Dr. Antoine D. Richardson

Dr. Antoine D. Richardson is the President of Carver Baptist Bible College, Institute and Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He also currently serves as the Youth Pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He has served as Youth Pastor since May, 2000 and joined the MBC staff in July, 2003. Dr. Richardson is the former president (currently treasurer) of Mountaintop Inc. Baseball. He previously served on the board of directors for the UMKC School of Pharmacy Alumni Association. In 2007, Dr. Richardson was 1 of 60 urban youth leaders in the United States to be selected by the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative to be further developed in the area of leadership. He completed his training with the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative in May 2009.

Prior to entering the ministry on a full-time basis, Dr. Richardson served as Assistant Director of the UMKC Drug Information Center and as a member of the faculty at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in the School of Pharmacy. His areas of teaching and practice expertise are Drug Information and Competitive Technical Intelligence. While serving as faculty, Dr. Richardson received the Rho Chi Outstanding Teaching (Teacher of the Year) Award and the Catalyst Award from the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals.

Dr. Richardson received his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1998. He completed a specialty residency (1999) and fellowship (2000) in the areas of Drug Information and Competitive Technical Intelligence at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Drug Information Center. He is a graduate of Carver Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, earning a degree in Biblical Studies in May 2011.

Dr. Richardson was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He initially traveled to Kansas City in 1990 to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he met his wife, Dr. Sequita Richardson, who is a family practice physician. They have been blessed with two children, Victoria and Olivia. Dr. Antoine Richardson was licensed to preach on June 23, 1991 at the Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO under the pastorate of Rev. D. W. Jordan.

Dr. Le Roy Randolph, Jr.

The President Emeritus and Director of Institutional Advancement of Carver, Dr. LeRoy Randolph, Jr., is a native of Chicago and a graduate of Howard University where he earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees. He is married to the former Lorraine Owens, the proud parent of two grown daughters and the grandfather to three grandsons. Upon graduation from Law School, Dr. Randolph entered military service and retired from the Army Reserve in 1993 as a Colonel. He joined the firm of Jackson and Randolph as a junior partner in 1971. He has served a Judge Pro Tempore in Douglas County, Kansas, Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas, and served as a Tax Judge on the Board of Tax Appeals having been appointed by Governor Robert Bennett.

In 1971, sensing the burden to bring the message of salvation to more Black people and other minorities, Dr. Randolph and 3 other couples were led to plant Decision Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas. In 1976, he joined the Board of Carver Bible Institute and began to teach. In 1980 he began to do some administration as Director of Stewardship and Development and later became the Registrar. In 1985, Dr. Randolph felt the call to full-time service and became a missionary under a home missions agency. In 1991, he and Lorraine joined the Evangelical Baptist Missions agency. Dr. Randolph also served as the Academic Dean of Carver before being appointed as the President by the Board of Directors in 1991.

Dr. Aaron Lavender

Carver’s Vice-President is Dr. Aaron Lavender who also serves as the Director of Seminary Studies and as Professor of Pastoral Ministries on the faculty.  Dr. Lavender has been the senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church on Paseo Blvd, Kansas City for the past 18 years.

Pastor Lavender is a graduate of Carver Bible College of Atlanta, Georgia, and received both his Master of Ministry and his Doctor of Ministry degrees from Covington Theological Seminary in Rossville, Georgia.  He has earned his Ph.D. in Expository Preaching.

Dr. Lavender served as the President of the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association from 1990 to 1994.  Since his arrival in Kansas City, he continues to serve as Vice President of the Carver Baptist Bible College and Institute.  As a faculty member there he serves as Professor of Pastoral Ministries and Church Leadership.

Under his able leadership Grace Baptist Church has moved from a much smaller facility to the building they now occupy; the budget has grown phenomenally, the membership has quadrupled, the pastoral staff is growing and they have seen quality and quantity growth in most of their ministry areas.

He is a man who is an able administrator, given to organization and a gifted writer.  Dr. Lavender is one of the ablest and most dynamic Bible expositors in America today.  Many pastors of local churches in this city have indicated that they look forward to the Grace Baptist Radio broadcast to hear Dr. Lavender.  He is in much demand to speak at churches and conferences across America.

Dr. Dean Chasteen

Dr. Dean Chasteen was Carver’s first president, serving from 1971-1991.

He served for 20 years in the Central African Republic as a missionary under Baptist Mid Missions.  Upon returning to the USA, he served as President of Carver for 20 years before moving into semi-retirement.  He continues to teach and provide administrative services as his schedule and health allows.

James DeJong

James DeJong served as the Academic Dean of the Bible College and Institute and is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity and teaches part-time at Carver.  He teaches mission and Bible courses at both the College and Institute.

He has served as a missionary in Kenya, East Africa for 16 years.  Ten of those years where spent as a mission’s teacher at Scott Theological College.  In addition to teaching he also oversaw the Field Education department for the Seminary.  He is presently serving under Africa Inland Mission and is on loan to CBBC & I.  During the summer, he returns to Kenya to teach in World Reach’s pastoral training program.

Mr. DeJong holds a Bachelor degree in Construction Management from John Brown University in Arkansas and a Masters in Intercultural Studies (Missions) from CIU (Columbia International University) of Columbia, SC.

Lorraine Randolph

Lorraine Randolph is the Dean of Admissions.  She oversees the recruitment and processing of new students.  Temporarily she is also our acting Registrar and insures that the grades are properly recorded and distributed to our students.

Mrs. Randolph was a Commercial Banking Representative for several years, and a corporate manager in private industry and the Federal Reserve Bank before coming to Carver over 10 years ago. She also teaches both English grammar and English composition on the faculty.

Dr. Bruce Anderson

Dr. Bruce Anderson is one of our adjunct professors who brings many years of pastoral experience to our classroom.  He loves teaching the courses in counseling as he has both the academic training for this and the experience of counseling through his years as pastor. 
He has a MA in Counseling from Biola University, a MDiv from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, and a DMin from Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Minneapolis. 
Dr. Anderson served as a missionary with ABWE in Chile until 1972 when took on the pastorate in Oklahoma.  He also served churches in Kansas, California, and is presently, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, Westwood, KS, where he has served since 1991.

Ulysses Bestey

Pastor Bestey is one of our adjunct professors who pastors a church in Kansas City.  Bestey comes to us with years of experience in inner city church ministry.  His desire is to sheperd the flock of God with the purpose of helping each member conform to the image of Christ, so that he/she can in turn serve the body of Christ.

Bestey holds a Bachelor in Sociology from Tuscaloosa, AL, and a Masters of Ministerial Theology from Tri-City Bible College in Blue Springs, MO.

James Smith

Pastor James Smith comes to us as a missionary with the Evangelical Baptist Missions.  He has a Bachelor of Religious Education from Grand Rapids Baptist College and is currently pursuing a Master of Ministry with an emphasis in Biblical Counseling.

Pastor Smith has years of experience serving first as a church planter in Toledo, Ohio and then as a church planter in Kansas City.  In addition to teaching at CBBC, he also serves First Regular Baptist Church with preaching, teaching and family ministries.

Pastor Smith and his wife conduct marriage and family seminars and retreats, both locally and regionally.  They are also sought after for marriage counseling and mentoring.