Meet The Faculty


Chris Bernard
A pastor in Bayfield, Colorado and a graduate of Family of Faith Christian University, Chris earned his MS from Grand Canyon University School of Business in the field of Leadership. He has a passion to develop leaders in the church as well as in the business world. He has a love for the mountains and loves to hike, bike, camp, and explore the great outdoors with his wife and two children. He is a self-avowed sports junky; however the biggest passion in his life is seeing people come into their full potential of the calling that God has for their lives.

James Burkett
While attending Oklahoma Baptist University, Jim was involved in revival crusades in Oklahoma and the Midwest. He pursued his undergraduate studies at Oklahoma Baptist University (B.A. 1969) and graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1973) and Luther Rice Seminary (D.Min. 1979). With 34 years of pastoral ministry in university communities, Jim has presented APOLOGETICS-on-FIRE Conferences throughout the nation as well as Africa, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Great Britain. He is the founder and director of the Oklahoma School of Apologetics & Practical Theology. He is married and raised one daughter and two nephews.

Linda Dimiceli
Linda is a mother and teacher. Originally from Texas, she now resides in Oklahoma. She completed a Bachelors in Political Science from Southwestern University, teaching certification courses from Texas A&M University, and a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language from Oral Roberts University. With 25+ years of teaching in public, private, classical and home school settings and for students in a wide range of ages, she loves to draw out student talents and encourage students to sharpen those skills. Currently, she works at the collegiate level both residentially and online. Convinced that providing a Christian worldview in education leads to changed hearts, she views teaching as a privilege!

Dara Gilliam
Dara graduated from FFCU in 2011 with her BA in Church Ministry. She has since completed her Master of Ministry degree through Oklahoma Christian University. She has been a youth pastor for over 15 years at Family of Faith Church and has a passion for teaching and training young people and adults to walk in the fullness of their callings and destinies in Christ. She loves studying and discussing theology and is passionate about serving in the local church. She enjoys making new friends and spending time with her husband, Michael, and her 3 children.

Maria Haeflinger
Maria has been a true blessing to FFCU in so many ways. She started as a student and completed her BA Church Ministry. She and her husband became missionaries to Japan, and then returned to the US. When they relocated to Oklahoma, Maria joined the staff as Administrative Assistant, and then stepped into the Library Staff position in 2016. She and her husband have 3 children.

Deborah Hewitt
Deborah Mohabir Hewitt has been an important part of FFCU since 1998, after she moved to Oklahoma from London, England. She earned her MSc (hon) in Biomedical Sciences from Manchester Metropolitan, and her MA in Education from East Central University (OK). She resides in Wagoner, OK, with her husband, John. She serves as a Christian school Administrator for several years. Debbie and John are faithful members of Revive Church, Wagoner, and enjoy serving as small group leaders, Sunday School teachers, and being part of the worship team. Debbie is passionate to see others become who God made them to be and to train them to walk according to God’s Word. Debbie teaches general science courses.

Zach McAnulty
Zach resides in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, with his wife and daughter. He is the founder and leader of a worship ministry called FRSH WATR, gathering churches and community members quarterly to worship together. He is honored to serve as Lead Pastor at Heartland Christian Family Church. He currently works full-time at the Three Rivers College, where he assists low-income, first generational college students with their educational journey. He is a Teaching Assistant at GATS and itinerates as a speaker and worship leader. Zach completed his BA in Organizational Management at Hannibal LaGrange University, and then completed his Master of Divinity through Global Awakening Theological Seminary of FFCU. Zach covers the undergraduate healing and other ministry courses.

Caleb Parker
As part of praise and worship teams since the mid-90’s, Caleb has also been on ministry teams in several countries and across the US. He has been very blessed to minister in literally hundreds of churches and organizations. Caleb’s calling is to operate in the realm of prophetic release, writing, composing, and teaching others how to flow in worship and in the prophetic song. He is also an intercessor, touching nations, people, and strategic places in the spirit realm. His desire is to prepare the Body of Christ for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. After graduating from FFCU, he completed his Master in Worship Studies at Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

John Phillips
After completing his BA and MA in Biblical Studies at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, John finished his M.Phil. in New Testament Studies at the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland. After a year as an intern pastor, God opened the doors for him to bring his family to FFCU in 1995, and ever since, they have been part of the vision. John teaches a wide variety of courses from freshman and upper-level Bible courses, Ethics, Biblical Worldview. He completed further graduate work at Oklahoma State University so he could teach courses like US History, US Government, and World History. His passion is to see laborers fully grounded in a Christian worldview and skilled in understanding and using the Word of God.

Lauren Sadberry
Lauren’s entire life has revolved around the vision! God directed her to attend FFCU for her degree in Education. Her intercessions for the nations led her INTO the nations—specifically to Suriname, Japan, Guyana, and Mexico. In 2013, Lauren moved to Iguala, Mexico, to work with Instituto Tierra Nueva. In 2017, God led her back to train up more laborers for the Kingdom of God at FFCS and then into public schools where she has taught several elementary and secondary grades. She received her MA in Education at Southern Nazarene University and joined the FFCU faculty to impart principles and help students discover great methods to use in the classroom.

Katherine Smith
Katherine (Kate) completed both her BA and MA degrees in Sociology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Smith’s primary research is in the field of Gerontology (the study of aging.) She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Fort Lewis College. Kate has also worked in the domestic violence and sexual assault field in Colorado Springs, serving as the Safehouse Manager and then as an educator for the non-profit organization TESSA, speaking in the community of the topics of domestic violence and sexual assault. Kate was introduced to FFCU through her pastor and fellow faculty member from Durango, Chris Bernard.

Jason Stasyszen
With a passion for releasing the Kingdom of God through music, worship has been foundational to Jason’s life in Christ. Through worship, he found a freedom that has changed him forever—and which he wants to help others find. Jason returned to Oklahoma after pastoring several years in Juneau, Alaska, to join the pastoral team at Family of Faith Ministries. He has recorded five albums and travels extensively to teach, preach, and lead worship. He earned his MS Instructional Design and Technology at Full Sail University.

Meghan Stewart
Meghan Stewart, MS, SES. Meghan earned her BA in Elementary Education from FFCU and her MS in Special Education, Strategist from Minot State University. She has held numerous roles in K12 education, adult education, and higher education. At FFCU, she currently teaches Child and Adolescent Development and Teaching Exceptional Learners. Meghan resides in Minot, North Dakota with her husband and two daughters.

Jennifer Winter
Jennifer received her BA Music Therapy from Colorado State University and her MA in Christian education at American Bible College and Seminary. After joining the FFCS staff as a junior high and high school teacher, she began teaching courses at FFCU as an extension of the training of laborers. She teaches Speech, Tests and Measurements, and Methods of Art and Music. On all levels, she is equipping the laborers who will carry on their calling in education.

Christy Woodward
Christy graduated from FFC in 1997 with a BA in Education. After marrying her husband, Terry, she went on to receive her MA in Education at Oral Roberts University. They moved to Japan for 7 years, working in Osaka and then starting Sano International School. God called them back to Oklahoma where Christy serves as the Assistant Administrator in Family of Faith Christian School. She teaches methods courses to education majors.

Kathryn Wright
After graduating from FFCU, Katie immediately began putting her inspiration and creative teaching methods to good use as a teacher in Family of Faith Christian School. FFCU welcomed her in 2014 as she imparts to education students through educational methods courses. Katie is married and has two sons. She completed her master’s degree in History Education through Liberty University.