The mission of BiblicalTraining is to help leaders in the local church become effective ministers of the Gospel by providing them with world-class, Christ-centered educational resources that will allow learning to take place in community. In other words, our goal is to help make fully-formed followers of Christ. Here are some of the individuals that help to fulfill this mission.
Bill Mounce (Founder and President)
I am the founder and President of BiblicalTraining.org. BiblicalTraining started as a dream to share the highest quality education possible with the greatest number of people possible for the lowest price possible. Initially, I was thinking in terms of elder training in the local, American church, but the dream quickly expanded to become a major training site for people around the world, especially for the poorest of the poor in the majority world. My personal information can be found at BillMounce.com.
Ed Taylor (Website Director)
I am the director of BiblicalTraining.org, which means I am primarily responsible for editing the recorded audio, keeping the website up to date, answering questions that come in through email, developing relationships with churches and individuals that partner with BT and do many of the day-to-day things that come up. In one sense, I try to do whatever I can to free Bill up so that he can concentrate on vision, networking, and getting new classes.
John Hall (Director of Communications)
My primary responsibility is to oversee the development strategies of the ministry. I also serve in a variety of administrative roles as well as helping to write course curriculum, creating videos with synced slides and updating the website pages. Previously, I served in associate and preaching pastor roles, and am a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Rebekah Smith-Lueb (Administrator)
I am the Administrator for BiblicalTraining.org. I am also in charge of bookkeeping and am blessed daily to see God’s provision through your donations. I enjoy helping people navigate through the courses we offer, as well as coordinating and praying for our amazing volunteers, who assist with lecture transcriptions, outlining, quiz writing and many other tasks that help keep our course offerings accessible to all. My desire is to continue growing in Christ and hear of the transformative work Christ does in other’s lives. Until 18, I lived on the mission field with my parents and brother in El Salvador (late 1970s during the Civil War), Guatemala (late 1970s), and Mexico (1980-1991), where the majority of my family remains. For college, I went to Texas Tech University where I earned my BA in Russian Language & Area Studies and Political Science. I completed my MA in Political Science at the University of Houston and began my doctoral studies. I ended ABD after a move to the Pacific Northwest with my family. I enjoyed teaching as an adjunct Political Science teacher at a college in Houston, TX as well as Portland State University in Portland, OR. I now live in the Portland, OR area with my husband of 23 years and my teenage daughters, both from Haiti.
Phil Smith (BT Ambassador)
Well, the most important point in my life was coming to the Lord while in the US Navy in 1971. From there I attended a Baptist Bible College in Nashville, Tennessee for two years before going overseas with a mission known as OM. At the end of that time, I met my wife in Afghanistan who is from New Zealand. We stayed there for another two or so years working in Kabul eventually joining a mission called WEC International. Leaving Afghanistan we ended up in Egypt and worked there for nearly five years. After Egypt we went to Yemen, working with our mission’s hospital. During those years, my wife and I had studied some Persian and afterward studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo.
After Yemen, we returned to New Zealand due to my health; my wife began teaching in a Christian Primary School while I taught in a Christian Community College. Somewhere during that time, I did studies in education and linguistics, eventually completing a certificate in English, a Diploma in Tertiary Teaching, then a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching English and finally a Master’s in Applied Linguistics. Some years later, we re-joined WEC International where I taught in their Missionary Training College for four years in Hamilton, New Zealand. At the sametime I did a Doctorate in Religious Education online which took me five years to complete. I also did other studies before and after that in Biblical Archaeology. We retired from the mission upon turning 65 years of age but haven’t really stopped working as such. We live in Hamilton, New Zealand and still involved in Teaching English as a Second Language to the many refugees as a ministry for those coming to New Zealand. It was about two or three years ago that I came across Biblicaltraining.org asking for volunteers for transcription work. I have loads of experience in e-training and e-book development. The more I learned about Biblicaltraining.org the more interested I became. Note that I came to the Lord by reading the four Gospels and thus see the power of God’s word moving in the lives of people. So, for that reason, I am really encouraged about the work of Biblical training. Since becoming a Christian all those years ago, my only desire has been to further the Kingdom of God in whatever capacity I could. That is and has always been my sole desire.