Meet The Faculty

Brent Simpson

Brent Simpson has been in ministry since 1998 and is currently the senior pastor of ARISE Assembly of God in Brandon Florida. ARISE Assembly is a rapidly growing and vibrant church that strives to create an atmosphere where people experience God. He serves as the Presbyter for Section 10 of the Pen Florida District of the Assemblies of God, oversees ARISE Bible College (Costa Rica), ARISE School of Ministry, Elsa’s House of Hope (orphanage) and the international campuses of ARISE Assembly.

Ken McAnulty

Ken McAnulty has been a Minister with the Assemblies of God since 1998. Throughout his years of ministerial leadership, he has served as a youth pastor, executive pastor, and evangelist. Ken currently serves as the Executive Pastor at Arise Assembly of God at Brandon, and the Dean of Arise School of Ministry. He and his wife, Madonna, have been married since 1996 and have two children (Olivia and Jeremiah). Ken loves teaching God’s word and serving others as they reach the dreams and potential God has given them. In his spare time, Ken enjoys spending quality time with his family at home and traveling.



Dr. Melissa Archer

Dr. Melissa Archer is a valued professor at Southeastern University’s Barnett College of Ministry and Theology. Before she came to Southeastern, she was an instructor for New Testament and Biblical Languages at Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee. She also served as an adjunct instructor at Lee University. Prior to that, she taught Greek and New Testament at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Archer has served with her husband, Dr. Kenneth J. Archer, as co-pastor of three churches as well as the college pastor at Woodward Church of God in Athens, Tennessee. She is an exhorter with the Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. She and her husband currently serve as young adult pastors at Highlands Church of God in Lakeland, Florida. Dr. Archer received her PhD through Bangor University in Wales. Her dissertation is entitled ‘I Was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day’: A Pentecostal Engagement with Worship in the Apocalypse. She is a member of the Society for Biblical Literature as well as the Society for Pentecostal Studies.

Dr. Alan Ehler

Dr. Alan Ehler served as dean of the College of Christian Ministries & Religion at Southeastern University from 2013-2017. He also served on staff at Bellevue (Washington) Neighborhood Church from 1995-2000 after seven years of active duty as a civil engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Ehler earned a doctorate in ministry from George Fox Evangelical Seminary in 2007. He did his master’s work at Fuller Seminary, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, and Liberty University. He also has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. Dr. Ehler is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and has served as a district presbyter, church coach, and consultant, as well as in a variety of other roles. He is an avid road bicyclist and raced with the team while living in Kirkland.


Dr. Robby Waddell

Dr. Robby Waddell is the author and editor of multiple books and numerous academic articles on the New Testament. He is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and Pentecostals and Charismatics for Peace and Justice. Dr. Waddell is an elder and teaching pastor at his local church, and he also regularly speaks in churches and conferences on a variety of topics, including Pentecostal spirituality and worship, biblical foundations for peace and justice, equality of men and women from a biblical perspective, the Lord’s Prayer, 1 Corinthians and the book of Revelation. He has taught internationally in Israel, England, Puerto Rico and Kenya. Previously Dr. Waddell served as an associate pastor in California and a college pastor and director of a master’s commission in Tennessee.


Dr. Daniel McNaughton

Dr. Daniel McNaughton began serving as professor of practical ministries and Old Testament in SEU’s Barnett College of Ministry & Theology in 2016. He was the founder and lead pastor of Spring Valley Community Church in Royersford, Pennsylvania, where he served for 6 years (2005–2011). He is the author of the book “Learning to Follow Jesus,” which is currently being used in over 100 churches in the U.S. and internationally. He served for two years as the lead trainer for church planters with the Church Multiplication Network of the Assemblies of God (2010–2011). Before that he served as a Bible and Church Ministries professor at University of Valley Forge for over a decade (1995–2007). He completed his PhD in Old Testament at the University of Toronto under the direction of Dr. Gerald Sheppard and Dr. Stanley Walters in 2000. Dr. McNaughton has been an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God since 1991. He has been married to Amy, the love his life, for more than 30 years. They have two adult children, Cherisse and Seth, and he enjoys working out, biking, date nights, ping pong, and traveling.


Dr. Kenneth Archer

Dr. Kenneth Archer is passionate about theology and committed to pastoral ministry. He has served as the senior pastor of three different churches, two being Assemblies of God and one being independent. He still remains active in teaching and preaching in local churches. Prior to coming to Southeastern University in 2011, Dr. Archer served for 10 years as an associate professor of theology at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (formally Church of God Theological Seminary) in Cleveland, Tennessee. During this time there, he also was a regular adjunct at Lee University. He and his wife, Melissa, served as co-pastors of the college and career ministry at Woodward Church of God in Athens, Tennessee. They also were active in foster care.

Dr. Randy Helms

Randy and Karen Helms have pastored Glad Tidings since January, 1995. Dr. Helms has over 40 years of full-time pastoral experience. He graduated from Southeastern University and holds a Master’s Degree in Church Leadership as well as a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Leadership from Regent University. Dr. Helms began his ministry at Moffat Road A/G in Mobile, Alabama. While attending Southeastern College in Lakeland, he became the youth pastor at Carpenter’s Home Church and ministered there for six years. He also served as an associate pastor at Cathedral of the Cross in his hometown, Birmingham, Alabama for three years. He felt the Lord calling him to pastor and he moved his family to West Memphis, Arkansas where they pastored First Assembly of God before accepting the pastorate at Glad Tidings. Dr. Helms has ministered in over 50 countries, is the co-author of the book “Connecting Points” and most recently authored “The Joy of Connecting.”


Terry Raburn

Reverend Terrell (Terry) Raburn currently serves as the Superintendent of the Peninsular Florida District Council of the Assemblies of God and facilitates the management of the district with its various ministries and leadership responsibilities that incorporate assisting approximately 1,400 credentialed ministers and 350 churches. He represents the Fellowship nationally and overseas while serving as Chairman of Southeastern University, a member of the General Presbytery of the Assemblies of God, and is a board member for Real Life Children’s Ranch, Native American University and American Bible Society for life. Among the Superintendent’s many assignments, he also sits on the Board of Directors for the Church Extension Plan Group and speaks at conferences and councils in the U.S. and internationally. Terry earned a Master’s degree from Southeastern University and a degree in Political Science, Sociology, and Anthology from the University of Alabama. He also has a background in Communications, in Radio Broadcasting and News Reporting for the Beirut Daily Star.


Aaron Burke

Aaron Burke, Pastor of Radiant Church, first felt God’s call on his life at sixteen years old while on a missions trip to Nepal. Here his eyes were opened to the love of God for not only himself but also for a hurting world in desperate need of a Savior. Aaron then committed to living in complete obedience to the 

Lord, determing that his life would make a difference. Following college, Aaron spent time in Sri Lanka and India, working at orphan

ages, assisting with tsunami relief efforts, training pastors, and conducting village outreaches. He then settled in Pensacola, Florida, and opened a thrift store to raise funds for foreign missions. In addition, he also served as Student Ministries Pastor for six years, overseeing middle school through college-aged students. In 2010, he married his wife, Katie; and, in 2012, they had a beautiful baby girl named Lily. Following Lily’s birth, the Lord began to stir a dream in Aaron and Katie for the community of South Tampa. They envisioned a church that loves people genuinely and demonstrates this love through serving, giving, and accepting everyone – a church that reflects Jesus by walking beside people and teaching them how to follow Christ through daily life – a church that endeavors to help each individual discover his God-given purpose. On September 15, 2013, this dream became a reality… Radiant Church was born.


Katherine Cunningham

Student Advisor