Meet the Dedicated Adjunct Faculty
MICHAEL J. BROOKS
B.A., Samford University; M.A., Auburn University; M.Div., D.Min., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Michael J. Brooks began service as pastor of Siluria Baptist Church in Alabaster on June 30, 2014. He previously served the Pine Flat Baptist Church in the Cahaba Baptist Association for 12 years as pastor. His other pastorates have included the First Baptist Church of Selma and the First Baptist Church of Decatur, Alabama.
Brooks has taught public speaking and journalism at Judson College, Wallace Community College Selma, Faulkner University, Jefferson State Community College Hoover, Tennessee Temple University, Luther Rice College and Seminary, and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary extensions in Birmingham and North Georgia, including two courses for New Orleans at the Philipps Prison in Buford, Ga.
Brooks and his wife Donna have two children and three grandsons in the Birmingham metro area. He enjoys reading history and biography, and collecting political memorabilia. He is a member of the American Political Items Collectors, the Jimmy Carter Political Items Collectors, serving as vice-president, and the Republican Political Items Collectors, serving as treasurer. Brooks also writes a weekly devotional column published in several Alabama newspapers.
B.S., Wingate University; M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; D.Min., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
William Coleman has been a pastor for over 20 years. He is currently pastoring a church plant in Kannapolis, NC. He joined Luther Rice College & Seminary as an adjunct professor in 2013. He holds a B.S. degree in Business Management, Master’s degree in Divinity, and Doctorate degree in Expository Preaching.
Coleman and his wife, Tiffany, reside in Kannapolis, NC. They have 2 children in college, Austin and Alaina. He loves teaching, preaching, being a local pastor, and missions (at home and around the world). Coleman typically takes two international mission trips a year to countries such as Brazil, Vietnam, China, Moldova, Honduras, Nicaragua, and India.
B.S., University of North Georgia; M.S., Georgia State University
Julie Davis earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of North Georgia and her master's degree in Science Education from Georgia State University. She has taught science for the last eighteen years and has been on staff at Luther Rice for the past two years.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, learning about health and nutrition, and traveling. Davis and her husband reside in Covington, Georgia. The have the privilege of raising three wonderful children.
B.A., Warner University; M.A., Reformed Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Regent University
Rol Erickson spent more than 25 years serving in a variety of non-for profit organizations. For over eight years he had the privilege of serving as a missionary and then later as a consultant for a mission organization. One of his passions during that time period was leadership development and working with young emerging leaders in rural church plants as well as seasoned leaders in large established churches. At another time in his life he served as a minister of pastoral care in a mega church in Florida. Currently, he is living in Costa Rica to support a new organization focusing on leadership development for rural pastors.
For over a decade Erickson also had an independent consulting business with clients that included Kodak’s photo finishing plant Qualex, training for corporate McDonald’s managers, but primarily smaller business with fifty employees or less. Most recently his consulting has been focused on being a subject matter expert in support of curriculum development for several universities.
Erickson taught as an adjunct professor for several Christian universities for over 13 years and as a full time Associate Professor of Business for five years. He currently serves as a board member for a mission organization based in Costa Rica.
He is a member of River Oaks Presbyterian church, and his life verse is, "I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14)."
WILLIAM L. (BILL) JAGGAR
B.A., Mississippi College; M.Div., Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Bill Jaggar served pastorates in Mississippi, Texas, Florida and Georgia, holding numerous associational, state and convention positions. He taught Systematic Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary as a graduate student, and has preached numerous revivals over the years.
His focus in Ph.D. work was historical theology with minors in Baptist History and Philosophy of Religion and writing a dissertation entitled The Impassibility of God as Atonement Motif in the Theology of Martin Luther. Jaggar had additional study under the renowned W. D. Davies at Bright Divinity School at Texas Christian University.
Since 2000, Jaggar has taught Church History courses at Luther Rice, which brings him great pleasure to see the growth in knowledge, understanding and wisdom of his students for the Kingdom of Christ. He has recently finished a monumental three volume history of Christianity, entitled The Resurrected Jesus Christ and His Historical Followers, with publication of volume one scheduled for fall 2016.
B.S., Toccoa Falls College; M.A., University of Central Florida; Ed.S., Valdosta State University
Jonathan Henderson completed the last 5 classes of his graduate degree in History at the University of Cambridge in England. In 2007 he was a Fulbright Scholar to China and in 2011 he taught high school classes and lectured at universities in Central Asia as a US State Department Fellow. He has written ancillary materials for several major World History college textbooks and is a contributor to the forthcoming, The Sea in World History.
For ten years Henderson was an adult Sunday School teacher and also served as a deacon in his home church. He has two sons and a daughter and lives with his family in Forsyth county, Georgia.
B.A., Piedmont College; M.Div., Th.M., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Andrew Martin began teaching at Loganville Christian Academy (LCA) teaching middle school and progressed teaching each successive grade in middle and high school. He now shares his time teaching Christian Worldview and Theology at LCA and Church History at Luther Rice College.
Martin is married to his best friend Julie. They have three children: two boys and a girl.
B.S., University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; M.A., Sam Houston State University; Currently pursuing Ed.D., Liberty University
Before joining the online faculty at Luther Rice College & Seminary, Marisa May taught math classes at a nearby public high school and college for ten years. She truly enjoys teaching and seeks to share meaning learning experiences with her students.
May is married to her college sweetheart, Chris. They live in Texas, together with their five children. They both serve their local church through the worship team.
B.A., Baylor University; M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Jeff Meyers is currently in his 24th year of ministry. In addition to serving in various staff positions such as youth pastor, teaching pastor, and vocational evangelist, Meyers has senior pastor experience in Texas, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, and Alabama. He is currently the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Opelika, Alabama. He joined Luther Rice College & Seminary as an adjunct professor in 2008. His bachelor’s degree is in Religion, master’s degree in Divinity, and his Ph.D. is in Evangelism with a minor in Missions.
Meyers is married to his wife Traci of 20 years. They have three boys still at home. Jeff loves to preach, teach, and lead a local church and his favorite personal activities are exercising with his wife and watching his boys play various sports.
B.A., Florida Bible College; M.A., M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
Max Mills has been married to his high school sweetheart, Nancy, for over 49 years. She has just retired from teaching third grade at Forest Elementary, near their home in Forest, Virginia. Mills is an Assistant Professor in the Community Care and Counseling department at Liberty University.
Mills has four children (Amy, Kathryn, Donna and David) and eight grandchildren. Two of their daughters and sons-in-law are successful church planters who have designed a church planting curriculum, which is now being used by the North American Mission Board, as well as twenty-five other networks and denominations. Their book, It’s Not Personal is used in church planting. One daughter, who recently received her Doctor of Nursing Practice, is a professor at Liberty University. Their son is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force; currently studying for a ministry with military men who are struggling with addictions. One son-in-law serves as the chaplain at Bedford Hospital, in Bedford, Virginia.
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; M.Div., Columbia Biblical Seminary; Th.M., Ph.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Before joining the online faculty of Luther Rice College & Seminary, Howard Owens was a missionary in France (1989-2001) and received a Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also taught as an adjunct professor. He has taught online at Tennessee Temple University, and currently teaches at Liberty University and Piedmont International University.
Owens' areas of interests are missions, Christian education, and Biblical studies. He is married to Trudy, they have three adult children and one grandson. His interests are flying machines, hiking, gardening, and listening to music.
B.A., University of Delaware; M.Div., Westminster Seminary; Ph.D., Regent University
Before joining the online faculty of Luther Rice College & Seminary, Jamie Swalm spent over twenty years as a pastor in various roles from youth pastor to church planter to senior pastor. As an avid entrepreneur, Swalm has started several companies and is currently the CEO of a thriving Keller Williams Realty office in Delaware. He also currently serves as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University teaching in the Masters of Organizational Leadership Program.
Swalm is married to his college sweetheart Cathy. They reside in Delaware together with their four children, three of which are triplet boys. Swalm is a licensed realtor in Delaware, an avid real estate investor, and a performance coach for the Delaware Real Estate Investors Association. In his spare time he writes and blogs about spiritual growth at www.jamieswalm.com.