Christian Studies Department
Walter Johnson, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of 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.
Dr. Steve Crouse, D.Min., Ph.D.
VP of Campus Ministries
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.
Curtis Horn, Ph.D.
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.
Donny Mathis, Ph.D.
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.
Frankie Melton, Jr., Ph.D.
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 W. Murray, Ph.D.
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
Adrian Pater, Th.D.
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
Jeff Rankin, Ph.D.
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.
Joshua Styles, J.D.
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.
Pete F. Wilbanks, Ph.D.
Dr. Pete F. 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.
Intercultural Studies Department
Gerald Roe, D.Miss.
Chair of the Intercultural Studies Department
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.
D. Allen McWhite, Sr., D.Min., Ph.D.
Director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Engagement and Global Leadership
Dr. D. Allen McWhite, Sr. 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
Youth Ministry Department
Mike Landrum, M.Div.
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