Graduate Course Schedule

August 2020

BI 511: Theological and Exegetical Perspectives on Spiritual Gifts

Course Overview

This course provides an in-depth examination of the Biblical teaching on spiritual gifts. Emphasis will be given to the definition and description of the gifts mentioned in the New Testament, as well as the distinction between the temporary sign gifts and the permanent gifts. The approach to the class will be one of careful exegesis of pertinent passages and thorough examination of theological truths which must inform our thinking on this subject. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Flynn, Leslie B. 19 Gifts of the Spirit. Colorado Springs: NEXGEN, 2004.
  • Gundry, Stanley N., and Wayne A. Grudem, editors. Are Miraculous Gifts for Today? Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.
  • Thomas, Robert L. Understanding Spiritual Gifts (revised edition). Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1999.
Meet the Professor

Dr. John King Dr. John King has served in ministry since 1973, all in pastorates except for two years as an instructor and Dean of the Graduate School at Appalachian Bible College. He has served churches in North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, and West Virginia. He and his wife, Jeanie, have three grown daughters and six grandchildren. John earned a Bachelor of Theology degree at Piedmont Bible College (now Piedmont International University), Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees at Grace Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: July 3 - September 7, 2020
  • On-Campus Dates: August 3-7, 2020

January 2021

PT 501: The Church and Culture

Course Overview

What is the role of the church in today’s culture? This accredited graduate course will examine that question and determine the answer by establishing the appropriate definition of success for the church and by exploring the sufficiency of Scripture for practicing that role within our culture. Review will be made of current cultural issues confronting the church. Students will examine what constitutes the assigned task for the church as well as how that task interacts with today’s culture. Each student will compose a Biblical philosophy of the church and culture. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Guinness, Os. Renaissance. InterVarsity Press, 2014.
  • Jones, Peter. The Other Worldview. Kirkdale Press, 2015.
  • Kinnaman, David and Gabe Lyons. Good Faith. Baker Books, 2016.
  • MacArthur, John. The Truth War. Thomas Nelson. 2007.
  • McQuilkin, Robertson. The Five Smooth Stones. B&H Publishing, 2007.
  • Stonestreet, John and Brett Kunkle. A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World. David C. Cook, 2017.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Daniel Anderson Daniel Anderson, Th.D., has served as President of Appalachian Bible College since 1983. After receiving a Bible/Theology diploma from ABC, he completed undergraduate studies at Faith Baptist Bible College. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Grace Theological Seminary while being ordained to the ministry and serving as a pastor. Dr. Anderson later earned a Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. The passion of Dr. Anderson’s life and ministry has centered upon nurturing servants for the fields of the world. The motto of ABC, …Because Life is for Service, captures his heart.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: December 7, 2020 - February 8, 2021
  • On-Campus Dates: January 4-8, 2021

March 2021

BI 505: Foundations of a Text-Based Ministry

Course Overview

This course examines the central place of the Scriptures for all of life and ministry. Included in the course is an examination of the Bible's own claims for the primacy of authoritative revelation, contemporary challenges to a Bible-based ministry, and a course project designed to foster a Bible-based ministry in the student’s setting.
3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Dever, Mark. The Deliberate Church. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2005.
  • Gaffin, Richard B., Jr. Perspectives on Pentecost: New Testament Teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P & R, 1979.
  • Piper, John. A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016.
Textbooks are subject to change. Consult current syllabus.
Meet the Professor

Jonathan Rinker Jonathan A. Rinker is the V.P. for Development and Chair of the Bible/Theology Major at Appalachian Bible College, where he has served for fifteen years with his wife Sarah and their four children. He has also been the lead elder at his local church during this time, exercising his gift in preaching and applying a Biblical philosophy of ministry to practical issues in a local church. In this course he communicates his passion for a philosophy of ministry that is driven by the authority of Scripture, showing how this applies to every area of ministry, including family life, evangelism, counseling and preaching, and corporate worship. Dr. Rinker earned his B.A. from Appalachian Bible College, M.Div. from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from Baptist Bible Seminary.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: February 8 - April 12, 2021
  • On-Campus Dates: March 8-12, 2021

August 2021

PT 505: Discipleship and Mentoring in the Local Church

Course Overview

Jesus’ marching orders to His followers were to “go make disciples…” This course explores the Biblical philosophy and practical implementation of discipleship ministry. How can you make disciples in your life and ministry? How does mentoring relate to discipleship? How can a local church be a disciple-making church? 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Barna, George, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, Baker Books, 2016.
  • Dever, Mark, Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus, Crossway, 2016.
  • Hull, Bill, The Disciple-making Church: The Leading of a Body of Believers on a Journey of Faith, Baker Book House, 2010.
  • Marshall, Colin and Payne, Tony, The Trellis and the Vine, Matthias Media, 2009.
Meet the Professor

Mark Johnson Dr. Mark Johnson was called as Senior Pastor of Independent Bible Church in Martinsburg, WV in January 1988. He grew up in the small town of Paris, Illinois. Raised by godly parents, he accepted Christ at age five and attended a small Bible church during his formative years. He graduated from Appalachian Bible College in 1977 (B.A. in Bible/Pastoral studies) and Grace Theological Seminary (Th. M. in Old Testament) in 1982. In May 2004, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Baptist Bible Seminary of Clarks Summit, PA.

Course Dates
  • Course Work: July 12, 2021 - September 13, 2021
  • On-Campus Dates: August 9-13, 2021

Online Courses

BI 552: Exegesis of Romans

Course Overview

This course will examine the content of the Romans Letter and aggressively digest core theological impulses of Paul’s epistle. This course is primarily an interpretation of the English Text with certain notable words and concepts highlighted from the original language. Special attention will be given to the background and occasion of the Letter which is imperative to a proper hermeneutical understanding of the Letter. The course is also designed to prepare the M.A. student to accurately and authoritatively communicate this book in either a classroom or pastoral setting. Particular emphasis will be given to Paul’s commitment to understanding the Law of Moses in light of the Grace of Christ. This course will be offered with the heart-felt prayer that every student will gain a greater love for the person and work of Jesus Christ as revealed in the infallible and inerrant Word of God. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Moo, Douglas, Romans: The NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Daniel Davey Dr. Daniel Davey is the President and Professor of Bible Exposition at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. He has taught students and led the seminary since its inception in 1995.

Course Dates
  • Online courses may be taken during any term.

PT 504: The Church and Family Ministry

Course Overview

Note: this course is taken entirely online. This course will examine and determine the role of the church in family ministry by establishing the appropriate definition of success for the church: helping families to grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically. Each student will compose a biblical philosophy of the church and family ministry. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Sells, Charles M., Family Ministry, 2nd Edition. Zondervan. 1981.
  • Rainey, Dennis, Ministering to Twenty-First Century Families. Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Charles Bethel Dr. Charles Bethel is currently a faculty member with Marshall University in their Graduate Leadership Studies Department. He also is an adjunct faculty member with the National Theological College and Graduate School, which specializes in teaching believers in Middle East Countries. Most recently Dr. Bethel was the Dean of Graduate Studies and Distance Education, and Registrar at Appalachian Bible College for 4 years. Prior to that he served as the Vice President for Academics at ABC for 17 years.

Dr. Bethel earned his degrees from the University of Tampa (A.A.), Moody Bible Institute (B.A.), Grace Theological Seminary (M.A.), and West Virginia University (Ed.D.).

Course Dates
  • Online courses may be taken during any term.

BI 506: The Psalms

Course Overview

Note: this course is taken entirely online. The course is a study of the Psalms as part of Old Testament poetry, with a specific analysis of the contents of the collection. Additional emphasis will be placed on the special hermeneutics related to the study of Hebrew poetry and Hebrew wisdom literature. Students will learn to use and appreciate the Psalms as a guide for worship and a source for meditation. 3 credit hours

Selected Bibliography
  • Archer, Gleason. A Survey of Old Testament Introduction. Chicago: Moody Press, 1964, 1974.
  • Bullock, C. Hassell. An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books. Chicago: Moody Press, 1979, 1988.
  • Harrison, Everett F. Introduction to the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Wm B. Eerdmans, 1969.
  • Ross, Allen P., “Psalms,” Bible Knowledge Commentary of the Old Testament. Eds. John F. Walvoord and Roy B. Zuck. Victor Books, Scripture Press Publications, 1985.
  • Scroggie, W. Graham. The Psalms. Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, 1948.
Meet the Professor

Dr. Jerry Knoblet Dr. Jerry Knoblet graduated from Fort Wayne Bible College in 1970 with a B.S. in Missions. He served two years in a pastorate in Pellston, Michigan before graduating with a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary in 1975. Dr. Knoblet pastored churches in Indiana, Oregon, and Kansas. While finishing a degree at Denver Baptist Theological Seminary in 1984, he earned High Honors in the Master of Theology program. A Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice completed his studies in 1986. Altogether he has twenty-eight years of pastoral experience, and has been an interim pastor at several churches in the Beckley, WV area. He taught at Appalachian Bible College for seventeen years, serving as registrar, professor, and Chairman of the Bible and Theology Department. He has authored four books and numerous articles. Dr. Knoblet travels worldwide as Bible teacher and pulpit supply. He teaches as adjunct faculty for Appalachian Bible College and the National Theological College and Graduate School, and serves at Shepherds Theological Seminary.

Course Dates
  • Online courses may be taken during any term.

HT 551: Baptistic Heritage I

Course Overview

This is a survey of New Testament Christianity after the time of the Apostles to the end of the Reformation (AD100-1650). This course will also examine philosophy of Baptistic history and the development and response of New Testament churches to the apostasy of Romanism. Special treatment will be given to the Anabaptists and the emergence of the modern English Baptists in the Reformation era. Historical Theology, 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Gonzales, Justo. The Story of Christianity. HarperOne; 2nd edition. 2010.
  • McBeth, H. Leon. The Baptist Heritage – Four Centuries of Baptist Witness. Broadman Press, 1989.
  • Estep, William R. The Anabaptist Story: An Introduction to Sixteenth-Century Anabaptism. Eerdmans; 3rd revised, enlarged edition, 1995. 
  • Vedder, Henry C. A Short History of the Baptists, 1907.
  • McGoldrick, James E. Baptist Successionism: A Crucial Question in Baptist History. Scarecrow Press; revised edition, 1999.
Meet the Professor

Dr. John Rinehart After receiving a Certificate from Appalachian Bible College, Dr. John Rinehart went on to earn a B.A. from Fairhaven Baptist College, M.A. from Valparaiso University, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Reared in a Christian home, he trusted Christ as Savior at 6 years of age and surrendered to full-time ministry at 18. Dr. Rinehart has served at colleges in Indiana, Wisconsin, and since 2014 at Appalachian Bible College. He strongly believes that one cannot be right with God without loving history. Besides teaching undergraduate courses at ABC, he is the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Course Dates
  • Online courses may be taken during any term.

PT 513: Church Staffing & Personnel Issues

Course Overview

Effective ministry in the 21st century demands that we understand and practice ministry in the context of Biblically-motivated and Christ-honoring relationships with those who serve alongside us in the Body of Christ. This class will provide help not only to senior pastors, but also to all church staff, laymen, and even personnel in other ministry organizations in thinking through the multitude of important issues involved in serving the Lord together. The focus will be on a Biblical philosophy of team ministry, issues involved in building a staff team, and steps to maintaining a healthy staff. 3 credit hours

Textbooks
  • Williams, Matt. How to Be a Team Player and Enjoy It. Greenville, SC: Ambassador International, 2013. 222 pp.
  • Fagerstrom, Douglas. The Ministry Staff Member. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006. 272 pp.
  • Osborne, Larry. Sticky Teams. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010.
  • Gangel, Ken. Team Leadership in Christian Ministry, revised edition. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1997. 450 pp.
Meet the Professor

Dr. John King Dr. John King has served in ministry since 1973, all in pastorates except for two years as an instructor and Dean of the Graduate School at Appalachian Bible College. He has served churches in North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, and West Virginia. He and his wife, Jeanie, have three grown daughters and six grandchildren. John earned a Bachelor of Theology degree at Piedmont Bible College (now Piedmont International University), Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees at Grace Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois.

Course Dates
  • Online courses may be taken during any term.