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Wednesday July 29, 2015

Seminary Faculty

Mark Allison, B.A., M.A., M.Div., Ph.D.
(Grand Valley State College; Bob Jones University)
  • Adjunct Professor of Theology and Pastoral Theology
  • Minister of Malvern Free Presbyterian Church
Charles M. Barrett, B.A., M.A., Ph.D
(Bob Jones University; Reformed Theological Seminary)
  • Professor of Church History
  • Assistant in the Ministry of Faith Free Presbyterian Church
Michael P. V. Barrett, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
(Bob Jones University)
  • President of Geneva Reformed Seminary
  • Professor of Ancient Languages and Biblical Interpretation
  • Associate Minister of Faith Free Presbyterian Church

Dr. Alan Cairns D.D.
(Whitefield College of the Bible; Foundations Bible College)

  • Professor of Systematic Theology
  • Minister Emeritus of Faith Free Presbyterian Church
Reginald Kimbro, B.A., M.A., M.Div., Ph.D. candidate
(Bob Jones University; Whitefield College of the Bible; Evangelical Theological College of Wales)
  • Adjunct Professor of Biblical Interpretation
  • Minister of Grace Free Presbyterian Church
David Mook, B.A., M.A., M.Div.
(Bob Jones University; Whitefield College of the Bible)
  • Adjunct Professor in the field of practical theology
  • Minister of Phoenix Free Presbyterian Church
  • Clerk of Presbytery
John Wagner, B.A., M.A.
(Bob Jones University; Westminster Theological Seminary; Whitefield College of the Bible)
  • Professor of Homiletics
  • Minister of Covenant Free Presbyterian Church

Seminary Committee

  • Rev. Geoff Banister, Chairman, Minister of Indianapolis Free Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Rev. David McClelland, Secretary, Minister of Grace Free Presbyterian Church in Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Mr. Timothy Farr, Elder in Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville, South Carolina.
  • Rev. Reggie Cranston, Minister of Port Hope Free Presbyterian Church in Port Hope, Ontario, Canada.

It is the conviction of the Free Presbyterian Church that the training of its ministers should rest with men who have the necessary academic qualifications as well as experience in church ministry. In addition to the core faculty, other qualified ministers in the denomination occasionally offer special courses within their respective fields of training and interest.

Michael Barrett

Dr. Michael P.V. Barrett - Click to enlargeDr. Michael Barrett is the president of GRS and an associate minister of Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina. Raised in a Christian home, he was converted as a child and was called to the Christian ministry early in his college career. By divine providence, he was led to pursue that ministerial call in the field of academics. He earned his doctorate in Old Testament Text with a special focus on Semitic languages. His dissertation was titled “A Methodology for Investigating the Translation Philosophies and Techniques of the Septuagint.” For almost thirty years, he was professor of Ancient Languages and Old Testament Theology and Interpretation at Bob Jones University. He assumed his present position at GRS in the fall of 2000.

Formerly a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod, Dr. Barrett has had an active role in the ministry of the Free Presbyterian Church since its inception in North America. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and has published numerous articles in both professional and popular journals. His other published works include Beginning at Moses: A Guide to Finding Christ in the Old Testament; Complete in Him: A Guide to Understanding and Enjoying the Gospel; God’s Unfailing Purpose: The Message of Daniel; The Beauty of Holiness: A Guide to Biblical Worship; Love Divine and Unfailing: The Gospel According to Hosea and The Hebrew Handbook.

Dr. Barrett and his wife, Sandra, have two sons and five grandchildren. Dr. Barrett’s hobbies include hunting and thinking about hunting.


Dr. Mark Allison - Click to enlarge pictureMark Allison

Dr. Mark Allison is an adjunct professor of Theology and Pastoral Theology at GRS. He is the minister of Malvern Free Presbyterian Church in Malvern, Pennsylvania, and is the chairman of the Mission Board of the Free Presbyterian Church of North America.

Dr. Allison was saved in high school in Michigan. He moved to Greenville, South Carolina, in 1973 to attend Bob Jones University, eventually earning a B.A. in Bible, an M.A. in Bible, a master of divinity degree, and a Ph.D. in Theology. In Greenville he found a home at Faith Free Presbyterian Church, where he worked with the youth and in various outreach ministries. He served as a deacon and then an elder in the church and became an assistant minister in 1986. From 1986 to 2000 he was academic dean of the Whitefield College of the Bible (later GRS) and lectured in English Bible, Theology, Church History, Apologetics, and Ancient Languages. From 1994 to 2002 he served as director of the Free Presbyterian Youth Camp (USA).

Dr. Allison and his wife, Charlene, have one daughter.


Dr. Charles Barrett - Click to enlarge pictureCharles Barrett

Dr. Charles Barrett is professor of Church History and Historical Theology at GRS. He was born into a Christian home where he was under the sound of the gospel and has attended Faith Free Presbyterian Church his entire life. Before his senior year in high school, he came into the assurance of salvation in Christ and yielded his life to the gospel ministry. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Bible, he earned a master’s degree in Theology and a doctorate in Church History. His dissertation focused on the separatist principles of Henry Barrow and John Greenwood, two English Separatists in the sixteenth century. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Barrett serves the College and Career Fellowship at Faith Free Presbyterian Church and teaches the college-age Sunday school class. He is camp director of the Free Presbyterian Youth Camp.

Dr. Barrett and his wife, Bridget, have a son and a daughter. Dr. Barrett’s hobbies are reading about two of the finer subjects in life—theology and sports—and playing golf as often as possible.


Dr. Alan Cairns - Click to enlarge pictureAlan Cairns

Dr. Alan Cairns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was saved as boy in the Salvation Army. He became a member of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster almost from its inception and was called by the Lord to minister in the denomination. After his graduation from the Theological Hall of the Free Church, he pastored churches in Dunmurry and Ballymoney. While ministering in Ulster, Dr. Cairns was instrumental in establishing and producing the Let the Bible Speak radio program, a ministry with worldwide influence. He also served as the professor of Systematic Theology in the Theological Seminary for the Ulster denomination. When he assumed the pastorate of Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville, he continued both his radio and teaching ministries. It was under his direction that the training of preachers for the North American ministry of the FPC commenced in 1982. Geneva Reformed Seminary exists because of his vision and tireless labors. His radio ministry continues to be blessed as the North American version of Let the Bible Speak is reaching a vast area. Many of his sermon series have been adapted and published in book form, and his Dictionary of Theological Terms has received a wide circulation.

He and his wife, Joan, have a son who currently serves in the U.S. Army.


Rev. Reginald Kimbro - Click to enlarge pictureReginald Kimbro

Rev. Reggie Kimbro is adjunct professor of Biblical Interpretation at GRS. Born to believing parents and born again in his youth, Mr. Kimbro studied at Bob Jones University where he received a B.A. in Bible and an M.A. in Theology. He finished a master of divinity degree at the Whitefield College of the Bible in 1987. In the same year he and his wife, Jan, moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to pioneer Grace Free Presbyterian Church, where he has served as pastor for almost twenty years. Mr. Kimbro has authored a book entitled The Gospel According to Dispensationalism in an attempt to renew interest in historic covenant theology.

Mr. Kimbro is the father of three daughters. His hobbies include family camping and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. He is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology from the Evangelical Theological College of Wales.


Rev. Dave Mook - Click to enlarge picture

David Mook

Rev. David Mook is an adjunct professor at GRS, teaching in the field of practical theology. Mr. Mook did undergraduate and graduate work at Bob Jones University, graduating from there in 1976 with a master of arts in Dramatic Production. He served as a faculty member in the speech department at BJU until 1983, when he entered what is now called Geneva Reformed Seminary. He received his master of divinity degree, was licensed to preach, and moved with his family to Phoenix, Arizona, to begin establishing a new congregation for the Free Presbyterian Church. Services began early in 1986 and the congregation was formally constituted by the presbytery in 1995. Mr. Mook has served in a number of capacities in the denomination both as a part of the standing commission of the presbytery for North America and now in the presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of North America. In 2006 he was elected moderator of the presbytery and now serves as its clerk.

Mr. Mook and his wife, Mary, have a daughter and a granddaughter.


Rev. John Wagner - Click to enlarge pictureJohn Wagner

Rev. John Wagner is the minister of Covenant Free Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. For almost fourteen years he was the pastor of Orlando FPC until the Lord called him to pioneer a new church in Columbia in the spring of 2002. In the fall of that year he was appointed professor of homiletics at Geneva Reformed Seminary. He has been a member of the Free Presbyterian Church for almost twenty-five years and has served the denomination in a number of capacities including moderator of the standing commission of the presbytery for North America.

Mr. Wagner, who has a bachelor of arts degree in speech from Bob Jones University and a master of divinity degree from Whitefield College of the Bible, has also studied at Westminster Theological Seminary. Mr. Wagner and his wife, Kim, have seven children—four girls and three boys. Mr. Wagner’s hobbies include desktop publishing.