Our faculty is comprised of Christian leaders who not only have studied deeply, they have also practiced ministry over many years in a variety of cultural contexts. They remain as curious about applying the Scriptures as they are about understanding God’s truth.
Gregory R. Perry, Ph.D.
Prior to becoming a full-time member of the Third Millennium family and President of Thirdmill Seminary, Greg was on the Third Millennium Board of Directors for 20 years. Thirdmill is an evangelical ministry that provides Biblical Education. For the World. For Free. Established in 1997 to respond to the overwhelming scarcity of theological education around the world, Thirdmill has been creating and distributing multimedia, seminary-level curriculum in multiple languages worldwide, with no cost to those who need it. In 2018, the need for accredited degree pathways led to the establishment of Thirdmill Seminary.
Greg taught at Christ College Sydney before teaching New Testament and missions at Covenant Theological Seminary from 2003 to 2017. He continues to serve on the adjunct faculty of the Missional Training Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Greg is an ordained minister and earned his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary, his Th.M. from Columbia Seminary, and his Ph.D. in New Testament from Union Seminary in Virginia. He has published several journal articles and reviews. He has been a featured professor on multiple Thirdmill lessons and serves as Thirdmill Seminary’s faculty advisor..
Ben Chen, Ph.D.
Dr. Ben Chen has been the Director of Chinese Language at Third Millennium Ministries since 2002. He was a funding Pastor of Orlando Chinese Evangelical Christian Church from 2004 to 2015. Rev. Chen is an ordained minister of the PCA, and has extensive ministries in the US and East Asia Pacific by preaching in various gatherings in Chinese churches and by training generation church leaders in various seminaries. Dr. Chen received a B.S. and a M.S. in China and holds his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from Texas A&M University. He obtained his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary and is presently enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program there. Prior to his ministry, he worked as a university teacher in China, a research fellow at Ohio State, and a telecommunication engineer at Lucent Technologies.
Mitchell Cooper, Th.M.
Mitchell Cooper serves the seminary as the Director of Instructional Design and Spiritual Formation. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Mitchell worked with ELIC in China for three years, teaching at the Beijing Institute of Technology and serving in the Worship Ministry at the Beijing International Christian Fellowship, where he met his wife Emily. Prior to seminary, Mitchell was on staff as both the Worship Pastor and then Interim Pastor for a small congregation in southwest Missouri. He holds an MATS from Liberty University and both the M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. Mitchell has been with Third Millennium Ministries since 2013, filling multiple roles, most recently as the Online Learning Administrator for their online classrooms (myThirdmill.org). In his new role with the Seminary, Mitchell's main responsibilities include collaborating with faculty on course design and integrating time-tested spiritual formation practices into the world of online education.
Jeffery E. David, D.Min.
Jeff and his wife Barbi have been missionaries to Latin America for more than 27 years. Jeff work with a church planting team in Mexico City and Tapachula, Chiapas. From 1992 to 1995 he was the director of the Centro de Estudios Bíblicos de Monterrey, in the city of Monterrey, Mexico. From 1996 to 2010, he served as professor of New Testament at Seminario ESEPA in San Jose, Costa Rica. From 2011 to 2013 he was a course writer for an online M.A. program called ProMETA (Programa de Maestría de Educación Teológica Accesible). In 2013, Jeff help develop a theological extension program in Cuba using Third Millennium materials. Jeff is an ordained minister and has served local congregations in Washington State. He earned his M.Div. from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia and his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His interests include Christian leadership, mentoring and discipleship.
Eric Linares, M. Div.
Eric Linares serves as Vice President of Production for Third Millennium Ministries. Born and raised in Panama City, Panama, Eric moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1993 to pursue a B.A. in Communications with a specialization in Media Design. In 2003, Eric, his wife Ruth, and their three children moved to Orlando, Florida so that Eric could pursue his M.Div. While working to complete his degree, Eric took a job at Thirdmill as a video editor for projects in both English and Spanish. Since 2006, Eric has served in multiple roles including Lead Designer, Spanish Language Director, and Creative Director. He has also been the theological editor of two books translated into Spanish. Today Eric oversees the production and translation of Thirdmill’s materials in all languages. He has served as a church elder since 2011.
Ra McLaughlin, M. Div.
Ra began serving with Third Millennium Ministries in 1998. He currently oversees Third Millennium's operations, finances, and content delivery technologies.
Ra McLaughlin is a native of Los Angeles, California, where he earned his B.A. in English at UCLA. He also holds an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.In California, Ra worked for many years as a business manager and legal assistant at a law firm in Brentwood. He performed as a bassist in the Los Angeles and Hollywood club circuits, worked as a studio bassist, and served as worship leader for the church Sanctuary, Hollywood.
In Orlando, Ra began ministering with Ligonier Ministries. He served Ligonier in a variety of capacities, including as the manager and editor of Tabletalk magazine, and as audio technician for studio recording sessions. He has also worked as a live audio technician, narrator, high school literature teacher, and Greek teaching assistant. His volunteer activities have included: teaching seminary, adult and high school Sunday school, and elementary and pre-school children's church; performing guitar, bass and vocals for church worship teams; and serving as a Cub Scout den leader.
Ra's publications include the New Living Translation Discover God Study Bible (Tyndale, 2007; ECPA Christian Book Award winner), for which he was both a contributor and an editor; and the NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible (Zondervan, 2003; ECPA Gold Medallion nominee), for which he served as Associate General Editor. He has also written or co-written many courses for Third Millennium, and provided ghostwriting for Bible commentaries.
Andrew D. Parlee, Ph.D.
Before Drew joined Third Millennium’s Faculty Board of Approval in 2014, he spent 3 years with Greater Europe Mission training Europeans to evangelize, make disciples, and plant churches. From 2006-2011, he served with Greater Europe Mission teaching Systematic Theology and New Testament Greek at the Protestant Theological Seminary in Novi Sad, Serbia. Prior to that, he taught short intensive courses in the Ukraine and Czech Republic. From 1986-1992, he was a campus pastor with the Navigators at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. There he discipled American students and evangelized atheists from the US and Asia. In 1990 he was a missionary in Asia. He earned his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, where he completed a pastoral internship. He earned a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. His research interests include Eastern Orthodox theology, Roman Catholic theology, epistemology, apologetics, evangelism, disciple-making, church-planting, and theological education.
Richard Pratt, Jr., Th.D
Dr. Richard L. Pratt, Jr. is President and Co-Founder of Third Millennium Ministries. He has served as Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary and was chair of the Old Testament department. An ordained minister, he travels extensively to evangelize and teach. Dr. Pratt studied at Westminster Theological Seminary, received his M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, and earned his Th.D. in Old Testament Studies from Harvard University. He is the general editor of the NIV Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible, a translator for the New Living Translation, and a Christian theology consultant for the Islamic Encyclopedia. He has authored numerous articles and books, including Pray with Your Eyes Open, Every Thought Captive, Designed for Dignity, He Gave Us Stories, Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles and Commentary on 1 & 2 Corinthians.
Richard B. Ramsay, D.Min.
Richard and his wife Angelica are missionaries with Mission to the World. Richard was an associate pastor in Maryland for two years, then served as a missionary in Chile for 21 years, where he met Angelica. He taught in a seminary, was the director for two years, and led in the planting of three churches. In 1999, the Ramsays moved to Miami, where they have been working in international distance education, first with FLET, then MINTS, and now with Third Millennium Ministries. Richard has developed numerous online and offline courses for these institutions. He and Angelica travel to teach classes and seminars, mostly in Latin America, but also in Spain. Richard studied both at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia (M.Div. and D.Min.), and at Covenant Seminary in St. Louis (Th.M.). He has published The Certainty of the Faith, Basic Greek and Exegesis, and Am I Good Enough? (these three are in both English and Spanish), as well as A Su Imagen, Católicos y Protestantes, Exploremos Génesis, Integridad Intelectual, Fortalezca Su Fe, Sinopsis de la Biblia, and Orientación para Líderes.
Scott Simmons, M.Div.
As the Director of Professor Relations at Third Millennium Ministries, Scott overseas the interviews and instructional content from professors and pastors around the world who have contributed to our curriculum. Scott has been an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America since 2001. Before coming to Third Mill, Scott was the Pastor of Missions and Spiritual Formation at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD from 2001 to 2009. While serving in Maryland, Scott also taught several courses with Chesapeake Reformed Theological Seminary. These courses included Old Testament Foundations, New Testament Foundations, three courses in Systematic Theology, and Biblical Ethics. Before teaching at CRTS, Scott taught Bible and New Testament Greek classes at Chapelgate Christian Academy, a Christian High School. Scott has earned a M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary and a B.S. from James Madison University in Geology. Scott’s theological interests include hermeneutics, literary approaches to Scripture, and Biblical perspectives on creational stewardship.
Gary Waldecker, M.Div., Ed.D, D.Min.
Gary is a Training and Partnership Consultant for the Global Opportunities team at Third Millennium Ministries. Gary's passion is to see church leaders grow in biblical knowledge, pastoral skills and personal development in order to serve God's people throughout the world. Fluent in Spanish, Gary was a missionary in Latin America for 35 years where he planted churches and worked as a consultant to other church planters. Today, he supports and trains groups, schools and individuals in their use of Third Millennium's curriculum and is the primary writer of Third Millennium's Application Guides, a practical resource for applying Third Mill course curriculum to everyday ministry life. He earned his M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary, D.Min. in Urban Missiology from Westminster Theological Seminary, and Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University. He is also an ordained minister.