Sam Matthews

While in France in 1989, Dr. Matthews had a vision of some property and heard the direction of the Lord to, “Go and buy this property and start a university.” He returned to Shawnee, purchased the property, and started recruiting individuals to begin Family of Faith College. He has never looked back, but only looks forward to training more laborers. Sam and his wife, Kathy, have been pastors of Family of Faith Church since 1983, but Dr. Matthews began preaching the gospel at the age of 17. He earned his BA in Bible from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and then went on to complete both his M.Div. and his D. Min from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Fort Worth, Texas. Space does not allow us to share the incredible journey completed by Sam and Kathy as God prepared them and called them into continuous intercession to “orchestrate a world-wide penetration of the gospel.” Through Family of Faith Church, Family of Faith Christian School, Family of Faith Christian University, and through International Christian Leadership Connections (ICLC), they are seeing laborers trained, teams sent, and nations changed! Dr. Matthews is also a member of the ICLC Apostolic Company and of ICLC regional and national teams. He regularly travels around the world to visit and encourage ICLC churches and leaders. When he is home, you will find him surrounded by (or talking about) his sons, his daughter-in-law, and his four grandchildren.

Elaine Phillips

While living in Aberdeen, Scotland, God called Elaine and her husband, John, to Oklahoma to fulfill their longing to train people to go to the nations. Elaine’s heart is to use her ministry gifts of teaching and administration in order to equip people to minister to others. Elaine earned her BA in Christian Education from Southwestern University and her MA in Christian Education from Oral Roberts University. You will find her leading meetings, counseling students, working on accreditation, and teaching ministry courses such as Youth Ministry, Methods of Bible, Counseling, and Missions. Outside of the office, Elaine enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her husband, three daughters, and two “sons-in-love.” “Our alumni have no bigger fan. I am so blessed to train students who go out and change the world!”

Bonnie Carrera

VP Academic Affairs
God has orchestrated the path for Bonnie to be part of Family of Faith since 1986. After graduating from Family of Faith Christian School, Bonnie became part of the first group of Family of Faith College students. Graduating with a BA in Education, she has taught both at home and abroad. She completed her MA Ed. Administration from ORU and is Ph.D in International Education from NCU. Having traveled to Japan, India, China, Bangladesh and other nations, Bonnie loves to travel and see what God is doing in individuals around the world. Whether at home or abroad, she enjoys seeing what God is doing in friends and family. With her heart remaining in missions, Bonnie loves to see others raised up to fulfill the Great Commission and thus, followed the call of God to return to Shawnee as the VP of Academic Affairs at FFCU to do just that! “Called to serve.”

Dara Gilliam

VP of Student Affairs
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 leader for over 15 years and has a passion for young people to walk in the fullness of their callings and destinies in Christ—a mission she is looking to fulfill through her position at FFCU. She has been on mission trips to Mexico and Lebanon, and she anticipates many more. Dara is always ready for adventure, fun, and worship with her friends, her family, and especially with her husband, Michael, and her children. “My prayer is that every student that attends FFCU feels welcome and involved. I want to see them develop deeper relationships with God that transform their lifestyle and direct them on the path God has for them. “

Daniel Matthews

VP Finance
In addition to leading Morning Prayer and the Ministry Activation program, Daniel is involved in administrative matters, counseling, and student life. He also serves as Worship Pastor of Family of Faith Ministries and provides oversight to the worship team and to outreach ministries. He very much believes in bringing Jesus into all that one does in life. An avid sports fan himself, Daniel is always ready to discuss the OKC Thunder, the PGA tour, and politics. He and his wife, Yasha, have four children. "There is nothing more important than seeing young people prepared to become effective in their Christian walk and advance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. There is no higher calling than training people to minister to people."

Board of Trustees

Landen Dorsch
Kevin Eshleman, Treasurer
Dave Helseth
Kirk Hintz
Paul Martini
Mike Pedersen
Joshua Prasad, Chair
Dan Sadberry, Secretary
Vinny Sakore, Vice-Chair
Jeff Simmonds