Paula Dixon, associate professor, received her B.S. and M.A. in Communication Arts from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. After working five years in public relations, she began teaching at Emmanuel College in 1995.
“It is my pleasure to worship the Lord in my work at Emmanuel,” she says. “I love helping my students discover and apply what they learn, and I strive to create an engaging atmosphere where we can share and learn from each other.”
In 2012, Dixon began serving full-time as EC's Director of Communication but continues to serve as the Communication Internship Coordinator and teach courses in communication.
She serves on the executive board for the Georgia Communication Association as publication editor and is an active member of Riverside Church near Athens.
Dixon and her husband, Chris, have three awesome children and one beloved puppy dog.
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Clint Ross, instructor, received his M.A. in film & television from Savannah College of Art and Design. Before coming to EC, he worked as the production leader at Savannah Christian Church, one of the top 100 largest churches in America, where he oversaw and developed all video components, including live services and short films. He is an Emmanuel School of Christian Ministries graduate and has worked as a writer, producer and director. His experience spans both feature film and television, where he worked on such films as “The Conspirator,” by Robert Redford, as well as ABC Studios’ “Army Wives.” Most recently, he completed work on the critically acclaimed Civil War documentary“The Angel of Marye's Heights,” which he produced and directed. He teaches courses in public speaking, film and video.
Nancy Bryan completed her B.S. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Psychology graduating from Campbellsville University, in 1981. She completed her M.S. in Education with an emphasis in Middle School in 1985 from Middle Tennessee State University.
Mrs. Bryan comes to Emmanuel College with a strong background of teaching experiences. Nancy taught 4th grade in the public school in Kentucky. In Florida and Tennessee she taught in Christian academies with two years in a fourth grade classroom and two years of junior high science, math, and grammar. For fourteen years she taught 12 hours a year at Bluefield College, in Virginia, teaching a variety of education and psychology courses. Nancy also homeschooled her three sons from kindergarten through various stages of high school. Most recently, Nancy taught adult education seeing many adults from the ages of 18 to 72 achieve their lifelong dreams of graduating with a GED. Additionally, Nancy has taught Children’s Church, Bible school classes, Women’s studies, and Sunday services while co-laboring with her husband, Scott in the planting of two churches that are flourishing today.
Much of Nancy’s family is connected with Emmanuel College. Her husband, Dr. Scott Bryan, is in his first year at EC teaching in the Kinesiology Department. Her oldest son, Jeremy, is an EC ’11 graduate and is now a youth pastor at Bridge Church in Virginia Beach. He is engaged to Katlyn Moncrief, a ’12 EC graduate. Middle son, Justin, is a Virginia Tech graduate and is presently a mechanical engineer designing engines for Cumins in Indiana. Her youngest son, Jordan, is currently a student at EC majoring in Business.
Nancy is glad to back in the classroom and is looking forward to being a part of what Christ is doing at EC.
Reginald Ecarma, Ph.D., will be teaching interpersonal communication, organization communication, and persuasion. Ecarma attended the University of Louisville as a tennis scholarship player, was included on the Dean's List and after five years, finally received his bachelors in health. After U.S. Navy boot camp, military administrative training, and the Naval Reserves, as well as gaining knowledge of church, state, and national affairs, he developed a passion for politics and journalism, and completed a joint masters in public policy and public affairs journalism from Regent University while involving himself in political campaigns and writing/editing copy for publication. He became an early campaign manager for Bob McDonnell, who is now the Virginia governor. He has written as well as presented many public speeches. Desiring to teach ethical principles of politics and media to the next generation, he purposed to complete his Ph.D. in political communication from Regent University. His Ph.D. dissertation titled Beyond Ideology was later published, and he continues to publish writings about media and culture, and is involved in sports, politics, and in the lives of young people in and out of church and classes. Besides writing and teaching, he also enjoy traveling with his wife and visiting friends and relatives. Ecarma and his wife live on three wooded acres in a modern log home at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with his six kids and six cats.
Cassie Gooding is joining the adjunct faculty and will be teaching Typography in the communication department, where she graduated in 2008. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Cassie has studied typography and hand-lettering for 6 years, and received her Masters in Interactive Media from Elon University in 2012. While at Elon University, she was selected to represent her university at SXSWInteractive in Austin, Texas, and was entered into the Adobe Design Awards with her partner for a tablet app revolving around the popular HBO series, Game of Thrones. Cassie lives in Norcross, GA and attends Simpsonwood United Methodist Church.
Dustin Harper resides in Carnesville, GA with his wife, Marlaina and two sons, Imani and Cohen. He is joining the adjunct faculty and will be teaching Intro to Design, Design Technology II, and Packaging Design. Dustin is excited to be part of the Emmanuel community again after attending in 1999 and 2000 before continuing his studies at the University of Georgia. He graduated from UGA with a BFA in Photography from the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Dustin and Marlaina moved to Tanzania as missionaries in 2006, where they founded and directed a Non-Profit called Ekklesia International Tanzania. While in Tanzania, Dustin continued his studies in the field of Graphic Design and earned an Advanced Professional Certificate in Graphic Design from Sessions College. In 2009, Dustin began freelance design and photography work for other Non-Profits, businesses and safari companies in Tanzania. Since returning back to to the U.S. in 2012, Dustin has worked as a freelance graphic designer and photographer. Dustin brings an artistic and global perspective to the Communication department and looks forward to influencing his students this year.
April James is joining the adjunct faculty and will be teaching courses in the communication department. She is looking forward to bringing her 20 plus years of communications experience into the classroom. A native of Cleveland, Georgia, April moved to Franklin Springs in June 2012 and is the director of marketing and public relations for LifeSprings Church Resources and LifeSprings Media. Previously, she served as the vice president of business development for Habersham Medical Center in Demorest, Georgia. She also hosted the Gospel Grapevine, a syndicated Southern Gospel video program on cable television for 12 years and was an on-air personality for two radio stations. Active in the community, April currently serves as treasurer of the Franklin County Rotary Club and is a Franklin County Chamber of Commerce board member and recent graduate of Leadership Franklin. She earned a master of public administration degree from Piedmont College and a bachelor of arts in mass communications from Brenau University. She and her husband Brian have three children, Evan, John Clayton and Ella and attend Compass Church in Athens, Georgia.
Dr. Lane Lester taught biology for ten years at Emmanuel College as Professor of Natural Sciences. After retiring from teaching, he started his own website business and is pleased to be bringing his experience to two courses, Web Design and ePortfolio. Dr. Lester is the webmaster for the Georgia Communication Association and a member of the Clarkesville Writers Society where he recently served as managing editor in the publication of River of Words: Stories and Thoughts by Northeast Georgians. His M.S. in ecology and Ph.D. in genetics are from Purdue University. Lane and his wife of 55 years have three children, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. The Lesters are members of Antioch Baptist Church in Mount Airy.
Celeste McFarland is joining the adjunct faculty and will teach Intro to Communication in the Communication Department. Celeste has been a teacher, a writer and an editor since 1974 with experience that includes elementary school, high school, community college, and university. Her writing and editing experience includes both newspaper and magazine work. Since 2008 she has taught writing, reading, and oral communication at the university level in Intensive English Language programs to international students. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Celeste moved to Royston in the spring of 2013 with her husband, a pastor and retired US Air Force chaplain. Together they are rehabbing a house in the area. Celeste earned a master degree in Communication Arts from Webster University, a diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from London Teacher Training College, and a bachelor of arts in Social Science from Covenant College. She and her husband are the parents of three grown daughters and the three girls have given them eight grandchildren. The McFarlands attend Resurrection Presbyterian Church in Athens.