LBTS Faculty and Staff

Faculty & Administration

Dr. David W. Hirschman
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  • Acting Dean, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary                                   
  • Assistant Professor of Religion

Dr. John A. Durden
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  • Chair, Curriculum and Assessment
  • Associate Professor of Theological Studies

Dr. Chet Roden
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  • Chair, Biblical Studies
  • Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Chad Thornhill
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  • Chair, Theological Studies

Dr. Benjamin K. Forrest
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  • Chair, Practical Studies
  • Director, Master of Arts in Religion

Full-time Faculty

Dr. David Baggett
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  • Professor of Apologetics

Dr. Timothy Chong
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  • Dean, Center for Asian Ministries
  • Professor of Theology & Biblical Studies

Dr. Ken Cleaver
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  • Associate Professor of Church History & Theology

Dr. Charlie Davidson
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  • Director, Doctor of Ministry
  • Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Rod Dempsey
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  • Director, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
  • Professor of Educational Ministries

Dr. Carl Diemer
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  • Professor of Church History

Dr. Don Fanning
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  • Director, Master of Arts in Global Studies
  • Professor of Global Studies

Dr. Gary Habermas
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  • Chairman, Department of Philosophy and Theology, (SOR)
  • Distinguished Research Professor of Apologetics and Philosophy

Dr. Steve Keith
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  • Professor of Chaplaincy

Dr. Daniel Kim
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  • Director of Korean Student Enrollment
  • Distinguished Professor of Church History and Mission

Dr. Kevin King
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  • Director, Master of Divinity
  • Associate Professor of Homiletics and Historical Theology

Benjamin Laird
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  • Assistant Professor of New Testament

Dr. Dan Mitchell
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  • Director, Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Professor of Theology

Dr. Michael Mitchell
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  • Associate Professor of Christian Leadership

Dr. John Morrison
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  • Professor of Philosophy & Theology

Dr. Leo Percer
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  • Director, Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics
  • Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. David Pettus
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  • Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Frank Schmitt
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  • Professor of Educational Ministries

Dr. Fred Smith
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  • Associate Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies

Dr. Gary Yates
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  • Director, Master of Theology
  • Associate Professor of Old Testament

LBTS Administrative Staff

Vanessa Bhalla
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  • Faculty Administrative Assistant

Young Choi
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  • Korean Program Administrator



  • Internal Communication Coordinator

Rebecca Mahle
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  • Online Faculty Support Coordinator

Maria Marsico
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  • Residential Operations Coordinator

Amanda Melton
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  • Seminary Administrator

Laverne Smith
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  • Assistant for Curriculum and Assessment

Lauren Valle
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  • Program Assistant, Doctoral Programs