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William Cashion, D.Min. | Professor of Missions and Evangelism

William "Bill" Cashion, D.Min.

Professor of Missions and Evangelism

Dr. Bill Cashion, a veteran missionary and pastor, served almost 20 years with the International Mission Board as a missionary in Venezuela and as missions administrator, overseeing volunteers in missions, world hunger emphasis, and crisis management procedures. He also served as a pastor for 20 years, most recently at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Clarkesville, Ga.; taught at Truett-McConnell College as visiting professor of missions for six years; and served as a visiting missions professor at seven Baptist seminaries. Cashion holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in missiology from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Cashion truly seeks to live out his belief that “a disciple should never allow his world to be smaller than the one Jesus died to save.”

Steve Crouse, Ph.D. | Professor of Christian Studies

Steve Crouse, D.Min., Ph.D.

Professor of Christian Studies
Senior Campus Pastor and Chief Spiritual Formation Officer

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.

Nathan Finn, Ph.D. | Professor of Christian Studies

Nathan A. Finn, Ph.D.

Professor of Christian Studies and History
Provost and Dean of the University Faculty

Nathan A. Finn (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as Provost and Dean of the University Faculty at North Greenville University. He served previously as Dean of the School of Theology and Missions at Union University and associate professor of historical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has published numerous books and articles on topics related to theology, church history, spiritual formation, and Christian higher education. He is also an ordained minister who regularly preaches and teaches in local churches. Nathan is married to Leah and is the father of four children. The Finns love baseball, Broadway musicals, and local independent bookstores.

Ken Hemphill, Ph.D. | Distinguished Professor of Christian Studies

Ken Hemphill, Ph.D.

Special Assistant to the President 
Distinguished Professor of Christian Studies

Dr. Kenneth Hemphill was born April 17, 1948; in Morganton, North Carolina. His bride of 45 years is Paula Moore of Greenville, South Carolina. Ken is the proud father of three daughters: Kristina, Rachael, and Katherine, and is now the “Papa” of eight grandchildren. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University in 1972, Ken later earned three consecutive degrees; a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Cambridge University. Hemphill’s ministry positions have ranged from youth ministry and pastorates to the Director of the Southern Baptist Center of Church Growth, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, National Strategist for Empowering Kingdom Growth for the Southern Baptist Convention, and currently the Founding Director of the Church Planting and Revitalization Center of North Greenville University. Dr. Ken Hemphill is the author of 38 books and many articles including: The Prayer of Jesus, The Names of God, EKG: The Heartbeat of God, Eternal Impact, You are Gifted, Live it up, and Velcro Church.  He is also the Founder and President of Auxano Press which publishes non-disposable curricula to assist churches in the revitalization process. 

Curtis Horn, Ph.D. | Professor of Christian Studies

Curtis Horn, Ph.D.

Professor of Christian Studies

Dr. 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.

Walter Johnson, Ph.D. | Dean of College of Christian Studies

Walter Johnson, Ph.D.

Dean of the College of Christian Studies
Professor of Philosophy and Christian Studies

Dr. 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.

Mike Landrum | Instructor

Mike Landrum, M.Div.

Instructor of Youth Ministry
Special Assistant to the Vice President for Campus Ministries

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.

Donny Mathis, Ph.D. | Professor of Christian Spirituality

Donny Mathis, Ph.D.

Professor of Christian Studies
Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence

Dr. 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.

Allen McWhite, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

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

Director of Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership
Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies

Allen McWhite has served at North Greenville University since 2002. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to his time at NGU, McWhite and his family served as field missionaries with the International Mission Board of the SBC. He has also been a full-time pastor and a military chaplain. Outside of his university responsibilities, he serves as a part-time law enforcement officer with the State of South Carolina and continues to work with local churches in an interim pastor role.

Frankie Melton, Jr., Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

Frankie Melton, Jr., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

Dr. Frankie Melton, Jr. 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, Ph.D. | Professor of Christian Studies

Bill W. Murray, Ph.D.

Professor of Christian Studies

Dr. Bill W. 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, Th.D. | Professor of Christian Studies

Adrian Pater, Th.D.

Professor of Christian Studies

Dr. 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, Ph.D. | Associate Dean of the School of Christian Studies

Jeff Rankin, Ph.D. 

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Professor of Christian Studies

Dr. 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.

Gerald Roe | Chair of Intercultural Studies Department

Gerald Roe, D.Miss.

Professor of Intercultural Studies

Dr. 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.

Joshua Styles, J.D. | Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Christian Studies

Joshua Styles, J.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Christian Studies

Dr. 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.

 
Thomas Willoughby | Assistant Professor

Tom Willoughby, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

Tom Willoughby serves as an assistant professor of Christian Studies at NGU. He earned his B.A. from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri; an M.A. in Biblical Languages, Th.M., and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He has done doctoral research and lectured at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Prior to teaching at NGU, Tom pastored for approximately 26 years and served as a regular adjunct faculty member teaching at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Spurgeon College, Criswell College, Moody Bible Institute, and Charleston Southern University. Tom and his wife, Stacy, have been foster parents for over 20 years, have two biological children, six adopted children, and have given a home to nearly 50 foster children over the years. 

  

 Graduate Faculty

 

Larry McDonald,Ph.D. | Professor of Christian Spirituality

Larry S. McDonald, D.Min., Ph.D.

Professor of Christian Spirituality
Associate Provost for Graduate Programs
Dean of the T. Walter Brashier School of Graduate Studies

Dr. Larry McDonald has served North Greenville University since 2008. McDonald holds a doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition to almost 20 years of pastoral ministry, McDonald previously served as a Christian studies professor at Truett-McConnell College, adjunct professor at Southeastern Seminary, and a visiting professor at Tyndale Theological Seminary (Netherlands) and Uganda Baptist Seminary. A native Mississippian, McDonald was recognized for his leadership abilities by Leadership Jackson of the Metro Jackson Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Mississippi of the Mississippi Economic Council. He and his wife have three adult children and two granddaughters.

Matt Wireman, Ph.D. 

Associate Dean of the School of Christian Ministry
Assistant Professor of Christian Studies

Dr. Matt Wireman serves as Assistant Professor of Theology and Church History as well as Associate Dean for NGU’s School of Ministry (beginning June 2019). Dr. Wireman earned his MDiv and Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky in Biblical and Systematic Theology and Patristics. Prior to coming to NGU, Dr. Wireman was involved in church planting in Charlotte, North Carolina. In his spare time, he enjoys playing games with his family, gardening, and enjoying downtown Greenville. Dr. Wireman also serves as the pastor at Christ the Redeemer, a Greenville Baptist Association church plant since September 2017.

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