Tom Ellsworth


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.


Tom Burbrink


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 Boatman

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.


Richard Crabtree

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.

Russ Galbreath


Jack Holland

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.

Dan Moll


Mike Shannon


Wayne Shaw

Wayne E. Shaw is dean emeritus and adjunct professor of preaching at Lincoln (Illinois) Christian Seminary of Lincoln Christian University.

Kevin Dooley

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”




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