Your Academic Team

Dr. Adiaha Strange

Vice-President of Academic Affairs 

Adiaha Strange, Ed.D., became Vice President of Academic Affairs in September 2018 and has just finished her first year as VPAA. Although not the first African American to hold this position, she is the first female to be hired as VPAA in the school’s 23-year history.

Dr. Strange holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Prior to being promoted to Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Strange had served on faculty since January 2011.

Dr. Strange  has also served as an additional teaching resource with experience in giving seminars and facilitating courses in the Department of Professional Studies / The School of Arts and Sciences / the College of Arts and Sciences / & The School of Business Management, using a remote online platform for both distance and traditional educational institutions, to include an international campus.

Dr. Strange is also Nationally Board Certified, NBCT. National Board Certification recognizes accomplished teachers in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education.

Dr. Strange founded and operated a business that proudly provided services to children and adults with disabilities under a contract with Medicaid, Medicare, and Veterans Assistance from 2000 to 2018. Her research experience includes a qualitative phenomenological study to explore the attitudes, beliefs, and behavior of providers of adult care services with regards to their effect on the challenges faced by consumers with disabilities. This business was founded after working in the classroom and seeing the need for additional transition and support for students, beyond high school.

She received the 2017 Educator of Excellence Award from North Carolina Department of Public Instruction nominated by a successful co-teaching collaboration with North Carolina Department of North Carolina Virtual Public Instruction for students in the  Exceptional Children’s Program.

Dr. Strange has over a decade of educational, administrative, and accreditation experience. She actively participates in TRACS accreditation visits as a Team Evaluator in the areas of Distance Learning pedagogy and in the development of curriculum.

Garry Baldwin, D.Min

Head of Department of Pastoral Studies 

Dr. Garry Baldwin has ministered and Pastored Churches across North Carolina and has led Mission Teams around the World for over 40 years. Since 2004, he has served in Charlotte, NC as Pastor of Midwood Baptist Church in the Plaza Midwood/NoDa area.  His love for discipleship inspired him to begin teaching at Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary in 2005 in order to help train and mentor Urban Pastors.  He now serves as Department head for Pastoral Studies and the Masters of Divinity Degree. Dr. Baldwin earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from The Citadel, Charleston, SC, May 1976, a Master of Divinity with Religious Education, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC May, 1981, a Doctor of Christian Counseling, Bethany Theological Seminary, May 1988  and a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership Studies, with a focus on Marriage and Family Discipleship and Counseling. Carolina Graduate School of Divinity, Greensboro, NC, May, 2015 (Magna Cum Laude Graduate)   DISSERTATION: Marriage and the Family Made in Heaven(Applying the Biblical Principles of Galatians 5:22-23 to the Practical Issues of Marriage and the Family)

Dr. Baldwin has served as Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Studies with Southern Theological Seminary in Owensboro Kentucky, 2001-2004.  Guest Adjunct Professor, Baptist Theological Seminary of Malawi, Africa 2003. NC Baptist Convention Missions Leadership 2005-Present  (Leadership Training Conferences in Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Nepal and Kenya, Africa)

Dr. Baldwin is the author of  3 books, “The Fruit Flavored Family”, “Here we Stand: Romans, a study guide”, and “Dr. Luke Discusses Discipleship: A devotional study through the book of Acts.”

Dr. Baldwin is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors 2005 – Present. A Board Certified Pastoral Counselor (Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counselors) 2016- Present . He is a Certified SYMBIS Pre-Marital Counselor and a Certified DISC Personality Profile Trainer He also was Teacher of the Year at Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary 2009 and 2015.

Lawrence Helms, PH.D.

Head of Department of Biblical Studies

A.A.-Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute
B.A.-Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.A.-Southern Evangelical Seminary
Ph.D.-Piedmont International University



James Logan, D.Min.

Head of the Department of Urban Christian Ministry

Serves as Senior Pastor of Kingdom Fellowship Christian Center in Charlotte, NC and as Presiding Bishop over Kingdom Fellowship of Churches International. He is Professor & Department Chair of Urban Christian Studies at Charlotte Christian College & Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Urban Ministry at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary-Charlotte, NC.

He has led National & International Seminars & Conferences through Jim Logan Evangelistic Ministries and has been an Active Advocate and Participant in congregational renewal as President and Founder of Jim Logan Evangelistic Ministries.

Dr. Logan has pursued Ph.D. coursework at Regent University concentrating in Theology and Ecclesiology. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree in Evangelism from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. His Dissertation was entitled: Evangelism in the African American Presbyterian Congregation: Equipping the Church for Growth. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ concentrating in Speech communication. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH majoring in religion.

He has received additional training in Neurolinguistic Programming; served as an Evangelism Consultant in the Presbyterian Church, USA; served as a trainer in Parish Visitation Skills, Listening Skills, and Conflict Resolution through LEAD Consultants Incorporated.

Prior to founding Kingdom Fellowship Christian Center, he served as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff of Bread of Life Christian Ministry in Charlotte, NC; Adjunct Professor, Urban Ministry and Urban Evangelism, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC; Adjunct Professor of Evangelism and Homiletics at Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, NC; Instructor in Homiletics at More Than Conquerors School of the Ministry in Charlotte, NC; Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, VA; Campus Minister at Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA; Racial Ethnic Minority Recruiter, Admissions Department, Princeton Theological Seminary; Trustee, Board of Trustees, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ; Chair, Student Life Committee, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ, (Oversaw the range of student issues from admissions, to student indebtedness, to field work, placement, housing and health. Also served on the Investment Committee responsible for the seminary’s endowment.); Member, Academic Affairs Committee, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ (Oversaw the five- and ten-year reaccreditation review through ATS (2004) and MSCHE (2009), First curriculum overhaul in thirty years. Oversaw, reviewed and recommended to the full board appointments of faculty and executive staff, worked with the President and Academic Dean in institutional assessment, library (including overseeing 70 million dollar new library), Continuing Education, special projects such as the Dead Sea Scrolls Project, etc.; Member, Board of Advisors, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte Campus; Alumni Trustee, Board of Trustees, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ; Served on the Student Affairs Committee (Now Student Life), Library Committee (Incorporated into Academic Affairs, and the Technology Committee (Incorporated into Academic Affairs).

Among the many awards he has garnered over the years, he received the Outstanding Young Men of America, 1980, 1987; International Who’s Who of Intellectuals, 1981; International Who’s Who in Community Service, 1980, 1982; and, Alumnus-in-Residence, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1991.

Among his published works are the following: Article: Second-Career Students Offer Greater Depths of Urgency to the Church: published in PTS Alumni/ae News, Spring 1991; Article: Worship in the African American Religious Experience: published in Reform: What Is Christian Worship? 2000; Article: Worship: An African American Perspective: published by Reformed Liturgy & Worship: volume xxxi, Numbers 3 & 4, 1997; Article: Black Pentecostalism: published in Encyclopedia of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, Stanley M. Burgess, editor, 2006; Sermon: There’s No Place Like Home: included in A Passion for the Gospel, Confessing Jesus Christ for the 21st Century: Geneva Press, 2000; Sermon: Reopen the Door: included in A Cry of Need and of Joy, Confessing the Faith in a New Millennium, volume One, Reformation Press, 2002; and, a book entitled: Moses: A Profile in Effective Christian Leadership, 2019.

He has taught, lectured and preached all over the world including but not limited to: More Than Conquerors School of Ministry Instructor: Homiletics; Hood Theological Seminary Adjunct Professor: Four courses, two per semester: Senior Preaching: Preparation and Delivery of Sermons; Resources for Preaching; and Evangelism; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo: Taught Pastors for a week on issues relative to pastoral leadership (2004); Preached in churches across the country leading renewal events, men’s retreats, homiletics seminars, marriage retreats/workshops and Bible conferences; and, CUPEI, Brussels, Belgium: Lecture on Introduction to Urban Ministry.

Wesley McCarter, D.Min.

Head of the Doctor of Ministry Program

M.A. in Biblical Studies, Carolina Graduate School of Divinity
D.Min.  in Biblical Preaching, Carolina Graduate School of Divinity
Ph.D. Candidate in Theology (New Testament), North-West University




Billy O. Fleming, D.Min.


Dr. Bill Fleming, Jr. is a semi-retired pastor living in Waxhaw, North Carolina. He teaches preaching and spiritual formation at Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Bill is also a practicing spiritual director. He served as a parish minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian denomination for forty years. He has pastored seven churches and served in several denominational offices. He has taught at Charlotte Christian since 2005 and was the Director of Pastoral Studies at Charlotte Christian for five years. He has also served as a Hospice chaplain, a church developer, and an instructor in the Dominican Republic and Guinea Bissau, Africa. He currently teachers at Charlotte Christian and practices personal spiritual direction with the Emmaus Center for Spirituality in Charlotte. He is a certified spiritual director and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, Spiritual Directors International, and the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.

Bill holds a B. A. in Bible from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, a Master of Divinity from Erskine Theological Seminary in Due West, South Caroline, a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta. He is a member of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association, Spiritual Directors International, and is an associate with the Emmaus Center for Spirituality in Charlotte.

He also enjoys storytelling, writing, and music.

Bill is the author of Mapping the Christian Life, published by RevPress in 2010, Prayer: The Adventure: A six part study in Prayer, The Fruit of the Spirit: God’s Garden of Heavenly Delights, Personal Evangelism, Wild Child and Good Son: A Parable for Fathers and Sons, and How To Tell a Story: The Art of Being Interesting. He is currently working on two book—The Faith Matrix and At Play in the Garden of the Lord. He has also published two books of poetry. He has been published in The Herald, The Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Christianity Today, Preaching, and The Wittenburg Door.

Bill manages a resource website for Spiritual Formation—www.faithmatrix.com, which provides connections for those seeking to grow in the Spirit.

Garry Gates


Garry Gates is an educator and pastor with thirty years’ experience in teaching, training, pastoral counseling, small group development, community integration, and first impressions ministry.  He is passionate about impacting others for Christ by joining God in bringing healing and hope to the lives of others through the power of the gospel.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Elon University and a Masters of Divinity with Religious Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Garry began teaching part time for Charlotte Christian College & Theological Seminar in January of 2020. He also serves as Associational Missions Strategist (Associational Director of Missions) for the Mount Zion Baptist Association.  Garry has served in various churches in North Carolina, with the Hope Counseling Center, and has served in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Garry is a Certified Prepare/Enrich Pre- Marital/Marriage Counselor and a Certified DISC Personality Profile Trainer.

Kathryn Harmon, MLIS


Katie Harmon has a Master’s degree in library science from UNCG, as well as a Master’s in religious studies from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor’s in journalism from High Point University. She has extensive experience in academic tutoring, as well as in-class instruction, and information literacy.

Katie also has a passion for working with diverse and underserved communities and even interned in the library at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Jail. Katie loves to inspire curiosity and confidence in her patrons and students.

Teresa S. Mcllwain


Dr. Teresa Sires McIlwain graduated as a Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCR) Fellow from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in May, 2003.  In October, 2013, she received the Outstanding D.Min Alumna Award.  She received her Masters of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN in May, 1993.  Her doctoral program at United was “Sexuality and Spirituality in the African American Church.”  She served as the national North Carolina RCRC Black Church Initiative representative 2002 -2005.  In July, 2001, she became a national Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains.  She serves on local, regional, and national APC certification committees and mentors African American candidates as they prepare for their certification.   Last year at the National meeting she was recognized for being a member twenty-five years.  She answered the call to become a Pastoral Counselor and began her training at the Methodist Counseling Center in Charlotte, NC. in September, 1997.  She continued working as a chaplain part-time while doing her training under supervision.  In August, 2004, she started her own business in Charlotte, N.C., Inner Healing Pastoral Counseling Service.  In May, 2006, she was certified as a Pastoral Counselor in Atlanta, GA.  She was contracted as a facilitator for a women’s support group for Metrolina AIDS  Project (MAP) 2005 – 2009.  She resigned from being a staff chaplain at Carolinas Medical Center Hospital June 18, 2010 to pursue her North Carolina certification as a Fee-based Practicing Pastoral Counselor.  She met the Examination Board and passed on June 18, 2011.  The following year in October, she became a certified Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, qualifying her to supervise pastoral counselors.  She is also a certified member of the American Corrections Chaplains Association and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.  Dr McIlwain wanted to continue educating African American pastors and leaders in the Charlotte community about STDs and HIV/AIDS.  She incorporated a non-profit, CHOPP, Inc – Children of Potential and Promise,  in July, 2010.  CHOPP, Inc endeavors to minister to the whole person – mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Dr McIlwain’s other professional endeavors include being the pastor of Church Ekklesia Sozo, Inc, a non-profit telemedicine program that provides suboxone/buprenophrine to persons who are struggling with opioid dependency (June, 2018); Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary (CCCTS) adjunct professor (March, 2018); Atrium Health Pastoral Advisory Group (October, 2018); and Getting To Zero Mecklenburg County, HIV/AIDS Advisory Board (November, 2019).

Dr McIlwain is the Assistant Pastor of Refuge of God Christian Fellowship. Her husband, Bishop Michael C McIlwain, is the pastor. They have been married thirty-seven years. They have eight children and thirteen grandchildren.

Fred Smith, Ph.D.


Dr. Fred Smith obtained his PhD is from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth Texas. Dr. Fred Smith is the author of _Developing a Biblical Worldview, and written articles on the inerrancy of the Bible, the nature of our salvation, various world religions (Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto) and numerous book
reviews. Dr. Fred Smith has made presentations at the International Society for Christian Apologetics, the Evangelical Theological Society, the New Orleans Conference on Apologetics, the SBL Southwest Regional Conference and
the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature.

Dr. Fred Smith research focuses on Christianity and Westsern Culture.Dr. Fred Smith pastored in Texas as a PhD Student.
Dr. Fred Smith is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Fred Smith has s been at Charlotte Christian College for four years. Dr. Fred Smith has current book available: Developing a Biblical Worldview: Seeing Things God’s Way  Available in paperback or e-book form at online book sellers or bookstores.

Moses Taiwo, Ph.D.


Moses O. Taiwo, PhD, DM/IST, is a Certified Clinical Pastoral Educator by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), Inc. since 2012. At present, Dr. Taiwo serves as the Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) with Kettering Health Network in Kettering, OH since May 2017. He is also Chair of the Research Committee in ACPE until December 2021.

Prior to his coming to Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI in 1997, Dr. Taiwo had served as professor of New Testament Theology and Interpretation at Babcock University (defunct, Adventist Seminary of West Africa) in Ilisan-Remo, Ogun state, Nigeria between 1987 and 1997. After earning his PhD in Religion (New Testament) in 2003 at Andrews, Dr. Taiwo also explored training in clinical pastoral education, and he was certified as a Board Chaplain by Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) in 2007.

While in training to become a CPE Educator at Atrium Health’s Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC, Dr. Taiwo served on faculty at Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary (defunct, New Life Theological Seminary) in 2006. He was later appointed as Head of Department of Urban Studies between 2007 and 2010. Dr. Taiwo also earned a second doctorate from University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ in 2015 in Organizational Leadership with emphasis on Information Systems and Technology. Dr. Taiwo’s research experience includes a qualitative phenomenological study that explored physicians’ perceptions and lived experiences of the effect of information technology on medical practice, and the revelations of obstacles to adoption. In addition to his wealth of education and practice of clinical ministry, Dr. Taiwo continues to assist pastors and lay people to experience CPE through distance learning. This is also important for individuals exploring a call into professional chaplaincy.

Frank Tallerico, D.Min.


Dr. Frank Tallerico pastored churches in southern Ohio for 34 years. In addition to preaching teaching, and leadership development, He provided counseling services to various congregations and to the local community. Dr. Tallerico moved to Charlotte, NC in 2012 to take a position with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office to work with the resident population of the county detention center. He has worked as a chaplain and as an adult program specialist providing reentry services to the residents. Dr. Tallerico earned a Bachelor of Arts (Pre-Seminary) from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, a Master of Arts (Theological Studies) from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, a Doctor of Ministry (Pastoral Care) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL, and a PhD in Psychology (Industrial & Organizational Psychology) from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. Dissertations: A Disciple-making Strategy of Hope for the Alcohol Addict (DMin) and A Qualitative Study: Burnout and Calvinistic Pastors in the United States (PhD).

Dr. Tallerico has served as Adjunct Professor of Bio-medical ethics and Business ethics with Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, 1998-2000. Adjunct Professor of Bible, Theology, Ethics, and Psychology with Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ., 2011 to Present. Adjunct Professor of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling with Charlotte Christian College & Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, 2012 to Present. Dr. Tallerico has traveled to the Ukraine and Romania to teach indigenous pastors Bible, theology, and counseling courses.

Additional Faculty

Robert F. Arnold

  • B.A. University of Maryland
  • M.A. Columbia Graduate School of Bible & Missions

David L. Bailes

  • B.S. University of Tennessee
  • M.C.M. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Jerry Barber

  • B.A. Tennessee Temple University
  • M.Div. Liberty University
  • Th.M. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Ph.D. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

David P. Beaty

  • D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Pastor of the River Oaks Community Church, Clemmons, NC

Steve Benson

  • B.A. Covenant College
  • M.DIV. Reformed Theological Seminary
  • M.A.C. Covenant Theological Seminary

Greg K. Hargrave

  • D.Min., Carolina Graduate School of Divinity
  • M.Div., Carolina Graduate School of Divinity
  • M.A., Carolina Graduate School of Divinity
  • Pastor of the Gospel Tabernacle United Holy Church in Burlington, NC
  • Bishop in the United Holy Church in America

Robert Hendricks

  • Diploma, Moody Bible Institute
  • B.A. University of North Texas
  • Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary
  • M.A. George Washington University

S. Ross Hickling

  • Ph.D., North-West University

  • M.A., Biola University

  • M.A., Liberty University

  • Apologist with the Shield Your Faith Ministry

  • Elder in the First Christian Church in Kernersville, NC

James Hight

  • D.Min., Carolina Graduate School of Divinity
  • M.A., Carolina Graduate School of Divinity
  • Pastor of the Faith Bible Fellowship in Oak Ridge, TN

Darrell Glen Hurley

  • B.A. New Life Theological Seminary
  • Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminar

Kathy M. Larson

  • B.A. Eastern University
  • M.A. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Aileen L. Maddox

  • B.S. South Carolina State University
  • M.Div. Emory University

DaVaughn Miller

  • B.A. Hampshire College
  • B.M. Appalachian State University
  • M.M. Appalachian State University
  • M.Ed., Appalachain State University
  • D.Ed., Columbia University

Honore J. Missihoun

  • B.A. Universite Nationale de Cote D’Ivore
  • M.A. Universite Nationale de Cote D’Ivore
  • M.A.T. Kent State University
  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Tonnell W. Oliphant

  • B.S. South Carolina State University
  • M.S. Hunter College
  • M.Ed. Winthrop University

David Paulsen

  • B.A. Concordia
  • M.A. University of Chicago
  • PH.D. University of Chicago

Deborah B. Quick

  • B.A. University of North Carolina Charlotte
  • M.A. Vanderbilt University
  • Ph.D. Vanderbilt University

Jeremiah E. Shipp

  • Ed.D., Texas A&M University
  • M.A., Piedmont International University
  • Ministry Director with the Love & Faith Christian Fellowship in Greensboro, NC


Trevor Smith

  • B.A. William and Mary College
  • M.Div. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Stephen O. Stout

  • B.A. Columbia Bible College
  • M.Div. Grace Theological Seminary
  • Th.M. Westminster Theological Seminary
  • D.Min. Covenant Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

David Tebbs

  • D.Min., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Pastor of the Jackson Friends Church in Massillon, OH

Wanda Wherry

  • B.S. Norfolk State University
  • M.Div. Virginia Union University School of Theology
  • D.Min. Virginia Union University School of Theology

Martha K. Williams

  • B.A. University of Alabama Huntsville
  • M.Div. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Th.M. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D. Regent Universtity

Elizabeth A. Williamson

  • B.S. Appalachian State University
  • M.A. Appalachian State University
  • Ed.S. Appalachian State University
  • M.Div. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Sharon Williamson

  • B.S. Auburn University
  • M.A. Auburn University

Melton B. Winstead

  • B.A. Piedmont Baptist College
  • M.Div. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Ph.D. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

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