Faculty

Ann Ahrens, Ph.D.
Professor of Music

B.A., Music, Gateway College of Evangelism, 1994
B.A., Church Music, Missouri Baptist University, 1998
M.A., Piano Pedagogy and Performance, Webster University, 2001
M.T.S., Urshan Graduate School of Theology, 2012
Ph.D., Christian Worship, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Sharla Bender, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music

B.A., Music, Huntingdon College, 2004
M.M., Piano Performance, University of Alabama, 2007
D.M.A., Piano Performance, University of Alabama, 2014

David K. Bernard, D.Th.
Professor of Biblical Studies and Apostolic Leadership

B.A.; Mathematical Sciences, Managerial Studies; Rice University; 1978
M.Th., New Testament, University of South Africa, 2006
J.D., University of Texas, 1981
D.Th., New Testament, University of South Africa, 2015

M. Jean Bland, Ed.D.
Registrar, Director of Student Success Center, General Education Program Director, Associate Professor of General Education

B.A., Christian Education, Gateway College of Evangelism, 1996
M.A., Secondary Education, Pensacola Christian College, 2002
Ed.D., K-12 School Leadership, Regent University, 2012

Cullen Chrestman, M.T.S.
Lecturer of New Testament Theology & Theological Studies

B.A., Christian Ministry, Urshan College, 2015
M.T.S., Urshan Graduate School of Theology, 2017

Dan Littles, D.M.A.
Associate Professor of Music

B.M., Trumpet Performance, Southeast Missouri State University, 2005
M.M., Music Education, Boston University, 2007
D.M.A., Music Education, University of Houston, 2014

Jennifer McCurrach, M.A.
Human Services Program Director, Lecturer of Human Services

B.A., Psychology, Lamar University, 1997
M.A., Psychology, Houston Baptist University, 2003
M.A.C.M., Urshan Graduate School of Theology, 2016
Ph.D., Counseling Education and Supervision, Regent University (in progress)

David S. Norris, Ph.D.
Professor of Theological Studies

Diploma, Theology, Apostolic Bible Institute, 1975
B.A., Liberal Studies, Neumann University, 1989
M.A., Theological Studies, Palmer Theological Seminary, 1992
Ph.D., Religion, Temple University, 2000

Thomas O’Daniel, Ed.D.
Organizational Leadership Program Director, Professor of Organizational Leadership

Diploma, Bible and Theology, Conquerors Bible College, 1973
B.A., Bible/Theology, Global University, 1987
M.A., Social Science, Azusa Pacific University, 1991
Ed.D., Leadership, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2005

Laura Payne, M.M.
Music Program Director, Choral Director

B.A., Christian Music, Christian Life College, 1993
B.A., Music Education, Butler University, 1995
M.M., Music Education, University of the Pacific, 2005

Carolyn Simoneaux, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of General Education

B.S., Religious Education, Great Lakes University, 2006
M.Ed., Education Administration, Liberty University, 2008
Ed.D., Educational Leadership, Liberty University, 2015
M.A.C.M., Urshan Graduate School of Theology, 2017

Ryan Trimble, M.F.A.
Lecturer of English

B.A., English, Lindenwood University 2010
M.F.A., Writing, Lindenwood University, 2012