B.A., M.A., Columbia International University, Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas
B.S. Lee University, M.A., Church of God Theological Seminary, M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.S., Liberty University, M.A., Columbia International University, SC Licensed Professional Counselor Intern.
B.S., Wayland Baptist University, M..A., Columbia International University; SC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
Ph.D., Trinity International University; M.A., Asbury Theological Seminary; B.A., Trevecca Nazarene
Dr. Phyllis Kilbourn is the founder of Rainbows of Hope and Crisis Care Training International, both global ministries of WEC International to children in crisis. She is a child advocate, trauma trainer, and author/editor of a number of handbooks focused on interviews for children in crisis, and has served in Liberia and Kenya with WEC International. She holds a Ph.D. in education from Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL., a MA in Christian education from Asbury Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Trevecca Nazarene. Dr. Kilbourn has taught crisis care training seminars and/or conducted research in many countries across Africa, Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. Truly she is one of the most respected pioneers of the children-in-crisis movement.
D.Min.,Trinity Evangelical University; M.A. Religious Education, Birmingham Theological Seminary; B.S. Biblical Education, Columbia Bible College/CIU
Dr. Vernard Gant is the director of Urban School Services with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). In this position, Dr. Gant is responsible for overseeing over 400 Christian schools throughout the nation that target and serve minority, under-resourced, and urban children. Dr. Gant has been with ACSI for 13 years.
Prior to joining ACSI, Dr. Gant:
- Started and ran a scholarship program to enable moderate and low income children to attend private schools
- Started two Christian schools targeting and serving low-income children in Birmingham, AL.
- Ran a summer camp for inner-city children
- Served in the children’s ministry in his local church.
Dr. Gant has also served as both a college and seminary professor where he developed a master’s degree program for pastors and ministers. He currently serves:
- On the executive board of the Black Alliance for Educational Options
- On the board of the Alliance for Choice in Education
- The Life Skills Center (An alternative school for at-risk students)
- Chairs the Colorado State Advisory Committee for the US Commission on Civil Rights
- On the board of the American Center for School Choice and serves as Vice chair of the Faith Base Commission for the American Center for School Choice
- As an adjunct professor with Columbia International University
Dr. Gant awards include:
- Twice recipient of the Outstanding Young Religious Leader Award presented by the Inner City Jaycees of Birmingham, AL.
- Received the Outstanding Young Religious Leader Award presented by the Alabama Jaycees.
- Named “Birminghamian of the Year” by Birmingham Magazine, a publication of the Birmingham Area Chamber of Commerce.
- Recipient of the Jefferson Award presented by the American Institute for Public Service in Washington, DC.
- Recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award presented by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Dr. Gant and his family reside in Colorado Springs, CO. where he is now observing his 35th year of doing urban ministry.
Ph.D. Leadership, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; B.R.E. Pre-Seminary, Baptist Bible College; Th.M. Old Testament, Grace Theological Seminary
Dr. Mark Eckel is Professor of Leadership, Education, and Discipleship for Capital Bible Seminary. Indianapolis, Indiana is his home. For 30 years Mark has served the Christian education community as a high school teacher, college professor, and international speaker. Mark’s responsibilities have included daily instruction, curriculum development, mentoring teachers, and conference speaking on Christian education issues in hundreds of venues.In 1995 Cedarville University selected Mark as the Delta Chi Teacher of the Year. In 2010 Lenawee Christian School honored Mark with its Heart for Leadership Award.
Mark’s original curricula Let God Be God: The Nature and Characteristics of God and Timeless Truth: An Apologetic for the Reliability, Authenticity, and Authority of Scripture have served the Christian school movement around the world. In 2006 Mark consulted with Chuck Colson to produce a curriculum for high school students called Rewired. Since then he has produced both online and print curricula for various ministries. Mark’s book The Whole Truth: Classroom Strategies for Biblical Integration has helped thousands of Christian school teachers practice biblical integration in their classrooms. While in the Educational Ministries Department at Moody Bible Institute, Mark developed and wrote the course “Faith and Learning” instituted in 2004. In 2011 Dr. Eckel designed the Interdisciplinary Studies Program (IDS) for Crossroads Bible College.
Intégrité has recently published four of Mark’s scholarly journal articles: one on faculty evaluation in higher education, another on adult learning, a third about Hebrew ideals of education, and the most recent on the impetus death provides for learning. Mark has also contributed a chapter to Four Perspectives on Your Child’s Education (Broadman & Holman, 2009).In the summer of 2010 Dr. Eckel presented two papers.At the C.S. Lewis Conference at Taylor University Mark delivered a paper entitled, “Devils in My Heart: Chesterton’s View of Human Nature through Father Brown.”At the International Institute for Christian Studies Dr. Eckel spoke on “And the Nations Will Say: Apologetic Testimony from an Unlikely Source.” Summer and Fall of 2011 Mark spoke at Indiana Wesleyan University’s “Faith in the Science Classroom,” Biblical Leadership at Columbia International University, two courses for the M.A., Ph.D. programs at Lancaster Bible College/Graduate School on theological foundations, and day long Christian school events in Arizona and Colorado. In the summer of 2011 Mark’s children–Tyler and Chelsea–helped their dad write three, 4,000 word essays on Stephen Crane, Jane Austen, and the Romantic poets. Mark writes book and movie reviews, essays, and audio-blogs for Moody Radio. He is continuing work on a Christian critique of Gothic horror novels such as Frankenstein.
Providence Center for Urban Leadership Development (PCULD) in Denver, CO has asked Mark to be scholar-in-residence for the 2012-13 fellowship year. Dr. Eckel will coordinate curriculum and teach in the program dedicated to developing Christian city leaders.
Dr. Eckel is a featured speaker and writer on faith-learning integration, worldview, culture, film critique, apologetics, education, curriculum development, instructional methodologies, and Christian school philosophy.Mark is an ordained minister with a Th.M. in Old Testament and a Ph.D. in Leadership.
Mark’s wife Robin is a second grade Christian school teacher. They have two grown children: Tyler and Chelsea.
Besides family and friends, NFL football, Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee, Syracuse Lacrosse, books, movies, and maple sugar candy (among many good things in God’s creation) bring a smile to Mark’s face.
Dr. Sinclair serves as a Member Care Provider with United World Mission, teaches clinical mental health nursing at Marquette University College of Nursing, and works as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In the past she has worked as a Family Nurse practitioner and Manager of Parish Nursing and Health Ministry at Presbyterian Hospital as well as numerous other nursing/psychiatric positions.
Dr. Sinclair holds a DMin in Member Care from Columbia Biblical Seminary, a MSN, FNP from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a MA in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University, and a BSN from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Dorman established Your Next Step Institute in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where he still serves. He has spoken and taught in my places in the United States and around the world.
He holds a Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts (Bible) from Asbury College. He has also attended Columbia International University, Coastal Carolina University and Richmond College in London England.
Dr. Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is the Executive Director of Nancy K. Perry Children’s Shelter in West Columbia and Assistant Professor at South University. In the past he has been in private practice, has extensive experience in positions with the State of South Carolina and has written and presented various papers.
He holds a PHD (Counselor Education) from the University of South Carolina, a MA (Counseling Psychology) from Ball State University and a BA (History and Political Science) from Georgia Southern University.