Administration and Faculty


David Paul Epstein - Chancellor

B.A. Biblical Studies, Washington Bible College; M.A. Biblical Studies, Capital Bible Seminary; Ph.D. candidate (ABD) History of Education and Adult Development, University of Maryland; doctoral studies in Biblical Studies, The Catholic University of America.  Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Manhattan.

Billy W. Nelson - Registrar

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

Michael D. Velardo - Dean

B.A. Social Sciences, Nyack Missionary College; M.A. Biblical Studies, Denver Seminary.  Director of Education Ministries, Calvary Baptist Church, Manhattan; Urban Ministry Consultant, Child Evangelism Fellowship® Greater New York City, Staten Island.  Faculty, New York School of the Bible.


Brandon Doyle

B.A. History, Mississippi State University; M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  Head Facilitator, Kairos; NYC Metro Church Planting Catalyst, Global Gates Network.

Aswan Morris

B.A. Public Relations, West Virginia Wesleyan College; M. A. Biblical Studies student, Reformed Theological Seminary.  Regional Director for Your Life Manhattan Region; Connections Pastor, Renaissance Church, Harlem.

Ruben Cabrera

B.A. Bible, pre-seminary studies, Columbia Bible College; M.Div. Pastoral Studies, Bethel Seminary; additional graduate work, Columbia Biblical Seminary.  Senior Pastor, Northern Valley Evangelical Free Church, Cresskill, New Jersey.

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.

Steve Galegor

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Ball State University.  M.A. studies in Ministry, Antioch School of Church Planting and Leadership Development.  International Project Director with BILD International for church-based theological education in Albania and Kosovo.  Senior Pastor, Grace Church, Clifton, New Jersey.

Christopher N. Gardner

B.A. Biblical Studies, Taylor  University; M.A. Religious Studies, M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary.  Course studies, NYSB.  Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Brooklyn.

Gershwin Grant

B.S. Architecture, New York Institute of Technology; general theological studies and graduate, New York School of the Bible; M.Div. studies, Seminary of the East; M.P.S. Christian Ministry, Alliance Theological Seminary; D. Min. Christian Leadership in the Global Context, Alliance Theological Seminary.  Senior Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Ossining NY; executive board member, CB Missions Northeast; Hudson Valley Pastors Cluster Leader, CB Mission Northeast; Christian Chaplain, Hebrew Home for the Aged of Riverdale.

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.

Mark Grawehr

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology; M.P.S. Church Development, Alliance Theological Seminary; Doctorate in Biblical Studies, Masters School of Divinity.  Consulting Pastor, Precious Clay Ministries; Adjunct Professor, Pillar College.

Drew Griffin

B.A. Political Science, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville; M.Div. Biblical and Theological Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Missionary with the North American Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention; Church Planter/Pastor, Cross Church NYC, Manhattan.

Michael Herbert

B.A. Accounting, Texas A&M University; M.Div., Bethel Seminary of the East; Doctor of Education studies, Grand Canyon University.  Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church, Cambria Heights, 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.

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., Manhattan.

Nicholas Kamwela

B.S. Accounting, Lehman College - CUNY; M. Div. studies, Alliance Theological Seminary.  NYSB Alumnus.  Certified Public Accountant.

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.

Ryan Moore

B.A. Biblical Studies, M.A. Pastoral Theology, Andersonville Theological Seminary.  NYSB Alumnus.  Lead Plater/Pastor, Focus Community Church, Plainfield, NJ.

Miquel Muñoz

B.A. Classical Studies, Brock University.  Director of Media and Technology, Calvary Baptist Church, Manhattan.

Gail J. Parker

A.A. Accounting, Hostos Community College; B.A. Liberal Arts, City University of New York; B.A. studies in Bible and Theology, Lancaster Bible College.  NYSB Alumnus.  Accounting Coordinator for Global Regional School System, Archdiocese of New York, Manhattan.

Randel Stubbs

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

Stanford M. Sutton, Jr.

B.A. Mathematics; Swarthmore College; studies, Columbia Bible College; M.A. Biblical Studies, Wheaton College; Bachelor of Divinity, Gordon Divinity School.  Retired.

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.

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.

Steven Tice

B.S. Music Education, Messiah College; M.M. Music Composition, Ohio University; Doc. Worship Studies, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, Orange Park (FL).  Adjunct Faculty, Alliance Theological Seminary; Northeast Regional Director for Navigator Church Ministries; Director/Teacher, Malverne School of Music.

Michael D. Velardo - Dean

B.A. Social Sciences, Nyack Missionary College; M.A. Biblical Studies, Denver Seminary.  Director of Education Ministries, Calvary Baptist Church, Manhattan; Urban Ministry Consultant, Child Evangelism Fellowship® Greater New York City, Staten Island.  Faculty, New York School of the Bible.

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.

Joseph Wint

B.A. English, The King’s College; M.A. English, New York University; M.S. Reading, Ed.D. Reading and Administration, Hofstra University; M.Div. candidate, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Course studies, NYSB.  Series 7 Stock Market Brokers License.  Evangelist, Emmaus Bible Chapel, Bronx.