Daryl R. Eldridge, PhD

President and Cofounder

Mark Simpson, PhD

Chief Academic Officer
Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Linda M. Graber, MML

Director of Alumni Relations and Ministry Partners


The seminary was founded by Dr. Daryl Eldridge, Dr. Sam Simmons, and Dr. Gary Waller. These men had a vision for a new paradigm of global ministry training and they continue to contribute to the Rockbridge learning community.

Dr. Eldridge holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drury University, a Master of Arts in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Southwestern. Prior to the start of Rockbridge Seminary, he served seven years as Dean of the School of Educational Ministries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Simpson, Chief Academic Officer, holds a Bachelor of Arts from Spring Arbor College, a Master of Christian Education from Denver Seminary, a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from DePauw University, and Philosophy degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Simpson previously served at Oakland City University, Indiana as Coordinator of Online Learning and Professor of Christian Education and Religious Studies. He also has served as Dean of Innovative Learning at another distance learning institution, and Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies and Digital Learning at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Linda Graber, Director of Alumni Relations and Ministry Partners, holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Master of Ministry Leadership from Rockbridge Seminary. Linda is a certified Life Purpose Coach and instructor with Life Purpose Coaching Centers International.