Faculty Profiles

Dr. Thomas A. Halstead

Chairperson, Department of Biblical Studies
Professor of New Testament & Greek
B.S., M.S. California State University, Northridge
M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary
Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
Joined TMC 1985

Dr. Halstead was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award/Teacher of the year in 1994, 2003 and 2010, and  recognized in Who's Who Among America's Teachers for a number of years.  He also studied at the Institute of Holy Land Studies in 1994.  He was an associate pastor at Grace Community Church for ten years prior to coming to the university.  He was a missions team leader to the Soviet Union in 1990 and has been on several summer missions trips since then to such places as New Zealand, Albania, India, Japan, and Cambodia. He is a member of the Evangeli­cal Theolog­ical Society.   Dr. Halstead is married to Shahry and has three children and seven grandchildren.

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Dr. William C. Varner

Professor of Bible & Greek
B.A., Bob Jones University
M.A., Dropsie College
M.Div., Th.M., Biblical Theological Seminary
Ed.D., Temple University
Studies in Modern Hebrew at Gratz College
Joined TMC 1996

Dr. Varner was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award/Teacher of the Year in 1999 and 2005, and has been a member of Who’s Who in Education and in America since 1998.  He received the Academic Prize at Biblical Theological Seminary and was Valedictorian at Dropsie College; He pastored for seven years and was Director of the Institute of Biblical Studies at Friends of Israel; has made 46 trips to the Holy Land; and is a member of Evangelical Theological Society and Society of Biblical Literature.  He has authored ten books and over a hundred journal and magazine articles. He pastors the Sojourners Fellowship at Grace Community Church, likes studying the Civil War, traveling with his wife Helen, and occasionally playing golf.

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Dr. J. Gregory Behle

Professor of Christian Education
B.A., Biola University
Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Joined TMC 1986

Dr. J. Gregory Behle's professional experience centers on higher education. Over the past twenty-nine years, he has demonstrated expertise as an administrator, professor, grant-writer, researcher, and author. He is a five-time recipient of The Master's University “Professor-of-the-Year” Award. He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California and at Biola University. He has also served and consulted on doctoral committees at several major universities. He has innovated and developed college programs that have generated millions of dollars in revenue, successfully written grant proposals, and consulted in higher education. He maintains an aggressive research agenda that focuses on the foundations of higher education; historical aspects of student life and culture; access to higher education; and the role of religion in higher education. He is particularly noted for his work on the early history of the University of Illinois and the historiography of the land-grant college movement. His publications and reviews have appeared in Perspectives on the History of Higher Education, Christian Education Journal, The Master’s Seminary Journal, History of Education Quarterly, Christian Higher Education, Journal of American History, and History of Higher Education Annual.

Dr. Behle is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Illinois State Historical Society, and the History of Education Society. He has been inducted into Phi Delta Kappa, the international educational honor fraternity.

Specialties: Academic Administration; Strategic Planning; Program Innovation & Implementation; Research in American Higher Education, History of Higher Education, History of the Land-Grant Universities, History of the University of Illinois from 1867 to 1894, Philosophy of Higher Education, Religion in Higher Education, History and Philosophy of the United States Military Academies, History and Geography of Israel (Ancient & Modern)

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Dr. Brian Morley

Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics
B.A., University of Southern California
M.Div., Th.M., Talbot Theological Seminary
M.A., Ph.D., Claremont
Joined TMC 1989

Dr. Morley has taught classes in four seminaries and graduate schools in the U.S. and Europe, and has published numerous articles in reference works and scholarly resources.  He has supervised doctoral research on the improvement of higher education in the U.S., and his consulting work has included a European government ministry of education. He has taught twenty courses at TMC, including one that was awarded a grant from the Templeton Foundation. His teaching style emphasizes critical thinking skills and methods to supplement classroom instruction.  He has been a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and the Society of Chris­tian Philosophers. In addition to his classroom teaching, Dr. Morley also teaches online classes in theology and philosophy. His book, God in the Shadows: Evil in God’s World (Christian Focus Publications, 2006), deals with why pain and evil exist if God is good and all-powerful. He is finishing, Pathways to God: Comparing Apologetic Methods (Intervarsity, forthcoming). He is also working on a project to bring biblical and Reformation history to life in photographs ( and He and his wife, Donna, founded Faith & Reason Forum (and its extensive website, to strengthen Christians and reach non-believers. They have two children.

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Dr. Daniel K. Wong

Professor of Biblical Studies
B.S., Swatow University
M.Div., Th.M., Talbot School of Theology
Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary
Joined TMC 2000

Dr. Daniel K. Wong has been on the faculty of the Master’s University since 2000.  He also has served as pastor of a Chinese church in Los Angeles since 1984.  Prior to joining the Master’s College, he was president and professor of Biblical Studies at Chinese for Christ Theological Seminary in Alhambra, California.  Dr. Wong has published a series of articles in the scholarly journal Bibliotheca Sacra, as well as a number of articles in Challenger and Proclaim.  In 1987, he received the Library Award for excellence in thesis writing from Talbot School of Theology, and in 1995, the John F. Walvoord Award for excellence in Eschatology from Dallas Theological Seminary.  In 2002, 2003–2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007, Dr. Wong was recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.  He is currently writing a twenty volume New Testament Commentary Series with the Academic & Professional division of Kregel Publications.

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Todd Bolen

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A., The Master’s College
M.A., The Institute of Holy Land Studies
M.Div., Th.M., The Master’s Seminary
Ph.D., Dallas Theological Seminary
Joined TMC 1996

Until 2007, Todd taught at the Israel Bible Extension, leading geography field trips, participating in archaeological excavations, and directing the student life program. He developed the 18-volume Pictorial Library of Bible Lands, a collection of photographs from all over the biblical world designed for pastors and teachers of the Bible. Todd has also produced the Historic Views of the Holy Land, a series of electronic resources from the 19th and early 20th centuries. He was co-author of Bible Atlas and Companion, has written articles for the Archaeological Study Bible, and recently contributed the “Chronicles” chapter in What the Old Testament Authors Really Cared About. Todd’s research interests include biblical archaeology, the Israelite monarchy, Isaiah, and the life of Christ. He enjoys bike riding, traveling, and reading. Todd and his wife Kelli have five children.

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Dr. John D. Street

Chairperson of the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling
Professor of Biblical Counseling
B.A., Cedarville University
M.Div., Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary
Joined TMC 1999

Dr. John Street is Professor and Chair of the graduate program in biblical counseling (Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling) at The Master's University and Seminary.  He is a second generation pastor and has been in the pastoral and teaching ministry for over 36 years.  Dr. Street is a frequent conference speaker around the United States, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Brazil.  He previous served as an assistant professor at Cedarville University in Ohio and Cornerstone University in Michigan.  During his time at Cedarville he also served as Director of Admissions.  In 1985 Dr. Street became the founding pastor of a church plant in southern Ohio called Clearcreek Chapel, located in Springboro.  During his time there as pastor he developed a biblical counseling training program for local pastors and lay persons to assist in meeting the many counseling needs of that area.  Currently Dr. Street is the president of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors (NANC) and chief advisor for the Biblical Counseling & Discipleship Association of Southern California and the Association of Biblical Counseling & Discipleship of Australia.  He is author and general editor of a recent book Men Counseling Men and is also a frequent contributor to The Journal of Modern Ministry.  Dr. Street serves as an elder at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, shepherding one of the adult fellowship groups there.  He is married to his girlfriend, Janie.  The Lord has blessed them with four children and five grandchildren (so far!).

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Dr. Dennis A. Hutchison

Professor of New Testament
B.A., Biola University
M.Div., Th.M., Talbot School of Theology
Th.D., Grace Theological Seminary
Joined TMC 2003

Dr. Hutchison came to The Master's University after serving fifteen years as the pastor of Frenchtown Community Church in Frenchtown, Montana. Prior to that he served as a faculty member at Talbot School of Theology for thirteen years in the Department of New Testament Language and Literature. Dr. Hutchison also served on the Board of Directors for Montana Bible College and as President of the Montana Regional of the IFCA.  Dr. Hutchison is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, where he has presented papers at regional meetings. He also contributed a chapter in The Jesus Crisis: How Much Will Evangelicals Surrender?, entitled "The Impact of Historical Criticism on Preaching." His particular interests include the Gospel of John, the Book of Revelation, and Paul's Epistle to the Philippians.  The Lord has blessed Dr. Hutchison with a wonderful wife, Susan, and three children, Daniel, Cheryl, and Julie.

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Dr. Ernest H. Baker

Professor of Biblical Counseling
B.A., Washington Bible College
M.Div., Capital Bible Seminary
D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary
Joined TMC 2005

Dr. Ernie Baker joined The Master’s University in 2005 as a faculty member in the University’s Biblical Counseling department.  He received his M.Div. from Capital Bible Seminary, and his D.Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary.  Dr. Baker has been in ministry since 1980 with extensive experience of twenty-five years as a pastor and in training and equipping pastors and laymen in the skills of Biblical Counseling and conciliation. He is a Certified Conciliator with Peacemaker Ministries teaching a number of conflict resolution courses and doing conciliation. He is certified as a biblical counselor with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors and a Council Board member of The Biblical Counseling Coalition.  He is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally at conferences, churches and retreats addressing issues related to marriage and counseling.  At TMC, Dr. Baker is responsible for teaching a wide range of the Biblical counseling courses in both the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.  He is married to Rose and they have three sons and three daughters.  Ernie enjoys, reading, hunting and gardening.

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Dr. Lisa La George

Director of Global Outreach and Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
B.S., Biblical Studies, Philadelphia Biblical University
M.A., TEFL/ICS, Columbia International University
Ph.D., Biola University
Joined TMC 1998

Prior to coming to The Master’s University in 1998, Lisa spent five years involved in cross-cultural youth ministry in Alaska.  She has traveled in over 45 countries to encourage cross-cultural workers, provide teacher training workshops, and supervise student teachers.  In addition to teaching in the area of ESL and Intercultural Studies, Lisa administers and trains cross-cultural vocational student trips.  Her research and writing includes the topics of short-term missions, cross-cultural teaching methodologies, missionary biographies, and Third-Culture Kid transitions. She is rarely without a book,  loves to cook, and enjoys opening her home for global gatherings.

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Dr. Abner Chou

Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Th.D., The Master's College and Seminary
Joined TMC 2007

Dr. Chou began to teach Greek at the university in 2004 and continued to teach both at the university and seminary. He also spent two years teaching in Israel with IBEX. Dr. Chou has written several papers for Evangelical Theological Society, completed several encyclopedia articles, contributed to a study Bible, and penned an article entitled, “Myth-Busters,” featured in Answers magazine. He also has written a book on a biblical theology of vision (Wipf and Stock), a commentary on Lamentations (Logos), and a book on hermeneutics (Kregel). Currently, he is working on a commentary on Deuteronomy. Ultimately, he aims for students to know the Word of God deeply, study it accurately, and be driven by it to live fully for the Kingdom.
In 2009, Abner was honored as The Master's University "Teacher of the Year." He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. He serves at Arcadia Bible Church participating in preaching, teaching Sunday school for both adults and children, AWANA, and music. He enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, drawing stick figures, and spending time with students and of course his family. The Lord has blessed Abner with an incredible wife and ministry partner, Johanna, and four children: Nehemiah, Naomi, Meital, and Hannah.

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Benjamin Foreman


Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies, IBEX
B.A., Bible Exposition, The Master’s College
M.A., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ph.D., The University of Aberdeen
Joined TMC 2009

Dr. Foreman first came to Israel in 2000 and met his wife-to-be on his first day in the country. He teaches a variety of classes at IBEX, all of which are his “favorite.” In addition to teaching at IBEX, Dr. Foreman also serves as an adjunct professor at the Word of Life Bible School in Hungary. His scholarly interest focuses on the use of metaphor in the Hebrew Bible and his Ph.D. dissertation was published as a book in 2011. He continues to write and publish in academic journals because he believes that evangelicals should have a voice in the scholarly community. Dr. Foreman leads the worship team at his church, where he also serves as a deacon. He and his wife Yael have three children: Yair, Jonathan, and Odeliah.

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William Schlegel


Associate Professor of Bible, IBEX
B.S., Education and Bible, Christian Heritage College
M.A., Hebrew Language, Jerusalem University College

Bill has lived in Israel since 1984. He served on the administrative staff and faculty of Jerusalem University College (formerly the Institute of Holy Land Studies) from 1987-1995. He has been with The Master’s University – IBEX since 1995. Bill’s teaching interests include Hebrew and biblical, historical geography.  He has published the Satellite Bible Atlas. He lives at the IBEX campus with his wife, Stephanie.  They have five children.

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Adjunct Faculty

Prof. Betty Price

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies; Women's Ministries
B.A., University of Mississippi
M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary
Graduate Studies, Institute of Holy Land Studies, Jerusalem
Joined TMC 1985

Prior to coming to The Master’s University, Prof. Price was on staff at Grace Community Church for seven years—working with the Logos Bible Institute, teaching in the women’s ministry program, counseling women and editing a church newsletter. After coming to the university, she worked full-time in the Student Life Dept. for many years, serving as Associate Dean of Students for 15 years, while also teaching courses for women students in the Biblical Studies Dept. She has a strong desire to see young women grow in their study and understanding of God’s Word and to be able to communicate those truths effectively to others. She has also participated in summer missions trips, some with TMC students, to the Soviet Union, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, South Africa, Mozambique, Baltimore’s inner city and a Navajo reservation in AZ. She taught courses in Women’s Ministries and Bible Study Methods for Russian graduate students in Christian Ed at Moscow Theological Institute. For several years she served on the Board of Directors of Cadence International, a missions agency reaching out to American military and their families around the world. She enjoys spending time with friends, speaking at women’s retreats and other events, leading women’s ministries in her local church and cultivating friendships with her neighbors, including sharing in a book club.

Dr. Robert B. Somerville

Professor of Biblical Counseling
B.A., The King's College
M.Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
D. Min., Westminster Theological Seminary
Joined TMC 2005

Dr. Somerville served as a Pastor-Teacher in the Evangelical Free Church from 1970-2005.  While pastoring in the greater New York area, he handled the crisis telephone calls for the Family Radio station, and out of that ministry wrote the book, Help for Hotliners: A Manual to Train Telephone Crisis Counselors. In 1980 he accepted the call to a church planting ministry in Visalia, CA, and while serving there he established the Biblical Counseling and Educational Center, equipping laymen and pastors in the field of biblical counseling.  He has spoken widely on the subject of biblical counseling, teaching seminars in the U.S. as well as speaking to missionaries in Europe, Central and South Africa, and Japan.Dr. Somerville is a Fellow and serves as a member of the Board of The National Association of Nouthetic Counselors.  Dr. Somerville’s wife, Mary, is a tremendous asset to his pastoral and counseling ministry.  Mary holds a Master’s degree in counseling from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, has authored two chapters in the book, Women Helping Women, and has published the book, One With a Shepherd: The Tears and Triumphs of a Ministry Marriage. Bob and Mary have two children and six grandchildren.

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