TBS Faculty

  • Bachelor of Arts in Religion (1976), Claremont McKenna College                       

  • Master of Theology in Bible Exposition (1982), Dallas Theological Seminary

  • Master of Theology in Biblical and Theological Studies (2008), University of Wales

  • Ph.D. in Biblical and Theological Studies (2011), University of Wales

  • Ph.D. in Professional Counseling Program (2016), Liberty University

Dr. Rich Cozart

Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Leadership

Rich serves The Bible Seminary as an Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Leadership; is the Pastor of Counseling at The Brook Church in Tomball, Texas; a Ph.D. Teaching Assistant at Liberty University; and a Ph.D. Supervisor for Union School of Theology in the United Kingdom. A Certified Counselor by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, he is a member of the Biblical Framework Counselors Association, and is a Professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas teaching Bible, Theology, Ministry, and Counseling courses since 2005. He is also the Director of Counselor Education and Development at A Future and a Hope Ministries counseling center in Tomball. He served as a Homiletics Tutor at Dallas Theological Seminary for the New Testament and Homiletics Departments and was selected as a senior speaker, and has taughtin various other counseling and teaching venues. Dr. Cozart and his wife, Janet, have been married for 35 years. He is the author of This Present Triumph, published in 2013.

  • BGS in Political Science (2005), University of Kansas

  • Master of Arts in Theology and Biblical Studies (2008), Franciscan University, (2012), Boston College

  • Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (2019),              Yale University

Dr. Matthew Glasssman

Adjunct Professor

Matthew D. Glassman is a professor of religion and history at Fairfield University, Western Connecticut State University, and the University of New Haven. He has a BGS in Political Science from the University of Kansas, masters degrees in theology and Biblical Studies from Franciscan University and Boston College, and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Yale University. He has been excavating in Israel and Iraq since 2014.

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  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemical Engineering (1987)                        Texas A&M University

  • Master of Divinity (1991)               Asbury Theological Seminary

  • Doctorate in Ministry (2003)         Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr. Jim Leggett

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jim Leggett has been a Christ-follower for 40 years. He met his wife Lisa at Texas A&M where he was a chemical engineering nerd. She dated him anyway, and they have been married for 33 years. Jim and Lisa have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. The Leggetts have lived in Wilmore (KY), Waco (TX), Hearne (TX), and Katy (TX) where they have been the last 25 years since helping plant Grace Fellowship Church and serving as Senior Pastor. Jim holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jim really likes his wife, his children and grandchildren, reading, food, movies, exercising, music, chilling and, most of all, Jesus. Favorite movies include “The Princess Bride” and “Forest Gump.” Jim led the founding of The Bible Seminary and served as its first President.

  • B.S. in Agricultural Engineering(1985),        University of Georgia

  • Master of Divinity (1989),   Asbury Theological Seminary

  • Doctor of Ministry (2002),  Asbury Theological Seminary

  • Beeson Pastor Certificate in Biblical Preaching & Church Leadership (2002),              Asbury Theological Seminary

Dr. K. Lynn Lewis

President, and Professor of Biblical

Preaching, Leadership, and 

Spiritual Formation and Ministry

Lynn is a seasoned entrepreneur with a diverse professional background in business, education, and ministry, and has worked as an engineer, senior pastor, administrator, director, and CEO. An ordained minister, he has served in leadership on a number of denominational and non-denominational ministry and professional boards, and served as a short-term missionary in Bolivia, Haiti, India, and Korea. Founder of InspireUSA: Celebrating the Best of America®, author of Boss Like God: A Blueprint for Elite Workplace Performance (2018), the Meat and Potatoes for the Soul series (2013, 2015), fiction novel Plight (2010, 2015), children’s book and audiobook The Little Giraffe (2010), and dissertation Christian Communication in the Twenty-first Century: Patterns and Principles Relative to the Effective Use of Internet-based Communications (2002), his productions and publications include numerous articles, videos and web sites; the cable TV show “Trinity Today” (1993-97), The Raider (2005-11) and The Sentinel (2012-present) magazines, musical Any Day (2011), cantata Surely This Man Is the Son of God (1992), What a Dig video series, and Shiloh Network News. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children and one grandchild.

  • Bachelor’s (1990),             Lancaster Bible College

  • Th.M. (1996),                          Dallas Theological Seminary

  • Ph.D. (2001),                           Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Israel Loken

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Israel was born in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and graduated from Lancaster Christian School in Pennsylvania in 1986, graduated Lancaster Bible College in 1990, received his Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) in 1996, and a Ph.D. from DTS in 2001. He has taught at Dallas Christian College, served as a Teaching Assistant for the Bible Exposition department at DTS, served as an Adjunct Professor at DTS since 1999, and taught at the College of Biblical Studies since 2000 and where he currently serves as the Department Chair for both Bible and Theology. His Loken Exposition Commentaryseries includes three published volumes to date. He and wife, Kimberly, live in Tomball, Texas.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Crime & Justice Studies (2004),  University of Texas

  • Master of Arts in New Testament (2008), Gordon-Conwell  Theological Seminary

  • Ph.D. in New Testament (2015), University of Denver

Dr. Ryan Lokkesmoe

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Ryan is the Lead Pastor of Real Hope Community Church in the Houston area, a church he helped plant in 2016. Dr. Lokkesmoe is the author of Paul and His Team: What the Early Church Can Teach Us About Leadership and Influence, Finding Onesimus: Recovering the Story of a First-Century Fugitive Slave, Blurry: Bringing Clarity to the Bible, and other resources. He loves books, music, is a history buff, and follows current events closely. More than anything, he enjoys spending time with his wife Ashley and their two children.

  • Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education (2002), Texas A&M University

  • Master's in Library Science (2007), Sam Houston State University

  • Master of Divinity (2018), The Bible Seminary

Angela McClinton

Adjunct Bible Certificate Instructor

Angela serves as the Executive Pastor of The Waters Church. A native of Katy and graduate of Mayde Creek High School, she was the 2018 Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude Master of Divinity graduate of TBS, has a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Texas A&M, and a Master’s in Library Science from Sam Houston State University. She has worked as a freelance writer for Katy Magazine, a 2nd Grade Teacher at Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School (2003-06), and a Kindergarten Teacher at Bear Creek Elementary School (2002-03). She served as a volunteer in Church Leadership and Service Ministries at The Waters Church from 2003-18. Her and her husband, Jordan, have three daughters.

  • Master of Divinity (2015), 
    The Bible Seminary

  • Doctorate of Ministry (2021),     The King's University

Dr. Brenda Martin

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Martin is a native Houstonian that has called Katy home for over 30 years.  She is the wife of Jeff Martin with three adult children, Erica, Ross, and Trevor; and her one and only granddaughter, Lilly. 

   She has served on the staff at her home church, Grace Fellowship, since 2001 and is the founding pastor of The Great Southwest Prayer Center which is next door to The Bible Seminary.  She has absorbed the DNA of prayer from both her mother and her pastor, Jim Leggett.  She believes God is a relational God that exists in complete unity with the Son and the Holy Spirit—meant to be enjoyed and loved intimately. She finds great purpose in helping others connect with God through prayer, Scripture, and worship.

    As a TBS alumni, she was amongst the first Masters of Divinity students forging the path for others to pursue the knowledge of God in higher education.  She graduated Cum Laude in 2015.  She went on to attain her Doctorate of Ministry from The King’s University in Southlake, Texas in 2021.  Her dissertation, The Essential Elements of Prayer that Produce Transformation, is a culmination of over two decades of both personal prayer, local church prayer ministry, and citywide prayer movement participation.  This work chronicles the biblical and contemporary prayer movements that wrote--and is still


  • B.S. in Biblical Studies (2008),  The Master's College

  • Master of Arts in Biblical History and Geography (2011),  Jerusalem University College

  • Master of Arts in Archaeology and Land of Israel Studies (2014),Bar-llan University

  • Ph.D in Archaeology an Land      of Israel Studies (2016),                 Bar-llan University

Dr. Chris McKinny

Adjunct Professor of

Archaeological Studies

Chris has a PhD from Bar Ilan University (Israel). His dissertation focused on the historical geography and archaeology of the town lists of Judah and Benjamin in the book of Joshua. Chris is also a senior staff member of the Tel Burna Archaeological Project (Biblical Libnah) in which capacity he has contributed a wide-range of peer-reviewed articles, conference papers, and popular essays.  Besides being involved in several other writing and research projects, including the Lexham Geographic Commentary Series (ed. B. Beitzel) and the Photo Companion to the Bible(ed. T. Bolen), Chris also authored "My People as Your People: A Textual and Archaeological Analysis of the Reign of Jehoshaphat" (Peter Lang, 2016), "The Tribal Allotments of Judah and Benjamin in the Book of Joshua: A Historical Geography" (Eisenbrauns in process), and co-edited "Tell it in Gath: Studies in the History and Archaeology of Israel Essays in Honor of A. M. Maeir on the Occasion of his Sixtieth Birthday" (with I. Shai, J. R. Chadwick, L. A. Hitchcock, A. Dagan, and J. Uziel - Zaphon, 2018) and "‘And the Canaanite was then in the land’ (Gen. 12:6): Selected Studies on the Late Bronze and Early Iron Ages of Southern Canaan" (with A. M. Maeir and I. Shai - DeGruyter, in press). In addition, Chris serves as an adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, The Bible Seminary, The Master’s University (IBEX), and William Jessup University.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Theological Studies (1981),            International Bible College

  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies (2001), Vision International University

  • Doctor of Ministry in    Theological Studies (2006),  Vision International University

Dr. Steve Mills

Adjunct Professor of Missions

Steve and his wife, Kath, have served in fulltime mission work since May 1984. Steve spent 6 months in Uganda in 1984 by himself, with his family in Haiti for 8 months in 1985 and then the family moved to Kenya in June 1986 where they lived for over 17 years. In 2002 he and Kath moved back to the US to work with Global 12 Project overseeing church planting in North and West Africa. Steve travels extensively having ministered in more than 50 nations. From 2002 until 2015 he traveled throughout the United States and the nations holding mission conferences, helping churches with their mission programs, small group ministries, doing leadership training and overseeing church planting mainly in West Africa. From 2015 until the end of 2020 Steve served as the Senior Pastor for Crossroad International Church in Kuwait City, Kuwait. Currently Steve serves as Vision International University’s Vice President of International Operations and the Africa Regional Director for Surge Project.  The main focus of Steve’s ministry is church planting and leadership development.

  • Journeyman's License in Carpentry (1987), Moncton Technical Training School

  • Bachelor of Bible (2001),          Zion Bible College

  • Master of Theological Studies (2003), Beeson Divinity School

  • Master of Arts in Old Testament (2004), Gordon-Conwell  Theological Seminary

  • Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies (2009), Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto.Thesis, "Ezekiel in Context: Ezekiel’s Message Understood in its Historical Setting of Covenant Curses and Ancient Near Eastern Mythological Motifs"

Dr. Brian Peterson

Adjunct Professor of Old Testament

Brian is an Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he has taught for seven years. Prior to coming to Lee, Dr. Peterson taught at Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada and for a short period in the Gambia West, Africa. He did his PhD in Hebrew Bible at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada. His dissertation focused on understanding the book of Ezekiel in its ancient Near Eastern context. Brian is married to Christine Curley and together they have three children, Maddie, Mark, and Kevin.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Evangelism (1992), Moody Bible Institute

  • Master of Divinity (1996),          The Master’s Seminary

  • Master of Theology (1998),       The Master’s Seminary

  • Master of Arts (2009),                The University of Toronto

  • Doctor of Philosophy (2016),    The University of Toronto

Dr. Douglas Petrovich

Dean of Graduate Program,

Professor of Biblical History and Exegesis

Doug is a native Ohioan, has been involved in Christian service and various educational institutions since the 1980s, and he has taught over 30 different courses. Dr. Petrovich was ordained in a non-denominational church in 1998, and he has served as a pastor in California and Siberia, Russia. He was invited by Slavic Gospel Association to lead the founding of a seminary in Akademgorodok (Russia), called Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary, where he served as Academic Dean and Assistant to the President for 10 years. He later served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Shepherds Theological Seminary in Cary, North Carolina, and he has taught at the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University. While he has taught courses in ancient history, Egyptology, biblical studies, theology, and pastoral studies, his two areas of greatest specialization are biblical history and the exegesis of the biblical languages. He has studied/taught Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Middle Egyptian, and Late Egyptian. He is an historian, archaeologist, epigrapher, and Egyptologist, and he has participated in archaeological digs at Hazor (Israel), Shiloh (Israel), and Tell Tayinat (ancient Syria). His groundbreaking research on the reading of inscriptions of the earliest alphabetic script led to the publication of his book, The World’s Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew as the Language of the Proto-Consonantal Script, and his publications can be found on his academia.edu webpage. He and his wife, Sherri, have three children.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (1998),                           The Criswell College

  • Master of Theology in Bible Exposition (2003),                  Dallas Theological Seminary

  • Ph.D. in Bible Exposition (2013),    Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Charles Savelle

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Charles is committed to the discipline of Bible exposition and has taught and preached the Bible locally, nationally, and internationally (Egypt, Hungary, Israel, Jordan, Korea, and the Philippines). He has earned a BA in Biblical Studies from the Criswell College and a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary. While Dr. Savelle enjoys teaching all sixty-six books of the Bible, his research interests relate to the book of Acts, and in particular, the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15). Other interests include the role of the Mosaic Law and the Christian and Biblical archaeology. He is also passionately committed to the ministry of the local church where he has served in a variety of capacities. Charles is married to Kathy, and they have three grown children, Charlie, Amy, and Becky.

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and English (1984), UT Pan American

  • Master of Arts in English (1988), UT Pan American

  • Master of Arts in Biblical Literature (1995), Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

  • Doctor of Ministry in Leadership (2006), Vision International University

  • Ph. D. in Archaeology and Biblical History (2020), Veritas International University

Dr. Scott Stripling

Provost, and Professor

of Archaeology and Church History 

Scott Stripling serves as Provost and Director of the Archaeology Institute at The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas. Stripling is the Director of Excavations for the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) at Ancient Shiloh (2017 to present). Previously, Stripling directed the ABR excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, served as Field Supervisor at Tall el-Hammam in Jordan, and as a supervisor of the Temple Mount Sifting Project in Jerusalem. Stripling did his graduate studies at the University of Texas (M.A.), Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (M.A.), and Veritas International University (Ph.D.). Stripling serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Near East Archaeological Society and has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, popular magazines, and books. He is a popular speaker at churches and conferences around the world and a guest on numerous television programs and documentaries such as Fox News, The 700 Club, The New York Times, TBN, History Channel, and Discovery Channel. His passion is connecting the material culture of the Holy Land with the biblical text. Scott and Janet, his wife of 38 years, have four grown children and four grandchildren.