Faculty, Administration & Board of Directors

Faculty

Administration

Board of Directors

Faculty

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

Regular Faculty

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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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J Ryan Davidson

Pastor J. Ryan Davidson, Ph.D.(C)

Professor of Practical Theology

J. Ryan Davidson is a Ph.D. candidate at the Free University of Amsterdam, researching pastoral theology in the early church period. He is a graduate of Samford University (B.A.), The College of William & Mary (M.Ed.), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Th.M.). He currently pastors Grace Baptist Chapel, a Reformed Baptist Church in Hampton, VA. He is married to Christie and they have four children.

Courses taught: Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, History of Counseling & Pastoral Care.

J Ryan Davidson

Pastor Timothy Decker, Ph.D.

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

Michael Emadi

Missionary Michael Emadi

Lecturer in Biblical Languages

Michael Emadi 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. He is married to Ashley and they have three children, Liam, Lorelai, and Méav.

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

Chris Holmes

Pastor Chris Holmes, Ph.D.

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.

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, Case Studies in Pastoral Counseling. 

John Miller

Pastor John Miller, Th.M.

Professor of 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.

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Pastor Josh Wilson, Ph.D.

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. 

Visiting Faculty

Tom Aschol

Pastor Tom Ascol, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Practical Theology

Tom Hicks

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

James White

Michael A.G. Haykin, Th.D.
Visiting Professor of Church History

Tom Hicks

Pastor Tom Hicks, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Historical Theology

James White

Pastor Jon English Lee, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Exegetical Theology

Tom Nettles

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

James Renihan

Pastor James Renihan, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Historical Theology

Tom Nettles

Pastor Sam Renihan, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Historical Theology

James White

Pastor James White, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of New Testament Studies

Administration

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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