Meet our Faculty and Staff

Harry Argo, PhD
Assistant Professor and Director of Student Services
Dr. Argo holds a PhD in Communication at Regent University, a Master of Science in Operations Analysis from Naval Postgraduate School, and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy. He also did graduate coursework in Information Technology at George Mason University. He began his career as an operations research analyst on the Army and Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, then later directed military simulation development and instructed at the National Simulation Center and Office of the Secretary of Defense. Upon leaving the military, he specialized in quality assurance of nuclear, chemical and biological simulations before developing strategic international communication initiatives for the Joint Chiefs of Staff again at the Pentagon.  After turning his academic focus to strategic communication and mediatization theory he taught at Regent University at both undergraduate and doctoral levels.
 
Dr. Argo converted to a Biblical faith while in the military and committed over 20 years of voluntary service to youth outreach and discipleship, serving with Young Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Military Community Youth Ministries. He then transitioned his spiritual service to domestic evangelism and international missions in war zones and disaster regions. He has served in church leadership as an elder and pastor in suburban churches as well as inner-city urban missions. Most recently he speaks, teaches, and writes about media impacts on individuals, culture, and Christianity while focusing on historic, Biblical discipleship in our contemporary information society. He has grown to embrace Biblical non-resistance and thanks God he never served in a combat role.

James Bradford, JD
President

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.


Chantel Brechbill
Administrative Assistant

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.


Zachary Johnson, MPP
Director of Operations

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.


Finny Kuruvilla, MD, PhD
Board of Trustees, Instructor

Dr. Kuruvilla holds an MD from Harvard Medical School, a PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Harvard University, a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and a bachelor’s degree from Caltech in Chemistry. He is a co-founder and the lead portfolio manager for Eventide Funds, a socially-responsible and values-based investing firm. From 2008-2016, he was a Principal at Clarus Ventures, a leading healthcare and life sciences venture capital firm. From 2005-2008, Dr. Kuruvilla was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard and MIT (Broad Institute) in medical genetics. Prior to this research, Dr. Kuruvilla was a resident physician and clinical fellow at two Boston area hospitals (Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston) where he cared for both adult and pediatric patients.

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, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor of History

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.


Michael Miller, JD
Dean

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 epistemology, but is particularly drawn to early church and radical reformation history. Michael met his wife, Elizabeth, when they worked together as college admission counselors. They have two sons, whom they homeschooled, and are now grandparents.


Jesse Scheumann, MA, MDiv, ThM
Assistant Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies

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.


Byran Smucker, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Statistics

Dr. Smucker is an associate professor of Statistics at Miami University in Oxford, OH. He earned a PhD in Statistics and Operations Research from Penn State in 2010, completing a thesis in the area of experimental design. Before Penn State, Dr. Smucker received a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Oregon State University. Dr. Smucker currently studies the design and analysis of experiments, with additional interests in computationally efficient approaches for the analysis of big data as well as the construction and utilization of predictive models

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.


Anthony Viola, MLIS
Director of Library

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.


Clark Wray
Director of Information Technology

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.