TSBC Board of Directors
The Board of Directors champions the vision & mission of Tri-State Bible College through five strategic action steps: (1) Stewardship through recruitment of like-minded partners and efficient use of resources, (2) Spirit speaks to our resolve to lead prayerfully with dependence upon God, (3) Steer captures our commitment to govern with a balanced approach to fiduciary, strategic, and generative responsibilities, (4) Support expresses generous and contagious personal financial engagement, and (5) Signal readies our institution for clear decision-making by exercising strategic intelligence through research and risk management.
Members of the TSBC Board of Directors
John D. Wright, Chairman • Ashland, KY
John Wright was saved in 1994 and introduced to TSBC by Jim Mayhew. He has been in love with the institution ever since. John has served on the Board many times and served as chairman twice. He participated on the Board during TSBC’s first accreditation with ABHE. He deeply treasures the friendship developed over the years with late TSBC President Dr. Clifford Marquardt.
John serves at Central Baptist Church in Ashland, KY as a Sunday school teacher and trustee. Over the years, he ran van/bus ministries for kids and adults—an important ministry to John because he was a bus kid growing up.
John received a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering in 1991 from Case Western Reserve University. He has owned several computer businesses, worked for IBM as a global services consultant, and worked for a startup for eight years. John now works for JP Morgan Chase as an Application Architect specializing in software development and databases.
God has blessed John with a beautiful daughter and two grandchildren Adrian and Jayden. When he has time, he enjoys playing pickle-ball and chess.
Lowell “J. R.” Gullett, Vice Chairman • Flatwoods, KY
Dr. H. Jeffrey “Jeff” Smith, Secretary • Huntington, WV
Jeff Smith earned his B. A. and M. A. degrees in music education from Marshall University with minors in voice and organ. He earned a doctorate in educational leadership from West Virginia University in 1994. He taught music in Wayne and Cabell County schools and later became the curriculum director for Cabell County. He retired in 2017 as Assistant Superintendent for Cabell County. Jeff and his wife, Anna, have served in various leadership and music positions in several local churches. More recently, Jeff has served as an elder at River Cities Community Church while he and his wife have directed the children’s and youth choirs at the church. They have two children, both married, and five grandchildren.
Sandra J. Duncan • Huntington, WV
Sandra Duncan received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from Marshall University, and her certification in Educational Leadership from Salem International University. For 18 years, Sandra taught English and Science in the public school system. For the last 10 years, she served in Academic Administration, and a was a presenter for the WV Center for Professional Development. She has taught at Tri-State Bible College, where she previously served as Director of Academic Compliance and Assessment. She currently acts as an Education Consultant and Teacher Mentor in the Tri-State area. Sandra has spent many years in Music, and Women’s and Children’s Ministries, and is a member of Living Hope Bible Church in Huntington, WV, where her husband is Pastor/Elder.
Dr. Brian R. Horton • Ashland, KY
Brian Horton is a native of Boiling Springs, South Carolina. For over 27 years, he has served churches in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and Kentucky. He received his undergraduate degree from The University of South Carolina Upstate and is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, earning both a Master of Arts and Doctor of Ministry in Christian Education and Leadership. Currently, Brian serves as the Association Mission Strategist for the Greenup Baptist Association in Ashland, Kentucky. He and his wife of 22 years, Tara, have one son, Adam, who is 14. Brian and his family reside in Ashland, Kentucky.
Randall “Randy” A. Maynard • Milton, WV
Melinda G. McComas • Huntington, WV
Melinda McComas became a member of the TSBC Board of Directors in the spring of 2021.
She is a graduate of Marshall University with a B.A. in Journalism, Advertising Emphasis. Melinda served as a full-time missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ International (Cru) in the US and in Central Europe. While on staff, Melinda took several seminary classes through the Institute of Biblical Studies. She also spent a semester at TSBC, where she learned Bible study and evangelism methods. She continues to use these skills in her daily life and to share with others, whom she disciples and mentors.
Melinda is employed as an Administrative Assistant at River Cities Community Church. She is also an active member of the church and loves being part of a small group Bible study and the prayer ministry. She serves as the Missions Secretary and has participated in several domestic and international church mission trips.
Melinda values Christian education and training. She is excited to be part of what TSBC is doing to help develop faithful servant leaders who are passionate and equipped to reach our area and the world for Christ.
Dr. Kevin W. Yingling • Ona, WV
Kevin graduated from the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in Huntington, WV. He provides care at the Erma Ora Byrd Center at Cabell Huntington Hospital. Dr. Yingling has published in the areas of Vitamin Deficiency, Medical Education Curriculum, and Dementia Care. He now serves the tri-state community as the CEO of Mountain Health Network and President of Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center.
Schedule of Meetings for the
TSBC Board of Directors
Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, April 23, 2022, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, July 16, 2022, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, October 15, 2022, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, October 19, 2024, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, January 21, 2023, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, July 15, 2023, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, October 21, 2023, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, January 18, 2025, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, April 19, 2025, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, July 19, 2025, at 8:30 AM
Saturday, October 18, 2025, at 8:30 AM
Meetings will be held in the Broomhall Bible Research Center on the campus of Tri-State Bible College, 506 Margaret Street, South Point, OH 45680.
Meeting location, dates, and times may change without notice. Please contact the Board Secretary, H. Jeffrey Smith, at 740-377-2520 or [email protected] for confirmation.