Meet the Professors
Thrive Residency instructors
Professor: Jody L. Owens (D.Min., Emmanuel Christian Seminary)
Course: Spiritual Formation
Jody is professor of Bible and Congregational Ministry at Johnson University, with emphasis in Old Testament studies and spiritual formation. He received his Doctor of Ministry (Old Testament) and Master of Divinity (Church History) from Emmanuel Christian Seminary, holds a M.A. in New Testament and Preaching from Johnson and a B.A. in History from Armstrong State College and is certified by The Academy for Spiritual Formation and The Renovaré Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation. Jody previously served nine years as a preacher and continues to preach and teach both locally and internationally across 3 continents. Christian discipleship is at the core of Jody’s life and work. In 2014 he founded the Spiritual Formation Leadership Summit to encourage and equip Christian leaders to more effectively disciple others. Jody met his wife, Stephanie, while studying at Johnson University. They have one daughter, Abigail Grace, and love to travel to encourage missionaries and the church around the globe.
Professor: Stacie Johnson (M.A., Talbot Theological Seminary)Course: Discipleship for Worldview Formation
Stacie Johnson is the Pastor of Equipping and Worldview Formation at Fellowship Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. She received her Master’s in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, CA and has completed extensive doctoral work in philosophy at the University of Tennessee. Stacie previously served in New Orleans, LA for over a decade with Campus Crusade for Christ and the Christian Medical and Dental Association with ministry concentrations in philosophy, ethics, bioethics, and worldview formation. She has previously taught philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN, and Biola University in Southern California. Stacie deeply enjoys spending her time training young adults to live out the gospel in an ever-changing world. Stacie is married and has one daughter.
Professor: Kevin Huggins (Ph.D., Union University)
Course: Integrating Theology with Counseling PsychologyKevin is Pastor of Spiritual Direction & Soul Care and Director of Counselor Training & Supervision at Fellowship Church's Biblical Life Counseling Center in Knoxville, where he's served since 2005. He is an ordained minister and received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology & Family Counseling from Union University, after having completed his M.Div. and M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Grace Theological Seminary. Kevin is also a graduate of the Univ of Pennsylvania’s Post-Doctoral Certificate Program in Couples & Family Therapy. He previously served at Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn Univ) in the roles of Graduate Professor of Christian Counseling, Dean of the Graduate School, and University Provost. Kevin has spoken extensively in the U.S. and internationally to families and counselors, and has previously served in the role of pastor to youth, young adults, and families, college and prison chaplain, and marriage and family therapist. He regularly consults and trains churches and non-profits on the topics of organizational leadership and family ministries. Kevin is the author of four books: Parenting Adolescents, Making Peace with Your Teenager, Guiding Your Teenager to a Faith that Lasts, and Friendship Counseling.
Professor: Timothy P. Munyon (Ph.D., Florida State University)
Course: Organizational Leadership for Church/Non-ProfitTim is an Assoc. Professor of Management and the Ray and Joan Myatt Research Fellow at the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee. He is also co-founder and managing partner at Red Castle Human Capital, a workforce consulting company. Tim received his Ph.D. in Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from F.S.U., and holds a M.S. (Aviation Admin.) and M.B.A. (Business Admin.) from Middle Tennessee State University and a B.S. in Economics from Liberty University. Tim specializes in human capital research, with emphasis on performance, motivation, and retention. He serves as a core faculty member in the Aerospace & Defense MBA program, Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness, M.S. in Management and Human Resources program, and the Professional MBA program at the Haslam College. Tim served as a keynote speaker for the 2018 ENEGEP meeting (Brazil), 2019 Berkshire Hathaway HR Conference, and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Haifa (Israel). Tim and his wife, Summer (a UT alumna), are blessed with two beautiful girls, Autumn and Colette.
Professor: Hollie Miller (D.Min., Luther Rice Seminary)
Course: New Testament SurveyHollie is the newly retired Senior Pastor of Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee where he ministered for 31 years. He formerly pastored churches in Kentucky and Indiana and previously served as the President of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Hollie received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary, after having received his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Kentucky Wesleyan College. Hollie and his wife, Paula, have three children, Tim, John and Sarah – all of whom serve in vocational ministry. Tim & Jenny live in Knoxville, where Tim serves as Senior Pastor of Sevier Heights. John and Lindsay also live in Knoxville, where John is the Founder and Director of One Vision International, extending support and sharing the Gospel with refugees in the Middle East and beyond. Sarah & Wesley Baldwin live in Winter Park, Florida, where Wesley serves as Pastor of Aloma Baptist Church. Hollie and Paula have been blessed with four grandchildren.
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