Faculty Listing


Dr. Carol Alexander

Dr. Carol Alexander

Dr Carol

Director of Graduate School
Extension: 5776
Ph. D. in Contemporary Leadership, Bangor University, Wales.
MTh., University of Wales.
Dip. Theol, Mattersey Hall College and Graduate School, UK.
Professional Experience:
  • 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.

Volunteer Involvements:

    • 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. 

Dustin Morgan

Dustin Morgan


Athletic Director, Adj. Instructor of Physical Education, Head Football Coach 
Extension: 5402


MA in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation - Emporia State University
BA in Biblical Studies/Elementary Education - Trinity Bible College
Minor in Athletic Coaching and an Emphasis on Youth Ministry -  Trinity Bible College
Licensed Minister in Assemblies of God, 2009-present, through the Nebraska District 


Professional Experience:

  • Currently Athletic Director, Head Football Coach, and Adj. Instructor of Physical Education at Trinity Bible College
  • 3 years of Professional Football in the NIFL (National Indoor Football League)
  • Ansley Public Schools - 6th grade classroom teacher/Jr. High PE teacher, Asst. Football Coach, Asst. Girls Basketball Coach, Asst. Boys and Girls Track Coach, Head Jr. High Football Coach, Head Jr. High Girls Basketball Coach, Head Jr. High Boys Track Coach
  • Thedford Public Schools - K-12 PE teacher, Head Coach of 9 sports during those 4 years (Football, Girls Basketball, Boys Track, Girls Track, Jr. High Volleyball, Jr. High Boys Basketball, Jr. High Girls Basketball, Jr. High Boys Track, Jr. High Girls Track)

Volunteer Experience:

  • Youth Interim Pastor at Spirit of Life Open Bible Church in Kearney, NE
  • Worship team member at every church I've ever been apart of since learning to play the guitar 13 years ago.

About: Married to Aleena Morgan and the two of us have two totally awesome children: Jayce (9) and Caysen (7).  We have been in a traveling music group of some sort since we got married.  Have traveled on National Tours with rock bands, metal bands, worship bands, and evangelists! I'm PASSIONATE about Trinity Bible College, it is indeed the "GREATEST PLACE ON THE PLANET!" I also love my Denver Broncos and Nebraska Cornhuskers! I came back to Trinity in 2009 to follow God's command of building a Modern-Day Army of Joshua's and Caleb's to go and be  impact people in the Kingdom of Heaven and to use Athletics to do that!!  One of the ways that I believe this can happen is to launch 500 PE Teachers/Coaches into Americas Schools over the next 10 yrs!  Man, God is GOOD and it is truly a FANTASTIC time to be a Trinity Lion!

Phyllis Kuno

Phyllis Kuno


Director of Library, Adj. Instructor of English
Extension: 5407

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


 Professional Experience:

  • Library Director, Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD – September 2008-July 2013
  • Library Director, Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, ND – September 1995-August 2007

Volunteer Involvements:

  • 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.

Rev. Ben McIntosh

Rev. Ben T. McIntosh

Ben Mc

Director of Student Ministries, Asst. Business Professor
Extension: 5439 
Doctor of Business Administration, Leadership
2014-Present Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia
Master of Business Administration, General Business
2008-2011 University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida
Bachelor of Arts, Biblical Studies
1995-1999 Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, North Dakota




  • Assistant Professor of Business 2011-PresentTrinity Bible College, Ellendale, North Dakota
  • Senior Pastor 2008-2011 Bridge of Life Christian Center, St. Augustine, Florida
  • Vice President/Branch Manager 2005-2008 Watson Realty Corp, Palatka, Florida
  • Associate Pastor 2002-2005 Victory Christian Center, San Mateo, Florida
  • Director of Youth and Contemporary Worship1999-2002 First Christian Church, Lufkin, Texas


  • Assembly of God Ministerial License – Active 2008-Present
  • Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA )2011-Present
  • National Business Education Association (NBEA) 2011-Present
  • Florida Real Estate Broker License 2005-Present

About: I am a passionate, organized, and strategic thinker who looks to get the best out of those I work with and for.  I consider myself to be a visionary leader and am not afraid to put a little sweat equity into achieving established goals.  I’m also a firm believer in advancing the Kingdom of God by demonstrating servant-leadership.  

Luanne Chandler

Luanne Chandler


Extension: 5793
BA in Business Management, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA, 2008
Professional Experience:
  • 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.

Volunteer Involvements:

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.

Scott Townsend

Scott Townsend


Assistant to the VP of Academics and Coordinator of Assessment
Extension: 5455

Ph. D. (candidate) Organizational Leadership, Education, Northcentral University

M.A. Crown College

B.A. Biblical Studies/Ministerial, Trinity Bible College


Professional Experience:

  • 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

Volunteer Involvements:

  • 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.

Mary Ann Whitman

Mary Ann Whitman

Director of Financial Aid
BA in Business Management from Presentation College in SD
AA in Psychology from Delta College in MI
Leadership Aberdeen - Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen
Professional Experience:  
Presentation College - Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Education Assistance Corp/Great Lakes Higher Ed - Senior Marketing Associate
Volunteer Experience:  
Lector, Greeter and Eucharistic Minister for Sacred Heart Parish
Chair of Sacred Heart Bazaar
President of Sacred Heart Altar Society
Treasurer of Bath Loyal Worker's Extension Club
About: Married, 3 children, 2 Grandsons, @ Great-grandsons; I like to travel, read, write, crochet, cross-stitch, embroider, golf, and do crosswords.

Jordy Nunez

Jordy Nunez


Director of Pack Your Bags, Men's RD
Extension: 5443

BA Intercultural Studies & Biblical Studies at Trinity Bible College






Professional Experience:

  • Director of Pack Your Bags Program- Trinity Bible College
  • Resident Director of Men's Dorms- Trinity Bible College

Volunteer Involvements:

  • Missions Coordinating

About: Jordy is the middle child of a family of 13 children. He grew up in a Dominican household in Miami, Florida. In the inner-city, Jordy did not live according to God’s standards until he moved to Minnesota and was radically changed by God and called to missions. He then wholeheartedly pursued a deeper relationship with God and was led to Trinity Bible College. There he studied missions and led the missions team at the college for three years, taking them on several missions trips around the world. Today, Jordy and his beautiful wife, Elizabeth, direct the PackYourBags program. There they mentor and teach students about their identity and call from God through classes and missions trips. Jordy and Elizabeth’s goal is to become full time missionaries taking Jesus to unreached peoples.

Department Chairs

Dr. Michael Bommarito

Dr. Michael Bommarito


Chair, Biblical and Theological Studies
Extension: 5772


Ph.D., Teaching and Learning: Higher Education, University of North Dakota.

M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.

B.A., University of California, Irvine.


Professional Experience:

  •            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

Volunteer involvement:

  • Rotary International
  • The Salvation Army
  • Joy International
  • Welcome House

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.

Roland Dudley

Roland Dudley


Chair, Intercultural Studies, Missionary in Residence  
Extension: 5423







Michael Land

Michael Land


Chair, Music
Extension: 5792 

M.M., B.M. - Lee University








Professional Experience:
Michael has had musical experience in a wide variety of areas. As a pianist, he has performed as a collaborative musician, accompanist, and a soloist. Within the church, he has been involved leading musical worship and conducting choral groups. As an educator, Michael has taught music courses and piano lessons at the collegiate level for three years, and he has taught private piano lessons for ten years.

Michael began teaching at Trinity in the fall of 2013. Recently married, he and his wife Rachel enjoy good sushi, being outside, and reading. They both love competition and hate losing whether it be in a game of basketball or board games. 

Rachelle Springer

Rachelle Springer


Co-Chair, Elementary Education, Professor
Extension: 5795

M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction, Emphasis in Elementary Reading; Grand Canyon University, 2013.


B.A. in Elementary Education & Biblical Studies; Trinity Bible College, 2003.










Professional Experience:

  • 2010-2013 – Registrar & Adjunct Instructor; Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, ND
  • 2003-2010 – Elementary Teacher/Administrator; Abundant Life Academy, Toledo, OR
  • 2000-2002 – Financial Aid Counselor; Trinity Bible College, Ellendale, ND

Volunteer Involvements:
I am currently involved in the worship ministry at New Life Assembly of God in Ellendale, ND.  In addition, I am also involved in active mentoring of teacher education students, above and beyond the day-to-day teaching including hosting multiple study groups, get-togethers, and social events for the teacher education department students so as to encourage relationship building and individual mentoring opportunities.  In my previous position, I was very involved as the worship leader for many years, as well as holding various positions of leadership in children’s and youth ministry at Abundant Life Center in Toledo, Oregon.

About: I love teaching!  I am an avid reader and life-long learner and love sharing what I have learned and am learning with others.  I love to laugh and do so quite frequently and sometimes inappropriately for which I then have to apologize.  ;-)  I have a fluffy Shih Tzu named Rosebud who is a fun little companion and earns her keep by warming my feet at night.  I have lots of favorite authors, a few of them being Jane Austen, Andrew Murray, Lori Wick, Madeleine L’Engle, Helen MacInnes, Frank Peretti, Dr. James Dobson, and C.S. Lewis.  I am originally from Toledo, Oregon, a small town on the lovely Oregon Coast, where the majority of my family still lives.  Just like my students, I look forward to Christmas vacation and summer break which affords me the opportunity to visit them.  In my spare time (haha!), I enjoy singing, playing the piano, learning about nutrition and health, going for walks, and spending time with friends and family.

Jordan Nowell

Jordan Nowell


Co-Chair, Elementary Education, Asst. Professor, Asst. Athletic Director, Head Men's Basketball Coach
Extension: 5766

MA in Secondary Education-Sports Administration- East Central University

BA in Elementary Education, Minor in Coaching and Biblical Studies- Trinity Bible College



AboutOriginating from Tulare, South Dakota, I grew up with my parents and three brothers. In 2008, I married Rachael Nowell, whom I met while attending Trinity Bible College. I played four years of basketball and was named Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference most valuable player my senior year as apart of the 2006 North Central Region Champion and National qualifying team.  I still hold Trinity's career steals record and remain in the top ten for points scored, rebounding and assists.

In the spring of 2007, I was hired as the Head Men's basketball coach and have been named three-time Conference Coach of the Year and 2012 North Central Region Coach of the Year. I achieved my 100th career win in 2013.

Faculty/ Adjunct Instructors 

Rev. Rick Wadholm

Rev. Rick Wadholm Jr.


Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies
Extension: 5605

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

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



·      “Emerging Homiletics: A Pentecostal Response” – chapter in edited volume; Ed. Lee Roy Martin (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)

Book Reviews:

·      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

Papers Delivered at Professional Associations:

·      “The Theological Significance of Yôm in Genesis One” – Paper to be 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 the ministry of Doctors of Pentecost. 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

Warren Schlecht

Warren Schlecht


Associate Professor of General Education
Extension: 5425 

PhD Studies, USD


BA Jamestown College





Professional Experience:

  • Chair, Gen. Ed. Dept. (2013)
  • Faculty Representative, Board of Administration (2004-2011)
  • Chair, NCA/HlC Self Study (2007)
  • Faculty Editor Plainsong Magazine, (Jamestown College 1998)
  • Chair, English Seminar (NDSU 1996)

Volunteer Involvements:

  • Vice Pres. of the Ellendale Airport Authority; Member, Ellendale Arts Assn.

About: My wife, Lana, and I have lived in Ellendale since the late 80s.  We have three children and six grandchildren.  During the early years of our marriage, we farmed south of Gackle, ND.

In 1984 Lana attended dental school in Lincoln, NE, and has been Ellendale’s dentist since earning her DDS.  I began teaching in 1991, but continued to farm during summers with my son, Lincoln, until 2001.  Before coming to Trinity Bible College in 1999, I taught at both North Dakota State University and Jamestown College. When Lincoln left to accept a job in Texas, I retired from farming and have been employed by TBC for the past 14 years. Teaching English and science at Trinity is a joy; we have exceptional people here!

Aaron Thurber

Aaron Thurber


Associate Professor of Bible and Theology
Extension: 5769


PhD studies in Systematic Theology with secondary focus in Church History—Trinity Evangelical Divinity School at Trinity International University

MDiv with Theology focus—Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

BS in Pastoral Ministry, minor in Missions—Valley Forge Christian College

AS in Engineering Science—Genesee Community College



Professional Experience:

  • Attends conferences such as the A/G Educators Conference and the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
  • Attends A/G District events such as Minister’s Enrichment and District Council.
  • Participant in the ACTS 2 journey with the local church.

Volunteer Involvement:

  • Youth Soccer Coach 
  • Royal Rangers Outpost Commander
  • Church Board Member
  • Short-term Missions Trips

About: 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. 

Rev. Larry Gunther

Rev. Larry Gunther


Professor of Bible and Theology
Extension: 5773


D.Min. Assemblies of God Theological Seminary 2011


M.A. Biblical Literature Assemblies of God Theological Seminary 1993


B.A. Bible and Pastoral Studies North Central Bible College 1973


B.A. Bible and Christian Education North Central Bible College 1973






Professional Experience:

  • North Dakota District Family Camp Bible teacher 2011, 2012
  • Ordained Minister with The General Council of the Assemblies of God
  • 23 years pastoral experience prior to Trinity
  • 11 years pastoral experience while at Trinity 
  • 7 years pulpit supply in Assemblies of God, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Church of Christ, and Congregational churches


Volunteer Involvements:

  • Kulm Ambulance Service—EMT—4 years
  • Ellendale Community Ambulance Service—EMT—12 years; driver—4 years


About: Married to Valerie Loven Gunther, November 25, 1972, Four children: Andrew (Jenna), Rachelle (Charles Lang), Sara, Micah (Jill)


One step-granddaughter—Samantha; four granddaughters—Aalexis, Sophie, Tressa, Lauryan; one grandson--Gunnar.

Cyndie Green

Cyndie Green


Assistant Professor of Psychology
Extension: 5768

MA of Counseling – and – MA Marriage and Family Therapy from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Springfield, MO – 2006

BA of Youth Ministries, Minor in Music from Central Bible College, Springfield, MO – 1984






Professional Experience:

  • 1984 to 1992 – Teen Challenge Ministries – women’s supervisor, curriculum supervisor, and parental supervisor
  • 2006 to 2011 – Kidz Ark (child and youth residential rehab), Sterling, CO – provisionally licensed therapist for residents and their families
  • 2011 to present – Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND – psychology professor

Volunteer Involvements:

  • Highly involved in local church ministry in area of counseling thru the campus and area churches
  • Addictions Recovery Counselor (part-time volunteer) for 12-step program in Aberdeen, SD

About: Cyndie has been married for 22 years to the love of her life, Stephen, who has been in small-town pastoral ministry. They have two daughters, Stephanie (17) and Amanda (14), and the family feels very happy and blessed to live in a town with the atmosphere of Ellendale.

Dan Pellitier

Dan Pellitier


Assistant Professor of English
Extension: 5454

M.A. English Literature, University of Ottawa, Canada 1973

B.A. Political Science, Amherst College, Amherst, Mass. 1970

A.A. Cape Cod Community College, Hyannis, Mass.  1968




Professional Experience:

  • 32 years teaching in three Christian colleges:  
  • Zion Bible Institute (now AG college, Northpoint) 1979-1988;  
  • Valley Forge Christian College 1990-1992;  
  • Trinity Bible College 1992-2013
  • Fall 2013 : serving as adjunct professor, Trinity Bible College                                                                             
  • Pastor of two small N.D. churches 2003-2010

Volunteer Involvements:

  • Speaker at community or patriotic events, recruited by American Legion
  • Reader / narrator for community events:  band concerts, Christmas or Easter choral events


Born: Richard Daniel Pelletier, Lawrence, Mass. 1943

Wife: Kathleen June (Carrington) Pelletier  from Westfield, Mass.

Current ambitions: (1) writing and publishing;  (2) own small gallery of art / woodcraft.

Brad Kingsriter

Brad Kingsriter

Adj. Intructor of Psychology 
Extension: 5322
Northern State University- Masters of Science in Education - Counseling
Trinity Bible College- Bible/Ministerial Double Major





Professional Experience:

  • Have taught for two years as Adjunct Professor at Trinity Bible College

Volunteer Involvements:

  • YMCA basketball tournaments

About: My family and I reside in Aberdeen, SD where I am on staff at Aberdeen First Assembly of God. I have been there for over 13 years. I have a wife and 4 kids, ranging in age from 18 to 9. I enjoy playing basketball, softball, and exercising at the YMCA. I enjoy reading professionally, and also non-fiction for fun.

Rachael Nowell

Rachael Nowell


Adj. Instructor of Physical Education and General Education, Head Women's Basketball Coach
Extension: 5766
MS in Sports and Health Sciences- American Public University 
BA in Physical Education, Minor in Coaching and Biblical Studies- Trinity Bible College  
 Professional Experience:
  • Girls Basketball Coach 2009-Present- Trinity Bible College
  • Faculty - 2012-Present- Trinity Bible College
AboutI am originally from Spray, Oregon where I was raised in a big family on a cattle ranch. I had goals of playing basketball in college and was inspired to pursue coaching by the influential coaches I had as an athlete. 
In my collegiate basketball career at Trinity Bible College, I was a two-time Conference MVP, North Central Player of the Year and four-time All-American. After finishing my undergrad and even fulfilling the dream of playing for a short while overseas, I married my best friend, Jordan Nowell. Together, we are now enjoying the doors God has opened for us to pour back into the lives of student-athletes through the avenue of sports.  

Derek Simonsen

Derek Simonsen


Asst. Director of Distance Education, Adj. Instructor of Intercultural Studies
Extension: 5785


M.Ed. in Educational Administration, Grand Canyon University (In Progress) 

MA in Religion- Intercultural Studies, Liberty Theological Seminary and Graduate School

BA in Physical Education and Health, Trinity Bible College

Minors in Biblical Studies and Athletic Coaching, Trinity Bible College

Professional Experience:

  • Currently teaching in Intercultural Studies department and working as Asst. Director of DE at Trinity Bible College 
  • Taught (PE, Health, Personal Finance) in a Public School in Missouri from 2011-2013
  • English Teacher at Hebei Jing Mao Da Xue (Hebei University) in Shijiazhuang, China in Summer of 2010
  • Substitute Taught (all subjects) in North Dakota (K-12) from 2009-2011
  • Taught (Bible, and PE) in a Private Christian School in Oklahoma from 2008-2009

Volunteer Experience

  • Traveled to Belize City, Belize to help build a AG Bible Camp with Harvest Christian Center (AG)
  • Traveled with Athletes in Action to Israel to put on Christian-based basketball camps and compete as an athlete
  • Traveled with Athletes in Action to Moldvoa on sports based mission trip 

About: Married to Chelsey Simonsen, a graduate of Trinity Bible College with a degree in Intercultural Studies and Biblical Studies, and has one daughter, Nora Lin. The Simonsen's moved back to Ellendale, ND in the summer of 2013 after living in Farmington, Missouri for two years after getting married in the summer of 2011. The Simonsen's enjoy traveling overseas. 

While at Trinity, Derek was a four-year starter on the men's basketball team and a member of the 2006 North Central Region Championship team that made it to the national tournament for only the 5th time in school history. Derek finished his career with over 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and was an All-Conference guard in the NIAC Basketball Conference. 

Sara Best

Sara Best


Administrator, Graduate School, Adj. Instructor of Intercultural Studies
Extension: 5752
MA, Columbia International University, Columbia, SC                  
BTh. Honours, University of South Africa 
BA Honours, University of South Africa, Licentiate in Christian Ministries - Africa School of Missions, South Africa
BS, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Professional Experience:

  • 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

About: 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

Dr. Brad Tennant

Dr. Brad Tennant

Assistant Professor of History
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2007 University of South Dakota - Ed.D: History Education


2003 University of North Dakota - MA: History


1987 Northern State University - MAT: Social Sciences


1983 Northern State University - BS: Secondary Education (Social Science) Minor: History


Professional Experience:

  • 2010-present  Associate Professor of History (tenured 2008)

Volunteer Involvements:

  • South Dakota State Historical Society (President)
  • Brown County Historical Society (Vice President)
  • Aberdeen/Brown County Landmarks Commission (Secretary)

About: Dr. Brad Tennant is an Associate Professor of History from Aberdeen, South Dakota and serves as an adjunct professor at Trinity Bible College. In addition to his teaching assignments, Tennant is an active researcher, writer, and presenter on a variety of state and regional topics. Dr. Tennant serves on the Board of Trustees of the South Dakota State Historical Society, where he currently is the president of the Board. He is also a member of several other national, state, and local historical organizations. Tennant and his wife, Brigid, live in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Colby Simonsen

Colby Simonsen


Adj. Instructor of Physical Education, Sports Information, Asst. Men’s Basketball Coach
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BA Biblical Studies - Trinity Bible College - Ellendale, ND
BA General Studies - Trinity Bible College - Ellendale, ND
Minor in Athletic Coaching
About: I have been working at Trinity Bible College since 2011 and I am a proud Trinity Bible College graduate. I played 4 years of basketball while I was a student.  I am a newlywed as of June 15th, 2013 to Kylie Simonsen. 

Aleena Morgan

Aleena Morgan


Adj. Instructor of Physical Education, Athletic Department Secretary
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Professional Experience:
  • Substitute teacher in Nebraska Pubic schools for 6 years
  • Adj. Instructor of Physical Education at Trinity Bible College
Volunteer Involvements:
  • Volunteer youth group leader for 7 years
  • Tee ball coach
  • Assembly of God Fine arts
  • Vocal Coach
  • Praise/Worship Band
About: My life is filled with amazing family members all around.  They have been my spiritual support since I was young.  My family is full of A/G credentialed ministers and graduates from TBC.  God has blessed me with the huge privilege of raising two adorable little boys that are full of life, creativity, and a love for the Lord.  I feel just being an employee of Trinity Bible College has been such an honor to be able to impact young lives to go and change the world and I would choose to be no other place. 

Rose Bennett

Rose Bennett

Adj. instructor of Music
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B.A. in Biblical Studies with a Music Minor, Trinity Bible College, 2003

A.A. in Biblical Studies with a missions emphasis, Trinity Bible College, 1978

Professional Experience:

  • I have 25 years of experience as a private piano instructor and 12 years as a classroom instructor.

Volunteer Involvements:
The two great loves of my life second to Jesus Christ are music and God’s Word.  Over the years I have played on many worship teams and directed numerous choirs and musicals for both adults and children.  I also love Teen Bible Quiz and have coached teams for over 25 years.

About: I love Jesus Christ with all my heart, and my greatest desire has always been to offer my life back to Him in service.  During the different stages in my journey that has taken many shapes.  It has been a great privilege to serve alongside my husband in pastoral ministry and to assist him in the development of his seminar materials.  And it is a special joy to see the results of God’s grace and our investment in the lives of our five children.  To see them walking in God’s path and, along with their spouses, leading our eight (almost nine) grandchildren in the ways of God is a blessing beyond measure!

Bob Wadholm

Bob Wadholm

Instructor of Technology / Bible

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Ph.D. Studies, Information Science and Learning Technologies with a Minor in Philosophy, Missouri University

M.S.Ed., Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University

M.A., Biblical Studies, Global University

Graduate Studies, Linguistics, University of North Dakota

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

Professional Experience:

  • Instructor in Information Science and Learning Technologies, Missouri University – 2012-Present
  • Manager of the Digital Media Zone, Missouri University – 2013-2014
  • Instructor of Graphic Design and Information Technologies, Stephens Henager College – 2011-2012
  • Interaction Designer, Digital Humanities Commons at Missouri University – 2013-Present
  • Web / Instructional Design Consultant – 2007-Present
  • Youth / Worship Pastor, 6 years


Books: Essays in philosophy (2014), I found you (2007), Essays in biblical interpretation (2005), and his M.A. thesis An apologetic of signs and wonders in Luke-Acts (2005).

Peer Reviewed Papers: 

Xing, X., Wadholm, R., & Goggins, S. (2014). Group learning assessment in CSCL: Developing a theory-informed analytics. Educational Technology & Society

Kwon, S., Wadholm, R., & Carmody, L. (2014). Assessing competencies: An evaluation of ASTD’s Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation. Evaluation & Program Planning, 44, 48-58.

Xing, W., Wadholm, R., & Goggins, S. (2014). Learning analytics in CSCL with a focus on assessment: An exploratory study of theory-informed cluster analysis. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge (pp. 59-67). Indianapolis, IN: ACM.

Wadholm, R., Early, Z. & Larsen, C. (2013). Assessing the Pedagogical Usability of a Digital Resource Sharing Library. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of the World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2013 (pp. 208-214). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Book Reviews:

Wadholm, R. (2009). The world is open. Educational Technology Research & Development, 57(3), 411-412.


Wadholm, R. (2014). Cognitive penetration of Pentecostal hermeneutics. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Xing, W., Wadholm, R., & Goggins, S. (2014). Assessment analytics in CSCL: An exploratory study of activity-informed method. Poster presented at the International Conference of the Learning Sciences.

Gibson, T., & Wadholm, R. (2014). The Greek key: New technologies for the analysis of rhetorical figures in classical and biblical texts. International Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature.

Wadholm, R. (2013). Distributed expertise: From learning networks to open knowledge communities. 3rd Annual Ed Tech Conference, MMA.

Wadholm, R. (2010). Free and open – Web 2.0 and the extension of Pentecostal education. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Wadholm, R. (2007). The role of experience in the interpretation of miracle narratives in Lucan literature. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

About: Bob has a wife, Grace, and one daughter, Emily. He loves to discuss philosophy, to do theology, and to play with technology. His current research interests include developing a philosophy of open knowledge (his dissertation topic), hermeneutics, and analytics. He is an active member of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the American Educational Research Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education.