Faculty, Administration & Board of Directors



Board of Directors


CBTS Faculty fully subscribe to the 1689 Confession of Faith, hold an advanced
degree in their field of instruction, and possess significant pastoral experience

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Pastor Samuel E. Waldron, Ph.D.

President – Professor of Systematic Theology

Dr. Sam Waldron is the Academic 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.

Courses taught: Symbolics, Systematic Theology Overview, Systematic Theology & Apologetics, Doctrine of the Word, Doctrine of God, Doctrine of Man & Ethics, Doctrine of Christ & Salvation, Doctrine of the Church, Doctrine of Last Things, Questions in Eschatology, Hyper-Calvinism & the Free Offer of the Gospel, Life & Theology of Paul, Exposition of Romans, Historical Theology Early Church, Historical Theology Medieval/Reformation Church, Historical Theology Modern Church.

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Fred Malone

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.

Courses taught: Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology, Pastoral Theology I, Pastoral Theology II, Law & Gospel in Pastoral Ministry, Preaching Christ from All of Scripture. 

Chris Holmes

Pastor Chris Holmes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Chris Holmes is originally from near Nashville, Tennessee. He serves as the Head of School for Grace Christian Academy, a new Christian high school in Owensboro, Kentucky. He also serves on the pastoral staff of Yellow Creek Baptist Church. 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 teaching and training pastors in other nations.

Courses taught: The Life & Theology of Benjamin Keach, History of Preaching & Preachers, Preaching II, Writing and Research.

Richard Barcellos

Pastor Richard Barcellos, Ph.D.

Visiting 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 pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Palmdale, CA. He is author of Trinity & CreationThe Covenant of Works, and Getting the Garden Right. He has contributed articles to various journals and is a member of ETS.

Courses taught: New Testament Introduction, Biblical Hermeneutics, Biblical Theology I, Biblical Theology II.

Michael Emadi

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.

Courses taught: Intermediate Greek: Syntax & Exegetical Methodology, New Testament Exegesis, Hebrew Syntax & Exegesis. 

Tom Aschol

Pastor Tom Ascol, Ph.D.

Visiting 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.

Courses taught: A Biblical Assessment of the Social Justice Movement, Preaching I. 

Tom Nettles

Professor Tom Nettles, Ph.D.

Visiting 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 GloryBaptists and the Bible, and Why I Am a Baptist.

Courses taught: Historical Theology of the Baptists, Historical Theology Overview, Jonathan Edwards & Andrew Fuller.

John Miller

Pastor John Miller, Th.M.

Lecturer in Old Testament Studies & Practical Theology

John Miller was called to Grace Baptist Church, July 2017, as Senior Pastor.  John received his Master of Divinity from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2007 and received his Master of Theology degree in Biblical Studies  from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in May of 2018.  He previously served as a church planter in Clarksville, TN.  Pastor John and his wife Elizabeth have four children; Kathryn, Kristyn, Nathan and Samuel.

Courses taught: Old Testament Introduction, Introduction to Evangelism & Missions.

James Renihan

Professor James Renihan, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Historical Theology

After a ministry of church planting in Central Massachusetts, Dr. James Renihan and his family moved to Escondido, CA in 1998 to begin serving as Dean of the newly formed Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. He has led that work for the past 19 years. He has served as a pastor in churches in Massachusetts, New York and California, and currently serves at Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Vista, CA.

He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D.), Seminary of the East (M.Div.), Trinity Ministerial Academy, and Liberty Baptist College, (B.S.). His academic work has focused on the Second London Baptist Confession and the broader Puritan theological context from which it arose. He has been published in many journals, and is the author of multiple books including Edification and BeautyA Toolkit for ConfessionsTrue LoveFaith and Life for Baptists and several others.

Dr. Renihan and his wife Lynne have five adult children, who all love and serve Christ, and nine grandchildren. Two are pastors of Reformed Baptist churches.

Course taught: The Puritans in Context.

Sam Renihan

Pastor Sam Renihan, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Historical Theology

Dr. Sam Renihan graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature and Culture. Sam completed an MDiv at Westminster Seminary California and the Institute of Reformed Baptist studies. In September of 2012, he was ordained and installed as a pastor of Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, La Mirada, CA. He received his PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam in the Fall of 2017.

Course taught: Historical Origins of Baptist Covenant Theology.

James White

Pastor James White, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor in Exegetical Studies

James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty four books, including The King James Only ControversyThe Forgotten TrinityThe Potter’s Freedom, and The God Who Justifies. He is an accomplished debater, having engaged in more than one-hundred forty moderated, public debates around the world with leading proponents of Roman Catholicism, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormonism, as well as critics such as Bart Ehrman, John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, and John Shelby Spong. In recent years James has debated in such locations as Sydney, Australia, as well as mosques in Toronto, London, and South Africa. He is an elder at Apologia Church, has been married to Kelli for more than thirty two years, and has two children, and two grandchildren, Clementine and January.

Courses taught: Polemics, Reliability of NT Documents & Textual Criticism.

James White

Professor Michael A.G. Haykin, Th.D.

Visiting Professor of Church History

Born in England of Irish and Kurdish parents, Michael A.G. Haykin serves as professor of church history & biblical spirituality. Haykin has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto (1974), a Master of Religion from Wycliffe College, the University of Toronto (1977), and a Th.D. in Church History from Wycliffe College and the University of Toronto (1982). Haykin and his wife, Alison, have two grown children: Victoria and Nigel.

He is the author of a number of books, including The Spirit of God: The Exegesis of 1 and 2 Corinthians in the Pneumatomachian Controversy of the Fourth Century (E. J. Brill, 1994); One heart and one soul: John Sutcliff of Olney, his friends, and his times (Evangelical Press, 1994); Kiffin, Knollys and Keach: Rediscovering Our English Baptist Heritage (Reformation Today Trust, 1996); ‘At the Pure Fountain of Thy Word’: Andrew Fuller as an Apologist (Paternoster Press, 2004); Jonathan Edwards: The Holy Spirit in Revival (Evangelical Press, 2005); The God who draws near: An introduction to biblical spirituality (Evangelical Press, 2007).

Course taught: Biblical Spirituality.

Tom Hicks

Pastor Tom Hicks, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor

Dr. Tom Hicks received an MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD in church history and systematic theology from the same institution. Dr. Hicks serves on the board of directors for CBTS, has contributed to various books and journals, and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. He was called to be the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Clinton, LA in 2016.

Course taught: The Life & Theology of Benjamin Keach.

Tom Hicks

Pastor Jon English Lee, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor

Jon English serves as Pastor of Discipleship for Morningview Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree from Auburn University Montgomery, a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Systematic and Historical Theology from SBTS. Jon English is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, a fellow for the Center for Pastor Theologians, and an adjunct professor for Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary.

Course taught: The Decalogue & the Sabbath in Redemptive History

J Ryan Davidson

Pastor J. Ryan Davidson

Visiting Professor

Pastor Ryan has been serving at Grace since August of 2008. Ryan is married to his beautiful wife Christie, and they have four wonderful children: Micah, Lydia, Shaphan, and Magdalene. Ryan holds degrees from Samford University (B.A.), The College of William & Mary (M.Ed.) in Counseling, and Southern Seminary (Th.M.) in Louisville, KY, and is completing a (Ph.D.) from The Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands in Early Church History/Pastoral Theology. He has also undertaken further graduate studies at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI. Ryan also teaches adjunctly at one local University and in pastor training locations around the world. He has published a few resources to aid the body of Christ including Thinking Through Anxiety (Ichthus, 2017) and Green Pastures: A Primer on the Ordinary Means of Grace (Reformed Baptist Academic Press, 2019). Ryan likes fishing with the kids, enjoying his wife’s culinary delights, running (every once in a while), and fellowship with friends around the table.

Courses taught: Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling. 

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Pastor Josh Wilson, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Biblical Languages

Josh lives in Park Hills, MO with his wife (Sarah, married in 2002) and their eight children (Joshua, Jakob, Timothy, Caleb, Katelynne, Natalie, Luke, and Simon). He enjoys playing boardgames with his family and, when he has the time, backcountry backpacking on the Ozark Trail. Josh has been serving as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Park Hills since 2012 and has been teaching Bible for Missouri Baptist University since 2008. He holds a B.A. in Religious Education and Biblical Languages from Missouri Baptist University as well as a M.Div. in Biblical and Theological Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Through Southern Seminary, he also earned a Ph.D. in Old Testament with an emphasis in Greek, Hebrew, and Hebrew Literature. Josh has spoken at several regional conferences and has written articles for both Answers in Genesis and the Answers Research Journal.

Courses taught: Elementary Hebrew 1, Elementary Hebrew 2. 

J Ryan Davidson

Pastor Timothy Decker, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Biblical Languages

Dr. Timothy Decker is one of the pastors of Trinity Reformed Baptist Church of Roanoke, VA, having joined them in 2018. He holds a B.A. and M.A. biblical studies from Carolina University (formerly Piedmont International University), a Th.M. in New Testament from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in biblical studies from Capital Seminary and Graduate School. In his dissertation research, he examined the style of biblical Hebrew poetry in the New Testament. He has presented various papers at academic society meetings and authored numerous articles in several different scholarly journals. He is a member of ETS and IBR. When he is not reading or researching, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.


Courses taught: Elementary Greek I, Elementary Greek II


Rexford Semrad

Dean of Students, Director of Administration

Rexford Semrad has served as an administrator at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary since 2015. He is married to his wife of 32 years, Marion, and has 8 children. He is a member of Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Owensboro, KY where he serves as a Deacon and a Gifted Brother. Among other things, Rex particularly enjoys theology, hot sauce and Church history. 

Email: [email protected]

Brice Bigham

Director of Development & Marketing

Brice Bigham came on staff at CBTS in 2019. He is an M.Div. Student at CBTS and a Pastoral Intern at Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Owensboro, KY. He lives with his wife Alina and their three children. Brice particularly enjoys church history, gardening, and spending time with his family. 

Email: [email protected]

Blake Cassell

Assistant to the President, Director of Admissions, Registrar

Blake has been on staff at CBTS as Assistant to the President since 2020. Blake is a 2013 MATS graduate of CBTS and has served as a foreign missionary in Africa twice. Blake is a member of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Owensboro, KY. He is married to Niki and has a son and two daughters. Blake enjoys reading, science fiction, and old houses.

Email: [email protected]

Roberto Soriano

Director of Information Technology & Operations

Roberto came on staff at CBTS in the fall of 2020 as Director of IT. He is an M.Div. student at CBTS and a Pastoral Intern at Grace Reformed Baptist Church of Owensboro, KY. He married Chaneirys in May of 2013. Together they have three children. 

Email: [email protected]

R. Austin McCormick

Manager of Media & Communications

In 2021, Austin joined the CBTS administration team as the Manager of Media & Communications. Austin is a 2021 MAPS graduate of CBTS, cohost of the Covenant Podcast, and a member of Grace Reformed Baptist Church. He is married to Rachel, and together they have two children: Geneva and Benjamin. He is especially interested in Baptist history.

Email: [email protected]

Board of Directors

John Miller

Pastor John Miller

Grace Baptist Church
Carlisle, PA

John Miller

Pastor Fred Malone (Ph.D.)

John Miller

Pastor Jim Savastio

Reformed Baptist Church
Louisville, KY

John Miller

Pastor Mike Waters

John Miller

Pastor Ronald Miller

Covenant Baptist Church
Clarksville, TN

Tom Hicks

Pastor Tom Hicks (Ph.D.)

Chris Sheffield

Pastor Chris Sheffield

John Divito

Pastor Lee McKinnon

Ben Carlson

Pastor Ben Carlson

Mike Spickard

Mike Spickard

Jorge Rodriguez

Pastor Jorge Rodriguez Vega

Iglesia Bautista Gracia Soberana
Santo Domingo, Ecuador

Jorge Rodriguez

Pastor Jon Hueni

Mike Spickard

Pastor Jon English Lee (Ph.D.)

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