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FRANCES "FRANKIE" ALLEN
Frances Allen is a playwright and freelance conference coordinator. Her Bible-based course on the Ministry of Angels touches on the origin and creation of different types of heavenly beings, the nature and functions of angels and our relationship with them and their relationship with God. Frankie has seen angels in her life and has taught courses at the Center for Biblical Studies and various churches in the region for many years.
Joe Amanfu, Ph.D., is a certified Life & Leadership Coach and the President of Seed Word Communications LLC. 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. He has worked in leadership positions in Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra-Leone, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Thailand, Germany, Turkey, South Africa and the USA. He has held officer positions in several professional and civic organizations and is the current President of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Joe is an excellent motivational speaker with a great presentation style.
Sherry Anderson, Author, has been active in ministry for many years, both in the church and as a leader in Aglow International where she serves as President over the NW Florida area. Her passion is to see people overcome their past and become all they can be. Ministering in a very transparent way, she uses personal life experiences along with the Word to teach God's ways. She resides in Panama City with her husband.
Brian Bailey, Author, was raised and educated in the South. Brian obtained his degree in Education. He has worked in both the private and public sector. Brian's mission is to write and teach about Jesus and spread the gospel, to tell about this Jesus who changes everything. An experienced Bible teacher and speaker, he is an author of two books. Brian is married to Anna, with two sons and a granddaughter.
JIM & PATRICIA BANKS
Jim and Pat Banks founded House of Healing Ministries and established the Healing Rooms of The Swannnanoa 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. In his previous life, Jim worked as an electrical design engineer and later served in sales and marketing management with several manufacturers of electrical measurement and control systems and devices. He and Pat have four children and five grandchildren.
Helena Barrington, Ph.D., has written thousands of songs, musicals, cantatas and oratorios, and is considered one of America's pioneers in the sounds of praise and worship. Her songs are being sung in churches around the world. She also composes award-winning soundtracks for PBS documentaries. She is a prophetic vessel God has used to enrich lives across the nation with her music and insightful teaching and preaching. Her dedication and skill have endeared her as a mentor to many artists, writers, ministers and pastors.
"Pastor Helena" established the nation's first Christian Performing Arts Academy, serves as Dean of Seminars and Advisory Board member for the National College Black Gospel Choir Workshop, the Urban League Board of Directors, and is a founding Board member of the Prophetic Music and Arts Conference.
Kennith Barrington, Ph.D., is a graduate of the Florida A & M University School of Business and Industry with a degree in Business Management. His experience and background in business have been further developed in his work with Barrington Enterprises, Inc., a family based corporation, which includes several local businesses and real estate ventures. He has gained expertise in the field of sound engineering and has served many churches, both local and trans-local as a sound consultant, helping to select and install quality sound systems and training sound technicians. His strong godly character balanced with a gentle compassion for others is an example to men of all persuasions, drawing and developing men of valor and integrity as examples to the world. Led by the Spirit of God, he and his wife, Helena, pastor the flourishing enthusiastic body of believers called Metropolitan Cathedral of Truth.
Darwin Box received his M.Div. from Reform Theological Institute and is an ordained Presbyterian minister at the Presbyterian Church of America. He did various undergraduate work in Psychology and Sociology at Columbus State University and Augusta State University and business admin at Oglethorpe University.
Darwin is a chaplin working out of bounds with the Presbyterian Church of America doing chaplin work with Big Ben Hospice. He is a Church planner and pastor, doing counseling and preaching in various pulpits for churches in Virginia and Florida.
Darwin is a Viet Nam vet, having served in the Navy. He is married to Linda, and they have two grown children and three grandchildren.
Kay Campbell-Williams has been a Bible instructor for many years and has led Sunday School classes for senior adults. She holds a Master of Biblical Studies degree and is a retired naval officer. Her specialty while in the armed services was an Education and Training Management Specialist.
Additional degrees held include a M.A. in International Relations & Strategic Planning, Master of Public Administration, M.S. in Operations Management, and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management.
Kay is active in missionary work around the globe.
TERESA L. CHRISTMAS
Teri Christmas obtained her M.Div. and other degrees in Religion at Campbell University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has taught at the Center for Biblical Studies, Four Oaks Community Church, Celebration Baptist Church, Baptist Campus Ministry (FSU), First Baptist Church (Chipley), and has developed and taught seminars for various women's retreats.
EMERY AND LESSIE COLLIER
Pastor Emory Collier is a pastor of Fire & Hammer International Training Center, a master teacher in the body of Christ and a certified teacher of Christ Likeness Training and Prophetic Gifts Training. Pastor Emory serves as the Volunteer Chaplain of the Leon Regional Juvenile Detention Center. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University where he obtained a degree in Psychology.
Pastor Lessie Collier, a fervent worshipper of King Jesus, is called to rally the body of Christ to prayer, as well as pastor with her husband at Fire and Hammer International Training Center. She is a mother in Zion, who faithfully fulfills this call through her service by establishing intercessory prayer groups every place that she can.
Both Emory and Lessie are ordained Elders and are strong proponents of team ministry.
GILBERT TURNER CROSBY
The Rev. Dr. Crosby, D.Min., having received both his Bachelor of Science in Forestry and his Master of Science in Forestry in 1971 from the University of Florida, did additional graduate work in ornithology at the University of Tennessee before teaching high school biology. In 1982, he began his theological studies at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, graduating in May 1985. After graduation, Gil served as deacon and then pastor of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Starke, Florida. He was pastor of St. Francis of Assisi from January 1991 until July 2006 when he left the Episcopal Church and became Pastor of All Saints Anglican Church in Tallahassee. Gil completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania in 2009. He retired as Pastor of All Saints in January 2012, and in retirement he serves his Bishop and the Gulf Atlantic Diocese of the Anglican Church in North America as Dean of the Tallahassee Region.
Freddy Davis, D.Min., is involved in a wide variety of ministry activities. He is Executive Director of Market Faith Ministries, an author, seminar speaker, pastor and the owner of TSM Enterprises.
Freddy received his BS in Communications from Florida State University as well as a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He spent many years overseas serving as a missionary Japan and the former Soviet Republic of Latvia).
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.
Tal Davis, D.Min., is the Executive Vice President of MarketFaith Ministries and comes to us with a specialty in interfaith witness. He has extensive knowledge of and experience in training Christians regarding cults and non-Christian religions. Tal did his undergraduate work at Florida State University, received his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his D.Min. at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Tal has extensive ministry experience as a senior pastor, college instructor, and trainer. He most recently served for 22 years with the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board specializing in training Christians in interfaith evangelism.
Tal has been a contributing writer to several books including: "Mormonism Unmasked" by R. Phillip Roberts (Broadman & Holman Publishers), "Faith Discipleship: FAITH Reaching Out to Cults" (LifeWay Press) and "Meeting the World - Ministering Cross-Culturally" (New Hope). He is also a contributing writer to Home Life, ParentLife, Bible Express, The Deacon, and other magazines. Additionally, he has written numerous pamphlets for Apologetics Evangelism.
Tal and his wife, Barbara, have two sons.
Becky Dvorak is a missionary, Bible teacher, minister and author. She is the co-founder of LIFE Unlimited Ministries - Guatemala, where she, alongside her husband of more than 33 years, have founded LIFE Homes - Guatemala for children that have been orphaned, abandoned and born infected with the HIV Virus. She is a firm believer in the healing power of Jesus Christ with signs and wonders following and travels around the globe equipping the Church on how to walk in divine healing and miracles. Becky ministers at DARE to Believe Healing Schools, Services, Seminars and Conferences. She has resided with her husband in Guatemala, Central America as Mutual Faith Ministries, Int'l missionaries since 1994. Becky is a mother of eight (three adult biological and five adopted children), plus a grandmother of four.
Scott Flanagan, Ph.D., received his B.A. from Union College, his M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Prior to his teaching, he served as a missionary in Japan and taught political science at Florida State University.
Arriet Foster earned her Masters degree in Religion with a concentration in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. Her Bachelor's degree is in English Literature and Psychology from Florida State University. She is a member of Celebrate New Life Tabernacle and actively supports the church's mission "to produce spiritually productive people for effective ministry through Christ-centered teaching and good works." Arriet enjoys teaching and considers it a privilege to help others learn. She has worked with adolescents and teens, and volunteered as a crisis pregnancy counselor. She currently instructs an 18 week introductory theology course at her church on the Foundations of Christian Doctrine.
David Fritz, M.A., earned his degree in Biblical Studies and a B.A. in History from Florida State University. Dave, a deacon in his church, has been a Bible teacher and radio program host for many years. He heads the African Book Project and is host of "Proud to be an American" on WTAL Radio.
Alloydice Gaines received her M.A. degree in Community Psychology from Florida A&M University. She is a Mental Health Counselor; Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Counselor, a member of the Graduate Chapter of Beta Delta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc.; Jake Gaither Life Skills Facility and Mentor (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.); and is a volunteer in Leon County Schools. She is District Trainer and Coordinator of Evangelism for the North West District of Florida, FGBCFI; Servant-Minister for "Flow Word" prayer lines; and FGBCI State Workshop Leader; and has presented a host of trainings/ presentations. Alloydice was ordained as an Elder in 2007 and currently serves as an Elder at Innovation Baptist Church; Servant-Leader and teacher for the Ministry of Christian Education; Interim Servant-Leader of Missions and Evangelism Ministry; Assistant Servant-Leader of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry and Armor Bearer's Ministry.
Alloydice lives with her husband in Tallahassee, has three adult children and three grandchildren.
She is a retired Mental Health Counselor; Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS Counselor, a member of the Graduate Chapter of Beta Delta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho, Inc.; Jake Gaither Life Skills Facility and Mentor (C.H.O.I.C.E.S.); and is a volunteer in Leon County Schools.
Alloydice lives with her husband in Tallahassee, has three adult children and three grandchildren.
Robert Garment 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. He has taken Doctoral level courses at Reformed Theological Seminary as well. As Pastor of Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Bob also serves as a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and teacher with Live the Life Ministries.
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 President and founder of the South East Asia Prayer Center, which is committed to creating new and networking existing prayer cells in South East Asia. He has taught leaders in Latin America, China, India, Europe and throughout the U.S. His radio and television experience has made him noted as a "master communicator."
Tom Gillan is Director of the PSU Management and Training Group. He developed and implemented the FIND Program (Families In Need of Direction), an educational program for at risk youth and their parents, and manages the Central Florida Police Stress Unit. He is a certified law enforcement trainer and has assisted with curriculum development for subjects including Human Trafficking Awareness Training, Law Enforcement Stress, Trauma, and Suicide Awareness, and Workplace Violence Prevention and Crisis Response.
Tom has a degree in Broadcast Communication and worked as a radio announcer and news reporter in Washington, D.C. and Central Florida. As a media consultant he created and produced marketing plans for various clients. He is currently perusing a Florida State Certification in Addiction Recovery and Christian Counseling.
Tom is married to Nancy and has two children.
ANN DEWS GLEATON
Ann Gleaton, M.A., is an educator by professional training and by Holy Spirit gifting. She served as Children's Church pastor for Christian Heritage Church, writing curriculum and creatively presenting the Gospel every Sunday. In 2005, Ann's book, "The Spoken Blessing: A Spiritual Posture" was published. Ann has spoken to women's conferences, Sunday School classes, Christian education development courses, youth groups, philanthropic social groups, men and women inmates. She continues to teach the biblical principle of the Spoken Blessing. She serves as Missions Coordinator for her church. Ann and her husband, Cal, have four children, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons.
JUDITH WARREN HAWKINS
Judge Judith Hawkins, M.S., J.D., serves as a Leon County Judge in Tallahassee, FL. When elected in 1996, she was the first African-American to be elected to that position.
Judge Hawkins was selected as the Tallahassee Democrat's 28th Anniversary Volunteer of the Year for Education, 2006, and recognized as the 2008 Outstanding Mentor at Apalachee Elementary School.
Judge Hawkins has combined her passion for travel and service to do international mission trips. She helped build a school in Costa Rica and has conducted evangelistic campaigns in Kenya, Dominican Republic, Taiwan, Romania, Mongolia, Papua, Indonesia, Mexico, and Brazil. Judge Hawkins served in Haiti.
Judge Hawkins has a grown son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Rev. Joseph Henderson, D.D., Ph.D. Candidate, is Senior Pastor and Executive Director of Celebrate Life Tabernacle. He oversees the daily administration and spiritual operations of the church and performs pastoral duties as prescribed by the scripture. He received his B.S. from Florida A&M University and a B.A. from the University of Biblical Studies.
EDWARD "HARRY" HORNE, Th.M.
Harry received his BA in Sociology from Eckerd College, his M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and both his D.Min. and Th.M. in New Testament Studies from Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta.
Harry has worked as an associate pastor and pastor of local churches in Georgia and Florida, was a missionary doing Christian education and youth work in Grand Cayman, was a pastor in Darien, GA, was a missionary with the Presbyterian Church (USA). He was also a professor of Bible with a theological education program related to the Latin American Bible University in Costa Rica.
ROGER C. HUGHS
Roger Hughs, an ordained minister and church planter, is a graduate of Taylor University. He began his missionary career in the Philippines where he was the director of an evangelism and church planting ministry. He was involved in training events in Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Haiti, Russia and most of the Eastern block countries. His itinerate ministry continues to this day. He is a former Chaplain at Jefferson Correctional Institution in Monticello, FL, and is Chaplain of a new halfway house in Tallahassee.
DAVID E. HULL
David Hull, M.Div., is a full-time professor, biblical scholar and the founder of Treasures of God Ministries, a Christ-centered Bible study and ministry training program. David authored Christ in the Law, Jesus Christ in All the Scriptures, and The Priesthood of All Believers. David's knowledge of the Bible, Christ in all the Scriptures, New Testament Greek, makes him one of the most outstanding teachers in the state. David has served at the Center for many years. He has also taught courses at Jamaica Christian. He and his wife, Jane, have two children and four grandchildren.
KIMBERLY R. JOHNSON
Kimberly Johnson has a Masters in Theology degree from Spirit Life School of Theology in Lakeland, Florida. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Watchmen Arise International, Inc. based in Lakeland, Florida. She serves as Florida's networking coordinator for the US Reformation Prayer Network with Mike and Cindy Jacobs, Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Heartland Apostolic Prayer network with Dr. John Benefiel, and the Strategic Prayer Action network with Rebecca Greenword.
Kim has developed several training courses in intercession such as "Teach Me How to Pray" and "Preparing for Battle". She has recorded several worship CD's including "Tip the Bowls", "The Earth is Crying Out", "Encounter", and "Infinity's Song". Kim and her husband, Bob, have two daughters and three grandsons.
STANLEY J. KMET, Ph.D.
Dr. Stanley Kmet obtained his Ph.D. in economics/ education from Florida State University and his B.S. degree in education from Northwestern University. He has organized a number of "Radical Worship Conferences" in Florida and "Worship 2000" in New York City. Stan is a licensed minister and is currently President of Holy of Holies Ministry in Tallahassee. Stan has preached and ministered at a number of churches in Florida, New York, Alabama, and Georgia, has had other ministry opportunities in Florida, has written a manuscript entitled "Radical Worship - Rebuilding David's Tabernacle", and has produced music CDs.
Frederick LaCrone, D.Min, earned his Master of Divinity from General Theological Seminary in New York, a Master of Arts in English from FAU, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Florida Center for Theological Studies. After graduating from Michigan State University, Fred's particular interest centers around the study of Scripture, spiritual healing, and spiritual gifts for ministry. As an ordained priest he served parishes in Florida, Michigan, and Ohio and served on diocesan and national boards for the development of evangelism and renewal. After serving 37 years in parish ministry, Fred returned to college for a master's degree in English. He then taught ten years at Florida Atlantic University.
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, the Center for Biblical Studies, and Yeshiva classes from the International Association of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues and Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations. Josh is a congregational leader and music teacher in Tallahassee, FL.
Bev Lewis is a radical disciple of Jesus who has been cleverly disguised as a classically-trained professional actor, waitress, news anchor, member of the Governor's Press Office, maker of documentaries for PBS, receptionist and the Creative Services Manager of Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Her current assignment is to perform, and teach others to perform, the lively and life-changing spiritual discipline of Biblical Storytelling - searching and researching the text and then embodying the very words of Scripture. The point of learning how to do this, she believes, besides having fun, is to be a living part of what the Living Word is explosively doing all over the world at this pivotal moment.
BEVERLY DRU LEWIS
Beverly Dru Lewis, owner of LifePoint, has a strong background in communications and marketing. She is experienced in all aspects of sales. On the personal side, Bev is enthusiastic, dedicated and committed to personal integrity. She has the ability to plan, create, organize and implement resourceful approaches to tasks and situations.
Bev brings many years of experience to her fast-paced, practical and fun seminars. She has been a professional sales leader, independent sales agent, sales and marketing director and professional speaker.
Herb McRae 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 the youth of 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. 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".
Mark Mahoney is a deacon at Calvary Chapel in Tallahassee. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Florida State University and 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. He serves as a member of the KAIROS prison ministry for the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. He is married to his wife Donna and has three children.
ANDREW A. MILLER
Andy Miller, L.C.S.W., serves as director for Tallahassee Healing Prayer Ministries and has practiced as a professional individual, marriage and family therapist for the past twenty years. The bulk of his practice is focused on resolving dissociation and trauma in those with severe abuse backgrounds by actively incorporating biblical healing principles. In addition to his counseling practice, Andy is a faculty member with the Center for Biblical Studies. Andy is ordained as a priest in the orthodox Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches and serves as Chaplain to the Archbishop, Dr. Russell McClanahan. He travels several times a year to train prayer ministers in the use of the Heart Sync Ministry model. Andy and wife, Lisa, have one son.
WILLIAM H. NEAL JR.
Bill Neal received his M.Div. from Harvest Bible University and has been a dedicated Christian for many years. He is studying to be ordained as a minister and continuing in spiritual growth. He has been called into a ministry of debt freedom for all according to the scripture. Bill has been a businessman and entrepreneur for many years and is President and CEO of Capital Electrical and Security, Inc. He is also a Certified Financial Independent Consultant and Seminar Leader with Financial Independent Network Limited.
Doug Ott founded "Fathers in the Infield - It Starts at Home," an annual community event. After Hurricane Katrina, he served with the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism (Volunteer Florida), where he launched and marketed a $2 million unprecedented program reimbursing Florida's churches and non-profit organizations (with FEMA funds), for their assistance to evacuees that came to Florida. He also was the state lead in the response and recovery efforts for Florida's seniors during the historic 2004 hurricane season. Doug also ministers with his cello and has produced a CD called "Cello for the King". He and his wife, Psalmody, have two sons.
PAMELA D. OUSLEY
Pam Ousley graduated from Phillips University with a degree in Psychology. This author is a founder and servant leader of Bold Appeals Ministry and is dedicated to reaching out to any individual who is interested in exploring freedom from sexual sin. In addition to leading the ministry, she is a speaker and professional photographer. Pam has enjoyed freedom from 22 years of lesbian identification. She has published two books.
MICHAEL W. PETTY
Father Michael Petty, Ph.D., is a native of West Virginia and grew up in Houston. He was educated at Austin College (B.A.) and Vanderbilt University (M.Div., M.A., Ph.D.). During his over twenty years of ordained ministry, he has served a large suburban congregation, a campus ministry at a medical school and a hospital chaplaincy. He has served as Associate Rector for Adult Education since St. Peter's was founded. He is the author of "A Faith That Loves the Earth: The Ecological Theology of Karl Rahner", published by the University Press of America. He is married to Sara and has a son, Graham.
Allen P. Ross, Th.D., is professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School, Stamford University, Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Ross taught at The Graduate School of Bob Jones University after which he began teaching at Dallas Theological Seminary. He earned his B.A. from Bob Jones University, after which he studied at Winona Lake School of Theology. He earned his Th.M. and Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from St. Johns College of Cambridge University. He has authored commentaries on Proverbs and Leviticus, as well as Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis. He also assisted in translating the Living Bible and the New King James Bible. His articles have appeared in Biblical Viewpoint, BibliothecaSacra, and Kindred Spirit, and he has contributed to the Bible Knowledge Commentary, the Christian Life Bible, and the Biblical Hebrew Handbook.
Bob Schuchts, Ph.D. is a Marriage and Family Therapist who incorporates spiritual healing with relationship counseling. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Columbia University, his M.S. in Family Relations, and his Ph.D. in Family Relations from Florida State University. Bob is currently in private practice. He has led local workshops and seminars regarding varied topics such as hospice training, parent and teenage education, marriage, family reconstruction, and satanic ritual abuse, and has spoken to audiences as far away as Kenya, Africa.
Quin Sherrer, Author and international lecturer, earned her B.S. degree in Journalism from Florida State University and attended Bible College in Dallas. She has appeared on more than 300 radio and television programs. Her travels in 48 states and 12 nations have provided rich material for her books and talks. Serving on the International and U.S. board of directors for Women's Aglow Fellowship has equipped her to teach leadership seminars. Quin and her husband, LeRoy, have three children and six grandchildren.
Cliff Singletary, M.Div., earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He currently serves Gordon-Conwell as System Administrator. His interests include Old Testament studies and linguistics, as well as the development of distance education initiatives, the merging of technology and theological education.
VIOLET BEASLEY SPEIGHTS
Violet Beasley Speights is a licensed minister who has been serving as a leader in the ministry for thirty-three years. She is a speaker for women conferences, prayer breakfast meetings and panel discussions. She is certified instructor to teach relationship courses to single adults and youth groups. She is a certified HIV/AIDS and Domestic Violence Counselor. She is the Executive Producer of a stage play and has written an early offenders prevention program for juvenile delinquents.
Violet is a minister at Christians Temple Church of Faith and Works in Tallahassee, Florida, where she is under the leadership of her husband Bishop Philip Speights, Senior Pastor.
Jeannette Storms, D.Min., has a passion to help emerging leaders discover the power of prayer and learn how to walk in spiritual authority. Across the years, she has had an active ministry having 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. Her ministry focuses on prayer, leading prayer journeys to the nations and mentoring emerging leaders. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Regent University.
Margaret Swinger received her Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, received her Standard Ministry and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Ministry from Mt. Vernon Bible College and has taught both Old Testament and New Testament studies.
Margaret is a licensed, ordained minister in the Foursquare Gospel Church. She is a well-known Worship Leader, has served in Women's Ministries at state and district levels, was involved in leadership for Aglow International, speaks at churches, and leads retreats, and conferences for women. She continues in ministry along with her husband, Pastor Arlen, with the Foursquare Organization. She entered Pastoral Ministry and served with her husband, Arlen, in Sylvania, GA, Mooresville, NC, Waynesboro, VA, Concord, NC, and Tallahassee, FL.
W. FREDERICK THOMSON
Fred Thompson, CPA, managed a Public Accounting practice in Tallahassee, specializing in forensic accounting in the area of family law and personal financial planning services. He operates Thomson Consulting which provides estate planning, personal financial planning and consulting 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 A Women's Pregnancy Center in Tallahassee.
Fred is on the teaching faculty at Wildwood Church (PCA). His special areas of interest include community spiritual transformation, restoration of covenant marriage, Biblical conflict resolution, mentoring younger men, and providing biblical financial counsel.
TRAVIS F. VINING
Travis Vining is an author, teacher, and inspirational speaker. He lived the real-life horrors of learning his father was a serial killer. He overcame many physical and emotional illnesses that included suppressed memories, paralyzing migraine headaches, crippling back pain, and depression resulting from a tragic family environment that included being raised by a sociopathic father who is now on Florida's death row.
In a search for the truth, this nightmare became an inspirational journey of forgiveness, faith, hope and miracles. Travis teaches a course in Forgiving and facilitates intensive healing retreats that focus on family of origin issues.
His recently published book, "Transforming Darkness to Light for Giving", will help readers better transform the tragic events in their lives. He also authored "The Garden of Miracles - A Journey Through The Seven Gardens of Forgiveness".
Travis and his wife have a daughter.
Carlotta is a retired RN, holds a Bachelors in Theology and is certified in personal prophetic ministry with Christian International, Elijah House International and Proclaiming His Word Ministry. She founded Cross Walk Life, Inc. in 2000 and www.NowFaith.TV Ministry Training School online in 2006. Wherever they are, Carlotta and her husband, Louis, are imparting a deeper understanding of releasing Jesus Christ inside us to live His life through us, in His love and power. She is on the global teaching team to teach "How to Hear God's Voice" for Christian Leadership University. On Monday nights, she hosts "Cross Walk Talk Radio" internet radio and offers personal prophetic ministry to callers. After she was ordained as a Minister of Counseling, she began to offer seminars training others to do Restoration Prayer Ministry and prophetic team ministry.
RAYMOND J. WANN
Ray Wann, an accomplished businessman, earned his MA degree in Biblical Studies. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University where he majored in Management. He did his graduate work in Commercial Science at Rollins College. He also received a Certificate of Graduation in Management Training from the Ford Motor Company, Assembly Plant, St. Louis, Missouri. Ray has experience in the academic and business world. He is a member of the Service Core of Retired Executives and Civil Air Patrol.
Joan West, civic leader and author of "God's Odds", earned her M.A. in Classical Philosophy at the University of Delaware, her A.B. in English Literature at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, and an M.M. in Music History at Florida State University. In addition to her work on the Board of Directors for the Center, she serves on the following boards: Florida Heritage Foundation, Tallahassee Music Guild, The Artist Series, The Museum of Art Angels, Inc., and The National Museum of Women in the Arts Florida Committee.
JEAN P. WILLIAMS
Jean Williams, Ph.D., is the Academic Advisor for the Center for Biblical Studies. She also coordinates the Training Program which provides requested training for local churches and faith-based groups and assists in developing student, congregational and community outreach and application. She holds a Ph.D. in Human Systems from Florida State University. Dr. Williams also has a M.S. in Guidance and Counseling and a B.S. in Biology from Florida A & M University. Dr. Williams worked for the Florida Department for Education for twenty years in both K-12 and teacher education. She was a program director for In-service Staff.
DENA OETJEN WOODBURN
Dena Woodburn describes herself as a "child of the living Lord God Almighty," but others see her as a mighty woman of prayer! She lived the first few years of her life in Cuba, attended Landon High School in Jacksonville and completed two years at Florida State University. She is a Bethel Bible Teacher.
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