Administration & Faculty


Anthony Hewitt - Dean, New York School of the Bible

Dean Anthony Hewitt grew up in the inner city of Baltimore. In 1972, Anthony suffered a gunshot wound to the back which paralyzed him from his waist and below. As a teen, Anthony accepted the Lord Jesus as his Savior. Later he attended the University of Maryland at College Park (majored in Agronomy), but then transferred to Washington Bible College in preparation for going to the foreign mission field as an agricultural missionary. While attending Bible College, the Lord burdened his heart for the Muslim and Indian populations. After graduation, Anthony joined International Missions (now Christar) to serve the Muslim and Hindu peoples of Suriname, South America. While there he assisted with planting a church, creating the curriculum for the Maranatha Bible Institute, teaching at the Bible Institute, discipling young people, and singing as part of “Eternity,” one of the national groups in Suriname.

Since returning to the States, Anthony’s career has been managing healthcare auditors, teaching healthcare office staff, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and residents on compliant multi-specialty medical record documentation. Anthony has a Master’s degree in Health Services Management and Policy from The New School and is medical record certified as a CPC and CPEDC. Ministry involvement includes the following: foreign and stateside mission trips, teaching Bible studies, teaching at the NYSB, food pantry and homeless outreach, preaching/ministering at the Bowery Mission, NYC Rescue Mission, City Relief. Serving on the board of Fellowship of the Cross/One Million Praying not-for-profit organization, and serving on the Board of Elders at Calvary Baptist Church.



Robert Casteline - Pastor

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



Joe Cina - Dr.

Dr. Joe Cina holds a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also has a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering/Electrophysics. He is the Life Groups and Alpha Course Coordinator at First Baptist Church of Flushing.


Nancy Gavilanes

B.A., State University of New York at New Paltz; M.A., New York University. Christian author of five books and a speaker. Contributing writer for Our Daily Bread’s VOICES Collection. Studied at the New York School of the Bible. Attends Times Square Church.

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Nehru Grant - Pastor

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



Michael Herbert - Pastor

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. Vice President of the Trustee Board of Flushing Christian School in Queens. Dean of New York School of the Bible.


Claude Hurt, Jr.

Bachelor of Architecture, Kent State University; Master of Arts in Hebraic and Judaic Studies, New York University; graduate studies, Columbia University. Course studies, NYSB. Architect, Claude Hurt, Jr., Architect, P.C., New York State.



Nicholas Kamwela

Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Lehman College - CUNY; Master of Divinity, Alliance Theological Seminary. New York School of the Bible Alumnus. Certified Public Accountant.



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Douglas Knowles - Dr.

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




John M. Kraus - Pastor

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


Roberto Munoz - Rev.

Rev. Roberto Munoz has a Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and has served 40 plus years in church ministry. He taught remedial Greek at Concordia Seminary, St. Catharines, Canada, and is now working on recording an audio version of the Greek New Testament. In the 2000s, he taught Film and Theatre at NYSB.


Stephen Na - Pastor

B.S. Applied Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology; M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary. Religious Advisor and Chaplain, Amherst College, MA. National and Eastern District National Church Multiplication Team of the Evangelical Free Church of America. Senior Pastor, Edge City Church, Mineola.




Randel Stubbs

B.B.A. Public Administration, Baruch College; M.S. Banking, Mercy College. Continuing education in Biblical counseling and apologetics. NYSB alumnus. Has served as elder and deacon, as an instructor under Prison Fellowship at Rikers Island, and held corporate positions in financial services and marketing.


Happy Thampikutty

B.S. Health Sciences, Mercy College; 
M.S. Occupational Therapy, Mercy College; 
M.A. Biblical Exposition, Moody Bible Institute. 
Happy is a home-care Occupational Therapist for the aging population. He recently served in teaching/preaching roles at both Christian Fellowship of Long Island, Oceanside, NY, and Hope Church Long Island (2018-2020). Happy currently attends Edge City Church, Mineola, where he helps lead the men's ministry and serves on the teaching team. He is passionate about discipleship and preaching the Word

Nelson Thermitus - Dean

B.Arch., New Jersey Institute of Technology; M.A. Christian Education, Dallas Theological Seminary; DEdMin, Dallas Theological Seminary; ESL Certification, Kean University. Associate Pastor, New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Irvington NJ; Dean, Evangelical Bible Institute, Irvington NJ.


Binu Thomas - Dr.

B.A. Anthropology, SUNY Stony Brook; M.A. Theology, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary; Graduate Certificate, Fuller Theological Seminary; D.Min., Palmer Theological Seminary. Executive Pastor, Edge City Church, Mineola.






Tanya Velardo

B.A. Bible with a Missions emphasis, Lancaster Bible College; Graduate of Children’s Ministry Institute, Child Evangelism Fellowship International Headquarters.  Children’s Ministry Director, Renaissance Church, Harlem.



Michael D. Velardo - Pastor

B.A. Social Sciences, Nyack Missionary College; M.A. Biblical Studies, Denver Seminary. Child Evangelism Fellowship (1978-2008). Dean, New York School of the Bible/Dir. of Children’s Ministries, Calvary Baptist Church (NYC) (2008-2018). NYSB faculty member (2002-2018, 2020 -2021). Retired.