Platform Speakers

Dr. Matt AyarsBrad Ayars, Evangelist

Dr. Matt Ayars is the President and Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Wesley Biblical Seminary. Prior to serving at WBS, Dr. Ayars served as President of Emmaus University of Haiti.

Dr. Ayars’ primary area of expertise is biblical Hebrew poetry in the Psalms. Other areas of expertise in include biblical hermeneutics, the Psalms, Wesleyan Theology, the so-called “New Perspective of Paul,” soteriology, pneumatology, and spiritual warfare.

Ayars earned his BA in Bible and Theology from Asbury University, his MA in Biblical Literature from Wesley Biblical Seminary, and his PhD in Old Testament from St. Johns College of Nottingham. His dissertation focused on linguistic discourse analysis of Hebrew poetry in the Psalms.

As a graduate of WBS, Ayars combines the ethos of WBS with robust leadership experience and significant scholastic accomplishment.

Ayars has published numerous articles and books, including Salvation in Fresh Perspective: Covenant, Cross, and Kingdom (Wipf and Stock, 2015), Holy Is a Four-Letter Word Co-Authored with Dr. Charles Lake. (Wipf and Stock, 2015), and The Shape of Biblical Poetry: The Discourse Function of Linguistic Parallelism in the Egyptian Hallel. Studia Semitica Neerlandica Series (Leiden: Brill, 2018).

Ayars is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Tyndale Fellowship, the International Organization of Masoretic Studies, the National Association of Hebrew Professors, the Poetics and Linguistics Association, and the Francis Asbury Society.

He is married to Stacey, and together they have four children—Lily, Sofia, Nora, and Benjamin.

Dr. J. K. WarrickJ. K. Warrick, Evangelist

Dr. J. K. Warrick served his 52 years of service to Christ in the Church of the Nazarene, including 12 years as a general superintendent to the global church.

Born in Caddo, Okla., Dr. Warrick grew up in Oklahoma, West Texas, and California. He gave his life to Christ as a child and quickly answered God’s call on his life. By age 16, with the encouragement of Pastor James Robertson, he began to preach.

A graduate of Trinity Bible College in Indiana, Warrick is an alumnus of Wesley Bible Seminary and was honored by Southern Nazarene University with a Doctor of Divinity degree in 1994 for his service in the church.

He was chosen for the highest elected office in the Church of the Nazarene at the Twenty-sixth General Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana, in June 2005, after serving for 38 years as a pastor in Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, and Kansas. A hallmark of his ministry has been the encouragement of God’s people to find a place of service in the church and community, and equipping pastors and laypersons to be missional leaders.

Warrick and his wife, Patty, have two grown children and seven grandchildren.

Mark NysewanderMark Nyswander, Bible Teacher

Mark Nysewander is pastor of The Church on the Hill in Dalton, Ga. He is a former teaching pastor at RiverStone Church in Kennesaw, Georgia.

He has ministered as an evangelist, missionary, church planter, and pastor.

Mark is also the author of four books — The Art of Holiness, The Fasting Key, No More Spectators: The 8 Life-Changing Values of Disciple Makers and Discovering Your Spiritual Portrait: Uncover Your Spiritual DNA.

He and his wife, Kathy, have adult three children and several grandchildren.