Board of Advisors

William P. Atkinson, M.B. Ch.B., M.A., Ph.D.

Having grown up in London, England, Dr. Atkinson studied medicine in Edinburgh, Scotland. After working briefly as a medical doctor, he heard God's call to church ministry and took up a position on the ministry team at Kensington Temple, London. While there, he gained a Master's Degree in Theology from London Bible College.

In 1997, William became Principal of Regents Theological College, the college of the denomination with which he is ordained: the Elim Pentecostal Church. While at the college, he pursued a PhD with Edinburgh University, completing this in 2007. In the same year, he moved back into local church ministry in south-east England. Since 2011 he has worked at the London School of Theology, where for some time he was a Vice-Principal. He continues there as Academic Secretary and a senior lecturer in Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies. In 2016 he was elected Chair of the European Pentecostal Theological Association.

He is the author of Jesus Before Pentecost; Trinity After Pentecost; Baptism in the Holy Spirit: Luke-Acts and the Dunn Debate (all by Wipf and Stock Publishers); and The "Spiritual Death" of Jesus: A Pentecostal Investigation (Leiden: Brill, 2009). Dr. Atkinson has also published a number of academic articles and reviews, published in the British Journal of Theological Education, Australasian Pentecostal Studies, The Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association, Refleks, The Evangelical Review of Theology, and the aforementioned Journal of Pentecostal Theology.

William has been married to Alison since 1983. They have two sons: Iain, married to Maggie; and Stephen.

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.

James D. Hernando, Ph.D.

A Professor of New Testament at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Dr. Hernando's broad teaching experience encompasses public and undergraduate, as well as graduate levels of education. He has been a contributing author for Signs and Wonders in Ministry Today, "Greek Word Studies" in The Complete Biblical Library, the commentary on 2 Corinthians in the Full Life Bible Commentary to the New Testament, and author of various articles in Paraclete, Pentecostal Evangel, and Pathways for Young Adults. His latest publication is Dictionary of Hermeneutics: A Concise Guide to Terms, Names, Methods and Expressions (Gospel Publishing House, 2005).

To enhance his linguistic heritage, he completed an intensive Spanish language course at Centro de Investigaciones Culturales y Estudios Linguòsticos, San Josò, Costa Rica during the summer of 2000. Dr. Hernando is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

In addition to his Ph.D. (Drew University) degree, Dr. Hernando earned two bachelor’s and three master’s degrees (State University of New York, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and Drew University).

Lee Roy Martin, D.Th.

An Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at the Church of God Seminary, 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.

Glen W. Menzies, Ph.D.

A Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity and Dean of the Institute for Biblical and Theological Studies at North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For many years he has been active in the Society for Pentecostal Studies, is a past President of the Upper-Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and since 1997 has been part of the national Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue. Although his primary interests are the New Testament and early Christianity, he has spent considerable time exploring Pentecostal history and theology and has organized the Pentecostal Issues Seminar (1998–2006) and The Laboratory (2008–Present), a forum for discussion of church issues by pastors and professors.

Dr. Menzies has taught internationally at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also served as an editor of the Fire Bible, as editor and translator of Joseph's Bible Notes (Hypomnestikon Biblion Ioseppou), and is the author of articles in New Testament Studies, Old Testament Studies, Pentecostal Studies, Ecumenical Studies, and Patristics. In 2009, Dr. Menzies was the recipient of the Assemblies of God Delta Alpha Distinguished Educator Award.

Janet (Jenny) Meyer Everts, Ph.D.

An ordained minister, is an Associate Professor of Religion at Hope College (Holland, Michigan). Her publications include articles in Christian History, Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Dictionary of Paul and His Letters, Anchor Bible Dictionary, The Cresset, and Journal of Pentecostal Theology. She contributed the chapter "'Your Daughters Shall Prophesy,' Pentecostal Hermeneutics and the Empowerment of Women" to The Globalization of Pentecostalism: A Religion Made to Travel; she has received a grant from the Lily Foundation to help with the expansion of the thesis of this chapter to a book-length work.

Dr. Everts is a member of the Chicago Society of Biblical Research and the Society for Pentecostal Studies, where she has served as chair of the Diversity Group.

James B. Shelton, Ph.D.

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.

Emeritus: Roger Stronstad, D.D.

An ordained minister of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Of his thirty-one years at Summit Pacific College (formerly Western Pentecostal Bible College), his titles have included Dean of Education and Associate Professor. Between 1987 and 2004, he fulfilled lectureship appointments at eight institutions, including Regent College, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, and Church of God Theological Seminary.

Dr. Stronstad has presented academic papers at conferences of the Society of Pentecostal Studies, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Pentecostal World Conference. Among other periodicals, his numerous articles have appeared in Pentecostal Testimony, Pneuma, and Paraclete. His six books include The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke, Spirit, Scripture and Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective, The Prophethood of All Believers, and the forthcoming Baptized and Filled with the Holy Spirit. He has also served as a co-editor and contributor on several multi-authored projects, including the Life in the Spirit Study Bible and the Life in the Spirit Commentary on the New Testament.

He served as an executive officer of the Society for Pentecostal Studies from 1991-94.

John Wyckoff, Ph.D.

He has served as a pastor, preacher, teacher, and author for many years. He currently serves as coordinator of the Master of Arts in Theological Studies and Professor of Bible and Theology at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He is well known throughout the Assemblies of God for his writings on the Holy Spirit. His dissertation topic at Baylor University was "The Relationship of the Holy Spirit to Biblical Hermeneutics."

Wyckoff wrote the chapter on "The Baptism in the Holy Spirit" in Systematic Theology, published by Logion Press in 1994 and the student's and leader's guide for the Roots of Pentecostal Belief (2000). Recently, he contributed the chapter on "The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture" in The Bible, The Word of God published by Gospel Publishing House in 2003. He is also a frequent speaker at Christian Education training events. Wyckoff is a member of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

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