The Institute of Midrashic Studies of the New Testament

Meet The Fellows

2023 Cohort

Mihail Golic

My name is Mihail Golic. I am a 25-year-old seminarian, devoted son, and loving brother. Coming from a family of strong faith, my father being an Eastern Orthodox priest in Serbia, pursuing a career in theology seemed like an obvious path for me to take. I am grateful to have been raised with the values of service and devotion ingrained in me from early on.
My journey in theological education began during my high school years at the Seminary of Saint John Chrysostom in my hometown Kragujevac, Serbia. This early exposure ignited my passion for theological studies and propelled me to pursue further education in the United States at Saint Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, IL. As a current student at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, I am eager to expand my knowledge and understanding of the New Testament through the unique lens of Midrashic studies. I am committed to applying the knowledge and insights I could gain from the fellowship to my future ministry and academic pursuits. I am thrilled by the prospect of delving into the world of Midrashic interpretation and its application to the New Testament text. Not only that, but I believe that the Midrashic approach to the New Testament will enhance my ability to communicate the Gospel message effectively and foster a greater appreciation for the shared roots of Christianity and Judaism.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

Jill Hurley

Jill Hurley is a doctoral student at Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley studying the confluence of Christianity and psychedelics. She has a masters in Theological and Cultural Anthropology from Eastern University, and dual bachelors degrees in Religion and Anthropology from Eastern New Mexico University.

2022 Cohort

Reverend Dana Duane Craft

Reverend Dana Duane Craft is currently a doctorate of theology student at St. Timothy’s College and Seminary and the pastor of Iglesia Anglicala, and Misión Desafio in Guatemala City, Guatemala. His pastorate includes families living in the city dump in Guatemala City. His personal statement is from 2 Timothy 4:2—“Preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” His mission’s website is https://www.amissionchallenge.org/. He is a husband and the father of a son.

 

Tov Rose

Tov Rose is a seminarian at the Master’s International University of Divinity. He is currently the marketing director in charge of fundraising at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. He has a number of publications including The New Messianic Version: Holy Bible, The New Messianic Version of the Bible: The B’Rit Hadashah, Tarum Onkelos: The First Five Books of the Bible, Targum Psudo-Jonathan (The Targums Book 3), Targum Jerusalem (The Targums Book 2), Jesus in the Targums, Jesus in the Old Testament: Messiah Revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures, Jesus in the Jewish Wedding: Messianic Fulfillment in the Bible to name just a few. His personal mission statement is “Uncovering the ancient paths, rebuilding the ancient landmarks.” He loves biblical research, no matter where the answers take him. He loves challenging both himself and others to really consider why we believe what we believe. He says that if we believe something fervently, it should stand up to any challenge, so let’s challenge it together and test it and come out stronger for going through the exercise. He is a husband and the father of two young adults. Tov is a messianic believer.

 

2021 Cohort

Brandon Elder

• I am in pursuit of my M.A. Philosophy
• I am seeking publication as a poet
• I am attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
• I’m 23 years old, from Albuquerque NM
• I’m well-traveled globally and have a heart for the nations
• My bachelor’s was a double major in French and Intercultural Communication
• I plan to pursue Ph.D. in the future

Kelly Patel

Hi, I’m Kelly, I’m married with a 15 year old son (who, I’m delighted to say, wants to be a vicar) and I live in London. I have a Degree in Physics from Imperial College London, a PGCE from King’s College London (I used to be a high school Physics teacher!) and another degree in Theology from St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, London. Right now I’m in the middle of a PhD in Theology concentrating on ‘conceptions of man and the form of God’ for first and second century Christians and Jews. I love Church and Synagogue in all their various forms, and believe that we all form part of God’s great tapestry, and have a heart especially for the sick, the lonely and the lost, so I volunteer with special needs kids and run a support group for adults with health issues. I’m looking forward to working with Root Source…..and I’m pretty sure there is no one else quite like me ….so hopefully we’ll come up with something unique!