Leadership Matters.

University President

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

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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

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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

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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

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Timothy Gombis, Ph.D.

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

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Jonathan Greer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Degrees: B.A., Messiah College; M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests: Bible and archaeology, latter prophets, Israelite religion and history, and ancient near eastern languages and cultures

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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

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Kendra Jackson, Ph.D., LPC

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

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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

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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

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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

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Kenneth Reid, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Systematic & Historical Theology

Degrees: B.S., University of Georgia; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; Th.M., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Research Interests: Atonement theology, trinity, pneumatology, hermeneutics and biblical theology, racial reconciliation/justice theology

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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

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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

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