Tom Ellsworth has served with the Sherwood Oaks Christian Church in Bloomington, Indiana, since January 1981. The congregation has grown from 80 to over 2,800 and transitioned through a building fire, relocation and four building programs.
Tom served as the North American Christian Convention president for the 2001 Tampa convention and enjoys speaking for various conferences and leadership events. Tom holds degrees from St. Louis Christian College and Cincinnati Christian University. He is co-author of the book Preaching
James, and author of Beyond Your Backyard; It’s Your Move – On Board; It’s Your Move – Out Loud and Inverted.
Tom and his wife, Elsie have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
Specializing in service to churches and ministers, Tom Burbrink has been involved in tax preparation and financial counseling since 1978. Services offered include church payroll processing, tax seminars, compensation package planning sessions and preparing tax returns for ministers. Over two hundred ministers in over twenty-five states are clients. More than 30 churches are Full Payroll clients.
Tom has conducted tax seminars in many states and at numerous Christian colleges.
Tom retired from Antioch Christian Church near Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, on December 31, 2003. He has preached on a part-time basis during the past twenty-five years. For twenty-three years Tom served as Administrative Assistant at Kentucky Christian University.
In addition to being an alumnus of Kentucky Christian University, he has studied accounting and finance at Butler University in Indianapolis. His training in tax preparation includes seminars held by the Internal Revenue Service, B. J. Worth, the American Institute of Tax Return Preparers, and the National Association of Tax Practitioners.
Paul H. Alexander, Ph.D.
Paul H. Alexander, Ph.D., became the seventh President of Hope International University on August 16, 2019. Dr. Alexander has served Hope International University since 1994 in a number of leadership roles that have left an indelible mark on the advancement of the University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Science for Pacific Christian College of HIU, Professor of Psychology and Leadership, Director of Distance Learning, and Director of the Center for Leadership Learning.
Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Regent University
M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy (Marriage, Family and Child Counseling), Pacific Christian College (Now Hope International University)
B.A., Church Growth, Emphasis in Preaching, Pacific Christian College
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - 1992 to Present
Clinical Member California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists -1992 to Present
Ordained Pastor in the Christian Churches/Church of Christ -1988 to Present
EMDR Certification -1994
Prepare and Enrich Pre-Marital/Marital Instrument - 1996
Introduction to Psychology
Marriage and Family
2003, 2007 - Faculty of the Year, Hope International University
2001 - Graduate Studies Alumnus of the Year, Hope International University
2001 - Yearbook Dedication
Locus of Control and Conflict Management: An Examination of the Relationship Between Locus of Control and Conflict Avoidance Among a Local Church Staff. Published as a part of online journal at Regent University.
Dissertation: Professor as Leader of Students' Faith Development: An Examination of the Relationship Between a Professor's Willingness to Share Personal Faith Information and Changes in Students' Faith Maturation.
2003 - Locus of Control and Conflict Management Paper
Regent University International Leadership Studies Conference
2009 - Healing for Damaged Emotions Series
Eastside Christian Church
2008 - Christian Counseling
Revival Church in Menifee
2006-2007 - Mind Over Marriage Seminar
Eastside Christian Church, Fullerton
Lemon Grove Christian Church
Quail Lakes Baptist Church
Diamond Canyon Christian Church
2005 - How to Minister to our Aging Parents
Christian Church of Thousand Oaks
2004 - Avoiding Pastoral Burnout 2004
Hope International Graduate Ministry Program
2003 - Teaching Children and Teenagers About Sex
Anaheim First Christian Church
2003 - Men’s Dark Side: Healing for Anger and Lust 2003
North Orange Christian Church
Christian Church of Thousand Oaks
2002 - Surviving Depression
Quail Lakes Baptist Church, Stockton, CA
Golf, fly-fishing and hiking in the Sierras with my family
PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT:
It is my life's mission to be the best husband and father I can be. Additionally, it is my mission to glorify God and advance His Kingdom in the arena of Christian higher education.
Paul Boatman serves Lincoln Christian Seminary as Academic Dean and Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, having led the Counseling department since 1978. In the fifteen years prior to coming to Lincoln, he was involved in preaching ministries in Wentzville, MO; Chester and Sailor Springs, IL, Indianapolis, IN, and inner-city and campus ministries in St. Louis, MO In addition, he and his wife have done short-term mission work, teaching and offering missionary care services nations such as India, Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines, Austria, Kenya, Congo, Mexico, St. Vincent, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Ukraine. Dr. Boatman received the Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Louis Christian College (1966), Master of Divinity from Lincoln Christian Seminary (1974), and the Doctor of Ministry from Eden Theological Seminary (1977). He has also studied in the School of Theology at St. Louis University. He has received certificates for Clinical Pastoral Education and for Pastoral Counseling from C.A.R.E. and Counseling, Inc., of St. Louis. He was and active member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors for 30 years and is a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
In addition to work with the Seminary, Dr. Boatman has served as an elder and ministry leader at Lincoln Christian Church. He also serves on the Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission and on several mission and service agency boards. Among his diversionary enjoyments are running (over 2 dozen marathons and half-marathons), backpacking and climbing (mountains and canyons throughout the American West), fishing (annual pilgrimage to the Canadian Wilderness), motorcycling, photography, and time with grandchildren.
Dr. Boatman was raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He and Mary have been married since 1966. The Boatman’s have two married daughters, Angela and Rachelle, and seven grandchildren.
South Pacific Christian Fellowship promotes fellowship, evangelism, and church growth in the self-proclaimed post-Christian countries of New Zealand and Australia. Successful church planting activity has reached many people who need to hear the Word of God in these areas. The SPCF office is located in our ACC building and E. Richard Crabtree serves as an elder for Academy Christian Church.
Kevin Dooley is founder and executive director of GlobalHOPE Initiatives (2004 to present day), a volunteer civil-diplomacy organization promoting peace through business, education and community development initiatives. Kevin has served faith-based leadership and community development initiatives in Panama, Central America for ten years, and in North Africa, Southern Europe and the USA advancing civil-diplomacy initiatives. Kevin and Kim have four children and reside in Avon, Indiana. In the USA Kevin has served as Executive Director of F.A.M.E. as well as the US Director for CICM. Kevin has a BBL from OCC, an MA from CBC&S, and an MA from Wheaton College, and certificates in micro-economic development from the Chalmers Center at Covenant College. Kevin has taught classes on cross-cultural engagement, global business and provides training for groups interested in engaging the immigrant and refugee community. For fun, Kevin has started a taxi-leasing company providing services for refugee cab-drivers in the Mid-West. Kevin recently served as president of the ICOM 2018 conference in Cincinnati – “Unhindered”
Russell W. Galbreath was born in Swayzee, Indiana, and graduated from Swayzee High School 1951. He enrolled in Minnesota Bible College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Ministerial) in 1956. While at Minnesota Bible College he also attended the University of Minnesota. Later, in California, he studied at Fuller Theological
While attending college, he was instrumental in starting a Christian Church in Clear Lake, Iowa, 1953-56. After graduation, he served an interim ministry in Kimball, Minnesota 1956 summer, before being called to serve as a Minister of Youth and Evangelism for First Christian Church, Inglewood, California. In 1959 he was called to the South Gate Church of Christ in South Gate, California as Senior Minister where he served for 11 years. He then was called to the West Seattle Christian Church as Senior Minister in February 1970 and served there faithfully for nearly 29 years. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Minnesota Bible College, his alma mater, in 1997. He retired from West Seattle Christian Church in June 1998.
Since retirement, Russ continues to be the Chaplain for the North Highline and Burien, Washington Fire Departments. Also, he has held interim ministries at New Life Christian Church, McKinley Park Christian Church, Issaquah Christian Church, and Rainier View Christian Church. He preaches when needed at area churches. He has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club for 56 years. He also serves in many capacities in community events.
Not content with serving only in church ministry, he served faithfully in brotherhood agencies. He worked with the Christian Evangelistic Association, Pleasant Valley Christian Camp, and Puget Sound Christian College as both a professor and as a member of the College Board of Trustees. While on the College Board of Trustees he served as Chairman,. He served many years on the North American Christian Convention Continuation Committee. In 1980 he was the Local Arrangements Chairman when the convention was held in Seattle. He served as the Vice President of the North American Christian Convention 1981. Russ has had the privilege of holding evangelistic meetings across the United States. He has preached in Europe, Canada, India, Korea, Japan, Okinawa, and Mexico.
Russ is married to the former Barbara Ann Bennett of O'Neill, Nebraska. She graduated from Minnesota Bible College (Music Major), and also from Pepperdine University (Education Major). Barbara directed the church choir for over 25 years, and was a High School teacher for 35 years. They have two sons. Russell B. Galbreath, who was a Police Captain for the South Gate, California Police Department from which he retired. He is now a University Professor teaching Police Science. Nathan W. Galbreath who was a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He retired from the Air Force and now works at the Pentagon, Washington D.C. as head of SAPRO Department of Defense. Russ and Barbara have two grandsons. Bryan, a Police Officer at Riverside, California, is married to Kate. They have two daughters, Molly and Emily. Their other grandson, Andrew, is a Sheriff in Riverside County California. He is married to Jennifer. They have three sons, Connor. Logan, Jake.
Dr. Holland joined the faculty in 2000 and is the Russell F. and Marian J. Blowers Professor of Christian Ministries. He grew up in the a cappella Churches of Christ and comes to Emmanuel from a fifteen-year ministry with the Singing Oaks Church of Christ in Denton, Texas. He first served as youth minister, then associate minister, college minister, and adult education minister. The last three years at Singing Oaks he also served on the staff as marriage and family therapist. For three years he conducted a private therapy practice as well. Prior to his years at Singing Oaks, he had five years of youth ministry experience in churches in Greeley, CO, and Canyon, TX. Dr. Holland is a graduate of Lubbock Christian College. He completed the M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Texas Woman’s University in 1995 and the Ph.D. in Family Studies in 1999. He has taken additional graduate studies at Abilene Christian University and West Texas State University.
Jack also has teaching experience, having been a graduate teaching assistant at Texas Woman’s University for a semester and summer, an instructor for one course each semester in 1998 at Texas Woman’s University, an adjunct faculty member at North Texas State University for a year and a half, and one semester as visiting professor at Texas Woman’s University. He is certified as a Pastoral Counseling Educator and frequently conducts workshops and seminars for churches on marriage, parenting, and other family issues.
Served over 31 years as a Chaplain in the Army, retiring in November 2013. He attained the rank of Colonel and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
He began his military service February 1982 with the Illinois National Guard. He served with the 1/123d Infantry Battalion until he entered active-duty October 1984. His active duty assignments included 1/5th Field Artillery at Fort Riley, Kansas; 512th USAAG in Guenzburg, Germany; Garrison Command at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; 2nd Infantry Division Korea; 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; 13th Corps Support Command at Fort Hood, Texas; 44th Medical Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina (including one year in Iraq); Army Medical Center & School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston Texas, 311th Signal Command, Fort Shafter, Hawaii, and his last assignment back at Army Medical Center & School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
His Military Awards included the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals (8), Army Commendation Medal (2), Army Achievement Medal (2), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal (2), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service, Korea Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Over Seas Service Ribbon (3), and the Parachute Badge.
Following retirement from the Army in 2013, worked as a Military and Family Life Counselor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and Fort Rucker, Alabama. He provided non-medical short term, situational problem-solving counseling to Soldiers and their families. Due to COVID, he no longer serves in this role
He is a graduate of San Jose Bible College (currently known as William Jessup University), 1979 and Lincoln Christian Seminary, 1984. He also graduated from Saint Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy in December 1995. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Oklahoma.
He has been married 45 years to his wife Ruth. They have three daughters and 10 grandchildren. They spend their time between Edmond, Oklahoma and Fort Myers, Florida.
Dusty Rubeck was appointed president of Church Development Fund in 2014, following ten years as president of Dallas Christian College. He has also served as Chairman, President and CEO of the Christian Network, Inc. and was the Executive Director for the North American Christian Convention. Dusty was a member of the Board of Directors of CDF from 1999 to 2006, and a member of the Board of Directors of Provision Ministry Group from 2003 to 2006. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Arts from Dallas Christian College.
J. Michael Shannon is a semi-retired preacher and ministry professor. Mike is a third-generation preacher in the Christian churches. He holds degrees from Milligan College, Kentucky Christian College, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, and received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Shannon has held preaching ministries and church planting ministries in Tennessee, Florida, Ohio, and Kentucky. He taught at Cincinnati Christian University for over 20 years where he also served as Dean of the Seminary. More recently he served on the faculty of Johnson University.
Mike is the author or co-author of seven books for ministers and the Bible study book, Lighten Up. He is a regular contributor to Preaching Magazine and was a contributor to Lookout, Christian Standard, Devotion, and the Standard Lesson Commentary.
His interests include visiting presidential historical sites, collecting Dr. Pepper memorabilia, and anything related to The Andy Griffith Show.