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Michael Barrett is Academic Dean and Professor of Old Testament. He is a minister in the Free Presbyterian Church of North America. Formerly, Dr. Barrett served as president of Geneva Reformed Seminary. He earned his doctorate in Old Testament Text with a special focus on Semitic languages. His dissertation was titled A Methodology for Investigating the Translation Philosophies and Techniques of the Septuagint. For almost thirty years, he was professor of Ancient Languages and Old Testament Theology and Interpretation at Bob Jones University. Dr. Barrett has had an active role in the ministry of the Free Presbyterian Church since its inception in North America. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and has published numerous articles in both professional and popular journals. His other published works include Beginning at Moses: A Guide to Finding Christ in the Old Testament; Complete in Him: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Gospel; God’s Unfailing Purpose: The Message of Daniel; The Beauty of Holiness: A Guide to Biblical Worship; Love Divine and Unfailing: The Gospel According to Hosea and The Hebrew Handbook. Dr. Barrett and his wife, Sandra, have two sons and five grandchildren.
Joel Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. He has written, co-authored, or edited seventy books (most recently, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine unto Life, Living for the Glory of God: An Introduction to Calvinism, Meet the Puritans, Contagious Christian Living, Calvin for Today, Developing a Healthy Prayer Life, and Taking Hold of God), and contributed fifteen hundred articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. His Ph.D. is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Mary have with three children.
Gerald Bilkes is Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology. He completed a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was recipient of the United States Information Agency Fellowship at the Albright Institute (ASOR) in Jerusalem during the 1997-1998 year. He has written several articles on biblical-theological themes and given addresses at several conferences. His areas of special interest include hermeneutics, the history of interpretation, and conversion in the Bible. He and his wife, Michelle, have four children.
Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church (ABC) in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder and Ministry Development Director of Practical Shepherding, Inc. He has served in pastoral ministry for over seventeen years and is currently in his tenth year as Pastor of ABC. He studied at both Belmont University and Indiana University receiving his B.A. in Sociology. He also undertook some graduate work at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Visit the Sick: Ministering God’s Grace in Times of Illness, Test, Train, Affirm & Send into Ministry: Recovering the Local Church’s Responsibility in the External Call, Help! He’s Struggling with Pornography, Conduct Gospel-centered Funerals: Applying the Gospel at the Unique Challenges of Death, A Faith That Endures: Meditations on Hebrews 11, and The Pastor’s Family (forthcoming in August), co-written with his wife Cara. In addition to his writing, Brian travels all over the world preaching at local churches, speaking at conferences, and training pastors. He and his wife, Cara, have four children.
Ian Hamilton BA, BD, MPHIL, DD. Graduate of Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Edinburgh University, and Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS). He is a Trustee of Banner of Truth and a Board member of GPTS and London Theological Seminary. He is an Adjunct Professor at GPTS and the author of The Erosion of Calvinist Orthodoxy: Drifting from the Truth in Confessional Scottish Churches, The Letters of John, John Calvin’s Doctrine of Holy Scripture, and The Faith Shaped Life (forthcoming in May). Serves as minister of Cambridge Presbyterian Church, England and formerly in Loudoun Church of Scotland, Ayrshire. He and his wife, Joan, have four children and one granddaughter.
David P. Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology. He studied for the ministry at Glasgow University and the Free Church of Scotland College (Edinburgh). He was a pastor for 12 years, first at Lochcarron Free Church of Scotland and then at Stornoway Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). From 2002 to 2007, he was Lecturer in Hebrew and Old Testament at the Free Church Seminary in Inverness. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformation International Theological Seminary for his work relating Old Testament Introduction studies to the pastoral ministry. Dr. Murray joined the faculty of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in 2007. He is the author of Christians Get Depressed Too and the producer of God’s Technology: Training Our Children To Use Technology To God’s Glory. He also blogs at Head Heart Hand. David and his wife, Shona, have four children.
Brian G. Najapfour is the pastor of Dutton United Reformed Church in Caledonia, MI and has been in the ministry for twelve years. He earned both a Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.) degree and a Master in Biblical Studies (M.B.S.) degree from the Center for Biblical Studies Institute and Seminary in the Philippines. From 2001 to 2006 he pastored in the Philippines. He also earned a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing PhD studies. He is co-editor of Taking Hold of God: Reformed and Puritan Perspectives on Prayer and author of The Very Heart of Prayer: Reclaiming John Bunyan’s Spirituality and Jonathan Edwards: His Doctrine of & Devotion to Prayer. He and his wife Sarah have one daughter.
John W. Tweeddale (PhD cand., University of Edinburgh) is the Senior Pastor of First Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Pittsburgh, PA and also serves as Adjunct Professor of Church History at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has contributed to The Ashgate Research Companion to John Owen’s Theology as well as written articles for Tabletalk, The Banner of Truth Magazine, and reformation21. Along with Dr. Derek Thomas, he has co-authored The Essential Commentaries for a Preacher’s Library, revised edition (Reformed Academic Press) and co-edited the forthcoming John Calvin: For a New Reformation (Crossway).
William VanDoodewaard serves as Associate Professor of Church History. Previously he served as Assistant Professor of European History at Patrick Henry College, near Washington, D.C., and as Visiting Professor of History at Huntington University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen. He is a contributing editor for the recent reprint of the 17th century Puritan work, Edward Fisher’s The Marrow of Modern Divinity, and has written for several historical and theological journals. His research interests include the church history of Scotland and the Low Countries, and the history of Christian doctrine. An ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Churches, he has served as a guest speaker and preacher for churches in the United States, Canada, and Scotland.