Faculty

James “Jim” A. Crain

Doctor of Theology
President
Instructor

Born: February 5, 1952 in Longview, Texas

Family: Married Beverly D. Goodson of East Texas. Two children and grandchildren.

Education: After graduating high school in McNeil, Arkansas, attended United Electronics Institute in Little Rock, AR; served 4 years in the US Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War, earning the Bronze Star with Valor; Baptized and licensed to preach by Mt. Zion MBC, Cale, AR in 1972; Attended night classes under Dr. L. L. Clover and Dr. Fred G. Stephenson Sr. in Prescott, AR in 1972; received the Bachelor,
Master, and Doctor of Theology degrees from LMBIS.

Teaching Experience: Teacher at LMBIS from 1987-1989, and again beginning in January 2006.

Pastoral Ministry: Central MBC, Jonesboro, LA; Greenwood Hills Mission, Greenwood, LA; Stamps MBC, Stamps, AR; Park MBC, Presscott, AR; Central MBC, Bastrop, LA; Calvary MBC, Minden, LA.

Associational Work: Served as an officer in various local and state associations; President of the American Baptist Association 2013 and 2014; Chairman of the Missionary Committee of the ABA 2013-2017; writer for various publications: Bogard Press, HPB Publication, and MB News; presently editor of the HPB Publications.

Michael R. Wilkes

Master of Theology
Dean
Instructor

Born: April 4, 1968 to Ray and Evelyn Wilkes in Merced, California.

Family: Married Kimberly D. Buck, daughter of Charles and Lynda Buck, on May 22, 1992. They have two sons – Hayden and Hunter.

Education: Graduated Airline High School, Bossier City, LA, in 1986. Bachelor and Master of Theology from LMBIS (2008, 2009)

Teaching Experience: Substitute teacher at LMBIS 2008-2010. Instructor at LMBIS beginning in 2011.

Pastoral Ministry: Surrendered to preach at Bogg Springs in 1986. Ordained by Bossier City MBC in 1992. Pastor of Holleyman Chappel MBC, Maydelle, TX 1992-2005. Pastor of Whispering Pines MBC, Minden, LA 2005-present.

Associational Work: Moderator of First Springhill Association, Moderator of Louisiana State Association, ABA Enrollment and Finance Committee, Editing and proofing for Baptist New Testament Commentary, Director of Louisiana Encampment at Bogg Springs.

John Cooper

Master of Theology
Instructor

Born: February 14, 1964 to Lloyd & Ada Cooper in Fort Smith, Arkansas

Family: Married Cynthia Dart, daughter of Maxie and Barbara Dart on September 17, 1983. They have one child – Hilary Elaine.

Education: Northside High School, Fort Smith, AR; Westark Community College, Fort Smith, AR; Louisiana Missionary Baptist Institute & Seminary: Bachelor of Theology, 2001; Master of Theology, 2002.

Teaching Experience: Student teacher at LMBIS from 2000-2002. LMBIS Instructor from 2002 to present.

Pastoral Ministry: Associate Pastor, Liberty MBC, Shreveport, LA 1998-2000; Pastor, Hope MBC, Heflin, LA 2000-2002; Missionary Helper, Landmark Baptist Mission, Stonewall, LA, 2003-2004; Pastor, Landmark MBC, West Monroe, LA, 2004; Associate Pastor, Liberty MBC, Shreveport, LA 2004-2010; Pastor, Landmark MBC, Stamps, AR, 2010 to present.

Associational Work: BTC Quarterly Writer; Writing Committee and past member of Advisory Committee, Louisiana State Youth Encampment; First Vice Moderator Louisiana State Association (2009).

Micah Carter

Master of Theology
Instructor

Born: August 17, 1984 to Barry and Valerie Cater in Little Rock, Arkansas

Family: Married Julie Walker on November 19, 2005. They have two children – Walker and Tatum

Education: Minden High School graduate 2002, Minden, LA; LMBIS 2004-2009: Bachelor of Theology 2008 and Master of Theology 2009.

Teaching Experience: LMBIS Substitute 2001-2013; 1st Semester; LMBIS Instructor 2013, 2nd Semester-present

Pastoral Ministry: Associate pastor at Eastside MBC, Minden, LA, 2004-2006; Calvary MBC, Hamburg, AR, 2006-2008; Calvary MBC, Magnolia, AR, 2008-present.

Associational Work: Moderator of 1st Columbia Association; 1st Vice Moderator of Arkansas State Association; Arkansas State Mission Committee, 2008-2012.

Joseph C. Stacks

Master of Theology
Instructor

Born: March 3, 1982 to Clay and Norma Stacks in Little Rock, Arkansas

Family: Married Elizabeth Ann Rogers of Woodlawn, AR on July 17, 2004. They have two children – Julieann and Holland

Education: Morrilton High School, Morrilton, AR; Emergency Medical Technician 2001; Southern Arkansas University: Associate of Science in Nursing-Registered Nurse 2004; Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2016; LMBIS: Bachelor of Theology 2014; Master of Theology 2015.

Teaching Experience: University of Arkansas-McGhee/Crossett: LPN Clinical Instructor; Substitute teacher at LMBIS 2015-2016. Instructor at LMBIS beginning in 2016-2017.

Pastoral Ministry: Ordained January 18, 2004 by Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Rison, AR; New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Rison, AR, December 2003-January 2010. Forest Grove Missionary Baptist Church January 2010-present.

Associational Work: Arkansas State Mission Committeeman, Moderator of First Columbia Association, Director of Louisiana Encampment at Bogg Springs.

Nathan Luellen

Master of Theology
Instructor

Born: August 7, 1980 to Jeff and Ann Luellen in Minden, LA.

Family: Married Krystal Cunningham of West Monroe, LA on June 29, 2002. They have two girls, Samantha and Rebekah, and one boy, Jonathan.

Education: Received his Master of Theology Degree in 2003 from LMBIS and has been approved to write for his Doctor of Theology Degree.

Teaching Experience: Teaches the Hebrew courses, Bible Analysis and Missions class at LMBIS.

Pastoral Ministry: Pastor of Stockwell Road MBC, Bossier City, LA; Bro. Luellen has pastored Old Shongaloo MBC in Shongaloo, LA; Central MBC in Jonesboro, LA; Central MBC in Pineville, LA, and now Stockwell Road MBC, Bossier City, LA.

Associational Work: Serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of Missions in Louisiana and as Recording Secretary of the American Baptist Association.

Sandra Corley

Librarian/English Instructor

Born: March 12, 1958 to Ardell and Ethel Sherman in Monroe, Louisiana.

Family: Married Bruce Alwin Corley, son of Albert and Chris Corley of Springhill, LA on October 16, 1982. One child: Albert “Brooks” Corley.

Education: Ouachita Parish High School, Monroe, LA; Northeast Louisiana University (ULM) in Monroe, LA; Bachelor of Arts in English and Speech Education, 1981.

Teaching Experience: English/Speech in Ouachita Parish 1984-1986; Children’s and Young Adult’s Librarian for Ouachita Valley Branch of the Public Library in West Monroe, LA 1986-1988; English in Vicksburg, Mississippi 1990-1997; English/Speech/Drama at Minden High School 1997-2007; English at Webster Parish Alternative School 2007-2011; LMBIS Librarian and English Instructor 2015-present; Minden High School Teacher of the Year 2001-2002; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2002; Webster Parish Achievement Center Teacher of the Year 2007-2008; and Webster Parish Teacher of the Year 2007-2008.

Associational Work: Secretary/Grammar Editor for HPB Publications 2012-present; Librarian at Forest Grove Missionary Baptist Church 2017-present; Seminary Choir member 2012-2017; AWANA Counsel Time Teacher.