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OUR TEAM

At Boise Bible College, we are a community, a family. This team is here to encourage, pray, and help each other as well as you.

Administrative Cabinet Members

Dr. Derek Voorhees

Dr. Derek Voorhees

President and Professor of New Testament

 

Charles Faber

Charles Faber

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Cody Christensen

Dr. Cody Christensen

Vice President of Institutional Operations and Director of Admissions

Russell Grove

Russell Grove

Vice President of Student Affairs and Christian Education Department Head

Learn More About Derek

2011 –

  • DMIN from Dallas Theological Seminary
  • MDIV and MA from Lincoln Christian University
  • BA in Biblical Literature from Ozark Christian College
  • Doctoral dissertation project adviser for Portland Seminary of George Fox University
  • Guest lecturer at TCMI and Asia International Seminary
  • Forwarding-agent for “Asians for Christ”

After 23 years of pastoral leadership with several American churches, Derek joined the faculty of Boise Bible College in 2011 to teach in the New Testament area. Then in 2017, Derek transitioned roles to become the college’s 10th president. He has been married to his wife Nell for 30 years…together they have three children all serving Christ and His Church.

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Learn More About Chuck

1980 –

Degrees:

  • MDiv from Cincinnati Christian University
  • BS in Preaching from Cincinnati Christian University

Experience:

  •  Has been academic dean at BBC for over 25 years
  • Twice elected to serve as an officer on the Commission on Accreditation for the Association for Biblical Higher Education (the accrediting association that accredits BBC
  • Has led numerous teams on evaluation team visits on behalf of the Association for Biblical Higher Education
  • Served as an elder at Eagle Christian Church and First Church of Christ (now Foothills Christian Church)
  • Invited to join the management teams for two church plants (Canyon Springs Christian in Middleton, ID and Church of the City in Portland, OR)
Learn More About Dr. Cody

2014 –

Degrees:

  • PHD in Leadership from Johnson University
  • MA in Theology and Philosophy from Lincoln Christian University
  • BTh in Preaching, New Testament, and Christian Education from Ozark Christian College
  • Harley Davidson Certification

Ministry Experience:

  • 15 years working in the local church

He is passionate about mentoring and developing leaders, he loves to take his family camping, especially in the Idaho wilderness. He is husband to Tammy Christensen.

Learn More About Russell

2006 –

  • PhD work in Educational Leadership (ABD), Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • DMin work in Christian Leadership (ABD), Lincoln Christian University
  • MDiv in Theology & Apologetics from Cincinnati Bible Seminary (CBS)
  • MRE from CBS
  • MA in Marriage & Family Counseling from CBS
  • BA from Boise Bible College

Russell has over thirty years of ministry experience leading Christian education programs in the local church for children, youth, and adults. His passion is for individuals to be radically changed by God and His Word to realize their true potential. Raising up the next generation to make a significant impact in the world for Jesus has been the primary focus of his ministries. Russell and his wife, Amber, serve in children’s and youth ministry in the local church, and work at retreats, conferences, and camps regularly every year.

Scott Lerwick

Scott Lerwick

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Steven Marshall

Steven Marshall

Vice President of Finance and Administration

Learn More About Scott

2022 – 

Degrees: 

  • Master’s in Christian Leadership from Hope International University 
  • Bachelor’s in Biblical Literature from Ozark Christian College 

Experience: 

  • 20+ years working in the local church; serving churches in Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon, and New Hampshire.
  • He has experience as a Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, Interim Lead Pastor, and Lead Pastor. 
  • Currently, he serves on a church partnership team for a church plant in Eugene, Oregon (EveryOne Church). 
    Learn More About Steven

    2021 –

    Steven is experienced in business practices, financing strategies, change management, and building teams.  He grew up in Zimbabwe as the son of alumni Dale and Linda Marshall. He is passionate about individual spiritual development and kingdom advancement.

    Degrees:

    • Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management; University of Oregon
    • MBA in International Marketing, University of Oregon

    Experience:

    • Directed an ailing financial technology towards profitability
    • Founded a microfinance company
    • Founded a digital credit management company, which introduced the first domestic credit cards into the Zimbabwe market
    • Volunteers his experience as a business mentor through the SCORE organization
    • Board member of a local non-profit, Create Common Good

    faculty Members

    Amber Grove

    Amber Grove

    Librarian; Christian Teaching Department Head; Professor

    Danny Harrod

    Danny Harrod

    Intercultural Studies Department Head; Professor of Intercultural Studies

    Ross Knudsen

    Ross Knudsen

    Director of Enrollment Services and Professor of History

    Lisa Ruhl

    Lisa Ruhl

    Christian Psychology Department Head

    Learn More About Amber

    2008 –

    Degrees:

    • Masters of Education from Northwest Nazarene University
    • Additional education in Masters Library Sciences
    • Teaching Certificate from College of Mt. St. Joseph
    • BS from Cincinnati Christian College
    • AS from Boise Bible College.

    Amber has 18 years experience working in both the public and private school systems. She sees teaching as a powerful ministry, a ministry where one can work with students on a daily basis, showing them God’s love. She firmly believes that teaching is an amazing way to make a positive impact on students, their families and their communities. She is married to Russell and loves, loves, loves her grandchildren.

    Learn More About Danny

    1997 –

    Degrees:

    • Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary
    • BA form Boise Bible College

    He spent six years serving with East African Missions, and 19 years in a church ministry in western Oregon. His passion for the global church continues through his work with local congregations.

    Learn More About Ross

    1998 –

    Degrees:

    • MA degree from Cincinnati Christian University.
    • BA from Boise Bible college.

    Ross started with us as our student recruiter. Married to Stacie, they have three children. He served over seven years as a youth minister, and still regularly speaks at youth rallies and camps.

    Learn More About Lisa

    2020 –

    Degrees

    • Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry (with an emphasis in psychology) from Ozark Christian College
    • dual Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling/Clinical Counseling from John Brown University

    Experience

    • Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho, Montana, and Missouri
    Vance Russell

    Vance Russell

    Biblical Studies Department Head Professor of Greek and New Testament

    Dr. Ben Williams

    Dr. Ben Williams

    Preaching Ministry Department Head; Professor of Preaching and Old Testament

    Learn More About Vance

    2015 –

    Degrees:

    • MDiv from Lincoln Christian Seminary
    • BTh and BBL from Ozark Christian College

    Ministry Experience:

    • Before joining the BBC Faculty, Vance served in preaching, discipleship, youth, and chaplaincy ministries in Kansas and Illinois for 15 years.
    • Vance currently serves on the Preaching Team at Ten Mile Christian Church and enjoys traveling to teach and preach at churches and camps throughout the Pacific Northwest.

    Married to Julie since 2005, and they have two wonderful children. He is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, KC Chiefs, and Kansas Jayhawks.

    Learn More About Ben

    2014 –

    Degrees:

    • DMin in Church Leadership from Lincoln Christian University
    • MA in Old Testament from Cincinnati Christian University
    • MA in Preaching from Cincinnati Christian University
    • BA in Preaching from Cincinnati Christian University

    Experience:

    • Professor of Preaching and Old Testament at Central Christian College of the Bible
    • Campus Minister at Miami University
    • 5 years of preaching ministry in Indiana and Kentucky
    • Many interim ministries

    adjunct faculty members

    Steve Crane
    John Whittaker
    Nick Duffel
    Jakob King
    Matt Pierson

    STAFF MEMBERS

    Ben Bishop

    Ben Bishop

    Director of Financial Aid

    Bethany Canada

    Bethany Canada

    Development Administrative Assistant

    Linda Cass

    Linda Cass

    Admissions Office Manager

    Traber Cass

    Traber Cass

    Associate Director of Development

    Learn More About Ben

    2018 –

    Degrees:

    • MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University
    • BA in Communications from Boise State University

    Experience:

    • 5 years working in higher education Financial Aid

    Facts: His favorite game is The 7th Continent. He loves to take his family camping, especially in the Idaho wilderness. Ben has three kiddos, two dogs, and has been married to Katie since 2013.

    Learn More About Bethany

    2016 –

    Degrees:

    • Boise Bible College alumni.

    Fun fact: Her grandfather, Alger Fitch was a well known preacher and Bible College professor, and her father, David Fitch served in ministry all over the northwest She has two boys and has been married to Gabriel since 2006.

    Learn More About Linda

    2019 –

    Education

    • A.S. in Christian Education from Boise Bible College

    Experience

    • Linda and her husband,Traber, have served in church ministry in Ohio, Montana, Colorado, and Idaho.

    She has enjoyed working in the public school system and in banking, but her greatest joy is her 3 children Olivia, Hailey, and Rylan.

    Learn More About Traber

    2019 –

    Degrees:

    • MDiv from Cincinnati Christian University
    • BA from Boise Bible College

    Ministry Experience:

    Traber and his wife Linda met at BBC and together have served in church ministries in Ohio, Montana, Colorado, and Idaho. They’re excited to be back and helping the college fulfill its mission. One of Traber’s favorite things to do is head to the rivers and mountains with his family for camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and just being out there.

    Tammy Christensen

    Tammy Christensen

    Resident Director & Adjunct Professor of Christian Psychology

     

     

    David Davolt

    David Davolt

    Advancement Ambassador

    Rob Forrester

    Rob Forrester

    Director of Physical Plant

    Violet Gott

    Violet Gott

    Admissions Counselor

    Learn More About Tammy

    2014 –

    Degrees:

    • Ed S in Community Counseling
    • MAT from Greenville College
    • MS in Community Counseling
    • BBL in Psychology

    Experience:

    • Department Head and Professor of Christian Counseling at Central Christian College of the Bible. 15 years experience as a licensed therapist.
    • She enjoys teaching first grade in public school system and college students. Fun fact – She loves backpack adventures with her husband (Cody) and their children where they get to explore new places of great beauty!
    Learn More About David

    David joined the Boise Bible team in 2004 after a long career in the Jewelry business. He served as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for eighteen years before retiring in May of 2022. He has served in various ministry roles including elder, teacher, youth ministry, and committee chair. He has served on non-profit boards for Christian Camping, Church Planting, overseas missions, and the YMCA. He and Melody were married in 1974. They have three adult children and six grandchildren. David enjoys traveling and photography. 

    Learn More About Rob

    2021 –

    Degrees:

    • Master’s in Business Administration from University of South Africa
    • Bachelor’s in Agriculture from University of Natal, South Africa

    Certifications and Experience:

    • 20+ years working in project management
    • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
    • Member of LEAN Construction Institute
    • DHS Security Clearance
    • OSHA and MSHA 30 Hr.
    • Proficient in Project Management Software
    • Specific Training & Diploma Courses

    Recent Projects:

    • Rio Tinto/Brunel 2018 – 2020
      • Rougher Flotation Replacement
    • Valin Corporation 2016 – 2018
      • Managed all major projects
    • Tesoro/Bergalia 2014 – 2016
      • 150 Mile Crude Oil Gathering
    • Jacob’s Engineering 2014 – 2015
      • EPCM Gold Mine Development
    Learn More About Violet

    2022 –

    Degrees:

    • Associates in Bible, Boise Bible College

    Violet has spent over 20 years serving the local and international church. She worked for 14 years at Marcola Christian Church focused on student ministry. While at Marcola, she enjoyed serving in and directing camp ministry. For the last 5 years, she has served as a missionary in Mexico with CMF International. While in Mexico, she trained people to start and lead Celebrate Recovery ministries.

    Steve LaFontaine

    Steve LaFontaine

    Executive Chef

    Nadene Mack

    Nadene Mack

    Academic Assistant

    Maxine May

    Maxine May

    Front Desk Administrative Assistant

    Roy Meyer

    Roy Meyer

    Assistant Director of Admissions

    Learn More About Chef Steve

    2012 –

    Degrees:

    • ACF Certification

    With 33 years of experience in the culinary arts field, he served at The Gamekeeper, Red Lion Inns, Rock Creek Country Club, and Portland Golf Club before BBC.

    Learn More About Nadene

    2003 –

    After attending BBC as a student in 1980-82. Nadene married and raised two sons while working various jobs including managing a medical practice and self-employment until 2003 when she joined our staff as the library clerk. She now serves as Academic Assistant where she enjoys using her skills to serve both students and staff.

    Learn More About Maxine

    2013 –

    Maxine is the friendly voice you hear when you call BBC and the warm greetings at our front door.

    She’s an accomplished portrait photographer.

    Learn More About Roy

    2021 –

    Roy Meyer is an alum of Boise Bible College who graduated in 2019 with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Preaching. 

    Experience:

    • Associate Minister – New Beginning Christian Church
    • Customer Service Industry – 13 years

    Roy is passionate about his family, apologetics, Biblical linguistics, and evangelism. Generally, you can find him disc golfing, boxing, or playing video/board games with friends outside of work.

    Darla Read

    Darla Read

    Assistant Business Manager

    Julie Russell

    Julie Russell

    Librarian Assistant & English Professor Adjunct

    Sara Wright

    Sara Wright

    Director of Marketing

    Learn More About Darla

    2015 –

    Darla has over 32 years of experience in office management with a concentration in Human Resources, commercial real estate, and international business.

    Learn More About Julie

    2017 –

    Degrees:

    • MA in Biblical Languages from Lincoln Christian Seminary
    • BA in Biblical Literature from Ozark Christian College
    • Currently enrolled at University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science.
    Learn More About Sara

    2013 – 2016; 2018 –

    Degrees:

    • BS in Christian Teaching from Boise Bible College
    • Master of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Multnomah University
    • CELTA Certificate from Cambridge University
    • Inbound Marking and Social Media Certification from Hubspot Academy

    Experience:

    • Admissions Counselor for 4.5 years at Boise Bible College
    • ESL Instructor at Multnomah University and College of Western Idaho
    • Adjunct ESL Instructor at Northwest University

    Board Members

    Dr. Larry Banta
    • Psychiatrist
    • Caldwell, ID
    Rick McMichael
    Dr. James Sinnott
    • Medical Doctor, Retired
    • Coquille, OR
    Randy Bourn
    • Campus Minister, Eagle Christian Church at Surprise Valley
    • Boise ID
    Nick Duffel
    • Minister, Canyon Springs Christian Church
    • Middleton, ID
    Chris Short
    • Executive Minister, Real Life Ministries
    • Post Falls, ID
    David Ladd
    George Johnson
    • Executive Director, Christian Evangelistic Association (CEA)
    • Auburn, WA
    Jesse Whitford
    • Lead Pastor, Baker City Christian Church
    • Baker City, OR
    Andy Morris
    • Minister, Mini Cassia Community Church
    • Mini Cassia, ID
    Erik Neilson
    David Daniel
    • Educator
    • Kenai AK
    Mike Packer
    • Minister
    • West Jordan, UT
    Seth Thomas
    • Minister, Northeast Christian Church
    • Grand Junction, CO
    Dr. Derek Voorhees
    • President, Boise Bible College
    • Eagle, ID

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