Mr. Engle has been a faith member of Westwood Baptist Church in Roxboro, N.C. for 15 years. Mr. Engle serves as the President of the RCA Board. He also serves as a pastor in the areas of student ministry, education, and discipleship at Westwood Baptist Church. Mr. Engle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from North Greenville University, a Master of Art in Biblical Studies from Liberty University, a Master in Divinity in Christian Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Education from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary with a focus in student ministry and discipleship.
Mr. Engle had the privilege of teaching Bible classes for a few years at RCA some years ago. He has taught both online and in the classroom at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. Engle loves to teach. His desire is to see teachers grow in engaging their students. He has been graciously allowed to pursue education for himself that has allowed him to become equipped by many wonderful mentors in the areas of theology, discipleship, and education. He desires to use that gift in serving others as God allows.
Mr. Engle desires to see RCA become a place that captures the imaginations of students by helping them see the reality of God and his good intentions and plan for his creation. That students would see the supremacy of King Jesus in all areas of study and respond to him by treasuring him above all else. He desires to see RCA come beside parents, who are the primary faith influencers of their children, in leading students to know God and worship him rightly as disciples as they discover who they are created to be in his image.
A random fact about Mr. Engle: he loves to travel and experience new cultures, and God has graciously allowed him to experience some really incredible places through some of the mission partnerships at Westwood Baptist Church.
Joy McDowell serves as Secretary of the RCA Board. She is a faithful member of Westwood Baptist Church in Roxboro, N.C. Ms. McDowell has a Masters in Education. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Meredith College and a Masters in Education from Campbell University. Ms. McDowell has 25+ years experience in Christian education, as a teacher and as an administrator. Ms. McDowell feels that God has called her to serve Him in Christian education through her experience and to serve God in His work. Her desire for RCA is to share the gospel, build up believers to walk with Christ daily. Ms. McDowell wants to provide the academic setting to study, reflect, and discern truth and not be deceived by false teaching. It is her hope that students and families would honor God by walking humbly with Him.
A random fact about Ms. McDowell: her first year of teaching was at RCA, a combination class of 4th, 5th, and 6th graders.
J. Ronald Hass, Ph.D. is a faithful member of Westwood Baptist Church. Dr. Hass earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Appalachian State University. He also earned his PH.D. in Analytical Chemistry, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Hass brings to the Board a scientific method with a Christian perspective to solving problems. He has had hands on business management experience, and 27 years of educational background at the university level. Dr. Hass desires to provide the opportunity for a quality education to children and youth with a Christian world view.
A random fact about Dr. Hass: he is an 8th generation North Carolinian.
Shann Williams is a faithful member of Bahama Baptist Church. Mrs. Williams earned a Certificate of Management Excellence from Harvard Business School; Executive Education in progress; Certificate of Pastoral Studies at Rhema Bible Training Center; Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute; and a BA in Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill. Mrs. Williams also took graduate courses in public health from UNC School of Public Health.
As a parent of three children, currently attending RCA, she is keenly aware of the importance an excellent education centered on Jesus is to families. Since becoming a part of the RCA community, Mrs. Williams has felt called to help in any way possible. She counts it a privilege to be a part of this special place that has a strategic mission from God of His Kingdom.
Mrs. Williams brings her experience in ministry, business, and her personal experiences/challenges in parenting her three children through their educational journey to the RCA Board.
A random fact about Mrs. Williams: she used to be an amateur boxer.
Casey Adams is a faithful member and serves as an Elder of East Rock Community Church. Mr. Adams is an accredited financial counselor from AFCPE and holds a mortgage loan originator license. Mr. Adams earned a BA in Religious Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as additional course completions at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Saint Andrews College.
Mr. Adams has a burden to see RCA make disciples who love Jesus and are well-educated to serve Him in the Great Commission. Mr. Adams has poured himself into much independent research on education over the past few years seeking to discern what's best for his own daughters. He is looking forward to bringing those insights to the table with a parent's perspective, as well as the perspective of a pastor who has a heart for shepherding and applying God's Word.
A random fact about Mr. Adams: he met his wife overseas in East Asia but they were both from North Carolina.