The Advisory Board is a group of men composed of Bible translators, theological educators, missionaries, pastors and laymen. These men are passionate about trying to re-integrate church planting, theological education and Bible translation. These men pray for and advocate the work of Bible translation, church planting and theological education. They find and enlist BTF partners, and provide leadership to the ministry.
Before joining The Master’s Seminary faculty in 1997, Dr. Barrick served with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE). In 1981 he and his family moved to Bangladesh. In that ministry Dr. Barrick served as the Exegetical Consultant for Bible translation projects, theological consultant for the Literature Division, and adjunct faculty member of the Baptist Bible Institute of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Theological Seminary, and Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary Extension Program (Singapore).
Dr. Barrick has been writing in the areas of Bible and theology for forty years. His writings range from adult Sunday school materials, in-house library publications, and newspaper editorials to technical journal articles in English and a commentary on the book of Daniel in Bengali.
In addition, as a result of his fifteen years of Bible translation ministry in Bangladesh, he has participated in the production of Bibles, New Testaments, and Bible sections in six different languages. While in Bangladesh he participated in the editing of over twenty books and tracts, including a Bengali translation of Unger’s Bible Handbook. During his doctoral studies he worked as a phototypesetter and proofreader for the first fascicle of The Hittite Dictionary of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and a number of other major volumes.
Dr. Barrick has been married to his wife Barbara for 46 years. They have four children and fourteen grandchildren. Dr. Barrick is retiring in 2015, having served as a professor at The Master’s Seminary since 1997. His plans for “retirement” include caring for his family, theological writing and international travel for the purpose of training godly pastors, scholars and translators to serve the global church.
Mark is an elder at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA, where he also serves on the missions oversight committee to facilitate and encourage biblically healthy missiological practices in and through his church.
Prior to being appointed to his full-time role as President of The Master’s Academy International, Dr. Tatlock served as Executive Vice President and Provost of The Master’s College. Mark brings 17 years of executive administrative experience to BTF, and has been active in theological training for cross-cultural ministry within urban and international contexts. He is eager to invest in strengthening TMAI’s development and academic divisions, which is an asset to the triad of Bible translation work globally. Mark is committed to the priority of pastoral training, a key focus of BTF.
Mark and his wife Lisa have five children: Jacob, Josiah, Hope, Paul, and Olivia. Care for orphans and foster children is an area of personal concern for them both, believing that God would have His people model the amazing picture of the Gospel and of His love that is found in adoption.
Education, employment, and board experience include the following: graduated from Grace Theological Seminary (MDiv and ThM), the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University (MA), and The University of Liverpool, UK (MPhil, PhD); taught at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, and designed academic programs while conducting pastoral ministry (1983-2004); pastored churches, four of which were church plants; has published primarily in Old Testament and ministry-related journals and books; served on boards including Accent Books inc. (Denver, CO) the North Los Angeles Regional Center (LA, CA), All Children’s Hospital (LA, CA), Direct Link for the Disabled (Solvang, CA), Lexington Family Disability Services (Albany, NY) and a Governor’s Advisory committee for the State Council on Disability (Sacramento); and served as JAF Regional Director of the San Fernando Valley (LA, CA), as well as Lausanne catalyst for Disability Concerns, The Lausanne Movement. Started the Santa Clarita chapter of the National Down Syndrome Association, and served with Parent to Parent, a counseling service for parents of children with disabilities. Perspectives Class instructor at the USCWM (1987-date).
Dave, married with four adult children, currently serves as Academic Dean Emeritus for The Master’s Academy International, and Senior Research Fellow for the Christian Institute on Disability
Dave is Chairman of the Old Testament and Ancient Near East section of the Evangelical Theological Society, President of the Sacandaga Bible Conference (Adirondack Mountain Region, NY), and serves as General Editor for the Journal of Global Christianity, and on the editorial committee of the Journal for the Christian Institute on Disability.
Pastor Mbewe worked as a Mining Engineer in Zambia before answering God’s call into the pastoral ministry. He has been the pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church (KBC) in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa, since 1987. KBC is presently overseeing the establishment of about twenty new Reformed Baptist churches in Zambia and its neighboring countries.
Conrad is Chancellor of African Christian University of Zambia, in addition to maintaining a full itinerant preaching ministry around the world. He loves writing, not only as the editor of Reformation Zambia magazine but authoring a column in one weekly national newspaper. He has written many booklets in Zambia and has two books on the international market—Maintaining Sexual Purity (RSA, 2009), and Foundations for the Flock (USA, 2011). He has also contributed to a number of books, including Dear Timothy—Letters on Pastoral Ministry (USA, 2004). Until recently, he was the principal of the Reformed Baptist Preachers College in Zambia. Conrad volunteers with the YMCA, providing vocational training to the many unemployed youths in their community.
He is married to Felistas, and they have been wonderfully blessed with three children plus two foster daughters.
Conrad brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion to BTF’s mission to reintegrate Bible translation with church planting and theological education.
Steve is a co-pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA, where he is committed to the priorities of expository preaching, theological instruction and leadership training in the local church, in addition to encouraging the same in missions.
A native Californian, Steve came to first believe the gospel in 1994 through the youth ministry of the local Baptist church. After serving as a leader and teacher in a church plant during his college years, Steve decided to forgo law school and studied at The Master’s Seminary (M.Div., 2007). Before beginning pastoral ministry in 2009, Steve served at Children’s Hunger Fund where he developed and taught a curriculum to train church leaders in a biblical theology of compassion ministry, which has been widely used in national and international contexts.
Steve and Jenn enjoy life and ministry together in their home, their local church, and other opportunities the Lord provides for them to serve their community and the nations. They are the grateful parents of four children: Jonathan, Miriam, Abigail, and Owen.
Steve is passionate about the commitments of BTF, especially the need for reliable translations, careful exegesis in preaching, and a thorough grasp of theology by leaders for cultivating healthy local churches.
Brad Wheeler was raised in a Unitarian home, as many good New England children are. It was after moving to Santa Cruz, CA that he first heard and believed the gospel through his (now) wife Erin, and emerging church pastor/friend Dan Kimball. Never intending to become a pastor, he established a career in investment consulting after graduating from Princeton University. Yet “many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” (Prov 19.21) Thus, in 2001 he happily joined the staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in DC, followed by a MDiv and ThM at Southern Seminary where he served as an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.
Brad returned to CHBC in 2010 and served as an associate pastor until 2015. He was responsible for church planting/revitalization efforts, the pastoral internship program, public teaching and other pastoral duties. Brad has a keen interest in the biblical languages driving his sermons and ministry and is a great asset to the BTF team. In 2015 Brad moved to Fayetteville, AR to serve as the senior pastor of University Baptist Church.
Brad and Erin have four children, Page, Maggie, William, and Eliza. Brad enjoys all things having to do with motorcycles, his family, travel, and dreaming of the water polo phenom he never was.
Nick the senior pastor of Franconia Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA.
He was born in Falls Church, VA, grew up in Chattanooga, TN, and attended the University of Tennessee. After college, Nick relocated to Raleigh, NC, where he worked for IBM Global Services for six years. During that time, he began attending and serving at Providence Baptist Church, where he eventually joined the staff in 2006 to serve as the Pastor of College and Equipping. Nick completed his MDiv degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
From 2012-2015 Nick served on staff at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in DC. In 2015 Nick began serving in his current role at FBC.
Nick is joyfully married to Allison and they have three children, Elijah, Hudson, and Emmaline.
Kenneth D. Turnbull, Ph.D., Rev., is married to Lisa with five children. He is a member of Lusaka Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia. Dr. Turnbull was originally sent out as a missionary to do church planting work in Mozambique with New Tribes Mission (NTM). Dr. Turnbull had received brief training in the fundamentals of Bible translation with NTM. After serving 6 years with NTM, Ken moved to serve full time with an organization that he began formulating in 2007.
This organization became African Christian University (ACU). ACU offers a Christian worldview, tertiary education in all of the arts and sciences including theological and pastoral training. ACU operates in Zambia under the Reformed Baptist Church Association of Zambia with Dr. Rev. Turnbull serving as Vice Chancellor. Dr. Turnbull also formed 2 non-profit supporting organizations to assist with the work of ACU from South Africa (ACU-RSA) and from the USA (ACU-USA).
Dr. Turnbull is an Adjunct Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Arkansas. As Vice Chancellor of ACU, he advances the vision along with the Zambian churches, promotes and represents ACU, oversees daily operations and academic program developments, and is a member of the ACU Boards in Zambia, South Africa and the USA.
Dr. Turnbull was largely motivated to help initiate solidly Christ-centered institutes of excellence in tertiary education having seen the often highly paternalistic efforts of well-meaning, Western church planting missionaries in Africa. Through these experiences he strongly empathizes with the need for theologically well-trained men to do the work of Bible translation, and men with a depth of ministerial training and pastoral experience to do the work of church planting. He hopes to assist BTF for this same purpose.
Paul Washer became a believer while studying at the University of Texas. He completed his undergraduate studies and enrolled at Southwestern Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. After graduating, he moved to Peru and served there as a missionary for ten years, during which time he founded the HeartCry Missionary Society in order to support Peruvian church planters.
HeartCry’s work now supports indigenous missionaries throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Eurasia, and Latin America. Paul serves as one of the laborers with the HeartCry Missionary Society and partners with BTF in laboring Together 4 the Bible.
He and his wife Charo have four children: Ian, Evan, Rowan, and Bronwyn.