After completing his academic program at Southern Illinois University in history and philosophy, Dr. Claude Black began his teaching career in 1972. He taught at four colleges before joining the Emmanuel College faculty in 1994 where he teaches courses in American and European history.
Dr. Black has served as the pastor of three churches and as the minister of education for four years at another church.
Claude and Alice Black (who serves as the administrative assistant in the School of Education at Emmanuel) have three sons and daughters-in-law who each have two sons.
In addition to traveling and camping, the Blacks enjoy the opportunity to spend time with their families.
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Judy Henzel has a B.A. in history from Berry College and an M.A. in history from Clemson University. Her areas of interest include ancient history, the history of early Christianity, Georgia history, the U.S. populist and progressive era, and cultural and religious histories. Judy is married to Dr. John Henzel, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Emmanuel. The Henzels have two children. Judy is an ailurophile, loves to read, and enjoys gardening and genealogy. She and her husband attend Ekklesia Centre in Royston, where they are involved in various aspects of that local ministry.
Dr. Mason teaches courses in human growth and development, biological basis of behavior, social psychology, cognitive psychology, psychological statistics, research design, psychological testing, and psychology seminar, and honors freshman seminar. She received her B.A. from Spelman College and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Florida Center for Reading Research in Tallahassee, FL. Dr. Masons’ scholarship is published in several journals. She has made numerous research presentations at national and international venues.
Dr. Mason enjoys helping students involved in the PSYC Club, BASA, REVIVE, and SIFE. She is married to Coach Derrick Mason. They have three sons.
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Dr. Blake Rackley, associate professor of psychology, teaches courses in general psychology, personality theories, history of psychology, marriage and family, abnormal psychology, and spiritual formation. He received his B.A. in psychology from Emmanuel College and his M.A. and PsyD in clinical psychology from Regent University. Dr. Rackley is a licensed psychologist in the state of Georgia. Besides teaching at Emmanuel, Dr. Rackley is in private practice where he specializes in child and adolescent psychology, psychological evaluation, parenting capacity, and educational evaluations. Dr. Rackley and his wife have two wonderful children.
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Sue is originally form southern California but has also lived all across the country. She has an A.A. degree in early childhood education, a B.S. degree in psychology, a M.A. degree in dynamics of criminality, and expects to finish her Ph.D. in criminal justice this semester. Sue's career as a police officer included K-9, SWAT, fraud investigation, and time as a senior training officer. She taught at the police academy in North Carolina for five years and continued to provide training to police officers and departments nationwide. Sue has been teaching criminal justice at the college level since 2004. She is married to Dr. Bruce Gay, has two grown children, and three grandchildren. She enjoys training her animals, working in the yard, watching movies, cooking, and doing art work.
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Emmanuel’s campus pastor and Director of Spiritual Life, Chris Maxwell teaches spiritual formation and is the author of numerous books and articles.
Kristy Robb graduated in 2003 from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida with a BA in Deaf Education, Secondary Social Sciences. After a year teaching at a Christian high school in Arkansas, Kristy and her husband Jeff moved back to their hometown of Panama City, Florida. Kristy taught social studies and reading to middle school students. After pursing a master's degree in 2008 at Troy University in Psychology and Counseling, Kristy became a Guidance Counselor working in grades 6-8 then later pre-k through 5th.