Assistant Professor Music
Diploma, Moody Bible Institute
B.A.Mus., Trinity College
M.Mus., Central Michigan University
D.W.S., Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies
Dr. Kayleen Bobbitt is a faculty member and Professor of Music Theory and Piano at Grace Bible College. She received her undergraduate training at Moody Bible Institute and Trinity International University, where she graduated Summe cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Piano Performance. She then received a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance, with High Honors, from Central Michigan University. She also holds a Post-baccalaureate Degree in Elementary Education from Calvin College.
During her career, she has held a variety of musical positions and responsibilities, including Director of Music at Berean Bible Church (now Rush Creek Bible Church); Director of Music for Sola Scriptura (an evangelical ministry now based in Orlando, Florida); accompanist for Grand Rapids Men and Boys’ Choir; church accompanist; concert pianist with Keys 2 Transport; and faculty member at Calvin College, Aquinas College, and Grace Bible College, where she has taught since 1980.
As an employee of Sola Scriptura, she performed annually for a Scripture conference in Herefordshire, England. She has traveled throughout the United States directing and accompanying Grace Singers, a mixed-voice ensemble from Grace Bible College. Kayleen has composed commissioned works for Grand Rapids Men and Boys’ Choir and Sola Scriptura. She has recorded projects for Christian ministries, including Keys 2 Transport, Sola Scriptura and the Christian Reformed Church of America. She has also self-published a book of piano hymn arrangements entitled “Rhapsodies of Piano Praise,” and a fourteen-book series on sacred piano improvisation entitled, “Hymnprovise.”
Kayleen is married to her college sweetheart, Bill, and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. Her deepest desire is to bring glory to her Savior, Jesus Christ, with the gifts He has given her.
Phone: (616) 261-8555
BA in English w/ a Specialization in Writing and Communications minor, Univ. of Michigan
MA in English Studies, Illinois State Univ.
Gerald Browning is a special appointment faculty member at Grace Bible College and serves as a tutor for the OWL (Online Writing Lab for Graduate Studies). During his tenure in education he has worked in several writing centers. He learned how to tutor at the University of Michigan and Illinois State University (ISU) writing centers. At ISU, he focused on ESL (English as a Second Language) students, spending more time with students from China, Japan, and Korea.
During his teaching tenure, he has continued his work in the writing center. He has had the pleasure of running and managing two writing centers for the Baker College system, and even ran an English department in the Muskegon campus. For the past four years, Gerald has changed his educational major focusing on Educational Leadership (Higher Ed emphasis). He is currently working on his PhD. However, writing and writing centers still play an important role in his studies. He is interested in writing his dissertation on writing center leadership.
Gerald Browning has been teaching writing, literature and rhetoric for over fifteen years and looks forward to teaching in the future. However, another major love of his is creative writing. He has published one novel and contributed to two books in Open Court’s Popular Culture andPhilosophy series. He has also written articles for Comics Across Time. He is also an avid martial artist and fitness enthusiast. He currently cross trains in multiple martial arts and enjoys body conditioning. He also enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife, precocious son…and multiple cats!
Professor of Youth Ministry
B.A. Philosophy and Religion from Spring Arbor University
M.R.E.Christian Education from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Ed.D. Christian Education from Trinity Theological Seminary
Dr. Mark Carroll is Professor of Youth Ministry and Chair of the Youth Ministry Degree Program at Grace Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previous to coming to Grace Bible College in 2007, he was in full-time youth ministry as a youth pastor in the Wesleyan Church for 29 years. For Dr. Mark, it’s been such a natural progression to come to Grace Bible College, to teach in higher education, and to have a hand in shaping students’ lives.
In addition to youth ministry, he enjoys reading, music, racquetball, tennis, and is working towards a black belt in Taekwondo. He and his wife of 32 years Julie, have three children, Ashley, Joshua, and Megan (a recent graduate of GBC). They just welcomed their first grandchild Ezra Stephen Wood.
How will a graduate from Grace’s Youth Ministry program stand out? Dr. Mark says: “They will be well prepared in theory, but also be solid in practical experience. They will demonstrate true servant leadership – not go just for salary or prestige, but find the place where God has called them. They will understand the culture in which they minister and be highly relational. And they will passionately, fervently communicate God’s truth.”
Phone: (616) 261-8567
Assistant Professor of Buisness
B.S., Grand Valley State University
M.B.A., Cornerstone University
Professor DeYoung is passionate about teaching the students at Grace Bible College the connection between their faith and their calling to business.
Professor DeYoung brings valuable real world business experience to his teaching. He has worked for a Fortune 500 company, a regional business based in Michigan, with entrepreneurs in Africa and as the President of a local company that is dedicated to Business as Mission.
Associate Professor of Business
B.A., Eastern Illinois University
M.B.A., University of Phoenix, West Michigan
D.B.A. (ABD), Walden University
Professor Downing serves as Faculty and Chair of the Business Department at Grace Bible College, traditional and online programs. He started with Grace Bible College as an adjunct professor in 2013 and later as a special appointment faculty, and now as full-time faculty. His love for education and the development of quality business courses drives him to ensure that business students at Grace have a live, current, and mission-oriented view of the business world.
Grace’s “Business as a Mission” brings Professor Downing’s real-world business experience into the Grace classroom. His entrepreneurial mindset and small business ownership experience directly relate to Grace’s mission of “Graduating Godly Individuals Prepared to Serve Christ in Church and Society”.
Wayne is active in his church and men’s ministry. In addition to being a servant-leader in his local church, he serves on a ministry board who’s ministry provides counseling to help God’s children to find freedom in Christ Jesus. This ministry is active throughout the US and Central America.
Before graduate and post-graduate school, Wayne served our country in the US Air Force for 23 years. He has traveled both nationally and internationally extensively and held many levels of management/leadership. Wayne relocated back to Michigan in 2004 and met his wife, Aimee while working in higher education. They have three children, Erin (22, married with a son), Blake (17), and Emily (6): they call the Lowell Community their home.
Phone: (616) 987-6600
Phillip J. Long
Professor of Bible and Biblical Languages
Th.B. Pastoral Studies from Grace Bible College
M.A. Biblical Exposition from Talbot School of Theology, BIOLA University
M.A. Old Testament from Talbot School of Theology, BIOLA University
Ph.D. New Testament Studies from Andrews University
Charles Baker Biblical Studies Award (1987)
Talbot Seminary Biblical Exposition Award (1995)
Member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Philosophical Society and the Society of Biblical Literature
Phillip J. Long is Professor of Biblical Studies at Grace Bible College (1998) specializing in the Bible and biblical languages. Since 2000, he has served as the chair of the Biblical Studies division. Since 2005, Phillip has led six student trips to Israel and Jordan.
Publications include Jesus the Bridegroom: The Origin of the Eschatological Feast as a Wedding Banquet in the Synoptic Gospels (Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2012), “The Pastor’s Guide to Resources Materials on the New Testament” in Ministry: International Journal for Pastors, May (2006), and numerous book reviews for theological journals.
Phillip has served as an interim pastor in Newaygo, Michigan and in Riverside, California, and currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Teaching at Rush Creek Bible Church, Byron Center, Michigan. He has been the Vice-Chair (2012-2013) and Chair (2013-2014) of the Midwest Evangelical Theological Society.
Married to Lori since 1984, he has two children, Amy (16) and Caroline (10). Personal interests include music, books, and fine coffee. Phillip blogs regularly at Reading Acts –http://readingacts.wordpress.com
Phone: (616) 261-8568
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
B.S. Religious Studies from Grace Bible College
M.T.S. Theology, Moral Theology and Christian Ethics from the University of Notre Dame
Ph.D. Theology, Moral Theology and Christian Ethics from the University of Notre Dame
Mat Loverin graduated from Grace Bible College in 1998, and has been teaching at GBC since 2005. His areas of expertise are in systematic theology, dispensational theology, and Christian ethics. He is a licensed minister with the Grace Gospel Fellowship. Dr. Loverin lives in Wyoming, MI with his wife and four children, just around the corner from Grace Bible College. His favorite thing about GBC is the opportunity to design learning environments in which students are challenged to grow in their faith and knowledge of God.
Phone: (616) 261-8566
Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology
Bachelor’s of Theology Pastoral from Grace Bible College 1998
Masters of Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary 2008
Pat served as Youth Pastor/Associate Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Port Orchard, WA from 1998-2006. He served as Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Fellowship in Jenison, MI from 2006-current and is still currently quarter time teaching pastor. He has been teaching at Grace Bible College from 2012 to current, mainly in the areas of Systematic Theology, Dispensational Theology and Bible.
Bible and Theology Faculty
B.S. Biblical Studies from Grace Bible College
M.A.Theology with an emphasis in Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary
Mr. Rodgers graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2015 and went on to serve as part of the Grace Bible College Bible and Theology Faculty in the Fall of 2015. His interests rest in the study of the Old Testament in its Ancient Near Eastern context. His specialties include studies in Old Testament Studies, Hebrew, Aramaic, Ugaritic, Akkadian, and Greek. Mr. Rodgers is a Grace Bible College alumnus and returned to Grace to teach because he believes that transforming the lives of our youth with the powerful message of Christ’s sacrifice and God’s redemptive work will fashion future leaders that will be able to transform the lives of those in their community. Understanding the cultural context of Ancient Israel and the Church not only lends to greater understanding of God’s redemptive work, but shows how God works within and against the cultural norms that fashion self-centered societies. Understanding the world in which we live helps us realize the transformative power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jacob and his wife live in Grand Rapids and enjoy traveling the country with their two rambunctious dogs. Both he and his wife love to ride/train horses, hike, and hang out at Grace Adventures.
Phone: (616) 264-6667
Professor of Human Services
B.A. Sociology, Calvin College
M.A. Counseling, Michigan State University
Ph.D. Psychology, Walden University
Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Michigan
Jan has been teaching at Grace Bible College for 15 years in the Human Services Department. She earned he M.A. in 1990 and her Ph.D. in 2007.
Her hobbies include leading Bible studies, reading (especially mysteries), and improving her computer skills.
Phone: (616) 261-8574
J B Seeley
Assistant Professor of English
B.S. Secondary Education, Bob Jones University
M.S. School Administration, Pensacola Christian College
ACSI Certification–Principal at K-12 Levels
JB has been teaching at Grace Bible College since the fall of 2004; she has taught upper level English classes, world history, and Michigan history in addition to the freshman English courses. In the fall 2014 semester, she will add a speech class to her teaching repertoire.
JB is an active grandmother of four teenage boys who have rekindled her interest in baseball, football, martial arts, soccer, swimming, bike riding, and baking; however, after a hokey-pokey mishap, she has hung up her roller skates.
JB’s life verse is Psalm 19:14; May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.
Phone: (616) 261-8569
Professor of Human Services
B.R.E., Cornerstone University
M.T.S., Systematic Theology, Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary
M.A., Counseling, Cornerstone University
M.A., Emergency Mgt. & Homeland Security, Arizona State University
M.S.W., Grand Valley State University
D.Min., Conflict Management, Trinity Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine, Northcentral University
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), State of Michigan
Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW, Clinical & Macro), State of Michigan
Dr. Scott Shaw is Professor of Human Services at Grace Bible College. Scott was clinical supervisor & therapist at Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, from 2000 to 2010. Previously, he worked for seven years at Hope Network Behavioral Health (Grand Rapids, MI), serving adults with chronic mental illness in various residential, clinical and administrative positions. Scott is a graduate of the 38th Police Academy at Grand Valley State University, and has worked in local and county law enforcement. He is nationally board certified in counseling (NCC), a Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association, and a Certified Professional Empowerment Coach (CPEC) through the GBC Center for Empowerment Coaching.
Scott is a 3rd degree black belt and certified Taekwondo instructor (ATA) who leads the Grace Bible College Taekwondo Club. Scott also holds a 1st degree black belt in Shinsei Arnis jitsu (stick & knife) and has trained previously in Pukang Tang Soo Do, Aikido, Shorin Ryu Karate, Krav Maga and Pressure Point Control Tactics (PPCT). Scott has trained in PPCT’s basic subject control curriculum including GAGE and bladed-weapon defense, and is a certified Instructor of PPCT’s “SHARP” (Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention) women’s self-defense curriculum, offered at Grace Bible College every semester.
Phone: (616) 530-7754
Assistant Professor of Communications
B.A., English, Grand Valley State University
M.A., Communication, Western Michigan University
Doctoral Student, Communication, Regent University
Pam began teaching at Grace Bible College in 2008. As Assistant Professor of Communication she is excited about aiding students in the areas of public speaking and communication. Prior to joining Grace as a full-time faculty member, Pam worked 20 years as the Director of Public Information for Right to Life of Michigan and served on the mission field in Tanzania, East Africa. She is a board member of Grace Ministries International and enthusiastically participates in children’s ministry at Celebration Bible Church.
Pam’s passions include communication, reading and keeping active with family and friends. She enjoys watching and participating in sports. Pam lives with her husband, Brian, in Hudsonville, Michigan. They have twin sons, Jordon and Jonah.
Professor of Pastoral Ministry
B. Th., Pastoral Ministry & Christian Education, Grace Bible College
M.A., Ministry, Moody Graduate School
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Columbia International University
Dr. Paul Sweet serves as Professor and Chair of Pastoral Ministry, as well as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Officer. Previous to his current position, Dr. Sweet served for ten years as the Vice President for Academics here at Grace Bible College. Before returning to GBC in 2003, he served in pastoral and educational ministries in Michigan, Alabama, and Indiana. His heart is for young pastors as he strives to equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to minister in today’s world.
Paul’s interests include travel, especially cruises, science fiction, and genealogical research. He is married to Kathy, with whom he has one daughter and four grandchildren. His life passage is Philippians 3:7-14, which encapsulates his passion for ministry and for His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Phone: (616) 261-8556
Professor of Theology
B.A., Milwaukee Bible Institute
M.R.E., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary
M.Div., Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary
D.Miss., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Born of missionary parents in Congo where he grew up. After graduating from GBC he married his wife Rebecca and five months later they left for Congo as missionaries under Grace Ministries International. After serving in Congo for 21 years, they returned to the United States and he taught at Grace Bible College for 9 years. He then became president of the college for 5 years and continued teaching at that time. From 1990 to 2012 he served as executive director of Grace Ministries International. Since his retirement in 2012, he has been serving as an adjunct professor of Theology.
Professor of Music
B.Mus., Cornerstone Univeristy
M.Mus., Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. Higher Education Leadership, Western Michigan University
Dr. Jason Werkema is Professor and Chair of Worship Arts at Grace Bible College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. With expertise in acoustic, classical, bass, and jazz guitar, he is distinguished in Michigan as a leading guitar instructor. An accomplished musician, he has performed concerts in churches, recital halls, and schools throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including a series of performances at the World’s Fair in Sevilla, Spain. He has participated in guitar master classes and/or private study with renowned guitarists including David Russell, Sharon Isbin, Alice Artzt, Chris Buzzelli, John Holmquist, Brian Morris, and Paul Vondiziano.
Previous to his current position, he earned a Bachelors of Music degree from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a Masters of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. His Doctor of Philosophy degree is in Higher Education Leadership from Western Michigan University. He has served as an adjunct professor at Calvin College, Cornerstone University, the Grand Rapids Community College, and as a graduate teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Werkema was also a founding member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet. He currently maintains www.JasonWerkema.com, a website that provides learning resources and video instruction for guitarists. Above all, he celebrates his identity in Christ and passionately looks for ways to share God’s grace with others.
Interests include reading, photography, audio and video production, kayaking, fly fishing, golfing, camping, card magic, and especially family time. He and his wife, Darcie, have three children and a little black dog named Buttons.
Phone: (616) 261-8532
Worship Arts Facilitator
Adam Wolf is the Worship Arts Facilitator at Grace Bible College. He is an alumni of Grace Bible College, and graduated with a Bachelors in Music in Worship Arts.
He has experience working full-time as a Worship Pastor at a local church, and has lead several worship teams/bands in several different venues across the state.
With a passion for Leading Worship and a deep love for music, Adam’s vision for the Worship at Grace Bible College is to “serve the campus by leading and creating an atmosphere of authentic and unforgettable worship”.
God has certainly gifted Adam with the ability to engage people in worship. Couple that with his heart and passion to help people see Jesus, and you will find he loves what he does!
Phone: (616) 261-8529