Speakers and Musicians


Paul Nyquist is the ninth president of Moody Bible Institute. Nyquist comes to Moody from Avant Ministries, where he served as president. 

Before joining Avant, Nyquist served as senior pastor at First Federated Church in Des Moines, Iowa, and Evangelical Bible Church in Omaha, Neb. Nyquist received a master of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1981 and a Ph.D. in systematic theology in 1984.

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Charles Dates is senior pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago. In addition to his pastoral duties, Dates serves on the Chicago Fire Department’s community advisory board. He has served as an adjunct professor at Moody Bible Institute and is a contributor to the 2014 book Letters to a Birmingham Jail. He completed an apprenticeship to K. Edward Copeland at New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford, Ill., then became the primary teaching assistant to Rev. James Meeks at Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. He has an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is a PhD candidate in historical theology at the same seminary. He and his wife, Kirstie, have two children.


Kerwin Rodriguez is an instructor of pastoral studies at Moody Bible Institute, serving as the program head for the Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership and the Master of Arts in Biblical Exposition. He teaches in the areas of preaching and spiritual formation for both the undergraduate school and Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning. A Moody Bible Institute alumnus, he earned an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Kerwin and his wife, Meredith, live in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, where they serve at Good News Bible Church.


Michael Rydelnik is professor of Jewish Studies and Bible at Moody Bible Institute and an adjunct faculty member at Dallas Theological Seminary, Talbot School of Theology, and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is also the Bible teacher on Moody Radio’s Open Line. The son of Holocaust survivors, he was raised in an observant Jewish home. He became a follower of Jesus the Messiah as a high school student and began teaching the Bible almost immediately. He is the author of several books and co-general editor of The Moody Bible Commentary, written by Moody Bible Institute faculty. Michael and his wife Eva live in Chicago. They have two adult sons.


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