Dr. Michael Hernandez serves as the Director of Spirit and Life Seminary and the Director of Accredited Ministry Development for the International Offices 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
Dr. Michael Plumley serves as Accreditation and Assessment Coordinator at Spirit and Life Seminary. He 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 an 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 a 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 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, Current
Albert Murza is Spirit and Life Seminary’s Admissions and Media Manager. In this role, Albert manages the admissions process for all new applicants and assists with marketing and media management. 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 are currently attending the Pentecostal Theological Seminary where Albert is pursuing the Master of Divinity degree. Albert likes to watch movies and travel with his wife Kristen.
Certificate, Church Ministry, European Theological Seminary, 2017
M.Div., Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Current