Board of Trustees

About MACU Board of Trustees

United States Air Force General (Ret.)
Raleigh, NC
Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
Jarrettsville, MD
Veterinarian, Pasquotank Animal Hospital
Elizabeth City, NC
Greenville, NC
Hertford, NC
President, Time Investment Corporation
Greenville, NC
Orlando, FL
GREGORY D. HAND 1997*, Chairman
Minister, Pleasant Hill Christian Church
Gasburg, VA
Long Island, NY
DAVID J. HILEMAN 2013*, Assistant Secretary
Associate Director of Waypoint Church Partners
Raleigh, NC
Mechanicsville, VA
Elizabeth City, NC
President, Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Elizabeth City, NC
Detective Sergeant, Richmond Police Department
Chester, VA
New Bern, NC
Citi, Quality Analyst
Gray, TN
President, Financial Planning Ministry
Anaheim, CA
Lead Minister of DC Regional Christian Church
Silver Springs, MD
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
Regional Director, Transgroup Global Logistics
Chesapeake, 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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Roger 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 his wife, Litha, met in Oklahoma where they attended the University of Oklahoma as undergraduates. They earned masters' degrees at Colorado State University. He also attended executive programs at Columbia University and Harvard University. They have two children, Caroline and Andrew, and five grandchildren. The Bradys have been active in teaching in congregations of the Church of Christ throughout their lives together. He 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, Chair
Wyett Colclasure II


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; Secretary
Finance Committee
Larry D. Cooper, D.V.M.


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
Dennis L. Crehan


is a 1993 graduate of MACU. He graduated from Towson State University in Maryland in 1976 and had a successful career in Parks and Recreation Administration prior to his baptism in 1987 at Ocean View (DE) Church of Christ. He and his wife, Debbie, moved to Elizabeth City for him to enroll in Mid-Atlantic to study for ministry. From April 1992 until his retirement from full-time preaching in 2017, he ministered with Jarvisburg (NC) Church of Christ. During those 25 years, he led the congregation to numerical and spiritual growth, necessitating an expansion project and building a family life center. In 2006 Jarvisburg Christian Academy began for K-12. He has chaired the Preaching Ministry Advisory Council at Mid-Atlantic, which encouraged student preachers, and has been a guest preacher for many congregations and occasions, both here and abroad (India and West Africa). The Crehans now live in Greenville, NC, where they are active at Christ’s Church in Winterville. They have one daughter, Olivia, also a MACU graduate.

Board Member since 2018, by virtue of office
President, Alumni Association
Donald P. Cummins


was born in Olney, Illinois. He attended and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He and his wife, Martha Jo, were married for 54 years. On October 22, 2017, Martha passed away and went to be with the Lord. He is a father and grandfather and enjoys spending time with his family. For forty-five years, he served in a variety of corporations as a Professional Engineer. He lived in a variety of cities and states working for companies such as Caterpillar, Cabot Corporation, Valero Refining, Champlin Refining, Saudi Aramco, and Citgo. His religious faith was formed and nurtured in the a cappella Churches of Christ. He retired in 2002 and in 2006 moved to Hertford, North Carolina, where he and Martha began to attend the Towne South Church of Christ in Elizabeth City. The couple moved their membership to Towne South in 2008 where he is an active member enthusiastically serving Jesus Christ.

Board Member since 2018
Institutional Advancement Committee
Royce E. 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 2012; Vice Chair
Finance Committee
Darrell L. Hairston


is a native of Lexington, NC. He graduated from MACU in 1991 and from Virginia Union University’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology (M.Div., 2012). He was ordained in 1995 at North 35th Street Church of Christ, Louisville, KY, where he served ten years. Under the oversight of the Eastern NC Christian Men’s Fellowship, he and his family moved to Elizabeth City to plant Rehoboth Victory Christian Church, which he served until its closing in 2012. For the past four years he has served Washington Shores Church of Christ in Orlando, FL, where he has focused on connecting the church to the community and its needs. He has spoken at the university and taught and preached with President Perkins. He met his future wife and partner in ministry, Caprice Jones ‘92, at MACU. He and Caprice, who served as a trustee six years, have one child, Destiny.

Board Member since 2017
Academics Committee
Gregory D. 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 seven grandchild. Greg enjoys fishing and golf.

Board Member since 1997
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Rick Hannon


is a native New Yorker who lives on Long Island and married his high school sweetheart, Cindy, in 1974. They raised one son, Timothy, who was home schooled until he enrolled in Johnson University. Tim has since has earned a Master’s Degree from JU and works as a counselor in Knoxville, Tennessee. Rick is a businessman and an entrepreneur since 1973. He was baptized, along with his wife, in 1979; they have been members of East Northport Church of Christ in East Northport, New York since. He was ordained as an elder in 1987 and served over 17 years until the family moved to Sydney, Australia in 2004. In Australia they expanded the internet marketing business, returning home in 2006. They resumed their worship and service with the East Northport church, where he continues to teach and to help with worship and preaching and with leading the next generation into leadership/eldership. Rick has been building the internet marketing business for 25 years and has helped to expand the company into 10 countries so far.

Board Member since 2017
Academics Committee
David J. 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
Connie Morris Jenks


grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and attended Cherry Avenue Christian Church under the great leadership of Ralph Carter. She attended MACU and graduated in 1987 with a B.A. in Christian Education. A year later she was accepted into Old Dominion University’s graduate program in counseling. Since earning her master’s degree, she has been in various counseling and teaching roles until opening her own practice in Mechanicsville, Virginia in 2012. Grapevine Counseling and Therapy (John 15:5) has grown to include five other counselors, a substance abuse counselor, office manager, residents in counseling (accruing hours to be licensed) and a Regent University intern. Connie currently attends Mechanicsville Church of Christ, where her husband, Paul, is an elder. She is extremely grateful for her education from MACU and to Dr. Melvin Styons for his mentorship in the counseling field that led her to her life's work.

Board Member since 2018
Also President-elect, Alumni Association
Student Services Committee
J. Craig Lewis


grew up in the Richmond, Virginia area and at Fairmount Christian Church, where he was immersed as a young teen. His faith walk has included serving as a deacon, an elder, a Sunday School teacher, and a small group leader. Craig holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University (bachelor, MBA). He has spent his career in finance, rising to Chief Finance Officer at Valley Health in Virginia and at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center, the local hospital, from which he retired in July 2017. He has served on numerous boards and committees. He and his wife, the former Sharon Joyner, are members of Towne South Church of Christ in Elizabeth City and divide their time between Elizabeth City and Winchester, Virginia. They have three adult children, all Christians. Craig enjoys boating, flying, hunting, physical fitness, and studying the Bible and U.S. history.

Board Member since 2017
Finance Committee
John W. Maurice, Jr.


is a native of Roanoke Rapids, NC, and a graduate of Mid-Atlantic (1978). He was ordained into ministry at First Christian Church in Roanoke Rapids in 1977 and held ministries at Arthur Christian Church (Bell Arthur, NC) and Broad Creek Christian Church (New Bern, NC). He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Cincinnati Christian Seminary and upon graduation became the minister of Twin Tiers Christian Church in Painted Post, NY. He was commissioned as a Navy Chaplain in 1989 and served a variety of tours with the Navy and Marine Corps during a twenty-five-year military career. He served afloat aboard USS Savannah (AOR-4), USS Saipan (LHA-2), and the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69). Chaplain Maurice served as the Deputy Director for Pastoral Care at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (Virginia). He retired from the Navy in December of 2013 and began his new role as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Mid-Atlantic Christian on January 1, 2014. In 2017 he became Interim President, and on May 3, 2018, was inaugurated as the fourth president of Mid-Atlantic Christian University. He is married to Sherry, and the couple has two children (Michael Maurice and Katelyn Palko) and two grandchildren.

Board Member since 2017, by virtue of office
MACU President
William C. 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 at the Chester Christian Church where William serves as an elder and occasionally preaches. They have five grown children – two of whom are also Mid-Atlantic graduates – nine grandsons, and two great granddaughters. They are avid Harley Davison riders in their spare time.

Board Member since 1997
Student Services Committee
Larry Holton Prescott


grew up attending Broad Creek Christian Church (New Bern, NC), where he has spent a life of serving, including being an elder for over 35 years. With degrees from Campbell Junior College and East Carolina (BS, MA), along with post-graduate work, he served in education until retirement in 1993 (public school teacher and elementary principal, Dean of Student Services at Pamlico Community College). He also has his own photography business. Larry’s community involvement includes the Pamlico County Historical Association, the Babe Ruth League, and Boy Scouts. He and wife Frances have three children who grew up in church and remain active today. Currently he is a pastoral elder conducting hospital, sick, and shut-in visits and prays with those with particular needs. He and Frances lead a life group in their home. Together they enjoy occasional travel and keeping up with seven grandchildren, all of whom live near them.

Board Member since 2018
Student Services Committee
David B. 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
Michael 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
Daryl Reed


Daryl’s passion for preaching was fanned into flame during his college years at Western Illinois University. For over a quarter century, Daryl has labored in Christian ministry in several states: Michigan, Illinois, California, Ohio, and Washington, DC. Since 2003 Daryl has served as Lead Minister of DC Regional Christian Church in the Washington metropolitan area. Being the grandson of a church of Christ preacher, Daryl appreciates his deep Restoration Movement roots. Considering himself to be a bridge-builder, Daryl loves to promote unity amongst believers to advance the gospel. Daryl has served on several executive committees for Christian conferences and conventions — including Vice President of the North American Christian Convention in 2013 and President of the Eastern Christian Conference in 2017. Daryl and his wife Charon have three sons — Cameron, Harrison and Wynston.

Board Member since 2016
Student Services Committee
Jonita D. Shoaff


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, Chair
W. Keith 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
Stephen D. Wiley


grew up in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area and attended Old Dominion University, earning a BS degree in business in 1981. He has been in the global logistics and supply chain industry since 1985. In 1999 he and his wife, Roberta, founded what is now Global Cargo, Inc. (aka Transgroup Global Logistics). TGL specializes in tactical and high security cargo logistics providing high security transportation services for conflict support material (i.e. armored vehicles, weapons, ammunition, body armor, night-vision, explosives, etc.). His business locations and partnerships in war-worn, hostile conflict regions, and often in disaster areas from both natural and terrorist type situations have put them in a unique position that has opened doors for new ministry opportunities, missions, foreign church support, and disaster relief around the world. He has continued to serve as President and CEO of the company and has led his operation with a primary focus – to bring glory to God and lift high the name of Christ. The Wileys reside in Chesapeake, VA, and have four children, and six grandchildren. They are active at West Park Church of Christ, Portsmouth, VA, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of Deacons and as a Church Trustee.

Board Member since 2016
Institutional Advancement Committee