Master’s in Leadership Ministry Faculty



Rick Joyner

D. Min, Phoenix University of Theology, 2016; D. Th., MSU College of Theology, 2011

Dr. Rick Joyner has authored more than fifty books, including The Final Quest Trilogy, There Were Two Trees in the Garden, The Path, and Army of the Dawn. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of MorningStar Ministries, a multi-faceted mission organization that includes Heritage International Ministries, MorningStar University, MorningStar Fellowship of Churches and Ministries, and CMM/MorningStar Missions—an umbrella organization serving over five hundred missionaries in the field and over ten thousand churches, schools, and ministries around the world.

Dave Yarnes

D. Min, Phoenix University of Theology, 2016; AS, Jamestown Community College; BA in Psychology, University of Buffalo

Dr. Dave Yarnes represents a unique voice in business today. He has been a serial entrepreneur for the last thirty years, starting or owning businesses such as award-winning hotels and restaurants, a nationally chartered bank, and a performing arts center. His range of experience and depth of knowledge is in high demand as an executive coach, consultant, and keynote speaker. He has been a private investor whose diversified portfolio has held ownership, equity, or management concerns while developing and funding ventures in a vast range of fields. Dr. Yarnes’ philanthropic pursuits carry as much diversity as his working career, including developing micro-financing and emerging world initiatives for housing, education, health care, and poverty relief efforts in India, Africa, and South America. He continues to make personal investments in emerging foreign companies that have a humanitarian thrust.

Marc Nuttle

J.D. 1975; B.A. Economics, University of Oklahoma, 1971

Marc Nuttle is an attorney representing corporations, business projects, and political entities nationally and internationally. He is the managing partner of Oklahoma Sovereign Development, LLC (OSD) and is widely recognized for his expertise in forecasting political and economic trends. In 1994, he helped established a Political Affairs Department for the National Federation of Independent Business, and he has served on the Industrial Policy Advisory Committee for Trade and Policy matters for the United States Government under President Ronald Reagan. He also served as legal counsel to President Reagan’s United States Synthetic Fuels Transition Team. Internationally, Mr. Nuttle has advised the countries of Bulgaria and Ukraine as well as corporations owned and controlled by the People’s Republic of China. Additionally, he has represented the State of Oklahoma for international economic development and has lectured in London on political and economic topics to Members of Parliament and to Conservative Party leaders in Great Britain.  Mr. Nuttle is also the author of Moment of Truth: How Our Government’s Addiction to Spending & Power Will Destroy Everything That Makes America Great.

William G. “Jerry” Boykin

D. Min, Phoenix University of Theology, 2014; B.A. Education, Virginia Tech, 1970

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin serves as Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council. He was one of the original members of the U.S. Army’s Delta Force and was privileged to command these elite warriors in combat operations. He ultimately commanded all the Army’s Green Berets as well as the Special Warfare Center and School. Lt. Gen. Boykin spent thirty-six years in the army, serving his last four years as the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence. He is an ordained minister with a passion for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging Christians to become warriors in God’s kingdom.

Nicholas Papanicolaou

D. Min, Phoenix University of Theology, 2014; M.A. in Business Administration, Columbia University, 1972; B.A. in Economics, Harvard University, 1970

Dr. Nicholas Papanicolaou served as vice president of the Onassis Organization in New York from 1973-1975 before joined his family’s business interests in shipping and other investments. In 1983, he became controlling shareholder and Co-Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda, and is president of Lion Finance SA, a family investment vehicle. Dr. Papanicolaou is also the Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the World Public Forum’s “Dialogue of Civilizations” and is heavily involved in other institutions, such as the Knights of Malta and The Oak Initiative.

Michael L. Brown

Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures New York University, 1985; M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, New York University, 1981; B.A. in Hebrew Language, Queens College, 1977

Dr. Michael Brown is the founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, North Carolina, the Director of the Coalition of Conscience, and the host of the daily and nationally syndicated talk radio show, The Line of Fire. He also hosts of the apologetics TV show, Answering Your Toughest Questions, which airs on the NRB TV network. Dr. Brown has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at Southern Evangelical Seminary, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Fuller Theological Seminary, Denver Theological Seminary, the King’s Seminary, and Regent University School of Divinity. He has contributed numerous articles to scholarly publications and has authored more than thirty books, including Our Hands Are Stained with Blood: The Tragic Story of the “Church” and the Jewish People.

Mike Gottfried

B.A., 1966; M.A. in Education, Morehead State University, 1971

Hall of Famer Mike Gottfried played college football at Morehead State University from 1962-1965. He served as head coach at Murray State University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Kansas, and the University of Pittsburgh, compiling a career record of 76-55-4. He has been a college football color analyst and color commentator for ESPN. In 2000, Mr. Gottfried founded Team Focus, which helps fatherless boys age nine to seventeen foster self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence by providing them with leadership skills, guidance, and an ongoing relationship with a mentor. Team Focus is currently in twenty-six U.S. states with more than 1,000 boys involved. Mr. Gottfried also wrote an autobiography, Coach’s Challenge: Faith, Football, and Filling the Father Gap.

Nathan Plowman

BA Science, Monash University, 1988; AA Ministry, MSU, 2002

A native Australian, Nathan Plowman was a scientist specializing in sleep disorders before traveling all over the world with missions, humanitarian efforts, and disaster relief work. He spearheaded a disaster relief operation to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and later partnered with a humanitarian organization to help rejuvenate areas of major poverty in West Virginia and Tennessee. Now residing in South Carolina, Mr. Plowman is an ordained minister with MorningStar Ministries and has served as Principal of Comenius School of Creative Leadership. Currently, he is the Director of MorningStar University’s College of Leadership where he also leads the Special Forces Leadership Training Program.

Al Wood

University of North Carolina, 1981

Al Wood quickly became successful in basketball, where he earned All-American status in high school and college and went on to set scoring records in the ACC and NCAA. He was a member of the 1980 U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball team and became the fourth player picked in the first round of the 1981 NBA draft. After the NBA, Mr. Wood played professional basketball overseas but eventually moved back to the States and traveled around the country as a motivational speaker, trainer and team builder, evangelist, platform guest, sports radio and TV spokesperson, prison minister, and private consultant. He also served five years as Principal, Athletic Director, and Head Basketball Coach at Comenius School of Creative Leadership. Mr. Wood is currently an ordained minister with MorningStar Ministries.

Michael Fickess

M.A. in Middle Eastern History, SUNY College at Brockport, 2010

Michael Fickess is devoted to calling believers to pursue a more intimate relationship with God through authentic community, effective prayer, revelational knowledge of Scripture, and hunger for the “deep things” of God. Michael is a prolific author, intercessor, speaker, and Bible teacher at Morningstar University and Comenius School for Creative Leadership, Morningstar’s K-12 school. He and his wife, Rachelle, live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and have two children, Samuel and Ari.
As the director of the MSU Masters program and an experienced author, Michael also provides personal coaching for every student to refine their writing gift and develop their Master’s thesis.

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