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God forbid that I should limit the time of acquiring faith to the present life. In the depth of the Divine mercy, there may be an opportunity to win it in the future
Martin Luther, 1522

Faculty Bios


The Rev. Dr. Andres Omar Ayala - - Graduated in Psychotherapy, Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bachelor of Theology, Seminario Bautista Evangélico, Salta, Argentina. Served as a missionary in Bolivia and Brazil, currently residing in Filadelfia, Paraguay. Consultant of the Biblical Society of Brazil in the translation of the Gospel of John into the Oiapoke language. Doctor of Divinity, FATEC, Brasilia, Brazil. M.A. major in Philosophy, FATOR, Brasilia, Brasil. Doctor of Theology (H.C.) Sao Pedro and Sao Paulo Lutheran Superior Institute, Sao Paulo, Brazil. One Year Program of Biblical Hebrew, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel. Diploma in Counseling Psychology, Universidad Experimental UNESCO, Maracaibo, Venezuela. Professor in Lutheran Theology, Saint Peter and Saint Paul Lutheran Institute, Ronchin, France. He is an ordained minister in the General Lutheran Church.


The Rev. Dr. James Walter Clifton - - B.S., Delta State University, Cleveland, MS; Th.M. and Ph.D., summa cum laude, Bethany Divinity College and Seminary, Dothan, AL; D.Min., summa cum laude, Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, GA; M.Div., cum laude, Golden State School of Theology, Stockton, CA; M.T.S., summa cum laude, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN; M.S., cum laude, Independence University, Salt Lake City, UT; Certificates of Completion, Independent Luthran Seminary, Klamath Falls, OR, and M.S., cum laude, California Coast University, Santa Ana, CA. Further studies: Augusta University, Augusta, GA; Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, IN; Dallas Theological Seminary, Dallas, TX; and Morris Pratt Institute, Milwaukee, WI. He is pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Goshen, IN and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Paralegal, and Certified Locksmith. He is an ordained minister in the General Lutheran Church currently serving as its General Minister.

The Rev. Nicole A. M. Collins - - Rev. Collins, OSST, is the pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ, Las Vegas. She previously planted and served in three churches: the Gathering for Christ, the Gathering North (both unaffiliated Lutheran), and the Grace Hub, her own former house church, now dedicated to ministry projects. She recently started a Doctor of Ministry program through the Institute of Lutheran Theology. She is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School with dual Masters of Divinity degrees and MACS. She was awarded two yearly scholarships for church planting and preaching. Her previous career, in the fine arts, included college-level teaching, chapbook press publication, CAAP grants and various art scholarships. Pr. Nicole holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is in a religious order of personal piety, the Order of the Most Holy Mary Theotokos (O.S.S.T.). She is an ordained minister in the General Lutheran Church serving as its General Pastor.

The Rev. Dr. Enrique R. Ramos - - Dr. Ramos currently works as an Addictions Therapist at the V.A. Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a Theologian in Residence with ReformaDos Ministry of the Iglesia del Centro, Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Chaplain in the Naval Reserve having served at Roosevelt Rhoads in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, and a former theology professor at the Inter-American University in San Germán, Puerto Rico. He has an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, an M.S.W. from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, an M.Th. from North-West University, South Africa, a Ph.D. from Seminario Campbell Morgan, Argentina, and a Ph.D. from Seminario Mayor Escuela de Teologia y Ciencia de la Religion from Colombia. He is an ordained minister in the General Lutheran Church serving as its International Coordinator and Resident Theologian. Dr. Ramos is also Professor at the ReformaDos Escuela de Ministerios (School of Ministry) in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and at the Seminario Reformado Latinoamericano of Colombia teaching Systematic Theology and Apologetics, as well as in charge of guiding the doctoral students in their dissertations.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas Schwartz - - Diploma, Liberty Home Bible Institute, Lynchburg, VA.; A.A., magna cum laude, Redlands Community College, El Reno, OK; B.A., cum laude, M.Ed., Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, OK; B.Min. (in progress), Berean Bible Institute, Slinger, WI; M.Div., magna cum laude, Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK; M.C.P., Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, OK; M.A.B.T.S., Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, GA; M.A.A. (in progress), Luther Rice College and Seminary, Lithonia, GA; D.Min., highest honors, American Christian College and Seminary, Oklahoma City, OK. Further studies: Gulf Coast Bible Institute, Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Master's International School of Divinity, Evansville, IN; Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.; Patriot Bible University, Del Norte, CO; Southwest Bible College and Seminary, Jennings, LA.; Toronto Baptist Seminary, Toronto, Ont.; Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, IN.; University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, and St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, Oxford, England.



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