Instructors


Mark Broomell (MA, MA) was born in California, and in his teen years moved to Texas with his family. He attended Baylor University, and afterwards Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois), where he earned an M.A. in Old Testament and Semitic Languages. He moved back to California to attend UCLA, where he earned an M.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. In addition to Hebrew, he has studied Ugaritic and Akkadian, and has made three trips to Israel to work on different archaeological sites. After graduating from UCLA, Mark and his wife Sarah, and their two children, left Los Angeles and settled in Virginia, where they have built a new life of homesteading, homeschooling, and a running a home improvement business. These days they’re still homesteading, as well as enjoying their five grandchildren. From his days at Trinity Mark has been teaching Hebrew to others, and he’s looking to find a few more eager students. 
 
 

Jeff Graf (MDiv) grew up in California where he met his wife Sue in high school. They have been married for 47 years and have two sons and three grandsons. Jeff worked in the telecommunications field for 25 years, during which time he started his own training and course development consulting practice. In his fifties Jeff and his wife went to seminary with the purpose of teaching on the mission field. After earning a Master of Divinity in 2003 from Capital Bible Seminary, they spent six years teaching at the Christian Leaders’ Training College which is in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. At the college he taught a wide spectrum of courses including theology, church history, Bible interpretation, and church leadership. In his last year he served as Dean of Theology and Biblical Studies. Upon returning to the United States, he and his wife acted as missionaries in residence and adjunct faculty at Washington Bible College and Capital Bible Seminary. Jeff enjoys being a backpacker, a beekeeper, and a baseball fan. He has a love of languages including German and Melanesian Pidgeon. He has the goal of being able to sight-read the entire Greek New Testament (he's finished 18 books, so far). Jeff and Sue currently attend Blacksburg Christian Fellowship where he teaches in the adult Sunday school program.
 

Sandy Young (ThM) is a Texan by birth and (mostly) a Virginian by upbringing. He came to faith in Christ during his sophomore year at Virginia Tech, where God used the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) in his conversion and spiritual growth. After graduation he directed a non-denominational youth ministry for several years in northern Virginia, and then attended Dallas Theological Seminary, graduating with a Th.M. in 1986, with focus on Systematic Theology. He and his family returned to Virginia, where he served as pastor of an independent church in the town of Culpeper for 14 years. In 2001 they moved to Blacksburg to serve in pastoral ministry at Blacksburg Christian Fellowship until his retirement in 2019. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. He and his wife, Jan Lu, have been married forty-seven years and they have four children and six grandchildren.


Dean R. Bork
(MLA) grew up in a Christian home in southern Wisconsin. He made a genuine profession of faith at age five but became disillusioned with Christian hypocrisy and grew extremely rebellious during his early teens. Over two subsequent “stormy decades” he met and married his wife (Chris), had a successful career as a golf course architect, attended graduate school at Louisiana State University, and became a university professor. Dean became serious about his faith in his early thirties - about the time of his mandatory review. He realized, “if you are going to be a Christian professor in a public university over the long haul, you have to know why you believe what you believe.” ​Though his degrees are professional – not academic – God used the writings of Francis Schaeffer to fuel his desire to know more about history, literature, art, philosophy and theology, in order to relate his Christian faith to his academic work with a greater depth of understanding. He worked at that integration for more than three decades while also leading campus lay ministry efforts directed toward faculty colleagues and graduate students. He was the principal planner for the first Veritas Forum held at Virginia Tech and has been an invited speaker at three national Christian faculty conferences. Before his retirement from university life, he became a co-founder and served as the inaugural Chairman of the Board of the Bradley Study Center, a Christian study center serving the Virginia Tech campus community.


Rev. Dr. Neil Damgaard (ThM, DMin) is originally from the Washington, DC area. An engineering graduate of Virginia Tech, he worked for the US Navy under contract as a management engineering consultant. He entered the ministry in 1976 and later graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a 4-year master’s degree in historical theology. He served on staff at churches in Virginia and Texas, and then as Senior Pastor of the Dartmouth Bible Church in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He also served as Protestant Chaplain with the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2008 from Dallas Theological Seminary. Now retired, he lives in Roanoke, Virginia and has been married to RenĂ©e (a retired teacher) since 1975. Together they have raised two daughters. The Damgaards are members of Grace Church in Roanoke.

  


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