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  • Harold Bigham   Founding Director - Internet School of Biblical Studies
  • Jody L Apple   Dean - Internet School of Biblical Studies

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Faculty Biographies (listed alphabetically)

Jody L Apple

Jody L Apple is in his 30th year of preaching & teaching for the Lord's church. He completed 23 years with the church in Media, PA (suburban Philadelphia) in December 2006 and now works full-time with TheBible.net and its online schools: Internet School of Biblical Studies, Video Bible Institute and SchoolOfBiblicalStudies.org.

He is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University and the Graduate School of Tennessee Bible College. He has pursued additional graduate work in philosophy and religious studies at Harding Graduate School of Religion, Southern Christian University, Westminster Theological Seminary and West Chester University.

Jody is the author of Hermeneutical Agnosticism: A Critique of Subjectivism in Biblical Interpretation, as well as numerous articles in brotherhood journals and lectureship books.

He is the originator and administrator of TheBible.net, an online site devoted to evangelism and edification - TheBible.net hosts ISBS & VBI. He also serves as an instructor and assists in directing the school.

Jody and his wife, Evelyn, have three children - Jonathan, Benjamin and Julia. He is a persistent jogger, loves Macs (the computers not the hamburgers), and is an avid reader.

Evelyn Apple

Evelyn Apple - Evelyn has been married to Jody Apple since 1978. They have two grown sons and a teenage daughter. Evelyn is a stay-at-home mom, and has homeschooled for nearly 23 years.

Evelyn grew up in a Christian home in southeastern Pennsylvania. She attended Freed-Hardeman College for three years. She has taught children's and women's classes, personal Bible studies, and classes and workshops for homeschool students and parents.

Evelyn has worked with Jody serving churches in Puerto Rico, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. They have worked with the Media church of Christ in suburban Philadelphia since January 1984.

George Beals

George Beals was born on September 17, 1944, and grew up in Brockton, Massachusetts. He married Marion Walters from Quincy, Massachusetts. The couple has one daughter, Susan. George has an Associate degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Northeastern University in Boston, a BA in Classics (ancient Greek and Latin) from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire (summa cum laude), and an MA in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He also graduated from the Preston Road School of Preaching in Dallas, Texas in 1971 (Eldred Stevens, Director).

George has served churches of Christ as an evangelist and Bible school teacher in Texas, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Michigan. He also serves as co-director and instructor in Michigan Bible School and the director of the annual Michigan Bible Lectureship. George is the author of How Implication Bins and Silence Forbids: Studies in Biblical Hermeneutics.

To pay the bills, George has been a technical writer for over 20 years in the computer and automotive industries. He has served as a writing consultant in the MBA program for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and is a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication.

Harold Bigham

Harold Bigham is a native of Anniston, Alabama. He began full-time preaching in 1984 and has worked in North Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama. He has been with the Liberty Church of Christ in DeFuniak Springs, Florida since 1995.

Harold received his formal education at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Al. His post education includes an Associate in Bible from the Bellview Preacher Training School, Pensacola, Florida (1984); an Associate in Science degree in Data Processing from the Bevill State Community College (Formerly Brewer State) in Fayette, Alabama (1990) and a BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration) from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama (1994).

Harold is the moderator of the Preachers Needed and Preachers Available Online List which serves churches and preachers by providing the names, addresses and contact information for churches looking for preachers and preachers looking for churches. Harold is the founder of Internet School of Preaching and Christian Growth (now ISBS), and serves both as Director and instructor in the school.

Harold and his wife Rita are the parents of two children: Aaron (16) and Ashley (13).

Harold hobbies include watching Alabama football, listening to Bluegrass music, playing the banjo and working with computers. Harold's twin brother, Howell is also a gospel preacher.

The idea for ISBS (originally Internet School of Preaching) was Harold's. He worked actively for the two years it took to get the school up and running, and then for the first three years of its existence. He continues to serve in an advisory capacity.

Joseph Chase

Joseph Chase was born in Aurora Illinois in Dec. of 1962.

He is a 1991 graduate of the Brown Trail School of preaching, and has been preaching the gospel since he was 16. He has worked full time with congregations in Texas, and Oklahoma and is currently preaching for the Blodgett church of Christ near Pittsburg, Texas. Joe and Cheryl plan to work full time as missionaries to Jamaica in the future.

Joe works closely with the Four States Singing School each summer as well as teaching several singing schools and seminars through out the United States. Joe is the author of two books Leading Songs for the Master and Fundamentals of Acappella Singing.

He and wife Cheryl have been married since August 1994.

Cheryl Cozort

Cheryl Cozort - Cheryl married Keith Cozort in December 1979. They are the parents of three sons: Adam, Nathan and Aaron. They currently live in Jonesboro, AR, where Keith preaches for the Washington Avenue church of Christ.

Cheryl was born in Lansing, MI in 1957. She grew up in Laingsburg, MI, graduating from high school in 1975. She attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a BS in Education in 1979.

Throughout 21 years as a preacher's wife, Cheryl has taught various children's and women's classes. She has spoken at women's workshops and lectureships in KY, AR, MO, OH, PA, TN, MS, AL, TX, and VA. She looks forward to teaching classes online through ISBS.

Her hobbies are reading, enjoying nature, traveling and taking care of her family. She has been privileged to be a stay-at-home mom. All three sons have been home-schooled through high school. Aaron is a senior this year.

Cheryl has racked up thousands of miles traveling to lectureships with Keith's bookstore, ANAC Educational Enterprises. These opportunities provided many spiritual blessings and greatly enhanced Cheryl's and the boy's love of, and work for, the Lord. Cheryl counts many good friends among those she's met in her travels.

Keith B. Cozort

Keith B. Cozort was born April 27, 1955 in Lansing, Michigan and raised primarily in Allegan, Michigan. He married Cheryl Ann Williams of Laingsburg, Michigan on December 21, 1979. They have three sons: Adam, Nathan and Aaron. He has been working with the Washington Avenue church of Christ in Jonesboro, Arkansas since July 2006.

He is a graduate of the Florida School of Preaching in Lakeland, FL and attended Harding College in Searcy, AR and Southern Christian University (formerly known as Alabama Christian School of Religion) in Montgomery, AL for some undergraduate work.

Keith has served churches of Christ as an evangelist in Steele, MO; Limon, CO; Grand Ledge, MI; Paintsville, KY; Olive Branch, MS; Calera, AL; and currently in Allentown, PA.

Keith was co-host of the TV program "The Pillar Of Truth" in Lansing, MI, along with Roderick L. Ross, for two years. He also served as Director of the TV program"TV Bible Class"(one year); as Secretary/Treasurer for the monthly publication"Speak As The Oracles" (three years); and taught in the Central Alabama School of Biblical Studies in Birmingham, AL (two years).

 
Dan Flournoy

Dan Flournoy holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Bible and Religion respectively. He attended Bear Valley School of Preaching in Denver, Colorado and taught there part-time. He has served as a Director and part-time instructor for the Columbia Christian College extension school in Sacramento, California. He also served on the adjunct faculty of Alabama Christian School of Religion (now Southern Christian University). He taught part-time at the Brown Trail School of Preaching for over six years while preaching for the Belt Line Road congregation in Irving, Texas.

For the past 38 years he has served as preacher for congregations in California, Colorado and Texas. Additionally, he has served as a full-time educational director, spoken in Bible Teacher's Workshops, Marriage Enrichment Seminars, Gospel Meetings and Brotherhood Lectureships. He has done pre-marital and marriage counseling as a part of his work as a gospel preacher. In March, 2003, he established the Christian Family Counseling Center at the Northeast Church of Christ in Hurst, Texas where he presently serves as one of the preachers. He has made mission trips to Russia and Ghana, West Africa.

Brother Flournoy's articles have been published in numerous publications among churches of Christ including Gospel Advocate, Gospel Journal, Power for Today, and Christian Bible Teacher. He maintains a website, www.Christian-Family.net, designed as resource for the home, the Bible school and for preachers.

He and his wife, Emily, have been married for 39 years and they have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Barbara Hanna

Barbara Hanna is a home day care provider, writer, and publisher. She has taught Bible children's Bible classes (preschoolers to 7th graders,) for 28 years, has led ladies' Bible classes, and has spoken at several ladies' day programs and retreats.

She has written and published several Reproducible Work Sheet books for grades one through four, and is currently developing a series of sixteen Old Testament lesson books. She has also written and published three lesson books for grades five and six.

Sister Hanna edited and published Bible Boot Camp, which was created by Bonnie Gary. She co-authored a book, Teaching Preschoolers at Home, which was published by Quality Publications.

Her husband, Joe, is a high school math teacher. Their two children live in Arizona and North Carolina.

Gary Hampton
Gary Hampton - bio not posted

Brad Harrub

Brad Harrub holds an earned B.S. degree in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College, and an earned Ph.D. in neurobiology and anatomy from the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, and was listed in the 2001-2002 edition of Who's Who Among Scientists and Researchers.

He is the co-author of Diamonds in the Rough: Nuggets of Truth from God's Word, as well as several tracts on biblical and/or scientific topics. He also is a featured writer for numerous religious journals, and a popular speaker on the topic of Christian evidences at lectureships, youth rallies, etc. He presents more than twenty Truth About Origins seminars every year, and is the author or co-author of numerous scientific articles published in professional journals. Additionally, he has done mission work in Russia, Ukraine, and Nicaragua.

Currently, Dr. Harrub serves as the Director of Scientific Information at Apologetics Press, and as associate editor of Reason & Revelation. He and his wife, Melinda, have two sons, Will and Reese.

David W. Hester

David W. Hester received the B. A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University in 1987 (Cum Laude). He received the M. A. from Southern Christian University in 1990 (Summa Cum Laude).

David has preached the Gospel for 23 years, having served several churches in Alabama. He currently preaches in Alabama.

While at Morris, Alabama, David was the Director of the annual Central Alabama Lectureship. David is a third-generation Gospel preacher; he is also the author of the book Among The Scholars, published in 1994, and now in its second printing. David is a regular writer for Gospel Advocate, The Gospel Journal, Words of Truth, and The World Evangelist. David served on the faculty of the Central Alabama School of Biblical Emphasis, in Birmingham, AL, for three years. He is on the faculty of the Internet School of Biblical Studies.

David is married to the former Brenda Tarpley of Decatur, who grew up at Grant Street, and they have two children: William, 11, and Jonathan, 9.

John Kachelman

John Kachelman - John L. Kachelman, Jr., born in Florence, AL, has preached since he was sixteen years old, and currently serves as the pulpit minister for the Great Oaks Church of Christ in Memphis, TN.

He is married to the former Jennifer Davenport (of Chattanooga, TN) and they have four children: Brian, John III, Rachel, and Rebekah. John has served local congregations in Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, and Kentucky.

He attended Freed-Hardeman University (1971-1973), the University of Alabama (1973-1974), and graduated from Freed-Hardeman University in 1976. He has written expository commentaries on: Judges, 1 Samuel, Amos, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Malachi, Colossians, Philemon, 2 Peter, and Revelation, as ell as study materials on: God and Atheism, The Apostle Paul, Fundamental Doctrines, Building Strong Families With Proverbs, and, Current Questions. He is a frequent writer for various religious publications. He has served on the Board of Directors for two different Christian Child Care agencies (in Missouri and Kentucky), and has been involved in foreign mission work since 1994 and travels to the Ukraine twice a year. He helped establish the preacher training school in Donetsk, Ukraine. In 2000 he was accepted as a partner in OPERATION PROVIDE HOPE which is a federally funded relief transportation program operated by the U.S. Department of State, through which he has been able to ship thousands of pounds of benevolent supplies into Ukraine which were distributed through the Lord's Church.

Tony Lawrence

Tony Lawrence has been preaching since 1977. He served the Antioch church in Vernon, AL in 1977, the Needmore church, Indian Mound, TN from 1978-1985, and has been with the Bybee Branch church in McMinnville, TN since 1985.

Tony is a graduate of Lamar County High School, Freed-Hardeman University (BA), and the Graduate School of Tennessee Bible College (MA in Apologetics and Christian Doctrine).

Tony and his wife, Corretta, are the parents of two sons, Mark Anthony and Micah Benton.

Jim Laws

Jim Laws was raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He received his undergraduate B.A. degree from David Lipscomb University, his M.Th. degree from Harding University Graduate School of Religion, did course work on the doctoral level at the University of Dallas and Middle Tennessee State University, and received the Ph.D. from Tennessee Bible College.

Brother Laws has taught in the public schools of Tennessee and at the Christian college level. He served as the minister of the Getwell Church of Christ in Memphis, Tennessee for 11 years and was the regular radio speaker for The Truth in Love weekly program. Additionally, he was the Associate Editor of The Spiritual Sword, a Christian quarterly publication, director of the annual Spiritual Sword lectureship, and editor of The Spiritual Sword lectureship book. He is currently preaching in Yucaipa, CA.

He has spent considerable time in research in the field of philosophy and philosophic history as it relates to God and His existence. He has been very active in research and development of logical argumentation for formal public and written debates dealing with factual, reasonable proofs of God's existence over against the discrepancies of evolution and atheism. He has been a participant in public and private challenges to atheistic, as well as, theistic evolutionists. He speaks for numerous brotherhood lectureships each year and contributes articles to a number of brotherhood publications. He has recently been included as an honored professional in the national directory of Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals.

 
Keith McNeely

Keith McNeely - Keith McNeely and his lovely wife Valerie along with their two teenage daughters Emily (18) and Megan (15) live in North West Arkansas where Keith has preached for the church of Christ in Farmington Arkansas since January 1995.

Brother McNeely, originally from South East Missouri, graduated High School in Jackson Missouri. Further he graduated from the Memphis School of Preaching in June 1989 after completing all of the offered classes in their two year curriculum (including both special summer sessions).

His interests include of course study of the various biblical topics that interest most preachers. Additionally he is well known among his preaching brethren as a motorcycle enthusiast. He has been known to ride his BMW touring bike several hundred miles to seminars and lecture programs where preachers meet. A recently acquired hobby, fishing, has proved to be quite a challenge. These hobbies along with being very active in the local volunteer fire department keeps his "spare" time to a minimum.

Max Patterson

Max Patterson was raised in McNairy County, West Tennessee. He is married to the former Billie Pasley. They have three children and nine foster children.:

He is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University (AA), Harding College (BA) and Harding Graduate School of Religion (MA, MRE)

He taught at Northwest Mississippi Junior College, Senatobia, MS; Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN; Bible School of the Ozarks, Neosho, MO; and the School of Bible Emphasis.

Max preached 12 years for the White Street church in Henderson, TN, 10 years in Northeast Texas, and nine years for the Hillcrest church in Neosho, MO, and is now retired from full-time preaching.

He has many years of radio and TV experience, has served on the board of Christian camps, as well as a director.

Max is the author of several tracts, and more than 20 books, mostly outline commentaries.

Arthur Pigman

Arthur Pigman is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University (BA) and Harding Graduate School of Religion (MAR). He has worked with churches in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama, and serves as one of the elders at the church in Glencoe, AL where he currently preaches.

Arthur has preached on radio and television programs, as well as through local newspaper articles. He has spoken on lectureships, served on the board of Christian camps, and made five mission trips to the Ukraine. He also served as an instructor at East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions.

Arthur is married to the former Charlotte Holley. They have three children and six gradnchildren.

Phil Sanders

Phil Sanders was born October 9, 1951 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the son of Harley (now deceased) and Euletta Sanders. He married Jackie Lynn Dodgen, May 17, 1974, and they have four daughters: Christa, Chara and Tara, and Laura; and one granddaughter.

Phil received his education at Oklahoma Christian College, 1974, BA.; Harding Graduate School of Religion, 1983. M. A. R. in Christian Doctrine; Oklahoma University, 1986. Course in Writing for Mass Media; Okahoma Christian USA, 1989. Six hours graduate level courses; David Lipscomb University, 1996. Theological University of America, 1998. Ph.D. in Theology.

He in his tenth year serving as the minister for the Concord Road Church of Christ, Brentwood, Tennesse, and has served churches in Oklahoma, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee for more than 35 years. Phil has been involved in evangelistic work in twenty-three states and three foreign countries. He currently serves as Asst. Director and an Instructor in Nashville School of Preaching and as an adjunct teacher of Ghana Bible College.

He is a frequent writer in gospel publications, speaker on university and church lectureships and has authored several books, including You Don't Have to Worry; Let All the Earth Keep Silence (on the silence of the Scriptures). Evangelism Handbook of New Testament Christianity; Adrift: Postmodernism in the Church

Bob Winton

Bob Winton resides in Manchester, Tn. and has been preaching and teaching for nearly 40 years. He is a 1972 graduate of Memphis School of Preaching.

He speaks on several lectureships, gospel meetings and spends the majority of his time in writing.

He has authored "Outlined Commentaries on the Bible" which are extensive commentaries on many of the books of the Bible and various bible subjects.

 
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