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BIBLE & THEOLOGY
Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
- Ph.D. Studies, Systematic Theology with secondary focus in Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School at Trinity International University
- M.Div. with Theology focus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- B.S. Pastoral Ministry, minor in Missions, Valley Forge Christian College
- A.S. Engineering Science, Genesee Community College
Aaron was raised in New York on a dairy farm before pursuing his education. He has enjoyed the opportunity to live in North Dakota for the past 13 years. His wife, Karen, was raised in New York City before pursuing her education, and has enjoyed the more holistic lifestyle offered by the upper Midwest region. They have four school-age children. The family enjoys outdoor activities, such as running, hunting, and gardening; and loves participating in local church life.
Dr. Barry Saylor
Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
- D.Min, Doctor of Ministry, Sioux Falls Seminary
- M.A. Bible and Theology (New Testament), Sioux Falls Seminary
- B.S. Pastoral Care and Counseling, Lee University
WRITINGS AND PUBLICATIONS
- “The Role of Pentecostal Theological Education in Community Transformation” 2019 Pentecostal World Conference
- “The Christian Campus as Exilic Community” Biblical Higher Education Journal, March 2020
- “The Role of the Bible College in Reclaiming Christian Language: A Phenomenological Study on the Campus of Trinity Bible College and Graduate School” Contracted with Wipf and Stock for release in Fall 2020
Dr. Barry Saylor joined the faculty at Trinity Bible College and Graduate School in the fall semester of 2017. He teaches a wide variety of pastoral ministry courses, including youth ministry, children’s ministry, and pastoral counseling courses, as well as most of the New Testament expository electives. He entered the academic world after nearly twenty years of church ministry, experience that crosses generations, with a specific emphasis on teaching, discipleship, and pastoral counseling.
The most enjoyable aspect of teaching for Dr. Saylor is his relationship with the students. It is his joy to watch them grow and to open their eyes to a deeper understanding of God, His grace, and the calling He has placed on their lives. One will often hear Dr. Barry describe his favorite moments on campus as those times where “the light bulb goes on” in a student’s mind and they understand themselves and God in a more complete manner.
Dr. Saylor completed his doctoral dissertation, The Role of the Bible College in Reclaiming Christian Language: A Phenomenological Study on the Campus of Trinity Bible College and Graduate School, in March of 2019. His work was subsequently contracted for publication by academic publisher, Wipf and Stock, in January 2020. He is also active in engaging with and publishing in academic journals in biblical higher education and in the church’s ministry to emerging generations.
In Trinity’s Graduate Program, Dr. Saylor serves as an advisor on M.A. theses as well as an occasional lecturer in the program’s week-long intensive courses. He has advised on a wide variety of thesis topics, including those on the subject of creating culture in ministry through the use of language, ministering to the LGBTQ community through a biblical understanding, and pastoral self-care.
Beyond Trinity’s campus, Dr. Barry Saylor serves as the Executive Director for the World Alliance of Pentecostal Theological Education (WAPTE), an alliance of accrediting Pentecostal associations and denominations worldwide. In this role, Dr. Saylor works with an international board to empower and resource associations to advance the cause of Pentecostal theological education in Bible colleges and training institutes, universities, and seminaries. These associations include the Association for Pentecostal Theological Education in Africa (APTEA), the Asia-Pacific Theological Association (APTA), the European Pentecostal Theological Association (EPTA), the Asociación Teológica de América Latina (ATAL), as well as North American denominations such as the Assemblies of God (USA), the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, and the Church of God (Cleveland, TN).
Dr. Saylor was privileged to present a paper on the Role of Pentecostal Theological Education in Community Transformation at the 2019 Pentecostal World Conference in Calgary and has attended multiple academic conferences, including the Association of Youth Ministry Educators annual conference, the Asia-Pacific Theological Symposium, and Acton University.
Beyond all of these opportunities, Dr. Saylor is most proud of the titles “Dad” and “husband.” He has been married since April of 2006 to his beautiful bride, Jessica, and has two girls, Peyton and Olivia. The Saylors enjoy weekly movies, occasional game nights, and going on adventures, both near and far, together.
Dr. Dave Bennett
Director of Accelerate
- D.Min. Leadership and Church Management, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
- M.A. Biblical Literature, Assemblies of God Theological School
- B.A. Bible and Ministerial Studies, Trinity Bible College
- A.A. Biblical Studies, Trinity Bible Institute
WRITINGS AND PUBLICATIONS
- Organizing Creativity: Creating a Gift-Oriented Ministry Descriptions Manual for New Life Assembly of God
- 100 Plus Ways to Serve – a gift-oriented ministry descriptions manual
- Discover Your Ministry ID – a comprehensive Pentecostal equipping course
- Discovering Spiritual Gifts – a Pentecostal gifts assessment
- Exploring Spiritual Gifts – an in-depth guide to 23 spiritual gifts
Dr. Dave Bennett returned to Trinity Bible College and Graduate School in July 2016, after having previously served Trinity for 14 years. Most recently he was a church consultant and itinerant teacher, presenting seminars and workshops helping people discover God’s design in their lives and how to serve him in ways that fit their unique profile. Prior to that, he was the Director of Student Ministries, Placement, and Ministerial Internships at TBC. He also taught Pastoral Ministries and Bible classes. Dave has broad pastoral experience as a church planter, senior pastor, and several associate pastor roles.
Dave is passionate about equipping a new generation of pastoral leaders for ministry according to their God-given design. He believes that everyone is designed by God to make a positive contribution to our world. He hopes to impact the church by providing competent leaders for America’s churches.
Dave, and his wife, Rose, have five grown children, and at last count, 12 grandchildren. He enjoys spending time with his family, music, a good book, investing, woodworking, gardening, fishing, and hunting. Dave and Rose live in a Victorian house which they have restored over the years.
Dr. Paul Alexander
- Ph.D. ’”A Missional Rationale for Theological Education”,’ Bangor University, Bangor, Wales
- M.Th. University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales
- Dip. Theol, Mattersey Hall College and Graduate School, Mattersey, England
- 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)
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
Dean of the Graduate School
- Ph.D. in Contemporary Leadership, Bangor University, Bangor, Wales
- MTh, University of Wales, Cardiff, Wales
- Dip. Theol, Mattersey Hall College and Graduate School, Mattersey, England
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 Dean 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. Scott Townsend
Assistant Dean of the Graduate School
- Ph.D. Organizational Leadership, Education, Northcentral University
- M.A. Crown College
- B.A. Biblical Studies/Ministerial, Trinity Bible College
Scott is married to Ginger. They have four children – three girls and one boy. They have lived peacefully in Ellendale for 13 years where Scott has served in various roles at Trinity including Admissions Counselor, Faculty member, D.E. Director, Assistant VP Academics, and Director of Assessment.
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. His Ph.D. is in the realm of leading postmodern students in a higher education context.
Dr. Johan Hendrik Mostert
- D.Phil., Psychology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
- MA, Psychology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
- BA, Hons, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa
- BA, SW, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
- BS, Pre-Seminary, Bethany University, Santa Cruz, CA
- Senior Management Programme, University of Pretoria Business School, Pretoria, South Africa
- Marriage Guidance and Counseling Certificate, Univeristy of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa
WRITINGS AND PUBLICATIONSMostert, Johan and Mostert, Andrea (1995). “Kinders, tieners en soortgelyke rampe” (“Children teenagers and similar catastrophes”). PsychoTheta, Johannesburg Mostert, Johan (1998). “South African Manual for the Taylor-Johnson Temperament Analysis.” Jopie van Rooyen and Associates, Johannesburg. Mostert, Johan (1998). “70 Ways to Serve.” National Development Initiative for Social Welfare (NDISWE): Johannesburg. Mostert, Johan (1999). “NPO (Not-for-Profit) Operations Manual.” National Development Initiative for Social Welfare (NDISWE): Johannesburg. Mostert, Johan (1999). “Registering as NPO.” National Development Initiative for Social Welfare (NDISWE): Johannesburg. Mostert, J., Tshabalala, S., and Mostert, O. (2003). “Agri-refineries and Sustainable Rural Develoment for the Great Limpopo TBNRM Initiative: A Confidential Feasibility Study for USAID” Van Zyl, R., Mostert, J. and Mostert, O. (2004). “Partnership to Enhance Agricultural-related Employment Opportunities in the Community of Bapong, North West Province.” University of Louisville, Kentucky and Rand Afrikaans University joint research project. Ball, M., Cerullo, J and Mostert, J. (2004). “It Takes Courage: Youth Curriculum.” Kerus Global Education: PEPFAR funded training curriculum for Mozambique, Uganda, Ethiopia and Kenya. Mostert, J. (2005). “Evangelicals and Social Justice.” (Syllabus) Semi-finalist in Yale Divinity School’s “Theological Education Renewal Awards Program” Mostert, J. (2005). “The Evangelical Response to AIDS in South Africa.” Article in “Changing our Response: Mission in the era of HIV/AIDS,” International Bulletin of Missionary Research: Overseas Ministries Studies Center (OMSC). Ball, M., Cerullo, J and Mostert, J. (2006). “It Takes Courage: Pastor’s Vision Conference.” Kerus Global Education: USAID funded character training curriculum for Swaziland pastors. Mostert, J. (2007). “Lessons from our struggle to overcome racial segregation: A brief history of the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa” in “We’ve Come This Far: Reflections on the Pentecostal Tradition and Racial Reconciliation,” Klaus, B (Ed.). AGTS: Springfield, MO. Mostert, J. (2009). “The psycho-social implications for the Pentecostal academy in a destabilized world.” Encounter, Vol. 6. (Inaugural lecture as Professor of Community Psychology). Mostert, J and van der Spuy, M. (2010). “Truth and Reconciliation: A South African Perspective.” Chapter in Mittelstat, M. and Sutton, G. (Eds.) “Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Restoration: Multidisciplinary Studies from a Pentecostal Perspective.” Pickwick Publications. Mostert, J., Ball, M. and Cerullo, J (2011). “How to become HIV+: Guidelines for the Local Church”. Kerus Global Education, Harrisonburg, VA. Mostert, J. (2011). Book review of “From the roots up: A closer look at compassion and justice in missions” by JoAnn Butrin. Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry, Summer 2011, Vol. 8(1). Gilbert, Marvin, and Alan Johnson,Eds. (2011). Missiological Research. Social science draft ed. Cape Town: Privately printed. Authored five chapters on “Evaluation Research”, “Research Ethics”, “Survey Research”, “Creating Good Questionnaires” and “Validity and Reliability”. Mostert, J. (2012). “Community Psychology as Socio-Missional Entrepreneurship.” Journal of Psychology & Christianity, Vol. 30(3), 239-242. Mostert, J. (2012). “Addressing Poverty in Today’s Africa.” Embrace: Together for Christ, Compassion, and Africa. Vol. 3 (Winter), 6-8. Mostert, J. (2012). Book review of “Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good” by Amy L. Sherman. Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry, Summer 2012, Vol. 9 Mostert, J. (2012). Book review of “Christ at the Checkpoint: Theology in the Service of Justice and Peace” by Paul Alexander (Editor). Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry, Summer 2012, Vol. 9(1) Mostert, J. and Gilbert, M. (2013). “Obtaining Informed Consent in Missiologically Sensitive Contexts.” International Bulletin of Missionary Research, Vol. 37(1), 3-8. Mostert, J. (2013). “White Cultural Identity Development in Post-Apartheid South Africa: A Personal Narrative.” Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity, Vol 4, No 1, 44-60. Mostert, J. (2014). “Ministry of Mercy and Justice,” chapter in Ma, W., Karkkainen, V-M, and Asamoah-Gyadu, K. (Eds.), Pentecostal Mission and Global Christianity, Edinburg Centenary Series on Pentecostalism. Oxford, UK: Regnum Books. Mostert, J. (2014). “The Social Justice Debates in Psychology and Theology: Thoughts on ’Turning the World Upside Down.’” Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Vol. 33, No 2, 127-138. Mostert, J. (2014). “Gays, Lesbians and Bisexuals (GLB): A Pastoral Reflection.” Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry, Summer 2014, Vol. 11. Mostert, J. (2015). “Don’t forget the poor,” in Lim, S (Ed), Your Call to Work and Mission, Springfield, MO: AGTS. Mostert, J. (2015). “Cross-Cultural Counseling: An Independent-Study Textbook,” Springfield, MO.: Global University Mostert, J. (2016). “Don’t forget the poor.” PneumaReview.com (online journal: reprint of chapter from Your Call to Work and Mission. Spring.
ABOUTJohan Mostert started his career in pastoral ministry in 1972 with the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) in South Africa and served churches in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. Over the next 23 years his ministry grew as he progressively took over management responsibilities for the AFM’s community social work services, geriatric services and adoption services for the Church. From 1989 to 2000 he served as national Director of the AFM Welfare Department with its several hundred employees, ten homes for the aged, children’s homes and 310 local church voluntary welfare organizations. He has five earned degrees in the social sciences and two post-graduate diplomas. His terminal degree is a D.Phil. in psychology from the University of Pretoria. Until his emigration from South Africa in 2004 he was a certified Counseling Psychologist, a licensed social worker and an ordained minister. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Community Psychology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) where he has taught for the past 12 years. His areas of specialization are discipleship and social justice courses and he will remain the track coordinator of the Relief and Development track for the Ph.D. (Intercultural Studies). Andrea, his high school sweetheart and best friend of 44 years passed away suddenly in August, 2014. Together they have three married children and nine grandchildren.
Dr. Noel Sanderson
- D.Div, Masters International School of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana
- M.Ed, University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg), South Africa
- Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Education, University of Natal, South Africa
- Holocaust Educator’s Program, Yad Vashem International School of Holocaust Studies, Jerusalem, Israel
- Diploma in Theology, Theological College of South Africa
Noel Sanderson came to faith in Cape Town in his early teen years. He is married to Moira and they have two married children, one in California and one in New York. Noel has spoken at conferences in Jerusalem and South Africa and his pastoral ministry has involved him in both rural and urban churches. He has a long history of involvement with Jewish communities and Holocaust education, particularly within the church as this relates to Christian anti-Semitism. He is actively engaged with ministries impacting human trafficking in Bulgaria and HIV/ AIDS and gender-related issues in Africa.
Associate Professor of Biblical
- M.A. Theology, Vanguard University of Southern California
- B.A. Biblical Studies, Psychology & Counseling Minor, Trinity Bible College
- B.A. General Studies, Trinity Bible College
- A.A. General Studies, Trinity Bible College
Professor Nathan Walstad joined Trinity Bible College & Graduate School’s faculty in January 2021. He teaches a wide variety of Bible and theology courses, and his academic passions are Old Testament and biblical theology.
Born and raised in North Dakota, Professor Walstad completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity before spending two years as a high school math teacher. He later moved to Orange County, California to complete his master’s degree. During his four years there, he taught at Vanguard University and Free Chapel College, but he is glad to be home in North Dakota once again!
In the classroom, Professor Walstad likes to challenge students with thought-provoking questions, giving space for students to process different perspectives and better articulate what they believe and why. He enjoys the discussions that often result and can regularly be found continuing these conversations in the hallways and cafeteria!
Dr. Douglas Witherup
- DMin, “A “Renewed Homiletic for the 21st Century Church”,” George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon
- MTh, University of Wales, Bangor, Wales
- BA Church Ministries, Southeastern University, Lakeland, Florida
Doug Witherup serves as the Executive Director of Church Ministries in NC. Prior to this role, Doug served on staff at Concord First Assembly for sixteen years, ten as a youth pastor and five as the Lead Associate/ Teaching pastor. Doug also serves as the District Youth Director of NC, a position he has been in for the past six years. Recently, Doug completed his doctoral program at George Fox University under the lead mentorship of Leonard Sweet. Doug has a passion for communicating God’s Word with creativity, speaking life into leaders, and building great teams. He enjoys traveling, the outdoors, reading, and writing. Most of all, Doug loves to spend time with his wife Camden, son Cade (7), and daughter Ana (5), especially if it involves going to the beach or the lake or eating at Gary’s BBQ.
Dr. Ben T. McIntoshAssociate Professor of Business
- D.B.A. Marketing, Liberty University
- M.A. Business Administration, General Business, University of North Florida
- B.A Biblical Studies, Trinity Bible College
ABOUTProfessor McIntosh is a passionate, organized, and strategic thinker who looks to get the best out of those he works with and for. He considers himself to be a visionary leader and is not afraid to put a little sweat equity into achieving established goals. He is also a firm believer in advancing the Kingdom of God by demonstrating servant-leadership. Email
EDUCATION & EXERCISE SCIENCE
Head of Education/Exercise Science Department
Assistant Professor of Education
- Ph.D. Candidate, Asia Pacific Theological Seminary
- M.D.Y. Conflict Management, Conflict Resolution, and Peace Keeping, Norwich University
- B.A. Biblical Studies and Elementary Education, Trinity Bible College
Beyond being the head of the education department, Amy Freier teaches method and foundational classes within the department to all education students. Her main area of teaching centers on pre-service teachers in the areas of classroom management and instruction development along with courses on students with exceptionalities and method based instruction for math and foundational courses in math, reading, and education. Beyond those core courses, she also oversees practicums and field experience, including student teaching, both at Trinity Bible College and Graduate School and Valley City State University.
Outside of the education/exercise science department, she serves as the faculty liaison for Student Government, the director for drama, and serves on the Faculty, Welfare, and Development Committee.
Amy Freier is passionate about education, having spent time as an elementary/junior high teacher. Which has given her the knowledge of what students, elementary, secondary, and higher education need in order to learn successfully. She loves teaching, as it is more than just an occupation, but a lifetime calling. As she transitioned from an elementary classroom to a college classroom, her excitement and passion never changed, she went from teaching young students the basics of education to teaching pre-service students how to teach. While teaching is important to her, Amy would say it does not compare to the importance of being a wife and mother.
- M.A. Masters of Education Reading, Evangel University
- B.A. Elementary Education, Biblical Studies Minor and Intercultural Studies, Trinity Bible College
Christy has been a public school teacher for ten years and has lived many places around the USA as well as overseas. For the last five years, Christy worked alongside her dad and mom in Kulm, North Dakota, as their church’s children and family director as well as helping lead worship while teaching at the public school. Before that she lived and taught in Dubai for a year.
Christy loves to read, sing, drink coffee, and hang out with friends and family.
Co-Chair of Education Department
Asst. Professor of Education
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
- M.Ed. Secondary Education-Sports Administration, East Central University
- B.A. Elementary Education, Minor in Coaching and Biblical Studies, Trinity Bible College
Originating from Tulare, South Dakota, Jordan lived there with his parents and three brothers. In 2008, he married Rachael, whom he met while attending Trinity Bible College. He played four years of basketball and was named Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference most valuable player in his senior year as a part of the 2006 North Central Region Champion and National qualifying team. He still holds Trinity’s career steals record and remains in the top ten for points scored, rebounding and assists. In the spring of 2007, he was hired as the Head Men’s basketball coach and has been named three-time Conference Coach of the Year and 2012 North Central Region Coach of the Year. He achieved his 100th career win in 2013.
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
- M.S. Applied Exercise Science (Human Movement Concentration), Concordia University
- B.A. Physical Education, Valley City State University
- B.A. Biblical Studies, Trinity Bible College and Graduate School
- A.A. Coaching, Trinity Bible College and Graduate School
As a Trinity student, Jason competed on the football team and started a strength and conditioning program. He noticed a serious need for an Exercise Science program at Trinity, so after graduating with his B.S. in Physical Education, he dedicated himself to earn his M.A. in Exercise Science. Upon graduation, he started the Exercise Science program at Trinity and has seen great success.
In 2011, Jason married his high school sweetheart, Mariah. They have two children, Harper and Brecken, and reside in Ellendale, ND. In his free time, he enjoys remodeling their home, cheering on the Huskers, lifting weights, drinking coffee, and spending time with his family.
Assistant Professor of Physical Education
Head Women’s Basketball Coach
- M.S. Sports and Health Sciences, American Public University
- B.A. Physical Education, Minor in Coaching and Biblical Studies, Trinity Bible College
Rachael is originally from Spray, Oregon where she was raised in a big family on a cattle ranch. She had goals of playing basketball in college and was inspired to pursue coaching by the influential coaches she had as an athlete. In her collegiate basketball career at Trinity Bible College, she was a two-time Conference MVP, North Central Player of the Year and four-time All-American.
After finishing her undergrad and even fulfilling the dream of playing for a short while overseas, she married her best friend, Jordan Nowell. Together, they are enjoying the doors God has opened for them to pour back into the lives of student-athletes through the avenue of sports.
Professor of Science
- B.S. in Biology, Northwest University
Ryan was born in Olympia, WA where he lived until he was 7. From Olympia, he moved to Sacramento, CA, and was there until he moved back to Washington for college.
Ryan is a graduate of Northwest University and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. During his time at Northwest, he met his wife Hailee. In 2019, Ryan and Hailee had their daughter Austyn and in 2021 had their son Regan.
Ryan is passionate about molecular level biology specifically the workings of the body’s immunological defense against pathogens. He is also passionate about sharing God’s truth through science. He believes that science points directly to God and should be used to glorify Him.
Ryan enjoys spending time with his kids and wife in his free time and loves to spend time in the gym.
Director of Student Ministries
- M.A. Missional Leadership, Trinity Bible College and Graduate School
- B.A. in Biblical Studies, Trinity Bible College (Ellendale, ND)
Garrett came to Trinity in the fall of 2015 to fulfill the role of Student Ministries Director. After serving in that capacity for four and a half years, he was moved into the role of Vice President of Experiential Learning.
Garrett is an ordained minister. Prior to his work at Trinity, he served as a youth pastor in rural North Dakota for nearly 10 years. Garrett was highly involved in youth ministry both locally and within the state, as well as his community, serving on various committees and boards, including the City Commission.
Garrett has a passion for creating opportunities for students to be involved in ministry, from serving our community in work projects to international missions trips. Garrett oversees all ministry teams that travel from Trinity and works with churches and students for job placement.
Justin GibsonChair of General Education Department Assistant. Professor of English
- M.S. Education, Southwest Minnesota State University
- B.S. English and Secondary Education, Black Hills State University
- B.A. Ministerial, Trinity Bible College
ABOUTJustin Gibson joined the faculty at Trinity Bible College and Graduate School after spending seven rewarding and formative years teaching English at Rapid City Central High School. His main academic focus is on literature with a preference for English (British) literature. Professor Gibson’s primary teaching interests are the Anglo-Saxon or “Old English” era and the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. He is one of the founding members of the Socratic Club and is active in presenting at their meetings. Professor Gibson, his wife Jeannine, and their three kids live in Ellendale. He and his family are happy to be involved at New Life AG in Ellendale where he currently teaches the adult Sunday School class. Justin enjoys reading, biking, taking walks (weather permitting), games (board or video), sci-fi movies, and re-reading The Lord of the Rings or The Silmarillion. Professor Gibson’s passion is for students to learn to have rational and reasonable conversations with people with whom they may disagree. Also to learn to read closely to not only extract full meaning from the text being read, but to be able to appreciate the potential beauty, wisdom, and truth contained within. He believes that the ability to read and reason well are critical so that Christians are “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (I Peter 2:15b ESV). Email
Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach
- M.A. Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- B.S. Bible, University of Valley Forge
Karen Thurber has been coaching the Trinity Bible College Lions Cross Country team since 2014. She was an NCCAA All-American and Scholar Athlete as a student at the University of Valley Forge, and she continues to enjoy running with her team. Karen is the wife of Aaron Thurber, a professor in Trinity’s Bible and Theology department. She is the mother of four wonderful children: Remington, Chloe, Theodore, and Aidan.
Director of Library
- M.S. Library and Information Science, University of North Texas
- B.A. Biblical Studies and Pre-Counseling Minor, Trinity Bible College
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. She has volunteered as Children’s Pastor, District Women’s Ministries Officer, on the School Board, and ND Library Coordinating Council.
Phyllis served as Library Director at Southeast Technical Institute (Sioux Falls, SD) for five years and has served as Trinity’s Library Directory in the Graham Library for over 15 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.
Twyla KuntzVice President of Student Development
- M.A. Missional Leadership (In Process), Trinity Bible College and Graduate School
- B.A. in Biblical Studies, Trinity Bible College
ABOUTTwyla came to Trinity Bible College in 2016, after having served as the state youth director for the Assemblies of God in North Dakota for 7 years. In this role, she traveled throughout the state training youth leaders, investing in students and organizing state-wide conventions and camps. She is an ordained minister and currently serves as Vice President of Student Development at Trinity. She has over 16 years of student ministry experience. Twyla finds great joy in training young leaders to live out mission that they may impact every realm of society with the culture of the Kingdom. She spearheads our daily chapel services and values the opportunity to provide practical training for college success to our freshmen in the Intro to College class. Email
Associate Professor of Mathematics
- M.A., Southwest Missouri State University
- B.A., Southwest Baptist University
Michael LandAssistant Professor of Music
- M.M. Piano Performance, Lee University
- B.M. Piano Performance, Lee University
ABOUTMichael Land began serving at Trinity Bible College and Graduate School in 2013. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in piano performance from Lee University (Cleveland, TN) where he studied primarily with pianist Ning An. Before arriving at Trinity, Michael worked for three years as a college professor, choral director, piano teacher, and gigging musician in Bismarck, ND. He is passionate about seeing students develop as musicians and thinkers that grow in their God-given gifts. Michael enjoys a wide variety of music, especially jazz. He continues to perform in a wide variety of venues and remains active in church ministry. He and his wife are both very competitive and love to play sports (golf, basketball, spikeball) and eurogames. Email
Vice President of Student Services
- M.A. Missional Leadership, Trinity Bible College
- B.A. Applied Liberal Arts – English, Communication Minor, University of Central Oklahoma
Adjunct Faculty, Trinity Bible College and Graduate School, Ellendale, ND
Associate Pastor, Freedom Church, Aberdeen, SD
Worship Pastor, Victory Church, Oklahoma City, OK
Worship Pastor, Mending Hearts Church, Newalla, OK
Past Board Member, Freedom Church Aberdeen
Feeding South Dakota
Victory Church Outreaches
Matt Payne started working at Trinity in the winter of 2017 to fulfill the role of Graduate School Enrollment Counselor and adjunct faculty, and later the Director of Enrollment. In 2020 he moved into the role of Vice President of Student Services where he oversees Enrollment, Marketing, Financial Aid, and Student Records.
Prior to his work at Trinity, he served as an Associate Pastor in Aberdeen, SD for 5 years, and before that he served as a Worship Pastor in Oklahoma City for over 10 years.
Matt is a worship leader and communicator, and he’s passionate about leadership development and team building. He lives with the conviction that Christian leaders should be the very best leaders in the world because of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and the Christian mandate to serve.
Matt loves to learn, watch movies, grill and smoke meat, make music with friends, and play video games.
Chair of Intercultural Studies
Missionary in Residence
Founder of Director of Trinity’s Center for Missionary Mobilization and Retention
- Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies (In Process), Asia Pacific Theological Seminary
- M.A. Missional Leadership, Trinity Bible College
- B.A. Science, North Central University
Dave has been an Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) missionary to Northern Asia since 2008. Living in a creative access country, he has used a variety of means to share the gospel, including sports, orphan care, Bible studies, and nursing home ministry. Currently, Dave is working on a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Asia Pacific Theological Seminary. He has taught courses such as: Current Issues in Intercultural Studies, Introduction to World Missions, Intercultural Compassion Ministry and Evangelism, Intercultural Studies Internship, and Cross-cultural Ministry Strategies. Additionally, Dave has helped establish Trinity’s GO Trip Program, which sends the entire on-campus student body on short-term missions trips around the world. Having a passion to train and send more long-term missionaries to the field, Dave’s research interests are in missionary mobilization and retention. Dave has been married for 23 years and has five children. He enjoys reading, hiking and kayaking.
- Ph.D. studies Intercultural Studies, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
- M.A. Columbia International University
- B.Th. Honours, University of South Africa
- B.A. Honours, University of South Africa
- Licentiate in Christian Ministries Africa School of Missions
- B.S. University of Massachusetts
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 as Academic Dean and Lecturer at Africa School of Missions. She also planted and pastored Hillsview Christian Fellowship in South Africa. After returning to the USA she had the opportunity to experience missions in the workplace as a science teacher in diverse cultural and socio-economic public and charter schools.