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Administration

Eric Capaci

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.

Email: eric.capaci@gospellight.org

Phone: 501-624-5288 ext. 110

 

Shane Robertson

Vice President of Champion Christian College

I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ. I passionately love Jesus, my wife, and family. My wife and I have five children. Two were born under my wife’s heart biologically and three boys were born in our hearts through adoption. I am passionate about defending the cause of the weak and fatherless through foster care and adoption ministry, recovery ministry, missions, evangelism, and teaching and proclaiming the truths of scripture. I’ve earned a bachelor’s degree in both Biblical Studies and Speech Communications from Ouachita Baptist University (1998), Masters of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2002) and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2016). I have served in four different Arkansas churches as a youth pastor or associate pastor since 1996. I currently serve as the Dean of Church Ministries at Champion Christian College and Family Pastor at Gospel Light Baptist Church.

As the Dean of Church Ministries at Champion Christian College, my goal is to narrow the gap between training and what really happens in ministry and missions. My desire is to lead the Church Ministries Department to teach and train students to practically apply the principles of scripture in real-life ministry contexts. The goal is to make sure every class has real world application assignments from practically sharing the good news with the community, mission projects, sermon preparation and delivery, and other hands-on ministry assignments. My mission at Champion Christian College is to teach and to train regenerated servant leaders of Jesus Christ to excel spiritually, intellectually, and practically in professional ministries and selected lay vocations.

 

Mrs. Claudia Kemp

 Vice President of Academic Affairs

Mrs. Claudia Kemp graduated from Hyles-Anderson College with a Baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education and earned a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary Education from Liberty University.

Mrs. Claudia Kemp has twenty- one years of teaching experience.  She has an accomplished career demonstrating consistent success as an administrator and educator at the elementary, secondary and higher education levels. Her experience includes: teaching at Gospel Light Christian School at the elementary level; teaching high school Spanish at secondary level for Gospel Light Christian School, Virtual Arkansas and The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts; and teaching at the college level at Champion Christian College.  She has an outstanding track record in assuring student success. Effective communicator with excellent planning, organizational strengths as well as the ability to lead, reach consensus, establish goals, and attain results.

Mrs. Kemp joined the Champion administration in the fall 2011.She is currently the Vice President of Academic Affairs and an associate professor of Education courses.

The Kemp family resides in Hot Springs, AR. They have two children, Elijah and Breanna. They are faithful and active members of Gospel Light Baptist Church where they serve in various vital parts of the ministry.

Email: claudia.kemp@championchristiancollege.com

Phone: 501-624-5288 ext. 411

 

Digna Wilkie

Registrar and Associate Professor

Mrs. Digna Wilkie is currently the registrar and an associate professor of education and Spanish courses at Champion Christian College.  She holds a bachelor of elementary degree from Hyles-Anderson College and a MAT from Liberty University.

She has over twenty years of teaching experience.  Her career expands from teaching elementary at Hammond City Baptist, secondary at Gospel Light Christian School, Arkansas School for Mathematics and the Arts,  Covenant Keepers Charter School,  Virtual Arkansas, and higher education at Central Baptist College and Champion. She is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in both English and Spanish.

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 they serve in various aspect of the ministry and community.

Phone: 501-624-5288 ext. 421

Mr. Stephen Sellers

Dean of Student Life

Stephen Sellers is the Dean of Student Life at Champion Christian College.  He was born on June 28th, 1993 in South Carolina.  Sellers graduated high school in South Carolina then attended a private liberal arts college in South Carolina.  Sellers finished his college career in Hot Springs, Arkansas where he graduated as valedictorian from Champion Christian College with a degree in Pastoral Studies.  Stephen is married to the wonderful Mrs. Tarah Sellers. Sellers has succeeded in advancing Champion’s social media presence, spearheading community marketing initiatives, collaborating on and leading fundraising projects, forwarding recruitment nationwide, and the overall day to day operations on campus.  Stephen Sellers works to facilitate Champion’s day to day operations on and off campus while being the liaison between the college’s students and administration.

Email: stephen.sellers@championchristiancollege.com

Phone: 501-623-2272 ext. 310

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Music

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.

 

Elsen Portugal

Professor of Music Studies

Elsen Portugal has been a musician since the age of 9 and a missionary since 1994.  He was born in Brazil in 1963 and moved to Texas in 1981 where he later graduated with a Bachelor’s in Piano Pedagogy from East Texas Baptist University.  He is married to Michelle, of Shreveport, LA, and they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.  Mr. Portugal also holds a Master’s in Music from UCA, Conway, AR, post-graduate studies in World Arts from Dallas International University (formerly Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics) in Duncanville, TX, and this Fall will enter dissertation stage of his PhD in Ethnodoxology at B. H. Carroll Theological Institute, Irving, TX.

During his more than 30 years of ministry, Mr. Portugal has served as Minister of Music in New Jersey and Brazil, as missionary in Germany for 11 years, as foreign missions’ short-term team leader, and as Professor and Accompanist at National Park College and Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR.  Since 2010 his focus has been the application of local (indigenous) music and the arts in worship and missions, a new field known as Ethnodoxology.  In this context, he and his wife spent 3 years in Brazil involved in music ministry at a local church, all the while creating a network of partnerships to advance this vision in Brazil.

Mr. Portugal and his wife live in the Hot Springs area where he is involved in College teaching, collaborative piano activities, and missions’ mobilization.  The couple travels to Brazil and other overseas locations in order to teach courses, lead workshops and take part in various outreach arts projects.

Psychology

Mary Catherine Liscinski

Associate Professor of Psychology

Mary Catherine Liscinski is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Hot Springs. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison State University (receiving the Arnold Fletcher Award for exceptional achievement in independent learning) and a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Henderson State University. Many of her graduate level courses were obtained from Richmont University (a Christian University in Atlanta, GA) and Denver Seminary in Colorado. She then fulfilled the extensive requirements to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Additionally she is a Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor and has obtained a specialization in Technology-Assisted Counseling that allows her to counsel online.

In the past she has counseled in a variety of settings including a Christian non-profit organization, a college counseling center, two school-based counseling agencies, and a mental health hospital. She has herown counseling practice (LifeWalk Professional Counseling, LLC) here in Hot Springs where she provides counseling for children, teenagers, and adults.

Moving from Georgia to Hot Springs in 2010 was a blessing to her life. She enjoys the ‘great outdoors’ that God created and she also enjoys volunteering at various places here in Hot Springs and at her church, The Church at Rock Creek.

 

Education

Jade Sierra

Associate Professor of Education

Dr J holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from La Sierra University located in Riverside, CA. She holds a Master of Science from California State University Fullerton majoring in Curriculum and Instruction, along with Education Administration. As a single parent raising four children, Dr J earned a Bachelor of Science from California State University Hayward majoring in Business and minoring in Math.

Dr J’s careers encompass over twenty in education and in the business sector. She has taught grades form kindergarten through college in subjects such as Math, Business Math, Computers, Physiology, Educational courses, and English. In the business sector, she has expertise in software programing, marketing, systems documentation, management analysis, and business systems analysis; both at staff and managerial levels.

Dr J grew-up in an Air Force officer’s home which required her family to constantly live on the move. This is one reason she is still a “glove-trotter” today. She is single and has lived in Hot Springs Village, AR for four years. Being a native Texan, she moved to the beautiful mountains and lakes of Arkansas from Ft Worth, TX. Dr J is very involved with missionary work and is engaged with several different organizations such as Voices of the Martyrs, Eight Days of Hope, and Computers 4 Kids (HSV). Her Christian spiritual belief is strong as she regularly attends Zoe Baptist Church in Little Rock.

 

English

Derri Ohm

Associate Professor of English

Mrs. Derri Ohm, a native of Hot Springs, graduated summa cum laude from Henderson State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  She taught in the Lakeside School District for six years and was instrumental in establishing a program in the elementary school designed to meet the needs of students with learning disabilities.

Derri also taught classical ballet and worship dance for several years and conducted these classes for women in recovery from substance abuse, working closely with Potter’s Clay Ministries and Shalom Women’s Center.  She was the founder, director, and choreographer of Grace for His Glory, a worship dance ministry whose members were dedicated to fulfilling God’s holy purpose through their gift of dance.

She and her husband, Judge Ralph Ohm, have one daughter, Ashlyn, whom Derri homeschooled from preschool through twelfth grade.  The family resides in Lonsdale, Arkansas.

 

Ms. Cheryl Arthur

Associate Professor of English

Ms. Cheryl Arthur is a graduate of Biola University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She has a Master of Arts in Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Arts in English from Southern New Hampshire University.

Ms. Arthur has over twenty years of teaching experience and has taught elementary, high school, and college. Her teaching journey began as an elementary art teacher. She then taught English at Christian Academy of Prescott, Calvary Lutheran High School, and Yavapai Community College. She also served as the administrator of Christian Academy for four years. She has a passion for Christian education.

Ms. Arthur is new to Hot Springs. She has three sons, Joel, Kyle, and Justin, and five grandchildren. She is joining the Champion faculty in the fall of 2018 and will teach courses in English Composition and Literature.

 

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