Dr. Joseph M. Stowell is Cornerstone University's 11th president and president of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He began his presidential duties on Feb. 1, 2008. He is a nationally known speaker and author of more than 20 books. He was president at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for 18 years. He received a Doctor of Divinity degree from The Master's College.
"This is where my heart is," Stowell said of Cornerstone. "I'm most excited about being around students in this generation. I want to continue the tradition of this university being a community where students are encouraged and nurtured by the environment and culture. I want students to thrive here. It excites me that God's hand is in it."
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary professors desire to help you integrate knowledge of your discipline and service into a lifestyle.
Byard Bennett, Ph.D.
Professor of Historical & Philosophical Theology
Degrees: B.A., Duke University; M.Div., Duke Divinity School; Ph.D., University of Toronto
Research Interests: Early Christian understandings of evil and suffering, the psychology of temptation, and the role played by the emotions in the Christian life
Jenny Chien, Ph.D., LPC
Assistant Professor of Counseling
Degrees: B.S., University of Maine; M.A., Liberty University; Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University
Research Interests: University mental health, spirituality and religious coping in counseling and issues of attachment and resilience
John Duff, Ph.D.
Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology
Degrees: B.A., Cedarville University; M.A., Western Kentucky University; M.T.S., Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary
Research Interests: Apologetics, atonement, history of exegesis, 17th century eschatology and religious epistemology
Royce Evans, D.Min.
Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministries
Degrees: B.A., Cornerstone University; M.A., Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; D.Min., Western Theological Seminary
Research Interests: Components of a call to ministry—character and competency
Timothy Gombis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of New Testament
Degrees: B.S., Liberty University; M.Div., Th.M., The Master's Seminary; Ph.D., University of St. Andrews
Research Interests: Pauline theology and encounters between biblical theology and contemporary culture and politics
Jonathan Greer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Old Testament
Degrees: B.A., Messiah College; M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
Research Interests: Bible and archaeology, latter prophets, Israelite religion and history, and ancient near eastern languages and cultures
John Hilber, Ph.D.
Professor of Old Testament
Degrees: B.S., University of Washington; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Research Interests: The Old Testament in its ancient near eastern religious and literary context
Kendra Jackson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Counseling
Degrees: B.S., Bowling Green State University; M.Ed., Ohio University; Ph.D., Ohio University
Research Interests: Mental health and the black church, counselor education and supervision, multicultural issues and concerns, counseling children and adolescents, play therapy, increasing multicultural competence, and leadership and advocacy
Robert Lehman, Ph.D., LPC
Professor of Counseling
Degrees: B.A., Cornerstone University; M.Div., Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; M.A., University of Northern Iowa; Ph.D., University of Iowa
Research Interests: Biblical counseling
Jonathan Marko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophical & Systematic Theology
Degrees: B.S., The University of Akron; M.Div., Ashland Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary
Research Interests: Epistemology, enlightenment era philosophers and theologians, divine sovereignty and human free choice and soteriology
Peter Osborn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Christian Ministries
Degrees: B.S. Baptist Bible College; M.A., Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Michigan State University
Research Interests: Organizational transformation, educational technologies and teaching and learning
David Turner, Th.D., Ph.D.
Professor of New Testament
Degrees: B.A., Cedarville University; M.Div., Th.M., Th.D., Grace Theological Seminary; M.Phil., Ph.D., Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati)
Research Interests: The gospel according to Matthew, second temple Judaism and the New Testament and hermeneutics
Michael Wittmer, Ph.D.
Professor of Systematic & Historical Theology
Degrees: B.A., Cedarville University; M.Div., Th.M., Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary
Research Interests: Christian worldview, creation/culture, anthropology and redemption
Administrators and Staff
- John VerBerkmoes, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Academics and Academic Dean
- Peter Osborn, Ph.D., Vice President for Adult Learning
- Tara Kram, M.A., Associate Dean
- Royce Evans, D.Min., Executive Director of Ministry Residency and the Urban Cohort Program
- Darrell Yoder, M.Div., Director of Talking Points and the Pirsig Fellowship
- Carla Douglas, Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President for Academics & Dean of GRTS
- Andrew Kischner, Administrative Assistant to GRTS
- Gail Duhon, M.B.A., Registrar
- Sarah Lehman, Academic Office Assistant
- Brittany Stichter, Receptionist
- Ashley VanBemmelen, M.A., Director of Admissions
- Dani Lauer, Admissions Counselor
- Kris Rolls, Admissions Counselor
- Jo Anna Kelly, Admissions Counselor