Teaching and Training Servant Leaders to be the next generation of world changers!

About Champion

Mission Statement

To develop Christ-centered servant leaders through a challenging academic environment in order to impact the world for the kingdom of God.

Our Vision

The Beginning

The vision for Champion Christian College emanated from both Pastor Eric Capaci’s mind and the congregation of Gospel Light Baptist Church, which he founded in 1992. In the fall of 2005, the vision became a reality as Champion Baptist College began with 104 students and 24 faculty members. Most of the students came from other states and from independent Baptist churches. The campus for both the church and College consisted of approximately fourteen acres in the heart of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Gospel Light’s support of Champion was strong, and during the very first year, a two-hundred-bed, state-of-the-art dormitory was built on the property. It was filled with vibrant students within four years.

Pursuing Accreditation

In 2010, following a serious study of the mission of the College and the education needs of students, the Board determined to pursue accreditation. Following a shift in the ministry philosophy of Gospel Light, Champion determined that it would extend its scope of ministry to a broader group of Bible-based churches.

In 2015, Champion decided to take a bold initiative to strengthen its educational programs and improve its response to students’ educational needs. Accreditation attainment became the first step in the pursuit of the college’s academic excellence. With the support and goodwill of several local pastors and business professional persons, the College became an independent non-profit corporation, changed its name to Champion Christian College, and elected a Board of Trustees. As a fully accredited institution, Champion Christian College will be continuing to offer the same quality education built upon our signature foundation of adherence to Scripture and compassion for our students.

Our Future

It is a bold venture and challenge in a very calamitous time, but as we observe the erosion of the foundation of our nation and culture, we believe our God is calling out a people to be trained and prepared to complete His mission in a post-Christian era. Champion Christian College is dedicated to educating and training church leaders, missionaries, lay vocational leaders, and even martyrs for the glory of God, thus extending His kingdom and performing His will on Earth, as it is in Heaven.

Our Staff

Troy Brasel, Vice President of Student Services at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Troy

Brasel

Vice President of Student Services
Eric Capaci, College President/Professor of Bible and Sports Management at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Eric

Capaci

College President/Professor - Bible and Sports Management
Kevin Connor, Registrar/Professor of Bible and Intercultural Studies at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Kevin

Connor

Registrar/Professor of Bible and Intercultural Studies
Brad Cranson, Director of Populi and Institutional Reporting at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Brad

Cranston

Director of Populi (LMS) and Institutional Reporting
DeAnthony Ellison, Women's Head Basketball Coach at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

DeAnthony

Ellison

Women's Head Basketball Coach
Jeremy Horton, Executive Vice President/ Professor of Bible at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Jeremy

Horton

Executive Vice President/Professor - Bible
Dennis Malone, Vice President of Distance Education/Professor of Bible at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Dennis

Malone

Vice President of Distance Education/Professor - Bible
Courtney Manthe, Director of Financial Aid at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Courtney

Manthe

Director of Financial Aid
Scott Mercer, Lead Teacher of Church Ministries/Professor of Bible at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Scott

Mercer

Lead Teacher of Church Ministries/Professor - Bible
Elsen Portugal, Vice President of Academic Affairs/Professor of Bible, Intercultural Studies, and Music at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Elsen

Portugal

Vice President of Academic Affairs/Professor - Bible, Intercultural Studies, Music
Don Scultheis, Director of Enrollment/Head Baseball Coach/Professor of Bible at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Don

Schultheis

Director of Enrollment/Head Baseball Coach/Professor - Bible
Marcia Thomas, Vice President of Finance at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Marcia

Thomas

Vice President of Finance
Erica Trusty, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR

Erica

Trusty

Head Volleyball Coach

Our Faculty

Adams

Barbara

Adams

Professor - Education
Bachel

Carie

Bachel

Assistant to the President
Bachel

Chris

Bachel

Campus Security Guard
Bechtel

Timothy

Bechtel

College Success Instructor
Capaci

Matthias

Capaci

Professor - Sports Management/Men's Head Basketball Coach
Chen

Tao

Chen

Professor - Business
Corter

Andrew

Corter

Director of Food Services
Gay

William

Gay

Professor - History
Harris

Amalia

Harris

Assistant Women's Coach
Hatfield

Brendan

Hatfield

Assistant Men's Basketball Coach/Sports Information Dir.
Hurst

Q.B.

Hurst

Professor - Law & Criminal Justice
Lindley

Paul

Lindley

Professor - Business
Lindley

Christina

Lindley

Professor - Education
Martinez

Jesus

Martinez

Media Director
Mendoza

Aloma

Mendoza

Professor - English
Midkiff

Richard

Midkiff

Professor - Criminal Justice
Ohm

Ashlyn

Ohm

Assistant to the Executive Vice President/Tutoring Instructor
Ohm

Derri

Ohm

Professor - English
Ohm

Ralph

Ohm

Chairman of the Board/Professor - Criminal Justice
Pate

Ladana

Pate

Professor - Education and Social Sciences
Reid

Kenneth

Reid

Creative Director
Robinette

Alan

Robinette

Librarian/Professor - Computer Applications
Smith

Latasha

Smith

Professor - Life Sciences
Steiger

Melody

Steiger

Lead Teacher for Professional Studies/Professor - English
Turner

Greg

Turner

Assistant Baseball Coach

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