Nancy Baber has been a pastor’s wife at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas, for 15 years. She and Thomas, her husband of 27 years, have six children, with one married and three still living at home. Nancy spends her days homeschooling her children, shepherding and counseling women, and taking seminary classes at STS’s Texas Teaching Site. Her ministry-related travels include Russia, Latvia, England, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Greece, Italy, Canada, Mexico and Honduras.
Thomas J. Baber is pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bryan, Texas. He is an adjunct professor of Bible and Theology, board member, and director for the Texas Teaching Site of Shepherds Theological Seminary of Cary, NC. He earned his Doctor of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and Masters of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California. Thomas and his wife, Nancy, have been married 26 years and have six children.
Barby has been married to her sweetheart, Mark, for 49 years. They have two sons, six grandchildren, and no pets at the moment.
Mark is recently semi-retired and Barby is thrilled to have him home all the time, contrary to what some have said about a husband’s retirement!
Barby’s favorite thing in all the world is to study God’s Word and develop a passionate, intimate walk with her Lord. Her next favorite thing is family time with her hubby, their sons and wives, and the grandchildren—whose ages range from 2 to 16.
Barby also enjoys cooking, cleaning the house, and other domestic chores. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, and speak at women’s events. She doesn’t collect anything, but if she did, it would be rocks, especially the glittering ones like amethyst and quartz.
Her life verses are Job 23:10-12 because she wants them to be true of her:
“But He knows the way I take;
When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
My foot has held fast to His path;
I have kept His way and not turned aside.
I have not departed from the command of His lips;
I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”
Eric J. Bargerhuff, Ph.D. is the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Bible and Theology at Trinity College of Florida. He served in pastoral ministry for over 22 years in churches in Ohio, Illinois, and Florida, is ordained in the Southern Baptist Convention, and is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Clearwater, Florida. He received his Ph.D. in Biblical and Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. In addition to his love for the church, Eric loves to write and is the author of four books: Love that Rescues: God's Fatherly Love in the Practice of Church Discipline, (2010) The Most Misused Verses in the Bible (2012), The Most Misused Stories in the Bible (2017), and Why is THAT in the Bible? (2020). Eric is an avid fan of Indiana University basketball (as he grew up in rural Indiana), loves the Chicago Cubs, and enjoys singing, writing, cooking, biking, and football. Eric and his family live in the heart of Trinity, Florida.
Dr. Bookman completed his M.Div. and Th.M. at Central Baptist Theological Seminary; and his Th.D. at Dallas Theological Seminary.
After graduating from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Central Seminary, Dr. Bookman served as pastor/teacher in Rock Falls, Wisconsin. He joined the faculty of Pillsbury College in 1973, taught there for eleven years, and eventually served as Chairman of the Bible Department. Read More.
Dr. Burggraff was saved at the age of 21. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1975. In 1980, he was a part of the first graduating class of Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity degree.
Following graduation, he planted and pastored the Faith Baptist Church of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, until 1987. Read More.
Dr. Philip Burggraff is the senior pastor of Clearwater Community Church in Clearwater, FL. He completed his BS in Bible at Maranatha Baptist Bible College (WI), MDiv and ThM degrees at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary (PA), and a PhD in Christian Theology (NT) at McMaster Divinity College (Ontario, CAN). He also serves as an adjunct professor for Shepherds Theological Seminary.
Church and Denominations Services Director, CapinCrouse
Rob has more than 40 years of financial leadership experience in serving both for-profit and nonprofit entities, as well as more than eight years of direct ministry experience as Executive Pastor and CFO of large churches. He serves some of the largest churches in the United States as well as colleges, universities and seminaries, rescue missions, and other nonprofits. Rob holds an MA in Ministry Management from Azusa Pacific University Graduate School of Theology and is a frequent conference speaker and author of articles on nonprofit financial matters.
Tammara joined CapinCrouse in October 2010. As a partner in the firm’s Colorado Springs office, she provides various assurance and advisory services to numerous types of nonprofit organizations, including churches, camping ministries, mission-sending organizations, and colleges and universities. She also specializes in audits of employee benefit plans within the nonprofit industry.
Pastor, Student Ministry, The Shepherd's Church
A proud North Carolinian, Caleb was born and raised in Monroe, NC, just south of Charlotte. He joined Colonial’s staff in January of 2017 in the Communications department as a graphic designer. He currently serves as the Student Ministry Pastor and is passionate about creatively equipping the next generation of servant leaders. Caleb is pursuing his Master of Divinity at Shepherds Theological Seminary. When he’s not reading a book, Caleb enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, eating smoked BBQ, and rooting for the Tar Heels.
National Presenter, FaithlifeGreg Monette is a national presenter for Faithlife, based in the Pacific Northwest in Bellingham, Washington. He has served in this role for seven years. He was raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, and is very happily married with two young children (5-year-old son Benjamin & 2-year-old daughter Brianna) and is a rabid hockey fan. Greg is the author of The Wrong Jesus: Fact, Belief, Legend, Truth… Making Sense of What You’ve Heard (NavPress) and a contributor to the recent volume Jesus, Skepticism, and the Problem of History (Zondervan). He is excited to be with you at the Shepherds 360 Conference and looks forward to introducing you to the power of technology to help you grow deeper in your study of God’s Word.
Jon Haley has served in church ministry in many ways for over 20 years and is currently serving as the Assistant Pastor at his home church in Pennsylvania. He has helped thousands of ministries with technology, database management, and communications.
Peter Goeman began serving at Shepherds in 2017 as Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages. Peter is a graduate of both The Master’s University (TMU) and The Master’s Seminary (TMS). At TMU Peter studied business, and at TMS he completed his M.Div, Th.M., and Ph.D. degrees, specializing in Old Testament studies. Over the last six years he has been involved in various pastoral ministry while completing his graduate degrees. He is married to Kinsley, and they have two sons. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and has authored regular journal articles. Read More.
Bruce E. Woody is President and CEO of HH Architects. Since joining the firm in 1990, he has served as Principal-in-Charge on several of the firm’s large-scale projects. He also has experience with universities, institutional, health care, and commercial facilities. To each project, Bruce brings the ability to help quickly discern the client’s needs and transform them into conceptual designs, ultimately resulting in inspiring and functional spaces. With his attention to architectural design and quality detail, he helps clients bring their dreams and vision to reality. Bruce brings leadership, knowledge and experience to each project by developing creative solutions that are within budget and on time.
Mark has been with HH Architects since 2001 and serves as the Creative Director of the firm. His belief in team collaboration during the design process is consistent from inception to completion of the project. Coupled with his passion for creating spaces that connect people together, Mark is able to quickly discern the client’s needs and transform them into conceptual designs for inspiring and functional spaces.
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Shepherds Theological Seminary
Gary Hallquist is an Assistant Professor of Practical Theology. His main areas of teaching include Biblical Counseling and Worship Studies. Gary has over thirty years of church ministry experience, including four years as a professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree, as well as a Master of Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Additionally, he has recently obtained a Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical Counseling from SEBTS, having completed both his coursework and his project to that end. Read More.
Elaine (Branine) Harbin was born in Rockford, IL, and grew up in a pastor’s home. She came to faith in Jesus Christ as a young girl and has been a lifelong participant in local church ministry using her music, teaching, and leadership gifts in many different areas of service.
She is a graduate of Tennessee Temple University (1980), where she majored in music with a proficiency in voice. For four decades, she has been a music educator in private Christian schools, most recently leading the music and fine arts program for Calvary Baptist Schools and serving on the Music & Media team for Calvary Baptist Church of Lansdale, PA. Married to a man who has served as a pastor and interim pastor, college and seminary professor, and seminary president, Elaine has cheerfully used her gifts in supporting roles alongside her husband. She has enjoyed an active speaking ministry at ladies events, camps and conferences.
In 2016, Elaine embarked on a new journey with a breast cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy and radical surgery. She and her husband both give glory to the Lord for His faithfulness to walk with them through this valley. Throughout this journey, Elaine has found many opportunities both formally and informally to share her faith in Jesus Christ with others facing difficult life circumstances.
Elaine and Sam reside in Manheim, PA. They have three grown sons and three grandchildren (#4 expected in November).
Elaine keeps busy these days substitute teaching in area Christian schools, enjoying adventures with the grandkids, ministering alongside Sam supporting churches in pastoral transition, and caring for her 95-year-old mother.
Sam is a native Hoosier, born and raised in southern Indiana – and still an enthusiastic follower of Indiana Hoosiers basketball. Nurtured in a loving Christian home, Sam became a follower of Christ at the age of six through the influence of his father.
Sam is a graduate of Indiana Baptist College (1982), Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1985) and Dallas Theological Seminary (D. Min., 2001). His doctoral work focused on preaching Old Testament narratives. He holds credentials in the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.
After graduating from seminary, Sam served in pastoral roles at Suburban Baptist Church of Indianapolis, IN, from 1984-1995.
He served at Calvary Baptist Seminary from 1995-2014, first as chaplain and professor of pastoral theology, then as president (2006-2014).
In 2014, Sam assumed leadership as chair of the Bible & Theology department at Lancaster Bible College / Capital Seminary & Graduate School of Lancaster, PA. The department oversees the biblical/theological components of degree programs from undergraduate through the Ph.D. in Biblical Studies.
Sam and his wife, Elaine (1982), keep an active ministry schedule in churches, camps, and conferences both in the US and abroad. Elaine is a music educator who currently keeps busy as a substitute teacher in area Christian schools. They have three grown sons and three grandchildren. The Harbins reside in Manheim, PA.
Hal Hays responded to the Gospel message at age 17. His increasing desire to grow led him to study at the Logos Bible Institute at Grace Community Church. He eventually entered and graduated from seminary and received a Master of Divinity degree.
Hal and his wife, Cecilie, have raised four children to fear the Lord. As President of Encouragement International, Hal endeavors by God's grace to train others who will take the gospel of the grace of God (Acts 20:24) through out their country in the former Soviet Union and to encourage others in their walk with God here in the United States.
Elder, The Shepherd's Church
Wayne has been on the elder team at The Shepherd's Church for the last 25 years, serving for 10 years as chairman, and continues teaching an Adult Bible Fellowship class. Previously, Wayne served on the Board of Wisdom International and Shepherds Seminary. He and his wife Phyllis have been married 45 years and are enjoying five children and 18 grandchildren. Wayne is employed by an investment management firm as Director of Sales.
Good Soil Trainer & Pastoral Coach, ABWE
David Levy serves as a Good Soil Trainer and Pastoral Coach for ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism), which seeks to fulfill the Great Commission by multiplying leaders, churches and missions movements among every people. He has served in a variety of pastoral positions for 24 years before joining ABWE. His vision is to ignite hundreds of pastors and churches across America in fulfilling the Great Commission locally with a global impact. He and his wife Glorianne have four adult children and one granddaughter.
Dr. Les Lofquist served as church planter in Ogden, Utah and a Bible College professor in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a part-time seminary professor at Grace Theological Seminary of Winona Lake, Indiana where he also served as Senior Pastor at Pleasant View Bible Church. For twenty years he directed the fellowship of IFCA International with over 1500 churches, pastors, Christian workers, chaplains, mission agencies, eight Bible Colleges and seminaries in 27 countries. He also was Editor of VOICE magazine. In June 2019, he and his wife Miriam moved to North Carolina where he joined the faculty of Shepherds Theological Seminary and pastoral team at The Shepherd's Church. Read More.
Rich and his wife Heidi and their daughter Ashlyn have been attending The Shepherd’s Church since 2001. He has taught a number of Adult Bible Fellowship classes in the past and currently teaches church history with Wayne Knowles. Rich also participates in the men’s ministry. He is a graduate of the Duke University School of Engineering and earned an M.A. in Ministry from Shepherds Seminary. When he’s not serving at church, Rich likes to spend time with family and do projects around the house. His other interests include keeping up with technology trends, studying leadership development, and following Duke Basketball.
Dr. Pettegrew completed his M.R.E., M.Div. and Th.M. at Central Baptist Theological Seminary; and his Th.D. at Dallas Theological Seminary. He taught at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College for over 10 years. While at Pillsbury, he served as chairman of both the Christian Education and Bible departments. Following his time at Pillsbury, he served as the Dean of Students and taught at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More.
Dr. Potter completed his M.Div. at Central Seminary and has been honored with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Calvary Seminary. He also attended Pillsbury College for his Bachelor of Arts degree, and he later spent eight years as Pillsbury’s President. While President, he established the first scholarship endowment, introduced the College to North Central Accrediting Association, and chaired the Pastorology Department. Read More.
Stephen has been on staff at The Shepherd's Church since 2006 and is the Director of the Counseling and Care Ministry Department. He received his M. Div. degree in Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently finishing a Doctoral Degree in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Stephen has over 20 years of experience as a counseling pastor and in the ministry of caring and giving spiritual direction. He is a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors and is also certified as a Prepare/Enrich marriage counselor. Stephen and his wife, Kim, have two children.
Paul J. Scharf (MDiv, Faith Baptist Theological Seminary) is a church ministries representative in the Midwest for the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. He also writes for Answers Magazine and Regular Baptist Press, for which he has helped prepare six Life Design and Truth for Living adult Bible study leader’s guides, as well as contributing articles to Baptist Bulletin. Scharf also serves as a consultant for IMI/SOS International, and has assisted Dr. John C. Whitcomb in ministry since 2003.
He compiled Dr. Whitcomb’s life story for Coming to Grips with Genesis: Biblical Authority and the Age of the Earth (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2008), and also wrote the chapter on “Solus Christus” in Forged from Reformation: How Dispensational Thought Advances the Reformed Legacy (El Cajon, CA: SCS Press, 2017). Scharf has taught as adjunct Bible faculty for Faith Baptist Bible College and Maranatha Baptist University. Scharf and his wife, Lynnette, are members of Fellowship Baptist Church in Watertown, WI, and live outside of Columbus, WI.
Dr. Tim Sigler serves as Provost and Dean at Shepherds Theological Seminary (Cary, NC) where he is responsible for all aspects of administration, development, and the overall supervision of the faculty, staff, and academic programs. Under his leadership, the seminary is increasing its enrollment, expanding degree offerings, promoting faculty publications, upgrading communications, enhancing campus spaces, and strengthening financial partnerships. Prior to STS, Dr. Sigler served with distinction at the Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) for 18 years, most recently as Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Studies. Read More.
Founder, Mission: Imperative
Mike Snavely was reared in rural South Africa, the son of missionaries. Growing up in an area that teemed with remarkable creatures, he had a wide variety of fascinating experiences which helped to mold his future. After graduating from Oak Hills Christian College in Minnesota, he returned to South Africa to work for the National Park Service in the famous Kruger National Park.
In 1985 he married Carrie Baum who grew up near Hershey, Pa. Carrie attended Lancaster Bible College and was an executive secretary. In 1986 they went to South Africa as missionaries, and taught at Durban Bible College. Mike and Carrie home-educated their three children.
In 1995, they founded Mission: Imperative - a ministry of teaching creation-oriented issues through a series of seminars covering a wide range of topics. This is Mike’s full-time occupation, and it takes them around the globe. Mike, an inductee into the Creation Science Hall of Fame, is the author of Creation or Evolution: A Home-Study Curriculum, which has won first place in Practical Homeschooling’s Reader Award category. Mike has produced many DVDs that cover various topics related to the biblical version of origins. The latest DVDs he has produced are part of a new series for kids called “The Adventures of Ranger Mike”, designed to be biblical, educational, character-building, creation and wildlife-oriented, and entertaining.
They have also launched two unique, high quality “safaris” - excursions that are designed to be educational and fun. The “Southwest Safari” is a 10-day, global flood-oriented trip to the Colorado Plateau region, while the “African Wildlife Safari” is a 16-day, creation-oriented tour to South Africa.
Dr. Mark Tatlock is president of The Master’s Academy International, professor of missions at The Master’s Seminary and University, and previously served as the executive vice president and provost of The Master’s University. Mark brings over 17 years of executive administration experience to TMAI and has been active in theological training for cross-cultural ministry within urban and international contexts. As a faculty member and graduate of The Master’s Seminary, he is committed to TMAI’s theological distinctive and the priority of pastoral training, sound theology and expository preaching.
Mark and his wife, Lisa, have five children: Jacob, Josiah, Hope, Paul, and Olivia. Care for orphans and foster children is an area of personal concern for them both, believing that God would have His people model the amazing picture of the Gospel and of His love that is found in adoption.
Chris Lewis was born in Brazil, where his parents served as missionaries. Unbeknownst to Chris, God was preparing him to one day be able to serve ministries through finance. In the mid 2000’s, after assisting the church he was attending with a capital campaign, Chris discovered that there was a need for lenders to work with growing ministries. At that time, he was a commercial lender specializing in providing solutions to the manufacturing sector. God opened the door for Chris to provide financing solutions to churches, and he has never looked back. Over the years, Chris has worked with growing ministries by providing sustainable financing solutions for construction, acquisition and refinancing. Chris obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Harding University in 1996 where he met his wife. They have been married for 24 years and together are raising 3 young men. In his off time, Chris enjoys water sports, coaching wrestling and football, fishing and the outdoors.
Dr. Vlach has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Master of Divinity degree from The Master’s Seminary, and a PhD in Systematic Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Vlach was awarded the 2008 Franz Delitzsch Prize for his dissertation, “The Church as a Replacement of Israel: An Analysis of Supersessionism.” Read More.
Nathan Winters is the Executive Director of Family Policy Alliance of Wyoming (A Public Policy Partner of Focus on the Family), a Christian ministry that advances biblical citizenship, equips and elects statesmen, promotes pro-family policy and serves an effective alliance, all committed to a common vision. He is also an Elder of First Baptist Church of Cheyenne.
Nathan served as a pastor of First Baptist Church of Thermopolis for over 12 years and as a Wyoming State Representative, eventually serving as chairman of the House Republican Caucus and vice-chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Nathan’s use of history and philosophy in his stand for biblical citizenship in the Wyoming Legislature gave him a statewide voice. During his time in office, he helped organize pastors from across the state to speak on life, Religious Liberty and Family issues and to see government as a mission field.
Nathan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries and a Master’s degree in Religious Education from West Coast Baptist College.
Nathan is passionate in reminding churches of the extraordinary heritage of Christianity in America and the God-given role to speak to issues of the day. Nathan and his wife, Christie, live in Cheyenne and are the parents of three young children.