Administration & Academic Staff

Matt Morrell


Brett Williams

Provost / Executive Vice President

Ron Gotzman

Vice President of Advancement

Matt Shrader

Director of Recruitment and Retention

Associate Professor of Church History

L. Mark Bruffey

Registrar / Librarian

Todd Kilburn

VP of Institutional Finance

Stephen Davis

WCTS Station Manager

Full-time Faculty

Kevin Bauder

Research Professor of Systematic Theology

Roy Beacham

Professor of Old Testament

Jon Pratt

VP of Academics and Professor of New Testament

Preston Mayes

Professor of Old Testament  

Assessment Coordinator

Visiting Professors 

Nicolas Ellen

Biblical Counseling

B.A., Business Administration – University of Houston, TX
M.A., Christian Education – Dallas Theological Seminary
M.A., Biblical Counseling – Master’s University
D.Min., Biblical Counseling – Southern Baptist Seminary
Ph.D., Biblical Counseling – Southwestern Baptist Seminary

Dr. Ellen is certified counselor and fellow with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).
He is the founder of the Expository Counseling Center, LLC and senior member of the Biblical Counseling Framework.

Joshua Stephens

Biblical Counseling

B.A., Youth Ministries – Pillsbury Baptist Bible College
M.A.B.C., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
D.Min., Southern Baptist Seminary

Dr. Stephens is certified with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) and is the Founder/Executive Director of the Biblical Counseling Alliance.

Seminary Staff

Debbie Bauder

Administrative Assistant

Diploma in Bible and Secretarial Skills, Faith Baptist Bible College

 When Debbie met Kevin, she had no clue of the travels and places they would be experiencing. From childhood on the farm to adulthood with her husband in church ministries and education in Colorado, Iowa, and Texas, she feels very blessed in having met so many people along the way. She is thankful to have been a full-time mom during much of Kevin’s education years and pastorates. When not in the office, she still enjoys all things housework, playing piano, and thrifting. They have two adult children.

Bob Fuller

Announcer, WCTS Radio

B.A., Pillsbury Baptist Bible College
M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary              Th.M., Grace Theological Seminary                              D.Min., Central Baptist Theological Seminary  

Dr. Fuller has served for over 40 years in pastoral ministry.  

Laura Glassel

Student Billing

A.A.S., Bob Jones University
B.S., Bob Jones University
B. S., Excelsior College
M.A., Bob Jones University

Laura grew up in the New England area, Germany, and Minnesota. She returned to Minnesota after graduate school. Beyond working at Central Seminary, Laura also teaches middle and high school science and history in various homeschool groups in the Twin Cities. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano, writing, and reading.

Tim Kauffman

Internet Technology

B.S., Maranatha Baptist University

Joanna Harmon

Human Resources

B.S., Northland International University

Joanna has served as administrative support staff at Fourth Baptist Church and School and Central Baptist Theological Seminary since 2015. She desires to assist the next generation of servant leaders. Joanna grew up in the Netherlands as a missionary kid of CBTS Alumni, Ralph and his wife, Karla Harmon. She enjoys going on adventures abroad from the pyramids of Egypt, to swimming in Israel’s Dead Sea, to Austria’s salt mines.  She cherishes tea time with friends and family.

Jared Matthew

Director of Communications

B.A., Northland International University
M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Jared has served as a pastor at two churches in Minnesota. He loves outdoor adventures and both he and his wife have completed several marathons and ultra-marathons. Jared and his wife have four wonderful boys who came to them along their journey through foster care. 

Adjunct Faculty

Ardel Caneday

New Testament

B.A., Byron College, History
M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary
Th.M., Grace Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Dr. Caneday serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Northwestern after retiring as Professor of New Testament & Greek. He is a founding and teaching elder of Christ Bible Church.

Michael Riley

Systematic Theology

B.A., Bob Jones University, Bible
M.Div., Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary

Dr. Riley is the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Wakefield, MI. 

Don Odens

Homiletics & Expository Preaching

B.A., Pillsbury Baptist Bible College
M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.M., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
D.D., Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Odens is a retired pastor and police chaplain.


Charles McLain

Old Testament

B.A., Pillsbury Baptist Bible College
M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.M., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
M.A., Dropsie College (research degree)
Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary

Lee Ormiston


B.S., North Dakota State University
M.A., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
D.S.M., Northland International University

Dr. Ormiston is the pastor of Family Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN.

Emmanuel Malone

Pastoral Theology

B.S., Southern University
M.B.S., Case Western Reserve University
M.Div., Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary
D.Min., (in progress), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Mr. Malone is a retired pastor, church planter, and dean.

Jeff Brown


B.S., Ball State University
M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.M., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Brown has been a pastor and 30+-year missionary church planter in Germany with Baptist Mid Missions.


Bob Freiberg

Military and Civilian Chaplain Ministries

B.E.S., Saint Cloud University
M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.M., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
D.Min., Talbot Seminary (BIOLA)
D.D., Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Freiberg (CDR, CHC, FMF, USN-ret.) served as a military Chaplain with the Navy, Coast Guard and Marines. His tour of duties include: Command Chaplain for the largest Chapel program in the Navy, Force Chaplain for the US Navy SEALs (SPECWARCOM), US Coast Guard, and 3 Marine tours (1 combat tour for Operation Iraqi Freedom). He has also served as an adjunct professor at Southern California Seminary for 25 years, as well as served as Administrative Dean for 3 years.