Marti J. Glass, Ph.D.
Dean, Behavior 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.
Kathryn McColskey, Ph.D.
Dean, Educational Studies
With experience as a public school elementary educator and as a
childrenÝs 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, D.Min.
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
Matt S. Wireman, Ph.D.
Dean, Christian Ministries
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
NGU Online Faculty
Online Business and Leadership
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, J.D.
Director of Academic Engagement and Outreach
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
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
Online Christian Ministries
William J. Brooks, Jr., Ph.D.
InstructorDr. 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 and his
wife are the parents of two adult sons and grandparents of a grandson.
George W. Carraway, Ph.D.
InstructorDr. 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, D.Min., Ph.D.
InstructorAlso 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.
Rod Elledge, Ph.D.
InstructorDr. 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
Matt Rogers, Ph.D.
InstructorMatt 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, Ph.D.
InstructorDr. 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, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
Dr. Fox served for 27 years in the field of criminal justice. He beganhis 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, Ph.D.
With experience as a law enforcement officer and as a trainingLieutenant 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
Martha (Ellen) C. Cashion, M.Ed.
InstructorMrs. 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.
Online General Studies
Alys Blair, M.S.
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
Mark Brown, MBA
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 ˝ 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
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, M.A.
InstructorWith 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.
Cynthia Doney, LPC, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
InstructorDr. Elsner teaches online with the CAPS program. A gerontologist with
expertise in AlzheimerÝs 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.