Faculty & Staff

Neely Gaston

Dr. H. Neely Gaston


Dr. H. Neely Gaston is the President of the Robert E. Cooley Theological Seminary, a position he has held since 2023. With a remarkable career in theological education, Neely previously served as the Executive Director of the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Charlotte campus from 2010 to 2019. Prior to that, he was the Executive Vice President of Erskine College and Theological Seminary from 2002 to 2010. Neely has made significant contributions to the field, including leading a successful $10,000,000 Capital Campaign to build the David Rogers Hall of Mission at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – Charlotte. He is also known as the co-creator of Digital Live, a cutting-edge global learning platform for distance education. Neely’s dedication to education is further evident in his creation of the Theological ESL program and the Korean Studies Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – Charlotte. Additionally, he has facilitated various education partnerships with esteemed organizations such as the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the Evangelical Covenant Order, The North American Lutheran Church, and the Anglican Communion. Neely holds an M.Div. from Erskine College, where he graduated with honors, and was awarded a D.D. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Beyond his professional pursuits, Neely and his wife, Lyn, have raised two accomplished children, Megan and John Neely.

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Pablo A. Jiménez, D.Min.

Vice-President and Director of the Center for Latino Studies (Vice-Presidente y Director del Centro de Estudios Latinos)

Pablo A. Jiménez is a professor of Pastoral Theology, specialized in Homiletics, Leadership and Church Revitalization. Jiménez has earned several degrees in theology: a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico; a Sacred Theology Masters (STM) in New Testament and Homiletics from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana; and a Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Hermeneutics from Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS) in Decatur, Georgia.

Pablo has written several books in English and Spanish, such as Púlpito: An Introduction to Hispanic Preaching (with Justo L Gonzalez). Pablo is also the editor of La Biblia para la Predicación (UBS). Pablo has taught at various theological schools, both in English and Spanish, in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. He produces the podcast in Spanish titled Prediquemos (prediquemos.com); an educational website in Spanish (drpablojimenez.com); and another one in English (drpablojimenez.net).


Pablo A. Jiménez es un profesor teología Pastoral, especializado en homilética, liderazgo y revitalización de la Iglesia. Cuenta con varios grados académicos en el campo de la teología: una Maestría en Divinidad del Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico (SEPR); una Maestría en Sagrada Teología con especialización en Nuevo Testamento y Predicación de Christian Theological Seminary (CTS); y un Doctorado en Ministerio con especialización en Interpretación Bíblica de Columbia Theological Seminary (CTS).

Jiménez ha escrito varios libros, entre los cuales se destacan La predicación en el Siglo XXI (CLIE) y Principios de predicación (Abingdon). También es el editor de La Biblia para la Predicación (SBU) y ha contribuido a varias Biblias de Estudio. Jiménez ha enseñado en varias escuelas teológicas en los Estados Unidos, América Latina y el Caribe. Produce el podcast titulado Prediquemos y tiene una página web en español, www.drpablojimenez.com.
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Mark Poe

Director of Research

Mark Bryan Poe is an experienced research fellow and pastor who has a passion for biblical studies and Church history. Born on August 13, 1969, he has dedicated his life to the service of God and the advancement of His kingdom. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Religion from Southern Wesleyan University and two Masters degrees from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His pastoral ministry spans over two and a half decades, serving in both small rural and city church settings. Currently, he holds the position of Director of Research at the Robert E. Cooley Theological Seminary, continuing his lifelong commitment to theological education.