DR. MICHAEL B. KNIGHT
President & Founder
COVENANT COMMUNITY CHURCH, Madisonville, KY
Senior/Lead Pastor, Feb 2000 - Present
Provide leadership for the direction of 1300 people
Plan vision and oversight of 34 employees
Lead an Executive Team in strategic direction and
implementation of our values, visions and mission.
Fund raise and manage a budget of 1.5 million dollars annually.
Oversight of six million dollars in property that sets on five acres.
Development and oversight of over 300 volunteers
Oversight of three additional businesses owned and operated by CCC, Fun of Kids, Covenant Capital, Waumba Land Day Care, Cups Coffee bar and
The Promise Book Store. Oversees and implements the pastoral development of over two thousand pastors who come for CCC trainings events, etc.,
Corporate Board/Secretary Treasure, Jan 2014 - Present
Largest pastors network in the world. Started by the late Bill Bright (Campus Crusade for Christ) and Dr. James O. Davis. Serves over 1500 denominations and networks and nearly 500,000 pastors. Help develop The Global Learning Center which has over 50,000 subscribing church leaders/pastors. Eighty percent of all lecturers hold an earned doctorate degree. Dr. Elmer Towns is currently the Dean.
Travel extensively around the world with Dr. Davis in the training of indigenous leadership throughout most continents. Serve and implement planning for the North American Synergize Summit every two years. Thousands of pastors attend this three day event for training. Serve and planned the 500 Year Martin Luther Anniversary Summit in Germany in 2017.
Founder and President of The Never Before Project, Aug 1991 - Present
Lead the implementation of values, vision, and mission in the NBP organization which exists to network and develop international leaders of the young and those that are young leaders in development. "To propel a Global Network of leaders for the fulfillment of the Great Commons amongst adolescence."
Lead the development of a international network of leaders who work with the young
Lead the development of an international network of young men and women for leadership development. Direct the vision and implementation of four distinct divisions of NBP, Intellect, Leadership, Compassion and Reform through Media Communication; Leadership Development; Resource Development; Movement Making and Mission Activity. Fund raises and directs a trip-state outreach to over four hundred families existing with the HIV/AIDS virus through the Tri-State HIV/AIDS Foundation raising over 20k annually for 400 individuals during the Christmas holiday.
Currently navigating the creation of a new science of Pentecostal/Charismatic Adolescents (PCA) and leading the first ever national scientific survey of this theological group. Created and leads the development of The Global Coaching Network. This network exists to train/coach leaders on a global scale.
LEE UNIVERSITY, Cleveland, TN
BS in Christian Education with a professional sequence in Physiology, May 1985
Developed the Youth Pastor's Association for Lee University
Was awarded Outstanding Young Man of the Year
CHURCH OF GOD SEMINARY, Cleveland, TN, TN
Masters in Divinity, Aug 1992 - May 1995
REGENT UNIVERSITY, Virginia Beach, Virginia, VA
Doctorate in Strategic Leadership, Aug 2005 - May 2010
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, Birmingham, England
PhD The School of Theology and Religion
I am a student for the PhD program within the Center for Pentecostal/Charismatic Studies. Research is directed towards Spirit-filled adolescents and Futurist perspectives.
Recently finalized the first scientific research project directed toward Pentecostal/Charismatic adolescents throughout North America, between the ages of 15-28. Currently over 2000 students have completed the research survey.
This research is directed in looking at a specific segment of conservative adolescents and asking the question are they more conservative than the average conservative adolescents. This may give new insights into the landmark studies of The National Youth and Religion Survey which surveyed thousands of adolescents in North America.
Chad Lainhart and his wife Alison have been youth pastors at LifeChurch in Richmond, Kentucky for 13 years, and recently becoming Lead Pastor at LifeChurch in early 2019. Chad and Alison have three kids, Mackenzie, Jayden, and Kaydence. Chad is an ordained minister in the Church of God. He is currently the chairmen of the Kentucky Church of God State Youth and Discipleship Board, also serving as the Chairmen of RACE, a ministry of the Never Before Project, that networks youth ministries together to ignite a global revival. Chad is a third-generation preacher that knows his calling is to raise daughters and sons to become mothers and fathers.
For more information about RACE, click here.
DR. BLAYNE WALTRIP
Vice President of Education
Dr. Blayne Waltrip and his wife, Angie, served as missionaries for several years in Europe and
are now allocated as global missionary educators. In Europe, the Waltrips worked with
church planting, youth ministry, evangelism and ministerial development in France and
taught at the European Theological Seminary in Germany. In 2011, Dr. Waltrip taught
one year as “Missionary-in-Residence” at Lee University. He also finished his Ph.D. in
Intercultural Studies that year at Fuller Theological Seminary. They have a beautiful
thirteen-year-old daughter, Noëlle.
Dr. Waltrip is currently Assistant Professor of Global Mission and Church Development
on special contract at the Pentecostal Theological Seminary and teaches online for Lee
University. With the main focus of missions, they teach and train around the world
as global missionary educators. They teach the next generation at several Bible schools
and seminaries, including SEMISUD (South American Seminary) in Ecuador, ASCM
(Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries) in the Philippines, ETS (European Theological
Seminary) in Germany and several other mission schools. In addition, Dr. Waltrip trains pastors, leaders, missionaries and church planters in churches, seminars and conferences. He is also involved in various mission projects, such ashelping leaders launch new schools of ministry in Australia, Ireland, Scotland and throughout Europe, launching the Asia-Pacific School of Mission to train missionaries for
Asia in three nations, and partnering with CTM in Brazil and SEBIMA in Argentina to
launch a certificate to train Latin American missionary church planters to reach the global
harvest. Dr. Waltrip speaks French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
DANIEL J. ROBERTS
Technology Director/Executive Administrator
Daniel J. Roberts has served in music and media ministry since he was 10 years old at Life Church in Richmond, Kentucky. Having experienced the upbringing of a technology era, “DJ” has credited himself with the resume of a self-taught musician, successful business owner/developer, and media consultant - having published and maintained the technical aspects of websites - ranging from personal to church & different forms of outreach; as well as graphic designs for various organizations. DJ is currently residing in Madisonville, KY., working closely with Dr. Michael B. Knight, equipping leaders in a global movement titled Lethal Faith!
Exec. VP of Youth Ministry
We are excited to have Warren Beemer on our team! Check back later for a bio!
VP Social Media Communications
Micah Lainhart is 24 years old and serves as a Staff Pastor in Bardstown, Kentucky at Bardstown Church of God, where he administers team leaders and ministries. He holds credentials in the Church of God. Serving as the First Assistant to the RACE ministry – a movement that impacts hundreds of students and young adults each month. He also manages social media accounts and oversees website production for many successful ministries. Micah is a huge basketball fan and cheers on the Men’s Kentucky Wildcats and LeBron James.
VP of Youth Pastors Network Channel
Blake is 30 years old and works for a major telecommunications company in Madisonville, KY. He is also a volunteer for Covenant Community Church with the junior high students and is a deacon also. Blake has a desire to train and teach people to flourish in the gifts that God has given them. Blake loves to spend time with his beautiful family that includes his wife Lindsey and his two children Charlie and Maisie. In his free-time he love to get outdoors and go fishing.
We are excited to have Tammy Underwood on our team! Check back later for a bio!