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Some of our Local Professors
Dr. John Holmes
Dr. John Holmes has his PhD in Education-Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and ThM in Historical Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He served on staff with Grace University for 25 years, and his roles through the years included Academic Dean, Vice President of Student Life, and Associate Professor of Bible. Dr. Holmes is an avid hiker, mountain climber, and biker. He and his wife, Donna, enjoy ministering to young married couples. Currently serving as Associate Pastor at Grace Life Bible Church in Omaha, Dr. Holmes also teaches Bible and Ministry program classes for Crown College Omaha. His students often comment that Dr. Holmes, “knows each student in his classes, and that he creates plenty of class time for discussing questions that arise within the studies.”
Dr. Troy Backhuus
Dr. Troy Backhuus earned his MA in Counseling from Grace University and his PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision from Regent University. He began his professional counseling practice in 2002 and focuses on a holistic approach to counseling and healing. Dr. Backhuus and his wife, Roma Jean, have a passion for serving missionaries and training others in the field of missionary care. They are actively involved in full-time missionary care as they offer support to field missionaries, and Dr. Backhuus is the Director of Missionary Care for “One Mission Society” in Greenwood, Indiana. Dr. Backhuus has taught counseling and psychology students for Crown College, Nebraska Christian College, Creighton University, and Grace University, and served on staff at CityCare Counseling in Omaha. His students often say that he is “excellent at getting students to relax and engage in class,” and that he “shares his years of experience with humor and relatability.”
Dr. Wendell Nelson
Dr. Wendell Nelson serves as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Christ Community Church in Omaha, Nebraska.
He is a Crown College alumni (class of 1977) and served on the Board of Trustees for Crown College from 2012-2020. Dr. Nelson has taught classes through Crown College online and in Omaha, as well as through the Christ Community Church Residency Program in Omaha.
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Students attend 1 in-person night class each week. Classes happen at the Porch from 6-9 pm. On online coursework has weekly deadlines with flexible classwork schedules. Onsite classes are limited to 20 students, maximizing relationships, and discipleship opportunities.