Instructors

The SMT course instructors are comprised of highly trained scholastic teachers with outstanding credentials, decades of combined educational experience and a passion for Yeshua and the Messianic Jewish movement.  The instructors emphasize the Jewish roots of the Christian faith as found in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Among these instructors are:

 

Bruce A. Tucker, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D. 

Dr. Bruce A. Tucker came to serve as the Rabbi for Beth Judah Messianic Congregation in Ormond Beach, Florida in May 2013 and oversees the Torah and Tradition training for this vibrant group of Jewish believers and believers from all nations called to Messianic Judaism. Dr. Bruce A. Tucker is also the Founder and President of The Leadership Link, Inc., a coaching firm in Atlanta specializing in solutions to personal and career growth strategies, leadership needs, personnel issues and managing change. He and his wife Glenda live in Ormond Beach, FL and have two daughters, Yiskah and Chana.

Dan Juster, M.Div., Th.D.

Daniel Juster, Professor B. A. Philosophy, Wheaton College; M. Div., McCormick Theological Seminary; Graduate Study (1969-1971), Trinity Ev. Divinity School; Th. D., New Covenant International Seminary. Dr. Juster was the leader of Adat HaTikvah in Chicago, 1972-1978; Beth Messiah Metro, Washington, D. C., 1978-2000; President and General Secretary of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations, 1979-1988; Director Tikkun International, 1984-present. Appointment as adjunct professor, Fuller Theological Seminary, TKS, and Messianic Jewish Bible Institute. Rabbi Juster is the author of several books. He lives half time in Israel.

Dr. Gerald Gotzen

Gerald Gotzen, Director of Ethiopian Horizons, is a respected, world-renowned authority on Ethiopia. He has worked with the Jewish community in Ethiopia for over 45 years, and partners with other ministries, including a Jewish Voice-supported ministry in Ethiopia, as they seek to bring comfort and practical support to the remaining thousands of Ethiopian Jews in the Gondar region, and in Addis Ababa.

Rabbi Jamie Cowen

Jamie Cowen is rabbi of Tikvat Israel Messianic Jewish Congregation in Richmond, Virginia, and former president of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC). After college he went to law school, and then on to Capitol Hill where he took a position in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. During his Washington tenure Jamie became Chief Counsel for a U.S. Senate subcommittee. In 1988, he enrolled in a Messianic Jewish seminary which eventually led to his current position as rabbi of Tikvat Israel Congregation.

Jeffrey L. Seif, Th.B., M.T.S., D.Min.

Jeffrey L. Seif was born into a German-Jewish family on 9 November 1955. He was raised in a typical American Jewish household, save the fact that he was sent off to go to school in a Yeshiva—an Orthodox Jewish training school. Though raised with a “traditional” Jewish upbringing, Jeff eventually came to a saving faith in Jesus, subsequent to which he experienced a “call” into vocational Gospel ministry. Jeff eventually went to school to prepare for the ministerial vocation, taking studies at the Moody Bible Institute, Trinity College, the Graduate Theological Foundation and then the theological Seminary at Southern Methodist University where he took both a master’s degree and doctorate. Jeff served as a missionary with the American Board of Missions to the Jews, and has held pastorates and other ministry posts for well over twenty-five years.

Rabbi Jerry Miller

Jerry Miller is the rabbi of Beth Judah Messianic Congregation in Ormond Beach, Florida. He has been married for 34 years to Jo (Patton) Miller. They have two children and three grandchildren. Jerry received his formal education from University of Maryland, where he graduated in 1973 with a BA in American Studies. He has also taken numerous courses through Messiah Biblical Institute in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and more recently has been taking classes in the Messianic Jewish Studies program at Kings Seminary in Van Nuys, California. Jerry has been part of the Messianic movement since personally coming to faith in Yeshua as Messiah.

Rabbi Jonathan Bernis

Jonathan Bernis is a Jewish Believer in Jesus who has been a leader in Messianic Jewish ministry for more than thirty years and who currently serves as President and CEO of Jewish Voice Ministries International (JVMI). Jonathan is the author of several books including “A Rabbi Looks at the Supernatural”, “A Hope and A Future”, “A Rabbi Looks at the Afterlife”, “A Rabbi Looks at the Last Days”, and “A Rabbi Looks at Jesus of Nazareth”.

 

Rabbi Marty Waldman

Marty Waldman is the Senior Rabbi of Baruch HaShem Messianic Synagogue in Dallas, Texas. His calling into full-time service to the Messiah led him to obtain degrees from Dallas Bible College and the UMJC Yeshiva, who conferred upon him Smicha (Rabbinic ordination) as Rabbi. Marty is the son of Holocaust survivors, and grew up in a traditionally Jewish home. His spiritual search led him down many paths before he finally came to the Truth. Marty accepted Yeshua as his Messiah in January of 1975, and soon after was given the heart to share the gospel among his Jewish brethren. Marty and his wife Marleen have been involved with Jewish ministry for many years before planting Baruch HaShem Synagogue. They have three wonderful children and three grandchildren.

 

Dr. Michael L. Brown 

Michael Brown is a Messianic Jew, radio host, conservative and author. His nationally syndicated radio show, The Line of Fire, airs throughout the United States. He is also president and professor of practical theology at Fellowship for International Revival and Evangelism School of Ministry. He has also served as adjunct professor of Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and adjunct professor of Jewish apologetics at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He has contributed to the Oxford Dictionary of Jewish Religion, and the Theological Dictionary of the Old Testament.

Fr. Peter Hocken

Hocken has been active in the charismatic movement since 1971 and has served as Executive Secretary of the Society for Pentecostal Studies from 1988 to 1997. He was a member of unofficial Catholic – Messianic Jewish dialogue (since 2000) and also served as a member of the Theology Commission for the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal (since 2003). He is author of a wide range of books on Charismatic Renewal, Christian unity and Messianic Judaism. He died on 10 June 2017, aged 84.

Raymond L. Gannon, Ph.D.

Dr. Ray Gannon, has been involved in widespread Jewish evangelism, Messianic synagogue planting, and Bible college and seminary teaching ministries over the past 40 years. Dr. Gannon holds graduate degrees from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (M.A. and M.Div.), Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M. in Church History), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Ph.D. in History), among others. Ray’s dissertation topic was “The Shifting Romance with Israel: American Pentecostal Ideology of Zionism and the Jewish State.” Gannon was awarded the Hebrew University’s highest academic distinction of Summa Cum Laude upon graduation.

Rick Kingham

Dr. Kingham served as Senior Pastor of the Metro Denver Church On the Rock in Denver, CO from 1977 to 1998. He was the Executive Vice President of Promise Keepers from 1994 to 1998. He served as the Senior Pastor of the Overlake Christian Church in Redmond, WA from 1998 to 2007. He now serves as the President and International Director for The Center for Glocal Leadership since 2007. He has also served in leadership capacities with The National Coalition of Ministries to Men, Training of Pastors International Coalition, and Jewish Voice. Rick is a sought after conference speaker and trainer of leaders internationally in both leadership skills and church planting and multiplication. He and his wife Tracey have been married 42 years. They have 3 adult children and 10 grandchildren. They reside in Bedford, TX. 

Dr. Wayne Wilks

Wayne is the President Emeritus of MJBI. Although not Jewish, Wayne had a calling and heart to serve the Jewish people many years before the MJBI opportunity arose.  Before the MJBI, he served 10 years as one of the pastors and elders of Shady Grove Church in Dallas, Texas.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas in College Teaching, a M.A. in Speech Communication from Oklahoma State University, and a B.A., in Biblical Studies from Abilene Christian University.  He also had done graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Preaching and at The University of the Holy Land in Jerusalem in Biblical Geography. Wayne and his wife Bonnie reside in Texas and travel internationally representing the MJBI.  They have one daughter named Julia.