Our Staff

Dr. Michael Hernandez

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The Director of Accredited Ministry Development and the President of Spirit & Life Seminary

Dr. Michael Hernandez serves as the Director of Accredited Ministry Development for the International Offices of the Church of God of Prophecy. He also serves as the President of Spirit and Life Seminary, an institution of the Church of God of Prophecy.

He previously served as the World Language Coordinator, managing the translation of the White Wing Messenger, Sunday School material, and the publications and correspondence of the International Offices. He also served on the Assembly Task Force, coordinating the simultaneous interpretation of the International Assembly in Spanish, French, and Russian.

Prior to working at the International offices, Dr. Hernandez was the director for a mental health center with locations in Cleveland and Athens, TN that provided therapy, case management, and medication management services to children, teenagers, and adults. He has experience working in inpatient mental health, substance abuse, and geriatric units, as well as intensive outpatient mental health and substance abuse units, and providing in-home therapy services and counseling in church settings.

Dr. Hernandez is an ordained bishop, a state-licensed and national certified counselor, and has served the body of Christ on staff as a worship leader and associate pastor. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Lee University, a Master of Divinity from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Dr. Hernandez was raised in a pastoral home. His parents were called to plant Spanish-speaking and English-speaking churches in California and Hawaii. This experience contributed to his passion for the church and to bless families through the ministry of counseling. He enjoys teaching, reading, and playing guitar. His wife Kara is also trained as a counselor and is an elementary school teacher. They are members at Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy.

B. A. Psychology, University of Hawaii at Hilo, 2005
M. S. Mental Health Counseling, Lee University, 2007
M. Div., Pentecostal Theological Seminary. 2010
D. Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2019


Albert Murza

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Endorsement Liaison for Accredited Ministry Development & Academic Dean for Spirit & Life Seminary

Albert Murza is Registrar and Media Manager at Accredited Ministry Development and Spirit and Life Seminary. Albert grew up in Moscow, Russia, and is the oldest of five siblings. Albert’s father is the national overseer of Russia for the Church of God of Prophecy. At the age of 16, his mother passed away from cancer. He reports that it was a tough time for his family, but “it made us stronger, and we became even closer”.

He attended European Theological Seminary in Kniebis, Germany where he majored in Church Ministry with an emphasis in Christian Education and a minor in Counseling. During his time in Germany, he met his wife Kristen and they were married in 2016. After getting married, they moved to Cleveland, TN where they became members of Peerless Road Church. Albert has been serving in local church youth ministries since the age of 17. In the Spring of 2019, he and Kristen became the youth pastors for Spring Place Church of God of Prophecy in Cleveland, TN.

Albert and Kristen believe that God will eventually call them back to Europe as missionaries, so they have decided that they should focus on education as an essential part of preparation. They both graduated from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary where Albert pursued a Master of Divinity degree. Albert likes to watch movies, build Legos and travel with his wife Kristen.

Certificate, Church Ministry, European Theological Seminary, 2017
M.Div., Pentecostal Theological Seminary, 2022


Dr. Michael Plumley

Associate Dean for Accreditation and Assessment

Dr. Michael Plumley joined the Leadership Development and Discipleship ministries in the fall of 2017 working in Accredited Ministry Development in the area of Assessment and Accreditation after more than forty years as a veteran educator.  In addition to his years in the public schools of Georgia and Tennessee, he has also served as adjunct instructor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the Director of Planning and Accountability in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), and for a short time was Assistant Professor of Education at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dr. Plumley has served as consultant for accreditation at Ole Miss, West Texas A & M University, and at William Carey University. He has served on the Accreditation Council for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and on the Accreditation Council for the Council for Accreditation of Professional Educators (CAEP) in Washington, D. C.

He holds an Associate Degree in Elementary Education from Tomlinson College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Lee University, a Masters of Education in Administration/ Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Plumley has been a member of the Church of God of Prophecy for over fifty years and currently serves the Peerless Road Church on the Finance and Administrative committee. He has acknowledged a call to ministry and is pursuing licensure in the Church of God of Prophecy.

A. S. Elementary Education, Tomlinson College, 1975
B. S. Education, Lee University, 1977
M. E. Administration Supervision, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1989
D. Ed. Educational Leadership, Trevecca Nazarene University, 2002


Katherine Osborn

BUSINESS OFFICE MANAGER

Katherine first came to work at the International Offices while attending Tomlinson and Lee Colleges. She returned, almost 30 years later in 2009, to work as a bilingual secretary for the Center for Biblical Leadership. Her focus on the partnership between the Church of God of Prophecy and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary prepared her for her current responsibilities as Admissions and Academic Advisor for Accredited Ministry Development ministries.

She has been passionate about education and training since becoming a Christian at the age of 15. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education in Oregon. In 2008, Katherine made the leap of faith to go back to school to work on her Master’s Degree in Religion with Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and graduated magna cum laude in 2016.

She has worked as a public-school teacher, substitute teacher, and adult educator. Before coming to Cleveland, she was an administrator at a small Christian school in Texas for 10 years.

Her desire is to see God’s people equipped for service in His kingdom.

A. A. Education, Tomlinson College, 1979
B. A. Secondary Spanish, Western Oregon University, 1983
M. A. Religion, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2016
D. Min., Western Theological Seminary, 2022


Steven Hodge

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ADMISSIONS & MARKETING MANAGER

Steven Hodge is the Admissions and Marketing Manager for Spirit and Life Seminary. Steven manages the admissions process for all new applicants to the certificate program. Steven also assists with the promotion and marketing strategies of SLS initiatives and the development of global cohorts.

Steven grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and is the youngest of 5 children. Steven is bilingual and served as a lay minister at the Elizabeth Spanish Church of God of Prophecy where Steven had been an instructor for his church’s bible institute as well as the event coordinator. Steven also served the Spanish Northeast Region as the assistant chief of operations for the Spanish Northeast Region Children’s Camp since 2012. He previously served his local church as the youth pastor.

Steven earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Seton Hall University. Steven enjoys music and has played in orchestras and jazz bands. He states that his personal goal is to “continue serving and continue learning. I serve God by serving others, no matter if it’s through pastoral ministry, an educational role, or in the community. A personal motto of mine is ‘Always be learning.’ God has given us the ability to learn and I plan on using it.”

B.A. Social and Behavioral Science, Seton Hall University, 2019
MTS Pentecostal Theology, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, In Progress

Debbie Freeman

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REGISTRAR & STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR

Debbie served as an academic advisor and music instructor at Tomlinson College from 1987 to 1992.  She then taught music in Bradley County Schools before marrying her husband Dennis and moving to Alabama, where she served as an academic advisor at Calhoun Community College. 

Debbie later moved to metro-Atlanta and taught music and special education students in Gwinnett County Public Schools for nearly 20 years.  She loves to play piano and has enjoyed working with several church choirs on her journey back to Cleveland, Tennessee, where she is excited to serve in a new role as registrar at Spirit and Life Seminary. 

A.S. Music, Tomlinson College, 1983 
B.M.E. Bachelors in Music Education, Lee University, 1985 
M.S. in Music Education, Radford University, 1986 


Gayla Cassidy Brewer

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DIRECTOR OF LIBRARY SERVICES

Mrs. Brewer serves as Director of Library Services for the Spirit and Life Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee. In addition, she serves as Director of Library Services for the Chattanooga College: Medical, Dental, & Technical Careers. Her career spans over 30 years and includes the roles of faculty member, instructor, consultant, director of technical services library division, assistant director, director of library services at three colleges (located in Cleveland, TN; Charlotte, N.C.; & Chattanooga, TN), head of circulation department, Interlibrary loan librarian, reference librarian, original cataloger, resource room coordinator, branch manager of rural county public library, community development librarian and branch services librarian.

Mrs. Brewer received her Bachelor’s degree from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1985) with a major in Psychology and minor in Library; her Master’s degree from University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1988) in Library Science; and her 6th Year Specialist degree from the Florida State University (2006) in Library and Information Studies.

She has held membership in numerous local, state and national organizations including Optimist Club; Kiwanis; Civitan; Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, Inc.; the Dade County (Georgia) Chamber of Commerce, board of directors and ambassador; the Walker County (Georgia) Chamber of Commerce member and Leadership Institute graduate; American Library Association; Association of College and Research Libraries; Tennessee Library Association; Tenn-Share; Chattanooga Area Library Association; Georgia Library Association, Georgia OCLC/SOLINET Users Group, Public Library Association, Family Connections, Adult Literacy committees in Dade County (Georgia) and Walker County (Georgia). She served as volunteer librarian for the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park – CHCH Library from August 2011 to June 2018.

Mrs. Brewer has written several successful grants for the Chattanooga College Medical, Dental & Technical Careers, Inc. in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Cherokee Regional Library System in La Fayette, Georgia.  The grants were awarded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund HEERF I, HEERF II, HEERF III – American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, American Library Association/National Endowment for the Humanities Big Read; Joshua’s Law Grant (Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety); Mini-Grants to Support Summer Reading Club Programs; Lois Lenski Covey Foundation; Millennium Project for Public Libraries We the People Bookshelf (NEH), Awarded 2003 Walker County Alliance for Literacy / Certified Literate Community Program grant to purchase Accelerated Reader materials for three public libraries.

Mrs. Brewer attributes her success to her Christian faith, life-long learning, mentors, motivation, drive, and vision of a desired path.  She recognizes that prayer and support from family and friends make anything possible.

Mrs. Brewer is married to Ray N. Brewer of Chattanooga, Tennessee and is primary caregiver to her mother Martha Cassidy.

Specialist in Library and Information Science, from Florida State University in 2006

M.S in Library Science, from University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1988

B.S. in Psychology, from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1985

A.S. in General Studies, from Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, TN in 1983