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Stephen G. Crouse, D.Min., Ph.D. 

Vice President of Campus Ministries

(864) 977-7022


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

(864) 977-7055


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

(864) 977-2915


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

(864) 977-7158


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.

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Dr. Allen McWhite, D.Min., Ph.D.

Director of the Center for Global Engagement

(864) 977-7076


Dr. McWhite 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 grandchildren.

Mike Landrum, M.Div.

Director of Youth Ministry and Assistant Campus Minister

(864) 977-2096


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 University.

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

(864) 977-7030


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.

Eddie Fisher, B.A.

Media Minister

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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. When not at work, he and his wife, Andrea “Andy” enjoy working outside and playing with their kids.

Rebeka Epps

Assistant Media Minister

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Rebeka joined NGU in May 2018 as the Assistant Media Minister. Rebeka graduated from Milligan College in 2016 with a B.S. in Communication with an emphasis in Digital Media. After graduating from Milligan, she worked in Bristol, Tennessee in television production for 2 years.

Rebeka recently married her high school sweetheart Derrick. Rebeka and Derrick enjoy spending time on the lake, watching college football, spending time with family, and serving at their church. She looks forward to getting to know the students and working with them as a team to reach their full potential. Rebeka is excited about moving to the upstate and joining the NGU family.

Micah McMinn

Music Director for the NGU Campus Band

(864) 616-0708


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.

Beth Ross

Administrative Assistant for Campus Ministries

 (864) 977-7022


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 and grandson.

Meredith V. Lewellen, B.A.

Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director for Church Relations

(864) 977-7075


Meredith joined the NGU team in 2016. She holds a B. A. degree in Broadcast Media from NGU where she focused in sports broadcasting. 

In addition, 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.