Faculty. Ask any Trinity graduate who greatly impacted them as a student and they will say their professors. With an excellent student to faculty ratio of 11:1, our qualified professors are committed to educating and preparing you to follow God’s call.
Bible & Theology
Dr. Michael BommaritoChair, Biblical and Theological Studies Department
- Ph.D. Teaching and Learning: Higher Education, University of North Dakota
- M.Div. Fuller Theological Seminary
- B.A. University of California, Irvine
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.
Aaron ThurberAssociate Professor of Bible and Theology
- Ph.D. 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.
Barry SaylorAssistant Professor of Bible and Theology
- Ph.D. Studies, Doctor of Ministry, Sioux Falls Seminary
- M.A. Bible and Theology (New Testament), Sioux Falls Seminary
- B.A. Pastoral Care and Counseling, Lee University
Before coming to Trinity, Prof. Barry Saylor served as Associate Pastor of Crosswalk Community Church (Sioux Falls, SD). While attending Sioux Falls Seminary, he had the distinct privilege of working alongside staff and faculty as the school applied for re-accreditation through Higher Learning Commission, and served under three different professors over two years as a Teaching Assistant. Prof. Saylor brings close to 20 years of ministry experience, ranging from children and youth on up to being one of the main teaching pastors at Crosswalk in his time there.
During his ministry experience, Prof. Saylor had the opportunity to serve on boards locally, regionally, and nationally, focusing especially on the evangelization and discipleship of youth and children. He is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry at Sioux Falls Seminary, focusing primarily on the discipleship of youth and children within the church.
Dr. Dave BennettDirector 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.
Ian O’BrienExecutive Vice President
- M.Th. Practical Theology - Bangor University, Wales
- B.A. Bible-Theology, Global University
Ian was born in England and immigrated to South Africa as a child where he grew up under African skies. At age 14 he accepted Christ in an Assemblies of God church and soon felt a call to vocational ministry. Ian is a graduate of Global University and earned a Masters in Theology from Bangor University, Wales, UK. Ian gained marketplace experience and married Heather, his high school sweetheart, before entering full-time ministry.
Ian and Heather ministered in Cape Town, South Africa for 14 years in 3 different churches before they moved with their three children to serve in pastoral ministry for another 4 years on the east coast of the USA. Ian has served as a trainee, assistant, associate, teaching, church-planting and senior pastor, the latter being for a period of nearly 10 years. His ministry experience has included leading through times of revival and explosive growth, as well as other environments where churches required rescue and renewal.
Ian joined Trinity in 2012 and served in Student Development for nearly 4 years. He currently serves as Executive Vice-President. He loves working at Trinity because there is no better place to fulfill his personal mission statement: “To Inspire People to reach their full God-given Potential”.
Dr. Paul AlexanderPresident
- 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. Rick WadholmVice President of Academics
- Ph.D. 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
Writings and Publications
|Forthcoming||"Higher Education," co-authored with William K. Kay, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism (Leiden: Brill).|
|"The Double Portion Spirit as Sign of the True Son of the Prophet," Canadian Theological Review.|
|2015||"Honoring Pentecostal Theologian Gordon Fee," Pneuma Review 18 (Winter 2015).|
|"What’s in a Day?: The Theological Significance of Yôm in Genesis 1," Didaskalia 24 (Spring 2015): pp. 75-98.|
|2014||"Hadad-Rimmon," Lexham Bible Dictionary (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press).|
|"Ono," Lexham Bible Dictionary (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press).|
|Forthcoming||Christopher J. H. Wright. How to Preach & Teach the Old Testament for All Its Worth (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2016) in Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament.|
|Michael Welker, ed. The Spirit in Creation and New Creation: Science and Theology in Western and Orthodox Realms (Grand Rapids, MI: 2012) in Pneuma Review.|
|2016||Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon. The Holy Spirit (Knoxville, TN: Abingdon, 2015) in Themelios 41.2 (2016): 371-72.|
|Matthew Newkirk. Just Deceivers: An Exploration of the Motif of Deception in the Books of Samuel (Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2015) in Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament 5.1 (2016): 102-4.|
|Serge Frolov. Judges (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013) in The Pentecostal Educator 3.2 (Fall 2016): 45-47.|
|2015||Walter Bottom of FormBrueggemann. Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2014) in Pneuma Review (Spring 2015).|
|Samuel Wells and George Sumner. Esther & Daniel. Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2014) in Trinity Journal 36.1 (Spring 2015): 115-116.|
|2014||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 17 (Fall 2014).|
|John Christopher Thomas, The Apocalypse: A Literary and Theological Commentary (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2012) in Pneuma Review (Summer 2014).|
|2012||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.|
|Forthcoming||1 Kings. The Pentecostal Commentary on the Old Testament. Eds. Lee Roy Martin and John Christopher Thomas. Deo Pub.|
|Biblical and Theological Reflections on Community: Essays in Honour of August H. Konkel. Editor. McMaster Divinity College Press.|
|2015||"N.T.Wright’s ’Justification’ and the Cry of the Spirit" in Janet Meyer Everts and Jeffrey S. Lamp, eds., Pentecostal Theology and the Theological Vision of N.T. Wright: A Conversation (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2015), pp. 60-75.|
|"Emerging Homiletics: A Pentecostal Response" in Lee Roy Martin, ed., Toward a Pentecostal Theology of Preaching (Cleveland, TN: CPT Press, 2015), pp. 258-270.|
|2013||Executive Editor of The Pentecostal Educator a bi-annual e-journal of the World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education (2013-present):|
|"Volume Editorial" The Pentecostal Educator 4.1 (Spring 2017): 6-7.|
|"Volume Editorial" The Pentecostal Educator 3.2 (Fall 2016): 6-8.|
|"Volume Editorial" The Pentecostal Educator 3.1 (Spring 2016): 6-7.|
|"Volume Editorial" The Pentecostal Educator 2.2 (Fall 2015): 6-7.|
|"Volume Editorial" The Pentecostal Educator 2.1 (Spring 2015): 7-8.|
|"Volume Editorial" The Pentecostal Educator 1 (Fall 2014): 6-7.|
|"The Pentecostal Educator: An Interview with Rick Wadholm" by Raul Mock, Pneuma Review 17 (Fall 2014).|
|Forthcoming||New English Translation (Apocrypha/Deutero-canon) – providing translation with critical commentary to the book of Judith.|
|2017||"Toward a Pentecostal Hermeneutic of the Former Prophets" – Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, St. Louis, MO|
|2016||"When Prophets Play the Lyre: Saul and the Strings of the Spirit" – Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, San Demas, CA|
|2015||"Finding the Spirit in the Former Prophets: A Historical Survey with Help from Elisha (2 Kings 2.13-18)" - Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Lakeland, FL|
|2014||"The Doubled Portion Spirit as Sign of the True Son of the Prophet" - Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, San Diego, CA|
|"The Theological Significance of Yôm in Genesis One" - Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Springfield, MO|
|2013||"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|
|"Emerging Homiletics: A Pentecostal Response" – Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Seattle, WA|
|2011||"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|
|2017||"A Theology of the Spirit in the Former Prophets: A Pentecostal Perspective"|
|2012||"The Theological Meaning and Significance of Yôm in Genesis One"|
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)
Rick is married (Jenn) and has four children (Bryce, Abbi, Cambria and Zoë). Rick has pastored several rural congregations in ND and MN for 14 years and is ordained with the Assemblies of God (USA). He is a regular speaker for churches, camps and conferences. He enjoys reading and discussing theology and Biblical Studies, most particularly the works of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Karl Barth.
Rick is an active member of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, the International Bonhoeffer Society, Pentecostals and Charismatics for Peace and Justice, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He has helped found the Society for Pentecostal Studies Student Caucus (and currently serves as Chair). He also enjoys blogging on topics of translation, Biblical studies, pastoring and theology by contributing to four different blogs—his personal blogging adventures hosted at http://rickwadholmjr.wordpress.com.
Dr. Scott TownsendAssistant Director of 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 PhD is in the realm of leading postmodern students in a higher education context.
Dr. Ben T. McIntoshChair of Business Department
Asst. 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
Professor 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.
Bob WadholmAssistant Professor of Bible & Theology
Assistant Professor of Technology
- Ph.D. (ABD), Information Science & Learning Technologies with emphasis in Philosophy, University of Missouri
- Doctoral Studies, Christian Philosophy & Apologetics, Trinity Theological Seminary
- 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, Trinity Bible College
Writings and Publications
- Mind (2016)
- Essays in Philosophy (2014)
- I Found You (2007)
- Essays in Biblical Interpretation (2005)
- An Apologetic of Signs and Wonders in Luke-Acts (2005)
Peer Reviewed Publications:
- Xing, X., Wadholm, R., Petakovic, E., & Goggins, S. (2015). Group learning assessment in CSCL: Developing a theory-informed analytics. Educational Technology & Society, 18(2), 110-128.
- 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.
- Wadholm, R. (2016). Character formation in online education: A guide for instructors, administrators, and accrediting agencies. The Pentecostal Educator, 3(1), 54-56.
- Wadholm, R. (2009). The world is open. Educational Technology Research & Development, 57(3), 411-412.
- Wadholm, R. (2016). Open knowledge: Social benefits of the hacker ethic. Paper presented at the Midwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers, Springfield, MO.
- Wadholm, R. (2016). Identity & identicality. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, San Dimas, CA.
- Wadholm, R. (2014). Cognitive penetration of Pentecostal hermeneutics. Proceedings of the 43rd 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, July). The Greek key: New technologies for the analysis of rhetorical figures in classical and biblical texts. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature, Vienna, Austria.
- 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.
Bob currently teaches courses on information systems, world religions, and philosophy. Before coming to Trinity, he was a youth pastor (2002-2007), a freelance web designer (since 2007), and he taught undergraduate courses in graphic design and IT at Stephens Henager College (2011-2012) and graduate courses in information science and learning technologies at Missouri University (2012-2014).
His current research interests include computational linguistics and analytics, ancient philosophy, Luke-Acts, open knowledge, and hermeneutics. He is an active member of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education.
Education & Exercise Science
Amy FreierHead of Education/Exercise Science Department
- M.A. Diplomacy: 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.
Jordan NowellCo-Chair of Education Department
Asst. Professor of Education
Head Men's Basketball Coach
- M.A. 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.
Eric SlivoskeyAdjunct Professor of Physical Education
Head Football Coach
- M.A. Physical Education/Coaching, Ball State University
- Certified Professional Fitness Trainer, San Diego St. University
- Behavioral Science Specialist, U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences
- B.A. Psychology, Frostburg State University
Writings and Publications
- "Getting Your Team Connected" American Football Monthly, Jan. 2012
- "Moving Your Passion Abroad" Verge Magazine, Dec. 2011
- "Neutralizing The Threat of Mismatches vs. Trips Out of a Cover 3 Zone" American Football Monthly, Jan. 2011
- Motivating The 12-Man, D-line Play, Skills & Drills for Wide Receivers, QB Play and Fundamentals, Offensive Line Play: Glazier Football Clinics, Cleveland, OH (2013)
- Skills and Techniques for Offensive Line Play: Elite Professional Football League of India- Mumbai & Kolkata, (2012)
- Competition and Cooperation In North American Sports: Kuortane Olympic Training & Testing Center- Kuortane, Finland (2010)
- Motivation and Teamwork in the Workplace: Lindstrom Corporation- Kuopio, Finland (2009)
Coach Slivoskey has taught courses, such as First Aid and Emergency Care, Psychological Perspectives of Sport, Sport in American Society, African Americans in Sports, Sport Officiating, Fundamentals of Coaching Football, Exercise Physiology, Administration of Sport & PE, and Adapted Physical Education.
His research interests include Motivation in Sports, Violence in the American Sports Culture, and The Impact of Physical Movement on Cognition, Mood, Memory, and Learning.
Coach Slivoskey enjoys sports, reading, freelance writing, attending concerts, visiting museums, and spending time with his family. He has visited 45 countries and all 50 U.S. states!
Jason ElliottAssistant Professor of Exercise Science
- M.S. Applied Exercise Science (Human Movement Concentration), Concordia University
- B.S. Physical Education, Valley City State University
- B.A. Biblical Studies, 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.
Rachael NowellAssistant Professor of 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.
Alex JohnsonAssistant Professor of Science
- M.S. Biology, California State University Northridge
- B.A. Environmental Science, Northwest University
Writings and Publications
- Johnson, A.M. & T.J. Karels. 2016. Partitioning the effects of habitat fragmentation on rodent species richness in an urban landscape. Urban Ecosystems 19:547-560.
Alex Johnson began teaching science at Trinity Bible College in 2014. His research interests include conservation biology, community and ecosystem ecology and the restoration of degraded landscapes. Most recently, Alex’s research has focused on understanding the relationship found between extreme poverty and environmental degradation. His other interests include hiking, photography, and music. Before moving to North Dakota, Alex was a part-time worship leader at Trinity Lutheran Church in San Pedro, CA. His other previous work experiences include positions with the United States Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and the National Park Service. Alex is deeply committed to mentoring and training the next generation of Christ followers here at Trinity and his hope is that students will have a greater understanding of the complexity and importance of God’s creation as well as a deeper love for people.
Garrett FreierDirector of Student Ministries
- B.A. in Biblical Studies, Trinity Bible College (Ellendale, ND)
Garrett Freier came to Trinity in 2015 after serving as a youth pastor for ten years in a rural church in northern North Dakota. His main role at Trinity is the Director of Student Ministries, but has also found himself in the classroom teaching youth ministry classes and Spiritual Formation.
Jeannine GibsonAssistant Professor of History
- M.A. History Curriculum and Instruction, Emphasis: U.S. History, Dakota Wesleyan University
- B.S. Education, Emphasis: Social Science Composite – Teaching, Black Hills State University
- B.A. Biblical Studies, Minor: Pre-Counseling, Trinity Bible College
After graduating from Trinity in 2001, Jeannine Gibson pursued additional education and training to become a high school teacher. She spent eight rewarding years teaching Social Science classes to students at St. Thomas More High School in Rapid City, SD, never imagining that she would find herself back at Trinity. In 2013, multiple life circumstances began shifting and re-aligning, revealing an unmistakable and undeniable path back to the Trinity and Ellendale communities.
As a member of the Trinity faculty, she enjoys working alongside exceptional colleagues, some of whom were her college professors and classmates. She aspires for her students to participate in the narrative of God’s unfolding story and understand more about the various peoples of the world, thus enlarging the students’ ability to love, work with and on behalf of, and communicate the Gospel to all nations.
In the surrounding community of Ellendale, she and her family are active members of New Life Assembly of God. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking, reading, crocheting, and spending quality time with family and friends.
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
Justin 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).
Karen ThurberHead 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.
Phyllis KunoDirector 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
- B.A. in Biblical Studies, Trinity Bible College
Twyla 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.
Vern DalsteinAssociate 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
Michael 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.
Matt PayneEnrollment Counselor
- M.A. Missional Leadership, Trinity Bible College
- B.A. Applied Liberal Arts - English, Communication Minor, University of Central Oklahoma
Matt is married to Maggie. Together they have served on and led ministry teams since they were married in 2010. Matt is a worship leader, a teacher, and is passionate about leadership development. 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 read, watch Sooner football, watch movies, grill, and make delicious BBQ in his smoker.
Dave JacobChair of Intercultural Studies
Missionary in Residence
- 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 finishing his Master’s degree in Missional Leadership at Trinity. 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 21 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.