Dr. Michael S. Heiser
Dr. Michael S. Heiser (who prefers to be called Mike) is a scholar of the Bible and its ancient context. He earned master’s degrees in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania and Hebrew Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has a Ph.D. in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Before teaching at AWKNG School of Theology, Dr. Heiser taught at the university level for over 20 years and was the Academic Editor and Scholar for Logos Bible Software for 15 years. He supervised scholarly data projects related to the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebrew and Semitic inscriptions, the Septuagint, and the Greek Pseudepigrapha.
Dr. Heiser is published widely in scholarly academic journals, including the Bible Study Magazine, and authored several portions of the Faithlife Study Bible. In addition, he is the author of several best-selling books, most notably:
- The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible
- Supernatural: What the Bible Teaches about the Unseen World and Why It Matters
- Angels: What the Bible Really Says About God’s Heavenly Host
- Demons: What the Bible Really Says About the Powers of Darkness
Dr. Heiser has a wide online presence through his blog, podcast, and YouTube channels, all of which can be found on his website. Dr. Heiser also has a nonprofit ministry MIQLAT, which provides free translations of his books Supernatural: What the Bible Teaches about the Unseen World and Why It Matters and What Does God Want? in dozens of languages.
On a personal note, Dr. Heiser has been married for more than thirty years to his incredible wife, Drenna. They have four adult children. He enjoys pop culture science fiction and has published two science fiction novels The Facade Sage (Volume 1 and 2) and The World Turned Upside Down: Finding the Gospel in Stranger Things. He loves dogs (especially pugs), enjoys playing fantasy football and baseball, and loves the Red Sox and the Packers.
Dr. John Phelps
Dr. John Phelps was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. He earned a Master of Theology in Bible Exposition from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Doctorate of Ministry in New Testament Context from Northern Seminary. He planted a church in St Louis, Missouri, and pastored in various roles for over 30 years. He is an adjunct professor in Bible and Theology for Southeastern University. Dr. Phelps is married to his college sweetheart Karen and they have four children – Jordan, Jake, Gracie, and Tori.
Learning & Development Specialist
Britnie is born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida – one of the few locals left! She graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has extensive learning and development experience, ranging from facilitation, instructional design, knowledge management, and performance consulting. Britnie is passionate about learning and the adult learner experience. She is married to her husband Rick and has four pups – Callie, Benny, Max, and Molly!
President & CEO
Karla has worked in church and nonprofit ministries since 2004. She holds a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Social Science with concentrations in both Sociology and Public Administration from Florida State University and has over 16 years of organizational leadership experience.
Ordained in 2019, she has served in a variety of ministry roles including executive leadership, pastor, operations, and team management. She has a deep love for God’s Word and God’s people and desires to use her giftings to advance the Kingdom of God forward in whatever way the Lord leads.
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she holds a deep love for Cajun food and LSU football but is proud to call Jacksonville, Florida her home. Karla has been married to her husband Matt since 2006 and is blessed with two boys, Baize and Greyson.
Chief Marketing Officer
Stephanie has worked in nonprofit organizations and private companies in various marketing, communications, and sales roles for the last 17 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a concentration in public relations and a health minor from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. Her experience spans multiple industries including media – radio, public health, arts & entertainment, health & fitness, health technology, SaaS, retail, and real estate.
She loves the Lord and His people and considers herself a Kingdom business leader; someone who partners with the Holy Spirit to bring Kingdom solutions to the marketplace.
Originally from the Space Coast of Florida, she has called Jacksonville home since 2002. Stephanie is an avid reader, an amateur powerlifter, and loves the sun and water. Stephanie has been married to her college love, Duane, since 2007 and has a boxer named Jake.
Board of Directors
AWKNG School of Theology is governed by an independent board of directors. We are not affiliated with any local church, but we love to support churches by working with pastors to provide resources to help in their discipleship efforts.
Karla Adcox – President and Chairman
Bryan Schwartz – Director
Wayne Lanier – Director
Dawn Wilson – Secretary/Treasurer