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Harrison and his wife, Julie, have 3 grown children, Joshua, Cassandra and Gabrielle.

Michael D. Hawkins

Registrar, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry


Hawkins serves as the Registrar at Midwestern Seminary.

He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The title of his ministry project was “A Plan of Spiritual Growth.” He also received his Master of Divinity from MBTS and a Bachelor of Arts from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo. Hawkins has served as a pastor in Missouri for over 25 years. During that time, he also served as an adjunct professor for MBTS and for Southwest Baptist University. In addition, 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.

N. Blake Hearson

Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew


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.”

Ronald V. Huggins

Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek, Midwestern Journal of Theology Editor


Huggins teaches New Testament and Greek and serves as associate professor of New Testament and Greek at MBTS.

He received his Doctor of Theology from Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto, his Master of Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho.

Huggins comes to Midwestern after eight years at Salt Lake Theological Seminary in Salt Lake City, Utah. There he served as professor of historical and theological studies and as the director of the Master’s of Arts in theological studies program. Prior to that, Huggins taught at Moody Northwest in Spokane, Wash., and as a Latin teacher at private Christian schools in Spokane and in Couer d’Alene, Idaho.

Huggins is the author of Roman Catholicism and the Evangelical Conscience (1981). His scholarly articles have appeared in a number of settings, including the Journal of Biblical Literature, Westminster Theological Journal, Revue de Qumran, Novum Testamentum, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, and Eerdman’s Dictionary of the Bible. His cartoons have appeared in Christianity Today and in the Wittenburg Door.

Thomas P. Johnston

Professor of Evangelism


Johnston serves as professor of evangelism and as the director of the Midwestern Evangelistic Teams.

Born in Paris, France, to missionary parents, Johnston’s heart for missions and evangelism was forged in the context of post-Christian Europe. Fluent in French and English, he has taught and led evangelism outreaches in six countries on three continents. He brings to his students fifteen years of pastoral ministry experience.

He earned his Ph.D. at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the M.Div. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and his B.A. at Wheaton College. His research interests include Medieval Southern France, Geneva Reformation publications, and textual studies on theology and practice.

Johnston’s published works are: 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 is published in Decision Magazine,the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry,the Lausanne MovementMidwestern Journal of TheologyPerichoresisPreaching MagazinePreaching Online, and the Trinity Journal.

Serving as president of the Southern Baptist Professors of Evangelism Fellowship for six years, and currently as its Secretary-Treasurer, 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.

J. Craig Kubic

Director of Library Services


Kubic serves as director of Library Services at Midwestern.

Kubic has been president of the Church and Synagogue Library Association and is a regular contributor to its journal, Congregational Libraries Today. He serves as chaplain for the Harry S. Truman Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, Independence, Mo. He came to Midwestern in 1987, having served as acting library director for Golden Gate Seminary. He has a Master of Library Science from Louisiana State University, a Master of Divinity from Golden Gate, and a Doctor of Educational Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

John Lee

Assistant Professor of New Testament


Lee serves as assistant professor of New Testament and Greek.

He received a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; a. M. Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY; and a B.M. from Seoul National University, South Korea. His doctoral study was combined with teaching at King’s Evangelical Divinity School and researching at Tübingen University. Lee’s research interests include Gospels (esp. Mark’s Gospel), Second Temple Jewish “Monotheism” and New Testament Christology. He has also served in pastoral ministry in both English- and Korean-speaking settings.

Lee and his wife, Sunny, have one son, Joshua.

Thorvald B. Madsen II

Interim VP for Academic Affairs,  Professor of New Testament, Ethics and Philosophy

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Madsen serves as interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and professor of New Testament, ethics and philosophy of religion.

Madsen’s rich academic background prepares him for this uniquely varied faculty position. He was first a philosophy major at Wheaton College. From Wheaton, he went on to earn a Master of Arts in philosophy at Western Kentucky University and to spend a year in the doctoral program in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With that base, he sensed God’s leading into biblical studies, and he enrolled at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he earned a Master of Divinity. He then went to the University of Aberdeen, where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament in 1998.

His dissertation explores the relationship between the fact of the new life in Christ and the obligation of Christians to rise to that reality.

Robert J. Matz

Instructor of Theology


Matz teaches Christian Doctrine and Preaching in the College at Midwestern Seminary.

He 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 a Ph.D. in Theology and Apologetics with a cognate in Practical Theology at Liberty University. Matz has pastored churches in Texas and Virginia as well as served on two church staffs in Tennessee. He has contributed sermons to Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Source Book 2012 edition.

He is married to Jessica, who serves as an adjunct professor for Liberty University’s Counseling Program. They have two children, Andrew and Katie Beth.

Morlee Maynard

Dir. of the D.Ed.Min Program, Dir. of Christian Education, and Prof. of Christian Education


Drmaynard1Maynard 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.

David M. McAlpin

VP for Student Development, Assoc. Prof. of Biblical Interpretation


Dr. David M. McAlpin serves as Vice President for Student Development and as Associate Professor of Biblical Interpretation at MBTS.

He comes to Midwestern with over 25 years of experience as a senior pastor, having served churches in Tennessee, Florida, and Missouri. During his 14+ year tenure at the First Baptist Church of Harvester in St. Charles, Mo., he co-founded the Center for Christian Ministry Studies at Lindenwood University and also served as the Center’s Executive Director from 2002 to 2006. As both pastor and academician 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 energizes and animates his life.

McAlpin holds a B.A. from Berry College, an M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He served on Midwestern’s Board of Trustees from 1995 until 2000; additionally, he has served in various capacities on the state denominational level.

He and his wife, Nanell, have two sons.

Michael D. McMullen

Professor of Church History, Director of Collegiate Program


Born in England, McMullen won, over stiff competition, a major British government scholarship for his doctoral work on Jonathan Edwards. He did the work at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and at Yale University. He has pastored in Kirkintilloch, Scotland, and has served as a part-time lecturer at Aberdeen University, and as a distance tutor in at St. John’s College, and the Open Theological College, both in England.

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). He is also Associate Editor (Church History) for Oxford University’s New Dictionary of National Biography.

Tony L. Preston

Professor of Pastoral Leadership, Director of Supervised Ministry


Preston teaches pastoral leadership at Midwestern Seminary.

He received a Doctor of Ministry at Reformed Seminary and has earned a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts from William Carey College, all while pastoring. Preston is a veteran pastor, having served for 22 years in churches in Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas. He continues to pastor on a very regular interim basis.

In addition to his pastoral experience, he was professor of evangelism at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo., and served on the Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

His research interests are all in the field of pastoral ministry and leadership. Preston and his wife, Brenda, have two grown children, Brandon and Angela.

Minsoo Sim

Appointed Assistant Professor of Christian Education & Pastoral Ministry


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.

Buck Seung Sung

Appointed Assistant Professor for Pastoral Ministry


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.

Steven H. Thompson

Assistant VP for Institutional Effectiveness, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry


Thompson serves as Assistant VP for Institutional Effectiveness, Associate Director of Professional Doctoral Studies, Profiles of Ministry Director, and Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry at MBTS. Thompson co-taught MN 5440, Pastoral Ministry, with Dr. Jim Anderson when the regular professor, Dr. Tony Preston was on sabbatical. He has taught the Turabian Style segment in DR 30020 Orientation to Professional Doctoral Studies for several years.

Thompson received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southern State College, Magnolia, Ark.; a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia; a Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Ministry from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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. He will be teaching in some of the professional doctoral seminars.

He and his wife, Sherry, have been married since August 13, 1976, and have resided in Gladstone, MO since 1984.

F. Alan Tomlinson

Professor of New Testament and Greek


Alan Tomlinson is Professor of New Testament and Greek at Midwestern Seminary and has served at the school since 1995.

He received a Doctor of Philosophy from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, earned a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a B.S. from the University of Tennessee. Before coming to Midwestern, Tomlinson worked as an industrial engineer for the Tennessee Valley Authority, was an office manager for a Certified Public Accountant and served as dean of men at a Bible college.

Among his published works, the professor has recently written a chapter in the edited work, Entrusted with the Gospel. He also wrote the study notes for 1 Corinthians in the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible and edited the translation of 2 Corinthians for the Holman Christian Standard Bible translation. Additionally, Tomlinson has presented papers at the Evangelical Theological Society’s (ETS) 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).

In other ministry service, Tomlinson has served on scholarly panels and served as a member on the New Testament Background Study Group Committee at the ETS annual meeting.

Tomlinson is currently a noted conference speaker and was named MBTS Professor of the Year for the 2000-01 academic year.

Rustin J. Umstattd

Associate Academic Dean, Assistant Professor of Theology


Umstattd is the assistant professor of Theology at Midwestern.

He earned his doctorate and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgia Southern University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Georgia Southwestern University. Umstattd comes to Midwestern having served 15-plus years in student ministry, with the last 10 being served at Matthew Road Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas.

His research interests include the theology of both the Trinity and the Holy Spirit.

John Mark Yeats

Dean, Midwestern Baptist College


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.

Bobby S. Sena

Hispanic Doctor of Ministry Director

bob_sena 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.


David Sundeen

Director of Online Education

David_SundeenDr. 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.