Building Others Through Christian Principles


Kelsey Blackwell


A.A., Jones College

B.S., University of Southern Mississippi

M.Ed., William Carey University


Bob Burch


A.A. in Bible, Southeastern Baptist College

B.S. in Church Ministries, Southeastern Baptist College

MM/MBS/MCE, Tennessee Temple University


Lance Chancellor


A.A., Jones County Junior College

B.S.B.A., University of Southern Mississippi

M.B.A., University of Southern Mississippi

Bio: Lance Chancellor is a graduate of Jones County Junior College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree with a major in Marketing and a Master of Business Administration degree with a major in Marketing Management. He has extensive national and international marketing experience and is an entrepreneur who has successfully launched and operated four businesses. He is married to Danette (Goyer) Chancellor and they have three children who are each married along with two grandchildren. Lance currently serves as the Grants/Statistical Administrator for the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and also serves as a Tactical Medic on the SWAT Team. His civic involvement includes serving with Powers Fire & Rescue as a Level 2 Certified Volunteer Firefighter and nationally registered Emergency Medical Responder and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Laurel. He and his wife Danette are active members of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Samuel Creel 

History/Business Law

B.S. in History, University of Southern Mississippi

M.S. in History, University of Southern Mississippi

J.D. Law, Mississippi College

Rosemary Davis 


A.A., Southeastern Baptist College

B.A., William Carey University

M.A., William Carey University

Dustin R. Holifield


A.A. in Pre-Accounting, Jones County Junior College

B.S.B.A., Accounting Major, University of Southern Mississippi

Master of Public Accountancy, University of Southern Mississippi

Graduate Studies, Economics & MBA, MSU, USM, and DSU

Sharon Howard 


B.F.A., University of Southern Mississippi

M.E.D. in Gifted Education, University of Southern Mississippi

M.A.E. in Art Education, emphasis in Drawing and Painting, William Carey University

Bio: Sharon Howard is an artist and art educator.  She grew up in Ellisville, MS.  Professor Howard holds a BFA from USM; an MA-Gifted and an MA-Art Education from William Carey University.  She has been a born-again Believer in Jesus Christ since 1976.  Her love for God’s nature has inspired her and motivated her to become a landscape artist.  Her media of choice is oil, pastel, and mixed media.


Corbey Jones 


B.S. in Bible/Ministry, Southeastern Baptist College

M.A. in History, Sam Houston State University


Jonathan McGowan 

Oral Communication

B.A. in Media Production, University of Southern Mississippi

M.S. in Mass Communication, University of Southern Mississippi


Elijah McSwain


Bachelor in Business Administration, University of Southern Mississippi

M.A. in Ministry, Grace Christian University

Bio: Elijah C. McSwain Sr. is an American biblist, fourth generational preacher, Christian educator, pastor-teacher, Christian author, and devoted ambassador for Jesus Christ. As a follower of Jesus Christ, he is very studious about Christian orthodox and praxis. He is passionate and zealous about the work of the ministry. His objective in life is to present a Bible-based, theological-driven, faithful exposition, and doctrinal truth that will enhance the spiritual formation of every individual that comes within his vicinity. Elijah has a heart for leaving a legacy of biblical truth that stems from the Word of God intended to better equip other believers for generations to come.

As an avid believer, Elijah is committed to studying to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). His commitment to discipleship is seen in his personal study of God’s Word as well as his religious educational background. Within the field of Christian education, he is a graduate of Grace Christian University located in Grand Rapids, MI, where he received his formal theological and biblical training upon completion of his Master of Arts in Ministry degree (April 27, 2019). His collegiate education also denotes that he is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration on December 12, 2008.

Elijah is active within the religious arena as he serves in the capacity of an adjunct professor at Southeastern Baptist College, he serves in the pastoral role for a local congregation in Mississippi, and he engages in ministry outreach through his podcast (The Christian Inquiry Podcast) as well as his book writing company called The Christian Inquiry. Formerly, he has served as a volunteer ambassador for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Within his respective roles of servitude, he is enthusiastic about carrying out the mission of the kingdom to exalt the saints through biblical doctrine and point the lost to Christ through evangelism. Notably, he believes in being steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that his labor will not be in vain in the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58).


Gary O’Neal 


B.A. in Christian Ministry, Trinity Baptist College

M.Div., BMA Theological Seminary

Ph.D., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary


Aaron Parker 

Bible, Greek, Pastoral Studies

B.A., Southeastern Baptist College

M.Div., Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary

D.Min., Reformed Theological Seminary


Ryan Reed 


B.S., Blue Mountain College

M.Div., New Orleans Theological Seminary


Stacy Ruth 

Psychology and Sociology

B.S. Social Services, Mississippi College

M.S., Social Services, Mississippi College


Chad Seals 

Computer Technology

B.S.B.A. in Management Information Systems, University of Southern Mississippi

MS in Instructional Technology, University of Southern Mississippi

Bio: Chad Seals is the instructor for Introduction to Computer Applications and Microcomputer Applications. Chad has over twenty years of experience in the educational technology field.  He holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems and a Masters of Science in Instructional Technology from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Shannon Slover 

Church Ministries

B.S. in Mass Communication, McNeese State University

M.A., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary


Jermaine Brown


BSBA, Jackson State University

MS, Sports Administration, University of Southern Mississippi

Education Specialist, Educational Administration, University of Southern Mississippi


Brandon Powell 


BA, Biblical Studies, Blue Mountain College

MDiv, Christian Ministries, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

DMin, Leadership and Administration, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

Bio: I currently teach Christian Doctrine I.


Anita Jo Waltman 


AA, Jones County Junior College

BS, Mathematics, University of Southern Mississippi

MS, Science Education (Math Education), University of Southern Mississippi


Jerel Wade


BS, Elementary Education, William Carey University

MED, Education Administration and Supervision, University of Southern Mississippi

Bio: Born and reared in Jones County, MS, I am a graduate of West Jones High School. I attended Jones County Junior College and received a B.S. in Elementary Education from William Carey University in 1996. I earned an M.Ed. degree in Educational Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi. I have been an educator for 25 years in elementary, middle, and high schools and was the Owner/Director of a tutoring center for 12 years. I currently serve as the principal at Perry Central High School in New Augusta, MS. I live in the Shady Grove community with my wife Sarah and our three children, Carson (15), Malynn (7), and Baylor (4 months).


Jennifer Ulmer 


BS, Biology/Chemistry, University of Southern Mississippi

MBA, Business Administration, University of Mississippi


Caroline Burks

Bio: Caroline Burks holds a master’s degree in business and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Mississippi State University.  She is the owner of Guild and Gentry, a local retail store.  The winner of multiple state industry awards, she brings her day-to-day experience to business education.  


Robert Larry Welborn


Bio: Larry is a retired partner in health care services at HORNE LLP. He provided health care consulting by providing audit, accounting, Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement, and other management advisory services for health care clients.

Larry has been associated with HORNE since 1971 and has played a key role in expanding the firm to one of the region’s largest CPA firms. He has conducted numerous audits of health care providers, has been responsible for the preparation or review of Medicare/Medicaid Cost Reports, and has been involved in various consulting engagements relating to Medicaid DSH & UPL, Medicare DSH Studies, executive compensation plans, strategic planning issues, coding audits, and Chargemaster reviews.

Larry earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He currently serves as Treasurer of the Southeastern Baptist College Foundation.


Reid Guy

Bio: Dr. Reid Guy is a native of Laurel, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Mississippi College where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, as well as a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. He has over 20 years of ministry experience as a volunteer leader and church staff. Much of Reid’s ministry experience has focused on church growth strategy, recovery ministry, and leadership development. Reid has experience in launching a multi-site church campus, church revitalization, and church planting. He also served as a Leadership Development Manager with Samaritan’s Purse, one of the world’s largest Christian non-profit organizations.

Reid is married to Dr. Lori Guy and they have lived in the North Mobile area since August of 2019. Together, they operate the 128 Project, which is a non-profit organization that operates Bible Institutes across Africa. Currently, they oversee 3 institutes in 2 African countries. These Bible Institutes train and equip pastors to go and plant churches across Africa.

Reid and Lori have one son, Beckett. 

You can find out more about Reid at his website, or on his blog at


Gary O’Neal

Bio: I grew up in south Mississippi, attending Paramount Baptist Church in Perkinston. My pastor, Bro George Reddin, lead me to the Lord when I was eleven years old. When I was twenty, I surrendered to the ministry and went to Jacksonville, Florida to attend Trinity Baptist College. I met my wife while in college and after college we moved to New Hampshire where we served in two churches. After ten years, we moved to Jacksonville, Texas, where I attended BMATS and received an MDiv degree. We moved to the Tupelo, Mississippi, area after seminary where I pastored and went to Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis and received my Ph.D. Since 2014, I have pastored Oak Park Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.

I have taught the Pentateuch (OT332), Historical Books I (OT333), Historical Books II (OT334), OT Poetry (435), Personal Books (NT332), Doctrinal Books I (NT333), Doctrinal Books II (NT334), and Doctrinal Books III (NT435).


Jennifer Ulmer

Bio: Jennifer resides in the Sharon community of Laurel, MS with her husband Tommy and attends First Baptist Church of Sharon where she and Tommy serve their deacon families and the church. She also serves on the finance committee at Sharon and enjoys teaching preschool Sunday school. She is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Emily (24) and Karsyn (21).  Jennifer graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelors’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  She completed her education at the University of Mississippi earning a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Currently, Jennifer is employed as the Executive Assistant to Financial Services at Sanderson Farms, Inc. and enjoys teaching online business courses at Southeastern Baptist College.


Richard Lopez

A.A. Southeastern Baptist College

B.S. The University of Southern Mississippi

M.A. William Carey University

Ed.S. The University of Southern Mississippi

Bio: 39 Years In the Educational Field (From Pre-K 3 to College Graduates)

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