Our Professors



Phil Baker - MSO Founder and Program Director
After 18 years in local church ministry, Phil served for 10 years as a professor of Youth Ministry at the University of Valley Forge, and has his Master of Arts in Youth Ministry Leadership from Huntington University. He currently serves at GT Church in West Lawn, Pennsylvania overseeing their Global Missions and Local Outreach. As the founder and director of MSO, his vision is to impact ministry on a global scale by helping to reach and disciple ministry leaders with a solid foundation of biblical and theological faithfulness, ministry specialization, and personal and professional development.

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Dr. Steve Pennington
Steve & Trina Pennington served in Kenya and Ethiopia in both the Addis Ababa Bible College and East Africa School of Theology beginning in 1992 in various roles including professor, Dean of Students, Academic Dean, Principal, and Moderator. Steve helped develop Live Dead East Africa, served as Team Leader Overseer, and served as National Church Liaison between the Assemblies of God World Missions and Kenya Assemblies of God. On January 1, 2014, he became Area Director for East Africa & the Indian Ocean Basin, leading more than 100 missionaries in 17 countries, serving churches in 11 nations. Their vision is for every person in East Africa & the Indian Ocean Basin to hear the gospel at least one time in their life in a language they understand. They dream of vibrant churches among every people group in their area. Steve received his MA in Biblical Literature and PhD in Intercultural Studies from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary.

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Dr. David Dippold
David has 16 years of pastoral ministry experience serving both in staff positions and as a senior pastor. He has been a professor at the University of Valley Forge since 1996. He has also served as an adjunct faculty person with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He has an M.A. in Biblical Languages with a double concentration in both Greek and Hebrew. His doctorate is in Theological Reflection. Dr. Dippold also teaches and conducts staff training at various local churches.

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Dr. Jerome Douglas
Jerome is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at the University of Valley Forge. He has served on the faculty and as the Chairman of the Church Ministries Department. Some of the courses that he teaches are Biblical Hebrew, Biblical Greek, Old Testament Historical Books, Pentateuch, and Psalms and Wisdom Literature. He holds a Master of Divinity as well as a Master of Arts in Biblical Literature. His Ph.D., specializing in Old Testament Studies, is from Marquette University. He also has a rich history in service to local churches in Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Texas as an assistant pastor.

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Dr. Ron Hall
Ron has served for 18 years in pastoral ministry, including two church plants, and 17 years in Christian higher education at the University of Valley Forge in Pennsylvania and Northwest University in Washington. His passion is to see people develop tools and skills necessary to reach today's culture through a solid understanding of the Bible and its implications in people's lives today. He has two masters degrees and a doctorate all related to counseling, biblical studies and pastoral ministry.  Ron currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Professor Eran Holt
Eran has served as adjunct faculty at University of Valley Forge for several years. Eran and his wife Julie, their three children, Caleb, Emma, and Ellie served as the Student Ministries Pastor at GT Church, Reading, PA for over 15 years. Eran’s passionate, creative and relevant preaching has distinguished him as a leader and communicator.  He speaks at various churches, retreats, conventions and conferences.  Eran’s passion is to inspire both students and parents in their faith.  In 2016 Eran & Julie founded Lead the Generation, a non-profit ministry focusing on providing both practical training and inspirational teaching to youth pastors, volunteer youth leaders and student leaders.  Eran also coaches and consults with youth pastors and churches on a variety of topics. 

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Dr. Mark MacLean
Mark has been active in pastoral ministry over 20 years, and currently serves as a professor at the University of Valley Forge and as the teaching and discipleship pastor at Worship Church, a multi-site church in New Jersey. He is a former Infantry soldier with the U.S. Army and has his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. He also earned an additional Master's Degree from St. John's College, the "School of the Great Books” and earned his PhD at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. 

Dr. Philip McLeod
Philip served as the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs for the University of Valley Forge for 20 years and serves on the executive leadership team for MSO. He has been privileged to serve as an Associate Pastor at churches in Ohio and Wisconsin. For eight years he traveled as a seminar instructor for the International Center for Learning providing training for local church leaders throughout North America. Philip's educational background includes a B.A. in Religious Education; a M.S. in Education; and a Ph.D. in Educational Foundations. Philip currently serves as the Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship campus minister at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Dr. John Easter

John serves as a missionary educator with the Assemblies of God World Missions in Africa. In his role as the regional strategic leader for training, he also serves as the Director of Africa’s Hope, a ministry that aids various training programs among national AG schools in Africa; the Vice Chancellor of Pan-Africa Theological Seminary, the doctoral initiative of the AG in Africa; and the Executive Director of the Association for Pentecostal Theological Education in Africa (APTEA), a multi-denominational association providing schools with accreditation service, faculty enrichment and scholarly publication.

 In 2001, he established All Nations Theological Seminary in cooperation with the Malawi Assemblies of God to provide a regional training school preparing African men and women for missionary service. In addition, John participates as a member of the World Mission Commission for the Africa Assemblies of God Alliance.

Before serving in Africa, he pastored for 13 years in the United States. Presently, John and his wife, Cheryl, are based primarily in Nairobi, Kenya, coordinating over 150 training systems across the African continent and dozens of African trainers.

Dr. Tracy Paino

After serving for 10 years as a youth pastor and 5 years as a church planter, Tracy served North Central University for 20 years in various roles including Co-Founder of The Center for Youth & Leadership, Chair of the Department of Student Ministries, Professor of Church Ministries, and Dean of the College of Ministry. His passion is to prepare, serve, and connect emerging and existing leaders to make a difference in the lives of youth. Tracy currently serves One Child Matters, a child sponsorship organization helping to meet the physical, educational, developmental, and spiritual needs of children and youth in poverty-stricken areas of the world as their Global Engagement-National Ministry Representative to make a difference in the lives of those that many would consider to be "the least of these".


Professor Scott Kramer

Scott has served as the Executive Pastor of GT Church in West Lawn, PA since 2005, as well as giving leadership to the GT School of Ministry. Scott loves to teach the Word of God, and has a passion for helping people understand the timeless truths of God’s Word.  His favorite hobby is golf, and he loves spending time with his wife Kate and their three children, Lucas, Matthew and Aarilyn. 


Professor Eric Goldsborough

Eric has served in local church ministry since 2006 in pastoral roles including youth ministry, men’s and discipleship ministry, and most recently as a multisite campus pastor. Eric leads a dynamic, growing multisite for the past several years in Kutztown, PA. He loves doing all things with his family, and his happy place is the beach. When he can make time he enjoys golf and riding his Harley!


Dr. Dick Gruber

Dick is the Professor of Children and Family Studies at the University of Valley Forge in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and has authored five children’s ministries books, Children’s Church: Turning Your Circus Into A Service, (Iglesia De Ninos, Convierta Su Circo En Un Culto), Cultivating A Cutting Edge Children’s Church, 6 Children’s Ministry Essentials, Foundations of Children’s Evangelism, and Focus On Children. In addition to this Dr. Gruber has had over 200 articles appear in children’s ministries publications world-wide. 

Dr. Gruber has ministered to children and children’s workers in conferences, camps, and seminars across America and on four continents. Dr. Gruber was chosen as one of Group Publishing’s Top 20 most influential and impacting voices in children’s ministries today. In 2017, Gruber was awarded a Lifetime Impact Award by the Assemblies of God for “over four decades of shaping the future of children’s ministry.”


Professor Todd Marshall

Todd served as a worship arts pastor for 30 years in MN, WI, and NY before becoming founder, speaker, and author for Worship is Life Ministries. His mission and vision is to strengthen the Church for growing God’s kingdom by emphasizing God’s relational pattern of revelation and response. Todd holds a degree in sacred music from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN and a master’s degree in worship studies from the Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL. Todd is also currently serving as the MN Assemblies of God Worship Arts Director. Todd and Brenda currently reside in Woodbury, MN and have a married daughter (Kelsie and Ben) and one son (Taylor).


Professor David Richards

David has served in Family Ministries for over 25 years as a pastor in KidMin, Youth, and Adult Ministries. David currently serves as Kids & Family Pastor at Christian Life Assembly in Camp Hill, PA.  He has also served as adjunct faculty with the University of Valley Forge and as the Children’s Ministries and Christian Education Director for the Oregon Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. David attended North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Church Business Administration and Pastoral Studies.

David is married to Ronda and has three amazing kids.  He travels the country speaking at kids’ camps and conferences and has participated in missions’ trips all over the world training children’s leaders and holding kids’ events.