Faculty And Staff

Below is a list of the professors and instructors, both full-time and adjunct, the WRS Administration and Staff, and a list of those on the Board of Directors and the Pastoral Advisory Council.


WRS Professors & Instructors

John A. Battle

Professor of New Testament and Theology

B.A., Highland College, 1967; M.Div., Faith Theological Seminary, 1970; S.T.M., Faith Theological Seminary, 1971; Th.D., Grace Theological Seminary, 1975. Assistant Professor of New Testament, Faith Theological Seminary, 1971-1977; Professor of New Testament, Faith Theological Seminary, 1977-1982; Associate Professor of New Testament, Western Reformed Seminary, 1983-1998; Professor of New Testament and Theology, Western Reformed Seminary, 1998-.

Christopher K. Lensch

Associate Professor of Old Testament

B.A., Shelton College, 1975; M.Div., Faith Theological Seminary, 1978; S.T.M., Faith Theological Seminary, 1980. Instructor, Faith Theological Seminary, 1978-1980; Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Faith Theological Seminary, 1980-1982; Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Western Reformed Seminary, 1983-1998; Associate Professor of Old Testament, Western Reformed Seminary, 1998-.

Kevin M. Backus

Professor in Biblical Counseling

B.A., Shelton College, 1978; M.Div., Faith Theological Seminary, 1982; S.T.M., Whitefield Theological Seminary, 1995; Ph.D., Whitefield Theological Seminary, 1997; Fellow with the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, 1995-. Adjunct Professor at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 2009-. Instructor in Biblical Counseling, Western Reformed Seminary, 1995-1997; Adjunct Professor in Biblical Counseling,Western Reformed Seminary, 1998-. Board member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, 2000-. Certified Christian Conciliator®, 2006-; Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, 2009-.

Dennis W. Jowers

Adjunct Professor of Theology

A.B., University of Chicago, 1999; M.Th., University of Edinburgh, 2001; Ph.D., University of Edinburgh, 2004. Assistant Professor of Theology, Western Reformed Seminary, 2004-2006; Associate Professor of Theology and Apologetics, Faith Seminary, 20065; Adjunct Professor of Theology, Western Reformed Seminary, 2006-.

Edward Paauwe

Adjunct Professor in Bible and Theology

B.A., Bob Jones University, 1965; M.Div., Faith Theological Seminary, 1969; S.T.M., Faith Theological Seminary, 1984; D.Min., Bob Jones University, 2012. Adjunct Instructor in Bible and Theology, 2006-2012; Adjunct Professor in Bible and Theology, 2012-.

Leonard W. Pine

Professor of Practical Theology

B.A., Bob Jones University, 1984; M.A., Bob Jones University, 1987; M.Div., Western Reformed Seminary, 1993; D.Min., Westminster Seminary California, 2002. Instructor, Bob Jones University, 1984-1988; Assistant Professor of Practical Theology, Western Reformed Seminary, 1993-2002; Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology, 2002-.

Tito S. Lyro

President/Adjunct Professor of Theology and Bible

B.A., University of Washington, 2000; M.Div., Western Reformed Seminary, 2000. Adjunct Instructor in Theology and Bible, Western Reformed Seminary, 1997-2000; Assistant Professor of Theology and Bible, Western Reformed Seminary, 2000-2004; Adjunct Instructor of Theology and Bible, Western Reformed Seminary, 2004-.

Robert A. Battle

Adjunct Instructor in Biblical Languages

B.A., University of Washington, 1997. M.A., University of Washington, 2001. Ph.D. candidate, University of Washington, 2003; Adjunct Instructor in Biblical Languages, Western Reformed Seminary, 2006-.

James S. Blizzard

Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics and Pastoral Theology

B.A., Shelton College, 1979; M.Div., Faith Theological Seminary, 1982; Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, Western Reformed Seminary, 2004-.

Douglas E. Bond

Adjunct Instructor in Church History

B.A., Washington Baptist Teachers College, 1981; Cert. Theol., Moore Theological College, 1996; M.I.T., St. Martin’s University, 1998. European church history tour director, 1996-; Adjunct Instructor in Church History, 2015-.

Khawl Ro Kim

Adjunct Instructor in Bible and Theology

B.Th., Evangelical Bible Seminary, Myanmar, 1995; M.Div., New Life Collage, India, 1997; M.Th., Asian Center for Theological Studies and Mission (ACTS), Korea, 2004). Lecturer in Theology and Bible, Evangelical Bible Seminary, 1997-1998; Lecturer in Theology and Bible, Reformed Theological Seminary, 1998-2001; Lecturer in Theology and Practical Theology, Union Biblical Seminary, 2002-2004; Associate Professor of New Testament, Yangon Graduate School of Theology, 2004-2005; Associate Professor of Theology, Logos Evangelical Institute of Theology, 20042007; Adjunct Instructor in Bible and Theology, Western Reformed Seminary, 2007-.

Michael V. Matthews

Adjunct Instructor in Apologetics and Missions

B.S., Montana State University, 1973; B.R.E., Prairie Bible College, 1982; M.Min. Prairie Graduate School, 2002; Ph.D., Trinity Theological Seminary, 2013. Instructor in Bible and Missions, Native Bible Centre, 1983-1992; Instructor in Hermeneutics, Yakutsk Bible College, 1999; Instructor in Apologetics and Missions, Worldview Resource Group, 2007-; Instructor in Bible, Cook School of Intercultural Studies, 2012; Adjunct Instructor in Apologetics and Missions, Western Reformed Seminary, 2015-.

Jason R. Hutchinson

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

B.U.S., Morehead State University, 2001; M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2007; D.Min., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2012. Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology, Western Reformed Seminary, 2018-.


Administration and Staff

Tito Lyro - President

Christopher K. Lensch - Registrar and Dean of Students

W. Scott Hollander III - Administrator

Philip I. Resnick - Secretary of the Alumni Association

Zona Flood - Library Assistant


Board of Directors

  • Rev. Steven Brinegar, President. Cocoa, FL. Pastor, Grace BPC*, Cape Canaveral, FL.
  • Rev. G. W. Fisher, Vice-President. Tacoma, WA. Pastor, Tacoma BPC, Tacoma, WA.
  • Rev. Christopher Lensch, Secretary. Fife, WA. Minister, Great Western Presbytery.
  • Mr. Walt Zeiger, Treasurer. Puyallup, WA. Deacon, Tacoma BPC, Tacoma, WA.
  • Dr. Kevin Backus. Grand Island, NY. Pastor, Bible Presbyterian Church, Grand Island, NY.
  • Dr. John Battle. Tacoma, WA. Minister, Great Western Presbytery.
  • Rev. James S. Blizzard. Lakeland, FL. Pastor, Bible Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL.
  • Rev. Garry Z. Cole. Bristol, VA. Pastor, Ryder Memorial Presbyterian Church (BPC), Bluff City, TN.
  • Rev. John Dyck. Edmonton, AB. Pastor, Bible Presbyterian Church, Edmonton, AB.
  • Mr. Darin Hughey. Tacoma, WA. Elder, BPC of Olympia, Olympia, WA.
  • Dr. Leonard Pine. Bonners Ferry, ID. Pastor, Providence BPC, Bonners Ferry, ID; Home Field Director, Presbyterian Missionary Union.
  • Mr. Stuart Welch. Tacoma, WA. Elder, Tacoma BPC, Tacoma, WA.

*“BPC” stands for the Bible Presbyterian Church, General Synod.