Teaching Faculty

Brent Garrison, Ph.D.

Vice President of Education & SLI Teaching Faculty

In his 32 years in Christian higher education, Dr. Garrison served as Vice President of External Studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, was appointed as president of ACCESS (Association of Christian Continuing Education Schools and Seminaries), and served 10 years as Dean of Students at LeTourneau University and Moody Bible Institute. During his involvement in this field he worked on the executive committee of ACSD (Association of Christians in Student Development) as editor of their professional publications and also served as the president of Arizona Christian University.

Dr. Garrison has a doctorate in educational administration, masters in educational administration, undergraduate degree in history, and extensive study in Bible/Theology. Garrison has had vast teaching experiences including teaching high school sciences, LeTourneau University (Teacher-of-the-year Award), Moody Bible Institute’s External Studies Division and Briercrest University. Also, he taught overseas as a visiting scholar at Siping Normal University in China, an English Language Institute of China and lectured at Asian Theological Seminary in Manila, Philippines.

He co-authored a book on spiritual disciplines with Dr. Don Whitney, contributor to The Inspired Leader: 101 Biblical Reflections for Becoming a Person of Influence, as well as numerous articles on faith and worldview. Family Life Radio aired a daily radio program by Dr. Garrison on Church History, On This Day. He recently authored a book about biblical leadership, Leadership by the Book: Lessons from every Book of the Bible (February 2016), Elevate Publishers.

Dr. Garrison has been married to Margaret for 42 years and together they have four grown children and five grand kids. Margaret serves as the director of the Missions Program and Women’s Ministries at their church and has a graduate degree in library science. They enjoy travel--especially visiting missionaries in the field (having visited 40 countries). Brent is a voracious reader, enjoys motorcycle trips (and anything with wheels), golfing and drinking strong coffee.

Dr. Richard Blackaby

Senior SLI Teaching Faculty

Richard is the president of Blackaby Ministries International and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Richard travels internationally speaking on spiritual leadership in the home, church, and marketplace as well as on spiritual awakening, experiencing God, and the Christian life. Richard regularly ministers to Christian CEOs, church, and family leaders.

Richard grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He has been married to Lisa for 35 years and has three kids: Mike married to Sarah. He has a Ph.D. in apologetics, has written two books, and is planting a church in Victoria, Canada; Daniel is married to Sarah. He has written seven books and has a Ph.D. in Christianity and Culture; and Carrie who works at BMI, has written a book, published many articles, and writes a travel blog (Maple and Maps). Richard also has four amazing grandsons, Emerson, Logan, Everett & Luca!

Richard earned a B.A. in history from the University of Saskatchewan. He has an M.Div and Ph.D. in church history from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and an honorary doctorate from Dallas Baptist University.

Richard served as a senior pastor at Friendship Baptist Church in Winnipeg, and then as the president of the Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta Canada for 13 years. He continues to serve as the seminary’s Chancellor.

Steve Menefee

SLI Class Facilitator

Steve Menefee currently serves as the SLI Class facilitator. Prior to joining the CEO Forum, Steve worked in corporate America for a combined 30 years;10 years as President of North America and Asia Pacific for Arrow Electronics and the previous 20 years as Executive VP of Sales and Marketing of North America for Avnet Electronics (both global electronic distributors). Today Steve's current focus and passion is to help other Christian business executives experience a spiritually transformed life while integrating their faith into every area of their lives...including their businesses.

Cheryl Bachelder

SLI-Female Teaching Faculty

Cheryl Bachelder is a passionate, purpose-led business leader -- the former CEO of Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. From 2007 to 2017, she led the transformation of a tired brand and discouraged organization into a top-performing quick service restaurant chain. The story of the Popeyes success is chronicled in her book Dare to Serve: How to drive superior results by serving others. Today Cheryl’s aim is to help senior leaders understand and implement Dare to Serve leadership in for-profit and non-profit workplaces.

Cheryl’s earlier career included brand leadership roles at Yum Brands, Domino’s Pizza, RJR Nabisco, The Gillette Company and Procter & Gamble. 
Today Cheryl serves as a director and Interim CEO at Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (PIR). She also serves as a director of US Foods Holding Corp (USFD). She is an advisor to Procter & Gamble’s franchising venture, Tide Dry Cleaners. She is active in many ministries developing future leaders: Spring Hill Camps, Crossroad Farms, and CRU.  She speaks at conferences such as Work Matters, RightNow Media, Truth@Work, Servant Leadership Institute, and Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

Cheryl holds a Bachelor’s and Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She is married 37 years to Chris Bachelder and they have three grown daughters, two terrific son-in-laws, and three handsome grandsons. Cheryl and Chris reside in Atlanta, Georgia and attend Buckhead Church. They are avid learners, fans of the classical education movement, and can always be found reading a good book!

Social Channels:
Blog: Serving Performs at www.cherylbachelder.com
Twitter: @CABachelder
Facebook: Facebook.com/serving performs

Sheri Schulze

SLI-Female Class Facilitator

Sheri Schulze currently practices at Grow Counseling in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a therapist who specializes in the integration of established psychological practices and Christian faith. A graduate of Richmont Graduate University, Sheri earned a Masters Degree in Counseling and specialty certification in Counseling and Spirituality. Her professional and educational background have created a space for her clients to explore their relationship with themselves, others, and intimacy with the Lord.  Sheri serves as both a counselor and a spiritual director for those who want to grow in these relationship patterns.

Sheri’s strengths include her personal and professional relationship skills. She is an intent, empathetic listener seeking to “hear” the deeper messages and patterns beyond the words.  She is also an encourager. Her heart is to establish authentic connections with people to help them to grow personally and interpersonally.

Her work extends beyond the therapy room. From the platform of Plan A Foundation, Sheri mentors ten women to grow in service, relationships, and Christian discipleship. Sheri established Plan A Foundation to address individuals or groups in crisis.

Sheri is married to CEO Forum member Horst Schulze. Together they have four daughters and live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Richard S. Lytle

President, CEO & SLI Teaching Faculty

Dr. Richard S. Lytle currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of CEO Forum, Inc. Additionally, he serves on the business faculty at Abilene Christian University as Director of the Lytle Center for Leadership and Faith Development in the College of Business Administration after having served as dean of the College from 1999-2016. He served as one of only 7 deans in the school’s 75-year history and has been a member of the Abilene Christian University faculty since 1991.

Lytle holds a B.B.A. from Harding University, an M.B.A. from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. in Marketing from Arizona State University. He has been a participant in Harvard University’s Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, the Babson College Fellows Program for Entrepreneurship Educators and the University of Michigan’s Cycle of Leadership Executive Education Institute. For more than a decade, Lytle has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in marketing, strategy and leadership. Additionally, he has studied abroad numerous times in Asia, Europe and Central America.

Rick Atchley

SLI Teaching Faculty

Rick Atchley has been the Senior Teaching Minister at The Hills Church of Christ since 1989. He leads a congregation that has expanded to three campuses in the Greater Fort Worth Texas area, and ministers to 5,000 people each weekend. Rick was not always a believer. Growing up he was taught to fear God, but not to love Him. Even worse, he was not sure God really loved him either. While attending Abilene Christian University, he began to believe in God through hearing the gospel of God’s grace preached. Rick is the author of several books, including Together Again, with coauthor Bob Russell. Rick is married to his wife, Jamie and has three grown children – Michael, Morgan and Matthew. 

Abdu Murray

SLI-Graduate Teaching Faculty

Abdu Murray is North American Director with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is the author of three books, including his latest, Saving Truth: Finding Meaning and Clarity in a Post-Truth World.

For most of his life, Abdu was a proud Muslim who studied the Qur’an and Islam. After a nine year investigation into the historical, philosophical, and scientific underpinnings of the major world religions and views, Abdu discovered that the historic Christian faith can answer the questions of the mind and the longings of the heart.

Abdu has spoken to diverse international audiences and has participated in debates and dialogues across the globe. He has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television programs all over the world.

Abdu holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. As an attorney, Abdu was named several times in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyer. Abdu is the Scholar in Residence of Christian Thought and Apologetics at the Josh McDowell Institute of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Michael Ramsden

SLI-Graduate Teaching Faculty

Michael Ramsden is International Director of RZIM and one of the founders of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He spent most of his childhood in the Middle East and later moved to the UK, where he worked for the Lord Chancellor’s Department investing funds. Michael went on to teach Jurisprudence at the University of Sheffield, whilst doing research in Law and Economics.

His passion is to engage with people of all backgrounds and cultures about questions of faith, which he has been doing for over twenty years. He speaks in business, academic, political and other settings across the globe, ranging from Europe and the Middle East, to Asia and the Americas. Michael helps oversee the international team of RZIM speakers based in sixteen offices worldwide, and he lives in Oxford with his wife, Anne, and their three children.

John Stonestreet

SLI Teaching Faculty

John Stonestreet serves as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He’s a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics. John is the daily voice of BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on  the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of the Point, a daily one-minute feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. Before coming to the Colson Center in 2010, John served in various leadership capacities with Summit Ministries and was on the biblical studies faculty at Bryan College (TN).

John has co-authored four books: A Practical Guide to Culture, Restoring All Things, Same-Sex Marriage, and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN).

He and his wife, Sarah, have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO. Connect with John at BreakPoint.org, or follow him on Twitter (@jbstonestreet).

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