It is the conviction of the Free Presbyterian Church that the training of its ministers should rest with men who have the necessary academic qualifications as well as experience in church ministry. In addition to the core faculty, other qualified ministers in the denomination occasionally offer special courses within their respective fields of training and interest.
Dr. Mark Allison is the president of Geneva Reformed Seminary in Greenville, South Carolina. He earned his doctorate in Theology from Bob Jones University with a special emphasis on the biblical theology of creation. His dissertation was titled A Demonstration of the Use of God’s Creative Power After the Original Creation. He has been associated with the seminary since 1986 when he was Academic Dean and lectured in Theology, English Bible, Languages, and Church History. He was also an assistant pastor to Dr. Alan Cairns at Faith Free Presbyterian Church and was director of the annual Youth Camp for many years. In 2000, he became pastor of the Free Presbyterian Church of Malvern, PA. While in Malvern, he continued as a GRS adjunct professor for fifteen years and taught English Bible and Practical Theology. As an adjunct professor, he travelled on many occasions to Liberia to lecture to men who were training for the ministry. In April 2015 he became the acting president of GRS, and in October 2015 he assumed his present position as its president. In addition, Dr. Allison has been the chairman of the FPCNA Mission Board for over ten years.
He and his wife, Charlene, reside in Travelers Rest, SC, with their daughter Hannah who is a CPA and works for an international accounting firm.
President, Geneva Reformed Seminary
Dr. Alan Cairns was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and was saved as a boy in the Salvation Army. He became a member of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster almost from its inception and was called by the Lord to minister in the denomination. After his graduation from the Theological Hall of the Free Church, he pastored churches in Dunmurry and Ballymoney. While ministering in Ulster, Dr. Cairns was instrumental in establishing and producing the Let the Bible Speak radio program, a ministry with worldwide influence. He also served as the professor of Systematic Theology in the Theological Seminary for the Ulster denomination. When he assumed the pastorate of Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville, he continued both his radio and teaching ministries. It was under his direction that the training of preachers for the North American ministry of the FPC commenced in 1982. Geneva Reformed Seminary exists because of his vision and tireless labors. His radio ministry continues to be blessed as the North American version of Let the Bible Speak which is reaching a vast area. Many of his sermon series have been adapted and published in book form, and his Dictionary of Theological Terms has received a wide circulation.
He and his wife, Joan, have a son. Dr. Cairns now resides in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland.
Professor of Systematic Theology
MinisterEmeritus of Faith Free Presbyterian Church
Rev. Reggie Kimbro is adjunct professor of Biblical Interpretation at GRS. Born to believing parents and born again in his youth, Mr. Kimbro studied at Bob Jones University where he received a B.A. in Bible and an M.A. in Theology. He finished a Master of Divinity degree at the Whitefield College of the Bible in 1987. In the same year he and his wife, Jan, moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to pioneer Grace Free Presbyterian Church, where he has served as pastor for almost twenty years. Mr. Kimbro has authored a book entitled The Gospel According to Dispensationalism in an attempt to renew interest in historic covenant theology.
Mr. Kimbro is the father of three daughters. His hobbies include family camping and backpacking on the Appalachian Trail. He is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Theology from the Evangelical Theological College of Wales.
Adjunct Professor of Biblical Interpretation
Minister of Grace Free Presbyterian Church
Rev. David Mook is an adjunct professor at GRS, teaching in the fields of practical theology and church history. Mr. Mook did undergraduate and graduate work at Bob Jones University, graduating in 1976 with a Master of Arts degree in Dramatic Production. He served as a faculty member in the speech department at BJU until 1983, when he entered what is now called Geneva Reformed Seminary. He received his master of divinity degree, was licensed to preach, and moved with his family to Phoenix, Arizona, to begin establishing a new congregation for the Free Presbyterian Church. Services began early in 1986 and the presbytery formally constituted the congregation in 1995. Mr. Mook has served in several capacities in the denomination both as a member of the standing commission of the presbytery for North America and now in the presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of North America. From 2006-2008, he served as moderator of the presbytery and since 2008, as its clerk.
Mr. Mook and his wife, Mary, have a daughter and four grandchildren.
Adjunct Professor in the field of practical theology
Minister of Phoenix Free Presbyterian Church
Clerk of Presbytery
Dr. Mark Sidwell is adjunct professor of Church History. He was born and reared in New Castle, Indiana, and was converted as a child. He earned a B.A. in history from Bob Jones University and then an M.A. and Ph.D. in church history from the same school. He also completed additional graduate hours in history from American Military University. His dissertation was on the history of the Winona Lake Bible Conference in Indiana. He serves as Professor, Division of Social Science, at Bob Jones University. He has been a member of Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC, for twenty-five years. He is a member of the American Society of Church History and the Conference on Faith and History. Among his writings are The Dividing Line: Understanding and Applying Biblical Separation and Free Indeed: Heroes of Black Christian History.
Dr. Sidwell and his wife, Mary, have three children—John, Anne, and Stephen.
Adjunct Professor of Church History
Professor, Division of Social Science, at Bob Jones University
Rev. John Wagner is the minister of Covenant Free Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. For almost fourteen years he was the pastor of Orlando FPC until the Lord called him to pioneer a new church in Columbia in the spring of 2002. In the fall of that year he was appointed professor of homiletics at Geneva Reformed Seminary. During his ministry of over 25 years in the Free Church, Mr. Wagner has served the denomination in a number of capacities including moderator of Presbytery. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from Bob Jones University and a Master of Divinity degree from Whitefield College of the Bible, now known as GRS. He has also studied at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Mr. Wagner and his wife, Kim, have seven children and seven grandchildren.
Professor of Homiletics
Minister of Covenant Free Presbyterian Church