Will Hanstein, Director

Will Hanstein holds an M.A. in New Testament from Freed-Hardeman University.  He has preached since 1995 with congregations in Tennessee, Texas, and Colorado.  Additionally, he has done mission work in the South Pacific, Russia, and various parts of the United States.  He has worked with Southeast since 2015.  Will and his wife Jeni have two children, Sam and Baylee.


Jody Apple, Instructor

Jody Apple received a B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman and is pursuing a M.A. in Philosophy at West Chester University.  He has preached for over 30 years in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico.  He is also the director of the International Gospel Hour radio program.  Jody and his wife Evelyn have three children.



Dale Babinsky, Dean of Students

Dale Babinsky has earned the following degrees: B.A. (Major 1: History; Major 2: Political Science), Baldwin Wallace College; M.A. (Russian History), John Carroll University; Bachelor of Theology, Bear Valley Bible Institute.  He has preached since 2004 for churches in Ohio and Colorado (fill in work).  Prior to coming to SEIBS he was the full-time minister for the South Stokes church of Christ in King, NC.

Bob Cowles, Instructor

Bob Cowles received a M.Div. from Harding Graduate School of Religion.  He has preached since 1976 in both Missouri and Tennessee.  He has been teaching for Southeast since 1989 and served as interim director for five months in 2015.  He also preaches for the Norwood church of Christ in Knoxville, TN.  Bob and his wife Debbie have one child and two grandchildren.

Tim Forlines, Instructor

Tim Forlines holds a certificate from East Tennessee School of Preaching and Missions and a BBA from Bluefield State College.  He has preached since 1982 in both Virginia and Tennessee.  He also preaches for the Claxton church of Christ in Claxton, TN.  He and his wife Kathy have three children.

Gary Hampton, Instructor

Gary Hampton holds a B.A. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University.  He has been preaching since 1968 in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Mississippi.  He was the Director of Southeast from 2006-2011.  He is currently the preacher for the Siwell Road church of Christ in Jackson, MS.  Gary and his wife Teresa have two children.

Mark Hanstein, Academic Dean

Mark Hanstein has earned the following degrees:  B.A. (Major: Bible; Minor: Biblical Languages), Oklahoma Christian University; M.A. (Theological Studies), Austin Graduate School of Theology.  He has preached full-time since 1975 for churches in California, Colorado, and Texas.  Before coming to Southeast, Hanstein served as academic dean and instructor with the Bear Valley Bible Institute at Denver, CO.  He also served as an elder for the Bear Valley congregation from 2006-2016. 

Steve Higginbotham, Instructor

Steve Higginbotham received a B.S. in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University.  He has preached since 1984 in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.  He currently preaches for the Karns church of Christ in Knoxville, TN.  Steve and his wife Kim have four children.

David Lipe, Development/Instructor

David Lipe holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee.  He has been preaching since 1967 in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama.  He taught at FHU for 20 years and was the Director at Southeast for three years.  He partially retired in 2014 and has assumed roles in Development and as an instructor.  He and his wife Linda have three children and five grandchildren.


Mike Webb, Dean of Admissions

Mike Webb holds a Master of Arts in Ministry from Freed-Hardeman University.  He has preached for twenty-five years in Tennessee and is currently the pulpit minister for the Double Springs church of Christ in Cookeville, TN.  He has one daughter, Chloe.