Dr. Bruce Snavely - Board President

Dr. Bruce Snavely, president and founder of GBTF, has spent his entire adult life in church planting, missions, or Christian education. God has uniquely qualified him to spearhead the Global Baptist Training Foundation with twenty years as a missionary/pastor, fifteen years as a professor in Bible colleges, and an education that includes a Master of Divinity degree and a PhD in Historical Theology from Trinity College at the University of Bristol, UK.


Bruce is the author of two books, one a college textbook, and the other is his autobiography. Both are available at Dr. Snavely is available for speaking engagements when he is not teaching courses internationally.

Pastor Archie Emerson - Pastoral Advisor

Archie P. Emerson, a native of Kentucky and a 1974 graduate of Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Missouri, started Rhode Island’s Ocean State Baptist Church in 1975 with 13 people in the first service. The church has built three buildings, the latest being a 5 million dollar addition with a seating capacity of 1200.


Archie, and his wife Linda, are the parents of two children and two grandchildren.


Archie served several terms as a trustee of Boston Baptist College and received an honorary doctorate from the college in 2009. He is currently serving as the Pastor Emeritus of OSBC.

Attorney Denise Minor - Board Secretary

Denise Minor serves GBTF as its Clerk and legal counsel. She also serves Touchstone Consulting Group, Inc., an employee benefits consulting and actuarial firm, as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Treasurer, in charge of special projects, including new developments in the field, training and presentations.


Denise holds degrees in actuarial science from St. John’s University and law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Managements from Boston University. Denise is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, at the federal level and before the United States Supreme Court. She has earned the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation.


Denise is a frequent speaker before professional groups and has taught Certified Employee Benefits Specialist courses and college courses in employee benefits, human resources and business law. She has helped many non-profits form and prosper and is involved with the Sutton Senior Center in Massachusetts, provides pro bono legal services for the Center for Women and Enterprise in MA and Dress for Success Worcester, and serves as a volunteer strategist for the South Worcester Neighborhood Center.

Mr. Fred Menna

Mr. Fred Menna has served on the board of GBTF since 2012. He spent his entire adult life as high school teacher in biology, health, and physical education for 36 years. Fred holds both a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree from the University of Rhode Island.


During that time he also actively served Ocean State Baptist Church for 24 years teaching in the Singles and Seniors Departments, and serving as a Trustee for 22 years.


Fred and his wife, Joyce have two daughters one grand-daughter.

Mrs. Grace Snavely - Board Treasurer

Mrs. Grace Snavely has a Master of Education degree as well as significant additional graduate work in English at Harvard University. She is available for women’s studies courses and English instruction and has taught for GBTF in Myanmar, Hungary, and Rwanda. Since 95% of the available ministry resources (in print and online) are in English, many pastors and Christian workers on mission fields desire a better understanding of the English language to enhance their study options. For those pursuing further study in English, GBTF can offer English instruction alongside the theological training modules. When Grace is not traveling and teaching with Bruce, she loves to spend time with her seven grandchildren.

Dr. Cindy Evans - Educational Advisory

Dr. Cindy Evans has earned three degrees in education, B.S. in Elementary Education, from Baptist Bible College, Masters in Education from Drury University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas. She was the Superintendent of New Covenant Academy in Springfield Missouri and also was an adjunct professor for Boston Baptist College, College of the Ozarks, and Southwest Baptist University. She taught elementary school for six years and college for fifteen years. She was the Head of the Education Department at Baptist Bible College in Springfield Missouri and earned state certification for the College of Education. She has spoken at educational conventions and written a Study Skills Curriculum which was sold to the Study Smarts Corporation. She has published educational articles for various journals. Cindy and her husband, Kirk, have two adult children.

Pastor Michael Woodward

Michael currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Ocean State Baptist Church in Smithfield, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Boston Baptist College and started attending OSBC in 2003.


He and his family began serving at OSBC in the Youth Department soon after joining and worked through the years as youth director and in other ministry areas including discipleship, preaching, counseling, education and assisting Pastor Archie Emerson.


Michael also holds a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and serves as an adjunct professor at Boston Baptist College. His prayer is to use his education, training and love of Christ and His Word to serve God in the fullest capacity. Michael and his wife Jackie have two children, Jake and Eve.

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