Graduate School Faculty
Dr. Paul Alexander
Dr. Paul Alexander
President of Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, North Dakota
Ph. D. ‘A Missional Rationale for Theological Education’, Bangor University, Wales.
MTh., University of Wales.
Dip. Theol, Mattersey Hall College and Graduate School, UK.
President, Mattersey Hall College and Graduate School, Mattersey, England: 2004-2011.
Founding Director, Prepare International (NFP).
Senior Pastor, Brisbane City Church, Australia.
Executive Director, Strikeforce Ministry Training Institute.
President and Founder, Africa School of Missions, South Africa.
Senior Pastor, Fairview AG, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Associate Pastor, Roodepoort, AG, South Africa.
Chair, World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education.
Member, of the Advisory Committee, Pentecostal World Fellowship.
Member, World Mission Commission of the World Pentecostal Fellowship.
Trustee, Next Level International (UK).
Board member, Africa School of Missions (South Africa)
Immediate Past Chairman, European Pentecostal Theological Association.
Immediate Past Chairman, Association of Bible College Presidents (UK)
About: On March 7, 2012, Dr. Paul Alexander was elected as the eighth president of Trinity Bible College. Dr. Paul Alexander comes to Trinity, with his wife, Dr. Carol Alexander with a strong vision of academic, spiritual and social engagement.
Paul and Carol have lived on four continents and led a variety of ministries and institutions. They have led churches in the UK, South Africa and Australia. Additionally, Paul has led institutions of Higher Learning in each of these places. They are both passionate about training people to be servant leaders with a commitment to church planting, mission and care for the poor and disenfranchised. This commitment informs their leadership, sets their priorities and defines the spiritual tenor they aspire to see evident in the TBC community.
For the past eight years Paul has served as President of Mattersey Hall College and Graduate School, located in Mattersey, England. Both he and Carol developed and taught innovative courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. They also taught and supervised candidates at Doctoral level.
The Alexander’s have two grown children. Anna is married to Rich, and they have two children, Ava and Tylan, they live in Charlotte, North Carolina. Jason resides in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles. Although they live at great distances from each other, the Alexander family is close and finds ways to spend meaningful time together.
Dr. Carol Alexander
Dr. Carol Alexander
Director of Graduate School
Ph. D. in Contemporary Leadership, Bangor University, Wales.
MTh., University of Wales.
Dip. Theol, Mattersey Hall College and Graduate School, UK.
- Senior Lecturer at Mattersey Hall, Course Leader for BA in Christian Leadership, Mattersey, England – July 2004 to December 2011.
- Teaching on the Master of Arts Missional Leadership Program UK – 2005 to 2011.
- Doctor of Ministry supervision – 2010 to 2013.
- Senior Lecturer at Africa School of Missions and Course Leader for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries – 1984 to 1994.
- Lecturer at Strikeforce Ministry Training Institute, Australia - 1994 to 2000.
- Board member, Africa School of Missions, South Africa.
- Board member of Prepare International (NFP).
- Former Director, Asian Outreach, South Africa
- Former Board member, Hands@Work, UK.
- Former Women’s Ministries Director, Brisbane North District, Australia.
About: Carol is married to Paul - they have lived on four continents and served God passionately together for thirty-seven years of their married lives. They have led thriving churches in the UK, Johannesburg and Australia. They pioneered the Africa School of Missions in 1985 and today graduates of that College serve in over 50 nations around the world.
Carol is a motivational speaker and preaches at Conferences and Leadership seminars around the world. She currently serves as the Director of the Graduate School at Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, North Dakota and has developed the innovative program MA (Missional Leadership). Her Ph.D was a cutting edge piece of Practical theology that concentrated on Christian leadership with a focus on cultural shifts, changing authority structures and moral ambiguities in contemporary society.
Carol and Paul have two children both resident in the USA. Anna is married to Rich and resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. They have two children Ava and Tylan. Jason, their son lives in Los Angeles, California. They are an extremely close-knit family and love spending time together.
Dr. Michael Bommarito
Dr. Michael Bommarito
Chair, Biblical and Theological Studies
Ph.D., Teaching and Learning: Higher Education, University of North Dakota.
M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
B.A., University of California, Irvine.
State Chapter Coordinator, Children’s Advocacy Centers of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND: 2010-2013
Director of Operations, The God’s Child Project, Bismarck, ND: 2009-2010
Executive Director, North Dakota Republican Party, Bismarck, ND: 2008
Director of Operations and Development, The Salvation Army, Bismarck, ND: 2004-2008
Country Director for Hungary, Church Resource Ministries, Budapest, Hungary, 1994-2003
The Salvation Army
About: Dr. Michael Bommarito grew up in Southern California and received his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. Following six years of pastoral experience in the United Methodist Church, he and his wife, Kate, followed God’s leading to Budapest, Hungary with Church Resource Ministries (CRM). As Country Director for CRM he led an international staff focused on training Hungarians in leadership development, church planting and church revitalization.
After 10 years of service in Hungary, he and his family moved to Bismarck, North Dakota, where he led several non-profit organizations. Michael earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning: Higher Education with an emphasis on theological education and leadership development from the University of North Dakota.
Michael and Kate have two sons, Drew and Matthew, both of whom were born in Hungary. The Bommaritos have traveled broadly including five continents and 18 countries. Michael has a passion to see the Body of Christ equipped for ministry that results in the nations being reached with the message of Jesus Christ.
Dr. Steve Chandler
Dr. Steve Chandler
VP Academics of Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, North Dakota
D. Min. Carey Theological College, University British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
MRE. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX
BS. Bible-Theology, Bethany Bible College, Scotts Valley, CA
VP Academics, Trinity Bible College, USA
Director, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary West, USA
Director, Craig College of Ministry, USA
Program Director, Church Leadership, Bethany University, USA
Adjunct Professor, Asia Theological Center for Missions and Evangelism, Singapore
Department Chair, Church Leadership, Northwest University, USA
Adjunct Professor, College of the Redwoods, USA
Pastor, Cornerstone Assembly of God, USA
Pastor, Christian Community Church, USA
As. Pastor, Cathedral of Faith, USA
As. Pastor, Trinity Church, USA
Contributing Editor, AGTS E-Journal (USA)
Chaplain, City Council, Crescent City (USA)
Board Member, We Care Crescent City (USA)
Member, Spiritual Life Committee, Coastal Region (USA)
On July 1, 2013 Steve arrived at Trinity Bible College as VP of Academics. Dr. Steve Chandler comes to Trinity with his wife, Luanne Chandler, and brings a keen sense of innovation to academic excellence in preparing this and the next generation of leaders for all eight spheres of culture. Inspiration… Influence… Instruction… and Involvement are four words that best describe Steve Chandler. For over thirty years Steve has helped individuals, churches, academic institutions and corporations develop and sustain greater innovation and productivity by equipping them with skills critical for lasting contribution.
Previously, Dr. Chandler served as Director of Craig College of Ministry from 2011-2013 providing church leadership training for Northern California-Nevada Assemblies of God. Steve returned to his Alma Mater, August 2008-2011, serving as Program Director for Pastoral Theology and Church Leadership at Bethany University, Scotts Valley, CA, as well as the Branch Director for the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary West Coast, Liaison for the Northern California and Nevada District of the Assemblies of God, and Adjunct Professor for Asia Theological Center for Missions and Evangelism, in Singapore. In addition to his education profile, Steve is actively engaged as a life and church coach, writer, and popular guest speaker at seminars and churches. Steve was blessed to serve on the staff with two of our nation’s largest churches, pioneer another church beginning with two families, and lead a church through critical turn-around and reengineering.
Steve and Luanne have been married 39 years and have four daughters, two granddaughters and two grandsons. The Chandler’s currently reside in historic Ellendale, ND.
Kristen K. Waggoner, Esq.
Kristen K. Waggoner, Esq.
- Northwest University (2001-present) teaching in the Master’s and Undergraduate Degree programs (Legal Issues in the Church and Business Law)
- Gonzaga University School of Law (2008) and Cascadia Community College (2006)
Rev. Rick Wadholm Jr.
Rev. Rick Wadholm Jr.
Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
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Ph.D. (candidate) in Pentecostal and Biblical Studies, Bangor University, Wales
Graduate Studies , University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.Div.Honours , Providence Theological Seminary
B.A. in Biblical Studies and Global Studies , Trinity Bible College
Instructor and Lecturer in Old Testament, Providence University College and Theological Seminary – 2012-Present
Pastor of Karlstad Assembly of God in Karlstad, MN – 2003-2013
Assistant Presbyter of the MN Assemblies of God – 2005-2013
Pastor of Osnabrock Assembly of God in Osnabrock, ND – 1999-2002
Pastor of Alsen Swiss Mennonite in Alsen, ND – 1999-2002
“Ono” in Lexham Bible Dictionary (Fall 2014)
“Hadad-Rimmon” in Lexham Bible Dictionary (Fall 2014)
Serge Frolov, Judges (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013) in The Pentecostal Educator (Forthcoming)
Walter Bottom of FormBrueggemann, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2014) in Pneuma Review (Forthcoming)
Dony K. Donev, The Life and Ministry of Rev. Ivan Voronaev: Now with a Special Addition of the (Un)Forgotten Story of the Voronaev Children ([S.l.]: Spasen Publishers, 2011) in Pneuma Review (Fall 2014)
Samuel Wells and George Sumner. Esther & Daniel. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2014) in Trinity Journal (Forthcoming)
John Christopher Thomas, The Apocalypse: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2012) in Pneuma Review (Summer 2014)
David G. Firth and Paul D. Wegner, eds., Presence, Power, and Promise: The Role of the Spirit of God in the Old Testament (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011) in Enrichment Journal 17.4 (Fall 2012): 136
“Emerging Homiletics: A Pentecostal Response” – chapter in Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Preaching; Ed. Lee Roy Martin (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, Forthcoming)
“N.T.Wright’s ‘Justification’ and the Cry of the Spirit” – chapter in edited volume; Eds. Jenny Everts and Jeffrey Lampe; Deo Publishing (Forthcoming)
Executive Editor of The Pentecostal Educator an e-journal of the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education (2013-present)
Papers Delivered at Professional Associations:
“Finding the Spirit in the Former Prophets: A Historical Survey with Help from Elisha (2 Kings 2.13-18)” - Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Lakeland, FL (2015)
“The Doubled Portion Spirit as Sign of the True Son of the Prophet” - Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA (2014)
“The Theological Significance of Yôm in Genesis One” – Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Springfield, MO 2014
“What Time Is It? The Theological Motifs of Time in Genesis One” – Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, Victoria, BC 2013
“Emerging Homiletics: A Pentecostal Response” – Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Seattle, WA 2013
“N.T.Wright’s ‘Justification’ and the Cry of the Spirit” – Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Memphis, TN 2011
“On a Modified Pacifism” – Paper presented to the Theological Society of Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, ND 1998
“A Theology of the Spirit in the Former Prophets: A Pentecostal Perspective” – In Process
“The Theological Meaning and Significance of Yôm in Genesis One” – 2012
Current Research Interests:
Translation and comments on The Book of Judith for the New English Translation
Old Testament Studies (including the Biblical Languages)
Biblical and Practical Theology
Hermeneutics and Theological Interpretation
Pneumatology (Old Testament)
About: Rick is married (Jenn) and has four children (Bryce, Abbi, Cambria and Zoë). Rick has pastored several rural congregations in ND and MN for 14 years and is ordained with the Assemblies of God (USA). He is a regular speaker for churches, camps and conferences. He enjoys reading and discussing theology and Biblical Studies, most particularly the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth.
Rick is an active member of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, the International Bonhoeffer Society, Pentecostals and Charismatics for Peace and Justice, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He has helped found the Society for Pentecostal Studies Student Caucus (and currently serves as Chair). He also enjoys blogging on topics of translation, Biblical studies, pastoring and theology by contributing to four different blogs—his personal blogging adventures hosted at http://rickwadholmjr.wordpress.com.
Dr. Charlie Self
- Senior Advisor for The Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty
- Serves on the Steering Committee for the Missio Alliance (www.missioalliance.org)
- Active with the Kern Family Foundation’s Oikonomia Network (www.oikonomianetwork.org )
- Strategic consultant, encourager to leaders, keynote speaker, and presenter to church and civic groups
- Frequent guest as “Dr. History” on KSFO 560 AM Talk Radio in the San Fransico Bay area
- The Divine Dance (Authorhouse, 2003)
- The Power of Faithful Focus (with co-author Les Hewitt, Faith Communications, 2004)
- Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work and Economics for Spirit--‐Empowered Discipleship (Christian’s Library Press 2013).
- Charlie is a frequent contributor to the Pentecostal Evangel, Enrichment Journal, The AGTS Rapport, The Missio Alliance web blogs and other sites.
Dr. Connie Dawson
Dr. Connie Dawson
PhD Renewal History and Theology, Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach, Virginia
MTh Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies, Asia Pacific (AG) Theological Seminary (Coursework)
MDiv New Testament, Summa cum Laude, Asia Pacific (AG) Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines.
MA Theology Summa cum Laude, Asia Pacific (AG) Theological Seminary, Baguio City, Philippines.
MBA University of Colorado School of Business, Denver, CO.
BA Business Administration, Doane College, Crete, NE.
AAS Respiratory Therapy, Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC.
Lead Pastor, Radiant Church, Lincoln, NE USA (2011 – present)
Founder/Director Banner of Love Ministries (1996 – 2011)
Missionary to Philippines (2003-2007)
Missionary to China (1995 – 2003)
International Conference Speaker and Teacher (1998 – present)
Manager and Director of Cardiology (1982 – 1995)
“Basil the Great,” in Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by George Kurian et al. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, forthcoming).
“Gregory of Nazianzus” in Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by George Kurian et al. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing).
“Francois Fenelon,” in Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by George Kurian et al. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2012).
“Quietism,” in Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by George Kurian et al. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2012).
“Mystical Theology,” in Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by George Kurian et al. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2012).
“Ignatius of Loyola,” in Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization, edited by George Kurian et al. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2012).
“Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit,” PNEUMA (Fall 2007).
“Evangelicalism and the Emerging Church,” PNEUMA (2011).
“John Wimber: A Biographical Sketch of His Life and Ministry in America,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Regent University.
“Women in Ministry: The Hard Sayings of Paul Regarding Women in Ministry”
“Possessing the Land - A Manual on Prayer and Spiritual Warfare"
Dr. Connie Dawson is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and has a blend of missionary, pastoral ministry, and business experience. Currently she is the lead pastor of Radiant Church in Lincoln, NE where she has served since 2011. Prior to pastoral ministry, Connie and her husband, Bruce, served for five years as missionaries in Mainland China where she taught English in Chinese Universities, worked with leaders of the house church movement, and taught in underground Bible schools. They also served for five years in Baguio City, Philippines working and studying in the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, an Assemblies of God seminary, which trains and equips students from 32 nations. Connie has traveled throughout the U.S. and other countries as an evangelist and conference speaker. Dr. Dawson also has an MBA and spent 13 years working as an administrative director and developed two cardiology programs. Connie and Bruce have two married sons and five grandchildren. They currently reside in Lincoln, NE.
Dr. Douglas Witherup
- Executive Director of Church Ministries, NC Assemblies of God
- Teaching Pastor, Concord First Assembly, Concord, NC
- Adjunct professor at Trinity Bible College and Southeastern University
- District Youth Director, NC Assemblies of God
- Lead Associate Pastor, Concord First Assembly
- Youth Pastor, Concord First Assembly
Graduate School Staff
Phyllis C. Kuno - Director of Library
Phyllis C. Kuno
Director of Library
M.S., Library and Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton, TX
B.A., Biblical Studies and Pre-Counseling Minor, Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, ND
Library Director, Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD – September 2008-July 2013
Library Director, Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, ND – September 1995-August 2007
Former Children’s Pastor, First Assembly of God, Gillette, WY
Former Wyoming Women’s Ministries District Officer
Former Ellendale School Board, Ellendale, ND
Former/Current North Dakota Library Coordinating Council
Former South Dakota Women’s Ministries Sectional Representative
About: Phyllis is married to Daniel and together they have served as youth pastors, associate pastors, college faculty, and senior pastors for the past thirty-eight years. Their son, Kerry, daughter, Danielle, and son-in-law, Derrick, have blessed them with six grandchildren: Jersie, Dominic, Drayton, Drayána, Dylon, and Davin. Danielle and Derrick live outside of Moline, IL and Kerry resides in Ellendale, ND.
Phyllis is currently directing the library and teaching English Composition at Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, ND.
Sara Best - Grad School Administrator
Administrator, Graduate School
MA, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC
BTh. Honours, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
BA Honours, University of South Africa, Petoria, South Africa
Licentiate in Christian Ministries Africa School of Missions, White River, South Africa
BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Taught secondary school science in diverse cultural and socio-economic American settings; 2007-2012
Academic Dean and Lecturer, Africa School of Missions, South Africa; 1990-2007
Church Planter / Pastor, Hillsview Christian Fellowship, South Africa; 1990-2004
Shortly after Sara gave her heart to the Lord at the age of 14, she learned that there were places in the world where people didn’t know about the Lord Jesus. Her response was, “I guess I better go.” That started her on a lifelong commitment to missions. She served in South Africa for 20 years in missions training and pastoral ministry. After returning to the USA she had the opportunity to experience missions in the workplace as a science teacher in public and charter schools.
Currently Sara is serving at Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota as the administrator of the graduate school program and Associate Professor in Inter-cultural Studies.
Sara has recently commenced PhD studies in Inter-cultural Studies at the Assembly of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, MO.
Scott Townsend - Coordinator of Assessment
Assistant to the VP of Academics and Coordinator of Assessment
Ph. D. (candidate) Organizational Leadership, Education, Northcentral University
M.A. Crown College
B.A. Biblical Studies/Ministerial, Trinity Bible College
Admissions Counselor, Trinity Bible College, 2001-2006
Faculty, Trinity Bible College, 2006-2008
Distance Education Director, 2008-2012
President’s Executive Assistant, 2012-2013
Assistant V.P. Academics/Director of Assessment, 2013-present
Board member, New Life Assembly of God, Ellendale, ND
Committee Member, Ellendale, ND
About: Scott is married to Ginger. They have four children. Three girls and one boy. Two of their children are currently studying with Trinity Bible College. The other two are in high school and 1st grade. They have lived peacefully in Ellendale for 13 years.
Scott is a licensed pastor with the Assemblies of God. He has spoken at several youth leadership conferences encouraging a more integrated youth ministry with the parent church. He currently serves as the Assistant V.P. of Academics and Director of Assessment at Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, North Dakota. His PhD is in the realm of leading postmodern students in a higher education context.
Luanne Chandler - Registrar
- Craig College of Ministry
- Bethany University Administrative Assistant to Dean and Associate Dean
- Northwest University as Administrative Assistant to Dean and Associate Dean
- Library cataloging supervisor, graduate studies office manager, coordinator for an emerging college, and chapel arranger.
- Public high school registrar.
As a pastor’s wife I worked in all aspects of church life from children’s ministry to choir, décor to decision making, teaching to tangible actions, helping victims to volunteers. Currently, I enjoy creating welcome gifts for visiting guests or incoming faculty and staff.
About: I grew up in an Assembly of God pastor’s home with the most wonderful parent/pastors in the world: Leonard and Mary Couchman. I found my gift of music when I was a teen and was able to sing and travel for several years in a variety of settings. I attended Bethany Bible College where I met my husband Steve Chandler and we have been married for 40 years. We have four beautiful daughters, three terrific son-in-laws and 4 incredible grandchildren. I enjoy reading, writing, singing, crafting, sightseeing, and creating.
Kate Bommarito - Director of Enrollment
- Marketing Associate, EAPC Architects & Engineers
- Communications Director, Cramer for Congress
- Blueprint Design Consulting, Freelance work in marketing design, public relations, communications and building effective teams
- Student Learning Specialist, University of Mary
- Director of Development, ND Teen Challenge
- Co-Country Team Director, Church Resource Ministries, Budapest, Hungary
- JOY International ministry
- NDGOP campaigns
- Local church small group facilitator and teacher
Kate has over twenty-five years of experience in culturally relevant ministry outreach - including ten years as a missionary in Budapest, Hungary and four years as a pastor’s wife - writing and communication strategies. She and her husband Michael and their two sons moved to Bismarck, North Dakota in 2004, where Kate continued ministering through leadership roles in JOY International and as a mentor for women in the North Dakota Teen Challenge program and in her local church. In addition, she started her own consulting company to assist ministries in assessing and building effective teams using the Birkman Blueprint process. Kate’s professional portfolio also includes work in teaching and student affairs at the University of Mary, as well as extensive experience as a marketing professional broadly grounded in communications, creative concepts, and small business administration.
Kate’s driving passion is to see unreached people encounter the love and grace of Jesus Christ through culturally relevant communication of the gospel message and personally relevant experiences with authentic Christ followers.