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 is presently six credit hours away from completing his master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University.
Dr. Capaci has twenty-two 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 for the past nineteen years.
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 200 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, as well as coach the collegiate basketball team. 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.
Allen B. Moody EdD
Executive Vice President (COO)
Dr. Moody earned his educational Doctorate Degree in Mathematics from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and has twenty-eight years of experience in higher education instruction and college administration. He holds an Arkansas and Oklahoma Teaching License and has taught mathematics at the high school level for seven years. Dr. Moody has taught mathematics, data analysis, and statistics courses, both traditional and online, at three Arkansas higher education institutions and is a certified Quality Matters reviewer for online courses. He has a passion for teaching and is committed to student learning and student success.
Dr. Moody and his wife of 30 years, Cathy Lynn, have resided in Hot Springs for the past 23 years and are the blessed parents of eight children and one grandchild, Aria, (soon to be a second, Julian Hunter) His oldest son, Josiah has a Masters in Biology, Timothy has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering, Rebecca has a Masters in Applied Mathematics, Jesse is a junior in college, Kaitlyn is a freshman in college, Aaron is a 10th grader, Emily is a 6th grader, and lastly Jacob is in the 4th grade.
Praise the Lord!
Mrs. Claudia Kemp
Dean of Academics, Associate Professor
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 Dean of Academics and Registrar as well as a teacher of educational studies.
Mrs. Maggie Picking
Dean of Student Development and Success
Maggie Picking has joined the Champion Christian College team as Dean of Student Development and Success and Social Science Instructor. Her career has been devoted to creating and sustaining student support and success programs in two and four year colleges. At Champion she is working in co-curricular areas assisting with the launch of accredited course offerings on CCC’s campus in partnership with Central Baptist College as well as working with the administrative team to define recruitment enrollment management processes as well as revising, revamping and renewing College policies and procedures. She firmly believes that Champion Christian College affords students the opportunity to learn and grow academically, socially, and spiritually within a nurturing, family environment. She thoroughly enjoys guiding prospective students through the admissions and enrollment processes. She stays connected to students through teaching Orientation sessions and General Psychology classes and truly humbled to be considered one of the administrative team members here at Champion.
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.
John D. Johnson, Sr.
John D. Johnson, Sr. graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hyles-Anderson College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Theology. He also earned a Master of Pastoral Theology from Hyles-Anderson in 1992. From 1993 until 1997, he served as a youth pastor at Lakeview Baptist Church in Lakeview, MI. In addition, he was instrumental in the starting of a new Christian school and was the assistant principal of that school.
In 1997, Bro. Johnson came to work on the staff at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Hot Springs, AR. This has included teaching ten years at Gospel Light Baptist School (math, science, Bible, and physical education). He is now serving in his ninth year at Champion Christian College as an administrator and an instructor. As Dean of Student Ministries, Bro. Johnson oversees all student ministry assignment and involvement. As an instructor, his classes include Bible, science, and Baptist History.
Bro. Johnson and his wife, Kayla, have been married for twenty-two years. They have four children all of whom have attended Gospel Light Christian Schools. He teaches an adult Sunday school class called the New Beginnings Bible Class, and Kayla has been a faithful nursery worker for over fourteen years at Gospel Light.
Donald C. Meese, Jr.
Donald C Meese, Jr., graduated from Baptist Bible College with a Graduate in Theology degree and earned a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Theology from Southern Indiana Baptist College.
After graduating from Bible College in 1966, Bro. Meese served as youth director at Bellview Baptist Church in Springfield, MO. In 1968, he planted the Bible Baptist Church in Wheeling, WV. He pastored the Riverview Bible Church in Bellaire, OH, from 1970 until 2004. He assisted and taught in the Bible Institute at the Gateway Baptist Church, Clarksville, TN, from 2005 until 2010.
Bro. Meese has been married to his wife, Sharla, for 47 years. They have served together in ministry. They have one daughter, Cheri (Meese) Simmons, a son-in-law, Mike Simmons, and three grandchildren: Hunter, Faith, and Joshua. In August of 2010, Don and Sharla joined Gospel Light Baptist Church, where he teaches the Merry Hearts Adult Small Group. Sharla is a faithful nursery worker. They both volunteer of their time for the beautification of the church facilities.
Bro. Meese is currently an instructor at Champion Christian College. He teaches Bible and Theology courses.
John Vaprezsan has been in ministry for over 20yrs.
He began working with his father as a Youth Pastor and Music Director at Metro Baptist Church in Belleville, Michigan and has Pastored the Freedom Baptist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas for 5 years.
He taught High School Bible for 13 years and began teaching at Champion Christian College in 2014.
He is a graduate of Metro Baptist High School in 1984.
He received his Bachelor of Science from Christian Bible College in 1996. He then went on to Hyles Anderson College and graduated in 1997 with a One-Year Seminary Degree. He received his Master on Ministry Degree in 1999 and Doctor of Ministry Degree in 2004 from Baptist College of America.
He and Jennifer have been married for 27 years and have two married children, Preston and Alexis.
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.