Meet our Faculty and Staff
Mr. Bradford is the Dean Emeritus of the Vanderbilt University Business School (Owen Graduate School of Management). During his tenure as Dean, he was Chairman of the Graduate Management Admissions Council and served as an accreditation reviewer for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Prior to Owen, he served as president and CEO of AFG Industries Inc., a global glass manufacturer that merged with Asahi Glass Company in 1992. He was promoted to the chief executive officer after having served eight years as AFG’s general counsel. Before joining AFG, he spent 11 years in private law practice.
Mr. Bradford attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He also earned his doctor of jurisprudence degree from Vanderbilt University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Florida.
Ms. Brechbill graduated from homeschool then pursued a Certified Nursing Assistant certification. After achieving her CNA, she worked in Alzheimer's and Dementia care.
Ms. Brechbill was raised in Chambersburg, PA among a family of eight children. She worked in the family business where she gained experience in public relations. She volunteered at Chambersburg Children's Ministry and helped coordinate mission teams in Honduras. Her vision for local ministry bloomed when assisting fostered and adopted children and their families. She is excited to serve those who are furthering their education to spread the Kingdom of God.
Mr. Kevin Derrivan holds an M.B.A. from Northeastern University in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Fitchburg State University and is completing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Bridgeport.
Kevin has more than 25 years’ experience in finance and accounting, having spent the last 10 years in higher education. In addition, he teaches a variety of finance and accounting classes, with a particular interest in the social entrepreneurship program.
Mr. Johnson holds a Master in Public Policy concentrating in International and Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor's degree from the United States Air Force Academy in Management. Mr. Johnson worked for the Air Force as a congressional analyst before receiving an honorable discharge as a conscientious objector. He also spent time in Mozambique working in development and disaster relief.
Mr. Johnson was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador and has a passion for Christianity and the international realm. His interests include models of world change, travel, and languages. He developed an allegiance to the historic Christian faith while studying the Bible through Greek and finding a faithful church community. His graduate study research focused on developing recommendations for the Secretary of the Air Force’s Office of International Affairs on partner collaboration platforms where he received a certificate in Management, Leadership, and Decision-Making from the Kennedy School. During his undergraduate studies, he also minored in Portuguese and spent time studying in Portugal.
Dr. Kuruvilla holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, a
Dr. Kuruvilla has been a practicing Christian for many years. He has a keen interest in biblical interpretation and church history, for the purpose of fostering a strong and vibrant church today. His interests include ante-Nicene Christianity, Reformation and Anabaptist history, and the Great Awakenings of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. He is the author of King Jesus Claims His Church.
Hans Leaman received his A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. from Yale University’s History Department and Renaissance Studies Program. He comes most recently from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen, Germany, where he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Ethics, Law & Politics Department. He also taught for two years at Yale University as Postdoctoral Associate in the Integrated Humanities, developing interdisciplinary courses on refugee studies, religion and human rights, and the history of educational thought. Prior to completing his Ph.D., he practiced law with an international firm in Washington, D.C.
Hans is especially interested in the role that religion plays in the community-formation and integration of immigrant groups. He has examined courts’ construal of religious persecution and religious freedom in refugee law and human rights law, and he wrote his dissertation on consolation literature that Reformation-era Lutheran and Anabaptist pastors wrote to encourage their confessional brethren when they faced exile on account of religious non-conformity. As an attorney, he also worked pro bono on behalf of contemporary refugees and asylum-seekers in Washington, D.C. and Connecticut. He grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and is always grateful to return for the fresh produce, hymn sings, and sunsets over the farmland.
Mr. Miller earned his doctor of jurisprudence degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Bible and Biblical Languages from Bob Jones University. After graduation, he continued to study Koine Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic in seminary. As an attorney, he practiced general business law, including contracts, franchising, and corporate governance. In addition to his law practice, he taught business law, corporate ethics and health care law in an MBA program and continues to lecture on media law and legal issues in ministry. He most recently served as assistant to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Bob Jones University, assisting with the university’s successful efforts to achieve regional accreditation, and concurrently served as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, overseeing institutional compliance with federal civil rights laws and supervising a team of civil rights investigators.
Mr. Miller was converted as a teenager. Being biblically illiterate, he hungered to learn the Word of God, which led him to study Bible in college. He still enjoys nothing more than studying the Scriptures in their original languages and sharing with others the simple but life-altering truths of the Bible. This led him to teach in a Christian prison ministry for six years. Insatiably curious and an avid reader, he tackles everything from genetics to poverty to nonresistance to
Dr. Oliver holds a master’s from MIT and a Doctor of Management from Case Western. He taught in the undergraduate and master’s programs at Brandeis, UMass Amherst, Tufts, Gordon College, and UC Irvine. Dr. Oliver has founded four companies and invested as a partner in a venture capital firm. He has consulted to senior leadership of big business, working with Bain & Company and KPMG. In addition, he has consulted to government agencies, bringing the benefit of commercial-sector experience in outsourcing, business process improvement and using data to improve management decision making. He has served as CFO of three companies and on the boards of three commercial companies and four non-profits.
Dr. Oliver was raised in a Christian family and committed his life to the Lord while in college. He has held many teaching and leadership roles in the Church. He attends Grace Chapel, where he heads a program for special needs adults which he started 10 years ago. Dr. Oliver lives in Bedford, MA with his wife, Heather. They have three adult daughters. He serves as the Treasurer of L’Arche Boston North, a mission-focused community where people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them live together as a family and a sign of hope to the greater community. He also volunteers with Special Olympics and an adaptive ski program. He even hand-made a wooden kayak.
Mr. Scheumann is pursuing a PhD with a specialization in Hebrew from the University of the Free State in South Africa. He holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, an MDiv and ThM from Bethlehem College and Seminary, and a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from University of Northwestern – St. Paul. In 2017, he founded Picture Hebrew with his wife, Merissa, to provide illustrated resources that help others internalize the language of Scripture.
Mr. Scheumann’s interests lie in the areas of generative linguistics, language acquisition, Greek and Hebrew exegesis, and biblical theology. He has been teaching communicative Hebrew for several years and is passionate to see any committed student become a lifelong reader of Greek and Hebrew. His desire is to build up the church, locally and globally.
Dr. Smucker is an associate professor of Statistics at Miami University in Oxford, OH. He earned a
Dr. Smucker is husband to Amy, father of Xavier, Nicolas, Eloise, and Malachi, and a follower of Jesus. His family is part of an Anabaptist church plant in Hamilton, OH. Dr. Smucker is also a member of the Advisory Council at Faith Builders Educational Programs. Beyond Jesus, family, and statistics, Dr. Smucker enjoys vocal music, basketball, and a good game of strategy.
Dean Taylor earned a Master of Health Science from the Texas Wesleyan University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler. Prior to assuming the presidency at Sattler College, Dean directed the Biblical Discipleship Center on Lesvos Island, Greece, where he was involved with developing Biblical training, discipleship and life skills for the migrants and their families seeking a new life.
Before college Dean served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. After questioning the role of Christians in warfare Dean began to study peace theology, social justice, and nonresistance under the Mennonite Central Committee. Through this study, Dean and his wife Tania resigned from the army as a conscientious objector during the first Iraq war. After leaving the Army Dean studied patristic theology and early Christian writings under historian David Bercot. Moving to Pennsylvania Dean began a speaking and teaching ministry in which he served as editor for The Heartbeat of the Remnant.
Mr. Taylor has served in leadership in several Anabaptist churches and most recently was ordained a bishop in the Mine Road Beachy Amish Church for the purpose of planting churches among refugees in Greece. He has published several books, most notably A Change of Allegiance, which chronicles his journey from soldier to nonresistant Anabaptist. He is married to Tania and is
Mr. Viola earned his Masters in Library and Information Science at Simmons College, prior to that he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing and communication at Emerson College. He began working in libraries during his high school years. First employed as a shelver in the Boston Public Library system, he has worked in a variety of positions from Cataloger, Technical Services Librarian and Reference and Instruction Librarian for a variety of schools and colleges such as Massachusetts Bay Community College, Quincy College, Milton Academy, Newbury College and Cambridge College.
Mr. Viola is a lifelong Boston resident. He grew up in East Boston, where he was raised in the Christian faith and was educated in both a parochial grammar and high school. He currently lives in Jamaica Plain.
Mr. Wray's education and experience focus on network and systems administration. His interest and acuity in technology started young. He entered his computer science program at the age of 15 and launched a technology consulting and support business at 17. He became interested in education technologies when designing and implementing K-12 education systems.
Mr. Wray was born and raised in rural Washington State and moved to California where he met his wife and started a family. He became enthusiastic about following Jesus when he discovered that the Kingdom of God is much more than a membership. He is passionate about mission-driven, intentional, family centric communities.