D.Min. Ministry Partners

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The McAfee Doctor of Ministry Degree challenges a person in ministry to seek his or her best in response to God's calling in Jesus Christ.

As part of the process of helping D.Min.students integrate theory and practice, classroom and church, and research and ministry, we partner with a variety of practitioners in specialized fields of ministry.  Competent and experienced ministers engage our students, alongside the student's Faculty Supervisor, as part of a "team" approach to enabling students to connect their own calling and gift set to the practice of ministry.

Our ministry partners serve as Ministry Coaches, Preaching Consultants, or Spiritual Directors and journey with students through semesters of reflection on calling, gift-set, and ministry context, working together with the Faculty Supervisor to help the student identify a potential project thesis.

Ministry partners covenant to :

  • Assist students toward identifying their own assets, the assets that exist in their places of ministry, and to identify a project thesis possibility.
  • Serve as good listeners and encouragers.
  • Assist students to appreciate their own gifts and calling.
  • Help their students to gain clarity on their ministry contexts.
  • Question, prompt, encourage, connect, and nudge.
  • Enable students toward personal and professional transformation.
  • Encourage accountability.

We partner with ministers, consultants, and spiritual directors from a wide variety of denominations. A few of our valuable partners are listed below.


Catherine Crosby. Catherine is a Spiritual Director, retreat leader and certified yoga instructor at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Sandy Springs, and also has a private practice. Catherine is co-founder of Neshama Interfaith Center which offers a variety of programs and series and partners with other organizations, including Atlantic Institute, Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, and Interfaith Community Initiatives. Catherine is a founding member of Compassionate Atlanta and continues to support the Charter for Compassion. A deep love and commitment is Catherine’s work with Unbound, a child sponsorship agency that currently sponsors more than 300,000 children, teens and elderly living in poverty in 21 countries. Unbound sponsors commit to walking a path into solidarity with those walking a path out of poverty through personalized benefits determined by each family. Catherine is currently Board Chair. Degrees include Master of Pastoral Studies, Master of Religious Education and Bachelor of Arts in Education. Certificates include Montessori Education, Hatha Yoga and Spiritual Direction. Catherine has been married to Francis Crosby for 43 years, is the mother of three grown children and delighted grandmother of two. 

Ron Grizzle. Dr. Ron Grizzle began his ministry as Director of the Center for Teaching Churches at McAfee in February, 2010. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Grizzle also holds the Master of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO, and the Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC. Prior to coming to McAfee, Grizzle served as pastor of churches in Missouri, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia. He and his wife Penny are the parents of three adult daughters: Amy, who is Minister of Adults at South Main Baptist Church, Houston, TX; Ashley, who serves at Wieuca Road Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA; and Audrey, who is a researcher with Children's Healthcare, Atlanta, GA. Ron and Penny are members of the First Baptist Church, Gainesville, GA.

James N. "Dock" Hollingsworth. Dr. Hollingsworth is Senior Pastor at Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to accepting the call as pastor, Dr. Hollingsworth was Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor of Leadership at Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology. He earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Mercer University and received his Master of Divinity degree from The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. Prior to his Mercer employment, Dr. Hollingsworth served churches in North Carolina and Georgia. He and his wife Melissa are the parents to adult twins, Haley and Brendan. Haley and her husband Chris Clement are parents to Dr. Hollingsworth’s only grandchild, Cooper.

Marian Monahan. Marian Monahan is a Spiritual Director and religious educator. She has a Certificate in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans (LIMEX) and has a Certificate in Spiritual Direction which she received after completing the RUAH program in May of 2002. She has also been trained as a Professional Life Coach through CTI, Coaches Training Institute.She is area coordinator for ISP, the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a Jesuit ministry that offers overnight retreats and days of reflection to homeless men and women in addiction recovery; she also serves as is a retreat director at Ignatius House Retreat Center in Atlanta and is currently on the Board.In addition, Marian is one of founders of the Neshama Interfaith Center, a nonprofit dedicated to peace building across religious traditions by providing opportunities to learn and dialogue in diverse settings.www.neshamainterfaithcenter.org Her husband, Bill, is a permanent Deacon, (ordained in CT in 1991) who serves at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta. They share Baptism preparation ministry there and are both involved in the night shelter and foot care ministry. They reside in Suwanee and have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.

Allen Proctor. Rev. Allen Proctor is the Assistant Director of the Haden Institute, a Spiritual Director and Presbyterian Minister living in Asheville NC.  His formal education includes Davidson College, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Union Seminary New York, Columbia Seminary and the Haden Institute for Spiritual Direction and Dream Leader Training. Throughout his ministry, he has enjoyed helping others with questions of identity, relationships, vocation and meaning, using dream work, the Enneagram, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, meditation practices and creation spirituality.

David Sapp. After beginning his career as a Christian ethicist, David Sapp has spent most of his career as a pastor. He served in the 1980s at the First Baptist Church of Chamblee, which he led in a decision to relocate and become what is today the John’s Creek Baptist Church. Then, after eight years as a pastor in Richmond, Virginia, he returned to Atlanta to spend the next thirteen years as senior pastor of the Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church of Atlanta, one of Georgia’s most historic congregations. He has been an adjunctive professor at several seminaries, including McAfee, and is keenly interested in theological education. In retirement, he is active as a writer, speaker, and minister at large.

MaryAnn "Mimi" Walker. Rev. Mimi Walker serves as Pastor of Druid Hills Baptist Church. She received her B.A. in Religious Studies from Florida State University (1978), Master of Arts in Religious Education (1982) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and is currently completing a Doctor of Theology degree from the Asia Baptist Graduate Theological Seminary. Her primary area of concentration is Pastoral Theology in a cross-cultural setting. Before coming to Atlanta she was Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Education at the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary in Baguio, Philippines.