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TBS News, December 2023

Updated: Jan 30

In this issue


Meet TBS alumni and students

The Presence of God in Autism Book cover

Krystyna Cawthorne (at right) is a 2020 graduate of The Bible Seminary where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Church History and Theology. With the encouragement of her husband of 39 years, Peter, and her two children Natalie and Marcus, Krystyna authored a Bible study guide for moms with children on the autism disorder spectrum (ASD) titled

The Presence of God in Autism which is published through TBS's Nehemiah Press. [Watch Video]

Paul Kabore and his wife, Bougma Sibiri Catherine, are living out the gospel by church planting in their home country of Burkina Faso in Western Africa. In 2013 they purchased a plot of land just east of the capital city of Ouagadougou where they began sharing the Good News and have grown their church to over 100 parishioners and it is still growing. While studying Ancient Greek and Hebrew in Israel, Paul met Dr. Stripling. With his passion to learn more, Pastor Paul enrolled at TBS in 2022 and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology. In Paul's spare time he teaches Hebrew to Christian schools and faculties. Catherine is also studying to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Theology. Together they spend their time reading, studying, practicing, teaching, and mediating on God's Word. [Watch Video]


Student at The Bible Seminary

Manasseh Luka is currently studying to earn a Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology through TBS. As an international student in New Delhi, India, Manasseh works as a social worker in the juvenile prison. He is the youngest of four children and along with a sister is the caretaker to their mother, a retired hospital clerk. Manasseh's father passed on in 2009, but he served the Lord faithfully as a priest in the church and community for 40 years. Manasseh serves The Bible Seminary as the Virtual Liaison for the Student Government Association, where he is extremely active in the student community and diligent in developing relationships within TBS's family. Upon his commencement, Manasseh will become the FIRST biblical archaeologist in India. [Watch Video]


Student at The Bible Seminary

Anita Murillo (second from right above) is currently enrolled in the Certificate of Theological Studies program. She is joyfully married to her best friend and amazing husband of 32 years, Jody. Together they have three adult children Jacob John (29), Jordan Abigail (25), and Jonah Benjamin (23). She is the grateful grandmother to her first grandchild Arie Tinsley-Huoang Murillo. Anita is the Founder of Deborah's Arise Ministries, where the focus is to ignite, empower, inspire, equip, and encourage women through community and fellowship to fulfill their God-given purpose. [Watch Video]


Student at The Bible Seminary

Shelley Neese is a distance student at The Bible Seminary who is studying to earn a Master of Arts degree in Biblical History and Archaeology. Shelley serves as President of The Jerusalem Connection Report, and her articles can be found in a multitude of publications including but not limited to The Jerusalem Report, Israel Today, FrontPage Magazine, and in TBS's yearly publication, The Sentinel. Along with these resource outlets, Shelley is the author of the #1 new release book, The Copper Scroll Project. She has made interview appearances on the Eric Metaxas Show on TBN, Jerusalem Dateline with Chris Mitchell on CBN, SkyWatch TV, and The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck, to name a few. Shelley's extensive background in government and education has prepared her to help share the need Israel has to be supported by Christians worldwide which she also accomplishes through public speaking events. As a public figure, Shelley somehow finds the time to be a supportive wife to her beloved husband of 20 years, who serves as a Lieutenant Colonel and family physician for the U.S. Air Force and a hands-on mother to their 4 children. [Watch Video]


Student at The Bible Seminary

Gabriel Orr is currently pursuing an Master of Divinity at The Bible Seminary. He serves the City of Houston as a full-time police officer, and Second Baptist Church as a Bible Study teacher and member of the security team. He is married to Corina and they have four adult daughters and a two-year old son, Gabriel Jr. [Watch Video]

“If you want to know where your money is being spent, you’re looking at him. The things I’m being equipped with, the tools that I’m given at The Bible Seminary allow me to advance the Kingdom of God on this earth.”

Student at The Bible Seminary

Meredith Ridenour and her husband Jon reside in Northwest Houston, Texas with their two sons, Jackson (13) and Lincoln (10). When they are not at a baseball field or watching a baseball game, Meredith serves as the Director of Ministry Operations at Windwood Presbyterian Church. She is currently enrolled at The Bible Seminary where she is diligently working to achieve a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. Meredith is also the Activities Director in the TBS Student Government Association. [Watch Video]

Gary Urie is a 2022 graduate of The Bible Seminary where he earned his Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology. He is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program studying Biblical History and Archaeology at Veritas International University. Gary is a retired Houston Police Department Detective who lives with his family in Belton, Texas where he teaches at his church in Temple, Texas. He also serves on the Shiloh Excavation dig staff with Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) and his photography is on display in the Joshua, Judges, and Jesus Museum. [Watch Video]


Student at The Bible Seminary

Jenny Ward (above at left) resides just outside of Denver, Colorado with her husband Beau (they have recently celebrated their twenty-year wedding anniversary) and their three children. They love spending time together as a family while taking advantage of every season that Colorado offers. Jenny is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts Biblical History and Archaeology program at The Bible Seminary and is an active member in a moms and daughters group in her community. [Watch Video]


Student at The Bible Seminary

Teresa Williams felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit in 2022 to pack up her two daughters and move from Maryland to Katy, Texas and become an on-campus student at The Bible Seminary. The past year, the Katy area has given her the opportunity to become employed as a technician in the medical field for a local doctor and to become plugged in to both Grace Fellowship Church and Life Church. Teresa is currently an audit student, looking forward to transitioning into a degree program. [Watch Video]


Student at The Bible Seminary

Patrick Wise hails from England, but calls Katy, Texas home with (God's gift to him) his wife Amy of 13 years and their two wonderful children, Ashlynn (11) and Garrick (7). He manages the local favorite seafood, oyster bar, and steakhouse, Pearl & Vine Restaurant and serves at The Waters Church in a multitude of ways. Patrick is seeking to earn his Certificate in Theological Studies from TBS, where he has become involved in the archaeology department as a docent with the Joshua, Judges, & Jesus Museum and serving as Chaplain of the student body. [Watch Video]


Student at The Bible Seminary

Ryan Wood is new to Katy, Texas and is currently pursuing his Master of Arts in Biblical History and Archaeology through the Dual Degree Completion program offered through The Bible Seminary. He is originally from the panhandle of Texas where his mother is an RN and his father is an entrepreneurial cattleman. As a new member of the Katy community, Ryan is looking for ministries to plug into and others to fellowship, network, and build a community. [Watch Video]


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