Oversight Department

* This is a partial listing of our Administrative and Oversight Departments


N.E. Barry Hofstetter – Vice President of Academic Affairs

Pennsylvania, USA


  • Westminster Theological Seminary – Doctor of Philosophy (ABD)
  • Westminster Theological Seminary – Master of Theology
  • Westminster Theological Seminary – Master of Divinity
  • Ohio State University – M.A. Classical Languages
  • University of Maryland – B.A. Ancient Studies

Barry Hofstetter is married to Shari, his most excellent wife of 30+ years and has two amazing daughters. In addition to his ministry at TNARS, he serves on the board for Bible Translation Magazine and regularly publishes articles on issues related to biblical studies and Bible translation. He currently works for the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, PA as an Instructor of Latin.

Bathiran Samuel – Administrator/Mentor
Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. Bathiran Samuel


  • The North American Reformed Seminary (TNARS)- Doctor of Divinity (Puritan Studies)
  • Grace Baptist Theological Seminary – Master of Theology
  • Grace Baptist Theological Seminary – Master of Divinity
  • Grace Baptist Theological Seminary – Bachelor of Divinity

Dr. Bathiran Samuel served the Lord in various capacities as Church Planter, Assistant Pastor, Administrator, and Professor in Christian Organizations at South India since 2001. He teaches at Grace Baptist Theological Seminary, India since the year 2011. After his completion of the Doctor of Divinity (Puritan studies) program under the mentorship of Dr. Larry Bray, he has been greatly influenced to be a student of the Puritans. He has a great burden for Reformed education with the Puritans’ vision to reach out to the godly people around the world. He is married to his wife Sanatombi, and they are blessed with one daughter Rachel Nganbi.

Mark Spellman – Web Site Administrator/Mentor
Mississippi, USA


  • Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson – M.Div./Counseling
  • Tulane University – M. Architecture

Rev. Spellman practiced architecture for over 15 years before answering the call to ministry service. He has served in various small PCA churches as senior pastor and has been involved with planting two churches in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).  He has also served as Bible Teacher and Administrator at Evangelical Christian Academy in Colorado, Springs and as an Adjunct Instructor of Bible and Languages at New Geneva Theological Seminary.  Currently serving as Senior Pastor at Wynndale, PCA in the Terry/Byram area of Jackson, MS he has a passion for the reformed faith, preaching of the Word, and discipleship and teaching.

John McDonald – Administrator/Registrar
Mississippi, USA



  • Whitefield Theological Seminary – M.A. Christian Counseling
  • Belhaven University – B.A. Biblical Studies

John McDonald brings many skills and relevant experience to his role with TNARS. He has directed several ministries at various churches as well as experience in teaching at a military school.  We are very happy to have John on board and look forward to him being a vital part of the TNARS family.

Oversight Department/Mentors

D. Clair Davis – Mentor
Texas, USA


  • Georg-August Universität, Göttingen – Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)
  • Wheaton College – M.A.
  • Westminster Theological Seminary – B.D.

Relevant Experience:

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Olivet College, 1960-1963
  • Visiting Professor and Assistant Professor of Theology, Wheaton College (Graduate School of Theology), 1963-1966
  • Professor of Church History Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary

Wilbur Pickering – Textual Criticism Advisor


  • University of Toronto – Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics
  • Dallas Theological Seminary – Master of Theology

Dr. Pickering is probably best known for his book, The Identity of the New Testament Text.

Peter Kim – Mentor

South Korea


  • Reformed Theological Seminary – D.Min.
  • Calvin University Graduate School – M.Div.

Relevant Experience:

  • Evangelist in Korean Presbyterian Churches
  • Pastor of Jeil Sarang Presbyterian Church

Sam Logan – Mentor
Pennsylvania, USA


  • Emory University – Ph.D.
  • Westminster Theological Seminary – M.Div.
  • Princeton University – B.A.

Harrison Frederick Harnden – Biblical Languages Advisor


  • Garrett Theological Seminary – M.Div. (specializing in biblical literature and languages)
  • Florida State University – B.S. in Education

Relevant Experience:

  • Organizing member of the National Presbyterian Church (now the PCA)
  • Taught Greek and Biblical Studies
  • Selected as a distinguished teacher when one of his students was selected as a presidential scholar in 1987

Jim Misner – Mentor


  • Reformed Theological Seminary – M.Div.
  • Tennessee Tech University – B.S. Education

Jim is an Evangelist in the PCA who serves in the Northwest Georgia Presbytery. He is currently the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Jasper.

Phillip Kayser – Mentor



  • Whitefield Theological Seminary – Ph.D.
  • Westminster Theological Seminary – M.Div.
  • Covenant College – B.A.

Dr. Kayser has mentored a number of seminary students and been a Ph.D. reader prior to joining TNARS. He has also been a pastor with the PCA for 22 years.

Barry Maxwell – Mentor


  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – M.Div.

Barry is currently the Pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Millington, TN.

Robert Bell – Mentor
Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea


  • Trinity Theological Seminary – PhD
  • Luther Rice Seminary – DMin
  • South African Theological Seminary – Doctor of Theology Program

Michael Philliber – Mentor
Texas, USA


  • Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry – D.Min.
  • Reformed Theological Seminary – M.Div.


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