Board of Trustees

United States Air Force General (Ret.)
Raleigh, NC
Adjunct Instructor, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University at Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Jarrettsville, MD
Veterinarian, Pasquotank Animal Hospital
Elizabeth City, NC
Organizational Development Analyst, City of Greensboro, NC
Greensboro, NC
President, Time Investment Corporation
Greenville, NC
Christian Education Director, Shores Church of Christ
Orlando, FL
GREGORY D. HAND 1997*, Chairman
Minister, Pleasant Hill Christian Church
Gasburg, VA
Associate Minister, Avalon Church of Christ
Virginia Beach, VA
DAVID J. HILEMAN 2013*, Assistant Secretary
Associate Director of Waypoint Church Partners
Raleigh, NC
Senior Account Agent, Allstate Insurance Company (ret.)
Chesapeake, VA
Lead Minister, West Side Christian Church
Springfield, IL
Detective Sergeant, Richmond Police Department
Chester, VA
Lead Minister, One Life Church
Charlotte, NC
President, Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, NC
Citi, Quality Analyst
Gray, TN
President, Financial Planning Ministry
Anaheim, CA
Conference Coordinator for the Academy of Finance; Program Coordinator for Harford Community College at the W.A.G.E. Connection
Joppa, MD
Financial Consultant and Owner, Coastal Financial Services
Bath, NC
Wallingford Law
Lexington, KY
Lead Minister of Velocity Christian Church
Richmond, VA

*Began as trustee


Ralph K. Bennett 1977-2002
George W. BonDurant 1948-1986
Hilton O. Chesson 1962-1990
C. Meredith Fisher 1962-1979
William A. Griffin 1986-2006
John H. Hufton 1982-1990
Henry Clay Owney 1958-2004
Charles G. Presley 1977-2005
Harry W. Pritchett 1950-1979
David E. Rhodes 1959-1989
Marvin E. Rose 1962-1999
Redden E. Shavender 1950-1976
Kenneth C. Swain 1958-1989
Harold C. Turner, Sr 1948-1985
Rebecca Turner West 1989-2009
Pattie A. Wilkinson 1950-1960
Guy Woolard 1967-1992

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Trustee Brady


served for more than 41 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as Commander, US Air Forces in Europe in 2011. He and Litha met in Oklahoma where they attended the University of Oklahoma as undergraduates. They earned Masters' degrees at Colorado State University. Roger also attended executive programs at Columbia University and Harvard University. They have two children, Caroline and Andrew, and five grandchildren. They have been active in teaching in congregations of the Church of Christ throughout their lives together. Roger is an active speaker, author and teacher with a focus on principled leadership. He also advises companies on issues related to the nation's defense. The Bradys spend as much time as possible on the Outer Banks and have settled in Raleigh, NC.

Board Member since 2012
Academics Committee

Trustee Clark


the son of Al and Ann Clark, has been associated with Mid-Atlantic all his life. He graduated from MACU in 1975; he also met his wife here, Joanne “Buff” McKinney. As a student, he sang in college groups and often represented the school. He has spent his life in ministry, the first 21 years in youth ministry. He was then called into senior ministry, and then associate ministry. He is now Vice President of External Relations and Chief Advancement Officer at Johnson University. He is a PhD candidate at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University at Indianapolis. He holds an MA from Cincinnati Christian University. He and Buff served in ministries in Roper and Reidsville, NC, and over 25 years with Central Christian Church in Carmel, IN. They are the parents of Josh and Haley and the grandparents of three.

Board Member since 2014
Institutional Advancement Committee

Trustee Colclasure


graduated from the University of Illinois with a master's degree in chemistry. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1994, after 30 years of active duty. His specialty branch was the Army Chemical Corps, which deals with nuclear, chemical, and biological (NBC) warfare and defense. At the time of his retirement he was the Army's Project Manager for NBC Defense Systems. Since then he has worked as an independent consultant and was employed by the global strategy and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton until he retired in 2012. He is active in civic matters, is an FAA certified flight instructor, enjoys shooting skeet, and worships with First Christian Church, Salem, IL. He was a trustee of Eastern Christian College, Inc., before it folded into MACU. He and Virginia have three children (one deceased) and four grandchildren.

Board Member since 2005
Finance Committee

Trustee Cooper


is a native of Pantego, NC, and grew up in the Union Grove Church of Christ. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1976 and owns and operates Pasquotank Animal Hospital in Elizabeth City. He is a member and elder at Journey Christian Church in Elizabeth City. Dr. Cooper and his wife, the former Patsy Sawyer ’70, reside in Elizabeth City and have four children and seven grandchildren.

Board Member since 2010
Institutional Advancement Committee, Chair

Trustee Croft


is a 2006 graduate of MACU. For six years Katie worked for a state-agency, New College Institute, a higher education center whose focus is on increasing educational attainment and economic development in Southern Virginia. She then became Organizational Development Analyst for the City of Greensboro in North Carolina, overseeing and coordinating learning and training programs, human capital management, and workforce development. Katie currently serves on the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s Talent Council and holds a certificate from Duke University in Non-Profit Management. In 2013, Katie was recognized by the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce as the community’s Young Professional of the Year. She and her husband, Les ’05, live in Greensboro and serve Greensboro Christian Church, where Les is Lead Minister. They have two children.

Board Member since 2015, by virtue of office
President, Alumni Association

Trustee Everette


is a native of Greenville, NC, and was baptized while attending Plymouth Church of Christ. He graduated from Milligan College in 1983 with a BS degree in Business. He is President of Time Investment Corporation, which is located in Greenville, NC. He and his wife, Bonnie, were married in 1985, and they have three children: Blanton, Spencer, and Hope. In 2011 Bonnie and Royce joined Friends in Fellowship Christian Church of Winterville, NC, where he serves as an elder. His interests include supporting ministries that promote Christ’s Kingdom, serving his church, politics, relaxing at the beach, fishing and bird hunting.

Board Member since 2010; Vice Chair
Finance Committee

Trustee Hariston


is from Mechanicsville, Virginia. She graduated from Mid-Atlantic Christian University in 1992, and resides in Orlando, FL, with her husband, Darrell Hairston, a 1991 MACU graduate. Darrell is the Senior Minister of Washington Shores Church of Christ in Orlando, where Caprice serves as the Christian Education Director. Caprice and Darrell have one daughter, Destiny.

Board Member since 2010
Institutional Advancement Committee

Trustee Hand


grew up in Eden, NC, in the Leaksville Christian Church. While a student at MACU, he served as youth minister with the West Park Church of Christ in Portsmouth, VA. He began a student ministry at Gum Neck Church of Christ in Columbia, NC, which continued following his graduation in 1984. In April of 1985, Greg began his current ministry with Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Gasburg, VA. Along with being the senior minister, he sings in a men's quartet and the choir and teaches an adult Sunday school class. He is married to the former Tammy Hall ex'84, who is Assistant Principal for Greensville County Elementary School. They have three children (Lynn White '02, Robert, and Matt) and one grandchild. Greg enjoys fishing and golf.

Board Member since 1997
Chairman, Board of Trustees

Trustee Haskett


grew up in South Boston, Virginia. After being denied admission to Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport University, he landed at Roanoke Bible College on a whim. He intended to transfer to a bigger university after the first semester was over, but after one year at the college, he fell in love with the people and the mission of RBC. While on campus, he participated in athletics and student life and enjoyed the time to study. Spenser met his wife, Allie, while singing on the Master’s Twelve tour. They have two sons. Spenser has served on staff at Avalon Church of Christ for seven years and is the Associate Minister. He has a passion to see the local community and the planet radically changed because of Jesus. Spenser enjoys anything sports or music.

Board Member since 2015
Academics Committee

Trustee Hileman


is Associate Director of Waypoint Church Partners. He began serving with Waypoint (then known as the Virginia Evangelizing Fellowship) as a volunteer in 1987, then joined the staff in 1996 as Director of Church Resources. In 2004 he was named Executive Director. Dave holds degrees from Johnson University (1978) and Eastern Mennonite Seminary (1984). He was in the located ministry from 1978 to 2002 (Madisonville, TN; Barboursville, VA; and Williamsburg, VA) and has volunteered with the Charlottesville Pregnancy Center; the PTO of Orange County, VA; and the Alumni Association of JU. Dave and his wife, Cindy, live in Raleigh, NC. They have two sons and five grandchildren.

Board Member since 2013; Assistant Secretary
Academics Committee

Trustee Langley


is a retired Senior Account Agent with Allstate Insurance Co., having served the company 35 years. He has been an elder for West Park Church of Christ over forty years and teacher of the Truth Seekers class, with over 100 members, for more than twenty years. Gene has been a trustee since 1990 and has served as chairman several terms. He has served MACU as chairman of both the Presidential Search Committee and of the Comprehensive Campaign Committee. He also serves as stateside support coordinator of Good News Christian Mission (Thailand). He periodically teaches at the mission. His interests include speaking and teaching for the Kingdom, hunting, riding his Harley, and serving the church as elder. Gene and his wife, Dorothy, reside in Chesapeake, VA.

Board Member since 1990
Academics Committee

Trustee Lowen


was introduced to Christ by First Christian Church in his hometown of Covington, VA. He graduated from MACU in 1985 and later earned an M.A. from Johnson University. He served as a recruiter and public relations employee at MACU from 1986-88, then served on the MACU Board of Trustees during the late 90s. Eddie has helped lead a variety of brotherhood endeavors, including having chaired the North American Christian Convention Board of Stewards. He writes frequently for Christian Standard magazine and serves as an advisor to the parent company. Eddie is Lead Minister at West Side Christian Church in Springfield, IL. Eddie and his wife, Sharon, have two children.

Board Member since 2013
Institutional Advancement Committee

Trustee McCracken


is a native of New Castle, PA. He attended Geneva College in Beaver Fall, PA, before transferring to Mid-Atlantic Christian University, where he graduated in 1971. He has had ministries in Edinburg, PA; Plymouth, NC; and Penhook, Richmond, and Highland Springs, VA. He retired from the Richmond (VA) Police Department in 2015 after serving for 32 years. He and his wife, Danette, reside in Chester, VA. They are active in Journey Christian Church in Midlothian, VA. They have five grown children – two of whom are also Mid-Atlantic graduates – and nine grandsons. They are avid Harley Davison riders in their spare time.

Board Member since 1997
Student Services Committee

Trustee Milam


and his wife Anne moved from Jeffersonville, Indiana, in August 2005 to plant One Life Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, through Stadia. He currently functions as the lead minister, key visionary, and main communicator at One Life. In 2009, Dave accepted the role as President of Envision, an organization dedicated to impacting North Carolina by planting restoration movement churches across the state. Because he is passionate about teaching the next generation of church leaders, Dave also regularly speaks for large student gatherings, including the Carolina Christian Youth Convention, Sunday Night Live at MACU, and Southeast Christian Church. He is a father of four and is passionate about impacting the city of Charlotte through the faithfulness of One Life Church.

Board Member since 2011
Student Services Committee

Trustee Perkins


has been in the ministry since 1979 serving both small and large churches. He has served as an associate minister and as a church planter. When he was called to lead MACU as President, he was senior associate minister at First Christian Church Ministries, Kernersville, NC, and also Administrator of First Christian Academy. He has been on short-term mission trips to five countries. Clay holds a B.A. and B.Th. from Point University, an M.M. and M.Div. from Cincinnati Christian University, and C.A.G.S. and Ph.D. from Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Clay teaches leadership courses at MACU and other colleges and universities. He serves on boards for HASTEN, International and Financial Planning Ministries, and is a Rotarian. Clay and Sandra have two sons and two granddaughters.

Board Member since 2006, by virtue of office
President of MACU

Trustee Presley


is a Florida native and Timothy of the Plymouth Avenue Christian Church in De Land. He is employed by Citi as a Quality Analyst in Gray, TN. He has been a military chaplain in the Tennessee State Guard since 1999 and currently serves as the Deputy Command Chaplain and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. David graduated from MACU in 1984 and went on to earn a MEd from The College of William & Mary, MA from Johnson University, and DMin from The Howard University School of Divinity. In addition to serving churches in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, and Tennessee, David served as a trustee for Eastern Christian College in Bel Air, MD, from 1990 to 1993. He is also a past president of the MACU Alumni Association. David is married to the former Debbie Dobbs Ball. They have five children and three grandchildren. David’s eldest son, father, mother, sister, and several cousins are also MACU graduates.

Board Member since 2016
Academics Committee

Trustee Prior


is the President of Financial Planning Ministry (FPM), a non-profit organization promoting Christian stewardship through the creation of wills and trusts. FPM has assisted thousands of families in establishing their trust or wills with gift designations to Christian ministries. He holds a business degree from University of Phoenix and law degree from American College of Law, Anaheim, CA. He previously served as the Executive Administrator for Central Christian Church of Arizona (six locations) from 1985 to 1994. He makes his home in Anaheim, CA, and attends Eastside Christian Church.

Board Member since 2015
Institutional Advancement Committee

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served on the Mid-Atlantic Foundation board three years before being elected to the Board of Trustees. She is the daughter of the late Eastern Christian College President and Mrs. J. T. and Addie Maye Segroves (1960-79), and thus has a deep connection with ECC and the Northeast. Her current employment and activities include conference coordinator for the Academy of Finance (a high school program); and program coordinator for Harford Community College at the W.A.G.E. Connection. She has received the Soroptimist award for “women who make a difference” and is a “Distinguished Toastmaster,” the highest award of Toastmasters International. She is active in Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, MD. Jonita has two children, one of whom is a MACU graduate.

Board Member since 2012
Student Services Committee

Trustee Tankard


is a financial consultant and president and owner of Coastal Financial Services, Inc. in Bath, NC. He is a graduate of East Carolina University, earning a BS in 1976 and an MA in Education in 1977. For nine years he worked for Farm Credit Service, rising to vice president and manager of a branch office. He is a lifelong member of Athens Chapel Church of Christ in Bath, where his areas of service include teaching, drama, finance, outreach, and serving as an elder. He and Yvonne have three children and nine grandchildren. His passions are his Lord, his wife and family, his ministries and church family, and ECU Pirate football.

Board Member since 1992
Finance Committee, Chair

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is an attorney residing in Lexington, Kentucky. Since 1976 Whitney has attended Southland Christian Church, where he was baptized in 1983. He has served as a Deacon and Elder at Southland Christian. Following four years of military service in the U.S.M.C. (1969-1973) Whitney and his wife (Jean Ann) relocated to Lexington to attend college and law school at the University of Kentucky. He has practiced law in Lexington since completion of law school in 1979 and in 1998 Whitney formed his own law firm (Wallingford Law) where he continues to maintain an active law practice.

Board Member since 2015
Finance Committee

Trustee Yancy


is a 2003 graduate of MACU. He played an active role as a student, traveling on behalf of the school, coaching, and leading in on-campus events. He also served on staff at Mid-Atlantic as a student recruiter. He then moved to the mid-west where he spent a decade in ministry, and where his wife, and fellow MACU alumna Renee, obtained her M. A. in Counseling. Rob serves as Lead Minister of Velocity Christian Church in Richmond, VA. He also serves on the Advisory Board of College Ministries of Virginia’s VCU Campus Ministry. He and Renee have three children.

Board Member since 2016, by virtue of office
President-elect, Alumni Association