joel wiggins of crown college

Crown College President

Dr. Joel Wiggins

Leadership is important to any organization, especially Christian organizations that equip tomorrow’s leaders for influencing God’s kingdom.

Crown College is an institution that is over a century old because of God’s provision and wisdom for the 15 presidents who served before me. In addition, countless faculty and staff have sacrificially served our students because of their love for our Lord and their firm belief in equipping Christians to serve and influence our world. I am privileged to serve our students along with a great team. Crown is financially sound and well on its way into our second century.

As an institution, our journey will be led by God; we seek His guidance and wisdom, prayerfully, each day. We will passionately pursue opportunities to provide the best for our students, whether on campus or online. I invite you to join our call to serve, our determination to lead.

Dr. Wiggins is a 21st-century leader, blending business, ministry, education and fundraising expertise to focus on a transformational student experience.

Dr. Wiggins’ educational background includes:

  • B.A. in History from Crown College, St. Bonifacius, MN
  • M.Div., Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL
  • Th.M., Leadership Studies, Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL
  • D.Min., Church Leadership, Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL
  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin

While in Austin, Dr. Wiggins taught graduate and undergraduate courses at The University of Texas and in the LeTourneau University MBA extension program.

Dr. Wiggins was ordained in the C&MA and has 16 years of on-staff ministry—mostly as the senior minister in three churches in Illinois, Virginia and Nebraska. He served on district church growth committees with each of the churches, working to plant other churches.

Since leaving full-time ministry in 1992, Joel has remained active in the church he and his wife, Kathy, have attended regularly. He has taught adult education classes, been a church greeter, participated in small groups, and even done a short stint as interim pastor of an Evangelical Free Church. Also, Dr. Wiggins was a founder and teacher of the Austin Christian Executives, a gathering of about 40 key leaders from various church and business backgrounds.

In 1996, Dr. Wiggins joined the staff of the Austin Technology Incubator, a non-profit devoted to supporting the formation and growth of high tech startups in Austin, Texas. In 2000, he became its Executive Director.  From 2005 until moving to Crown, he was CEO of the Enterprise Center of Johnson County, a new venture development organization in Lenexa, Kansas.

In 2006, Joel co-founded the Mid-America Angels, a network of high net worth individuals who have invested more than $10 million in startups for an ownership stake in the companies. He recently raised money to conduct research for a book he is writing, which involved interviewing 100 entrepreneurs who have sold their companies for between $50-$500 million.

Dr. Wiggins also has extensive international experience, having conducted workshops on entrepreneurship in more than a dozen countries.

In 2013, Joel received the prestigious President’s Award from the National Business Incubation Association during the NBIA International Conference in Boston, attended by people from 43 nations. The award recognizes Dr. Wiggins’ lifetime achievement in support of business incubation. This is only the fourth President’s Award ever given by the NBIA, the world’s leading organization advancing business incubation and entrepreneurship. For more on NBIA, click here .

Joel Wiggins is married to Kathy, whom he met at Crown College. The Wiggins’ have two single children – Ryan, who works as a civilian at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and Heather, a graduate student at Duke University. Dr. Wiggins enjoys sports, traveling (they have visited each of the U.S. Presidential Museum/Libraries), reading (especially biographies), hiking, and playing golf.

Kathy Wiggins is a 1979 graduate of Crown College (Christian Education). They were married in 1976 in the Hibbing (MN)Alliance Church, Kathy’s home church. Most recently, Kathy was a project manager/trainer for a healthcare software company. Before that, she served as a quality manager at two healthcare companies. Kathy has also been a real estate agent, and provided administrative support for both the Missions Department at Trinity International University and the Economic Research Department at ConAgra Foods.



Crown College has a dedicated and experienced team of professionals who oversee the College’s daily functions. We invite you to meet these leaders and learn about their backgrounds and interests.

Dr. Bill Kuhn
Vice President of Student Development +
Campus Chaplain
Dr. Fawn McCracken
Associate Vice President + Dean of the School of Online Studies and Graduate School
Dr. Scott Moats
Vice President for Academic Affairs +
Mike Price
Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment

Board of Trustees

Officer and Trustee rosters, effective May 2018

Gordon Paisley
Chairman of the board
  • Representative, Midwest District
  • Process Standardization & Strategy Manager, United Airlines
  • Roselle, IL

The Christian and Missionary Alliance District Representatives

Patrick Costello
  • Vice President for Planning and Analysis, Schneider National, Inc.
  • Western Great Lakes District Representative
  • Appleton, WI
Dr. Keh-Shew Lu
  • President and CEO, Diodes, Inc.
  • Southwest District Representative
  • Plano, TX
Dr. Dan Scarrow
  • North Central District Superintendent
  • North Central District Representative
  • Waconia, MN
Kimberly Thomas
  • Secretary of the Board
  • Rocky Mountain District Representative
  • Treasurer, Evanston Alliance Church
  • Office Manager, John A. Thomas Law Office
  • Evanston, WY
Dr. Wang Lee
  • Director, Hmong Christian Institute
  • Hmong District Representative
  • Thornton, CO

Members at Large

Rev. Hector Belen
  • Spanish Central District Representative
  • McAllen, TX
Dan Cutler
  • President, Custom Computing Corporation
  • Blaire, NE
Dr. Gary D. Friesen
  • Vice President, Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • Colorado Springs, CO
Dr. Arthur Hill
  • John & Nancy Lindahl Professor Emeritus
  • Carlson School of Management
  • University of Minnesota
  • Eden Prairie, MN
Greg Kummer
  • President – Trust Investment Management & Trust
  • Glencoe, MN
Rep. Jim Nash
  • Minnesota House of Representatives – House District 47A
  • Waconia, MN
Rep. Nash worked on this video series, going deeper into how Christians should get involved in politics.
Dr. Verna Cornelia Price
  • CEO of The Power of People Consulting Group
  • Minneapolis, MN
Zach Schmitt
  • Director of NXT Gen Ministries, Grace Church Chaska
  • Chaska, MN
Dr. Cathy Sigmund
  • Professor, Geneva College
  • Beaver Falls, PA
Bob Solfelt
  • Vice Chairman of the Board
  • Senior Vice President, Mortenson Development, Inc.
  • Minneapolis, MN
Dale Teal
  • Founder & Senior Financial Planner, Strategic Financial Concepts
  • Ramsey, MN
Dr. May Vang
  • Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
  • Whitewater, WI
Rev. Ian Vickers
  • Chief Executive Officer, Global Partners in Hope
  • Omaha, NE

Why we exist.

We’ve been around for over 100 years. Though many things have changed, we still center back to these central tenets.



Mission Statement

The mission of Crown College is to provide a Biblically-based education for Christian leadership in The Christian and Missionary Alliance, the church-at-large, and the world.


Vision Statement

Christians prepared to serve and influence the world.