LARRY ANDERSON, DMin
BA, Cairn University; MDiv, BTS; DMin, BTS
Pastor Anderson is the pastor of Great Commission Church, previously a suburban church located in Roslyn PA but now situated in the West Oak Lane Community of Philadelphia to provide a holistic ministry to an urban setting. His personal life verse is: "To be a workman approved by God, who can correctly handle the Word of Truth" (2 Tim. 2:15).
SUSAN S. BAKER, PhD
BA, Wheaton College; MA, PhD, Temple University
Susan Baker has also taught at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, City Seminary of New York, the Center for Urban Studies, and Westminster Theological Seminary. In addition to teaching, Susan is the ministry coordinator of Spirit and Truth Fellowship church and co-director of the CRC Philadelphia Church Planting Initiative, being involved in the training of pastors and other leaders for seven church plants emerging from Spirit and Truth.
DUANE BELGRAVE, SR.
Ph.D. Emory University
With a Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University, Duane teaches several classes here at BTS. Also, he is the Co-Founder and Associate Director of Black Religious Scholars Group and serves governmental agencies in the Philadelphia area in community development projects.
Dr. Coz Crosscombe is an Australian who seems to have gotten lost in Philadelphia for the past twenty or so years. He is the Director of Cairn University's First Year Urban Ministry Program and teaches at BTS and The Center for Urban Theological Studies. In his spare time, he co-directs Common Grace Inc., a ministry focused on developing strategic church partnerships that lead to lasting neighborhood transformation.
CAROLYN CUSTIS JAMES
M.A. in Biblical Studies
Carolyn is an accomplished author and a consulting editor for Zondervan's Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament, and a contributing editor for Leadership Journal. In 2013, Christianity Today named her one of the 50 evangelical women to watch. She regularly speaks at church conferences, colleges, and other Christian organizations both in the US and abroad and is a visiting lecturer at various theological seminaries.
BTh, Bethany College; MA, Wheaton College; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary
Patrick and his wife, Joan, worked in a conflict-ridden area in the South Asian region for almost 28 years. They have three adult children. Patrick is currently the executive director of Interserve USA which places Christ-following professionals in the Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu worlds. He is the author of My Mother's Sons: Managing Sexuality in Islamic and Christian Communities, which was published by William Carey Library in 2013. Under an alias he has also published articles in the International Journal of Frontier Missiology, the Evangelical Missions Quarterly, and the St. Francis Magazine.
DAVE MARKS, DMin
BRE, Baptist Bible College; MOL, Cairn University; DMin, BTS
Dave is a lead consultant with The Center, whose mission is to advance organizational health. His 35 years of pastoral ministry enables him to serve well a variety of faith-based organizations throughout the United States and Canada. He brought practical theology to life in the classroom using sound biblical principles and tested organizational theory. Dave believes using case studies, purposeful discussions, and hands-on projects will help students experience the benefits of leading wisely.
MDiv, Biblical Seminary
Currently, Kenyatta (BTS MDiv graduate in 2011) serves as the Dean of Students and Athletic Director at Spruce Hill Christian School and City Center Academy in Philadelphia. Also, he is the Missions Coordinator for Pan African Christian Exchange and serves as the Assistant Chaplin at the State Correctional Institution in Chester, PA.
PHIL THORNE, PhD
M.A. Denver Seminary; Ph.D. Cambridge University
After receiving his Ph.D. in modern theology at Cambridge University, Dr. Thorne served for twenty-one years as Senior Pastor of West Shore Evangelical Free Church. From 2008-2012 he was a member of the Board of Trustees at Biblical, and now teaches in both the M.Div and D.Min programs. The author of two books—Evangelicalism and Karl Barth and Thursdays with Naomi—Phil has taught at Messiah College, LBC Graduate School and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He is an experienced pastor- theologian with a passion to equip the next generation of spiritual leaders for the missional Church.