Office Staff and Faculty

Office Staff















Ike Reeder: President Reeder joined BTS in April of 2018 after serving for four years as the National Director of Church Relations at Covenant College (PCA). He started his career with over a decade in education, teaching English and Bible at the Secondary and Undergraduate levels. After spending five years in the retail industry, he returned to work in the local church with Young Business Leaders in Birmingham, AL. President Reeder graduated from Covenant College after spending time studying at Oxford University and holds a Master’s degree in Literature from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. As a literary critic, he focused on The Inklings and published work on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as narrative theory, phenomenology, and game theory. He now concentrates his research on the intersection of theology, culture, and the church.  Ike has lived from Alabama to Austria, England to North Carolina, and Tennessee to Alaska. He played soccer in college and on the semi-pro level for the Charlotte Eagles. Ike is married to Angie and has two stepchildren, Virginia, and Win. He and his family reside in Birmingham, AL with their dog Vesper and their cat Smokey. 

Dr. Thad James: After a 25-year career in retail sales and multi-store regional management, Dr. Thad James, Jr. began his seminary education at Birmingham Theological Seminary, where he has served since 2003 as Vice President.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Leadership from Birmingham Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. in Theology from Trinity Theological Seminary.  Along with teaching and counseling seminary students, supervising the faculty and curriculums, he is the Director of the BTS Prison Initiative at Bibb County Correctional Facility in Brent, AL. providing a Certificate in Biblical Studies and/or a Master of Biblical Studies degree. He is the president of the board of Unbound216. a prison recidivism program behind the walls and outside of the walls along with being the president of the board of Maranathan Academy, a school for at-risk youth and a professor/faculty advisor at Africa Reformation Theological Seminary in Uganda. Dr. James is a Ruling Elder at Household of Faith Church (Presbyterian Church in America) and a devoted family man.  He and his wife Yvonne are the parents of six children, ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and five years ago retired from 21 years of being licensed therapeutic foster parents.  Thad and Yvonne have been residents of Birmingham since 1992. His precious love went to be with the Lord on January 3, 2021 from complications of Covid and pneumonia. 

Dr. Jay Haley 

Irene Hayes 

Emily Hayes 

Brandon Robbins 

Deb Quenelle: 


Core Faculty

Dr. Matthew Aernie, Associate professor of Biblical Studies Colorado Christian University; B.A. Christian Education, Hannibal La-Grange College; M.Div. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Th.M., New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Ph.D. New Testament, University Wales, Lampeter.

Prof Robert Alexander, Pastor, First Missionary Baptist Church, East Boyles, AL; B.A., Birmingham Easonian Baptist Bible College; M.A. Ministry, Birmingham Theological Seminary

Dr. Frank M. Barker, Jr. Pastor Emeritus, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL; B.S., Auburn University; M.Div., Th.M., Columbia Theological Seminary; D.D., Reformed Theological Seminary; D.Min. (Hon), Birmingham Theological Seminary

Dr. Cheryl Blackmon, Ret. Elementary Principal, Briarwood Christian School, Birmingham, AL; B.S. Business and Education, Auburn University; M.Ed. Vocational and Adult Education, Auburn University; Ed.S. Instruction, Liberty University; Ed.D. Educational Leadership, Liberty University.

Prof. Lee M Bloodworth, Pastor (Shepherding), Eastwood Presbyterian Church, Montgomery, AL; B.E.D. North Carolina State University School of Design; M.Div. Reformed Theological Seminary

Prof. Major Burrell Pastor, Peace Missionary Baptist Church, Pratt City, AL., B.S., Elementary Education Alabama State University, M.Div., Morehouse School of Religion, Certification in Education Administration Alabama State University.

Dr. Joseph “Josh” V. Carmichael, Teacher, American Christian Academy, Tuscaloosa, AL; B.S., Commerce and Business Administration, The University of Alabama; M.B.A., The University of Alabama; M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson) Missions; Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville) conc. Church History

Dr. Stephen Cloud, Director, Altadena House Counseling Center (Briarwood Presbyterian Church), Birmingham, AL; B.A., University of Mobile; M.Div. (Languages), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; D.Min., Beeson Divinity School (Samford University)

Dr. Howard A.  Eyrich, President Emeritus, Birmingham Theological Seminary; Director of Doctor of Ministry Program in Biblical Counseling, Birmingham, AL; B.S., Bob Jones University; B.D., Faith Theological Seminary; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A., Liberty University; D.Min., Western Conservative Baptist Seminary; Certificate in Gerontology, University of Georgia

Prof. Kuna Griggs, B.A. English (Linguistics) University of Memphis; MDiv Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary Memphis, TN; Ph.D. (Cand) Mid-America Theological Seminary

Dr. James P. Haley, Senior Auditor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama; Assistant Pastor, Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL; B.S., University of Alabama at Birmingham; Master of Public Health, U.A.B.; MDiv., Birmingham Theological Seminary; PhD. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Dr. John Haines, Pastor of Worship Ministry, Briarwood Presbyterian Church; Director of BTS Worship Ministry Program; B.A., Piano Performance, Colorado Christian College; Masters of Music (Choral Conducting), Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester; Masters of Biblical Theology, St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary; Th.D., St. Andrew’s Theological College and Seminary

Prof. Mitchell Haubert, Senior Pastor Brent Presbyterian Church, Brent, AL; Coordinator, BTS Bibb County Correctional Facility Learning Center; B.S. Criminology, Troy University; M.Div., Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Prof. Bruce C. Horsley, Teacher, Centreville Middle School, Centreville, AL; B.A., Southeastern Bible College; M.A., Talbot Theological Seminary; M.Ed. Alabama State

Prof. Cletis B. Hux, Counter-Cult Apologist, Apologetics Resource Center, Birmingham, AL; B.S., Mississippi College; M.Div., Birmingham Theological Seminary

Dr. Thaddeus J. James, Jr., Vice President Birmingham Theological Seminary; B.A. Psychology, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX.; M.A. Ministry, Birmingham Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Theology, Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary

Prof. Michael L. Jones, Pastor, Harvest Community Church, PCA, Birmingham, AL; B.A. Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA; M.R.E. Birmingham Theological Seminary

Dr. Heath H. Kahlbau, Pastor, Cornerstone Church, PCA, Calera, AL; B.S. Psychology, Troy University, Troy, AL.; MDiv., Covenant Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Prof. Lyle Lee, Youth Development Director, Lincoln Village Ministry Huntsville, AL; B.A. Sociology Jackson State University; M.Div. Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

Dr. Charles W. Lewis, Pastor, Dothan Community Church, Dothan, AL.; B.S., Tuskegee University; Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary; D.Min. Dallas Theological Seminary

Dr. Jeff Lowman, Pastor, Evangel Presbyterian Church, Helena, AL; B.A., Belhaven College; M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary; D.Min., Highlands Theological College (Dingwall, Scotland)/ Reformed Theological Seminary – Jackson

Dr. Jim H. Maples, Pastor, Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church, Pleasant Grove, AL; Director of Doctor of Ministry Program, Pastoral Leadership; B.S.M., California Coast University; M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary; Th.D. University of South Africa

Dr. Filbert Martin, Senior Pastor Mobile Heights Baptist Church, Montgomery, AL; B.A. Human Resources Administration, St. Leo College; M.A. Personnel Mgmt., Central Michigan University; M.Div., Regions University; D.Min. Pastoral Leadership, Birmingham Theological Seminary

Prof. Fred Moore, Pastor, Christian Chapel Baptist Church, Demopolis, AL; B.S., University of Alabama; M.A.Ed., Alabama State University; Professional Educator Certificate, State of Alabama; M.Min., Birmingham Theological Seminary

Dr. Chesley Peed, Women’s and Children’s Counselor and Counseling Coordinator Altadena House Counseling Center (Briarwood Presbyterian Church), Birmingham, AL; B.A., Religious Studies, The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; M.A. Biblical Counseling, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; D.Min. Biblical Counseling, Birmingham Theological Seminary

Dr. Harry L. Reeder, III, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL; B.A., History, Covenant College; M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia); D.Min., Reformed Theological Seminary

Prof. Harry L. Reeder, IV (Ike), President, Birmingham Theological Seminary; B.A. English and Secondary Education, Covenant College; M.A. English (Literary Criticism), University of Alaska Anchorage; M.A. Theological Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary (process)

Dr. Michael E. Reese, Retired Pastor, New Zion Baptist Church, Bessemer, AL; A.A., Faulkner University; B.A., Birmingham Easonian Baptist Bible College; M.Min., Birmingham Theological Seminary; D.Min., Andersonville Baptist Seminary

Prof. Brandon P. Robbins, Director of Distance Education, Birmingham Theological Seminary;A.S., South/East Center for Photographic Studies; M.A. Apologetics, Birmingham Theological Seminary

Prof. William (Bill) L. Stroup, Japanese Director, Wales Goebel Ministry, Birmingham, AL; B.S. Auburn University; MDiv. Grace Seminary; Th.M. Grace Seminary; Nihongo Gakko (Japan) Certificate

Dr. William Harrison Taylor, Associate Professor of History, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL; B.A. History, Troy State University, Troy, AL.; M.A. History, Mississippi State University; PhD. History, Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS.

Dr. Richard C. Trucks, Retired Pastor of Third Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL; B.A., Samford University; M.Div., D.Min., Reformed Theological Seminary Adjunct

Dr. Christopher L. Bolt, Pastor, Elkton Baptist Church Elkton, TN; B.A., Philosophy and Religion, Lynchburg College; M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, KY; Ph.D. Christian Philosophy (Systematic Theology and World Religions), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

Prof. Ron Carter, Director of Training and Resources, DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative; A.A. East Alabama Community College; B.S. University of Montevallo; M.A. Educational Leadership, Covenant College; M.Div. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Steven Cowan, Professor of Philosophy and Religion Lincoln Memorial University; B.A., University of Southern Mississippi; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; M.A. Philosophy, University of Arkansas; Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Arkansas

Prof. Jackie D. Gaston, Pastor, Grace Fellowship Presbyterian Church, Albertville, AL; B. A. Huntingdon College; M. Div. Birmingham Theological Seminary; Th. M. Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Dr. Johnathan Harris, B.A. The University of Alabama at Birmingham; M.Div. Beeson Divinity School; PhD., New Testament Studies, Wheaton College and Graduate School

Prof. Alonza D. Jones, President & Co- Founder Biblical Marriage Institute, Inc. Birmingham, AL; B.A. Huntingdon College, M.A.B.C. Birmingham Theological Seminary; D.Min. Biblical Counseling Cand., Birmingham Theological Seminary

Dr. Murray Lee, Pastor Cahaba Park Church, PCA, Birmingham, AL; B.A. Communications Samford University; M.Div. Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO.; Ph.D., Communications and Informational Services, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Dr. Dave W. Matthews, Associate Pastor (ret.), Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL; B.S., Stephen F. Austin State University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary; D.Min., Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Lynn D. Miley, Assistant Pastor, Westwood Presbyterian Church, Dothan, AL.; B.A., Free Will Baptist Bible College; M.S. Troy State University

Dr. Vic Minish, Teacher, Faith Christian School, Anniston, AL; B.S. University of North Alabama, Florence, AL.; M.A. Religious Education, Birmingham Theological Seminary; M.A. Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS.; Ph.D., Philosophy and Apologetics, Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary

Dr. Frederick “Rick” Morton, Vice President of Engagement Lifeline Children’s Services; B.B.A. Accounting, The University of Memphis; M.A. Christian Education, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Christian Education, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 

Dr. Chris Peters, Pastor, Cross Creek Presbyterian Church, Hoover, AL; B.A., Religious Studies and Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.; M.Div. Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO.; M.A. History, The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Ph.D., History, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Prof. Cooper Pinson, Professor; B. A. History Samford University, Birmingham; AL., M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA.; Ph.D. Studies Historical & Theological Studies: Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary; Ph.D. Candidate University of Cambridge, England

Prof. Scott Shoop, Associate Pastor, Fullness Christian Fellowship Church, Vestavia, AL; B.A History, University of Alabama Birmingham, M.A. Apologetics Birmingham Theological Seminary

Dr. Olan J. Stubbs, Director of Campus Outreach Birmingham, Birmingham, AL; B.A., Samford University, M.A.R., Reformed Theological Seminary; M.Div., Birmingham Theological Seminary; D.Min., Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO

Prof. David Wayne Temples, Pastor Westwood Presbyterian Church, Dothan, AL; B.S. Business Management, University of Florida, Gainesville; MDiv., Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando; Th.M., Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

Dr. Stephen “Blair” Waddell, Pastor Providence Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL; B.A. Theatre Arts, Mars Hill College; M.Div., Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville); Institute for Early Christian History in the Greco-Roman World, Tyndale House (Cambridge); Ph.D. History, The University of Stirling (Stirling, Scotland)

Dr. E.J. Waldron, Adjunct Professor Jefferson State Community College, Birmingham, AL; B.A. History, Samford University; M.A. Education, The University of Alabama at Birmingham; MDiv., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville); PhD., Higher Education Administration, The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)

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