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Christian Studies Department

Walter Johnson | Dean of College of Christian Studies

Walter Johnson

Dean of the College of Christian Studies

Walter Johnson earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy from Furman University and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degree in historical and systematic theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also studied philosophy for two years in the graduate school at the University of South Carolina. He has served as youth minister and pastor of churches in South Carolina. He enjoys raising English Bulldogs and was a guard for the Atlanta Falcons - a security guard, that is. He and his wife Deanna have three grown children, all of whom attended NGU.

Curtis Horn | Professor

Curtis Horn

Professor

Curtis Horn received his bachelor's degree in aviation science from Parks College of St. Louis University, as well as a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament and Greek from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to teaching at NGU, Horn was a pastor in Missouri. Outside NGU, he enjoys family activities, flying, and mountain biking.

Donny Mathis | Professor

Donny Mathis

Professor

Donny Mathis earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky and obtained a Master of Divinity in higher education and Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament language, literature, and theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to teaching at NGU, he taught at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mathis serves as a lay elder at The Church at Cherrydale, and he enjoys cheering for the Kentucky Wildcats; playing basketball, softball, and golf with friends; and, most of all, chasing his son Trace with his wife, Amber. 

Frankie Melton | Assistant Professor

Franklie Melton

Assistant Professor

Frankie Melton earned his bachelor's degree in religion from Charleston Southern University and a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to teaching at NGU, he served as an adjunct professor at Anderson University and as a pastor in South Carolina, Kentucky, and Indiana. In his spare time, Melton enjoys spending time with his four children, reading, and traveling with his wife Amy. 

Bill Murray | Professor

Bill Murray

Professor

Bill Murray earned a Bachelor of Science in education degree and a Bachelor of Science in technology degree from the University of Memphis. He earned a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to NGU in 2004, he was active both in the business worlds of engineering design and management, as well as in Christian ministry, having served as a deacon, pastor, and seminary/university professor. Murray has been learning to play guitar since 1956. He and his wife Nancy have one grown son.

Adrian Pater | Professor

Adrian Pater

Professor

Adrian Pater received his bachelor's degree from Calvin College and his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned a Doctor of Theology degree from New Orleans Seminary. Pater has pastored three churches prior to coming to NGU. His wife Joy is a nurse at Baptist Easley Hospital. The Paters have three grown children. 

Jeff Rankin | Associate Professor

Jeff Rankin

Professor

Jeff Rankin obtained a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, studying classical guitar and public school administration, respectively. Rankin completed the Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with focused study in the Old Testament and Hebrew at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He taught elementary music in Mississippi and served variously as a music minister, youth minister, and pastor in Louisiana prior to NGU. He enjoys preaching in churches throughout the South Carolina Upstate; composing, performing, and recording music; and spending time with his wife Amy and daughters Hannah and Beka.

Joshua Styles | Instructor

Joshua Styles

Instructor

Joshua Styles graduated from NGU in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Christian Studies, and he earned his master's in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008. After graduating from Southeastern, Styles worked for the Raleigh Police Department before attending the University of North Carolina School of Law. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 2012 and began teaching at NGU in the spring of 2013. He and his wife Charlotte have two daughters. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys watching college sports and playing Spikeball, Settlers of Catan, and other strategy board games.

Pete Wilbanks | Professor

Pete Wilbanks

Professor

Pete Wilbanks earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Kennesaw State University and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Old Testament from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Wilbanks has been involved in pastorate, interim pastorate, youth ministry, and itinerant preaching for more than 25 years. His hobbies include guitar, golf, hunting, fishing, minor automobile repair, and Israel travel. Before vocational ministry, he was both a real estate agent and a loan officer. He is thankful for his wife Beverly and their four children.

 

Dr. Steve Crouse

Professor

VP of Campus Ministries

Dr. Crouse joined the NGU team in 1991. Through these years, his heart and fervent mission is to equip the next generation of leaders for Christian ministry. Dr. Crouse has two doctorates from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with concentrated studies in church missions, evangelism, ministry, theology, leadership, discipleship and campus ministries. He holds a M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.S. in psychology from Gardner-Webb University.

 

Intercultural Studies Department

 

Gerald Roe | Chair of Intercultural Studies

Gerald Roe

Chair of the Intercultural Studies Department

Professor

Gerald Roe serves as a professor and chair of the Intercultural Studies Department. Roe holds an undergraduate degree from Wayland Baptist University. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts in missiology and a doctorate in missiology, both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served churches as senior pastor in Texas, Hawaii, and Kentucky. Prior to NGU, Roe served as a missionary with the North American Mission Board in Massachusetts.

Dr. Allen McWhite | Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership

D. Allen McWhite Sr. 

Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership

Allen McWhite serves as the director of NGU's Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, McWhite directs the field immersion component required of all intercultural studies majors. He is a graduate of The Citadel Military College (B.S.); Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., D.Min); and Fuller Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). Prior to serving at NGU, McWhite served as a field missionary with the International Mission Board. He has also been a pastor and military chaplain. Outside of his university responsibilities, he serves as a part-time law enforcement officer with the State of South Carolina.

 

Youth Ministry Department

 

Mike Landrum | Director of Youth Ministry

Mike Landrum

Director of the Youth Ministry Department

Mike Landrum has worked in youth ministry for more than 20 years. He received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Landrum is married, with one married son, and he is expecting his first grandson soon. Landrum loves music, missions, sports, and reading.

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