John Ruane
Manager / Move Consultant / Two Men and a Truck

Loves Her Work

Shawna is very skilled in teaching Biblical Greek, Biblical Hebrew, and Biblical Aramaic, and loves her work! Top-notch teaching at an extremely affordable price at Birmingham Bible Institute, I'm very blessed to have stumbled upon this school (responded to a flier in the mail in 2004).

Dinah Oude-Reimerink

Highly Recommend

Shawna taught several foreign language courses in which I was a student. She is an amazing teacher, gifted in communicating difficult concepts in a way that enables the student to actually learn, patient with students, and very effective in building a student's skills. She also demonstrates a high level of integrity in her approach to her work, is kind and compassionate toward others. I would highly recommend her for any endeavor she seeks.

M. Jane Roberts
Freelance Translator and Poet / Profile on LinkedIn

Generous in Imparting Knowledge

Dr. Fenner has a precise and thorough knowledge of Greek and Hebrew. These are not easy subjects to learn, but she is very skilled at explaining the concepts, the grammar, and she is generous in imparting knowledge to her students. Her teaching method encouraged me to strive for mastery, and I recommend her as an instructor.

Mary Jane Murawka

Detail-Oriented Professional

Shawna is a detail-oriented professional who helps the Photo Department achieve its strategic objective.

An Excellent Teacher

Shawna is an excellent teacher of the Biblical languages. Her command and expertise of Biblical Hebrew and Greek was expressed through her creative and personable teaching techniques. She brought meaning and understanding of the ancient languages to life through her love of the languages and care in sharing them with her students. You always felt she truly cared about you as a student and your development in your faith in Christ.

Linda Thornton
Program Supervisor Adjunct & Adjunct Instructor / Spring Arbor University

A Noticeable Love for Scripture

Shawna Fenner is a wonderful, kind teacher, whose love for Scripture is noticeable in the way that she teaches her classes. She is very knowledgeable in both Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek. Shawna is very attentive and has a unique way of locating her students at their level of comprehension so that her lectures are encouraging and not overwhelming. Shawna’s previous background as an English teacher helps her students and makes learning easier. Shawna’s classes in Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek equip students with essential tools useful in ministry. I feel truly blessed having Shawna as my teacher.

George Pearson
Travel Agent / Pear Travel

Very Dedicated, an A+ Instructor

Shawna is an excellent teacher of Biblical Greek. She is a very dedicated teacher [who] makes sure she gets the best out of her students, using clear and understandable examples. All the students [with whom] I have attend[ed] her classes express likewise compliments (an A+ instructor).


    Bookkeeper, Grace Baptist Church, Birmingham, Michigan, 2016-Present

Post financial transactions in QuickBooks, pay bills, do payroll, maintain giving records, ensure accuracy of all accounts, and produce financial reports.

  Webmaster & Graphic Designer, Grace Baptist Church and Birmingham Bible Institute, 2015-Present

Design, maintain, and update the church, Bible institute, and youth ministry websites. Also design graphics for a variety of purposes.

  Instructor, Birmingham Bible Institute, Birmingham, Michigan, 1988-Present

Taught a variety of courses to Christian adults over the years, but now teach biblical Greek and Hebrew exclusively. Design many of the brochures for the Institute. Order textbooks.

  Professional Technician, Photography @ Wayne State, Detroit, Michigan, 2001-2017

Managed the budget for our small department, tracking our income and expenditures and reporting to our supervisors. Billed clients for services rendered. Occasionally edited digital images for clients.

  Office Assistant, Grace Baptist Church, Birmingham, Michigan, 1994-2015

Assisted the Church Secretary in a variety of areas as needed. Prepared bulletins for the Sunday and midweek services. Ordered books and other materials for the church bookstore. Designed and updated some financial reports. Substituted for the Church Secretary when needed.

  Computer Programmer, Fisher Corporation, Troy, Michigan, 1991-1994

Developed Quality Control programs in C on a UNIX system. Entered data. Designed forms and flowcharts in PageMaker.

  Social Studies Teacher, Fraser Public Schools, Fraser, Michigan, 1973-1988

Designed and taught high school courses in American history, psychology, sociology, problem solving, and humanities (art and music appreciation). Also taught junior high school social studies and geography for three semesters.



  New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Troy, Michigan, 2001

Took classes in PageMaker, PhotoShop, Illustrator, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, FrontPage, Outlook, Quicken, Windows, and HTML.

  Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, Allen Park, Michigan, 1995-2001

Earned 84 credit hours in biblical Greek and Hebrew, Old and New Testament, church history, and hermeneutics with a 3.98 GPA.

  Macomb Community College, Clinton Township and Warren, Michigan, 1990-1992 & 1995

Took classes in COBOL, BASIC, RPG, C, and C++ programming languages; desktop publishing, and accounting.

  Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1972-1975

Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum Development)

  Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1972

M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education

  Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1967-1971

A.B. in History, minors in Music and Education