Stephen G. Crouse, D.Min., Ph.D.
Vice President of Campus Ministries
Senior Campus Pastor
Co-Director of the Christian Scholarship Fund
Professor for the College of Christian Studies and the Graduate School
Dr. Stephen G. Crouse joined the NGU team in
1991. Through these years, his heart and fervent mission is to equip the next
generation for transformational leadership for the church and society. He loves
working with the Campus Ministries team, leading their mission to lead students
to “Know, Grow, and Go.” Dr. Crouse has two doctorates from Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary with concentrated studies in missions, evangelism,
ministry, theology, leadership, discipleship and campus ministries. In addition
to his Ph.D. and D.Min., he holds a M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist
Theological Seminary and a B.S. in psychology from Gardner-Webb University.
As Senior Campus Pastor, Dr. Crouse enjoys the privilege of
leading campus ministries and caring for the students who call NGU home. 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 is the Co-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.
Jody Jennings, M.Div.
Associate Vice President for Campus Ministries
Associate Campus Pastor
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.
Rev. Mayson Easterling, M.Ed.
Executive Director for Church Relations
Special Assistant to the President for Church Engagment
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.
D. Allen McWhite, Sr., D.Min., Ph.D.
Executive Director of the Institute for Global Leadership
Dr. D. Allen McWhite, Sr.
serves as the executive director of NGU's Institute for Global Leadership. 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
Youth Ministry Instructor, College of Christian Studies
Special Assistant to the Vice President for Campus Ministries for Discipleship
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.
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. When not at work, he and his
wife, Andrea “Andy” enjoy working outside and playing with their kids.
Rebeka Epps, B.S.
Assistant Media Minister
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.
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, B.A.
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.
Joshua Gilmore, (B.A.'05, M.A.'07) Ed.S.
Director of Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM)
Joshua Gilmore serves as the director of Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) at North Greenville University. Gilmore earned both his BA and MA at NGU (Christian Studies - 2005 & Christian Ministry - 2007). Gilmore continued his study at Columbia International University and earned his Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S) in Higher Christian Education in 2016. Prior to serving at NGU, Gilmore was a youth pastor in the Chicago area, professor/administrator at a small college of missions, and a music minister in New Jersey. Gilmore loves to be with his wife and three daughters, go on outdoor adventures, and passionately serve Christ through teaching, leading, and creating.
Justin Brown, M.Div., M.S.
Director of Athletic Ministries/FCA
Justin Brown serves as the Director of Athletic Ministries at NGU. He is delighted to be able to combine two of his greatest loves, Jesus Christ and sports. Justin earned bachelor degrees in Communication Studies and Religion from Furman University. He also received an M.Div. from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and an M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Mercer.
Prior to NGU, Justin served as Football Chaplain at Mercer University and the Campus Director through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Before serving in campus ministry, he was an assistant football coach at Mercer University and at Presbyterian College. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and going to the movies.
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.