ABR Associates are students and professionals who graciously contribute their research and expertise to the ministry of ABR. ABR Associates help to educate and enlighten both seekers and saved, helping provide answers and information for those who come within the reach of ABR. We are so grateful for their contributions to the ABR ministry!
Dewayne Bryant was born near Nashville, TN. He earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1998, and MA degrees in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary 2000 and in Bible from Lipscomb University in 2003. He studied archaeology and ancient Near Eastern languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is currently completing a PhD in Biblical Studies (emphasizing in Old Testament) at Amridge University. He has been teaching undergraduate classes at Amridge in Pentateuch and Biblical Archaeology since 2006. He served as a field assistant at Tell el-Borg, Egypt for the 2006 season. He also serves as an involvement minister and has taught and conducted seminars not only in the United States, but also in Ghana and in New Zealand. Dewayne has been an ABR associate since August 2011.
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Tania Fenwick is from South Australia and lives with her husband Brian and their three adult daughters. The family travelled to the Philippines in 1998 and Saipan in 2000-2001, working for Far East Broadcasting Company on short term assignments. Tania has been involved in music and children's ministries, Bible studies and has studied theology by extension. She completed a Bachelor of International Studies degree in 2008 and Honours in Classical Studies in 2010, at the University of Adelaide. She majored in Classics, mostly focusing on archaeological topics, and as part of her degree took part in an archaeological field school in Jordan for four weeks of intensive excavation training in site supervision at the site believed to be ancient Zoara in Khirbet Sheikh 'Isa. Her thesis topic was on mosaic pavements in Roman Syria and her area of interest is Near Eastern Archaeology. Tania volunteered at the ABR excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir, Israel in 2012. Tania had been an ABR associate since April 2011.
Dr. David Graves
David E. Graves (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) teaches English for Wall Street Institute in Moscow Russia and is Adjunct Professor at the School of Religion at Liberty University Online in Lynchburg VA where he teaches Archaeology and NT for them. He has worked as a field supervisor on Tall el-Hammam in Jordan since 2005 under the direction of Dr. Steven Collins, dean of archaeology at Trinity Southwest University, Albuquerque, NM, in a joint project with the Jordanian Department of Antiquities. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Near East Archaeological Society. He is also a member of the ArcImaging team as the Director of Operation for the Mount Ararat Archaeological Research Expedition in search of Noah's Ark in Turkey. He is the author of a number of articles on the Book of Revelation and his archaeological research in Tall el-Hammam, Jordan. His PhD dissertation entitled "The Seven Messages of Revelation and Vassal Treaties: Literary Genre, Structure, and Function" was published under the title The Seven Messages of Revelation and Vassal Treaties: Literary Genre, Structure, and Function. David has been an ABR Associate since February, 2009.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Greg is a product of the city's Public School System. He spent his freshman college year in Oslo, Norway and then finished his undergraduate degree in English Literature at Wagner College in Richmond, New York. After two years in the Navy, Greg went back to school and received his certification in engineering. Greg spent the next twenty years working as an engineer high-tech companies including Nicolet, Wavetek, Rockland, and Physical Acoustics. In 1990, Greg decided to get into education. After getting his teaching certification and a Masters in Communication from the State University of New York, Greg taught high school for six years and then was asked to become the Director of the Media Center at SUNY New Paltz. Greg retired from SUNY in 2003 and moved to Bend, OR to be with his immediate family. Since then, Greg has become involved in Apologetics and now spends most of his time writing, taking photographs, producing videos for this subject. Greg also teaches part time at the Central Oregon Community College (Islam, archaeology, and visual arts). Greg travels every year to volunteer at various archaeological sites in Israel, including the Temple Mount, Hazor, and Rujm el Hiri. He has also traveled and studied in Egypt and Jordan. He is traveling back to Israel in 2011 year to dig at both Gezer and Khirbet Qeiyafa. Greg has published a number of articles including Parables from the Arab House (Teibeh), Is the Temple Mount Really Jewish, and Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Greg serves the ministy of ABR by editing videos for YouTube and promoting ABR at Christian conferences. He has been an ABR associate since April, 2011.
Colonel David G. Hansen, Ph.D.
Colonel David G. Hansen, Ph.D., served in the US Army for thirty-five years. He taught at the US Army War College for nine years, was the chairman of the Department of National Security and Strategy, and a tenured professor. He left active military service with academic degrees in geography and international relations. David then taught at Penn State for eight years while finishing his Ph.D. in biblical studies. David has participated in five archaeological seasons either under the direction of Dr. Wood or Dr. Livingston. He has traveled extensively and lectured in the Middle East, published articles in several journals about the impact of geography on military affairs and the Bible, authored one book (In Their Sandals, Xulon Press, 2008) and co-authored three. His latest co-authored books, A Visual Guide to Bible Events (selected as one of the top five 2010 books in its category by the Christian Evangelical Publishers Association) and A Visual Guide to Gospel Events(selected as one of the top five 2011 books in its category by the Christian Evangelical Publishers Association), are available through ABR. David served as the president of the ABR Board of Directors for 8 years, and has written many articles for Bible and Spade and the ABR Website. David has been an ABR Associate since August, 2009.
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Joel Kramer is the son of an oil company worker, raised in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After graduating from college with a BA degree in communications, he moved to the 95% Mormon town of Brigham City, Utah where he married his wife Cathy, began a family, and started Living Hope Ministries. The vision was to focus on the medium of film to both educate Christians about Mormonism and produce tools that would more effectively equip Christians in their witness to Mormons. Joel and his team released four films, DNA vs. The Book of Mormon (2003), Called to Be Free (04), The Bible vs. The Book of Mormon (05) and Lifting the Veil of Polygamy (07). The Bible vs. The Book of Mormon proved to be the most effective tool in bringing Mormons to Christ because it not only taught the falsehood of the Book of Mormon, but emphasized the truth of the Bible. To teach Mormons what is true about the Bible became Joel's passion, so he moved his family and Living Hope Ministries from Utah to Jerusalem, Israel in 2007. The name of the ministry was changed to SourceFlix and the vision broadened beyond, but not excluding, Mormonism. SourceFlix has produced three more films from Israel : The Jesus Tomb Unmasked (2009), Jericho Unearthed (2009) and The Bible vs. Joseph Smith (2010). Joel dillgently serves the ABR ministry on the ground in Israel: filming, providing administrative assistance for ABR's Dig in Israel, and informing ABR about the events happening on the ground in Israel today. Joel has been an ABR Associate since May 2010. Read articles by Joel Kramer
Suzanne Lattimer was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. At age 7, she was told what an archaeologist was and declared, "So there is the name for what I want to do!" After homeschooling, and enduring years of little or no childrenâ€™s archaeology literature, she attended Bryan College in Dayton, TN and received her B.A. in Bible and Piano Performance, with a minor in Koine Greek. She went on to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) in Deerfield, Illinois and received her M.A. in Near Eastern Archaeology and Semitic Languages. While at TEDS, she studied under James Hoffimeier, Kenneth Kitchen, and K. Lawson Younger Jr. Suzanne particpated in ABR's excavations at Khirbet el-Maqatir during the 1999 season, skipping her high school graduation, again in 2000, and served as a square supervisor in 2010. She has also dug at Tel Dor in Israel, in the Great Smoky Mountains with the National Park Service, and interned at the ABR office. She has written articles for children in Bible and Spade, and has spoken to many children and adult Sunday School classes about the importance of archaeology. She is currently a stay-at-home mom, homeschooling her daughter and holding down the home front for her husband, who currently serves in the U.S. Navy. Suzanne has been an ABR Associate since July 2010.
Don McNeeley has graduate degrees from the Air Force Institute of Technology and Triune Biblical University. He retired from the Navy as a Supply Corps Officer in 1999. As the director for the Church and Biblical Research Group, Director for the Center for Christian Spiritual Formation, and President of Tidewater Bible College, all located in Virginia Beach, VA, he is busy expounding the truths of biblical archaeology, spiritual formation, and the church to the world. His passion is teaching men and women in an atmosphere that dynamically integrates Christian spirituality with the classroom experience; thus obtaining the ability to change not only the church, but the world. His publications include book reviews, articles and presentations on biblical archaeology, and one book: A Biblical Reference Manual which was used by a teaching ministry in Africa. Additionally, he is responsible for the Near East Archaeological Society meeting exhibit held in conjunction with the Evangelical Theological Societyâ€™s annual meeting. His research is concentrated on understanding how spiritual formation concepts revealed in the scriptures resulted in the archaeological artifacts recovered from the sands of time, which can then assist us in understanding how we should be pursuing our own spiritual disciples in the 21st century. Don has been an ABR Associate since July 2009.
Scott Patterson, MSc, CSP, CPEA
Scott Patterson has over 33 years of experience working in insurance industrial safety in a variety of field consultant, management, and home office staff/executive leadership positions. He has designed and developed a wide range of highly successful training programs for participants from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Ireland, Mexico, Malaysia, the U.K, and the U.S. Scott holds a B.A. in Biology from Barrington College, Barrington, Rhode Island and an MSc in Training & Human Resource Management from the University of Leicester, Leicester, England. Scott is a former guest lecturer on safety at the Harvard School of Public Health and a former adjunct staff member of the Safety Studies Department of Keene State College. Scott participated during part of ABR’s 2012 excavation season at Khirbet el-Maqatir and recently designed and taught a semester adult Sunday school class, “Biblical Archaeology 101”. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Archaeology & Biblical History at Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A certified scuba diver, he has explored numerous shipwrecks in the U.S., Bermuda, and the Bahamas. Scott currently resides near Keene, New Hampshire on a 222 year-old farmstead, with Keri, his wife of 28 years, two dogs, and small flocks of sheep and chickens.
Doug Petrovich served as Academic Dean and Instructor at Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary, Novosibirsk, Russia from 2000-2008. He taught, devised and established curricula for the Bachelor/Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Distance-Learning Programs. He earned an B.A. in Evangelism from Moody Bible Institute, an M.Div. in Biblical Studies and Th.M in New Testament from the Master's Seminary. Doug is currently enrolled in the M.A. program in ANE History and Archaeology at the Univeristy of Toronto. Doug participated in the Hazor excavations in 2007, excavating in Area M. He has studied Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic and Egyptian. Doug has been an ABR Associate since December 2010. Read articles by Doug Petrovich.
Dr. John Roskoski
John was born and raised in New Jersey in the Roman Catholic tradition. He was interested in the Bible from a young age and pursued this interest through academic pursuits. John graduated from Seton Hall University with a BA in Religious Studies (1981); he received a MA from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in Theology (1986); a MA from Seton Hall University in Jewish-Christian Studies (1990); a MPHIL from Fordham University in Biblical Studies (2004); and a PhD from Omega Bible Institute in Biblical Studies (2006). Although still Roman Catholic, John has embraced the Evangelical tradition regarding Biblical Interpretation because he is a staunch advocate of Biblical Inerrancy and has little regard for the Minimalist and Deconstructionalist approaches which permeate much of Biblical Criticism. His major area of concentration has been the Old Testament, with a particular focus on the Samson Narratives. John has received the "President's Award" from Omega Bible Institute for graduating with a 4.0 average. His name has appeared on several "Who's Who" lists including "Who's Who in the World" and "Who's Who in American Education." He is also a member on the "Community Editorial Board" for the Home News-Tribune, a New Jersey newspaper in which his articles concerning topics of local importance appear regularly. John has been a competitive athlete since his youth. As an adult he has found success in the field of Powerlifting, in which he has held many titles. John is an Adjunct Lecturer at St. Peter's College, Jersey City, New Jersey, and on the Adjunct staff at Omega Bible Institute. John has been an ABR Associate since March, 2009.
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Eric D. Schwartz
Eric D. Schwartz is a high school humanities teacher at Dayspring Christian Academy, Mountville PA, where his courses include New Testament Greek, Biblical Hermeneutics and Worldviews. He has a BA in Ancient Languages and Music Composition from Wheaton College, IL. He serves as an elder at New Hope Bible Fellowship in Lancaster, PA. Eric has been an ABR Associate since October 2009.
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Jerry Taylor is a life-long resident of Northern Michigan, where he lives with his wife, 3 of his four adult children and one grandchild. After graduating from Northwestern Michigan College in 1983 with a degree in Digital Electronics Technology he was employed as an Emissions Test Facility Technician for General Motors and as a technician for a meteorological instrumentation company. For the last 20+ years he has been working as a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Specialist and Design Technician for Survey/Civil Engineering firms in Northern Michigan. Jerry is NAS (Nautical Archaeology Society) Level II certified and has taught seminars to NAS students covering the use of GIS & aerial photography in underwater archaeology. Jerry is currently developing a 3D contour map of Khirbet el-Maqatir, and plans to apply photogrammetry and remote sensing technologies to the ABR excavation. Some of his personal interests include: Researching Paleo-Indian locations in Northern Michigan, locating downed WW II aircraft in the Great Lakes and the application of Remote Sensing Technologies to Archaeology. For the last 25 years, he has been teaching adult education classes at his home church. Jerry has been an ABR associate since July 2012.
Kristen grew up in the south-eastern United States. Her first exposure to Christian Apologetics was in 7th grade, when a teacher introduced her to the Enuma Elish and Gilgamesh Epic, while showing how they support the Creation and Flood accounts in Scripture. As a result, she fell in love with the idea that historical evidence could support the message of the Bible. In 2006, Kristen went to Israel to explore the world of the Bible. In 2009, she went to India to study Middle Eastern religions first hand, and in 2010, she went to Jerusalem, Israel for an archeological dig with Dr. Randall Price at the Temple Mount Sifting Project and the Western Wall Plaza Excavation. Kristen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Religion. Currently, she is working on a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, with plans to go on to a PhD in Archaeology upon graduation. Kristen's passion is to enable individuals to be able to defend their faith, in order to promote their spiritual growth and enable them to be more effective evangelists for Christ. Out of this passion, she founded doubtLess Faith Ministries Kristen has been an ABR associate since September 2011.
Benjamin Felker is a Biblical Archaeology major at Wheaton College. He has spent five months on various excavations in both Israel and the US. He is currently working on a study of the Samaria Ostraca and ancient Israelite economy and is interested in applying studies in geology to studies in archaeology. Ben has been an ABR Associate since December, 2009.
Reagan Barnett acquired an academic interest in archaeology her freshman year of college when a professor began giving her ABR articles to read. She continued pursuing this interest and graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and a minor in Biblical Greek. Her primary focus is in Egyptology, mainly Middle Kingdom Egypt, especially as it relates to the Joseph narrative. She also has a strong interest in bio-medical Egyptology and the history of medicine. She has presented two papers on these topics at conferences of the Near East Archaeology Society, in 2008 and 2009. As the result of a battle with cancer, Reagan became involved with a non-profit organization called Lynch Syndrome International and now serves as their Young Adult Representative. She also speaks to physician panels and raises cancer awareness wherever possible. Through this involvement, Reagan is combining her interests in both modern and ancient medicine. In Fall 2011, she began working as a Lab Assistant in a molecular biology lab at the University of South Alabama and also began to pursue her PhD in Medical Sciences, specializing in molecular biology and cancer genetics. She hopes to one day make an impact in the area of genetic cancer research. It is also her hope that she can use her medical training to more extensively study the field of bio-medical Egyptology. Reagan has been an ABR Associate since July 2009.
War veteran, archaeologist, teacher, father of five: all of this speaks of adventure. After graduation from college, Mr. Singleton took a position teaching high school English for one year. After he began work toward a Master's degree, Mr. Singleton took a position as a college English Instructor, teaching analytical and critical writing, as well as public speaking. In May of 2012, Justin Singleton received an MAR in Biblical Cultural Settings from Cincinnati Christian University. While training, Justin became the president of his school's chapter of Eta Beta Rho, a Hebrew honors society, demonstrating not only his speaking abilities but also knowledge of his field. As a part of this degree, Justin spent six weeks at Tall Jalul, Jordan as a square supervisor at an archaeological dig (2009). This supervisory experience added hands-on training to academic knowledge from seminary. Justin currently teaches online courses (Archaeology and the Bible, Analytical Writing, Critical Writing) at God's Bible School and College in their distance education department. Beginning fall 2012, Justin will also teach Comp and Ancient Literature and Rhetoric & Lit. Analysis II for the Providence Extension Program. Justin has been an ABR associate since April 2010.