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Benjamin H. Allen, 1985* Chairman Newport News, VA
Nuclear Engineering Information Systems/Project Engineer, Newport News Shipbuilding (ret.)  
James A. Bennett, 1985* Virginia Beach, VA
Minister, Avalon Church of Christ  
Roger Brady 2012* Raleigh, NC
United States Air Force General (Ret.)  
Wyett H. Colclasure II, 2005*, V Jarrettsville, MD
Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton  
Richard Clark, 2014* Indianapolis, IN
Adjunct Instructor, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University at Indianapolis  
Larry D. Cooper, D.V.M., 2009* Elizabeth City, NC
Veterinarian, Pasquotank Animal Hospital  
Royce E. Everette, 2010* Greenville, NC
President, Time Investment Corporation  
Caprice Hairston, 2010*, Secretary Elizabeth City, NC
Director of Children’s Ministry, Rehoboth Victory Christian Church  
Gregory D. Hand, 1997* Gasburg, VA
Minister, Pleasant Hill Christian Church  
David J. Hileman, 2013* , Assistant Secretary Williamsburg, VA
Associate Director, Virginia Evangelizing Fellowship  
Edward L. "E.L." Jones, 2014* , President-elect, Alumni Association Mechanicsville, VA
Minister, Pole Green Church of Christ  
Gene M. Langley, 1990* Chesapeake, VA
Senior Account Agent, Allstate Insurance Company (ret.); Stateside Field Rep Ezekiel Fish  
Edwin R. "Eddie" Lowen, 2013* Springfield, IL
Lead Minister, West Side Christian Church  
William C. McCracken, 1997* Chester, VA   
Detective Sergeant, Richmond Police Department  
Dave Milam, 2011
Charlotte, NC   
Lead Minister, Kinetic Church
D. Clay Perkins, 2006* Elizabeth City, NC
President, Mid-Atlantic Christian University  
Jonita Shoaff, 2012 Joppa, MD
Comissioner for Women's Center of Hatford County, MD; Vice President of Extreme Family Outreach board  
W. Keith Tankard, 1992* Bath, NC
Financial Consultant and Owner, Coastal Financial Services   
W. Keith Wood, 2013, President, Alumni Association Clayon, IN
Associate Director, International Conference on Missions  


*Began as trustee


Ralph K. Bennett 1977-2002
George W. BonDurant 1948-1986
Hilton O. Chesson 1962-1990
C. Meredith Fisher 1962-1979
William A. Griffin 1986-2006
John H. Hufton 1982-1990
Henry Clay Owney 1958-2004
Charles G. Presley 1977-2005
Harry W. Pritchett 1950-1979
David E. Rhodes 1959-1989
Marvin E. Rose 1962-1999
Redden E. Shavender 1950-1976
Kenneth C. Swain 1958-1989
Harold C. Turner, Sr 1948-1985
Rebecca Turner West 1989-2009
Pattie A. Wilkinson 1950-1960
Guy Woolard 1967-1992

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Benjamin H. Allen was born in 1944 in Washington, NC, to Christian parents, Daniel W. and Edythe Carowan Allen, Sr. He grew up with three brothers in an environment where everyone worked hard. Ben graduated from North Carolina State University in 1966 (BS in mathematics). He was then employed by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company (NNS&DD) as an entry level engineer and assigned to a new department, Atomic Power Division. He worked on two major projects at NNS&DD, the design and construction of the Los Angeles Class Submarines and the design and construction of the NIMITZ Class Aircraft Carriers. He retired in 2004 with 38 years of service. His final job position was Senior Project Engineer. Ben has served as Bible School teacher, deacon, elder, and trustee for Northampton Church of Christ, Hampton, VA. Ben and his wife, Peggy, reside in Newport News, VA.

Board member since 1985

Finance Committee


James A. Bennett is Associate Minister (part-time) with Avalon Church of Christ in Virginia Beach, VA, where he served as Senior Minister for over 40 years. Before coming to Avalon, he served the Quantico Road and Liberty churches in Salisbury, MD. He is a 1966 graduate of Mid-Atlantic. Jimmy has served four terms on the planning committee for the North American Christian Convention and two terms on the board of directors for the Virginia Evangelizing Fellowship. He has also served on several missionary boards. Jimmy has conducted workshops at the NACC on stewardship, leadership, and family life. He is married to Shelby '66. Their son, Jeff '94, and his wife, Lisa ’96, have two daughters.

Board member since 1985

Development Committee

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Roger Brady served for more than 41 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as Commander, US Air Forces in Europe in 2011.  He and Litha met in Oklahoma where they attended the University of Oklahoma as undergraduates.  They earned Masters' degrees at Colorado State University.  Roger also attended executive programs at Columbia University and Harvard University.  They have two children, Caroline and Andrew, and five grandchildren.  They have been active in teaching in congregations of the Church of Christ throughout their lives together.  Roger is an active speaker, author and teacher with a focus on principled leadership.  He also advises companies on issues related to the nation's defense.  The Bradys spend as much time as possible on the Outer Banks and have just settled in Raleigh, NC.

Board member since 2012

Academics Committee

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Richard Clark, the son of Al and Ann Clark, has been associated with Mid-Atlantic all his life. He graduated from MACU in 1975; he also met his wife here, Joanne “Buff” McKinney. As a student, he sang in college groups and often represented the school. He has spent his life in ministry, the first 21 years in youth ministry. He was then called into senior ministry, and then associate ministry. He is now an adjunct instructor at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University at Indianapolis, where he is a PhD student and is a graduate assistant at the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. He holds an MA from Cincinnati Christian University. He and Buff served in ministries in Roper and Reidsville, NC, and over 25 years with Central Christian Church in Carmel, IN. They are the parents of Josh and Haley and the grandparents of three.

Board Member since 2014

Institutional Advancement Committee


Wyett H. Colclasure II graduated from the University of Illinois with a master's degree in chemistry. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1994, after 30 years of active duty. His specialty branch was the Army Chemical Corps, which deals with nuclear, chemical, and biological (NBC) warfare and defense. At the time of his retirement he was the Army's Project Manager for NBC Defense Systems. Since then he has worked as an independent consultant and was employed by the global strategy and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton until he retired in 2012. He is active in civic matters, is an FAA certified flight instructor, and worships with Creswell Christian Church, Bel Air, MD. He was a trustee of ECC, Inc., before joining MACU. He and Virginia reside in Jarrettsville, MD and have three children and three grandchildren.

Board member since 2005

Finance Committee


LARRY D. COOPER, D.V.M. is a native of Pantego, NC, and grew up in the Union Grove Church of Christ. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1976 and owns and operates Pasquotank Animal Hospital in Elizabeth City. He is a member and leader at Journey Christian Church in Elizabeth City. Dr. Cooper and his wife, the former Patsy Sawyer ’70, reside in Elizabeth City and have four children and seven grandchildren.

Board member since 2010

Institutional Advancement Committee, Chair

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ROYCE E. EVERETTE is a native of Greenville, NC, and was baptized while attending Plymouth Church of Christ. He graduated from Milligan College in 1983 with a BS degree in Business. He is President of Time Investment Corporation, which is located in Greenville, NC. He and his wife, Bonnie, were married in 1985, and they have three children: Blanton, Spencer, and Hope. In 2011 Bonnie and Royce joined Friends in Fellowship Christian Church of Winterville, NC, where he serves as an elder. His interests include supporting ministries that promote Christ’s Kingdom, serving his church, politics, relaxing at the beach, fishing and bird hunting.

Board member since 2010

Finance Committee

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CAPRICE J. HAIRSTON is from Mechanicsville, Virginia. She graduated from Mid-Atlantic Christian University in 1992, and resides in Orlando, FL, with her husband, Darrell Hairston, a 1991 MACU graduate.  Darrell is the Senior Minister of Washington Shores Church of Christ in Orlando, where Caprice serves as the Christian Education Director. Caprice and Darrell have one daughter, Destiny Hairston.

Board Member since 2010; Secretary

Institutional Advancement Committee 


Gregory D. Hand grew up in Eden, NC, in the Leaksville Christian Church. While a student at MACU, he served as youth minister with the West Park Church of Christ in Portsmouth, VA. He began a student ministry at Gum Neck Church of Christ in Columbia, NC, which continued following his graduation in 1984. In April of 1985, Greg began his current ministry with Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Gasburg, VA. Along with being the senior minister, he sings in a men's quartet and the choir and teaches an adult Sunday school class. He is married to the former Tammy Hall ex'84, who is Assistant Principal for Greensville County Elementary School. They have three children (Lynn White '02, Robert, and Matt) and one grandchild. Greg enjoys fishing and golf.

Board member since 1997

Student Services Committee

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DAVID J. HILEMAN is Associate Director of the Virginia Evangelizing Fellowship (VEF). He began serving with VEF as a volunteer in 1987, then joined the staff in 1996 as Director of Church Resources. In 2004 he was named Executive Director. Dave holds degrees from Johnson University (1978) and Eastern Mennonite Seminary (1984). He was in the located ministry from 1978 to 2002 (Madisonville, TN; Barboursville, VA; and Williamsburg, VA) and has volunteered with the Charlottesville Pregnancy Center; the PTO of Orange County, VA; and the Alumni Association of JU. Dave and his wife, Cindy, live in Williamsburg, VA. They have two sons and five grandchildren.

Board Member since 2013; Assistant Secretary

Academics Committee


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EDWARD L. “E.L.” JONES is a 2002 graduate of MACU, following in the footsteps of several relatives who are alumni, including his sister and brother-in-law, Shari and Bobby Wallace. The son of Legacy Eastern Christian College alumni David and Sharon Jones, E.L enrolled in Mid-Atlantic straight out of high school. During his college years, he was known for his wit, athleticism, and heart for the Gospel. He preaches for Pole Green Church of Christ in Mechanicsville, VA, and has served as a student recruiter for Mid-Atlantic and as a youth minister. He and Christie live in Mechanicsville, VA, and have a son and a daughter.

Board Member since 2014, by virtue of office

President-elect, Alumni Association


Gene M. Langley is a retired Senior Account Agent with Allstate Insurance Co., having served the company 35 years. He has been an elder for West Park Church of Christ forty years and teacher of the Truth Seekers class, with over 100 members, for twenty years. Gene, who is currently chairing the Board of Trustees, has been a trustee since 1990 and is also a past chairman of the board. He has served MACU as chairman of both the Presidential Search Committee and of the Comprehensive Campaign Committee. He also serves as stateside support coordinator of Good News Christian Mission (Thailand). He periodically teaches at the mission. His interests include speaking and teaching for the Kingdom, hunting, riding his Harley, and serving the church as elder. Gene and his wife, Dorothy, reside in Chesapeake, VA.


Board Member since 1990

Academics Committee

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Edwin R. “Eddie” Lowen was introduced to Christ by First Christian Church in his hometown of Covington, VA. He graduated from MACU in 1985 and later earned an M.A. from Johnson University. He served as a recruiter and public relations employee at MACU from 1986-88, then served on the MACU Board of Trustees during the late 90s. Eddie has helped lead a variety of brotherhood endeavors, including having chaired the North American Christian Convention Board of Stewards. He writes frequently for Christian Standard magazine and serves as an advisor to the parent company. Eddie is Lead Minister at West Side Christian Church in Springfield, IL. Eddie and his wife, Sharon, have two children.

Board Member since 2013

Institutional Advancement Committee



William C. McCracken is a native of New Castle, PA. He attended Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, before transferring to Mid-Atlantic, where he graduated in 1971. He has held ministries in Edinburg, PA; Plymouth, NC; and Penhook, Richmond, and Highland Springs, VA. He has been employed for 26 years by the Richmond City Police Department and is a sergeant assigned to the Office of the General Counsel with responsibilities as the court liaison and liaison to the Commonwealth Attorney’s office. He continues to use his ministry skills within the department. Bill and his wife Danette reside in Chester, VA, and are avid Harley Davidson riders. They are active at the Journey Christian Church and lead a small group. They have five grown children: Brett, Shannon ’96, Susan, Brian ’99, and Sherri, and three grandsons: Devin, Bryce, and Micah.

Board member since 1997

Student Services Committee

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DAVE MILAM and his wife Anne moved from Jeffersonville, Indiana, in August 2005 to plant One Life Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, through Stadia. He currently functions as the lead minister, key visionary, and main communicator at One Life. Dave also serves as the Stadia Network Coach for North Carolina and is involved in strategic planning and implementation for Stadia national. In 2009, Dave accepted the role as President of Envision, an organization dedicated to impacting North Carolina by planting restoration movement churches across the state. Because he is passionate about teaching the next generation of church leaders, Dave also regularly speaks for large student gatherings, including the Carolina Christian Youth Convention, Sunday Night Live at MACU, and Southeast Christian Church. He is a father of four and is passionate about impacting the city of Charlotte through the faithfulness of One Life Church. 

Board Member since 2011

Student Services Committee

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D. CLAY PERKINS has been in the ministry since 1979 serving both small and large churches. He has served as an associate minister and as a church planter. When he was called to lead MACU as President, he was senior associate minister at First Christian Church Ministries, Kernersville, NC, and also Administrator of First Christian Academy. He has been on short-term mission trips to five countries. Clay holds a B.A. and B.Th. from Point University, an M.M. and M.Div. from Cincinnati Christian University, and C.A.G.S. and Ph.D. from Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Clay teaches leadership courses at MACU and other colleges and universities.  He serves on boards for HASTEN, International and Financial Planning Ministries, and is a Rotarian. Clay and Sandra have two sons and two granddaughters. 

Board member since 2006, ex-officio

President of MACU
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JONITA SHOAFF has served on the Mid-Atlantic Foundation board for two years. She is the daughter of the late Eastern Christian College President and Mrs. J. T. and Addie Maye Segroves (1960-79), and thus has a deep connection with ECC and the Northeast. Her current employment and activities include Commissioner for Women’s Commission of Harford County,MD; Vice President of Extreme Family Outreach board; board member for the Academy of Finance (a high school program); and program coordinator for Harford Community College at the W.A.G.E. Connection. She has received Optimist International’s award for “women who make a difference” and is a “Distinguished Toastmaster,” the highest award of Toastmasters International.She is active in Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, MD. Jonita has two children, one of whom is a MACU graduate.

Board Member since 2012

Student Services Committee


W. Keith Tankard is a financial consultant and president and owner of Coastal Financial Services, Inc. in Bath, NC. He is a graduate of East Carolina University, earning a BS in 1976 and an MA in Education in 1977. For nine years he worked for Farm Credit Service, rising to vice president and manager of a branch office. He is a lifelong member of Athens Chapel Church of Christ in Bath, where his areas of service include teaching, drama, finance, outreach, and serving as an elder. He and Yvonne have three children and nine grandchildren. His passions are his Lord, his wife and family, his ministries and church family, and [ECU] Pirate football.

Board member since 1992

Finance Committee, Chair

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W. Keith Wood is a 1993 graduate of MACU, a Timothy of the Bethlehem Church of Christ in Hertford, NC.  Keith began serving in located ministry during his sophomore year of college until 2003, when he accepted a position with International Disaster Emergency Service (IDES).  He served primarily as Director of Development with IDES until 2008, when he returned to his alma mater to serve as Vice President for Development.  In December 2012 he was called to serve as the Associate Director of the International Conference on Missions headquartered in Clayton, IN.  He is married to Nicole (’93), and they have three children:  Corbin, Brency, and Evan.

Board Member since 2013, by virtue of office

President, Alumni Association

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