Board of Advisors

Rebecca Basdeo-Hill, DTh

A Lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, where Dr. Rebecca Basdeo-Hill has taught since 2013. She has also served as an adjunct instructor at Southeastern University, Regent University, and Pentecost Biblical Seminary. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at the Seminary, Dr. Hill co-pastors the young adults ministry at Woodward Church of God in Athens, TN with her husband Jason Hill.

Her published works include Visions of God in Ezekiel: Pentecostal Explorations of the Glory and Holiness of Yahweh, “Felled by the Glory: An Exploration of Worship in the Book of Ezekiel,” “Sights and Sounds in Death Valley: A Close Reading of Ezekiel 37.1-14,” and “Believers in Babylon.”

Dr. Hill is married to Jason Hill, and they have one daughter, Madeline Hill.

Scott Ellington, PhD

Scott Ellington is an ordained bishop in the Church of God (Cleveland) and, together with his family, he served for fourteen years as a missionary educator in Mexico, England, and Germany before returning to the U.S. in 2002. He is currently a professor in the School of Christian Ministries at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia.

Dr. Ellington graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B. S. in Applied Psychology and subsequently earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Columbia Theological Seminary. He wrote his Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield on the use of community memory in the lament psalms. His areas of interest include hermeneutics, the Hebrew Writings, and the Prophets. His first book is entitled Risking Truth: Reshaping the World through Prayers of Lament and he has recently contributed the chapter on Lamentations in The Oxford Handbook of the Writings of the Hebrew Bible.

Peter Gräbe, Doctor Divinitatis

A Professor of Divinity at Regent University where, among other courses, he teaches graduate level New Testament Greek, Exegesis, Pauline Theology, Hermeneutical Philosophy, Systematic Theology, and Biblical Theology. Dr. Gräbe has published a number of articles in academic journals such as Hervormde Teologiese Studies [Reformed Theological Studies], Scriptura, Nederduitse Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif [Dutch Reformed Theological Studies], Biblische Zeitschrift, Neotestamentica, and Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. He has contributed to a number of Festschrifts and other multi-authored works.

His books include New Covenant, New Community: The Significance of Biblical and Patristic Covenant Theology for Current Understanding, Der neue Bund in der frühchristlichen Literatur unter Berücksichtigung der alttestamentlich-jüdischen Voraussetzungen [The New Covenant in Early Christian Literature within Its Old Testament-Jewish Background], The Power of God in Paul's Letters, and the commentary 2 Corinthians of The Pentecostal Commentary Series.

Dr. Gräbe is a member of the International Society for the Study of the New Testament (Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas), the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, the New Testament Society of South Africa, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and the Institute for Biblical Research. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.

Lee Roy Martin, DTh

An Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at the Church of God Seminary [now the Pentecostal Theological Semnary], where he has taught since 1992. He has served as a Church of God pastor in seven different states (1977-2004), as a District Overseer, State Youth and CE Board member, State Council member, State Director of Ministerial Development, and State Ordination Board member. He has preached in Church of God State Conventions, Prayer Conferences, youth camps, and pastors' conferences. Since resigning his pastorate in 2004, he has preached throughout Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He has taught Bible Institutes, Ministerial Development Institutes, and Ministerial Internship Seminars, as well as classes at Lee University, the Korean Bible Seminary, and the Puerto Rico extension of the Church of God Theological Seminary. He also presented several lectures for the Church of God School of Ministry video series.

His writings include An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew (Cleveland, TN: Institute for Biblical Studies, 2002) and Hebrew Heritage: An Introduction To the Language and Traditions of Judaism, with a Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic (Cleveland, TN: Institute for Biblical Studies, 2005). Rev. Martin has presented a number of conference papers and contributed a number of chapters to multi-authored works.

He is a member of The Society of Biblical Literature, The Society for Pentecostal Studies, The American Schools of Oriental Research, and The Wesleyan Theological Society, and he serves on the Editorial Board of the online Journal The Journal of Biblical Studies.

Professor Martin earned a bachelor’s degree from Lee University, a master’s from the Church of God Seminary, and a doctorate from the University of South Africa. In addition to his academic degrees, he spent three years at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary studying biblical languages.

Tony Richie, PhD

Tony Richie (D. Min., Asbury Theological Seminary; Ph. D., London School of Theology) is Associate Professor of Theology at Pentecostal Theological Seminary (Cleveland, TN) where he has been teaching in various capacities since 2011. He is an Ordained Bishop in the Church of God and served as a lead pastor in the Church of God for 38 years. For 20 years he has been heavily involved in global missions. His mission work includes evangelism, education, and ecumenical/interreligious dialogue. He has been on the Tennessee World Missions Board since 2014 until the present. Since 1993, Dr. Richie has been heavily involved in the Society for Pentecostal Studies, including his roles as Interest Group Leader (2008–2014). He served on the Commission of Churches on International Affairs as a Pentecostal Liaison (2007–2014) and Co-Chair of the Church of God/Mennonite Church USA Dialogue from 2007–2016. In addition to numerous articles, chapters, and books, Richie has published Essentials of Pentecostal Theology (2020) and Saved, Delivered, & Healed (2021). Tony is married to Sue Romines Richie, who also works at PTS (Assistant to the Director of Admissions) and is an Ordained Minister in the Church of God. Sue and Tony have four children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

James B. Shelton, PhD

A Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at Oral Roberts University. His publications include contributions to the Complete Biblical Library (Luke 2:18–4:13, commentary and numerous articles on Greek words) and The Gospel of Matthew in the Life in the Spirit Commentary of the New Testament. He has also written numerous articles and papers for periodicals and professional societies. In 1991, Dr. Shelton’s book Mighty in Word and Deed: The Role of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts was called “perhaps the most comprehensive study of the Holy Spirit in Luke-Acts to date.” It is one of several monograph-length interactions with James D. G. Dunn’s book Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Dr. Shelton is a founding member of the Glastonbury Fellowship, a Fellow with the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Society for Pentecostal Studies, where he serves as the Biblical Studies Group chairman.

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