SHEPHERDS - Key Persons

Alan Potter

Job Titles:
  • Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology
  • Vice President of Advancement
  • Vice President of Advancement / Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology
Dr. Potter completed his M.Div. at Central Seminary and has been honored with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Calvary Seminary. He also attended Pillsbury College for his Bachelor of Arts degree, and he later spent eight years as Pillsbury's President. While President, he established the first scholarship endowment, introduced the College to the North Central Accrediting Association, and chaired the Pastorology Department. After leaving Pillsbury, Dr. Potter served as the Vice President of Development, Public Relations, and Advancement for four years at The Master's College and Seminary. While at Master's, he continued his pastoral work by starting a church in Vista, CA. Al started his ministry life as a youth pastor for four years, before starting and pastoring his own church in Pennsylvania. He started with 11 adults in 1974, but the church grew to 600 by 1987. Not only did he pastor this church, he also developed a Christian school with 200 students, developed a Bible Institute with 60 students, and started camp ministries that served 400 young people each summer. His church established four other church plants in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Before coming to STS, Dr. Potter was pastoring in New York. He brings to Shepherds 43 years of pastoring, teaching, and ministry experience. Dr. Potter and his wife, Patti, have two children and four grandchildren.

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Job Titles:
  • Master 's University

David L. Burggraff

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Systematic Theology

Douglas D. Bookman

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Bible at Pillsbury
  • Professor of Old / New Testament
  • Professor of Old / New Testament and Bible Exposition
Dr. Bookman completed his M.Div. and Th.M. at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. at Dallas Theological Seminary. After graduating from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Central Seminary, Dr. Bookman served as a pastor/teacher in Rock Falls, Wisconsin. He joined the faculty of Pillsbury College in 1973, taught there for eleven years, and eventually served as Chairman of the Bible Department. Following his time as Professor of Bible at Pillsbury, Dr. Bookman continued to teach at various Bible colleges as well as to teach and pastor at local churches. During these years, Dr. Bookman began to see the need for a renewed emphasis on the life of Christ and the nation of Israel. In 1987, Dr. Bookman joined the Bible Department faculty of The Master's College. While there, he conceived, designed, and implemented the IBEX program, a semester-abroad program in Israel. In 1998, Dr. Bookman joined the Friends of Israel as a national representative. Throughout the years, he has taught at various colleges and seminaries, and has served as pastor and interim pastor at local churches. Much of his ministry in the last decade has focused on both Israel and the life of Christ, leading study trips to Israel, and speaking at Bible Conferences across the United States and abroad. Dr. Bookman joined the STS faculty in August, 2009. He heads up the student recruitment and teaches in the area of Old and New Testament Exposition. Dr. Bookman also enjoys leading numerous study trips to Israel which includes an annual trip specifically designed for our STS students. Dr. Bookman and his wife, Diane, have three children and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Les Lofquist

Job Titles:
  • Assistant Professor
  • Director
  • Assistant Professor of Practical
  • Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Dr. Les Lofquist serves the seminary as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Church Relations. He comes after completing twenty years as Executive Director of IFCA International, where he oversaw the association of 1,500 churches, pastors, Christian workers, chaplains, mission agencies, as well as eight Bible colleges and seminaries in 27 countries. He also served IFCA International for twenty years as Editor of VOICE Magazine, and has authored over 120 articles. He holds a Diploma in Missions from Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music, now Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, MI); a B.A. from Grace College (Winona Lake, IN); an M.Div. from Grace Theological Seminary (Winona Lake, IN); and the D.D. from Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO). He has served as a church planter in Utah, a Bible College professor, a visiting seminary professor, and a senior pastor. He and his wife Miriam are excited to serve together at Shepherds and Colonial. Dr. Lofquist is in demand as a speaker for churches and pastors' conferences, as well as a lecturer at colleges and seminaries throughout the country as he represents Shepherds.

Dr. Tim Sigler

Job Titles:
  • Professor of Hebrew & Biblical
  • Provost & Dean
  • Provost and Dean / Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Studies
Dr. Tim Sigler serves as Provost and Dean at Shepherds Theological Seminary (Cary, NC) where he is responsible for all aspects of administration, development, and the overall supervision of the faculty, staff, and academic programs. Under his leadership, the seminary is increasing its enrollment, expanding degree offerings, promoting faculty publications, upgrading communications, enhancing campus spaces, and strengthening financial partnerships. Prior to STS, Dr. Sigler served with distinction at the Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) for 18 years, most recently as Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Studies. Dr. Sigler specializes in areas related to biblical languages and literature and has taught courses such as Life in Bible Times (Historical Geography and Bible Backgrounds), Hebrew Grammar I & II, Hebrew Exegesis I & II, Old Testament Wisdom Literature, Old Testament Historical Literature, Hermeneutics/Methods of Bible Study, Biblical Archaeology, and Biblical Theology of Jerusalem. He has also created numerous curricula and study opportunities for others, including study abroad programs in Israel and Jordan. On two separate occasions, his courses have received the ACCESS Course of the Year Award in a competition for online education curriculum sponsored by Christianity Today (Interpreting the OT Historical Books, 2018; and Hermeneutics, 2004). He is a member of the Evangelical Seminary Deans Council, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Near East Archaeological Society, and the American Schools of Oriental Research. He maintains an active international presence writing and lecturing as the Israel Scholar-in-Residence with CJF Ministries and hosting study tours throughout the biblical world with Wisdom Passages. His Ph.D. dissertation at Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL) is titled "Emotional Geography in the Song of Songs: A Literary Study of the Contexts of Love." Grace College and Seminary (Winona Lake, IN) awarded Dr. Sigler a grant to participate in their M.S. in Higher Education program, a degree which he recently completed. He also holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies, M.A. in Theological Studies, and M.Div. degrees from Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary (Ankeny, IA). He has contributed to various periodicals and The Moody Bible Commentary, the Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity, and What Should We Think about Israel? Separating Fact from Fiction in the Middle East Conflict. He and his hospitable wife, Bernice, have three adventurous children.

Gary Hallquist

Job Titles:
  • Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Gary Hallquist is an Assistant Professor of Practical Theology. His main areas of teaching include Biblical Counseling and Worship Studies. Gary has over thirty years of church ministry experience, including four years as a professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music degree, as well as a Master of Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Additionally, he has recently obtained a Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical Counseling from SEBTS, having completed both his coursework and his project to that end. Gary was the Pastor of Music Ministry at Colonial Baptist Church from 2010 to 2017, and since January, serves as a counseling pastor in Colonial's Care Ministry. He teaches the STS classes in counseling and worship. He is also a widely-published composer of church music.

Jimmy Carter

Job Titles:
  • Director of Shepherds Institute of Shepherds Theological Seminary
  • Director, Shepherds Institute
Jimmy serves as the Director of Shepherds Institute of Shepherds Theological Seminary. Prior to serving at Shepherds Institute, he served at The WEST Institute of Shepherds Theological Seminary (Laramie, WY) for 8 years, most recently as the Assistant Director. He completed his BS Business in Business Administration at the University of Wyoming. He completed his M.A.C.M. and M. Div. through Shepherds Theological Seminary. Jimmy is an ordained Pastor, licensed at Laramie Valley Chapel (Laramie, WY). Prior to coming to Cary, he filled the pulpit at times for Laramie Valley Chapel and various campus ministries in Laramie.

Karen A. Smith

Job Titles:
  • Assistant Professor of Women 's Programs
  • Assistant Professor of Women's
  • Role of Director of Women 's Ministries
Karen A. Smith accepted the role of Director of Women's Ministries for Shepherds Theological Seminary on July 1, 2018. The focus of her ministry will be providing mentoring and counseling for women from a Biblical perspective. Karen holds a B.A. in Communications from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, a Master of Divinity in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and is a candidate for a Doctorate in Family Ministry & Women's Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She has been a frequent writer and speaker on family and women's issues. Her prior teaching experience includes teaching the material of three papers in doctoral seminars at Southwestern Baptist Seminary, as well as teaching experience at Cary Christian School, where she received a Teaching Achievement Award, and at Cresset Christian Academy. She is also responsible for creating two graduate level courses for seminary M.Div. or M.A. programs in women's ministry: Ministry to Women and Women and Their Families. Her areas of research include the theology of family ministry and women's ministry, critical issues in women's ministry, and the family lives of the Luthers and the Edwards. Karen lives in Raleigh and was drawn to ministry at STS because of the seminary's commitment to mentoring, its size, and her agreement with its doctrinal statement.

Larry D. Pettegrew

Job Titles:
  • Research Professor of Theology

Peter Goeman

Job Titles:
  • Assistant Professor of Old
  • Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages
Peter Goeman began serving at Shepherds in 2017 as Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages. Peter is a graduate of both The Master's University (TMU) and The Master's Seminary (TMS). At TMU Peter studied business, and at TMS he completed his M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. degrees, specializing in Old Testament studies. Over the last six years he has been involved in various pastoral ministry while completing his graduate degrees. He is married to Kinsley, and they have two sons. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, and has authored regular journal articles.

Stephen D. Davey - Founder, President

Job Titles:
  • Founder
  • President
  • Principal
  • Founder and President / Professor of Practical Theology
  • Professor of Practical Theology
Dr. Stephen Davey, the son of missionary parents, was raised to love Christ, His church, and His Word. In his last year of high school, Stephen committed his life to serving Christ. His preparations for ministry eventually included studies at Liberty University, Tennessee Temple University, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, and Dallas Theological Seminary. In 1986, Stephen and his wife Marsha moved with their infant twin sons to Cary, North Carolina, to plant Colonial Baptist Church ( Committed to the exposition of Scripture and a grace-oriented ministry, the church plant grew to include several thousand households. Today, Stephen preaches at three Sunday morning worship services as well as participates in numerous teaching and discipleship offerings throughout the week. In September of 2020, Stephen reaches 33 years of faithful ministry, serving Christ as the pastor/teacher of this wonderful ministry and church family. Dr. Davey also serves as the president of Shepherds Theological Seminary, a young and exciting seminary which has earned full membership status with ATS. With an outstanding faculty and growing student body, Shepherds currently meets on the beautiful campus of Colonial. Stephen enjoys interacting with the students, as well as teaching Pastoral Theology and Creative Bible Teaching. In addition, Stephen is the principal Bible teacher for Wisdom for the Heart, an international radio and resource ministry that's heard on 300 radio stations. His radio messages are translated into seven languages worldwide, which include Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Telugu, Hindi, Mandarin and Arabic. Wisdom's new website now offers free sermon transcripts and audio content for listeners ( Stephen has authored more than 40 books, study guides, commentaries, and booklets published by Ambassador, Kress Biblical Resources, Charity House, and LOGOS.

Thomas Pittman

Job Titles:
  • Assistant Professor of Practical
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer / Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Dr. Pittman completed his BA in Biblical Studies at San Diego Christian College, where he graduated as Valedictorian. He completed his M.R.S, M.A.B.S, M.Div, and Th.M with Academic Distinction at Southern California Seminary. He is in the final dissertation stage of an Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership at Grand Canyon University. At Southern California Seminary, he served as the Director of Student Services, where he oversaw admissions, recruiting, and enrollment management. During that time he also filled in as the Registrar and Bible Department Dean. Recently, Dr. Pittman was a University Admissions Counselor at Grand Canyon University specializing in regional recruitment in the East County of San Diego. Dr. Pittman is an ordained Pastor. He was licensed at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, CA. He served as the Minister of Education at Meridian Southern Baptist Church in El Cajon. Prior to coming to Shepherds, he was the Teaching Elder at Pine Valley Community Church in Pine Valley, CA. Dr. Pittman has also filled the pulpit throughout San Diego County and beyond, and has been called upon to fill as interim pastor at several struggling churches. Dr. Pittman is married to Roxzane and has three children: Tommy, Kara, and Chloe.

W. Andrew Smith

Job Titles:
  • Associate Professor of New Testament
  • Director, Center for Research of Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions / Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
W. Andrew Smith is Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, and serves as the Director of the Center for Research of Biblical Manuscripts and Inscriptions ( He earned his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois, two M.A. degrees (Biblical Literature and Biblical Languages) from Shepherds Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from the University of Edinburgh. He has taught at Shepherds since 2011. His research and teaching interests revolve around the transmission and interpretation of the texts of the New Testament, ranging from textual criticism and manuscript studies to Greek discourse analysis. Based on his interest in biblical manuscripts, Andrew serves as Project Supervisor of the Greek Paul Project for the Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative and is currently editing the Editio Critica Maior volumes of the Pastoral Epistles for the Institut für neutestamentliche Textforschung (INTF). Andrew also serves as Assistant Editor for the Society of Biblical Literature's Text-Critical Studies series. Andrew is married to Valerie, who works as a manager and biostatistician for a contract research organization.

William G. Coberly

Job Titles:
  • Assistant Professor of Bible
  • Director of Library Services / Assistant Professor of Bible Exposition
Will joined the Shepherds' faculty in January 2011 as Director of Library Services and Assistant Professor of Bible Exposition. He brings an enthusiasm for biblical research and a passion for carefully interpreting God's Word. The title of Will's dissertation is The Necessity of Virtue as a Universal over the Particular Tasks of Hermeneutics, Epistemology, and Theology. The research addresses the role of intellectual virtues to all forms of knowing, and seeks to provide a basis for the virtuous interpretation of Scripture. The study of hermeneutics is absolutely vital to understanding God's Word, as well as to issues like faith and science, classic and modern philosophy, current trends in worldviews, and apologetics. Will began teaching in youth ministries and Bible studies before attending seminary. While at The Master's Seminary, Will served as a shepherd of a home Bible study, a teacher on a short term mission trip to the island of Tarawa, and as a lecturer in theology at the Logos Bible Institute. Working at the campus bookstore as their Inventory Manager provided several years of experience with Christian publishing. This ministry included assistance with research papers, finding good academic resources, and providing information about key publications, authors, and viewpoints.

William W. Barber

Job Titles:
  • Director of the Shepherds 360 Regional Fellowship Mission
  • Professor Emeritus of
Dr. Barber served in five pastorates in Georgia, Indiana, Alabama, Ontario and Michigan. He was president of Canadian Baptist Bible College and taught for four years in the college. He is Pastor Emeritus of Grace Bible Church in Lansing, Michigan, where he served for twenty years.