Meet Our Team

Walter R. Strickland II, Ph.D.

Executive Director & Chief Editor

Dr. Strickland is an educator who hails from a long line of teachers. He has taken up the family trade as the Co-Founder & President of The Strickland Institute, Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology at Southeastern Seminary, Assistant Research Fellow at the Kirby Laing Centre in Cambridge (UK). He holds a PhD in theology from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. In addition to being a published author, he is a consultant, university lecturer, conference speaker, and itinerant minister. Dr. Strickland is married and has four children one of whom is awaiting them in glory.

Joel Gaines, M.Ed.

Director of Leadership Development

Joel R. Gaines serves as Head of School at The City School in Philadelphia, Pa. He graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University (Cairn University) with a B.S. in Education and Biblical Studies, and an MEd. from Cabrini University. Joel is passionate about seeing students flourish academically, emotionally, and spiritually toward comprehensive shalom. He has 17 years of administrative experience spanning urban, suburban, public, and Christian schools. Joel is married to Tia and has one son Josiah, and three daughters Hosanna, Elaina, and Adoniah.

Tia Gaines, B.A., B.S.

Director of Educational Strategy

Tia Gaines serves as Department Chair for the English department as well as the 6-12 Instructional Coach for Insight PA Cyber Charter School. She coaches more than 200 teachers on teaching strategies in a virtual setting. She has also taught in the School for Applied and Innovative Learning program at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, PA. In addition, Tia provides consulting to schools, universities and organizations on diversity, equity and inclusion alongside her husband, Joel. She resides in Philadelphia with her husband Joel and their four children.

Phabienne Anderson, M.A.

Managing Editor

Phabienne is an avid reader and life long learner. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree in public relations. After earning an MA in Youth and Family ministry from John Brown University she served in youth and local church ministries. She is continuing her theological education at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary because she is passionate about integrating theological reflections with present day issues. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband and four children.

Benjamin Waddell, MDIV, DO, FAAP

Director of Operations

Benjamin Waddell is a board-certified Pediatrician practicing in Hampton Roads, Virginia. After earning an MDIV at Liberty University, he attended medical school at the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech (VCOM). He went on to complete a pediatrics residency in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he served as chief resident. He is a member of the clinical faculty at VCOM, where he enjoys teaching and clinical research. He lives in Williamsburg, Virginia, with his wife and three children.

Doctrinal Commitments

The Bible
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.
God
There is one living and true God who is the creator, redeemer, and preserver of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections and reveals himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.God the Son: Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was fully human and divine. While he was without sin, his substitutionary death and resurrection made provision for the redemption of sin.
Salvation
Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ’s atoning work alone, and is evidenced by Christ’s Lordship in the believer’s life.
Faith & Culture
All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society as a sign of God’s coming Kingdom.
The Family
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime.

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