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.
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.
Dr. Emadi (PhD in Biblical Studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Director of Theological Research in the office of the president at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 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, and The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He is married to Corrie Ann and has two sons and one daughter. Dr. Emadi dissertated on Joseph in Biblical Theology; he will be teaching our Pre-Exilic Prophets course this fall.
You can connect with Dr. Emadi through Twitter (@scemadi).
Dr. Barcley 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.
Dr. Piotrowski (Ph.D. in Biblical Theology [New Testament] from Wheaton College) is a Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies and the Associate Dean of Academics at Crossroads Bible College, and the Academic Dean here at ITS. 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 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.
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 Ph.D. 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.
A former Buddhist, Dr. Murphy is now a Presbyter in the Diocese of Pittsburgh within the Anglican Church in North America. He received a Ph.D. 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).
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.
Dr. Swinson (Ph.D. 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.
Our tutors and guest lectures have also contributed much to the classroom. They include:
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 Incarnate. Dr. 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.
Dr. Currid has taught Old Testament 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 in the fall of 2016.