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Dr. William “Bill” Blocker
President, College of Biblical Studies
Since July 2012, William “Bill” Blocker has served as president of the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, a leading biblically-based college with a committed focus on diversity. “CBS-Houston and Crossroads are known for equipping students from the African American, Hispanic, Chin, Asian, and other ethnically diverse communities. Together we will be a nationally acclaimed model of multicultural ministry equipping students from all walks of life.”
Under Dr. Blocker’s leadership, CBS-Houston has become one of only four Bible colleges with dual accreditation through the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). With classes offered online and on-campus, a bold strategic plan is in place to ensure the College is equipped to change the world by transforming every student.
Dr. Blocker came to CBS-Houston from Moody Bible Institute of Chicago where he managed the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Educational Technology Services, Moody Distance Learning, and Library Services. He also led a number of strategic initiatives including marketing, global impact, technology, the school’s media ministry, and many others. Before Moody, Dr. Blocker spent a total of 15 years as chief information officer at TMI Consulting in Chicago, and Robinson & Cole Law Firm in Hartford, CT.
Dr. Blocker earned a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. In the mid-1990s, while serving as an adjunct faculty member for Chicago Theological Seminary, he created, developed, and taught the first technology and theology course transmitted synchronously outside the contiguous United States that met stringent Association of Theological Schools’ accrediting association standards.
His recent professional involvement includes Association of Higher Biblical Education Flagship Presidents Group, Overseas Council Advisory Board, and United World Missionary Board of Directors.
Dr. Blocker regularly leads tours to Israel. In 2009, he wrote an article focused on his journeys: Making the Most of Your Trip to Israel: A Spiritual Formation Guide. In 2016, he published a daily devotional book entitled Word to the Wise, and in 2018, Transformational Discipleship: A Guide Toward Spiritual Maturity. His radio program (also called Word to the Wise) is heard daily on over 500 stations in 45 states.
Dr. Charles A. Ware
President Emeritus, Crossroads Bible College
Dr. A. Charles Ware, president of Crossroads Bible College from 1991-2018, and now president emeritus, is providing his experience and expertise through the merger process. “Regularly, I see evidence of the hand of God in our pursuit of merger! It is not only exciting to see the similar mission between CBS-Houston and Crossroads, but also to see how our future initiatives are very much aligned. Together, we will be more useful to the kingdom of God through our collaborative efforts in humble dependence upon God. I believe 2019 will prove to be a significant milestone in the history of our institutions!”
Dr. Ware is an international authority and life coach on race/ethnic reconciliation matters. Founder and CEO of the Grace Relations Network, he is a recognized leader in multicultural ministry and biblical racial reconciliation. Dr. Ware continues to deepen his understanding of reconciliation issues as he seeks solutions to develop and maintain a loving, diverse environment on a moral foundation. He has founded and collaborated in forming numerous reconciliation organizations and spearheaded seven national multiracial ministry conferences. He is also the founding pastor of Crossroads Bible Church.
Dr. Ware received his Bachelor of Religious Education from Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania in 1972, Master of Divinity from Capital Bible Seminary in 1992, and honorary Doctor of Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary in 1993. He has been widely recognized with honors including the John M. Perkins Visionary Leadership Award (2003) and the Cross-Cultural Initiative of the Year Award (2002) for excellence in the facilitation of cross-cultural initiatives that promote Christian cooperation and service.
Dr. Ware is a featured presenter, conference speaker, and author. His appearances include Answers in Genesis Library, Moody Radio Network, and the International Generation of Reconciliation course (AnchorsAway). Dr. Ware co-authored One Race One Blood with Ken Ham, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum, and the ARK.
Committed to continued development, Dr. Ware serves on the boards of the Association of Biblical Higher Education, AnchorsAway, and as advisory council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.
Michael E. Gentry
Interim President, Crossroads Bible College
Michael Edward Gentry serves as interim president of Crossroads Bible College. Before accepting the position of interim president, he served faithfully on the Crossroads Board of Trustees for 18 years and served as board chairperson in 2015-2018.
Mr. Gentry cites Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 in his support of this pursuit of merger. Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. “God’s timing to ensure the success of both His institutions demonstrates His faithfulness to His mission.”
Before joining Crossroads, Mr. Gentry had a long and distinguished career with Marathon Pipeline in the areas of pipeline operations, operation center supervisor, operations specialist, pipeline inspector, auditing, budget forecaster, area manager, and department manager.
Mr. Gentry earned a degree in nursing from Lubbock School of Nursing in 1977, attended the University of Findlay Business, and achieved the National Association Corrosion Engineers’ Senior Corrosion Certification. In 2015, he co-authored Every Beat of My Heart. Upon retiring from Marathon, Mr. Gentry began Gentry Consulting specializing in post incident investigations.