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Dr. James Rayburn



President Rayburn has served as a Youth Minister, Military Army Chaplain, Kentucky District Bishop, and Assistant General Bishop of the Southeast Division of the Pentecostal Church of God.  He has a B.A. in Christian Ministry from Southern Bible College, a M.S. Degree in Guidance/Counseling from Radford University, a M.Div. Degree from the Assemblies of God Graduate School, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.   He is also a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, and a Board-Certified Chaplain.  He is married to Mimi Withrow Rayburn, ARNP, and has two daughters, Candace (Jacob) and Carlyn (David), plus two grandchildren, David and Renee Alvarez.

President Rayburn has served on the Governing Board of Messenger College since its existence, with a three-year exception while stationed with the US Army in Germany. Since returning, he served as the Chair of Counseling for Messenger College, until becoming the Messenger College President in 2021.


Presidents Note



Dr. Candace Rayburn

Vice President of

Academic Affairs


Dr. Steven Bontrager 

Department Chair of Christian Ministries


Angela Heppner

Vice President of

Business Affairs


Carolyn Dowd
Director of Financial Aid and Registrar


Samuel Kinnin
Director of Student Development


Dalarrie Sage
Residence Director


Meredith Ivey, LPC-S
Department Chair of Counseling


Mary Thomason


Lynnea Martinez
Campus Pastor 

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Current Year Instructors

Bontrager, Stephen, D.Min., Portland Seminary/George Fox University
Brigham, Bryan, M.A. Religion & M.Div., Logsdon School of Theology, ThM, Gateway Seminary
Dowd, Carolyn, B.S. Accounting, University of Indianapolis
Ingle, Vernell, M.Div., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Ivey, Meredith, M.Ed. Counseling, University of North Texas

Jolly, Justin, M.A. History, University of Texas Arlington 
Kincaid, Virgil, B.A. Missions, Southern Bible College
Ming, Spencer, M.A. Theological Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary 
Rayburn, James, D.Min., Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Scalf, Candace (Rayburn), J.D., Liberty University, Ph.D., Leadership, University of the Cumberlands

Scott, Esyesmeri, M.S. Counseling and Psychology, Troy University 

Skinner, Katelin, M.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, University of Texas San Antonio 
Thomason, Mary, M.L.S., Texas Women’s University

Valentin-Caraballo, Yamilet, B.A. Education, Ana G. Mendez University System 

West, Michael, M.A. Christian Apologetics, Biola University 

Faculty members not teaching this academic year

Brubaker, Donald, M. Div., Oral Roberts University
Casebier, Gary, M.A. Marriage & Family Counseling, M.A. Ministry Based Evangelism, S.W. Baptist Theological Seminary
Caughran, Steve L., M.T.S, Liberty University
Davis, Danny W., M.A. Intercultural Ministry, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Evans, Harrison, M.A. Communication, University of Kentucky
Harmon, D. Paul, M.Div., Grand Canyon University
Ingle, Jared, M.A. Counseling, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary; M.A. Theological Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
Jennings, Jon, M.T.S., Regent University
Jolly, Justin, M.A. History, University of Texas Arlington
Kim, Moses, M.Div. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Maciel, Victor, M.S.Ed. Mathematics Education, Radford University
Parker, Sloan, M.A. Systematic Theology, Wheaton College Graduate School; M.A. History of Christianity,
Wheaton College Graduate School
Rayburn, Mimi, MSN, FNP, Frontier University
Romero, Carla, M.S. Human Services, Southwest Assemblies of God University

Smith, Denise, M.A. Marriage & Family Counseling, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Smith, Kathleen, M.A. Organizational Leadership, Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Walter, Miranda, M.A. Theology and Ministry, Fuller Theological Seminary


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