President Paul Alexander - President of Trinity Bible College

Rev. Ian O'Brien - Executive Vice President 

Rev. Ian O'Brien


Executive Vice President
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Master’s Degree, Practical Theology


University of Wales, Bangor, UK 2006-2009


Specific focus on: Contemporary Preaching, New Testament Pneumatology,

The Emergent Church, Models of Church Leadership



Bachelor’s Degree, Biblical Theology


Cape College of Theology, Cape Town, South Africa




Global University degree



Professional Experience:


Pulpit ministry in Africa, Europe and North America


14 years of Pastoral Ministry in South Africa


Served as Adjunct Faculty at Cape College of Theology, South Africa (1994-1995)


4 years of Pastoral Ministry in the USA



Volunteer Involvements:


Ellendale Chamber of Commerce Board Member

About: Ian was 14 years old when he accepted Christ as his Savior. As a high school student he sensed God’s call to a life fully devoted to Christian service. He is married to Heather and they have three children, Timothy (18), Michael (16) and Caleigh (10). The O’Brien family immigrated to the USA in 2008 in response to a persistent leading of the Spirit. This move was a step of faith with very few available resources. Since then, God has been faithful to open doors of provision and significant service opportunities to them.

Ian is passionate about inspiring people to reach their God-given potential and he counts it a privilege to invest in a developing generation of students at Trinity Bible College.


Rev. Rick Wadholm - Vice President of Academics 

Rev. Rick Wadholm Jr. 


 Vice President of Academics & Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

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Ph.D. (candidate), Pentecostal and Biblical Studies, Bangor University, Wales 

Graduate Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

M.Div.Honours, Providence Theological Seminary 

B.A., Biblical Studies and Global Studies, Trinity Bible College

Professional Experience: 

  • 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)

Book Reviews:

Serge Frolov, Judges (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013) in The Pentecostal Educator (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, 2015, pp. 258-270) 

     “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 

      Pentecostal Homiletics 

      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 

Rev. Jordy Nuñez - Vice President of College Relations 

Rev. Twyla Kuntz - Vice President of Student Development