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Estep, JimVice President of Academics

Personal Mission

To glorify God by advancing His Kingdom through the teaching ministry of the Church.


Personal History

Marital Status:       Wed to Dr. Karen Lynn (Miller) Estep on March 10, 1990.

Ph.D. advisor, Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, Arizona)

Adult Children & Grand Children:    Budd and Kara Estep with Henry James and Dean Anthony (Lincoln, Illinois); Dovie and Joseph Hacker with Brayden and Adelina Hacker (Springfield, Illinois); Dylan Scott Estep (Evansville, Indiana)

Ordination/Home Church:         August 25, 1985 at Southern Acres Christian Church (Lexington, Kentucky); Wally Rendel, minister

Current Church:    Crossroads Christian Church (Macon, Missouri)


Educational Background

1999   Ph.D.

Educational Studies

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School      

Trinity International University

Deerfield, Illinois

Dissertation:  “The Role of the Chief Academic Officer in A.A.B.C. Accredited Institutions”


1992   D.Min.

Christian Education

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary      

Louisville, Kentucky

Project:  “Developmental Restructuring of the Church Media Library at Calvary Christian Church (Swartz Creek, MI)”


1989   M.Div.


Cincinnati Bible Seminary    

Cincinnati Christian University

Cincinnati, Ohio


1988   M.A.     

New Testament     

Cincinnati Bible Seminary  

Cincinnati Christian University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Thesis:  “The Origin of the Epistle of Titus”


1986   M.A.

Near East Studies

Cincinnati Bible Seminary      

Cincinnati Christian University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Thesis:  “The Origin of the Philistines:  The Identity of Old Testament Caphtor


1985   B.A.

Christian Ministries

Cincinnati Bible College        

Cincinnati Christian University

Cincinnati, Ohio


1981   Diploma

Tates Creek High School      

Lexington, Kentucky


Additional Course Work: 

Lansing Community College (Lansing, Michigan)


Ministry Experience


e2: effective elders ministry – “equipping elders to lead”

Events Director      


Published books, monthly newsletter, resources, and digital curriculum for 

   Elder leadership development and personal/spiritual growth

Elder Seminars and Conferences (national, regional, and higher education 


Boise Bible College (Idaho), Central Christian College of the Bible, Cincinnati Christian University (Ohio), Dallas Christian College (Texas), Great Lakes Christian College/Michigan Christian Convention, Hope International University (California), International Convention on Mission (Cincinnati, OH), Johnson University (Tennessee and Florida), Kentucky Christian University (Kentucky), Lincoln Christian University (Illinois), Manhattan Christian College (Kansas), North American Christian Conventions (various), Oregon Christian Convention, Ozark Christian College (Missouri), Point University (Georgia), ReChurch Conference (Indianapolis), St. Louis Christian College (Missouri), Waypoint Church Planters (North Carolina & Virginia)

Church coaching

Managing editor of monthly e-newsletter (Nov. 2013-March 2017)


2017-2019 Heritage Christian Church (Fayetteville, Georgia)

Equipping Pastor

Chief of Staff during Lead Pastor Interim (Nov. 2018-May 2019)

Led strategic planning initiative, 3 year plan

Oversight of the Life Group ministry

Developed the congregaton’s teaching ministry

Developed focused discipleship ministries

Leader of Pastoral Care Team

Provided service in general ministry, i.e. pastoral care

Paticipant on the Executive Leadership Team    


1996-2009 Various Ministry Assignments

Church Coaching/Consultant, Interim Preacher, Christian Education, 

Consultant, Guest teacher/preacher, and Seminar Facilitator


1992-1996 South Lansing Christian Church (Lansing, Michigan )

aka South Lansing Church of Christ

Christian Education Minister (Part-time)


1990-1992 Calvary Christian Church (Swartz Creek, Michigan)

Christian Education Minister       

Interim Preacher:  January-June, 1991


1988-1990 Hilltop Church of Christ (Latonia, Kentucky)

 aka Church of Christ Latonia

Christian Education/Youth Minister       


1985-1988 East Columbus Christian Church (Columbus, Indiana)

Youth Minister


1982-1984 Elmfork Christian Church (Nicholasville, Kentucky)

Student Preaching Minister


Academic Career

Faculty/Administration (chronological)

2019-present Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, Missouri)

Vice-President of Academics

Taught 12 credits annually

Applied for Substantive Change with ABHE for graduate education

SEVUS Representative

Adjunct Instructor (2005)


2002-present Lincoln Christian University (Lincoln, Illinois) 

Christian Education — Professor-at-Large (2017-present)

Taught 12 credits annually

Directed the M.R.E. program.

Professor of Christian Education, Seminary (2002-2017)

[Commuted weekly from Shelbyville, KY with full-time status; 2016-2017]

Taught nine+ credits per semester

Taught on the main campus, online, and at extension sites; graduate, seminary, and undergraduate

Served on the Institutional Review Board (2015-2017)

Served on the Sexual Assault Taskforce (2015-2016)

Representative on the Seminary Academic Leadership Team (2011-2012)

Served on Faculty Search Committees (periodic, as needed)

Reformed the Christian Education program

Associate Dean of Online Programs, Adult & Graduate Studies (2008-2010)

Member of Faculty/Staff Compensation Taskforce (2008-2009)

Coordinated Faculty-Student participation in Stone-Campbell Journal Conference (2002-2013)

Formed and implemented Master of Religious Education program (2006)

Lead Student Seminary Christian Education Colloquy, Scholar’s Corner, and Writer’s Gathering (2008-2015)

Co-chaired Sub-committee on Self-Study Steering Committee (2004-2006)

Member of various taskforces and committees (Spirituality, Lectureship, Faculty/Staff Compensation, Distance Learning, Pension Plan)

Facilitated the development of the first online masters degree Director of Lincoln Leadership Institute (2015-2017)

Facilitated partnerships with ministry organizations and congregations.

Sponsored a church resource project using pdf files.

Advised the Certificate in Christian Service program for lay leaders Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies (2012-2015)

Continued to teach twelve+ credits per semester 

Academic Administrator of the China Institute (2013-2015)

Director of the Undergraduate Honors Program (2014-2015)

Led faculty on distance education initiative (2013-2015)

Led academic field and curriculum restructure (2012-2015)

Led and served on numerous committees, search teams, and taskforces

Director of Faculty Development (2002-2006)

Director of Academic Assessment (2002-2004)

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Christian Education Ministries Field (2002-2003)

Organized the new field of Christian Education Ministries (2002)

Facilitated faculty searches

Adjunct Instructor of Christian Education (2001)


2011-present Johnson University (Knoxville, Tennessee) 

Center for Global Studies; School of Business and Public Leadership (Knoxville, Tennessee), 

Affiliate Professor of Qualitative Research (2011-present)

Dissertation Chair and Committee Member (2014-present)


2014-2017 Maritime Christian College (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island)

Director of Master of Arts in Religion Program 

Assist President in administration of M.A. program

Teach 1 course per year in the program when needed

Facilitated articulation agreement between MCC and Lincoln Christian



2000-2002 Kentucky Christian University (Grayson, Kentucky)

Adjunct Faculty Member, Kentucky Christian University (2005)

Senior Vice President and Provost (2000-2002)

Conducted personnel and faculty searches

Taught 9-12 semester hours per semester

Taught graduate modular course (2002)

Revised faculty salary scale

Reduced committee structures by 62% (2000)

Initiated curriculum review (2001)

Revision of faculty development and evaluation program (2001)


1991-2000  Great Lakes Christian College (Lansing, Michigan)

Adjunct Faculty Member (2000-2004)

Taught one course per semester/year

Vice President of Academic Affairs/Professor of Christian Education (1996-2000)

Implemented faculty sabbatical system (1998)

Revision of faculty development and evaluation program (1997)

Curriculum and Christian Service program revisions (1998)

Representative for Capital Area Higher Education Network (CAHEN)

   Presidential and faculty searches (1998-2000)

College catalog revision (1998)

Formation of academic policy manual (1996)

A.A.B.C. reaffirmation self-study team (1996)

Co-op Studies Director (1998-2000)

Taught 6-8 credits per semester

Professor of Christian Education (1992-1996)

Interim academic dean (1995-1996)

Chairperson of Academic Advisory Committee (1994-1995)

Developed internship program and literature (1994)

Taught an average of 14 semester hours per term

Registrar (1992-1995)

       Revision of early registration procedures

     Revision of registration procedures

Adjunct Instructor of Christian Education (1991-1992)

Taught 6 semester hours per term


Adjunct/Visiting Faculty (Alphabetical – see additional listing for details)

Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan), 2015-2016

Ph.D. dissertation external reader


Central Christian College of the Bible (Moberly, Missouri), Adjunct, 2005

Cincinnati Christian University (Cincinnati, Ohio)

Adjunct Professor (2000-2012)

Graduate Assistant for Prof. R. J. Kidwell (1988-1989)

Substitute taught for two weeks during his hospitalization (1989)

Clerical work/tutored students

Teaching Assistant for the Late Dr. Reuben G. Bullard (1984-1985)

Clerical work/tutored students

Prepared materials for class

Teaching Assistant for Prof. R. J. Kidwell (1983-1984)

Clerical work/tutored students


Dallas Christian College (Dallas, Texas),  Adjunct, 2011-2012

Board of Trustees, 2017-2019


Denver Seminary (Denver, Colorado), 2015-2016

D.Min. project advisor D.Min. project advisor


Dallas Theological Seminary (Dallas, Texas), Adjunct Professor of Education and Leadership, 2018-present

Taught at Austin, TX, Houston, TX, and Atlanta, GA campuses


Johnson University — Florida Campus (Kissimmee, Florida), Adjunct, 2006-2010, 2013


Johnson University – Tennessee Campus, Center for Global Studies, School of Business and Public Leadership (Knoxville, Tennessee), 2011-present

Affiliate Professor of Qualitative Research (2011-present)

Dissertation Chair and Committee Member (2014-present)


Maritime Christian College (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada), Adjunct, 2013-


Merold Institute of Ministry (Harvester Christian Church, St. Charles, Missouri), Adjunct, 2016


Milligan College (Johnson City, Tennessee), Adjunct, 2003


Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (Lombard, Illinois), 2006-2007

Internship Supervisor for Robert Locklear (Fall 2006, Spring 2007)


Northwest Nazarene University (Nampa, Idaho) Adjunct, 2005-2012


Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, Kentucky), 2005-present

Guest Lecturer in Ed.D. and Ph.D. programs (2013-present)

Adjunct (2005-2010), Visiting Professor of Statistics (2011-2014)


TCM International Institute (Heiligenkreuz, Austria), Adjunct, 2008-2009


Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois), 2007-2008

D.Min. Project Reader


Other Service to the Higher Education Community

  • Board of Trustees, Dallas Christian College (Texas), 2017-2019.
  • Board of Directors, Society of Professors in Christian Education, 2014-2018
  • Vice President, 2018 SPCE Conference (St. Louis, MO); “Teaching and Leading in Christian Higher Education.”
  • Vice President, 2017 SPCE Conference (Dallas, Texas); “Sola Scriptura:  The Role of

  Theology in Christian Education” (2016-2017)

  • Exhibit coordinator (2014-2016)
  • Research Paper/Professional Presentation corrdination (2015-2016)
  • Board of Directors, Child Spirituality Conference, 2015-2018

Board Secretary (2015-2018)

Co-editor of the 2016 conference book released 2017

Paper Proposal Review Committee (2016)

  • Evangelical Theological Society, Midwest Regional, 2012-2017, 2019-present

Publisher/Exhibitor Liason, 2012-2017 

Chairman, 2013 (Lincoln Christian University  Lincoln, IL)

Vice-Chairman, 2012 (Moody Bible Institute  Chicago, IL)

  • Participant in Stone-Campbell Journal Conference (formerly Fellowship of Professors),

Coordinator of the Christian Education Study Group (2006-present)

Dean of Study Groups (2012-2013)  

  • Academic Dean’s Annual Meeting (A.D.A.M.) (1996-2004, 2012-2015)

Co-Chairperson (1998-1999; 2003-2004)

  • Editorial Board of Justice, Spirituality and Education Journal, Biola University (2012-2014)
  • Advisory Editorial Board for Christian Education Journal (2011-2013)
  • Book Review Editor for Christian Education Journal (2009-2014)
  • Article Reviewer for Christian Education Journal (2001-present; indefinite term)
  • Accreditation Consultant with Buchanan Consulting and Mediating (2010-2012)
  • Outside Evaluator of Undergraduate Christian Education Program at Biola University, La 

  Mirada, California (February 2008)

  • Member of Near East Archaeological Society (N.E.A.S.)

Non-Profit Corporation Filing Agent (2006-2016)

  • Stone-Campbell Journal Conference Student Paper Judge (2007-2010)
  • Editorial Board of Biblical Higher Education Journal, Association for Biblical Higher 

  Education (2005-2011, 2014-2016, 2019-present)

  • Association of Biblical Higher Education – Site Team Visiting Team member (2006, 2015-


  • Association of Biblical Higher Education – Committee on Professional Development 


  • Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges – Technology Task Force (2000-2001)
  • Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges – Executive Director Search Committee (2000) 


Honors and Academic Awards

  • Ten-Year Service Award at Lincoln Christian University, 2012
  • Outstanding Faculty Research Award (Lincoln Christian University), 2011, 2012
  • Appalachian College Association Travel Grant, 2000 and 2001
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and Educators, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2007
  • Cincinnati Bible Seminary Presidential Scholarship, 1988-1989
  • Inducted as Kentucky Colonel, 1987, Membership 1987-present
  • Cincinnati Bible Seminary Leadership Scholarship, 1985-1988
  • History Award, Cincinnati Bible College (Dr. Reuben Bullard), 1983
  • National Dean’s List, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989
  • Treasurer of Freshman Class (Cincinnati Christian University), 1981
  • Optimist International Respect for Law Award (Tates Creek High School), 1981
  • Outstanding Senior Student Council Member Award, 1981
  • Beta Club, 1979


Professional Affiliations

  • Member of Baptist Association of Christian Educators (B.A.C.E.)
  • Member of Cincinnati Christian University Alumni Association (Class of 1985)
  • Member of Evangelical Teacher Association (E.T.A.)
  • Member of Evangelical Theological Society (E.T.S.)
  • Member of Near East Archaeological Society (N.E.A.S.)
  • Participant of North American Christian Convention (N.A.C.C.)
  • Member of Society of Childrens’ Spirituality (S.C.S.)
  • Member of Society of Professors in Christian Education (S.P.C.E., formerly N.A.P.C.E.)
  • Member of Religious Education Association (R.E.A.)
  • Participant in Stone-Campbell Journal Conference (formerly Fellowship of Professors)
  • Member of the Stone-Campbell Scholars Network 


Areas of Academic Specialization

  • Leadership and Administration
  • Church Health
  • Christian Formation (Human Development, Discipleship, Spiritual Formation, and Faith Development)
  • Theology and Philosophy of Education
  • Faith Learning Integration
  • Biblical and Historical Backgrounds of Education
  • Research Design and Analysis


Teaching Experience & Courses

Please see previous materials and attached list of institutions and courses

Note:  I am familiar with several LMS applications:  Blackboard (Angel), Canvas, Moodle, Sakai, and Sonis.



Please see attached list of publications/presentation, listed both chronologically and categorically


Church & Community Related Service

The following are seminars/workshops I’ve conducted at local congregations:  Chaos at Corinth (1 Corinthians), C. S. Lewis’ Narnia, Child Conversion and Spiritual Growth,  Majoring in the Minors (Study in Minor Prophets),  Philippians, The Birth Narratives of Christmas, New Members Class, Church Health, Doctrinal Distinctives, Life of the Patriarchs, Galatians, Little Letters (Philemon, 1-3 John and Jude), 1 Peter, Three Kings of the United Monarchy, Survey of Biblical Archaeology, Four Big Questions (Truth, God, Bible, and Evil), Base Camp: Six Foundational Ideas for Your Christian Journey, Being a Teacher Means More than Teaching, How we Got the Bible, Celebrating His Second Coming, From Jerusalem to Springfield (Church History), Other Voices: World Religions and Cults;  Spiritual Formation in Small Groups; Knowing the Will of God.