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The professors. 

Dr. Wanda Walborn
Professor:
 Cultivating a Listening Ear and
Obstacles to Intimacy with Christ

Wanda received her B.S. in Education from Nyack College, an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary and D.Int.St. from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Prior to her employment at Nyack College, Wanda was a church planter with her husband, a stay-at-home mother for their four children and a reading curriculum developer for the Connecticut public school system. Wanda is currently the Director of Spiritual Formation at Nyack College and the Director of Empower.

Dr. Ron Walborn
Professor:
 Jesus as Sanctifier and Healer & Spiritual Gifts

Dr. Ron Walborn is the Vice President and Dean of Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College in Nyack NY, New York City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Dr. Walborn also serves on the Board of Directors for the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was recently re-elected to another four year term. He has a B.A. in History from Nyack College, an M.Div. from Alliance Theological Seminary and a D.Min from Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Walborn has pastored churches in Connecticut and California. He has authored one book and numerous articles and chapters for other publications. Dr. Walborn was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania and is a life-long, die-hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan! Ron and his wife Wanda have four adult children and two beautiful grandchildren.

Lisa Plunket
Professor: Prayer and Intercession

Mrs. Lisa Plunket is the Pastor of Spiritual Life at Risen King Alliance Church in New City, NY. Lisa studied New Testament Studies and History at Western Kentucky University. She has been mentoring women and teaching Bible studies since she was 19. Prayer and mentoring women is her primary ministry. Lisa is responsible for Growth Groups, Pastoral Care, and Leadership Development at Risen King.

Dr. Michael Plunket
Professor: Prayer and Intercession

Rev. Michael Plunket is the Senior Pastor of Risen King Alliance Church. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Pastoral Ministry Department at Nyack College in Nyack, New York. Mike earned his Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi and his D. Min. at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY. Since his ordination in 1986, Mike has organized, helped start, and pastored five churches in Mexico City, Mexico and Atlanta, Georgia. He is also an instructor with College of Prayer International and has led prayer gatherings for ministry leaders in Uganda, Norway and Ecuador. 

Dr. Ingrid Davis
Professor: Community and Mission of the Church

Dr. Ingrid Davis is a Certified Leadership Coach. She has her BS in Education, an MA in Intercultural Studies, and a D.Min in Global Leadership. As a former International Worker with the C&MA in Mali, W. Africa, Ingrid has a heart to develop other women who will be a part of God’s restoration project.  She loves to see Empower women who are investing in themselves and their development -  to be all that God has created them to be and to then turn around and invest in others. 
 

Dr. Martin Sanders
Professor: Understanding your Calling

Dr. Martin Sanders is a mentor, professor, pastor, consultant, author, and speaker. He has spent 30 years developing the leaders around him. Martin has the vision, passion, and skills to see development in leaders at both the local and global levels. For 25 years he has taught, first at Canadian Theological Seminary in Regina, Saskatchewan, and then for 20 years at Alliance Theological Seminary, in Nyack, NY. Martin has more than 12 years of pastoral experience in fast growing, life changing churches in both Canada and the United States as well as two extended intentional interim pastorates in Western Australia.

Dr. Sanders is president and founder of Global Leadership, Inc., a non-profit organization designed to develop the next generation of leaders in under-resourced parts of the world. Through Global Leadership, thousands of leaders have been taken to the next level of effectiveness in their personal and professional lives on every continent.

Michelle Park
Professor: Dealing with Conflict

Michelle Park holds a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. She works with individuals, couples and families on a broad range of topics, some of which include anxiety, depression, boundaries, conflict resolution, communication, affair recovery, grief, life transitions, parenting and post-abortive issues. She is a seminar director for the Prepare-Enrich Assessment and is a Gottman 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work Educator. She is also an adjunct professor for the Alliance Graduate School of Counseling in Nyack, NY for their Marriage and Family Therapy Program. Michelle and her husband, Sam, have planted a church in Queens with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, where her husband is lead pastor.

Dr. Linda Warren
Professor: Old Testament Survey


Dr. Linda Warren holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.Div., and D.Min. from Alliance Theological Seminary.  She is a mentor, teacher, pastor, conference and retreat speaker. She has taught at Nyack College in the School of Bible and Christian Ministry and in the Metro Nazarene School of Ministry. Linda is co-pastor at Westchester Chapel Church of the Nazarene in White Plains, NY, a church which she and her husband planted. Prior to entering vocational ministry, Linda was the Consumer Marketing Director for Sports Illustrated. Her passion is to see lives transformed by bringing God’s Word to life.

Dr. Amy Davis Abdallah
Professor: New Testament Survey

Amy F. Davis Abdallah, PhD,  is a wife and mother who writes, teaches, preaches, leads, and mentors in the United States and abroad. Woman, the rite of passage she pioneered, has been transforming and empowering its many participants for several years. In addition to journeying with women, Amy also guides others academically as an Associate Professor of Theology and Bible at Nyack College.

Sarah Samson
Professor: Inductive Bible Study

Ms. Sarah Samson is the Executive Pastor of Ministries and Communication at Bedford Community Church in Bedford Hills, NY.  Sarah received her BS in Education from SUNY Fredonia, and her M.Div in Church Development from Alliance Theological Seminary. She is a licensed minister of the Christian & Missionary Alliance through the Metro District. She has been teaching and mentoring women and men, young and old since the early 2000's.  Most recently has been enjoying teaching topics that help people understand and embrace who they are in Christ and learn to listen to the voice of their creator.  Sarah teaches, preaches, and mentors both at Bedford Community Church and in the surrounding area. 

 

Dr. Rob Reimer
Professor: Jesus as Savior and Coming King

Rev. Dr. Rob Reimer earned a B.A. in English from King’s College, a M. Div. from Alliance Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate in Preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He was the founding and former lead pastor of South Shore Community Church until June 2017. He is now a professor at Alliance Theological Seminary for the Doctorate of Ministry. Rob is also an accomplished author. His books, Soul Care, Deep Faith, River Dwellers, and Pathways to the King have been sold worldwide. Rob regularly speaks at conferences, leadership retreats, mission fields, churches, and seminaries in the United States and abroad. Rob and his wife, Jen, live in the Nyack, NY area with their four children, Danielle, Courtney, Darcy, and Craig.