Stephen G. Crouse, D.Min., Ph.D.
Vice President 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.
Today, he enjoys the privilege of leading
campus ministries and knowing the students who call NGU home during their
college years. Both undergraduate and graduate students pursuing ministry
degrees may also have him as a professor for key courses in their major.
In addition, to raise support for students
who are called to full-time Christian ministry, Dr. Crouse currently, is the Director
of the Christian Ministry Scholarship Fund.
Prior to coming to the university, Dr. Crouse
served churches in youth and music ministry. When opportunity allows, he
continues to serve local churches in various areas of worship leadership and
pastoral ministries. He enjoys playing the guitar, singing, and spending time
with his family. He and his wife, Martha, share together in ministry along with
their three children. ,
Stephen, Caleb, and Moriah.
Rev. Mayson Easterling, M.Ed.
Executive Director for Church Relations
Mayson joined the NGU team in 1977. He has
had the privilege of working throughout the campus in key roles that have
included Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Director of the Baptist
Student Union and VP of Church Relations. Mayson received his M.Ed. from
Clemson University in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education and B.A.
in Religion from Gardner-Webb University. He also has done further study at
North Greenville University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and
Erskine Theological Seminary.
Today, Mayson plans and represents NGU at
church and denominational conferences including the Southern Baptist
Convention, the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and other state conventions
and meetings. He is also actively involved in building relationships with
churches, pastors, staff members, and NGU alumni. Mayson’s ministry partner is
his wife, Susan. They have three adult daughters and two grandsons.
Josh Epton, MCM
Director for Joyful Sound
Josh brings to NGU his expertise and
giftedness in music. He is the Director of two Joyful Sound student ministry outreach teams. In addition, he
coordinates and leads worship music for chapel and other events.
Josh is currently working on his D.Min at
NGU. He has a Master of Christian Ministry (MCM) and BA in Elementary Education
also with North Greenville University.
Prior to joining the NGU team, Josh served
as Minister of Worship and Music at First Baptist North Spartanburg, SC. He
also has taught sixth grade science and social studies at Gable Middle School.
Josh is married to Kerie, whom he met while they were singing in Joyful Sound
as students. They have three children, Ada, Jack, and Lena.
Jody Jennings, M.Div.
Associate Campus Minister / BCM
As a Campus minister and leader of the
Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM), Jody is passionate about leading students to
embrace the call of God on their lives. He knows each student has a gift and
role in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. It may be through words, actions
or both. It is his privilege to help facilitate that discovery.
Currently, he is pursuing an Ed.D. at
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He holds a M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a
B. S. in Business Administration from NGU.
Prior to coming to NGU full time, he served as a missionary with the
International Mission Board in Uganda and as a church planter with the North
American Mission Board in North Dakota. Jody and his wife, Emily have five children.
, Silas, Hattie, Luke,
Millie, and Ada.
Dr. Allen McWhite, D.Min., Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Global Engagement
serves as the director of NGU's Center for Global Engagement. In addition to
his classroom responsibilities, he 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, Dr. McWhite
served as a field missionary in Ecuador 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. When not at work, Dr. McWhite and his wife, Ruth
(Director of NGU’s Women Ministries) enjoy time with their children and
Mike Landrum, M.Div.
Director of Youth Ministry and Assistant Campus Minister
Mike joined the NGU family in 2002. He
brings to NGU his call to impact the next generation of leaders in ministry,
particularly in youth ministry. He served Southern Baptist churches as youth
pastor and associate pastor for 24 years before coming to NGU.
He holds a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist
Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Religious Education from Gardner-Webb
In addition, he enjoys writing, leading
parent seminars, serving as Interim Youth Pastor, speaking to students, and
training adult leaders in church youth ministry. He loves music, leading
mission teams, sports, and reading. Mike and Jackie, his wife, have one married
son and two grandchildren.
Ruth McWhite, MRE
Director of Women's Ministry
President of Auxilio
Ruth joined the Campus Ministries team in 2006. Her role as
Director of Women’s Ministry has been to challenge the heart and mind of
students by the Word of God. In the classroom, Ruth teaches Women of the Bible
for the College of Christian Studies.
Currently, she holds a Master of Religious Education (MRE)
from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.S. from Erskine College.
Before coming to NGU, she served with her
husband, Allen (Director of the Center for Global Engagement) as a missionary
with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in
Ecuador and as a pastor’s wife in South Carolina. Allen and Ruth have six
children and 11 grandchildren.
Caleb Phillips, MCM
Director of Athletic Ministries / FCA
Caleb joined the NGU Campus Ministries team
in 2015. He directs the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and ministers to
the needs of student athletes. He also serves as a strength and conditioning
assistant with the Athletic Department.
Caleb earned his Master of Christian
Ministry (MCM) at NGU as well as a B.A. in Media Ministry.
While attending NGU, he played baseball and was
part of the 2010 NCCAA National Championship and 2011 Runner-up teams. He and
his wife, Jade (a former NGU soccer player), share together in ministry.
Eddie Fisher, B.A.
Eddie leads the Media Ministry team at NGU
which provides audio, lighting, and projection for campus events. He enjoys
teaching and mentoring students to become all that God created them to be. Eddie holds a B. A. in Mass Communication
with an emphasis in Broadcast Media from NGU.
In combination with his Media Ministry
role, he leads the Emergency Medical Response Team on campus.
In his community, Eddie serves as chaplain
and Public Information Officer for the Tigerville Fire Department. He is an
active Chair of the Fire Department’s Board of Commissioners. In addition, he
is a part of the media ministry team at Fairview Baptist Church in Greer. When not at work, he and his
wife, Andrea “Andy” enjoy working outside and playing with their kids.
Mary Erny, B.A.
Assistant Media Minister
Mary joined the NGU team in 2016 where she has opportunity
to teach and train student’s in the Media Ministry work study program assisting
with chapel and other campus events.
She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Digital
Collaboration from John Brown University and has a B.A. in Broadcast Media from
North Greenville University.
Mary has worked in many media positions including both live
and post audio and video production. She also owns her own photography company.
In her spare time, she is usually kayaking on a lake or hiking in the woods.
Music Director for the NGU Campus Band
As Music Director of
Campus Band, Micah is passionate about growing young worship musicians into
competent, pastoral leaders. He annually
has the privilege of seeking talent for the NGU Campus Band, but he always stresses the key qualification
is “character” of a band member “off” the platform.
Micah is currently pursuing his Master of Arts & Worship (MAW) at
Northern Seminary in Chicago, IL and earned a B.A. in Media Ministry with NGU. Since
2012, he has served as Worship Pastor at Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Easley,
SC and through his role, runs a Leadership School for young leaders who feel
called by God to full-time ministry.
Administrative Assistant for Campus Ministries
Beth has been a
part of NGU since 2008. In her role for Campus Ministries, Beth is relied on by
faculty, staff and students to help accomplish the many functions of this
division. Beth enjoys meeting students and offering encouragement. As a
creative outlet for students, in 2016, Beth founded the Crusader Craft Club.
Beth is in
process of pursuing a B.S. degree in psychology at North Greenville University
and has two years of study in accounting at York Technical College.
She is married to
Tim Ross who teaches math at NGU. Together, when not working, they enjoy their son
Meredith V. Lewellen, B.A.
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director for Church Relations
the NGU team in 2016. She holds a B. A. degree in Broadcast Media from NGU
where she focused in sports broadcasting.
Meredith brings to NGU her ministry and people skills drawing upon experiences
from the 2013 Miss South Carolina Pageant, Joyful Sound and her current role as
the Modern Worship Leader at Mud Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, NC.