Administration & Faculty


Michael Herbert - Dean

B.A. Accounting, Texas A&M University; M.Div., Bethel Seminary of the East; Doctor of Education studies, Grand Canyon University.  English Congregation Pastor, Chinese Evangel Mission Church of Queens.  Dean, New York School of the Bible.

Billy W. Nelson - Registrar

B.S. Pastoral Studies, Liberty Baptist College; M.Div., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary; course studies NYSB.


Robert Casteline

B.F.A. Theater, Hofstra University; M.Div., Denver Seminary.   Associate Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Manhattan.

Gordon Franz

B.A. Biblical Education, Florida Bible College; B.A. History and Social Science, Christian Heritage College; M.A. Old Testament, Columbia Biblical Seminary; graduate studies in History of Ancient Israel, Institute of Holy Land Studies.  Course study, NYSB.  Archaeologist and field trip instructor with Talbot School of Theology, La Mirada, California.

Nehru Grant

B.S. Organizational Management/Church Development, Nyack College.  M. Div. studies, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.  NYSB Alumnus.  Senior Pastor, Living Hope Christian Church, Queens.

Valerie Holmes

B.A., M.A. Music Education and Performance; State Teaching Credential, San Jose State University; Doctor of Musical Arts, Manhattan School of Music; Flute Teaching Certification, Suzuki Association of the Americas.  Flute and recorder faculty, Special Music School/P.S. 859 and Lucy Moses School; free-lance flutist and private flute studios; NYSB Alumnus.

Chris Hooper

B.S. Electrical Engeineering, University of Colordado; M.Div.,  Denver Seminary.  Senior Pastor, First Evangelical Free Church, Brooklyn.

Claude Hurt, Jr.

B.Arch., Kent State University; M.A. Hebraic and Judaic Studies, New York University; graduate studies, Columbia University.  Course studies, NYSB.  Architect, Claude Hurt, Jr., Architect, P.C., New York State.

Douglas Knowles

B.S. Psychology, SUNY College at Oneonta; M.S.W., Hunter  College School of Social Work; M.Div., Bethel Seminary; D.Min., Alliance Theology Seminary.  Lead Pastor, Second Evangelical Free Church, Brooklyn.


John M. Kraus

B.R.E. Pastoral Studies, Baptist Bible College; M.S. Mathematics Education, Secondary Level, Marywood College; M.Div., Th.M., Westminster Theological Seminary.  Chaplain, Life Choice Hospice, River Edge, New Jersey; Interim Pastor, Liberty Corner Bible Church, Liberty Corner, NJ.

Daniel Mann

B.A. Social Work, Ohio University; M.A. Old Testament, Ashland Theological Seminary; postgraduate studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; postgraduate studies, Westminster Theological Seminary, NYC Extension.  Course studies, NYSB.  Teaching and writing full-time.

Randel Stubbs

B.B.A. Public Administration, Baruch College; M.S. Banking, Mercy College; NYSB alumnus.  Fiduciary Control Analyst, Bank of New York Mellon.

Lawrence Taylor

B.S. Bible, Philadelphia College of Bible; M.A. New Testament, Master of Sacred Theology, General Theological Seminary; Ph.D. candidate, Ancient History, CUNY Graduate Center; D.Min., New York Theological Seminary; Course studies, NYSB.  Pastor, Kenilworth Baptist Church, Brooklyn.

Tanya Velardo

B.A. Bible, Lancaster Bible College; Graduate of Children's Ministry Institute, Child Evangelism Fellowship International Headquarters.  Children's Ministry Director, Renaissance Church, Harlem.

Chad Wade

B.A. Music, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; M.A. Religion, Liberty University; M.Div., Liberty University.  Interim Music Director, Calvary Baptist Church.


William J. Thompson

B.A. Biochemistry, Queens College; postgraduate studies, Columbia Bible College, Philadelphia College of Bible; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary.  Seminar study, NYSB.  Retired.