Faculty & Staff Profiles
Caryn Alfsen is Executive Director/Biblical Counselor at Tallahassee Biblical Counseling Ministries, Inc. and over see’s every aspect of the counseling center. As a certified counselor, she performs general personal, premarital, and parenting counseling. She, also, supervises and trains counselors, and family advocates, conducts marriage seminars, financial classes and teaches in-depth discipleship classes. She also organizes community/church-wide counseling and discipleship conferences. Mrs. Alfsen holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Management, from Trinity Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Bible College, she is certified by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).
FRANCES “FRANKIE” ALLEN
Frankie Allen is a playwright and freelance conference coordinator and has taught courses at Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center and various churches in the region for many years. Her Bible-based course, The Ministry of Angels, touches on the origin and creation of different types of angels, the nature and functions of angels, and our relationship with these heavenly beings and their relationship with God.
JOSEPH AMANFU, Ph.D.
Dr. Joe Amanfu is a certified Life & Leadership Coach and is the current President of Seed Word Communications LLC as well as the past President of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). He is certified by Boston University to teach in their Management Development Programs and was an instructor with the Graduate School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University in Plano, Texas. Joe has 39 years of experience in the IT industry and has worked in leadership positions in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra-Leone, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Germany, Turkey, South Africa and the USA. Along with his employment he has also held officer positions in several professional and civic organizations.
Sherry has led Writers Aglow for the past 11 years, instructing and encouraging writers. She has published three nonfiction books, Rising From Defeat, The Overcomer’s Handbook, My Memory Serves Me Well, the memoir of a Holocaust survivor, and Todd Byrd, from Prison to Pulpit. She is a freelance editor and has taught writing classes as an adjunct professor at Gulf Coast State College. She is passionate about teaching the craft of writing and encouraging other writers. She presently serves as the State Leader for Aglow in Florida. She and her husband, Mike, reside in Panama City, FL
Mickey is actively retired from 45 years of coaching. Mickey was a part of Bear Bryant’s first two National Championship teams at Alabama, and also won a national championship as head coach at West Alabama. He then finished his career with two more National Championships as defensive coordinator at Florida State University.
Mark Anthony is founder and president of Southeastern Food Bank, a division of Bread of Life Fellowship, Inc. What began as a family project in 1989 to deliver some snacks to a needy area in West Orange County, became the heartbeat for a ministry to reach out and share God’s love through a basic need of hurting people. From that small project Bread of Life Fellowship was birthed. In 1991 Bread of Life was incorporated and granted its 501(c) 3 status. In 2003, without any guarantee of income, Mark sold his lawnmower repair shop so he could work full-time as president of Bread of Life Fellowship. In 2014 Bread of Life Fellowship began operating as Southeastern Food Bank to become more known as a distribution site…delivering the “bread of life.” Mark has been gathering, sorting, packing, and delivering food to needy families for over 25 years. Through his leadership and vision more than 2 million families have received food, 9,000 individuals have come to know Christ as their Savior, and more than 27 million pounds of product has been received and distributed.
Pastor Awoniyi has served on several committees in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church to include the Northwest District Committee on Ministry, the leadership connection committee, liaison for the Candler School of Theology at Emory University Club, charter committee of the United Methodist Women for racial justice, and keynote speaker for the District and Conference United Methodist Women Spiritual Retreat. She served on FAMU”s Institutional Review Board and is vice president of the Clergywomen’s Council of Tallahassee. Pastor Barbara received her Master’s of Divinity from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology (Atlanta, GA) where she graduated with honors and outstanding recognitions. While attending Candler, she worked with the homeless program , was president of Candler’s Media and Religion program, and selected for Who’s Who Among College Students. She is married to Dr. Samuel Awoniyi, Professor of Industrial Engineering at FAMU/FSU College of Engineering. Together they have a beautiful daughter. She and her family have traveled abroad to Africa, France, England, Italy, Puerto Rico, Aruba and to many states throughout the continental U.S. She has done evangelism and mission training in Rome.
Brian obtained his BA degree in Social Studies Education from Florida State University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Theology at Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center. Brian’s mission is to write and teach about Jesus and spread the gospel, to tell about this Jesus who changes everything. Brian is an experienced Bible teacher and speaker, he is an author of two books: Ruth: A Guide for Trouble Times and Joseph: A Life Lived in Providence.
JIM & PATRICIA BANKS
Jim and Pat Banks founded House of Healing Ministries and established the Healing Rooms of The Swannanoa Valley. Through House of Healing Ministries they travel the Southeastern states helping churches, large and small, house churches, and home Bible studies become equipped to serve the growing inner healing and deliverance needs of their congregations and communities. Jim previously worked in the private sector as an electrical design engineer and then in sales and marketing management with several manufacturers of electrical measurement and control systems and devices.
Donald R. “Ray” Bardill, Ph.D., joined the faculty of TCCTC in the fall semester 2017. He brings the experience of a full career in teaching, research and oversight of social work as a discipline and clinical practice in social work services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. He is professor emeritus in the School of Social Work at Florida State University, where he also served as dean for 15 years. Dr. Bardill’s long history of service to the community is capped by his appointment to the National Commission on Child and Family Welfare by the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Interspersed among his extensive academic writings on family are those in faith-based publications: “Basic Values for Family Living,” in The Lutheran Woman’s Quarterly, “Christ-Centered Fathering” and “Father as Spiritual Leader” in Reconnections, and his book Thank God I’m a Teenager for Augsburg Press.
WARREN BECKER, Ph.D.
Dr. Warren E. Becker is an experienced Bible teacher from Thomasville, Georgia. Dr. Becker holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (with a Biblical Studies major) from Fuller Theological Seminary. For many years he has taught Bible classes in a variety of churches as well as home groups. He has also served as Director of Education for a Christian organization for 21 years; as a Visiting Professor for the Thomasville, Georgia Extension Center of the American Baptist College, Nashville, Tennessee, from 1991-2007; and is currently the Academic Dean of the International School of Theology and Leadership-USA in Thomasville, Georgia. Dr. Becker’s passion is to teach God’s Word in simple, understandable, and meaningful ways with a special view to helping people better understand how God has designed and gifted them and how to effectively use their God-given gifts in all areas of life.
Jackie Bentz is a lover of God. She and her husband are ordained ministers through Potter’s House Ministries in Perry Florida. She met the Lord at 29 and has been a prayer warrior ever since. Jackie enjoys watching God answer prayer for hers and other people’s needs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from FSU in Studio Art and is a graduate student at Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center.
Marjorie and her husband, Sr. Pastor Jim Beasley of Meridian Woods Church of Christ, have worked in the ministry together for over 30 years. She has served as a Nursery Coordinator, Sunday School/Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning Ladies Bible Teacher, Ladies Day/Retreat Speaker, Lads-to-Leader Speech Coordinator, Women’s Mentor, Women’s Ministry Leader, and any other role God calls her to fill. Marjorie has a B.S. in Business Administration/Organizational Management and has been certified by the Grief Recovery Institute as a Grief Recovery Specialist. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Christian Counseling at TCCTC and loving every minute of it. Marjorie is also a retired Army Master Sergeant with 31 years of service to her country as a Career Counselor, mentoring and encouraging soldiers and their families. Marjorie’s passion for people’s souls and their need for God’s abundant life and joy led her to start a Grief Recovery ministry in 2011: A Listening Heart 4U. She conducts workshops and study groups to help adults move beyond the pain of grief caused by any loss, as well as, helping them to learn how to help children who grieve. It is her constant prayer for God to continue to open doors that would allow her to help many more find hope in the midst of despair.
TRAVIS BOLINE, M.Div., D.Min.
The Rev. Dr. Travis Boline serves as rector at All Saint’s Anglican Church in Tallahassee, FL. She received her Master of Divinity Degree from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA in 2000 and her Doctor of Ministry in Spiritual Formation and Preaching from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, AL in 2011. Travis and her husband Doug have two grown children.
Beth Burns, Good Samaritan Network-Chelsea House Board Member-Director and Co-Founder. Formerly an elementary school teacher with office management and hospital social services background, Beth accrued skills which has enabled her to develop programs for needy and hurting people. Beth and her husband Glenn, have six adopted children and have eight grandchildren. Beth, and her husband Glenn’s, home church is Christian Heritage Church, Tallahassee. Beth serves Good Samaritan Network-Chelsea House as Director of Women Programs. She testifies, “It’s been a life-long journey of discovering who I am in Christ and living up to my potential to serve Him. I have always been drawn to help needy and hurting women and children.”
Glenn Burns, Good Samaritan Network-Executive Director and Co-Founder. In 1999 Glenn left his business career to pursue full-time vocational ministry. He has served on pastoral staff at various local churches, overseen singles ministry, local nursing home pastor, hospital on-call chaplain, Director of Evangelism for North Florida Baptist Association and Associate Pastor of Benevolence, Missions and Evangelism, Board Member-Big Bend ReEntry Coalition, Board Member RCC/Shelter, and Big Bend ReEntry Board. Glenn currently serves as mentor-Gadsden Correctional. Glenn, and his wife Beth’s, home church is Christian Heritage Church, Tallahassee. In 2005 Glenn helped to open Frenchtown Chapel and Community Center, an inner-city ministry in Tallahassee, Florida, the first of many chapel outreach programs that he would plant. Glenn is co-founder and President of GSN Ministries with a focus on spiritual development.
KAY CAMPBELL-WILLIAMS, M.A.
Kay Campbell-Williams currently teaches seminars at Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center and is active in missionary work around the globe. She earned an MA in Biblical Studies from TCCTC, as well as the following degrees: MA in International Relations & Strategic Planning, Master of Public Administration, M.S. in Operations Management, and an MA in Human Resource Management. Kay is a retired naval officer. Her specialty while in the armed services was an Education and Training Management Specialist. She has been a Bible instructor for many years and has led Sunday school classes for senior adults.
PASTOR HARDY CLAYTON, M.B.A.
Pastor Hardy Clayton received his B.A. in Theology and Biblical Studies from Louisiana Baptist U. and his M.B.A. at the J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State. He also attended Beulah Heights Bible College, Troy State U., the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences and the Georgetown Center for Family Studies. Pastor Clayton is a life coach, Certified Anger Management Specialist, and a Mental Health Professional. In 2013 he along with 10 dedicated people launched Covenant Christian Center in Thomasville, Georgia. He also founded Covenant Coaching & Consulting through which he provides professional counseling, coaching and training on leadership, interpersonal, and communications skills. The author of “The Power of Your Choices,” Pastor Clayton conducts seminars to challenge individuals to move beyond self-imposed limitations and begin to find their purpose, make better decisions and live a balanced life. Pastor Hardy Clayton is married to the lovely Mrs. Cheree Clayton and a proud father.
GIL CROSBY, D.Min.
Dr. Crosby retired from the pastorate of All Saints Anglican Church in Tallahassee in January 2012, and had previously served as pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church from January 1991 until July 2006. Before his pastorate at St. Francis, Gil served a Deacon-in -Charge, and then as Rector, of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Starke, FL. He graduated from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and earned the degree of Doctor of Ministry from Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Prior to his theological training, Gil was a high school biology teacher and professional square dance caller. He has been married to Jacque since 1973.
Carol Cruce, is marred to Richard Cruce they have 2 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter. Carol is a retired Postmaster for the United States Postal Service. Carol has been in management and bookkeeping positions for restaurants, retail stores, fast foods, state, and government. Carol started at TCCTC October 2020. Carol has been a Christian all her life, and she is of the Baptist Faith
MILTON DAHL, M.S., R.N.
Milton Dahl practices his passion of teaching and developing thriving Christian communities after retiring from a forty year nursing career. He practiced nursing in acute care settings as a direct patient care giver, clinical manager, human resource administrator, systems developer and project manager for system wide MI and diabetes quality improvement initiatives. Milt graduated from Kalamazoo College with a BS in chemistry, received a NSF research fellowship to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Illinois but changed directions and pursued nursing. He received an A.A.S. in nursing from Regent’s College of the University of the State of New York. In 2003 he received an M.S. in information studies at FSU. He has presented nationally in clinical areas of diabetes, MI improvement, and orthopedic pain control. A multi-denominational Christian, he is passionate for human well-being and health and the symbiosis of science and theology. He has worked actively with Tallahassee Healing Prayer Ministries teaching classes that blend the need for multi-generational community, the interactive presence of God, and the need to master a cluster of essential, brain-based relational skills to achieve healing, peace and community.
FREDDY DAVIS, D. Min.
Dr. Freddy Davis is currently the Executive Director of Market Faith Ministries as well as an author, seminar speaker, pastor, and owner of TSM Enterprises. Freddy’s particular area of expertise is on worldview, as it relates to living the Christian life and sharing an effective witness. He speaks to businesses and other organizations on the topics of personal development, decision making, influence, and leadership. Freddy received his M. Div. and D. Min from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary after earning his BA in Communications from Florida State University. He spent many years overseas serving as a missionary in Japan and the former Soviet Republic of Latvia.
Carl has a BA in business and majored in marketing at Valdosta State University. He has 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Holding licenses for life, health and property, and casualty. Carl graduated top of his class in the Dale Carnegie professional sales course, and he also took the Toshiba professional sales course. Carl is an adjunct professor at TCC teaching drone flights skills, holding an FFA commercial license for unmanned aerial vehicles. Carl has been flying fixed wing, multirotor, and drones for over 20 years!Professionally Carl has worked with several producers for cinematic drone videos for commercials, short movies, and corporate promotions. On a personal note he is married has three children and three stepchildren. He is a technology enthusiast and loves Disney, home automation, flying drones, Synchronized Christmas light displays, going to church, and spending quality time with family.
ROBERT GARMENT, M.Div.
Bob Garment currently serves as Associate Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee as well as a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and teacher with Live the Life Ministries. He has taken classes in the doctorate program at Reformed Theological Seminary, received his M.Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is an ordained Presbyterian minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. His undergraduate work is in the area of psychology and sociology. Bob and his wife, Mary, have been a passionate part of the pro-life ministry throughout Florida. He is past president of Florida Right to Life and a founder of the Care Net Crisis Pregnancy Services in Port St. Lucie. Mary served as the Center Director and continues as a counselor with A Women’s Pregnancy Center in Tallahassee.
Mark Geppert is the founder of SEAPC and is committed to changing lives through prayer, channeling resources into humanitarian projects, raising up prayer teams which will penetrate unreached people groups in the nations, and nurturing new ministries through affiliation all over the world. Mark has taught prayer walking seminars, businessmen’s micro-economic Kingdom principles, and team building seminars to leaders in Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, and throughout the United States of America. Mark has over 35 years of international experience in over 30 countries and has authored five books. The first, The Attack Lambs, has over 50,000 copies in print and has been translated into several languages. Mark is ordained through Elim Fellowship of Rochester, New York, has served on the staff of several churches in the United States, and has established and pastored the English speaking congregation of the Church of Singapore (Bukit Timah). He is currently teaching, networking, overseeing, and inspiring existing projects and new avenues for sustainability and evangelization.
ANN DEWS GLEATON, M.A.
Ann Gleaton serves as Missions Director in her church as well as teaching at Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center. In 2005, Ann’s book, “The Spoken Blessing: A Spiritual Posture” was published. Ann has served as Children’s Church pastor for Christian Heritage Church which involved writing curriculum and creatively presenting the Gospel every Sunday. She has spoken to women’s conferences, Sunday School classes, Christian education development courses, youth groups, philanthropic social groups, as well as both men and women inmates. She continues to teach the biblical principle of the Spoken Blessing.
Ricky Harper is the steward of the C12 Group Tallahassee where he helps Christian CEOs build great businesses for a greater purpose. He spent 29 years with GE Healthcare where he began his career as a bio-medical engineer. His last ten years with GE was in the role of Director of Service covering North Florida and South Georgia. In that capacity Ricky was a four-time recipient of GE’s ‘Omega Society’ award recognizing operational excellence. After retiring from GE, he was a consultant and then spent two years as the Director of Florida’s Division of Corporations. Upon leaving state employment Ricky joined the C12 Group where his full-time mission is equipping business owners to build world class Kingdom-minded businesses.
Rod Harris, born and raised in the Big Bend Area and began ministry at Innovative Agape Ministries, under the leadership of Dr. Vivian Wilson. Rod has over a decade of ministry experience working in various facets of ministry including: youth minister, musician, Praise and Worship leader, associate minister, executive pastor and chairman of the Board of Directors, just to name a few. He now operates as the Founder/Apostolic Overseer of Freedom Assembly Network and Visionary of the E-Church. Rod also has well over a decade of professional managerial and administrative experience. With this vast array of knowledge, Rod launched, Rohi Consulting Group in 2017; dedicating he services to assisting churches and small businesses reach sustainability and growth for years to come. In March 2018, Rod became a member of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives (NANOE) and is currently sitting for three nonprofit certifications. He continues to educate himself in theology, church ministry leadership and administration, and Christian studies for continued growth and development. He is married to his wife, Christa and they have to wonderful, busy boys together.
Bishop JOSEPH W. HENDERSON, D.D.
Dr. Joseph W. Henderson is the founder and senior pastor of Celebrate New Life Tabernacle Church (CNLT) in Tallahassee, FL and founder and president of the Timothy Training and Development Center, Inc., a community social services outreach ministry of CNLT. Dr. Henderson is a conference speaker who has written many Christian articles. He is heard around the country weekly for his radio broadcast, “Keys to the Kingdom,” which airs on 105.7 FM (Tallahassee area); 104.5 FM (Eastpoint, FL); 91.3 FM (Lake City, FL); and 91.3 FM (Moultrie, GA). He is a graduate of Florida A&M University (B.S., Physics), the American Bible College (B.A., Biblical Studies), Trinity Theological Seminary (M.A., Theology) and honored by the conferring of a doctor of divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian University, Jacksonville, FL. In addition, he is a Ph.D. candidate (Theology) at Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburg, Indiana. He is married to Cynthia Henderson, his wife and ministry partner since 1988. They are the proud parents of Donetta Marie Henderson.
DARREL & SHEREE HOPE
Darrel & Sheree Hope are passionate about transitioning into marriage ministry. Together, they are bringing a fresh perspective to the blessings and challenges of marriage, as well as 20 years’ experience of working in ministry to share as Holy Spirit leads. With three adult children and one still in the home, there is much to discuss when it comes to relationships. Blending a family is not only a challenge in the natural, but also in the spirit. However, from the challenge ministry can be birthed. That is exactly what happened for them in 2014. They began building their current organization, B&F Ministry, to offer biblical based counseling and marriage and relationship education (MRE) programs impacted by the teachings of Dr. Myles Munroe. Together, they confront separation within the heart, soul, mind and spirit of participating couples who desire Godly unions. Their counsel highlights the emotional and spiritual captivity resulting from conflicting beliefs (relational myths) with the Word that prevents a consistent joyful connection with God and others. Today, they bring with them the good news. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free!” John 8:32 top
EDWARD “HARRY” HORNE, Th. M.
Harry Horne has served as a pastor and an associate pastor in local churches in Georgia and Florida. He was also a missionary doing Christian education and youth work in Grand Cayman with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Harry served as a professor of Bible with a theological education program related to the Latin American Bible University in Costa Rica. Harry received his D. Min. and Th.M. in New Testament Studies from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, his M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and his BA in Sociology from Eckerd College.
DAVID E. HULL, M.Div.
David Hull is a full-time instructor who has served at Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center since 1995. David has authored, Learn and Teach the Bible with Metacolors; Jesus Christ in All the Scriptures; and The Priesthood of All Believers. He has served as a teacher at Louisville Bible College, College of the Scriptures, Kentucky Christian College and Jamaica Christian College. David received his B.A. in Bible from Philips University, his M. Div. from Emmanuel Christian Seminary, and he has completed his residency work for his Ph.D. in Practical Ministries at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rev. Dayle Isted has been the Associate Pastor of Children’s Ministries at Thomasville Road Baptist Church since 2005. She oversees all aspects of Christian Education from training teachers and selecting curriculum; through parent/child dedications, special events and VBS; to developing budgets and participating in the overall vision and ministry of the church. Dayle has taught school, earned a Master’s in Education and devoted over twenty years to children’s ministry. Dayle is married to Steve Isted, has two sons David and Alan, two beautiful daughters-in-law Kathryn and Amber, and four remarkable grandchildren.
Lowell Jackson has a B.A. from the University of Georgia and an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Work history: Billy Graham Association, 10 years; Senior Vice President, Invesco, 28 years; Chaplain, Lt Col, USAFR; Chairman, Community Public Radio, Inc; and Community adviser to Christians on Campus Club at FSU. He is married, has 2 children and 6 grandchildren.
BRENDA JARMON, Ph.D.
Dr. Jarmon (better known as Dr. BJ) is a retired Professor and former Department Chair of Social Work at Florida A&M University. She is an international and national educational consultant, motivational speaker, and life coach who has addressed a wide array of audiences within various assemblies in colleges, universities, and public schools across the U.S., Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Her accomplishments are as follows:
Proud graduate of the U.S. Labor Department’s Job Corps program receiving her GED along with a typing certificate. She attended the Upward Bound program of West Virginia State College, and graduated from Wesley College in Dover, DE with an AA, and was inducted in the college’s Alumni Hall of Fame. She received both B.S. and M.S.W degrees from Delaware State College. She received the PhD degree from Florida State University, where she taught in the College of Social Work for several years. In addition to being an educator, Dr. Jarmon is noted in several mainstream magazines: Women’s Day, Time, Jet, Women in Community Service, Style and the Tallahassee Magazine. Furthermore, she has co-authored her first book entitled Letters from the Future: Linking Students and Teaching with DIVERSITY of Everyday Life and currently writing the first of a trilogy of her life testimony.
Ashley L. Jones graduated from the Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center in 2010 with a Master’s degree in Biblical Studies. She uses her blog, BigSisterKnows.com, to encourage others to see God as alive and relevant to their everyday lives. She brings this same passion to her other projects, including her current focus, Girls with Gusto, a book for young women on how to navigate the eight major steps of the spiritual journey. Ashley is represented by the Hartline Literary Agency.
Jimmie Jones is the founder of Breaking Strongholds Conference. She is a licensed/ordained minister. She is the Administrative Coordinator for the Spiritual Care and Clinical Pastoral Education Department at TMH. She volunteered at TCCTC for years and completed classes in biblical counseling. She earned an AA at TCC and studied accounting at Flagler College. She holds a Florida Childcare and Education Program Director’s Credential and is a member of the National Notary Association. She teaches monthly seminars on prayer and breaking strongholds. She is passionate about intercessory prayer and has read most books regarding the same. For three years, she was the Regional Director of Intercessors for the Apostolic Ministries and Churches International in Brewton, AL. Every year in April, she coordinates the annual Breaking Strongholds Conference. As a Chaplain-in-Training at TMH, she has earned three units of Clinical Pastoral Education. She resides in Monticello, FL with her husband, Chaplain Don Levon.
Jackie Kinsey is the Student Advisor for Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center.
Rabbi JOSHUA LESSARD
Rabbi Joshua Lessard is currently the rabbi and worship director at Tikvat Ami Messianic Synagogue in Tallahassee, FL. He has twelve years of experience as a messianic cantor and has compiled a Messianic Shabbat Siddur (a Sabbath prayer book). In addition to bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Josh has studied in biblical and Jewish studies at Gratz University, Old Dominion University, Netzer David International Yeshiva, Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center, and Yeshiva classes from the International Association of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues and Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations.
Mark currently serves as a member of the KAIROS prison ministry for the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. He has successfully completed a M.Div. in Apologetics at Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta Georgia. His primary focus was on the philosophical debates surrounding theism and Christ involving His life and resurrection along with parts of His ministry while He was here as man. Mark also has earned a degree in Finance from Florida State University.
Richard and his wife Darlene ministered for 17 years in Mexico where they established many strong churches in the central and eastern part of the nation. The main church in the capital city of Xalapa, Veracruz, has a weekly attendance of more than 2,000 people. God has used him to raise up leaders in Mexico who are ministering in many nations of the world including Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Russia, Germany and the United States of America. They returned to the states in 2003 and ministered in Western North Carolina for 3 years, then they moved to Tallahassee to be pastors of LifePoint Church. Richard has been involved teaching in Bible Institutes since 1982 equipping leaders for full-time ministry. He also travels internationally, assists the churches in Mexico and works with Christian leaders throughout the world. Richard is an Apostle who functions with a strong prophetic gifting. God has used him to minister in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as release the supernatural in the Body of Christ. He has a deep passion for relationship with the Heavenly Father and for His presence. Richard and his wife Darlene have three children and five grandchildren.
RICHARD MARKS, PH.D.
Dr. Rick Marks earned a PhD in Psychology and Counseling, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and an M.A. in Religious Education. In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor, has been a part of the senior management team for various private psychiatric hospitals and proudly served for 12 years with the U.S. Navy, was an Assistant Professor teaching graduate students, teaches emotional health and leadership seminars for organizations and developed the leadership training video series for the Metal Treating Institute. Dr. Marks is the founder of RelateWell, LLC., and is the author of Relationships for Life, a guide to better developing one’s self and their relationships. Dr. Marks has been a keynote and/or conference speaker in conferences such as Smartmarriages, National Association of Relationship and Marriage Education (NARME), American Counselors Association, Metal Treating Institute, BCBS of Florida, North American Conference for Divorced and Separated Catholics, and for the Florida Addiction Summit. Dr. Marks and his wife Louella have been married 35 years and three have grown children.
Herb McRae is a past member of the Board of Directors at TCCTC. He teaches a seminar on the Beatitudes. He has been fascinated with the Beatitudes since surrendering his life to Christ and has written the book The Truth Revealed in the Eight Beatitudes. Herb is a long-time resident of Tallahassee and a former business owner in partnership with his wife, Carol. He is a member of Good Samaritan United Methodist church and enjoys serving his church in a variety of ways. He leads a weekly Bible study for his Good Samaritan home group and is involved in two small study groups for men.
JOYCE W. MORGAN, PH.D., CC, CL
Dr. Joyce Morgan currently serves on the Board of Directors at Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center as well as teaching. She has worked for the Department of Management Services for over 25 years and is a former member of Capital City Toastmasters. Joyce received her CC and CL designations from Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to improving communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Dr. Morgan earned an A.A and B.S from Florida State University, a M.B.A. from Baker College Center for Graduate Studies, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. Joyce is a member of Bethel AME Church in Tallahassee. Joyce is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars currently conducting research on Elder Caregiving.
JIM NEEDHAM, PH.D.
The Rev. Jim Needham, M.Div., Ph.D., is the Instructor of Psychological Education at Honey Lake Clinic where he finds great joy in teaching biblical and psychological principals to aid those recovering from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and addictions. Previously he served as an addiction counselor, a geriatric social worker, a disability examiner, and an advocate for at risk youth and children. Jim also serves as Senior Pastor of St. Luke’s Anglican Church, a congregation he founded in 2003. His congregation is known for its history of reaching those outside the church (and often those in crisis) helping them establish a life-giving relationship with God and others. His passion is to help others improve their quality of life, especially through the intersection of emotional and spiritual growth. As a gifted musician he often uses the creative arts as an inviting and non-threatening style of communicating.
Embracing both practical Bible teaching and a yearning for God’s presence, Jamie loves encouraging and equipping others to fulfill God’s dream for their lives. His conversational teaching style and heart for people allow him to boil down complex concepts and present the truth in an accessible, humorous way. Over the past 7 years of pastoral ministry and 20+ years of bi-vocational ministry, Jamie has developed a knack for talking about difficult subjects. Disarming people with humor and authenticity, Jamie is able to get past the awkwardness of sensitive subjects and teach the word without compromise. When Jamie is not preaching, teaching or pastoring at VFC, he loves to write and record music for the body of Christ. In 2012, Jamie released an album of original worship music entitled “Hope Remains” and in 2014 released his second album “God is With Us.” His songs have been played on dozens of radio stations worldwide and have been sung in multiple churches during worship. To keep up with Jamie’s ministry, visit his website at jamienunnally.com. Jamie is desperately in love with his wife Tiffany, and has a blast raising his three children Ethan (20), Eva (16) and Isaac (15).
David Parrish earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian Leadership from New Covenant University, as well as served as a team leader of missions into 20 different countries spanning the last 21 years. He has had the privilege of serving churches in almost every conceivable denomination, and numerous socioeconomic and cultural settings ranging from Zurich University in Switzerland to tribes living in caves throughout Mexico. He served in 20 different local and regional discipleship and prayer ministries. He is currently serving as Director of The International School of Theology and Leadership in Thomasville, Georgia.
Tim Perrier has served in the Chaplain’s Office at the Florida House of Representatives for the past 15 years. He has also worked with high school and college students for over 30 years. Tim is married to Carol and they have three children and one wonderful daughter in law.
Bill Roth has taught Bible and philosophy in three different Christian schools on the high school level for almost twenty years: Panama City Christian, Gulf Coast Collegiate Academy, and North Florida Christian School. He currently teaches an adult Sunday school class at his church, and leads the chapel services at Woodmont Senior Assisted Living Facility. Bill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible from Pensacola Christian College, and a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Piedmont International University. He has been married to his wife Linda for 22 years and they have 3 children.
L. MICHELLE SALVANT
L. Michelle Salvant is a media ministry leader and entrepreneur who lives in Tallahassee, FL. She and her husband, Christopher, own LMichelleMedia, a company specializing in using emerging media technologies to help churches and ministries move their vision forward. They are currently developing a first of its kind virtual reality platform, BelieveVR, to showcase Stories of Faith & The African American Experience in VR. L.Michelle & Christopher have one son, Christopher Jr., who also loves basketball, music and technology.
FELICIA ROGERS SHORTER
Felicia Shorter is currently an Application Training and Support Specialist in the IT department of Arnold & Porter. Felicia is looking forward to expanding her love for teaching and helping others reach their potential and this opportunity to share her knowledge at TCCTC is exciting to her. Felicia began working in the legal environment at the age of 14, when she started as a summer assistant with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC in Detroit Michigan. Felicia eventually became a Senior Applications Trainer with the firm and spent 10 years helping individuals increase their knowledge of the applications used by the company. Felicia is a member of Toastmasters International and was presented the Competent Communicator Award. She has also serves as VP of Membership and VP of Education. Felicia is a graduate of the Citizen’s Police Academy with the Tallahassee Police Department as well as a graduate of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy sponsored by the City of Tallahassee.
JEANNETTE STORMS, D. Min.
Jeannette Storms, D. Min., has served as a missionary in Mexico, Zambia (C. Africa), Japan and London (UK) as well as planting two churches and pastoring. Her ministry has carried her to more than 40 nations. She has taught classes on prayer, missions, evangelism, biblical studies and leadership at The King’s University. Jeanette holds a D. Min. degree from Regent University and a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Stephen Storms has served 14 years as Bible Teacher and Student Affairs Coordinator at Adult and Teen Challenge, a Christian recovery program in Missouri where he developed Bible-centered curriculum. In recent years he has taught Adult and Teen Challenge staff training in China, Russia, and Jamaica. He is also a teacher/facilitator for Global University Ministerial Training in Southeast Missouri. Stephen is an ordained minister and previously spent 28 years in pastoral ministry. He holds an MA in Biblical Studies from Southern Nazarene University and a BA in Bible from Central Bible College.
GENE STRICKLAND, M. Div.
The Rev. Gene Strickland is a Priest in the Anglican Church of North America. He is the founder and Lead Pastor of First Responders Initiative, a ministry dedicated to strengthening the marriages and families of Tallahassee’s First Responder Families. Prior to his call to ordained ministry Gene served over two decades in the Criminal Justice System following his tour of duty in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and received his Master of Divinity from The University of the South, Sewanee, TN. Gene’s passion is family equipping and discipleship. The Lord has given him a heart to coach and mentor men who seek to walk fully in their shepherd roles as husbands and fathers. He has had the privilege to speak and teach locally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of topics related to Biblical Identity, Leadership, Marriage, and Biblical Discipleship. Gene and his wife Linda share a passion for healing and strengthening marriages and families.
Linda Strickland has worked and served in the healing ministry for over 20 years. She is a published writer, accomplished artist, Bible teacher and conference speaker. She is especially known for sharing the powerful testimony of her own personal journey to healing and freedom. Linda writes and teaches on a wide range of topics, including: Healing in Relationships, The Family Blessing, Ministry Burnout, Identity, and Forgiveness. Currently, Linda serves on staff at Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center, and her husband Gene (an Anglican Priest) is the Founder and Lead Pastor of First Responders Initiative. Gene and Linda share a passion for healing and strengthening marriages and families.
MARGARET SWINGER, M. A.
Margaret Swinger is an ordained minister in the Foursquare Gospel Church, and is in Pastoral Ministry with her husband, Pastor Arlen Swinger. She has served in Sylvania, GA, Mooresville, NC, Waynesboro, VA, Concord, NC, and Tallahassee, FL. Margaret is a well-known Worship Leader, speaks at churches, leads retreats and conferences for women, and has been involved in leadership for Aglow International. Margaret received her BA Degrees in Ministry from Mt. Vernon Bible College, and her MA in Biblical Studies from Tallahassee Christian College and Training Center. She serves on the faculty at TCCTC, where she teaches both New and Old Testament studies.
KATHY THOMAS, MAOL
Kathy’s passion is to bring God’s Word to life in relevant, real-life applications. She has a master’s degree in organizational leadership and spent the past 15 years providing strategic guidance to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and ministry leaders. Previously, she and her husband answered a call to serve the Guji people of Ethiopia with Wycliffe Bible Translators. As literacy specialists, together with their Ethiopian colleagues, they developed a large literacy program that reached thousands of people preparing them for reading the Bible in their own language. Currently, Kathy is a writer, entrepreneur, and very happy grandmother.
W. FREDERICK THOMSON, CPA
Fred Thomson currently serves on the Board of Directors at Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center as well as teaching. He operates Thomson Consulting which provides estate planning, personal financial planning and consulting services. He has retired from being the managing partner in Thomson, Brock and Cherry, a public accounting practice in Tallahassee. While with Thomson, Brock and Cherry Fred specialized in forensic accounting in the area of family law and personal financial planning services. Fred has served on the Board of Directors and been President of Easter Seals of Tallahassee, Tallahassee Chapter of the American Red Cross, Live the Life Ministries in Tallahassee, and the Community Foundation of North Florida. He currently serves on the Board of Women’s Pregnancy Center in Tallahassee. Fred is also on the teaching faculty at Wildwood Church (PCA) in Tallahassee. His special areas of interest include community spiritual transformation, restoration of covenant marriage, Biblical conflict resolution, mentoring younger men, and providing biblical financial counsel.
SHELLEY R. TODD, PH.D.
Dr. Shelley R. Todd has served as the Director of Counseling at Thomasville Road Baptist Church in Tallahassee for over twenty years. Her professional experience includes clinic and hospital administration, teaching, and working as a therapist for individuals, families and married couples. She is licensed by the National Board of Certified Counselors and is a Florida License Mental Health Counselor. Her M.Div. focus was in Pastoral Counseling; her Ph.D. is in Psychology and Counseling. Shelley is a published author and popular speaker at conferences and retreats.
JOAN WADSWORTH WEST
Joan earned an AB in English and MM in Musicology at FSU, an MA in Philosophy at the University of Delaware, an AbD in Philosophy at Bryn Mawr. She attended lectures and audited classes at Oxford for two terms, attended two semesters at Trinity Ambridge, two years at Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando, and one year at Beeson Divinity, Birmingham. Joan is a lifelong student, and served on the Board of TCCTC for several years. She is a fifth generation Tallahasseean. She and her husband Rick have four children, and ten grandchildren.
Trent Wheeler has been involved in mission work for the past 25 years having spent 10 years working with Bible Training Colleges in North Africa, having first hand experience working with the Islamic community. During his years of ministry Trent has worked in 16 different countries and taught in Bible Colleges in New Zealand, Namibia, and Nigeria.
JEAN P. WILLIAMS, Ph.D.
Dr. Jean Williams worked for the Florida Department for Education for twenty years in both K-12 and teacher education as well as being the program director for In-service Staff. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Systems from Florida State University, an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling and a B.S. in Biology from Florida A & M University.
Wilma J. Williams is the youngest of four children born to Rev. Dr. Elbert Williams, Sr. (Deceased) and Rev. Willie Ruth Williams. Wilma is a former Corporate Internal Auditor and Assistant Director of Finance in the hospitality industry, Investor Relations Manager for a publicly traded company, and nonprofit Office Manager and Women Center Director. She earned a B.S. in Management and Ethics from Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City, OK, has a Nonprofit Management Certification from the Florida Association of Nonprofits, and is Certified by the FMA Institute as a Nonprofit Accounting Professional.
JACKLYN S. WILSON, M.S.
Jacklyn (Jackie) Wilson, an educator, taught in Indiana public schools and at Clemmons Christian Academy in Clemmons, North Carolina. As a college admissions officer she has been responsible for training professional and support staff. Her teaching career also includes training Deacons at Agape Faith Church in Clemmons, North Carolina, New Believers class, Teaching Teachers class, Gifts of the Holy Spirit class, and Prayer seminars at Faith and Victory Family Worship Center in Mocksville, North Carolina. She holds a B.S. in Education from Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana, and an M.S. from Indiana University. Her lifelong interest in history has led her to teach Church History at TCCTC starting in the Spring of 2017.
Kent Young serves in his home assembly in Tallahassee, FL, where he lives with his family. He is the author of two books: Veiled and Silent: A Call to Relook at the Functioning of Women in the Assemblies and Theirs is the Kingdom: An Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount. His published works have been extensions of his teaching ministry in the assembly. He has also been contributor for seekersofchrist.org, thegracelings.org, and thinkoutsidepolitics.com.