ACMin Leadership Staff

Marcia Wilbur – President

A founding Trustee of the Athens College of Ministry, Marcia currently serves as the head of the college. She holds an A.B. from the University of Michigan, an M.A.C.T. from Michigan State University in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Education. During her career in education, she spent 25 years as an instructional leader in secondary and post-secondary settings and leading workshops and seminars across the country on topics related to instructional pedagogy. More recently she worked for 8 years as the Executive Director of Curriculum Development for the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. God called Marcia, her husband Rick, and their 4 children to Athens in 1999. He then called Marcia and the inaugural Board of Trustees to begin laying the foundations for ACMin in 2009. Marcia is passionate about teaching all believers how to live completely and obediently surrendered to Christ, how to develop a closer relationship with the Lord through effective prayer and Bible study, and how each of us is called to use our God-given gifts purposefully for the advancement and glory of His kingdom through prayer, worship, and service. Email Marcia at: mwilbur@acmin.edu.

Jesse Coyne – Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Jesse Coyne completed his undergraduate degree in Biology at UGA and was actively involved in the Baptist Student Union. He has subsequently served through Young Life, Northpoint Community Church, and several local congregations. Jesse began seminary at the Atlanta extension of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary before moving to New Orleans to complete an MA in Biblical Studies and eventually a Ph.D. in New Testament. Jesse entered seminary to prepare for campus ministry, but he quickly fell in love with the academic study of the Bible. He is passionate about helping others read and fall in love with the biblical text so that it can transform their hearts and minds to better love God and neighbor. Jesse brings to ACMin a wealth of teaching experience from New Orleans Baptist Seminary and Mercer University. Jesse, his wife Stephanie, and their two children live in Norcross, GA, where Stephanie is a chaplain at Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta. Email Jesse at: jcoyne@acmin.edu.

Kurt Genteman – Undergraduate Program Chair & Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Kurt Genteman received the degree of Bachelor of Science in Finance in 1969 from the University of Illinois. After serving three years as an officer in the United States Navy, he worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as Assistant General Auditor. From Georgia State University, he earned a Masters of Business Administration in 1977 and in 1979 a Masters of Professional Accountancy. In 1980 he successfully completed the Executive Development Program at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee. Subsequently he was the General Auditor for a major Atlanta bank. in 1995 Kurt and his wife pioneered Vine Life Ministries in Athens which led him to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kurt and his wife, Laurel, have three grown children and seven grandchildren. Email Kurt at: kgenteman@acmin.edu.

Todd Gaddis – Graduate Program Chair

A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Dr. Todd Gaddis earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kentucky, a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. After serving 30 years as a senior pastor, Todd relocated to Athens in the summer of 2020, bringing with him a wealth of corporate, education and ministry experience. Community involvement has always been near and dear to his heart, as he has served everywhere from football chaplain to nonprofit boards. Always a lover of missions, he has made international journeys to India, Africa, Russia and Australia- as well as leading stateside teams to Ohio and Appalachia. Todd has also expanded his ministry through writing, authoring 13 books and countless articles and blogs. He and his wife Charlene, a teacher, enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking/walking and movies. They have two married daughters and two grandchildren. You can learn more about his work at toddgaddis.com. Email Todd at: tgaddis@acmin.edu.

Alex Fields – Director of Outreach & Student Affairs

Alex holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Georgia and a Master’s Certificate in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University. Before starting as Director of Outreach, Alex worked in sales with Fortune 500 companies like State Farm and Ford. Alex is a member of Living Hope Church and currently serves as one of the leaders of their Mission Team. He is passionate about God’s mission to see every nation come to know and worship Jesus and is committed to helping students and the larger Body of Christ discover their role in the Great Commission. Alex was recently married to his wonderful wife, Anna, and in their free time they enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing sports and being in the outdoors, traveling and reading. Email Alex at: afields@acmin.edu.

Amy Alred – Library Specialist

Amy Kathlyn Alred holds a Master of Library & Information Science degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in both English and Legal Studies from the University of Louisiana Monroe. She also holds a teaching certification in English with ten years of teaching experience. Amy served as a public library director for two years where she enjoyed providing others with programming that enriched their lives and empowered them to set and reach personal goals. Through Amy’s stewardship of the ACMin library and its materials, she continues her efforts to provide students with easy access to the information and skills they need to further the Kingdom of God. Amy attends Church at Winder in Bethlehem, Georgia, where she is a part of the production team and assists with Food Pantry donations. Email Amy at: aalred@acmin.edu.

Cynthia Berry – Financial Manager

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and has served in the military for 18 years. She currently works part-time with the Georgia Army National Guard as a Logistics Officer. God called Cynthia to the Athens area in 2019. She is a member of Normaltown Community Church. Cynthia is passionate about prayer, Bible study, worship, and serving others all for the glory of God. She is married to Chris, and they have four children. Email Cynthia at: cberry@acmin.edu.

Dee Pesaresi – Director of the Prayer Ministry Center

Mrs. Dee Pesaresi began prayer ministry training in 2005 at Shiloh Place Ministries with Jack Frost. From there she completed instructor certification training with Elijah House Ministries. She has received additional prayer ministry training with other methods such as Sozo and Restoring the Foundations. and is trained to lead Ultimate Journey groups. Dee teaches Elijah House and Effective Prayer Ministry Tools courses at ACMin. She has also written and taught a number of curricula such as Healing Shame and Walking in Sonship. Dee is responsible for directing the ACMin team of Prayer Ministers, leads many Prayer Ministry sessions, and has been a key leader in the inception of ACMin’s Wholeness Care Project. She and her husband, Victor, reside in Hoschton. They have 3 sons and 3 grandchildren. Email Dee at: dpesaresi@acmin.edu.

 

Paula Riobo – Director of Lifelong Ministry

Paula Riobo is a graduate of Georgia School of Ministry and has held her ministerial credentials through the Assemblies of God since 2012. She is internationally certified through City and Guilds in London in areas of Training and Development, Front Line Management, and Quality Assessment and Assurance. Through more than 30 years of non-profit work, she has spent much of her career developing and delivering all levels of training for adult learning. For ten years she worked with community leaders in all 159 counties throughout the state of Georgia developing community strategic planning and evaluation. She is the author of several books including Mentoring a New Generation for Christ, Accountable Leadership, Holding Hands and Praying Through and her most recent work, Battle Principles. Paula is passionate about teaching and discipleship in the Body of Christ and has led women’s ministries, Bible study groups and many ministry events. A homeschool mom since 2005, Paula and her family volunteer for Thumbs Up, a ministry offering retreats for families walking through cancer. Email Paula at: priobo@acmin.edu.