Two New Professors Join the RBC Faculty

Posted On June 27, 2022

By God’s grace, RBC continues to grow. As we anticipate the 2022–2023 academic year, we look forward to opening our new on-campus residence hall, receiving our largest incoming class, and welcoming two new faculty members: Dr. Christopher Cleveland and Professor Levi Berntson.

“What a joy to see the faculty suite on campus filled with professors committed to the vision of Reformation Bible College,” said President Dr. Stephen Nichols. “Our faculty are stewards of a sacred trust, scholars and churchmen committed to educating and discipling our students in the Reformed tradition. The addition of Dr. Cleveland and Professor Berntson will have a lasting impact on our students.”

Dr. Cleveland brings extensive teaching and ministry experience to RBC as our new associate professor of Christian thought. He most recently served as a humanities teacher at Veritas Academy in Savannah, Georgia, and has taught several courses at RBC as an adjunct professor. His experience in the classroom and education has equipped him for teaching courses in philosophy, literature, and historical theology, having earned a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Boyce College, an M.A. in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen. He is also the author of Thomism in John Owen and a contributor to The Oxford Handbook of Reformed Theology. Dr. Cleveland is eager to invest in our students: “I am thrilled to be joining the faculty of Reformation Bible College. Since I was a child, I have been impacted greatly by the teaching of Dr. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries on the holiness and sovereign grace of God. I am looking forward to continuing that legacy of faithfulness by teaching RBC students about our glorious triune Lord.”

As our new instructor in theology, Professor Berntson will teach on-campus courses in Bible and theology and will also provide academic support for our online students. He earned a B.A. in Christian Studies from John Witherspoon College and two master’s degrees from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi: an M.A. (Theological Studies) and an M.Div. with an emphasis in biblical exegesis. He has been accepted into the PhD program at the University of Aberdeen, where he will be translating and evaluating the work of the Dutch Reformed theologian Campegius Vitringa. Drawing from his experience teaching and tutoring, especially in biblical languages, Professor Berntson anticipates preparing RBC students for success in a variety of vocations and endeavors: “I am delighted to join the faculty of RBC. The Scripture-centered education offered here is a tremendous blessing to the church, and I am excited to help prepare servants of Christ for faithful service to Him in all their various callings.”

“The RBC community will love Dr. Cleveland and Professor Berntson,” said Vice President of Academics Dr. John Tweeddale. “As a college, we seek to produce knowledgeable and articulate students who embrace God in His holiness as taught in the Reformed classical tradition. To accomplish this goal, we need faculty who know and love the triune God, model personal holiness, are faithful scholars and churchmen, and are committed to training undergraduate students. Our newest faculty members embody each of these traits. I’m eager to introduce them to our student body.”

At RBC, we believe that theological education should include rigorous academic study and caring discipleship. We are so grateful that the Lord has raised up these men to help fulfill that mission, and we eagerly look forward to seeing the impact they will have as they share their wisdom, pour into the lives of students, and train the next generation for faithful and fruitful service. Please join us in giving thanks and welcoming our new faculty to RBC.

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