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Seminary Faculty

Every institution of learning recognizes that the most significant asset it has is that group of men and women who make up the faculty. St. Petersburg Seminary and Yeshiva is fortunate in having men and women of outstanding spiritual depth and professional ability to lead the students in their search for truth. Both full-time and adjunct instructors designate open office hours to be available to students in order to mentor effectively in the fields to which they have been called.

Full Time Faculty


John Fischer, PhD, ThD, Professor of Judaic Studies, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of the Netzer David International Yeshiva, Area Head of Judaic Studies. BJS (Judaic Studies), Spertus College of Judaica, BS (Bible, Christian Education), Philadelphia College of the Bible, MA (New Testament), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, MS (Communications), Temple University, PhD (Religious Education), University of South Florida, ThD (Judaic Studies), California Graduate School of Theology. AOS: Judaic Studies, New Testament, Apologetics, Hermeneutics. 


Patrice Fischer, DMin, Professor of Hebrew Scripture and Area Head of Biblical, Theological Cultural and Historical Studies. BS (Radio/TV /Film), Northwestern University, MA (Missions, Evangelism), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, MA (Linguistics), University of South Florida, DMin (Judaic Studies), St. Petersburg Theological Seminary, PhD Candidate, University of South Florida. AOS: Hebrew, Old Testament, Biblical Historical Geography. 


Michael Schiffman, DMin, Professor of Judaic Studies. BA, Arizona State U, MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, DMin, Ashland Theological Seminary. AOS: Judaic Studies, Old Testament. 

Thomas Tribelhorn, PhD, Professor of Judaic Studies, Professor of Education, Academic Dean, and Area Head of Professional Studies - Education. BA (English Bible), Northeastern Bible College, MEd (Education), William Patterson University, MA (Judeo-Christian Studies), Institute of Holy Land Studies, (Israel), DMin (Judeo-Christian Studies), St. Petersburg Theological Seminary, PhD (Judaic Studies), The Netzer David International Yeshiva (St. Petersburg Theological Seminary). AOS: Judaic Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, Education. 

Adjunct Faculty 


Kimberly Ambrose, PhD, Associate Professor in Bible. BRE (Biblical Studies), MDiv (Pastoral), St. Petersburg Theological Seminary, ThD (New Testament), California Christian University, PhD New Testament), University of Wales. AOS; New Testament Bible. 

Patrick Baskwell, ThD, Associate Professor in Theology. BA (Religion), Washington Bible College, Honours BTh (Theology), MTh (Theology), University of So. Africa, MA (Distance Education.), University of London, ThD (Theology), Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. AOS: Theology. 

Jennifer Betham-Lang, DMin, Associate Professor in Judaic Studies. BA (Theology) California Baptist University, MDiv, Claremont School of Theology, MLet (Bible) University of St. Andrews, DMin, St. Petersburg Seminary & Yeshiva. 

Cody Clark, EdD, Associate Professor of Sacred Music. BA, Lagrange College, MA, U of South Florida, EdD, U of South Florida. AOS: Sacred Music, Drama. 

Bobbie Cromartie, PhD, Professor of Education, BA (French), Florida A. & M. University, MA (French), Atlanta University, PhD (Curriculum and Supervision), University of Pittsburg. AOS: Education. 


Rodney Eisenberg, PhD, Associate Professor in Biblical Studies, BS (Chemistry), Boise State University, MA (Theological Studies), Liberty University, PhD (Chemistry) Oregon State University 


David Friedman, PhD, Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies, and Director of the Jerusalem Center, Bet Midrash Lev Zion, BA (Theology), Valparaiso U, BS (English Education), MA (Arabic and Hebrew), U of Minnesota, PhD, California Graduate School of Theology. AOS Hebrew, Judaic Studies, Bible. 

Rivka Isachar-Benjamin, Cantor, Professor of Cantorial Arts. Bachelor of Music, Northern Illinois University, Master of Music, The New England Conservatory of Music, and Cantor (certificate), Hebrew Union College/School of Sacred Music 


Amy Mormino Katsouris, PhD, Associate Professor of History & Religion, BA (History), New College, The Honors College of the State of Florida, MDiv (Pastoral Ministry), Princeton Theological Seminary, PhD (World Christianity), New College at the University of Edinburgh. AOS: Missions, American Church History, Homiletics. 


Carl Kinbar, Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies. BA (Philosophy, English Literature), Queens College, MS (Jewish Studies), Spertus College, D. Litt. et Phil. U of South Africa. AOS: Judaic Studies. 


Linda Leckey, DMin, Associate Professor in Judaic Studies. B.A., Florida State U, M.A. Instituto Technologico (Mexico); MRE., DMin., St. Petersburg Theological Seminary. AOS: Judaic Studies 


Kevin Pittle, PhD, Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies. BA, Florida State U, MS, Florida State U, 

PhD, Florida State U. AOS: Anthropology, Judaic Studies. 

Bruce Stokes, PhD, Visiting Professor in Judaic Studies. BA, California State U at Dominguez Hills, MA, U of California at Riverside, PhD, U of California at Riverside. 


Manuel Sykes, PhD Associate Professor of Religion. BA, Luther Rice Seminary, MDiv (Pastoral Ministry), Drew University Theological School, MA (Sociology of Religion), Drew University Graduate School, PhD (Sociology of Religion), Casperson School of Graduate Studies of Drew University, DMin, St. Petersburg Theological Seminary. AOS: Pastoral Studies, Practical Theology. 

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