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Our Faculty

In keeping with our philosophy that professors must model leadership if they are to train students to become leaders, the following short biographies list not only academic achievements but also leadership roles our instructors have fulfilled. Any specialized courses taught by specific faculty members are also indicated.

The CLU faculty who will be working directly with you on your courses are carefully chosen for their commitment to revelation-based learning. They will monitor and encourage and mentor you to continually be laying all your learning out before the Presence of the Lord and hearing what He wants to say to you personally through it. They will give you a sense of accountability, encouraging you to stay on track with your lessons, and will answer any questions you have about your courses. These are the individuals who will partner with the Holy Spirit to prepare you for all that He has in your future.

Simi Adigun

Simi Adigun

Professor of undergraduate core courses

Simi Adigun lives in Bethlehem PA, with her husband and children. She is a licensed Christian and Biblical Counselor, and a Life Coach. She is also the Founder and President of True Vine Branches Ministries & True Vine Branches Ministries International Library, a nonprofit organization, which focuses on ministering inner healing to people through Prayer and Biblical counseling. She received her Masters in Christian Counseling through Christian Leadership University, and her Certification as a Biblical Counselor from Christian Research & Development at the DEEP Biblical Institute in Bethlehem, PA. Her Life Coach training was through American Association of Christian Counselors- Light University. As a Life Coach her focus is to help people achieve their goals, and fulfill the call and purpose of God for their lives. Her passion is to see lives transformed by God’s love and power.

Keith Brown

Keith Brown

Professor of core undergraduate courses

Keith has worked in a variety of local church and para-church ministries since 2000, serving on the pastoral teams of mega-ministries as well as church plants. He was Director of Student Ministries/Summer Internships at Christ for the Nations Institute, and has received his Level 1 – Certification from the Institute of Biblical Counseling.

Keith earned a Bachelor of Ministry and Master of Divinity degree from Christian Leadership University, and currently serves as the Central Campus Pastor of a mega-church in southern California.

Steve Bydeley

Steve Bydeley

Professor of dream interpretation and creative writing courses

Dr. Steve Bydeley, MCC, DCM, is an author, speaker/teacher,  pastoral counselor, and co-founder of Lapstone Ministries. With his wife, Dianne, he has written and published the books Dream Dreams, Dreams Workbook, and Dreams that Heal and Counsel. He has written and published Fathered by God.

Steve has been a guest on the television programs Its a New Day, The Miracle Channel, Crossroad’s NiteLite, and on FaithFM radio.

Steve is graduate of the Longridge Writers Group courses Breaking into Print and Novel Writing and was a professional member of The Writers Guild until 2010.

Salvatore Cerniglia

Salvatore Cerniglia

Professor of graduate-level counseling courses

Salvatore Cerniglia has been serving the body of Christ for over 15 years in a variety of clinical, consultative, and ministerial capacities. He has been maintained a Christian Counseling private practice for over 13 years with expertise in prophetic prayer counseling, clinical counseling, pastoral counseling, career and vocational counseling, traumatic brain injury, and substance addictions. He is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Nationally Board Certified Counselor, with a variety of counseling specializations and certifications.

Salvatore has a wide variety of educational, ministerial and professional experiences. Salvatore often works with students at the school who identify themselves as having a Christian Counseling or related majors and career focus.

Mona Edwards

Mona Edwards

Professor for personal evangelism and the structure and function of the church

Mona was a small business owner for 27 years in Interior Design and space planning before pursuing a Seminary education. She holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Western Evangelical Seminary as well as a Master of Divinity and certificate in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship from George Fox Evangelical Seminary.  Mona married her husband Barry in 1973 and together they have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Her passion is the development of teams and building unity within those teams as she equips and trains leaders. Mona’s heart is to participate with the Holy Spirit in spiritual direction and partnering with those who desire a deeper relationship and understanding of their journey with God.

Charity Kayembe

Charity Kayembe

Professor of many required graduate courses

Dr. Charity Kayembe completed her Bachelor’s degree in Missions & Evangelism and interned with The Honor Academy. Upon receiving her ordination for ministry through CWG Leaders Network, she went on to earn
her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Biblical Studies through Christian Leadership University.

She is passionate about bringing heaven to earth through restoring the supernatural to believers’ everyday lives. Charity’s international outreach has taken her to all corners of the globe, traveling to over 50 nations on six continents. She and her husband live in upstate New York.

Karen King

Karen King

Professor of many required graduate courses

Rev. Dr. Karen Joy King earned her B.A. from Defiance College, Defiance Ohio with a major in music and a minor in Spanish.  She was a Christian Leadership University student from 2000 -2003 during which time she earned her Masters and Doctorate in Christian Counseling and a Ph.D. in ministry.  She has been a professor for Christian Leadership University since March 2003.

In 2012, God lead Dr. King to pastor a start-up church, New Beginnings Ministries of Fayette, Ohio .  Due to increasing pastoral duties, Dr. King has resigned from CLU but is continuing to work with her current students to help them finish their courses and to transition out.

Dr. King recently published a book “. . . But God!”  True stories about God’s love, mercy, grace, and intervention.   Some of the stories were submitted by her CLU students.

Joanne Krupp

Joanne Krupp

Professor: God's Release of Women

Joanne has known the Lord virtually all her life, but dates her personal conversion to when she was 12 years old.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Asbury College, and is married with 2 children, 6 grandchildren and 3 1/2 great-grandchildren.

Throughout her adult life she has been involved in teaching ladies’ Bible Study groups, speaking, and, with her husband, was with Youth With A Mission which involved some international travel.  At the present, besides mentoring CLU students, she is volunteering for Chaplain’s Services at our local hospital.

Nicholas Kusmich

Nicholas Kusmich

Professor of many of the required courses

Nicholas Kusmich is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. Currently living in Toronto with his beautiful wife he lives with the purpose of seeing people come into the fulness of life.

Mark Virkler

Mark Virkler

Department Head, Majors in Christian Counseling and Ministry

Mark graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s in Religion and Philosophy and a minor in Psychology and received his Master of Theology from Miami Christian University and Ph.D. from Carolina Christian University. Mark has co-authored with his wife over 55 lamad-style books in the areas of hearing God’s voice and Spirit-anointed living. Mark is a co-founder and director of Communion With God Ministries (www.cwgministries.org) and Christian Leadership University. Mark has traveled extensively for 25 years conducting workshops on how to hear God’s voice.

The following CLU graduates have volunteered to serve as Adjunct Faculty Members to our students who are in prison:

Jocelyn Agpalo
Kim Akers
Desta Balla
Lackson Banda
James Blizzard
Linda Williams-Dawson
Linda Geyer
David Gogwe
Christine Hackett

Robyn Kassas
Tony Kassas
Shekinah King
Chisenga Kunda
Laurie Leiding
Catherine McPherson
Hannah Milbrandt
Esther Milne
Rebekah Nuzzi
Alphonse Okossi
Mitzi Owen
George Pancescu
Ben Ranis
Linda Resto
Lois Richard
Mary Roach
Eric Robertson
Avanell Savage
Debra Sears
Maurizio Secondi
Darlene Grippo-Sowa
Kay Tolman
Joel Trenkle
Patrick Wilson
Gerrick Wong
Peter Xiong

CLU Textbooks and Training Materials

At Christian Leadership University, we want you to receive your training from people who are already successfully leading in their fields. We are not interested in mere academic or theoretical knowledge; we want to impart the spirit and anointing and real life solutions that have been proven in life.

Because we believe that mentoring will occur through books and recorded teaching, we carefully choose our textbooks and course materials with those criteria in mind. Following are some of the “instructors” you who will mentor and train you through their writings and recordings, even though you will not have any personal interaction with them.

Alphabetically Arranged by Last Name

  • Bill and Susan Banks
  • Dennis and Rita Bennett
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Richard Booker
  • Lamar Boschman
  • Bob Briner
  • Judson Cornwall
  • Michael Farris
  • Jack Frost
  • Joseph Garlington
  • Robert Gay
  • A. L. Gill
  • James Goll
  • Jack Hayford
  • Benny Hinn
  • Dick Iverson
  • Cindy Jacobs
  • Wayne Jacobsen
  • Bill Johnson
  • Laurie Beth Jones
  • Deborah Joyner
  • Rick Joyner
  • David Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Tim Kimmel
  • Nate and Joanne Krupp
  • Rich Marshall
  • John Maxwell
  • Frank McClung
  • Miles Munroe
  • John Muratori
  • Andrew Murray
  • Parker Palmer
  • Derek Prince
  • Dutch Sheets
  • Ed Silvoso
  • Bob Sorge
  • Benny Thomas
  • Mark Virkler
  • Dorris Wagner
  • Barbara Wentroble
  • John Wimber