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About our Faculty

Donnie Bates – Regional Director of Extensions for Latin America
Holds Masters degree (Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver). He has served as a missionary in Chile, South America and currently teaches courses in the Latin American extensions.

Dave Chamberlin – Dean of Students/Instructor
Holds B.S. (University of Phoenix) and a M.B.S. (Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver). Former missionary in New Zealand. Preacher in North Dakota and Colorado. Instructor at Bear Valley since 1977.

Earl Edwards, Ph.D.
Earl Edwards received his Bachelor's Degree from David Lipscomb University, his Master of Theology Degree from Harding Graduate School of Religion, and his Doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has preached since 1952 and has taught at Freed Hardeman University since 1982 where he served as Dean of the School of Biblical Studies, and since 1989 as Director of Graduate Studies.

Brad Harrub, Ph.D.
Brad Harrub holds an earned B.S. degree in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College, and an earned doctorate degree in anatomy and neurobiology from the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He is listed in Who's Who Among Scientists and Researchers. He authored the books Convicted: A Scientist Examines the Evidence for Christianity, Dissecting the Truth, and coauthored the books, The Truth About Human Origins, Investigating Christian Evidences, Matters of Life and Death, and Diamonds in the Rough: Nuggets of Truth from God's Word. Currently, Dr. Harrub serves as the Director and cofounder of Focus Press and as co-editor of Think magazine, a monthly magazine on Christian evidences. He and his wife Melinda attend the Woodson Chapel Church of Christ in Nashville, TN. They have four children: Will (9), Reese (7), Claire (4), and Luke (1).

J. Michael Hite – Vice President of Operations
20+ years of business management and operations experience. Former Marketing Communications professional. Holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies. Preaches, teaches and does short-term foreign mission work.

Jerry Martin, Ph.D.
Jerry Martin holds a B.A. in Bible and an M.S. in Counseling from Southern Christian University.  He is working toward his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Southern Christian.  Martin has worked with congregations in Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, Colorado, and Tennessee.  He is the pulpit minister for the Cordova church of Christ in Cordova, TN, an instructor at the Memphis School of Preaching, and a counselor in the Memphis area.  Martin and his wife Denise reside in Cordova, TN.

Stafford North, Ph.D.
Stafford North holds a B.A. in Speech from Abilene Christian, an M.A. in Speech from Louisiana State, and a Ph.D. in Speech from the University of Florida. North has worked with congregations in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Florida. He is best known for his work at Oklahoma Christian University, where he has served since 1952. North has served there as a Bible teacher and also as an administrator, including twenty years as Executive Vice President. He is one of the elders at the Memorial Road church of Christ in Oklahoma City. North and his wife Jo Anne reside in Edmond, OK.

Dan Owen, Ph.D.
Dan Owen holds a B.A. in Bible and Biblical languages from Oklahoma Christian University, an M.A. in Greek New Testament from Harding Graduate School of Religion, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Program Evaluation from Southern Illinois University.  Owen has worked with congregations in Mississippi, Texas, and Kentucky.  He also taught for six years at the Bear Valley Bible Institute and served as Academic Dean.  He has been the pulpit minister for the Broadway church of Christ in Paducah, KY, since 1987.  He and his wife Cindy reside in Paducah.

Denny Petrillo, Ph.D.
Denny Petrillo holds a B.A. from Harding University, an M.A. from Harding Graduate School of Religion, and a Ph.D. in Religious Adult Education from the University of Nebraska.  Petrillo has worked with congregations in Mississippi and Colorado, and was an instructor at York College.  He is the President of the Bear Valley Bible Institute in Denver, CO, where he has been an instructor since 1984.  Petrillo and his wife Kathy reside in Littleton, CO.

Neal Pollard
Began preaching in 1987. Educated at Faulkner, FHU, and BVBID (BA, MBS). Local work in AL, VA, and CO. Serves as part-time instructor at Bear Valley Bible Institute. Author of Rise Up And Build. Has preached in 24 states and 7 foreign countries. Now the local preacher for the Bear Valley church of Christ in Denver, CO. Directs Future Preachers Training Camp in Denver the 3rd week of June. Sends out daily email devotional entitled "Daily Bread." Directs the Bear Valley Lectures and is editor of the lectureship book.

Bob Turner - Dean of the Master's in Missions Program
Bob Turner graduated from the Bear Valley Bible Institute in February 1993. He currently serves as the Director of Extensions and Dean of the Master's in Missions Program as well as an instructor for the Bible Institute in Denver. Bob has been with the Bear Valley Bible Institute for the past five years. He served as a missionary in Prince Rupert, B.C. Canada for five years, and served full time with the Greenbrier Church of Christ (Greenbrier, Arkansas) for 11 years. While at Greenbrier, Bob completed his Master's in Biblical Studies from BVBID and is currently working on a Master's of Arts in Global Leadership with the Fuller Theological Seminar, with plans to begin a Doctorate in Missions. Bob is married to the former Sheryl Brown. They have been married almost 31 years. They have three children, all grown and married. They also have 8 grandchildren.

William Woodson, Ph.D.
William Woodson holds an A.A. from Freed-Hardeman University, a B.A. from Union University, an M.A. from Harding Graduate School of Religion, and an M.Th. and Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  Woodson has worked with congregations in Tennessee and Mississippi.  He retired from local work in 1996.  He conducts gospel meetings, special studies, preacher training, and eldership training workshops.  Woodson and his wife Jeanne reside in Lawrenceburg, TN.



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