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Roger Peace

Roger Peace

Roger is a passionate leader with experience in multiple ministry endeavors. Having been in leadership roles for over 20 years at Word of Life Fellowship, (Missionary Services Coordinator, Vice-President of Ministry Services, C.O.O, and Chief Strategy Officer) and each experience has uniquely prepared him for leadership of the Word of Life Bible Institute.

Roger is joyfully married to Cathy, who serves alongside him in multiple ways. Together they have four children. Nathan, now married to Melissa, Marcus, Lauren, and Addison. Roger enjoys sports and in particular cheering on his children at sporting events, and of course the biggest fan of the Word of Life Huskies.

Eric Messer

Eric Messer

Eric serves with the day to day operations of Word of Life. His areas of oversight include Culinary, Customer Service, Financial Aid, Enrollment, Health Services, IT, Property Services, and Security.

It is the aim of the operational teams to provide a distraction free and safe environment for students and guests to grow in the Lord. Eric is happily married with three incredible boys. He is an alumni of the Bible Institute and Liberty University (BS in Religion, MBA).

Mark Strout

Mark Strout

Mark serves as Executive Dean of Global Campuses, giving his full attention to assisting the growing number of accredited campuses currently located in Canada, Korean, Uganda, Hungary, and Brazil. After graduating from the Word of Life Bible Institute in 1982, he later completed his MMin from Baptist Bible Seminary (Clarks Summit University). Mark is a sought-after speaker and teaches on all English and French campuses of the Bible Institute. He is passionate about bringing the Bible to life in the classroom and leads 1-2 trips to Israel every year.

Todd Steltz

Todd Steltz

Todd serves as the Academic Dean of the Word of Life Global Bible Institutes. He studied at both the bachelor’s and the master’s levels. At the master’s level, he studied Christian Education with an emphasis in Administration at Clarks Summit University. Todd has been involved in Christian education as both a teacher and administrator for over 35 years. He has served as principal of four different Christian schools, including one internationally in Honduras, Central America. 

Todd and his wife, Mary, have two married sons and one seven-month-old granddaughter.

Drew Burtis

Drew Burtis

Drew serves as the Dean of Students on the New York campus of Word of Life Bible Institute. He facilitates discipleship on campus and connects students and staff together, with the goal of deepening each student’s relationship with Christ. After Drew attended the Bible Institute for two years, he went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Clarks Summit University. He then received his Masters of Divinity from Faith Bible Seminary in Lafayette, Indiana.

Drew has been married to his beautiful wife, Brittany, for 7 years. They have two wonderful children: Adeline and Judah.

Jonathan Bubar

Jonathan Bubar

Jon is passionate about ministry. Born just days before the opening of the first class at Word of Life Bible Institute in 1970, he grew up immersed in the ministry of Word of Life. Jon graduated from both years at the Bible Institute, completed his degree, and moved on to found Word of Life’s ministry in the Czech Republic. After spending the last 19 years in a successful sales career, Jon came ‘home’ to be the Dean of Ministries and Director of Family Camps and Conferences at the Bible Institute in New York. 

Jon and Cheryl have two adult sons, Daniel and Drew, and two young daughters, Eloise and Willow. As a blended family, the Bubars bring valuable life experience to the leadership team as well as the ability to relate to a wide variety of family situations.

Tom Davis

Dr. Tom Davis

Dr. Tom Davis is the Bible Department Chair and Distinguished Professor at the New York campus of Word of Life Bible Institute. In addition to teaching on the New York campus, Dr. Davis regularly teachers at the Florida and Ontario teaching sites and has traveled to many countries to speak in Word of Life camps or Bible Institutes. He is a dedicated Bible expositor and gifted teacher.

Rich Andrews

Rich Andrews serves as the Director of Word of Life Florida. He leads the Bible Institute, as well as the Florida Youth Camp and RV Park. He is a dedicated servant-leader, and a gifted speaker. Rich has a passion to connect with teens and young adults, and encourage them to reach their generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Daniel Fahning

Daniel Fahning serves as the Dean of Students on our Florida campus. Dan attended the Bible Institute for two years, after which he pursued his Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries from Liberty University and his Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological seminary. Daniel and his beloved wife, Lindsey, have two sons; Zakar and Clay.

Justin Lough

Justin Lough

Justin serves as the Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator of Word of Life Bible Institute, primarily focusing on institutional compliance with accreditation standards, institutional assessment and strategic planning, and student success. He completed both years of the Word of Life Bible Institute program and then transferred to Cedarville University, where he completed Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Studies and Biblical Studies. Justin came back to Word of Life Bible Institute shortly after completing his time at Cedarville and began serving in his current role in January of 2020. He is passionate about helping students understand the Word of God and equipping them to share the gospel with others. Justin is actively working towards earning a Master of Divinity degree. 

Justin married his lovely wife, Julia, in May of 2021 and revels in the opportunity to serve the Lord alongside her.

Chris Tompkins

Chris Tompkins

Chris serves as the Director of Financial Services for Word of Life Bible Institute. After three years of college in Michigan, Chris attended the Bible Institute for two years. Upon graduating, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Financial Planning through Liberty University.

Chris and his wife, Caroline, have enjoyed living in the Adirondack Mountains and serving the Lord with Word of Life since 2010.

John Yarosh

John Yarosh

John has served with Word of Life since 2008 in various creative and leadership roles, all of which prepared him for his current role as the Marketing Director of Word of Life Fellowship. John graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Advertising and Marketing Design. Shortly after, he completed a degree in Biblical Studies from New England Baptist Theological Institute. 

John and his wife, Laurie, have three children: Morgan, married to Nathan; Chelsea; and Elijah.

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