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. from Clemson University. Her areas of interest include ancient history and early Christianity, but she also teaches Georgia history, U.S. history, and human geography. She and her husband John, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Emmanuel, attend Ekklesia Centre Church in Royston, and have two children. She is an ailurophile, loves to read, and enjoys Marvel action movies, gardening and genealogy.
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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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Emmanuel’s campus pastor and Director of Spiritual Life, Chris Maxwell teaches spiritual formation and is the author of numerous books and articles.
Mark Padgett, adjunct professor, teaches intro to law enforcement classes. He received his B.A. in History from Presbyterian College. He received his M.P.A from Columbus State University. He is also a graduate of the Command College and Ga. LEEDS for law enforcement executives. Since 1998, he has taught new Georgia Ranger recruits at the Georgia Police Academy. He retired from the Law Enforcement Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources after nearly 32 years of service. Prior to his law enforcement career, Mark was a high school teacher and coach for 5 years. He is married to Renee Padgett and they have two grown children and one grandchild. Their second grandchild is expected this summer.
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Andrea Reganato, adjunct psychology professor, teaches courses in general psychology, personality theory, marriage and family, and human growth and development. She received her B.A. in psychology from Emmanuel College and her M.S. in marriage and family therapy from Lee University.
While in her master's program, Andrea gained a specialization in play therapy while working with children and parents. Besides teaching, Andrea is involved at her local church and enjoys connecting and spending time with students.
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Elise Thrift is a 2012 graduate of Emmanuel College who majored in Psychology. She went on to receive her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in 2015 and her license as an LAPC in the state of Georgia. Currently, Elise serves as the Clinical Director at Bethel Haven Inc., which is a non-profit Christian counseling agency in Watkinsville, Georgia. There, Elise has the opportunity to work with children, teens and adults in the counseling setting.
Elise has joined us as an adjunct Psychology faculty for Emmanuel. She enjoys teaching students the skills and knowledge she is passionate about.
Elise is married to her Emmanuel College sweetheart, Zach Thrift, and they have a two year old daughter, Zoe Grace.
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