President of Champion Christian College
Dr. Eric A. Capaci graduated from Hyles-Anderson College with a Pastoral of Theology degree in 1988. He also completed a Master’s of Education from Hyles-Anderson College in1989. In 1999, he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from both Hyles-Anderson College and Oklahoma Baptist College. He graduated from Liberty University in 2014 with a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling
Dr. Capaci has over twenty years of ministry experience. He served two years as youth pastor at Faith Baptist church in Canoga Park, California. In 1992, he established the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Hot Springs, Arkansas where he has pastored since.
In 2005, Champion Christian College began in Hot Springs, Arkansas, as a ministry of Gospel Light Baptist Church. Under Dr. Capaci’s leadership, Champion has graduated over 300 students, most of who are serving in local churches or on the mission field. Ten of these graduates are presently pastoring churches. In addition to Dr. Capaci’s presidential duties, he teaches numerous courses in the college. His great vision is to start 500 churches in the 50 largest cities of the United States of America.
Dr. Capaci is a well-known speaker throughout the United States and foreign countries. Capaci has authored eight books including A Powerful Program Makes a Difference, The Right Start, Through Mountains and Valleys, Recharge Your Bus Route, One Touched Life, Get Your Game Face On, Traits of a Champion, and most recently, Sermon Sentences.
The Capaci family resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas. They have five children: Matthias, Josiah, Ezekiel, Chloe, and Gloryann. They are an integral part of the Gospel Light ministries where they faithfully serve in the bus ministry, nursery, music, and teen church. The Capacis enjoy entertaining people in their home and have hosted thousands over the years.
Mrs. Claudia Kemp
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Mrs. Claudia Kemp graduated from Hyles-Anderson College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education from Liberty University.
Mrs. Claudia Kemp has fifteen years of teaching experience. She taught elementary for six years and high school for six years. She has experience working in Christian schools as well as public schools. She has served as an instructor at Gospel Light Christian School and Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts.
The Kemp family resides in Hot Springs, AR. They have two children, Elijah and Breanna. They are faithful members of Gospel Light Baptist Church where they serve in various vital parts of the ministry. Thomas, Mrs. Kemp’s husband, is the song, choir, and music director at Gospel Light Baptist Church. Mrs. Kemp has devotedly served as the nursery director since 2001. In addition, Mrs. Kemp volunteers her time to coach the high school cheerleaders and college volleyball team.
Mrs. Kemp joined the Champion faculty in the fall of 2011. She is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Registrar and Associate Professor
Mrs. Digna Wilkie is a graduate of Hyles-Anderson College where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education from Liberty University.
Mrs. Wilkie has over ten years of teaching experience. She has taught both at the elementary and secondary level. She has experience teaching in Christian schools as well as public schools. Her teaching ventures include being an instructor at Hammond City Baptist School, ASMSA, Gospel Light Christian School, and Covenant Keepers Charter School.
The Wilkie family resides in Hot Springs, AR. They have three daughters Victoria, Michaela, and Hannah. They are members of Gospel Light Baptist Church where David, Digna’s husband, serves as a deacon, sings in the choirs, and is a faithful layman. Digna has been a faithful nursery worker for over twelve years. In addition, she has directed the three year olds children’s church for eight years.
Mrs. Wilkie joined the Champion faculty in the fall of 2011, where she teaches English, Speech, and educational courses.
Dr. Thomas W. Bolton
Professor of Music Studies
Dr. Thomas W. Bolton has come full circle in his career, retiring back in Arkansas after sixteen-year tenure as Professor of Church Music at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also served as Dean of the School of Church Music and Worship. Before that, he served for seven years as minister of music at Little Rock’s First Baptist Church. From 1973 to 1989, he was Professor of Music at Ouachita Baptist University. All in all, he has over forty years of experience in full- and part-time music ministry in churches in Texas, Arkansas, and Kentucky.
Dr. Bolton holds a baccalaureate degree in vocal performance from Ouachita Baptist University and the masters and Ph.D. in musicology with a minor in voice from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He did some post-doctoral study and performance in Italy through the Sessione Senese per la Musica e l’Arte in Siena.
As a tenor soloist, Dr. Bolton has made many guest appearances with professional organizations, including the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra. For a number of years he was a resident artist with the Arkansas Opera Theatre, performing major roles in operas such as The Marriage of Figaro, Madame Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Albert Herring, and Cosi fan tutte. He has also sung numerous oratorio roles, cantatas, and solo recitals in guest appearances at churches, universities, and seminaries.
He and his wife, Mary, have recently built their retirement home on Lake Catherine near Hot Springs. They are parents of one son, Bryan, who is minister of music at First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, and proud grandparents of Kaitlyn and Keith.