Online Faculty

Michael Baker


Mike Baker is Assistant Professor of Biblical and Christian Studies at Mid-Continent University. Before coming to MCU, Dr. Baker served in churches in Pennsylvania and Tennessee and also taught at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He received a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Pensacola Christian College, his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. were earned from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Baker has been married to his wife, Jena, since 1999 and they have four wonderful children. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, reading, and family time. 

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John Barnett


Professor Barnett holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Management from the University of Illinois. Professor Barnett is currently working on his dissertation work toward completion of his PhD in Business Administration – Management with Northcentral University in Prescott, AZ.

Professor Barnett is listed on the National Dean’s List 1988-89 for his undergraduate studies and has recently been admitted into the International Honor Society in Business, Delta Mu Delta for scholastic attainment in his terminal degree studies. Professor Barnett received a National Leadership Award from the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2005.

Before beginning a teaching career in 2004 with Mid-Continent University, Professor Barnett held mid-level and corporate level management positions in public sector organizations working with chemical industry production and distribution processes.

He is most proud of  his 36 year marriage to his wonderful wife Cathy Barnett.  It was Cathy’s spiritual strength and biblical knowledge that lovingly guided him towards his decision to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior early in their marriage.  John and Cathy live in Benton, Kentucky.

Professor Barnett became a private pilot in 1990 has flown a wide variety of aircraft. Flying vintage “War Birds” is a particular joy! 

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Nathanael Bazzell


Nathanael Bazzell is the Assistant Professor of History at Mid-Continent University.  He began working at Mid-Continent in July of 2008.  Since that time, he has also assisted with the Band and Choral programs.  Nathanael attended Murray State University and received his B.A. in 1997 followed by his M.A. in 2000.  Nathanael currently resides in Kirksey, Kentucky with his wife, Ashley.

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Tassi Brinkley


Tassi Brinkley has been an instructor in the Elementary Education department at Mid-Continent University for five years.  She holds an Associate’s Degree from Paducah Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and a Master of Arts in Education, both from Murray State University. She is currently attending Walden University to obtain an Educational Doctorate in Teacher Leadership. 

Professor Brinkley has lived in Wingo, Kentucky all of her life. She has been married to Michael Brinkley for 23 years, has one son, Brandon Brinkley, a psychology and counseling student at MCU, one daughter-in-law, Sarah Brinkley, an elementary education student at MCU, and one wonderful granddaughter, Jaidyn.  She is the song leader at Rozzell Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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Ray Carroll


Raymond E. Carroll is Director of Adjunct Faculty Instruction and Assessment of Experiential Learning. He also teaches in the College of the Bible. He earned a B.A.  degree from Union University in Jackson, TN,  Master of Divinity and  Doctor of Theology degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has done additional studies at University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dr. Carroll has held faculty and staff positions at Mid-Continent University since 2001. Since 1998 he has served a congregation in Dyer, TN, where he resides. He has one daughter and two grand-daughters. Carroll has membership in the American Society of Church History and Baptist History and Heritage Society.

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Katie Dachs


MCU’s lead finance professor since 2009, Katie Dachs teaches courses on business finance, macroeconomics, and microeconomics.  She also teaches several electives in her areas of interest, including personal finance, investing, and currency trading.  

Her research interests span a variety of fields, including stock market, currencies, personal financial planning, long term microeconomics, economics of education, and public finance.  Her current work focuses on efficiency analysis of the direct loan program and on the extreme events in the markets, changing volatility, and what it means for individual investors.  She holds a masters degree in Economics with an area in Finance from Murray State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mid-Continent University.

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Chad Davidson


Chad Davidson has served Mid-Continent University since 2007 as an adjunct professor in music. Mr. Davidson holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music Education from Murray State University.  In 2010 he began serving as the Instructor of Music for MCU. Mr. Davidson has served as the choral director for the Rural Ministry Conference for Lyon/Caldwell county, co-director of the Paducah area mass choir, member of the Kentucky Baptist Men’s Chorale and has lead music conferences for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, West Union Baptist Association and the Blood River Baptist Association. Mr. Davidson is married to Kimberly Jenkins Davidson of Glasgow, KY and they have two children, Reagan and Andrew. Mr. Davidson enjoys spending time with his family by coaching baseball, soccer and basketball.

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Don Embry


Don Embry is an instructor of Christian Ministries and Biblical Studies in the James W. Cecil Baptist College of the Bible and an instructor of Management in the Mid-Continent Management Degree program. Don serves also as Staff Evangelist for Mid-Continent University and Director of the Christian Ministry Certificate Program. Don. Embry earned a BA degree from Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College in 1982, an MACE degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1992, a MAT degree from The Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA in 2007 and received a Doctorate of Divinity degree from MCU in 2012. He has served in eight Baptist Churches in three states for over thirty years before joining the faculty of Mid-Continent University.  Don has been married to Shirley for forty-nine years and they have one daughter, a son-in-law, and one granddaughter residing in Monroe, GA.

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John Eveland


John Eveland began teaching mathematics courses for Mid-Continent University as an adjunct instructor in October of 2008, and he began teaching for Mid-Continent full-time in August of 2009.  In addition to his work at MCU, he is also employed as a mathematics teacher at Bardstown High School in Bardstown, KY.

 In 2001, John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Murray State University with a major in mathematics and a minor in global studies.  After finishing this degree, he enrolled at the University of Kentucky where he earned a Master of Arts degree in mathematics in 2003.  While teaching, he has continued to further his education at Murray State University (Rank 1 Certification in Secondary Instruction in 2009) and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Arts in Christian Education in 2010). 

 Currently, John lives in Bardstown, KY with his wife, Jessica, and their four sons. 

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Joseph Galloway


Joseph Warren Galloway has taught math and music in MCU's Advantage Program since 2006.  Galloway is a native of Beaumont, TX, and now resides in Elizabethtown, KY. He is a 1976 graduate of Minooka (IL) Community High School and a 1980 graduate of Lewis University (Romeoville, IL; BA, Music).  Galloway earned a Master of Church Music (Music Theory and Voice), at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville in 1983, and a Master of Science (Mathematics) at Western Kentucky University in 2005.  Galloway has been the music director at Tunnel Hill Baptist Church in Elizabethtown since 1980.  He is also a full-time math faculty member at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.  Galloway and his wife, Claudia, are the parents of Beth, Lydia, Claudia, and Carlos.

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Darlene Gibson


Darlene Gibson is currently a full-time English instructor at MCU.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Counseling with minors in Biblical Studies and English from Mid-continent University.  She also holds a Master of Arts in English from Murray State University.

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Kelsie Gray


Kelsie Gray is a full-time English instructor in Mid-Continent University's Advantage program.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance (trumpet) from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and a Master's in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. She is originally from Yukon, Oklahoma and currently resides in Paducah, KY.  In addition to teaching, Kelsie writes and publishes poems and cultivates her organic, heirloom vegetable garden, using the extra produce to help her neighborhood church feed elderly shut-ins in the community.

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Shannon Hall


Shannon Hall is an instructor of Psychology at Mid-Continent University.  She graduated from WesternKentucky University in 2001 with a Bachelors in Psychology.  She later received her Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from WKU in 2003.  Prior to joining the staff at MCU, she has worked with the State of Tennessee in various positions.  She is currently the Grants and Special Projects Director for the TN Department of Safety and Homeland Security.  In addition, she is a Field Advocate for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  This requires staying in contact with state and federal legislators to keep them informed on any mental health legislation that is moving through and encouraging them to support laws that make access to mental health services easier.

Shannon is the mother of 5 children: Jordan, Spencer, Michael, Savanna, and Maggie.  She attends Full Life Church in Franklin, TN, and loves spending time with her family.

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Kelli Heinz


Kelli Heinz holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a Master of Science in Organizational Communication both from Murray State University. She is currently working on her PhD in Organizational Leadership with a Major in Human Resource Development from Regent University. Having worked in the field of higher education in some capacity since 2000, Kelli is passionate about education; specifically, adult education. She has been teaching as an adjunct in the Advantage Program since 2006, and became a full-time faculty member of Mid-Continent in November 2011.

Kelli is married to her high school sweetheart, Dr. Art Heinz, and they pastor Hope Harbor Church in Murray, Kentucky. They have one son, Timothy, a freshman in college.

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Ed Hogg


Ed Hogg is currently president emeritus of Trinity Theological Seminary of Newburgh, IN.  He held positions as Academic Dean, VP for Academic Affairs, Executive VP, and President from 1992-2005.  Prior to his positions at Trinity, he worked in the medical field at the McNeil Island FCI in Tacoma, WA.  While working at McNeil, he taught courses in management, leadership, and business and health care administration for Chapman University and Trinity as an adjunct faculty member. 

 Prior to McNeil Island, he served as Academic Dean of The International Graduate School of Theology in Honolulu, HI.  He says, “The Hawaiian Islands are peaceful and beautiful.  I hope to return there to live after I retire.”  Dr. Hogg received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska; a M.S. in Business with emphasis in Health Care Admin from the University of Northern Colorado; a M.S. in HR Management Development  from Chapman, an Ed. D. in Educational Admin from USC; and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.  He also has graduate degrees in theology and religious studies and has taught courses in theology, religious studies, business, human services, HR management development and health care administration at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  Dr. Hogg is married and has four daughters.

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Kathryn Holt


Dr Kathryn Holt earned her PhD in Psychology from Capella University, her MA in Counseling from Lincoln Christian Seminary and her MA in Theology from Lincoln Christian Seminary.  She holds independent level clinical licensure in Illinois as a "Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor".  She was employed as a Psychologist by the state of Illinois for seven years, working with severe mental illness at the state's only maximum security psychiatric hospital.  Other credentials include: Nationally Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Registered Dual Diagnosis Professional, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Brain Injury Specialist, Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional.  

Dr Holt is married with three children and four grandchildren.  She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband, Dr. Tom Holt.  Her hobbies include camping, hiking, boating, music, theology and visiting historical sites.  She is originally from the Chicago area and jokes that she ran into Wayne Newton once, literally.  They almost knocked each other down.  

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Ron Hopper


Education: B.S. (English & History) Murray State University, M.A., Ed. (History emphasis) Murray State University, Graduate Studies, M.A., English, Murray State University.

In addition to teaching English at MidContinent University, I have also taught Middle School, History and English, Composition and Humanities at Murray State University, Murray, Ky. and English and History at West Kentucky Community & Technical College, Paducah, Ky. I teach both in the classroom and Distant Learning.

Before teaching, I have worked in Sales, and as a Professional Relations Rep. I serve on the Board of the George Rogers Clark Market House Museum in Paducah, Ky. I belong to Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky.

I am a native of Graves Co. and have lived In Paducah, Ky. since 1970.  I am proud to have two daughters, Kelly Veatch, who is the Librarian at Morgan Elementary in Paducah, Ky., and Amy Sullivan, Resources Librarian at WKCTC in Paducah, Ky. I am a Grandfather with five grandchildren, Abigail (5), Ashley (9), Emily (10), Caroline (13), and Benjamin (16).

"Not every writer can be a famous or great writer, but every writer can become better. I try to create a learning community in my classrooms that enables students to become successful and learn to write and read better. Our classes are relevant to the modern world and whatever career plans that the students may have. The goal is to Read, Think, Write, and Learn. Objectives include creative thinking, problem solving, and expressing new ideas. I learn from my students and hopefully, they learn from my experience. I love teaching and creating an atmosphere in the classroom for faith and learning that will last for a lifetime.”


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Debra Hudson

VP of Academic Affairs and Non-Traditional Program Operations

Dr. Debra Hudson is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at MCU. Utilizing almost 20 years leadership experience in the field of administration and teaching in Christ-centered higher education, Dr. Hudson supports both the Traditional and ADVANTAGE degree programs to continue MCU’s tradition of quality curriculum and instruction.

Formerly from Colorado Christian University, Dr. Hudson served as the Center Director for both the Southern and Western Colorado Regional Adult Learning Centers, Director of Student Services and Development, Acting Director of the Educator Licensing Programs for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies, and Assistant Dean of Academic Services.  As an Associate Professor, Dr. Hudson has taught and developed undergraduate and graduate courses for adult learners in education, critical thinking, prior learning assessment, adult studies, and research. 

Dr. Hudson holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management with emphasis in Management of Human Resources and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Colorado Christian University, and a doctorate in Education and Human Services from Colorado State University. She is past President of the governing council of the Christian Adult Higher Education Association.

Dr. Hudson and husband, Bill, moved to Western Kentucky from the Denver area almost 4 years ago.  Between them they have 4 grown children and 8 grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, ministry, and spending time with their families.  

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Franklin Lewis


Franklin Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Lee University, a Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Science Education from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, and a Master of Science in Public Health from Walden University.  He is currently working on his PhD. in Public Health: Epidemiology. He worked for several years at Focus on the Family before teaching.  Afterwards, he started teaching fifth grade, then middle school, and then high school Biology.  He is the oldest of seven children, but is unwed.  He does, however, have 20 nieces and nephews.

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Henry Luckel


Career:  Dr. Luckel joined the United States Air Force at 17 years of age.  He served as an Intelligence NCO, Administrator, Special Security Officer and acting First Sergeant, during his 24 year career.  After retirement he went to work with the Army Space Command for a short period of time, and then went to work for Agilent Technologies as a process/project manager.  Agilent moved his entire section to Hewlett Packard only to rent them back for the next eight years. He also taught at the undergraduate level at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College and at Colorado Christian University.

Ministry:  Dr. Luckel also has over ten years ministry/pastoral experience serving as the Bivocational Consultant for the Colorado Baptist Convention. He has also planted a church and served as the associate pastor in three other churches.  He was ordained to the Gospel Ministry at Ethne Church in Larkspur, Colorado on Dec 13, 2003.

Education:  Dr. Luckel earned a B.S. in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University in 2001; a Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in 2006 and a PhD in Education and Human Resources Studies from Colorado State University in 2013. 

Dr. Luckel has been married to his wife Susan (Treble) for not enough years.  They have six children and two grandchildren.  

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Edwin Marshall


Edwin Marshall is a fulltime Instructor of Business Management for the Advantage Program.  He grew up in Charleston, SC and resided in Greensboro, NC for 15 years.  He has been married for 34 years and has a son who lives in Atlanta, Ga.  He relocated to Louisville in 2002 and has worked with Mid-Continent since 2003.
Dr. Marshall holds an undergraduate degree in History and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He earned his PhD in Organizational Management from Capella University in 2012. His dissertation was based on the lived experiences of first level supervisors and their perceptions of transformational leadership.  He also has 34 years of leadership experience with an international communications firm.

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William E. Mason

Chair of the English Department

Bill Mason is the Chair of the English Department at Mid-Continent University.  He taught English for twelve years in secondary schools before joining the staff at MCU.  Dr. Mason holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and English from Blue Mountain College, a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Art in English Education from the University of Mississippi, and a Doctor of Philosophy in English Education from the University of Mississippi.  He and his wife, Martha, have a son, William, a daughter, Mauri Howell, and seven grandsons.

Dr. Mason loves teaching at Mid-Continent because he has the freedom to share his faith in Christ with students and to love them in a Christ-like way.  He does not see his work at MCU as merely a job, but as a ministry.  He cherishes the opportunities provided for him to take part in expanding the Kingdom of God.

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Mac McCaleb


Mac McCaleb received his Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Union University, Jackson, TN.  He  attended Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, TN obtaining M.Div. and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theology.  Mac has served as Pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Martin, TN since 2008.  He has served as pastor and held other church staff positions in Mississippi and Tennessee since 1994.  

He is married to Kimberly Russell McCaleb with two children, Joshua (born 1998) and Sarah Beth (born 2006).  He enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, golf, and attending Mississippi State University football games.

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Jodi McKnight


Jodi McKnight is a graduate of Capella University, with a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology.  She holds a  Master of Education in Community Counseling from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lindenwood University.  In 2010, Jodi received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Capella University.  Before coming to Mid-Continent University, her teaching experience came from Southeastern Illinois College and National American University, where she was an adjunct instructor.  During that time, she collected over 10 years experience in the clinical realm serving as the Director of Behavioral Health at a community mental health center.  She supervised programs in substance abuse, outpatient mental health, psychiatric rehabilitation, assertive community treatment, community support programs, youth services, as well as psychological assessment oversight.  Her current research lies in the fields of education, anxiety, and online learning.

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Paul Melvin


Paul Melvin is a native son of Southern Illinois and spent more than twenty years working in and around the mining industry across the Illinois Coal Basin.  He began his post secondary education as a non-traditional student while working and attending school in the evenings, completing an AAS in Mechanical Engineering from Madisonville Community college in 1998.  At that time, work obligations precluded the pursuit of a higher degree.  A few years later, circumstances permitted him to leave work and complete a BS in Business Economics and a BS in Financial Management at Southern Illinois University in 2003.  During the final semester of undergraduate school, while exploring available options within the mining industry, an opportunity to attend graduate school at SIU presented itself.  Electing to pursue the advanced degree, he graduated with a Ph. D. in Economics from Southern Illinois University in 2008.  Prior to coming to MCU as a full time faculty member in 2009, Dr. Melvin taught classes at SIU and John A. Logan College.

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Robert Wade Morse


Robert "Wade" Morse is a full-time instructor of English at Mid-Continent University.  He graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Professional and Technical Writing with a minor in Creative Writing in 2008 and a Master of Arts in English Studies in 2010.  Wade has been an Adjunct Instructor at Murray State University, (2009-2012)  Mid-Continent University (2010-Jan 2012) , and West Kentucky Community and Technical College (2011-Present).  

Wade is married to Kate with one child, Etta Grace.  Other interest include modern and contemporary American poetry and African-American poetry.

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Jerry Muniz


Jerry Muniz graduated from High School in Brookport, IL in 1966 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Murray State University in 1970 with majors in Communication and English Literature. He continued school at Murray State and received a Master of Science degree in Communications in December of 1971. At the same time he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve.

He spent over 21 years in the banking industry, working first for Citizens Bank and Trust Co. in Paducah, KY, then at Downstate National Bank in Brookport, leaving that bank as Senior Vice President to accept the position of Dean of Students at Mid-Continent College in November of 1994.

Before and during his career in banking, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve for just over 20 years, retiring with the rank of Major. He served in a basic training unit for 14 years (four as a Company Commander) and then for almost seven years in two USAR schools, initially in personnel administration and finally as an instructor for the Command and General Staff Officer's College. He also served a six month state-side assignment during Operation Desert Storm.

During his first five years at Mid-Continent, Jerry served as Dean of Students. During the past 11 years, he has been the primary instructor of all of MCU's Communications courses. As an Assistant Professor, he now serves as Lead Instructor in Communications for both the traditional and Advantage divisions of the university. In April of 2008, he received the President's Teaching Excellence Award.

Jerry and his wife Charlotte have been married for 37 years and have two children. He has been active in church for over 45 years. He currently teaches the Auditorium Bible Class on Sundays and also serves on the church's Board of Trustees. He and his wife are active in civic affairs and serve on their local Community Betterment Committee.

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Randy Nichols


Charles "Randy" Nichols is a Professor of Management with Mid-Continent University. He had most recently served a Professor of Business Administration with Sullivan University in Louisville, KY. Randy Nichols came to Sullivan as the university's first online Dean.  Dr. Nichols gained his initial administrative experience while at Oakland City University in Indiana where he served three years as the Program Director for the Master of Science in Management Program. He helped develop the "one weekend a month" option to allow for the program to be completed in a year's time. Randy holds a Ph.D. in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the Union Institute (Cincinnati, OH), a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Human Resources Management and a Bachelor of Science in History and Political Science from Kentucky State University. Randy served nearly seven years as an Army Contract Specialist (buyer) and earned Professional Designation and Certification in Contract Management. He was cited in Essence Magazine (April, 2004) for contributing how to select and take online college courses information to the "Working it" column. He has also published articles in the African-American Journal and the St. Louis Small Business Monthly. In 2009, Dr. Nichols was selected as one of the 26 inaugural faculty with Ph Beta Sigma Fraternity's Leadership Academy.

He holds online instructor certifications from the Walden Institute, Thomas Edison State College, Grand Canyon University , Sullivan University, South University and Franklin University and has completed online instructor training with Baker College (Flint, MI), Franklin University, the University of Phoenix and Walden University.

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Edwin Nyamwala


Edwin Odipo Nyamwala was born and raised in Kenya, Africa. He lived there while earning his first degree in Construction Engineering, then worked for Barclay's Bank of Kenya until 2000. He attended MCU’s Traditional side from 2000-2004, earning a Bachelor of Science in Management and Mathematics. During that time at MCU, Odipo was a two time All-American soccer player, and as team captain, led the Cougars to the to the national quarterfinals in 2001, and the national finals in 2002. His record of 74 goals as the all-time leading scorer for the Cougars has never been broken. MCU’s current marketing instructor also holds a Master of Business Administration from Murray State University, and is currently working on his Doctorate in the same at Northcentral University.

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Matt Pierce


Matthew Pierce is an instructor in Computer Information Systems at Mid-Continent University and has taught CIS classes for over seven years. He began working for MCU as a full time faculty member in July 2011. He holds a BS and MBA from Murray State University and an MDiv and ThM from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Matthew is a PhD candidate at SBTS in Louisville, Kentucky.

Matthew serves as deacon of international outreach at Kenwood Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and previously served as a missionary with the International Mission Board in Thailand.  Matthew currently resides in Louisville with his lovely wife, Barinda.

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Barbara Pierpont


Barbara Pierpont is an instructor of Biology at Mid-Continent University.  Prior to joining MCU full-time, she taught in the public school system for nine years, held an adjunct position for several colleges teaching science courses for four years, and held an adjunct position here at Mid-Continent University in Environmental Studies for three years.  Her educational background includes a BA in Education-Science (1990) from Lindsey Wilson College, MS in Education-Curriculum Design and Instruction (2007) from Walden University, MS in Education-Physics (2012) from Western Governors University. She is currently working on obtaining MS in Education-Geosciences set to graduate in 2013.  

She is married to Craig and has three step-children and seven grandchildren.  

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William Quisenberry


Dr William Quisenberry attended Sullivan University where he received his Bachelor Of Science Degrees in Marketing and Finance as well as his Masters Degree in Business Administration.  He received his Doctorate of Business Administration in Leadership from Walden University.  Dr. Quisenberry has a diverse background that includes studying and practicing within the field of business administration, coordinating implementation projects for large corporate clients, vendor management, operations management, project management, marketing and business consulting.  He has collaborated and worked with a variety of large organizations that include: Lexmark International, Halliburton, Branch Banking and Trust, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Wal-Mart, Army Core of Engineers, Accenture, IBM, Best Buy, Lockheed Martin, John Hancock Financial and the World Trade Center Association. 

His other interests include reading, writing and serving in his local church.  

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Cathy Richard


Mrs. Cathy Richard has been an instructor at MCU since August of 2010. Prior to employment at Mid-Continent, she was a teacher at Northside Christian School for nearly 20 years.  Mrs. Richard earned her BS in Elementary and Special Education as well as her MA in Education from Murray State University.  Cathy resides in Mayfield with her husband, Joe, and son, Robby.

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Keith Roach

Chair of Behavioral Studies

Dr. Roach graduated from The University of the Cumberlands and The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with degrees in Psychology and Counseling. He established a private practice in Brandon, FL, and also was the director for the Tampa Bay Christian Counseling Center for the Tampa Bay Baptist Association. Dr. Roach has seen over 22,000 hours of counseling and has 18 years of teaching experience. His areas of expertise include relationship building and childhood anxiety and depression. He has served as Chair of Behavioral Studies for the past twelve years at Mid-Continent University. He represents the Faculty to the trustees and holds the position of Associate Vice President for Compliance at MCU. He is married to his college sweetheart, Linda, and has three children.

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Molly Ross


Mary Ross, who prefers to be called Molly, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Florida Atlantic University, as well as a Master of Arts in Mathematics and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration, both from Murray State University. She is currently a mathematics teacher at Paducah Tilghman High School. She is passionate about Jesus Christ, her family, and her mission field—teaching math—in that order. She has been teaching as an adjunct in mathematics in the Advantage Program since May 2008 and became a full-time faculty member of Mid-Continent in July 2013.

Molly is married to her husband of 24 years, Todd Ross, who also teaches at Paducah Tilghman. They have two children, Maddie, a sophomore at Georgetown College, and Landan, a freshman at Paducah Tilghman. They live in Murray, Kentucky.

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Faris Sahawneh

Director for the Biblical Creation Center

Faris Sahawneh is a native of the country of Jordan in the Holy Land.  He studied electrical engineering at the Jordan University of Science and Technology with emphasis in computer science.   He worked for a Canadian computer company located in Jordan while in college. In 1995, he transferred to Mid-Continent and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with minor in biblical languages.  After graduating from MCU, he worked for MCU as the Director of Computer Services until 2001.    He graduated from Murray State University in 2004 with a Master of Science in Telecommunication System Management with an emphasis in computer networking and telephony. Currently, he is enrolled at North Central University as a doctoral student specializing in computer forensics and information security.  Mr. Sahawneh teaches CIS for both the traditional and Advantage classes at MCU.  He also serves as the Director for the Biblical Creation Center at MCU.   He serves the flock of Hardmoney Baptist Church as their senior pastor. Mr. Sahawneh is married to Mitzi Hopper Sahawneh, also a graduate of MCU; they have three children and currently live in Boaz, Kentucky. His mission in life is to spread a passion for the glory of God by making joyful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ who hope in God from all peoples.

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Dena Skees


After a career as an advertising copywriter, Dena Skees earned her first advanced degree in 2007, in Rhetoric/Composition from the University of Louisville. Still studying evenings while raising two children, she earned a Masters in Teaching in 2009, from Bellarmine University.  She is a published poet, and author of several trade marketing manuals. She has taught literature and writing at Kentucky State University and Indiana University. Since 2007, she has taught for Mid-Continent, enjoying the experience with highly motivated adult learners.

Dena has two adult children, Catherine and Samuel.  She enjoys poetry and painting in her spare time.


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Andrew Stratton

Associate Professor of Business Law

Andrew B. Stratton currently serves as Associate Professor of Business Law.  He held the office of Vice President for Finance and Administration  for Mid-Continent University from June 2002 - June 2013.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Juris Doctorate (law) degree from the University of Louisville.  He has also earned the Charter Life Underwriter designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College as well as the United States Army War College.

Mr. Stratton, a retired Army colonel, served in both leadership and management positions during his Army career. He served in combat with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in the Republic of Vietnam as a reconnaissance platoon leader and later as the Senior Aide de Camp to the second highest ranking     U. S. Army General in South Vietnam.  In other military related positions, Mr. Stratton served as the CEO for a company with eighty employees; human relations manager for organizations with 600 and 1,200 hundred employees, respectively; operations, plans, and training manager (number three position in the organization) for a company with 600 employees; and as an inspector and investigator for an organization with more than 4,000 employees located in four states. Finally, he served as a subject matter advisor to two chief executive officers of organizations with 6,000 and 20,000 employees, respectively. He has taught and lectured on a number of subjects to include business law, American government, criminal justice and law, leadership, and strategic planning.

Mr. Stratton was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, is a graduate of Mayfield High School, and currently lives in Mayfield, Kentucky, along with his wife, Alice. The Strattons have three children: Jill, Merri, and Anna. The Strattons are members of First Baptist Church of Mayfield.

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Jamie Summerville

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Jamie Summerville is currently the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as an instructor of Mathematics at MCU.  He has also taught Mathematics at Tennessee Technological University and Morehead State University.  He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science both from Murray State University, and a Ph.D from the University of Mississippi.  He and his wife, Debbie, have three boys (Nathan, Joshua, and Jeron) and three girls (Emily, Bethany, and Elyssa).

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Tommy Taylor


Tommy Taylor is currently an instructor of Business Management at MCU. He has been an adjunct instructor since the beginning of the Advantage Program in 2000. He became a full-time instructor in 2007 teaching Introduction to Business, Systems Approach to Organizational Change, Management Issues, Policy & Strategy, and International Management.

Professor Taylor holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Murray State University and a Master of Business Administration from Murray State. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Administration-Management from Northcentral University in Prescott, AZ.

After graduating from Murray State, he worked as Credit Manager for a manufacturing firm and later a transportation company. He has also been employed as Customer Accountant and in Quality Control at a manufacturing company, all in western Kentucky. In 2005, He was employed at Mid-Continent University as Director of Business Operations while teaching as an adjunct faculty.

He and his wife, Susan, currently live in Paducah, KY. They are both active in church. He is the church pianist and has served as Treasurer for three years as well as a member of the Worship Committee, Finance Committee, and Administrative Council.

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Paul Thompson


Dr. Paul Thompson completed his BA Elementary Education at the University of Louisville.  He received his MA School Psychology from Western Kentucky University and his Ed.D. School Psychology from University of South Dakota. Prior to working at Mid-Continent University, he held various positions throughout school systems in Kentucky.  His former teaching experience includes Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative, Knott County Board of Education, Hindman Settlement School, and  Shedd Academy.  

Dr. Paul Thompson is married to Mary and had three children, Mark, Helen and Christopher.  He has two grandchildren, Corbin and Bradley.

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Roger Tucker


Roger Tucker has been a Mid-Continent University Instructor since 2008.  Prior to coming to MCU, he was a scientist in Microbiology for Louisville Water Company for 16 years.  He received his undergraduate education: at Western Kentucky University earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 1989.  He completed his Masters in Biology at the University of Louisville in 2005

Roger is married to Leasa with three Children, Tyler, Micheal, and Jenna.  Some of his interests include hiking, fishing, running (trail running) and also volunteers his time as a sign language interpreter.

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Sila Tuju


Dr. Sila Tuju is the Assistant Professor of Management at Mid-Continent University.  He has been teaching for more than seven years, teaching adults both in the classroom and online.

Dr. Tuju began in banking; he worked for a few years at a major international bank in Africa.  He then left banking to pursue higher education, earning a BA in business at Covenant College, and an MBA at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  He returned to the workforce as a Project Manager/Trainer based in East Africa, but travelled to the USA, the Philippines, Ethiopia, and Kenya to train Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) leaders in micro-finance development.

Dr. Tuju returned to the USA in 2003 to pursue other career interests, which have primarily been in real estate sales and academia.  He is a licensed real estate broker in TN, and he holds a GA real estate sales license as well.   In addition to being a realtor, Dr. Tuju had been teaching at the college level, which inspired him, in turn, to earn a doctoral degree.   He completed his Ph.D. in Business Administration at Northcentral University, AZ.

Dr. Tuju and his wife have two children, aged 6 and 3 years, and they presently live in Chattanooga, TN, though, he is in the process of moving to Bowling Green KY to teach for MCU.

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CJ Turner


C.J. Turner is the Associate Dean of Online Learning, the Online Learning Center Coordinator, and a Bible Instructor. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies at Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College, Mayfield, KY in 1998, a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY in 2003, and a Masters of Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY in 2009, by the grace of our Lord. He was born in Munich, West Germany and is now a naturalized U.S. Citizen.

Professor Turner served in the U.S. Army as a medic for 12 years. During his time of service, he had the opportunity to serve in Iraq for the Gulf War earning the Combat Medical Badge. While serving he has visited various countries and states most all in the line of duty. He had the opportunity to sail several bodies of water in the line of duty as well.

Professor Turner is a committed follower of Jesus Christ who loves to teach and continues to hope that God will use him to serve God’s Kingdom. He has a passion for getting church members to become productive members of God’s Kingdom. He has been married to his wife, Mitzi, for thirteen years, and God has blessed them with two grown children, Joseph and Jennifer, who have each professed their devotion to Christ as Lord.

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William C. Ward


William C. Ward is Associate Professor of Accounting at Mid-Continent University.  His full-time status started February 2002, after spending one year as an adjunct professor in 2001.  After serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1972 through 1975, Ward earned his first degree, an A.A.Sc. in Business Administration.  He continued his education from Western Carolina University, completing his B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in accounting.  After full use of the G.I. Bill for educational assistance, Ward achieved his M.B.A. degree from University of Central Oklahoma.  Ward earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Accounting from Davenport University in 2006.  He is halfway through the program for a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University (as of July 2010).

 Ward believes in lifelong learning and stresses to the students to pursue the passion placed within the individual by our Heavenly Father.  He earned a Bachelor of Ministry degree from Mid-Continent University in December 2002.  Ward enjoys studying the Bible.  He has earned degrees (Bachelor of Theology, Master of Theology, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry) from Christian Life School of Theology, located in Columbus, GA.  Ward currently teaches an adult Sunday School class for his church. Ward is an ordained minister since March 2003.

Ward is married to Pam Ward, a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist.  The couple married in December 1999, and the blended family has five children and five grandchildren.  They reside in Paducah and believe each day is a blessing from the Lord and are totally dependent on His wonderful hand of provision.  To God be the glory for any good achieved in life!

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Robert Werner



Robert Werner has worked in the field of education and community or private mental health since 1978.  Since receiving a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1988 from Pepperdine University, Robert has worked in public, private, academic, and research settings. His areas of clinical expertise include treating those affected with drug and alcohol disorders, eating disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has successfully taught in traditional and online university settings since 1999. Robert and his wife have been married for 11 years and have one daughter, Madeline. Their family currently resides in New Albany, Indiana.

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Stephen Williams

Dean of the James W. Cecil College of the Bible

Dr. Stephen Williams is the Dean of Mid-Continent University’s James W. Cecil Baptist College of the Bible. He received his B.A. with emphasis on Religion/Christian Studies from Union University, his Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctorate of Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has over 35 years ministry experience in leading organizations to build the church of Jesus Christ. His years of experience in hybrid learning and curriculum development have played a key role in the development of Online Pathway to Biblical Studies, Mid-Continent’s online program for a Bachelor’s Degree in biblical studies.

He and his wife, Janine, have been faithfully married since 1976. They met as students at Union University.  Their son, Nathan, is married to Hannah Adkinson and both are serving the Lord at Riverwind Church in Newburgh, Indiana. Nathan is the Associate Pastor of Riverwind Church. Their daughter, Joanna, is married to Bob Sparks and both are serving the Lord at Cornerstone Community Church in Jackson, Tennessee.

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David Williams

Acting Associate VP of Academic Affairs
Dean of Graduate Studies
Chair of the Business Department

David C. Williams is Dean of Graduate Studies and chair of the Business Department. In addition, he is a full-time faculty member. David joined Mid-Continent University as an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Human Resources program initially in 2010. He joined Mid-Continent University on a full-time basis after a 20-year career in the hospitality industry.

Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science from Emory & Henry College, an MBA from Vanderbilt University, a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Forensic Accounting from Davenport University, and a Doctorate from the University of Phoenix. His publishing background includes articles in a variety of journals including the Mid-Continent Review, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Education, and the Journal of Consumer Satisfaction. He is co-author of a 2010 Prentice Hall textbook in hospitality and a variety of textbook chapters in the hospitality field. His most recent book, Your Career and the 7 Deadly Sins, focuses on faith applications in the modern workplace. 


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Jason Willoughby


Jason R. Willoughby holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lindsey Wilson College and a Masters in Business Administration degree from Kaplan University.  Currently, Jason is working on his PhD in Management with an emphasis in finance as he is doing his dissertation study on public entities and sustainability.

Jason started teaching with Mid-Continent University in 2010 as he teaches management, finance, and is the lead professor for the Introduction to Business course.  Jason is actively involved in the local 4 Rivers Society of Human Resource Management organization as the Co-Chair for the Workforce Readiness committee.  Also, he is a current member of the Board of Governors for the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management Organization as well as a peer-reviewer for their conference proceedings publication. 

Before coming to Mid-Continent University, Jason was the Treasury Supervisor for a Non-Profit Organization, which entailed addiction rehabilitation and he received the credentials of being a Master’s Addiction Counselor.   

As he resides in Paducah, Kentucky his favorite past times are writing music, being the music minister for his church, and publishing articles as he has been published in five academic journals and is currently writing his first book with two other Mid-Continent University professors.

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Stephen Wilson


Stephen Douglas Wilson was born near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. A first generation college graduate, he eventually was awarded a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.—all from the University of Kentucky. In graduate school, he majored in history and has written a book on the historical Jesus entitled In the Fullness of Time. He has also published numerous articles in his field and has been a college professor since 1983.  In 2002 he was named as the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Mid-Continent.  Two years later, he took held the position as Vice-President of Academic Affairs.  Currently, he serves on the faculty at Mid-Continent.

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Phillip Yang


Philip Yang received his Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His B.S. in Applied Chemistry is from Feng Chia University in Taiwan. Besides Ph.D. and B.S. degrees, Professor Yang also holds three Master’s. His Master of Science in Chemistry and Master in Business Administration (MBA) are from Cleveland State University. He also holds a Master of Art in Theological Studies from Seminary of the East of Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Yang is an inventor of six US and European patents. His publications include seven scientific publications in English, and more than twenty articles in leadership and ministry in Chinese.

Dr. Yang is an owner of multiple businesses and an overseer of an Evangelical fellowship of international churches in USA, Taiwan, and China. He and his wife have been married for more than twenty years. They have a son currently attending law school in Pennsylvania.

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Sonia Yewell


Sonia Yewell is a 2006 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Her graduate thesis was on “Workplace Incivility and the Low-Status Target” for which she received an award for her presentation at the Sigma Xi Student Research Conference in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Murray State University. Before coming to Mid-Continent University, Sonia was a Training Specialist at Ft. Campbell Federal Credit Union in Clarksville, TN where she taught and developed classes for the newly hired employees as well as seasoned employees being promoted. She also worked at Lackland Airforce Base, TX in Human Resources. She recently got married to Wes Yewell in Gatlinburg Tennessee on December 28, 2013. Her plans are to start pursuing a Doctorate degree in the near future.


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