Our Adjunct Faculty
The School of Mission, Ministry, and Leadership adjunct faculty are experienced scholar-teachers who invest deeply in the academic, spiritual, and vocational growth and mentorship of their students.
Rick Blackwood, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Theology
Rick Blackwood is a teaching pastor at Christ Fellowship. Rick is the author of The Power of Multi-sensory Preaching and Teaching, the visionary behind Leading From the Pulpit, and holds two Master’s degrees and three Doctoral degrees from Grace Theological Seminary, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Trinity International University. Rick is married to Rhonda. They have two daughters, Natalie and Rebekah.
Mike lives in Greenville, SC, with Sally. Together, they founded 3DM, a movement/organization which has now spread to 5 continents, training thousands of leaders and churches in how to move to a discipling culture and missional mindset. Today Mike and Sally continue to invest in leaders of movements around the world, Writing and speaking on a variety of subjects. Mike has authored numerous best-selling books, most notably Building a Discipling Culture and Family on Mission.
Rev. Charlie Dates, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Historical Theology
In 2011, at age 30, Dr. Charlie Edward Dates became the youngest Senior Pastor at Chicago's Progressive Baptist Church; a church celebrating a distinctive 100-year history. He earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication and Rhetoric at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and both the Master of Divinity and Ph.D. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Dr. Dates' preaching and publications have been featured broadly through the United States. He is widely invited to preach at churches, conferences, and universities. He is a contributing author to the 2014 book Letters To A Birmingham Jail and Say It: Celebrating Expository Preaching in The African American Tradition. His first solo book on the subject of Christianity and Social Justice will release in 2020 on IVP Press. Pastor Charlie is married to Kirstie Dates and is the proud father of their children Charlie Edward Dates II and Claire Elisabeth Dates.
Dave Ferguson, Ph.D.
Dave Ferguson is an award-winning author, founding and lead pastor of Chicago’s Community Christian Church, a missional multi-site community considered one of the most influential churches in America. Dave is also the visionary for the international church-planting movement NewThing and president of the Exponential Conference.
Jon Ferguson is co-founder of Community Christian Church, a church with 14 locations in the Chicagoland area, and NewThing, which is Community’s global church-planting mission. He is the Chicago Network Pastor at Community, overseeing COMMUNITY’S initiatives in the city of Chicago, including three new locations in the last three years. He also serves as Teaching Pastor and leads the team of staff Champions for adult, student, children, and creative arts ministries across all COMMUNITY locations. He is an adjunct professor at Wheaton College Graduate School, and he co-authored The Big Idea, Exponential, and Discover Your Mission Now. He lives in Lincoln Park on the north side of Chicago with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, Graham and Chloe.
Sam George, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Theology
Sam George was born in the Andaman Islands (India) to Christian parents with the heritage of the St. Thomas Christians of Kerala and had a life-changing personal encounter with Jesus at the age of 15. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering and management, and worked for a decade in Asia and the US. Later, he studied at Fuller and Princeton Seminaries, and over the next two decades, God used Sam to pioneer two family organizations, Urban India Mission and Parivar International. He did a PhD in theology, researching family, church, and diaspora, at Liverpool Hope University (UK). He now teaches global migration, diaspora missions, and world Christianity and has authored many articles, book chapters, and books. He lives with his wife, Dr Mary M George, and their two boys in the northern suburbs of Chicago, USA.
Yulee Lee, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Educational Studies
Yulee Lee is the Senior Director of Staff and Partnerships at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where she oversees the leadership development of staff, develops team culture and office systems, helps build strategic partnerships, and facilitates trainings. Yulee, originally from South Korea, grew up in Salt Lake City skiing and snowboarding on the mountains. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University, an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She has served the local church for 12+ years in the areas of revitalization and innovation, worked in government on the local and national levels, and directed strategy for service learning in higher education while also teaching on the topics of organizational and change leadership. Ultimately, Yulee is passionate about collaborating for change in systems to reflect greater human dignity and flourishing for the vulnerable. In her free time, Yulee finds her happy place in any medium where she can nurture her creative and artistic sides.
Trevin Wax, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Theology
Trevin Wax is senior vice president of theology and communications at LifeWay Christian Resources. He is the general editor of The Gospel Project, and the author of multiple books, including Rethink Your Self, This Is Our Time, Eschatological Discipleship and Gospel Centered Teaching. A former missionary to Romania, Trevin was named by Christianity Today as one of 33 millennials leading the next generation of evangelicalism. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Trevin lives in Tennessee with his wife, Corina, and their three children.