CBTS Faculty

Pastor Samuel E. Waldron, Ph.D.
Academic Dean – Professor of Systematic Theology

Dr. Sam Waldron is the dean of CBTS and professor of Systematic Theology. He is also one of the pastors of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY. Dr. Waldron received a B.A. from Cornerstone University, an M.Div. from Trinity Ministerial Academy, a Th.M. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. From 1977 to 2001 he was a pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, MI. Dr. Waldron is the author of numerous books including A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, The End Times Made Simple, Baptist Roots in America, To Be Continued?, and MacArthur’s Millennial Manifesto: A Friendly Response. Dr. Waldron is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Pastor Fred Malone, Ph.D.
Professor of Pastoral Theology

Dr. Fred Malone has served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Clinton, Louisiana for the past twenty years, following eleven years as founding pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas. He holds a B.S. from Auburn University, an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Malone has served as a board member of many organizations including Founders Ministries, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the Administrative Council of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches in America and the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary in California. Dr. Malone has authored A String of Pearls Unstrung and The Baptism of Disciples Alone.

Pastor Richard Barcellos, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of New Testament Studies

Dr. Richard Barcellos is associate professor of New Testament Studies. He received a B.S. from California State University, Fresno, an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, and a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary. Dr. Barcellos is a pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Palmdale, CA. He is the author ofBetter Than the Beginning, In Defense of the Decalogue, and co-author of A Reformed Baptist Manifesto. He has also contributed articles to Reformed Baptist Theological Review, Founders Journal, and Table Talk. Dr. Barcellos is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Missionary Michael Emadi
Lecturer of Biblical Languages

Michael Emadi is married to Ashley and they have three children, Liam, Lorelai, and Méav.  He received his B.A. from the University of Utah before serving in the U.S. Air Force as an Intelligence Officer.  He received his M.Div from the the the Midwest Center for Theological Studies (precursor to CBTS) in joint cooperation with the Reformed Baptist Seminary and MABL degree (Master of Arts in Biblical Languages) from Houston Baptist University.  Michael has also served as the professor of biblical languages for CBTS since 2013.  He currently lives in Ireland where he works as a missionary.

Pastor Tom Aschol, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Practical Studies

Dr. Tom Ascol is adjunct professor of Practical Theology. He has served as senior pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL, since 1986. As the executive director of Founders Ministries and editor of Founders Journal, he maintains an extensive preaching schedule at conferences and churches nationally and abroad. He received a B.S. from Texas A & M University and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Ascol served for two years as adjunct professor of theology for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is presently adjunct professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. Besides contributing articles and chapters to numerous publications, he has edited two significant books: Reclaiming the Gospel and Reforming Churches and Dear Timothy. Dr. Ascol is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Pastor Chris Holmes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Chris Holmes is originally from near Nashville, Tennessee and serves on the pastoral staff of Yellow Creek Baptist Church in Owensboro, Kentucky.  He is married to Beth, and they have one son, Henry.  Chris pursued ministry studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  His M.Div. program focused on Christian worship and served as a platform to pursue a Th.M. in New Testament and a Ph.D. in Christian preaching and Baptist history.  His dissertation centered on the published sermons of Benjamin Keach and the way he used metaphors to enhance the effectiveness of his preaching.  In addition to his ministry responsibilities, Chris enjoys participating in efforts to teach and train pastors in other nations.

Professor Tom Nettles, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology

Dr. Tom Nettles is widely regarded as one of the foremost Baptist historians in America. He joined the faculty of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary after teaching at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he was professor of Church History and chairman of that department. Previously, he taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He received a B.A. from Mississippi College and an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern.  In addition to writing numerous journal articles and scholarly papers, Dr. Nettles has authored or edited nine books including By His Grace and For His Glory, Baptists and the Bible, and Why I Am a Baptist.

Robert Gonzales, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Old Testament Studies

Dr. Robert Gonzales has served as a pastor of four Reformed Baptist congregations and has been the Academic Dean and a professor of Reformed Baptist Seminary since 2005. He is the author of Where Sin Abounds: the Spread of Sin and the Curse in Genesis with Special Focus on the Patriarchal Narratives (Wipf & Stock, 2010) and has contributed to the Reformed Baptist Theological ReviewThe Founders Journal, and Westminster Theological Journal. Dr Gonzales is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. He and his wife, Becky, reside in Sacramento, California. 

Pastor Tedd Tripp, D.Min.
Visiting Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Tedd Tripp is a visiting professor of Practical Theology. He has served as senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Hazleton, PA, since 1983. Pastor Tripp received a B.A. from Geneva College, an M.Div. from Reformed Episcopal Seminary and a D.Min. with an emphasis in pastoral counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He has contributed articles to the Journal for Biblical Counseling. Dr. Tripp is the author of the popular book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, as well as A Parent’s Handbook for Shepherding a Child’s Heart and the recently released Instructing a Child’s Heart, written with his wife, Margy. Since 1995 Dr. Tripp has maintained an extensive world-wide ministry presenting Shepherding a Child’s Heart Seminars. His audio and video seminar materials are used throughout the United States and abroad.