Ryan Rippee
Professor of Theology
B.A., University of California at Davis
M.Div., The Cornerstone Seminary
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Ryan led student ministries at Grace Church of Napa Valley (2000-2004). He received his B.A. degree from the University of California at Davis in History (1999), his M.Div. from The Cornerstone Seminary Summa Cum Laude(2007), and his PhD from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Biblical Spirituality (2016). He is a professor at The Cornerstone Bible Seminary, where he teaches Church History and Theology of Worship. He and his wife Jennafer have five children (Gavin, Delaney, Liam, Caedmon, and Ainsley). 


Derek J. Brown
Academic Dean
Professor of Theology
B.A., The Master’s University
M.Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Derek is associate pastor and elder at Grace Bible Fellowship of Silicon Valley. He previously served as the managing editor for the Journal of Discipleship and Family Ministry and adjunct professor of theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has made contributions to academic and popular books, published book reviews and articles for various print and online journals, and presented papers at the Evangelical Theological Society national meetings. He has also the author of How to Pray for Your Pastor, Strong and Courageous: The Character and Calling of Mature Manhood, and Fellowship with God: A Guide to Bible Reading, Meditation, and Prayer. Derek lives with his wife and three children in San Jose.


Todd Tristan Bolton
Dean of Students
Professor of New Testament and Biblical Languages
B.S., Emory University
M.Div., The Cornerstone Seminary
PhD, Summit Seminary (in process)

Todd graduated from Emory University with a B.S. in Anthropology. Following college, he spent two years in China doing missionary work. Since returning, Todd has worked as a Church Administrator and Pastoral Intern at churches in Berkeley and Oakland. Todd received his M.Div. from The Cornerstone Seminary in 2010 and currently serves as a Professor of Biblical Languages. He attends Community Bible Church in Vallejo, where he leads a weekly Bible study and teaches Sunday School. Todd lives in Vallejo with his wife, Rhonda and their three child


Kevin Shea
Financial Administrator
Armstrong Business College

Kevin was raised in the North Bay Area and attended schools in Vallejo, CA  and served a tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force.  After studying at Armstrong Business College he worked for over 30 years for Mechanics Bank as an auditor.  Kevin and his wife, Darlene, live in the Green Valley area of Fairfield; they have two grown sons and four grandchildren; they are involved in ministry at Grace Church of Napa Valley.


William Michael Lynch
Assistant to the Deans
St. Mary's College of California
Institute of Biblical Studies, Pleasant Hill, CA

Bill was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  After his Honorable Discharge from the Army in 1968 he worked for 39 years for a large international pharmaceutical company.  Upon his retirement from the healthcare industry in 2008 he served as Administrator and Registrar at Grace School of Theology and Ministry.  After the merger of GSTM with The Cornerstone Seminary in 2014, he was asked come on staff.  Bill and his wife Debra live in Concord and serve in ministry at Grace Bible Church of Pleasant Hill; they have 6 grown children and 6 grandchildren.