Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary

23 Mar 2015



Next year will be our 40th year of helping local churches prepare men for gospel ministry. God has been very kind to DBTS through these four decades of ministry. DBTS grads are serving all over the United States and advancing the gospel around the world. There are a lot of changes happening in the world of ministerial training, but we’re convinced that a local church based seminary that focuses on a 2 Timothy 2:2 model for perpetuating gospel ministry has been and will continue to be the best way to equip men.

We are pleased to announce that Brian Trainer is coming to serve as the new Dean of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian has served as the Chairman of the Bible Department at Maranatha Baptist University for the past 9 years. In addition to his work at MBU, he has served as the executive pastor for Lakewood Baptist Church, a thriving church plant in Delafield, Wisconsin. Brian brings to DBTS a robust commitment to our distinctives, great leadership and administrative gifts, and an excellent track record of investing in the lives of future pastors and missionaries. Brian’s extensive experience in pastoral work and educational administration have prepared him well for this new ministry opportunity. We are looking forward to having Brian, along with his wife Sherry, assume his new role as Dean of the seminary beginning on June 1st.

Our current Academic Dean, Dr. William Combs, is retiring at the end of the present seminary year. Dr. Combs has served as Professor of New Testament since the fall of 1983. He has also served in the administration of the seminary throughout these years, first as Registrar, then as Academic Dean. Dr. Combs has been the editor of the Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal since its inception and also is responsible for the seminary blog. God brought Dr. Combs to DBTS at a pivotal moment in the history of the seminary and his service here has been instrumental in building our academic programs. We are grateful for his service and thankful for the impact that he has had on DBTS students for over 30 years.

We are extremely grateful for the heritage we have here at DBTS, and we are also eager to see how the Lord will continue to work through this ministry to equip men for faithful service pastoring and planting churches, both in the States and around the globe. Please pray for us as we seek to honor God in all we do!

5 Responses

  1. I am saddened by the retirement of Dr. Combs. I treasure the classes I took with him. But I am glad for someone with the administrative gifts of Mr. Trainer to come to DBTS.

  2. Darren

    Thank you Dr. Combs for your many years of faithful service. I appreciate the sacrifices you made in order to train men for ministry, and am thankful your influence in my life as well.

    Praying for Mr. Trainer’s transition and God’s richest blessings upon DBTS in the future.

  3. Kent Hobi

    Dr. Combs you and your wife Pansy’s steady faithful example in seminary meant so much to this former P.E. teacher and his wife to encourage us to make it through seminary. There are oft times in ministry when things are difficult that I remember your faithful example and just keep plugging through! Thank you so much.

    All I can say to Brian is to watch out for all those wolverine fans up there! Go Buckeyes! I know Brian will be a great addition!

  4. Bill Combs

    Thanks, Kent. We just found out about the Buckeye thing in chapel on Wednesday. But he promised to try and tone it down.