The following people have recently joined, or will soon be joining, with the Emmanuel family as new hires to our faculty and staff.
Jason Farr – Men’s Volleyball
I have been married to my wife, Stephanie for twelve years now and we have two children, Alex and Jordan. We are moving here from Lincoln, IL where we have lived since 2000. I have been coaching volleyball for ten years now and am very passionate about having a successful program. Academics are very important to me as my teams the last three years have received the AVCA all-academic team honor (3.4 GPA and above cumulatively). My family will be moving down here with me at the end of May once Alex finishes second grade this year. My wife has managed a home daycare over the past eight years and she is the best at it. Although, don’t get any ideas she is retiring from having something in our home. I am very excited to be part of the EC family and can’t wait to get to know more of the employees.
Patrick Johnston – Director of Lacrosse & Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach
Patrick Johnston joins Emmanuel as the Director of Lacrosse and the Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach. Patrick spent the last seven years teaching English and coaching lacrosse at both Cardinal Newman High School and Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. He holds a B.S. in Secondary Education Language Arts from the University of Alabama and an M.A in English from the School of Letters program at Sewanee: The University of the South. Patrick is married to his wife of five years Cortney, and they have a baby girl Lydia Jolee and are expecting another child in December.
Emily King – Women’s Lacrosse and Strength & Conditioning Coach
Emily King comes to Emmanuel College after a successful career as a certified college strength and conditioning coach. Emily had the opportunity to work with a multitude of athletes including but not limited to football, men’s lacrosse, men’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, swimming and diving and softball. Emily worked at several Division I universities such as The United States Naval Academy, University of New Mexico, Virginia Tech and the University of Georgia. As a player, Emily King played collegiate lacrosse at Anne Arundel Community College and James Madison University. While playing at Anne Arundel CC Emily was named most improved player as well as most valuable player twice. While pursuing her degree from the University of Maryland, Emily helped coach her alma mater to their first 20 -0 season as well as their first state title. Emily earned a B.S. degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland. While working at Virginia Tech, Emily began her Master’s Degree in health promotions before moving to Georgia. Coach King will serve as both the Women’s Lions Lacrosse Coach and the Strength and Conditioning Coach for Lions Athletics. Emily King and her husband Rusty live in Royston with their two children Hunter (6) and Ashton (4). Emily still competes today in local road races as well as local and regional half ironman triathlons.
Deborah Millier – Library
“I am Deborah Millier, the new Assistant Director of Library Services. I received my BA in Education from Toccoa Falls College and my MLIS from the University of South Carolina. One week after receiving my masters, my husband, our three young children and I moved to Jerusalem where I took up the head librarian position at Jerusalem University College. When our work there was complete, the Lord led us to a new field in Manila, Philippines where I worked as both a middle school teacher and a high school librarian. Upon the graduation of our oldest daughter from Faith Academy, we knew it was time to return to the States for the training our special needs son required. I am blessed to be able to continue helping people through library services and to share the joy and needs of being on a mission field.”
Mark Trump – School of Christian Ministry
Mark and his wife Alison have been married for 15 years and have two children, Micah (5) and Matilyn (2). They have been in full-time church ministry as Youth Pastor, Senior Pastor, for 13 of those years. They are both originally from Pennsylvania and are coming to Emmanuel by way of Kentucky, Michigan, and most recently Wisconsin where Mark is finishing his dissertation on the Gospel of John at Marquette University. They enjoy spending time and adventures with their kids. Alison’s passion is worship and music while Mark enjoys fishing, sports, art, and reading. They are excited about moving to the Southeast and joining the staff at Emmanuel. He has a passion to teach, mentor, and minister to college students, and to train future pastors and Christian leaders. Their hearts beat with the values, vision and mission of Emmanuel College.
Nathan Webb – Communication
Nathan Webb will be joining the Communication Studies faculty this fall. Nathan received a B.S. from College of the Ozarks and an M.A. from Midwestern Baptist Seminary, both located in Missouri. He will be completing a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas this year with emphases in Interpersonal and Instructional Communication. Nathan has taught at the college level at Baker University and the University of Kansas. He also brings five years of Christian non-profit experience and two years of experience as a legal research analyst to Emmanuel. When Nathan is not working on his doctoral dissertation, he enjoys traveling and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
Kent Apostol – School of Natural Sciences/Biology
"I am delighted to join the Natural Sciences Department at Emmanuel. My Ph.D. is in Forest Biology and Management from the University of Alberta, Canada. Prior to earning my doctorate, I attended the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, where I received my B.S. and M.Sc. in Forestry. I held two postdoctoral positions at Purdue University focusing on the aspects related to regeneration and restoration projects in the Central Hardwood Region of the USA. My research interests center on whole-plant physiology, ecological restoration, and nursery practices utilizing measures of seedling physiology. I will be teaching Principles of Biology I and II, Honors Biology, and Earth Science during 2012-2013 academic year."
Daniel Anderson – English
Danny Anderson hails from Cleveland, Ohio and holds a Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University. His dissertation research focused on representations of university spaces in Jewish American literature and film, and he is largely driven by his interest in liberal arts education. Believing that the Christian life and the Life of the Mind are inseparable, Danny is excited to join Emmanuel's English department and looks forward to integrating his faith and his intellectual pursuits. In addition, he hopes to encourage his students to pursue God through their pursuit of knowledge as well.
Danny, his wife, Kim, and their two daughters are excited to move to Georgia later this summer and getting to know the Emmanuel community. Also, as a long-suffering Browns fan, he looks forward to following a competent team for once.
Rick Wilson – Health & Physical Education
“Hello, my name is Rick Wilson, and I am excited to have the privilege to serve and mentor the students of Emmanuel College! I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Health as well as a Master of Education in Physical Education from Malone College (now Malone University) in Canton, Ohio, and I am currently pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Athletic Administration from Northcentral University in Arizona. Most recently, I have served as Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance and Head Cross Country and Track Coach at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina. Prior to our family’s move south, I taught physical education and served as the athletic director at Heartland Christian School in Columbiana, Ohio. I have an incredible wife of 13 years, and we have two wonderful children, ages 7 and 3. Our family is very close, and we enjoy doing everything together, with running and camping being two of our most favorite activities.”
Emmanuel Saka – Graphic Design
Emmanuel Saka received his BFA in Graphic Design from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana and MFA, Graphic Design from Iowa State University, Ames-Iowa. During the 2007/2008 academic year, he served as a Teaching Assistant at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi-Ghana. He worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Department of Residence - Iowa State University, Ames-Iowa during the 2008/2009 academic year. In 2009/2010, Emmanuel served as a Personal Assistant to Dawn Bratsch-Prince, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Study Abroad Program in the capacity a Graduate Assistant. He participated in a national design collaborative project (Hablamos Juntos) in 2009 to design a system of new medical symbols for use in limited English population medical facilities. Emmanuel worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Department of Design and Art - Iowa State University for the 2010/2011 academic year. In 2011, Emmanuel co-authored: A shopping cart interactive program (SCIP). A case study for relational-cultural and activity theory in interaction design with Cyndi Wiley, Stefan Tauber, and Sunghyun Kang. Emmanuel worked as an Adjunct Design Instructor at GrandView University, Des Moines-Iowa during the Fall 2011 semester. Emmanuel’s field specialties are: Web/Interactive Design, Packaging Design, Usability studies/testing, Wayfinding, Brand Identity, Symbology, Typography, Photography and Print/publication design.
WELCOME ONE AND ALL TO EMMANUEL COLLEGE!!