Mr. Brian Trainer


As the Dean of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, Mr. Brian Trainer oversees expansion of the seminary’s outreach regionally, nationally, and internationally. With 25 years of experience as a church planter, pastor, university faculty member and administrator, he brings broad exposure to ministry.

Mr. Trainer received his M.A. from Bob Jones University and his M.Div. from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. In addition, he has pursued studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Before coming to DBTS, Mr. Trainer gained administrative experience as the Dean of Men, Executive Vice President, and Dean of the College of Bible and Ministry at three academic institutions.

Outside of his responsibilities at DBTS, Mr. Trainer fills his time with missions, traveling and international teaching opportunities.

He has been married to his wife Sherry for 23 years.


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Selected Writings

Maranatha Is Ministry.” Maranatha Baptist Theological Journal 1.1 (Spring 2011): 103-123.

Adoniram Judson: Father Of American Missions.” Maranatha Baptist Theological Journal 1.2 (Fall 2011): 253-285.


  • MDiv, Virginia Beach Theological Seminary
  • MA, Bob Jones University
  • BA, Bob Jones University