ATS Faculty 2019
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Director of Field Education
Associate Professor of New Testament & Director of the MDiv and MA Programs
Dr. Louis DeCaro Jr.
Assistant Professor of Church History
Dr. Christopher Dost
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Dr. Stanley John
Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies
Over the past 16 years, Stanley has spoken to churches, seminaries, and colleges in the Arabian Gulf, Canada, India, Kenya, Nepal and Ukraine. Stateside, he has preached and ministered in diverse denominational and diaspora churches including African, Caribbean, Chinese, Hispanic, Korean, Slavic and multicultural congregations. He serves on the U.S. Board of Directors of Langham Partnership, the Board of Directors of India Gospel Ministries, and is a member of the Lausanne Global Diaspora Network. Stanley is a licensed minister of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He and his wife, Eunice, reside in New York.
Transnational Religious Organization and Practice: A contextual analysis of Kerala Pentecostal churches in a context of temporary economic migration. Leiden: Brill Publications. (Book forthcoming) 2018
Yes, If I Get A Chance, I Will Go: Transnational Ecclesial Agents In Diaspora Churches in South Asian Diaspora Christianity. Fortress Press. (Chapter forthcoming) 2018
Growth of Neo-pentecostalism among the Kerala Diaspora in Kuwait in Mission Theology and World Christianity. Leiden: Brill Publications (Chapter forthcoming) 2018
Coworkers of the Great Commission: The flourishing of diaspora churches in North America in Alliance Life. Colorado Springs: Christian and Missionary Alliance. (also in The Exchange: Christianity Today, titled, Diaspora Missions: Diaspora Churches as Equal Partners in Mission. 2017
Conceptualizing Temporary Economic Migration to Kuwait: An Analysis of Migrant Churches Based on Migrant Social Location. Reprint in Religion, Migration and Identity. Methodological and Theological Exploration. Edited by Martha Frederiks and Dorrotya Nagy. Brill. 2016
Are Migrant Churches Missional? A Case for expanding our geography of missions. International Bulletin of Missionary Research. 1-8. 2016
Transnational Ties of Indian Churches in the Arabian Gulf: Kerala Pentecostal Churches in Kuwait in Scattered and Gathered. Eds. Tira, Sadiri, and Yamamori, Tetsunao. Regnum Publications: Oxford, U.K. 2016
Conceptualizing Temporary Economic Migration to Kuwait: An Analysis of Migrant Churches Based on Migrant Social Location. Mission Studies. Brill Publications. 32 (2): 234-249. 2015
Malayali Diaspora in the Gulf: Temporary Economic Migration in Malayali Diaspora: From Kerala to the Ends of the World. Eds. George & Thomas. New Delhi: Serials Publication. 2013.
Book Review. Invitation to World Missions: A Trinitarian Missiology for the 21st Century- By Timothy C. Tennent. Religious Studies Review, 36:283. 2010.
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology
Dr. Cleotha Robertson
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Dr. Martin Sanders
Dir.Of DMin in Christian Leadership in the Global Context
Dr. Glen Shellrude
Professor of New Testament
Dr. Ronald Walborn
Vice President and Dean of Alliance Theological Seminary & the College of Bible and Christian Ministry
Ron is originally from Western Pennsylvania where his father was a Christian & Missionary Alliance pastor in several churches. He holds a B.A. in History from Nyack College and a M.Div. from Alliance Theological Seminary. He completed his D.Min degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. Ron has pastored C&MA churches in Connecticut and California. He planted Risen King Community Church with Dr. Terry Wardle in Redding, CA in 1989. While living in Redding for 10 years, he taught part time at Simpson University.
Ron has spoken at numerous Christian and secular colleges across America, and at churches and conferences throughout the US and internationally. He has written a book on stewardship, Stewardship & the Kingdom of God, published by the Christian & Missionary Alliance and chaired the committee that wrote the C&MA position on Spiritual Gifts, Expectation Without Agenda.
Ron has been married to Wanda (the Director of Spiritual Formation at Nyack College) since 1984. They have four adult children: Kelly, Brice, Karis, and Karly, and one granddaughter, Isabella.
Dr. Bryan Widbin
Professor of Old Testament
He received a B.A. in Social and Biblical Studies from John Brown University; M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Th.M. Biblical Studies concentration Old Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; M.A., Ph.D. Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near-East from Brandeis University. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (1983-) and Institute for Biblical Research (1989-). He is currently working on contributing introduction, textual notes and commentary on the book of Second Samuel for a new NIV Bible Project, published through Zondervan by Biblica/International Bible Society, forthcoming, concurrently in four languages, in spring 2016. He also works in different capacities exploring avenues for peacemaking and reconciliation in the Middle East region and with REALIS in Ukraine, a Christian organization dedicated to promoting civic responsibility and social engagement.
Dr. Bryan Widbin is married to wife, Karen. He has two adult children. He is a man of many talents, and in the past you may have found him playing the French horn in bands/orchestras and singing and playing the bass in rock groups. He is a loyal Missouri sport team fan and a proud member of Cardinal Nation.
Partnering Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Wanda Walborn
Director of Spiritual Formation / Partnering Faculty • Wanda.Walborn@nyack.edu
Dr. Steven Tice
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In addition to their work with The Navigators, they have served several churches in music ministry, and they own The Malverne School of Music on the south shore of Long Island. Steve has a passion to help churches understand the relationship between Worship and Discipleship, applying this passion through his teaching at Alliance Theological Seminary and the New York School of the Bible, as well as through his work with the Navigators. They have two married sons, Jeremy and Jonathan, and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Anna Shuman
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Anna began her career in Youth Ministry with an internship at Calvary Alliance Church. She served at Calvary from 2010-2013 throughout her undergraduate degree. While pursuing her graduate studies, Anna served as the Director of Children's Ministry for The River from 2014-2016. In this position Anna produced curriculum for the Sunday morning children's ministry, ages 2-11, and wrote two original Vacation Bible School programs. Currently, she has returned to Calvary Alliance as the Director of Children's Ministry where she serves alongside her husband David, the Director of Youth Ministry. Anna began teaching at Nyack in January of 2016 covering subjects like the Life of Jesus, New Testament Literature, and Strategic Curriculum Development.
David and Anna met at Nyack in the Youth Ministry department at Nyack and married in December of 2012. They currently live in Milford, CT with their son, Zeke and their daughter Aria. Anna, who was part of the Nyack Volleyball and Softball programs, has traded in her glove and bat for a lightsaber and drumsticks and spends most of her free time playing Star Wars and drumming with her kids.
Dr. Mike Plunket
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Starting new churches or church planting is a true faith venture, especially when you begin with few people and little money. The experience in church planting led Mike and Lisa to discover some of their passions in ministry. Their main emphasis is prayer. Mike says, ?We love to be involved in prayer as a discipline and as a ministry. We have been a part of training prayer leaders, pastors, and missionaries all over the US, in Africa, Latin America, and Europe. We love to see people get a vision for what they can do through prayer.? Another passion of their ministry is inner or emotional healing. As people advance in their spiritual journey, they encounter resistance to their growth in maturity. Mike explains, ?We love to see people overcome that resistance and experience healing. We find that those who experience that kind of healing are effective witnesses of Jesus? power and love, as they experience joy and satisfaction, and God uses them to bring healing to others.
The Plunkets moved from Georgia to New York in 2004 and have faithfully served the congregation of Risen King Alliance Church since that time. Their ministry at Risen King has brought ?new life to rocky places? and has transformed the lives of many individuals and families in Rockland County. Pastor Plunket also recently became Dr. Plunket, as he graduated from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY with his Doctorate of Ministry (DMin) on May 10th. Mike also teaches as an adjunct professor at Nyack College and at Alliance Theological Seminary.
Dr. David Opderbeck
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Representative Theology Publications:
Lex Machina Non Est: A Response to Mark Lemley?s ?Faith-Based Intellectual Property,? 55 U. Louisville L. Rev.219 (2018).
Can Origen Help Us Understand Adam, New Blackfriars, Preprint 15 February 2017, available at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/nbfr.12277/abstract.
Towards a Theology of Intellectual Property as Social Relations, 10 ST. THOMAS L.J. 738 (2014).
Representative Law Publications:
The Skeleton in the Hard Drive: Encryption and the Fifth Amendment, 69 Fla. L. Rev. __ (2018) (forthcoming).
Cybersecurity, Data Breaches, and the Economic Loss Doctrine, 75 Maryland L. Rev. 935 (2016).
Cybersecurity and Executive Power, 89 WASHINGTON U. L. REV. 795 (2012).
Dr. Russell McLeod
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Dr. Russell McLeod has been a pastor for over thirty-eight years now, after serving for four years as a staff worker with Inter schools and Inter varsity Christian Fellowship. He served as senior pastor at Grace Chapel in Trinidad West Indies for nine years and has been for the last twenty-seven years pastoring Olivet Gospel Church in the Bronx.
Russell is married to Angela since June 24, 1978 and they are the happy parents of three adult children - Yoli-Ann, Mallon and Alex, who are now all happily married. The three spouses respectively are - Damion, Isabel, Tori. One granddaughter Roselyn. It is nice to note that all his children and their spouses have either attended and graduated from Nyack /ATS. What a wonderful thing!
Dr. Eunny Lee
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Dr. Manohar James
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Manohar has served in India for more than 20 years as an evangelist, church planter and a seminary professor. While church planting in India, he suffered beatings for the sake of preaching the gospel and for bringing people to Christ. He has spoken in various churches, seminars and conferences in India, Singapore, Malaysia and USA. He serves on the board of various Christians ministries both in India and the USA, encouraging them to persist in their calling and mission. He lives in Madison, WI with wife, Jasmine and his son Jason.
Dr. Nathan Hieb
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Dr. Kevin Gillen
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He received a B.S in Church & Organizational Management from Nyack College and an MDiv. from Alliance Theological Seminary, where he also earned Doctorate. He is currently hoping to publish a practical guide to theology for use in the local church. His ministry focus has been to build bridges to the community of White Plains through serving needs of the city, partnering with Kraft Foods and the Food Bank for Westchester as well as the Department of Social Services in order to better serve the needy.
Kevin and his wife Alyssa have four children: Caleb, Cassidie, Serena, and Scarlet. He enjoys all sports and likes to read and write. He really loves to travel with his family and taking in Broadway shows with Alyssa. Don?t let the tough firefighter aesthetic fool you; on the inside, Kevin is the soft and sensitive type and likes to garden.
Rev. Charles Galbreath
Field Education Coordinator - NYC / Partnering Adjunct Faculty • firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Charles received his undergraduate degree at Nyack College, graduating magna cum laude. He also holds graduate degrees in divinity and theology from Alliance Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Fordham University?s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education. In 2011, Pastor Charles was awarded the Young Alumnus of the Year Award at Nyack College and in 2017 he was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at Fordham University.
The son of a preacher and pastor, Pastor Charles was raised in the Baptist and Pentecostal traditions, yet his journey has weaved him through an amalgamation of experiences from Mainline to Evangelical. He has served in ministries in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Harlem, Queens and Brooklyn, New York.
Charles is married to his college sweetheart Flobien Vidal Galbreath. Together they are the proud parents of their son, Charles Oliver Galbreath, Jr. (C.J.) and daughter, Malia Marie Galbreath.
Dr. Craig Fee
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Craig has spent four decades starting, organizing, training and leading small groups, managing small group ministries, and developing small group leadership. As a professor with Nyack?s Organization Management program and ATS he combines his passion to teach, his love for small group ministry and brings to bear his insights into the practical working of organizations.
Dr. Jeffrey Duerler
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In April 2015, he completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Duerler earned his B.S. from Toccoa Falls College (Toccoa, GA), where he studied Youth Ministry. After graduating in 1997, he attended Alliance Theological Seminary to complete an M.Div. in Biblical Studies. During that period, he taught Biblical Hebrew at the Manhattan Campus, and since then, he has been an adjunct instructor in Old Testament courses. His scholarly research has focused on interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the Hebrew Bible, and his teaching ambition is to integrate biblical and theological education with both spiritual formation and practical ministry training.
Recreational interests include running, hiking, mountain biking, boating, and bowhunting. Jeff loves to get off the beaten path to explore something new. When he was in high school, he thought Christianity was just for young kids and elderly women, but when he encountered the real Jesus, everything changed. His passion today is to help others know, love, and serve a Jesus who doesn?t just offer eternal life for the future but who calls us to brave, adventurous, abundant living now.
Dr. Tom Donworth
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Dr. Chuck Davis
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His publications include several articles and book reviews. He has also authored the following books:
Jonah and Me: On Mission with God, Beaufort Books, 2017
Leadership Wisdom: Growing in the Art of Leadership, Beaufort Books, 2016
The Bold Christian: Using Your God Given Spiritual Authority as a Believer, Beaufort Books, 2013
El Cristiano Atrevido, Beaufort Books, 2013
Dr. Shawn Craigmiles
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Shawn has been married to his wonderful wife, Janet, since 1995, and now resides in Lake Wales, Florida.
Dr. Onorio Chaparro
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Onorio oversees a comprehensive discipleship process at the church, from the conversion of new believers, to the education and assimilation of new members. He coordinates the formation of faith-based curricula in CCC?s Spiritual Life Institute and the Connect Groups Ministry. Above all, as a teacher and mentor, Onorio lives to equip people to discover their own unique purpose, as well as pathways for ongoing personal growth. He resides in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where he was born and raised, with his loving wife of seventeen years, Adrienne A. Chaparro and four dynamite children, Jeremiah, Ariana, Isaiah and Elisha.
Dr. Doug Bortner
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Dr. John Wang
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Rev. Kelvin Walker
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Mr. Alex Tufano
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Alex is currently the Minister of Students at Pascack Bible Church in Hillsdale, NJ. He began at Pascack as a volunteer during his studies at Nyack in 2011, and progressed to an intern, part-time, and now full-time for the past 3 years. Alex has directly applied many of the things he learned in the Nyack YFS department, and is excited to help the students in his Seminar and Practicum class do the same.
Alex met his wife Kate at Nyack, and they were married in May of 2015. They have a daughter, Evelyn, and re enjoying every moment of parenthood. Alex is a big fan of board games, cooking, and all things superheroes. He also blogs weekly to encourage excellence in youth ministry at Uncomfortable Youth Ministry.
Mr. Joseph Terry
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He is a pastor at New Life Fellowship Church in Queens overseeing various ministries, building curriculum for theological courses, and teaches. In addition, Joe is the host of podcast programs called Imago Dei. You can follow him on Twitter @bktheologian.
Miss Sarah Samson
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Currently, Sarah is serving as the Executive Pastor at Bedford Community Church. She continues to be involved in the training of young leaders and the spiritual development of many. She is also pursuing her Consecration with the C&MA.
Mr. Jeff Quinn
Vice President for College Relations / Adjunct Faculty • email@example.com
Dr. Robert Parker
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Rev. Steve Nehlsen
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Rev. Jose Montes
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Jose is a 15-year organizational executive, and has nearly 30 years of experience in organizational, community, family, and youth development, as well as community service and organizing, public education, and philanthropy. Presently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of the Puerto Rican Action Board (PRAB), a comprehensive human services organization that provides early childhood, youth, family, energy conservation, and social services to approximately 30,000 individuals and families annually from 12 sites across Central New Jersey. He has raised over $60 million toward community and faith-based initiatives, has helped found several organizations and groups, and has served on many boards and steering committees. He also has provided thousands of hours of pro bono capacity building assistance to several fledgling institutions.
Jose is an ordained minister of word and sacrament, and was the Associate Pastor and an Elder of the non-denominational Sanctuary Church in the Bronx. He holds a Master of Divinity in Bible and Theology from the Alliance Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Yale University. He also is a product of the South Bronx and its public schools. Jose and his wife have two children, and reside in Central New Jersey. He has nine siblings and over 25 nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Sarah Kotecha
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Sarah began her counseling career with an internship at Nyack College's counseling center. From 2005-2006 she worked as a counselor offering individual and group therapy as well as supervising an undergraduate social work intern on the weekend crisis hotline. She led a process-oriented group for one of the social work classes alongside the director of the counseling services. After graduating, Sarah continued practicing as a therapist working towards full licensure in New York and New Jersey. She obtained her license as a Mental Health Counselor in New York in January 2017. Sarah currently works as a therapist in private practice in Nyack as well as in Parsippany, NJ. Her delight is helping people break free from lies and step into the freedom that truth brings, however that may look for each person. Sarah has been teaching at Nyack since Fall 2017. She loves helping students make personal and practical connections to the academic material.
Sarah met her husband Chris at AGSC. He also was studying to become a therapist. They married in July of 2007. Chris and Sarah enjoy serving on the healing prayer team at their church. Sarah helps lead an emotional healing/discipleship group at her church. When Sarah isn't counseling or teaching at Nyack, she loves to travel, whether internationally or domestically. She loves living in Rockland County with so much access to great hiking trails. During the warmer months of the year, you can often find her out on a hike with her husband or a friend. She dreams of one day hiking the West Highland Way in Scotland, a 96-mile hike that takes about 8-9 days to complete.
Mr. Lionel King
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Mr. Emmanuel Jean-Pierre
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When he's not writing or doing ministry, Emmanuel loves watching movies, reading, and doing parkour stunts.
Mr. Daniel Haugh
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He is frequent seminar leader and presenter on topics ranging from ministry to millennials, social media in the church and emerging youth ministry. Dan recently presented a paper at the International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry conference in Sydney, Australia and is currently writing, speaking and publishing articles on science and youth ministry. His recent article can be seen at the Youth Worker Journal February 2017 addition and is entitled "Helping Youth Discover Faith Through Science."
Dan has been married to his wife Lauretta for almost ten years and has twin boys Jack and Blake. He loves traveling international and experiencing new cultures and believes that one's spiritual journey can best explored and enhanced in the intersection of faith and culture. He enjoys hiking, boating, baseball, good coffee and all New England sports teams.
Dr. Charles Hammond
Dean of Students - NYC / Adjunct Faculty • Charles.email@example.com
Charles also serves on the pastoral staff at the Brooklyn Tabernacle church since 1988 to the present. His ministry has taken him throughout the country as well as across the globe to Europe, Israel, the Philippines in addition to the Islands of Haiti and the Dominican Republic preaching the gospel & equipping future leaders.
Charles holds a B.S. in Business Administration from New York University and an MPS in Urban Ministry from ATS. He completed his doctoral degree program at Trinity School of the Bible & Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. He currently serves on several not-for-profit boards locally in the Tri-State area.
Dr. Hammond has been married to his wife, Myrna since 1981. They have two adult children: Charles III and Melinda and three grandchildren: Tekoa, Avery and Jax.
Mrs. Constance Diggs
Associate Director of Academic Support / Adjunct Faculty • firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Brian Davis
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Brian and his family have now transitioned to ministry in New York City, where there is a significant Wolof diaspora (approx 30,000) and West African immigrant population (over 200,000). They are site coordinators of Envision-NYC, whose mission is to is to facilitate the development of missional leaders in and for diaspora communities. To this end they are persistently partnering, faithfully sowing, humbly serving, and practically equipping in and for the diaspora communities of NYC.
Prior to serving overseas Brian studied at Moody Bible Institute (BA), Southern Connecticut State University (Teaching Certification), and Alliance Theological Seminary (MA, Intercultural Studies). He taught in New Jersey public high schools and was ordained and served as a pastor of young adults and missions.
Brian is married to Michelle. They have four children and live in Manhattan. Brian enjoys traveling, rock climbing, and exploring with his kids.
Dr. Amy Davis
Associate Professor of Bible / Adjunct Faculty • Amy.Davis@nyack.edu
Mrs. Rebecca Beidel
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Dr. Delafayette Awkward
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Mrs. Kay Apigo
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Mr. Jensy Acosta
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