ITS Professors


ITS Professors


Our Professors

It is important to us to put experienced professors in the classroom who are both scholars in the field they teach and churchmen at heart.  The following are our current and past professors.


Fall 2019 Professors:

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William Barcley

Dr. Barcley (PhD, Boston University) is the Senior Pastor of Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Charlotte, NC where he also adjunct teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary.  Dr. Barcley has authored numerous books and articles on Paul.  You can read more of his bio and publications here.  We are truly blessed to have him teach our Pauline Theology course this fall.

This brief video gives you a clear sense of the sort of pastor Dr. Barcley is.

Listen to some of Dr. Barcley's sermons here.

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James K. Brandyberry

Dr. Brandyberry is recently returned to Indiana, having served in churches and seminaries in Karachi, Pakistan. He holds the degrees of AA, DipTh, BS, MA and DD, and has taught in Bible colleges and seminaries in the United States, London and Karachi.  He has even published in the Urdu language! Jim pastored as well for several years, and his wide range of speaking experiences throughout America, Asia, and Europe include Harvard University and London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle.  Jim has been married since 1975 and has two sons.

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Samuel Emadi

Dr. Emadi (PhD in Biblical Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Senior Editor for 9Marks. He has taught as an adjunct professor for Boyce College in Louisville, KY and has contributed to academic journals and online periodicals such as The Gospel Coalition, 9Marks, Tyndale Bulletin, and The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He is married to Corrie Ann and has three sons and one daughter. Dr. Emadi is the author of What Should I Do Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2020) and From Prisoner to Prince: The Joseph Story in Biblical Theology (IVP, forthcoming) in the New Studies in Biblical Theology Series.

You can connect with Dr. Emadi through Twitter (@scemadi).

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James Gregory

Dr. Gregory (DMin in Apologetics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) was raised the youngest child in a family of fourteen children to Roman Catholic parents, Dr. Gregory has an eclectic background.  Born to a coal mining father and a stay-at-home mother, Jym went on to receive M.S. and M.Div. degrees and served in law enforcement in Dallas, Texas, higher education (Eastern Illinois University and The University of Florida) and missions (Costa Rica and Spain).  Jym has served for the past ten years as lead pastor at LifePoint Church Indy and more recently as a board member for Indianapolis Theological Seminary.  He has been married for over 30 years to Dedra, has two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.  He has served local churches in Illinois, Florida and Indiana and has taught and preached in Costa Rica, Spain, England and the Middle East.  He enjoys reading, outdoor activities, and anything remotely related to his grandchildren.

You can read some of his “Jym-shorts” articles here

You can listen to Jym’s sermons here

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Ryan Griffith

Dr. Griffith (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Executive Director of The Gospel Coalition. Prior to serving with the Gospel Coalition, Ryan served as the founding Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Church History and Humanities at Bethlehem College & Seminary (Minneapolis, MN) where he taught for twelve years. He earned MA and BA degrees at Wheaton College (IL).

 As a historian, Ryan’s research interests include the intersection of the thought of Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) and eighteenth-century Baptist spirituality, the theology of John Ryland, Jr. (1753–1826), and the history and foundations of theological education and the liberal arts. Ryan also serves as a Trustee of Indianapolis Theological Seminary, is senior fellow at the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, and is a contributor to Desiring God, Southern Equip, and The Gospel Coalition.You can follow him on Twitter @ryangriffith. 

 Listen to Dr. Griffith’s sermons here:
Colossians 2:8–15: The Danger of Captivity and the Triumph of Christ
Philippians 3:1–3: Safeguard Your Faith by Rejoicing in Christ

Listen to Dr. Griffith’s conference messages:
Joy in Discipleship
Practical Discipleship: Putting the Gospel into Practice

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Kristofer D. Holroyd

Dr. Holroyd received his M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis) and his ThM and PhD from Evangelische Theologische Faculteit (Leuven, Belgium). He lives in Muncie, IN with his wife and two daughters and serves as Senior Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he has ministered in various capacities for more than ten years. His doctoral dissertation was published with Eisenbrauns with the name A (S)Word Against Babylon. He has also written for Crossway's "Knowing the Bible" series, and contributed study notes to the forthcoming Abide Bible with Thomas Nelson.

You can listen to some of Dr. Holroyd's sermons here.

And you can watch an interview with Dr. Holroyd here. 

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Nicholas G. Piotrowski

Dr. Piotrowski (PhD in Biblical Theology [New Testament] from Wheaton College) is the President and Academic Dean here at ITS. In the past he has also worked with juvenile offenders, taught college Bible courses, and served at local churches. His publications include articles in the Tyndale Bulletin, Currents in Biblical Research, Bulletin for Biblical Research, Mid-America Journal of Theology, Criswell Theological Review, and The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology as well as reviews in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Themelios and the 9 Marks e-Journal.  His first book, Matthew's New David at the End of Exile, was published last year with Brill.  Dr. Piotrowski brings years of classroom, academic and pastoral experience to ITS.

You can listen to some of Dr. Piotrowski's  sermons here, a recent seminar on Biblical Theology here, and an interview over his book Matthew's New David here.


Past Professors:

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STephen J. Wellum

Dr. Wellum (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He has more than twenty years of teaching and pastoral service, and has has written numerous article and book chapters. He also authored (with Peter Gentry) Kingdom through Covenant and the forthcoming book God the Son IncarnateDr. Wellum is married to Karen and has five children. We have been truly blessed that teamed up with Dr. Schrock to teach all of our Systematic Theology courses this academic year.

You can read some of Carl Trueman's thoughts on Dr. Wellum and his newest book here. 

Listen here to a recent Symposium in which Dr. Wellum participated over his book Kingdom through Covenant.

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David S. Schrock

Dr. Schrock (PhD in Systematic Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is pastor of preaching and theology at Occoquan Bible Church (Woodbridge, VA). He pastored in Indiana for five years, and has taught adjunctly at Crossroads Bible College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also writes regularly for many academic journals and online periodicals (e.g., The Gospel Coalition, 9Marks, SBJT, etc.). He is married to Wendy and has three sons and one daughter on the way.  Dr. Schrock's combination of academic and pastoral were brought to bear on the Systematic Theology courses he taught with Dr. Wellum this academic year. 

You can connect with Dr. Schrock through his blog (Via Emmaus) or Twitter (@davidschrock). Listen to some of his recent sermons here.

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Nicholas Perrin

Formerly the Dean of Wheaton Graduate School, Dr. Perrin (PhD, Marquette University) now holds the Franklin S. Dyrness Chair of Biblical Studies at Wheaton. He is also presently the Senior Pastor of Faith Community Church in West Chicago, IL. The author of numerous articles and books, he has most recently published Jesus the Priest (SPCK; Baker Academic) and The Kingdom of God: A Biblical Theology (Zondervan). Nick is married to Camie; they have two young adult sons, Nathaniel and Luke.

You can listen to some of Dr. Perrin’s sermons here, and see some of his Wheaton chapel addresses here.

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Dieudonné Tamfu

Dr. Tamfu is the Associate Pastor of Jubilee Community Church in Minneapolis, overseeing Missional Life Groups, Global Partners, and Adult Education. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary. He is a graduate of the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary (BATS), Bethel Seminary (MATS), Bethlehem College & Seminary (DPS), and he holds a PhD in Biblical Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has a passion for relieving theological famine in the church, especially the church of Cameroon.  He married to Dominique with one child, Jadon.

Listen here to recent sermons by Dr. Tamfu on John 20, and Malachi 2, as well as a three-part lecture series on the Psalms.

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Joseph P. Murphy

A former Buddhist, Dr. Murphy is now a Presbyter in the Diocese of Pittsburgh within the Anglican Church in North America. He received a PhD in Historical Theology from the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies of Drew University, and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from the Virginia Theological Seminary. He has served as a pastor in a number of congregations, and is  currently active in prison ministries, including Kairos, as well as a number of community outreach programs. He has served as past Director of the Anglican Studies Program and Director of Clergy Credentialing & Deployment for Anglican Mission in America, and is currently an Examining Chaplain in the Diocese of the Great Lakes in the Anglican Church in North America. Dr. Murphy adjunct teaches at Wheaton College, Aurora University, Reformed Episcopal Seminary, and Northern Seminary. His writings include The Fountain of Life in John Calvin and the Devotio Moderna (Academica, 2010), and contributed a number of articles in The ESV Women’s Devotional Bible (Crossway, 2014).

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Mark Eckel

Dr. Eckel has taught at Moody Bible Institute, Crossroads Bible College, Indiana Wesleyan University, and Capital Seminary & Graduate School. He is currently the President of The Comenius Institute, a ministry that helps college students apply theological foundations to every course of study, and the co-host or Warp and Woof Radio. Dr. Eckel’s publications range over topics related to faith and learning integration. He earned his PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Always the learner, Dr. Eckel is currently finishing another Master’s degree, in English, from IUPUI.

You can listen to radio interviews with Dr. Eckel over a range of topics here. Read his blog here.

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Kevin McClure

Pastor McClure (ThM in New Testament Exegesis, Bethlehem College & Seminary) is the Associate Pastor of Discipleship at Geist Community Church. He is passionate about living his life for the glory of God, strengthening local churches, raising up leaders, and investing in strategic ministries—which is one reason why he gladly serves as the Indianapolis Theological Seminary board secretary. He has also served in leadership roles with the Charles Simeon Trust Indianapolis Workshop, the local Crossroads Baptist Association, and the Indy Preaching Fellowship for pastors. He lives with his wife Kristy and their three rambunctious image-bearers in McCordsville, IN. 

Listen to some of Pastor Kevin’s sermons here.

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John D. Currid

Dr. Currid earned his PhD at The University of Chicago and has taught at Reformed Theological Seminary for over 25 years, and was recently named the Chancellor's Professor of Old Testament.  He is the author of nearly a dozen books on the Old Testament and numerous articles.  Read more of his bio and hear a brief interview here.  We were blessed to have Dr. Currid teach our Pentateuch course.

His most recent scholarly work is the ESV Archeology Bible.  Learn more about it in this brief video.

Listen to some of Dr. Currid's sermons here.

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Michael W. Payne

Dr. Payne (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) has been the pastor of Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Greenwood, VA since 2015. Previously he served as Senior Pastor of Taipei International Church in Taiwan, and Senior Pastor of Union Evangelical Church in Mexico City. Dr. Payne has also served as the Professor of Mission and Apologetics at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, as Professor of Ethics and Leadership at the Air War College, at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, AL, and as Professor of Theology at Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology in Kenya.

You can listen to some of Dr. Payne’s sermons here.

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Jeff Nottingham

After ten years in the buisness world, Rev. Nottingham attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, earning an MDiv and an MA in Counseling. He was ordained as a Pastor of Counseling at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis in 2014, and also as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in IN. A major component of his ministry at Redeemer is to oversee their counseling service, New Hope Counseling. He's been married twenty year to Autumn; they have five children. He enjoys anything outdoors for relaxation.

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Russell T. Fuller

Dr. Fuller (PhD, Hebrew Union College) has been studying and teaching Hebrew for over 25 years at Mid-Continent University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also served as a pastor in Ohio and Kentucky, while still serving the people of God through teaching and preaching. His most recent contributions to the study of biblical Hebrew are his Invitation to Biblical Hebrew: A Beginning Grammar and Invitation to Biblical Hebrew Syntax: An Intermediate Grammar.

Dr. Fuller grew up in Atlanta where he, interestingly, became an avid NHL hockey fan.

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Charles Anderson

Dr. Anderson (PhD, University of Cambridge) is lead pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Before coming to Indy in 2017, he was a pastor in Columbia, Missouri for five years and on the faculty at Oak Hill Theological College in London, England, for five years, where he taught New Testament and biblical languages. He co-edited and contributed to Everyday Theology: How to Read Texts and Interpret Trends with Kevin Vanhoozer and Michael Sleasman and wrote Philo of Alexandria’s Views of the Physical World, along with essays on Hebrews and Luke-Acts. He is married to Erin, and they have four kids (all born in England, though sadly, none of them still have English accents).

Dr. Anderson will be teaching our General Epistles course in January 2019.

Liston to some of Dr. Anderson’s sermons here.

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Daniel Watson

A native of Indianapolis and graduate of North Central High School, Dr. Watson (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is a teaching pastor at Greater Northwest Baptist Church here in Indianapolis. He taught Old Testament at the seminary and doctoral level for 10 years, first at Bethel Seminary San Diego in southern California and then at Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Kansas City.  He is a former Erskine Peters Fellow at the University of Notre Dame and a member of the Oxford Round Table.  He has contributed to The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, lectured in the annual Talking Points Series at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (Cornerstone University) in Michigan, and spent time working on an archaeology dig at Tel Gezer, about 20 miles west of Jerusalem.  We are thrilled that Dr. Watson will be teaching Hebrew I this fall.

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James S. Spiegel

Dr. Spiegel (PhD, Michigan State University) is a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Taylor University, where he has taught since 1993.  He has published ten books and over eighty articles and book chapters.  His publications, which primarily explore issues in ethics and philosophy of religion, have appeared in such scholarly journals as Sophia, Faith and Philosophy, Toronto Journal of Theology, Theory and Research in Education, and the International Journal of Philosophy and Theology as well as popular periodicals such as Christianity Today, Books and Culture, Salvo, and Touchstone. (View his full CV here.) Spiegel’s books include The Benefits of Providence (Crossway), Faith, Film, and Philosophy (InterVarsity), and the two-volume Idealism and Christianity series (Bloomsbury Press).  He and his wife, Amy, blog together at Wisdom and Folly.  They have four children and live in Upland, Indiana.

Dr. Spiegel's recent debate with atheist John Loftus can be viewed here.

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L. Timothy Swinson

Dr. Swinson (PhD in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) taught Greek II and Greek Exegesis in 2016.  He has been ordained for over 23 years, serving in pastoral ministry from 1989 to 2012. Beginning in 2010, he began teaching with Liberty University, and now serves as an Assistant Professor and Instructional Mentor with Liberty’s School of Divinity. Over the course of his teaching and pastoral ministry his studies have entailed chiefly biblical exegesis, with much of his work concerning the Pastoral Epistles. His dissertation was published by Wipf and Stock in 2014, under the title What is “Scripture”?: Paul’s Use of Graphe in the Letters to Timothy. Tim and Beth Ann have two children, Maia and Eric.

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Tutors and Guest Lecturers:

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Our Tutors and Guest Lectures have also contributed much to the classroom.  They include:

Rev. John Peoples

Dr. John Evans

Rev. Brian Allred

Dr. Joseph Flatt

Rev. Daniel Herron

Dr. Gregory K. Beale

Jeff Strickland, abd

Taylor Bradbury