Commissioners

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Tom Ellsworth

President

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.

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Tom Burbrink

Treasurer

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.

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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.

EDUCATION:

  • 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

CREDENTIALS/CERTIFICATIONS:

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

COURSES:

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Adolescent Psychology

  • Child Psychology

  • Social Psychology

  • Marriage and Family

  • Counseling Theories

  • Counseling Skills

  • Group Dynamics

  • Leadership Skills

KEY AWARDS/AFFILIATIONS:

2003, 2007 - Faculty of the Year, Hope International University
2001 - Graduate Studies Alumnus of the Year, Hope International University
2001 - Yearbook Dedication

ACADEMIC INTERESTS:

  • Positive Psychology

  • Learned Optimism

  • Conflict Management

  • Cognitive Psychology

  • Emerging Leadership

PUBLICATIONS:

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.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS:

Academic Presentation:

2003 - Locus of Control and Conflict Management Paper
Regent University International Leadership Studies Conference

Presentations:

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

HOBBIES/INTERESTS:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

Kevin.Dooley@att.net

317-728-6012

@BeDiplomacy

@KevinDooleyOnline

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Russ Galbreath

Russ Galbrath began in 1998 at North Highline and now also Burien Fire Department. Married in 1955 to Barbara Ann Bennett. Father of two Sons: Russell Bennett Galbreath and Nathan Wayne Galbreath. Grandfather of two Grandsons, and a Great Grandfather of two girls and one boy. Education; Minnesota Bible College University of Minnesota and Fuller Theological Seminary. Ministered to churches in: Clear Lake, Iowa; Inglewood, CA; South Gate, CA; Seattle, WA.  Held crusades in India, Korea, Japan, and several in the United States. Served as Chaplain on board of over 30 cruises. Since retired served as Interim Minister for several congregations. Guest Professor at Puget Sound Christian College and received Christian Service Award of Merit. Retired after 29 Distinguished Service Award by the Board of Commissioners of the North Highline Fire District.

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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.

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Dan Moll

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Dusty Rubeck

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.

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Mike Shannon