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Program Deans

 

 

Dr. Marti J. Glass

Dean, Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Glass provides leadership and guidance for the NGU Online Behavioral Sciences Program. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, he brings experience and professional perspectives on mental health to the program. Dr. Glass also shares expertise from the criminal justice system as a former police officer. His work in private practice counseling has concentrated on marriage counseling, sexual/internet addictions, PTSD, and therapy for children and adolescents.

 

 

 


 

Dr. Kathryn McColskey

Dean, Educational Studies

With experience as a public school elementary educator and as a childrenís minister, Dr. McColskey prepares NGU Online students as educators who will make a difference in the lives of children. Recognizing the value of staying connected, a favorite activity is meeting current and former students for coffee and conversation about the NGU Online programs, course assignments, and future goals. She is co-author of two books and an adult Sunday school teacher in her church. Dr. McColskey enjoys reading, writing, blogging, and storytelling.

 

 

 

Patricia Mercier | Dean

Dr. Patricia Mercier

Dean, General Studies

Dr. Mercier has experience in a diverse range of areas from child development and ministry to business, as well as higher education and administrative support. She developed the NGU Online General Studies program, making a classical liberal arts education available to adult learners. Dr. Mercier enjoys seeing adults return to finish their degrees and considers it a privilege to help them succeed and fulfill their calling.

 

 

 


 

 

Dr. Matt S. Wireman

Dr. Wireman is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with concentrated studies in biblical and systematic theology, hermeneutics, patristics, and postmodern theory. He leverages his ministerial and missionary experience to build courses that are relevant to students who will serve Christ in the pulpit or workplace.  Currently in the process of planting a church, Dr. Wireman is an avid writer and blogger, married to his best friend, and a proud father of four.

 


 

NGU Online Faculty

 

Online Business and Leadership

 

 

Dr. Bill Baddorf, PhD

As a former pilot with the U.S. Air Force, a business leader at Continental Airlines, and a management consultant, Dr. Baddorf has seen firsthand the impact of Christian principles and business best practices on the real world. He has served in various C-level executive roles at for-profit and nonprofit corporations and has designed the schoolís business degrees to prepare students for effective service and leadership. Dr. Baddorf enjoys teaching, consulting and, in his spare time, managing his working farm in Holly Springs, SC.

 

 

 


Jim Duncan, MBA | Instructor

Jim Duncan, MBA

A graduate of the MBA program at AACSB-accredited Southeast Missouri State University, Jim has a proven track record as a human resources professional, experienced online educator, and organizational leader. With a strong desire to apply his commitment and dedication to higher education, Jim has enjoyed helping online learners reach their potential for the past decade. Jim's excellence in leadership, communication and interpersonal skills serves students well as he uses his expertise to combine theory with real world application. Mr. Duncan is a true scholar-practitioner.

 

 

 

James Overstreet, DBA | Instructor

 

James Overstreet, DBA

Dr. Overstreet serves as Course Developer and Instructor in the NGU Online Business and Leadership program. He earned his BA from the University of Florida, and his MBA and Doctorate from Florida State University. He remains a Gator. Dr. Overstreet has served as a tenured professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He has delivered workshops throughout the US. He has over 20 years of business experience with the last thirteen years as a company executive. Dr. Overstreet brings a wealth of real world and academic experience to the online classroom.

 

 

Jill Rayburn, JD | Instructor

Jill Rayburn, J.D.

As an attorney and entrepreneur, Dr. Rayburn brings her experience from the legal and business world into her classes. She has represented her clients and businesses in negotiating contracts, acquisitions and mergers, real estate development, employment discrimination, and regulatory compliance, as well as, in conducting professional training in HR compliance and best practices. Dr. Rayburn recognizes the importance of practical training and education for the business professional in reducing business litigation and increasing productivity. 

 

 

 

Carter Taylor, MBA | Instructor

Carter Taylor, MBA

With 33 years of flying, Mr. Taylor retired from American Airlines as their senior flight instructor. Later he trained pilots for The Boeing Company and worked on courseware development for pilot training programs for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. He takes great pleasure in shepherding his flock of students, encouraging and enticing them to do their very best work, helping them to achieve their ultimate God-given potential. He enjoys writing and has had numerous articles and photographs published in antique automobile publications. Mr. Taylor views the online program at NGU as an incredible opportunity for many deserving adults, enabling them to earn a college degree that may be otherwise unobtainable.

 

 

Online Christian Ministries


William J. Brooks Jr. , PhD | Instructor

William. J. Brooks, Jr., PhD

Dr. Brooks has over 30 years of ministry experience including two pastorates. He graduated from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary with an MDiv and ThM, and received his PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in biblical counseling accompanied by concentrated studies in applied and systematic theology. Dr. Brooks is ordained with the Conservative Baptist Association and a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He is currently working on becoming a fellow with this organization. He is the husband of one wife, the father of two married sons, and has the joy of being the grandfather to one grandson.    

 

 

 

George W. Carraway, PhD | Instructor

George W. Carraway, PhD

Dr. Carraway holds aPhD in biblical interpretation from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His area of specialty is the New Testament and particularly Pauline studies. He began his graduate studies after 20 years in a secular career and brings his experience to the development and teaching of courses. Dr. Carraway is an active member of South Union Baptist Church. He has been married for 30 years to Jill and is the father of two, both independent now. Dr. Carraway is the author of Christ is God over All: Romans 9:5 in the Context of Romans 9-11, published in the New Testament Studies Series by T&T Clark.

 

 

Stephen G. Crouse, PhD | Instructor

 

Stephen G. Crouse, DMin, PhD

Also serving NGU as Vice President for Campus Ministries and Professor for the College of Christian Studies, Dr. Crouse holds two doctorates from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with concentrated studies in missions, evangelism, ministry, theology, leadership, discipleship, and campus ministries. He served churches in youth and music ministry before joining the North Greenville University team in 1991. He leverages his ministry background and experience to build courses that are relevant to students who will serve Christ in local churches and the workplace. Dr. Crouse delights in a variety of academic pursuits and enjoys writing and administration. He serves local churches through youth ministry, worship leadership, and pastoral duties. He and his wife share together in ministry along with their three children. 

 

 

Ron Elledge, PhD | Instructor

 

Rod Elledge, PhD


Dr. Elledge earned his PhD in New Testament Interpretation from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Leveraging his concentration studies in New Testament Greek, literature, and theology, he serves with CAPS as an online instructor and course developer for North Greenville University's online program. In addition to his love of teaching others about the Bible, Dr. Elledge also enjoys playing the guitar and songwriting.

 

 

 

Matt Rogers, PhD | Instructor

 

Matt Rogers, PhD

Matt Rogers is the pastor of The Church at Cherrydale in Greenville, South Carolina. He and his wife, Sarah, have three daughters, Corrie, Avery, and Willa and a son, Hudson. Matt holds a Master of Arts in counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary as well as a Master of Divinity and a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Matt writes and speaks throughout the United States on discipleship, church planting, and missions. Find Matt online at http://mattrogersbio or follow him on Twitter @mattrogers_. 

 

 

Lee Tankersley, PhD | Instructor

 

Lee Tankersley, PhD

Dr. Tankersley earned his undergraduate degree from Union University and his MDiv and PhD from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he studied systematic theology with emphases in the person and work of Christ as well as New Testament theology.  Serving as a pastor in Jackson, TN, he leads an internship there for potential pastors, missionaries, and church planters.  He regularly teaches in the areas of systematic theology, church history, New Testament, Old Testament, hermeneutics, and preaching, and he has published numerous articles.  He is married to Lili, and they have four children.  

 

 

Michael Haykin, PhD | Instructor


Michael Haykin, PhD

Dr. Haykin is the Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality and Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. A native of Birmingham (and thus a supporter of Aston Villa), his family emigrated to Canada when he was 12. Converted in 1974, he attended Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto from 1974 to 1982, earning a doctorate in patristics. He has held several academic positions before taking up his current appointment in 2007. He has a wide range of interests, not limited to Baptist history, as is clear from the papers at our Conference. He has published numerous books on history and spirituality, and is involved with publishing through Joshua Press. He, his wife Allison and their children, Victoria and Nigel, live in Dundas, Ontario, and worship at West Highland Baptist Church, Hamilton, Ontario.

 

 

Online Criminal Justice & Legal Studies


Jeff Fox, PhD, MBA, MS, CHS IV, ABCHS Fellow | Instructor
 

Jeff Fox, PhD, MBA, MS, CHS IV, ABCHS Fellow
 
Dr. Fox served for 27 years in the field of criminal justice. He began his law enforcement career as an MP in the U.S. Army and served as town officer, trooper, sergeant, first sergeant, and lieutenant. Jeff earned a PhD in homeland security and MS and MBA degrees in criminal justice. Jeff has been teaching at various colleges and universities since 2001. He retired from state service as a Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor for a Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness and Criminal Justice Cohort Program. He does consulting, training, and educating in the public safety sector. He has involved in the response and management of all types of events such as major crimes and disasters. Jeff loves working with students.

 

 

 

Gladys Loney, PhD | Instructor
 

Gladys Loney, PhD

With experience as a law enforcement officer and as a training Lieutenant for S.C. Department of Corrections, Dr. Loney educates NGU online students in preparation for careers in law enforcement. Dr. Loney has a 15 year background in law enforcement and offers a wide variety of expertise from both a law enforcement perspective as well as that of the criminal justice system. Dr. Loney enjoys drag racing motorcycles, where she holds numerous track championships. She is married to John Loney, and they reside in Dalzell, S.C.


 

 

 

Online Elementary Education Studies


Ellen Cashion | Director of Teacher Education

Martha (Ellen) C. Cashion, MEd, MEd +30

Mrs. Cashion has experience in the public school system as a special education and fourth grade teacher. In 2000, she came to North Greenville as an adjunct and in 2001 she was asked to remain at NGU full time, as Assistant to the Director of Teacher Education and instructor for multiple classes. Mrs. Cashion now is the Director of Teacher Education and teaches many elementary education professional classes for the undergraduate program. In 2015, Mrs. Cashion began instructing with CAPS for the NGU online program. She has a passion for teaching and mentoring future educators. She hopes her experiences and love of teaching will encourage her students. God has called many to teach and Mrs. Cashion's desire is to equip as many as possible to be godly teachers, wherever He may direct them. Mrs. Cashion enjoys family, especially spending time with her two grandchildren. Additionally, reading, cooking, and travel are her favorite ways to relax.

 




Jo Dee Joliff | Instructor 

Jo Dee Jolliff

With over 27 years of teaching experience, both in North Carolina and South Carolina, and a love of learning new approaches of incorporating technology into the classroom, Mrs. Joliff is a natural fit for the NGU online community. Her classroom experience includes second through fifth grades along with teaching six years for North Greenville University's College of Education in Tigerville, SC. She truly believes it is important to be a lifelong learner.

 

Online General Studies


Alys Blair, MS | Instructor

Alys Blair, MS

Mrs. Blair graduated with a Masters of Science in Atmospheric Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her background includes research and operational Meteorology, specializing in lightning studies. She has a passion for sharing her love of science with students of all ages. Mrs. Blair enjoys sports and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

 

 

 

Mark Brown, MBA, CPA, MDiv, DBA | Instructor
 

Professor Mark Brown, M.B.A., CPA, M.Div., D.B.A.

After serving as a Special Agent for the FBI, Dr. Brown ventured thirty years as an Entrepreneur/CEO in the areas of commercial banking, insurance/risk management, REIT, estate planning, investment management, taxes, silviculture, and accounting. Dr. Brown served in the U.S. Army, 20th Special Forces Group ñ Airborne. His last ten years have been involved with academia including Dean of the School of Business as well as professor of numerous business and general education classes, Master Reviewer for Quality Matters, and Chief Financial Officer of a Liberal Arts University. Dr. Brown has been married 45 years with 6 children and 9 grandchildren.

 

 

Kate Bruce | Instructor
 

Kate Bruce

Mrs. Bruce is a mathematics instructor for NGU's online program. She has experience at college and high school levels, face-to-face and online. Aside from teaching Mathematics, Mrs. Bruce has served as a course developer and worked alongside future educators during student teaching. She enjoys spending time with her family, is active in her church and, when time allows, loves to travel. 

 

 

David Crum, MB | Instructor

David Crum, MA

With degrees in history and theological studies, Mr. Crum has a broad and varied background in academics. With his teaching, he utilizes a variety of different instructional methods to interact with and provide feedback to students regarding their assigned work. He has taught courses in history, philosophy, and religious studies. 



 

Online Psychology

 

Cynthia Doney, LPC, PhD | Instructor

Cynthia Doney, LPC, PhD

Dr. Doney is a Southern California native who moved to Greenville, SC in 2013 after 21 years in Nashville, TN. She has an extensive background in the fields of education and music, and has combined these experiences with her love for guidance and counseling. She holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University, and a Master's degree in Counseling, also from Regent University. Cynthia is the founder of The Barnabas Counseling Group, formerly known as Kairos Counseling Center, and offers many counseling services in an online environment. Dr. Doney enjoys working with college students in every capacity. She joined the NGU online faculty in 2015, teaching psychology courses. Serving as a CAPS instructor has been a wonderful way for her to do what she loves while working from home and caring for her family. She states that she is guided by the following Scripture: He has shown you, oh man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you; but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

 

Robert J.F. Elsner, PhD | Instructor
 

Robert J.F. Elsner, PhD

Dr. Elsner teaches online with the CAPS program. A gerontologist with expertise in Alzheimerís disease, Dr. Elsner has taught Family & Community Medicine in two medical schools, Kansei Engineering in an engineering doctoral program, and psychology at both large universities and small Christian liberal arts colleges. He brings experience from several fields, including food sensory science (flavor chemistry and human perception), adult education, theology, medicine, engineering, and culinary arts. Dr. Elsner has been teaching online and developing courses and online pedagogies since 1993.


 

 

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