Guest Speakers

 Dr. Jim Harrison

  • MMin, Temple Baptist Seminary

  • BA Pastoral Studies, Maranatha Baptist University

Dr. Jim Harrison and his wife, Cathie, serve at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown. 

Dr. Harrison spent three years as the youth pastor of Prairie Baptist Church in Scotts, Michigan and was Assistant Director at Camp CoBeAc (Prudenville, Michigan) from 1981-1997. In 1997, he moved to Watertown to begin his job at Maranatha.

 Dr. Phil Alsup

Assistant Vice President for Online & Distance Learning

Dr. Phil Alsup is the Assistant VP for Online and Distance Learning at Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, WI. In his role at MBU, Phil manages the university’s online programs, teaches on campus in the Education department, and travels widely to speak at churches, schools, and conventions. Prior to serving at MBU, Phil was an assistant pastor and Christian school principal in Clarkston, MI for 15 years. Phil and his wife Danielle have five children ranging in age from 5 to 15.


Mr. Peter Wright 

(Director of Communications) 

In 2012 when Dr. Davis called me and said, ‘We’ve got a communications director position open,’ I thought, ‘psh. No, I don’t think so.’” But after talking to Pastor Davis and Wright’s older brother, Wright began to pray about it.

“I came up to interview in December, and all the students were gone. God made it really clear that this was the direction He wanted me to go.”

He arrived in February of 2012 as Maranatha’s Communications Director.

Then one day that summer, Wright said, “I was sitting in my office missing my youth group and missing my choir when Dr. Marriott called and asked if I would direct Chorale. I said, ‘YES!’”

Ever since then, Wright has continued to be Maranatha’s Communications Director, but also works with Chorale – a choir comprised of “amazing young people who want to serve the Lord, and want to sing.” He loves the time he gets to practice and travel together. “Going out with my choir singing is a whole new level of awesome,” Wright remarks. “We rehearse together and then get to go present what God has given to us.”

Now, Wright directs Chorale, travels with his family, plays in chapel, leads a men’s quartet, plays in the Symphonic Band, and will soon begin to work with the Heritage Singers. He is also nearly done with his master’s degree in music from MBU.

“The music classes here, especially with Dr. Brown, have been phenomenal.” He takes private conducting lessons, which he says, “helps me get out of the rut and try new things.” He loves learning how to take students to the next level, how to address the unique needs of each individual, and how to become a greater musician.

Although Wright has only been a faculty member for 5 years, his Maranatha journey began when Maranatha began.

Whatever he does, he does to glorify God and live out his life verse – Colossians 3:11b – “Christ is all and is in all.”

Mr. Steve Board  

Director of Development & Stewardship Services

Professor, School of Business

  • BS Architecture, Lawrence Technological University

Mr. Steve Board joined the MBU staff in January 2012, and he is currently the Director of Development and a full-time faculty member in the School of Business.

Steve has been a Youth Leader at First Baptist Church in Clarkston, Michigan, and then at Bible Baptist Church in Hampton, Georgia. While in Georgia, he had the opportunity to spend every Saturday night working with inmates at a local Federal Transfer Prison. Currently, Steve co-leads Sunday School for the Young Marrieds class at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, Wisconsin. Additionally, he frequently provides Financial Stewardship Seminars at churches.

Steve has more than thirty-five (35) years of experience in business, including eight (8) years working in Facility Management at Chrysler Corporation. He also has experience working as a Marketing and Sales professional for several businesses, including Contract Furnishings Dealerships, Barton Malow Company, and Carter Brothers.

Steve and his wife, Pat, have been married since 1973. They have three grown children, all of whom graduated from Maranatha: Stefanie, ’00 (Andrew, ‘00) Broere; Bryan, ’03 (Kayce, ’11); and Alex Board, ’09 & ‘11. Steve and Pat also greatly enjoy their five (5) grandchildren, and they are expecting number six (6) this fall. Steve likes his wheat pasta with marinara sauce and his steak cooked medium-well.

Dr. David Saxon (Bible Faculty) 

  • Ph.D. Church History, Bob Jones University

  • MA Church History, Bob Jones University

  • Dr. Saxon has served as an adult Sunday School teacher and choir director. His favorite president is George Washington because he believes Washington was “a giant among giants, the man who held the Founding Fathers together and persevered against all odds.” 

  • Dr. David Saxon taught math at Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina as both part-time (1985-1988) and full-time (1989-1990) math faculty. He also taught as part-time math faculty at Greenville Technical College from 1990 until he came to Maranatha in 1999. Dr. Saxon also served as a pastor/elder at Community Baptist Church in Greer, SC, from 1990 until 1999.

Steve Schultz, is our WARBC Sate Shepherd (Representative), promotes the WARBC, oversees communication, and prayer support.

 Mr. Zach Adams Student at Trinity International University

Dr. Larry Oats (Bible Faculty)

  • Ph.D. Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

  • ThM, Maranatha Baptist University

  • MDiv, Maranatha Baptist University

  • MA Bible, Maranatha Baptist University

  • BA Pastoral Studies, Maranatha Baptist University

Dr. Larry Oats and his wife, Colleen, were part of the second and first graduating classes of Maranatha Baptist Bible College, respectively. Together, they have four children—two boys and two girls—and twelve grandchildren. A little-known fact is that, in addition to enjoying traveling, Dr. Oats also includes photography on his list of top hobbies. Although his favorite state is Wisconsin, he prefers vacationing in Hawaii, which would allow him to thaw from the cold winter Wisconsin months. Showing great loyalty to Maranatha, Dr. Oats says his favorite sports team is the Maranatha Sabercats.

Dr. Oats served as a youth pastor before coming to Maranatha Baptist Academy and filling the position of high school principal. He has been a staff or faculty member at Maranatha Baptist University since 1974. His role as Dean of Maranatha Baptist Seminary began in 2009 when the seminary opened.


Mr. Freddy McMillen (Maintenance Technician & Former Pastor)

Was a Pastor of 4 churches, was Associate of 1, over a period. Of 35 years.   I graduated from Bob Jones University in 1983. Looking forward to doing Pulpit Supply or interarm work as the Lord directs. My wife Jody and I have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.  

Pastor Christoper O'Reilly

The newly ordained pastor from Ripon Baptist Church (Ripon).   I moved to Ripon in July 2017 to work with Pastor Josh Sherman. Functioning as an intern I have weekly meetings specifically designed to gain insight and experience into pastoral work and life. I have been preaching occasionally. I currently serve as a deacon. The main focus of my wife and I’s ministry has been personal discipleship with a couple of families in the church. We have met with them regularly for fellowship, discipleship, equipping, prayer, and encouragement. Additionally, both my wife and I have been teaching teen Sunday school and working with the youth group. Also, we are involved in various annual programs the church puts on such as VBS.

Mr. Caleb Stein Missionary to Peru.

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