Sabbatical Speakers

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Carl Frost

Carl Frost

The Revolution


Carl Frost has been serving in full time campus ministry at Ball State University for over 13 years. Carl grew up in Bloomington IL, but began attending Ball State University in 1999 where he received a degree in Television Production. It was during his Freshman year at Ball State that Carl decided to start a relationship with Jesus. Carl married his wife Carolyn in 2006 and they have three children Lincoln (8), Lily (5), and Wilson (2). Carl is passionate about helping young people encounter Jesus. When not doing ministry Carl enjoys watching the NBA, playing basketball, and moonlighting as an amateur stand up comedian.

David Fitch

Dr. David Fitch

Northern Seminary


David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He is also the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community, a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. He coaches a network of church plants in the C&MA linked to Life on the Vine. He writes on the issues the local church must face in Mission including cultural engagement, leadership and theology and has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings and conferences. David’s education includes B.A. Wheaton College, M.A. Northern Baptist Seminary and Ph.D. Northwestern University.

Dorica Watson

Dorica Watson

Second Harvest


Dorica Young Watson is manager of community engagement at Second Harvest Food Bank and leads the Circles® initiative that helps highly motivated people move from surviving to thriving. The initiative has met at First Baptist Church for most of the past 11 years.

Dorica works with people in poverty and their intentional friends and accountability partners from middle income who help them in their journeys to build resources and become self-sufficient. In addition, she is a national trainer for Circles, helping many other communities in the same work and speaking locally in a variety of settings. She is especially passionate about encouraging people to build relationships with others.

Dorica, a Muncie native, holds a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from Ball State University and serves on the Social Work Advisory Committee there. She is active in a number of community organizations, including Hearts and Hands, one of the summer service projects FBC members can do to help kids get ready to go back to school. When she is not busy in the community, she enjoys her husband, her three children, extended family and friends.

Dorica is a member of and has had several leadership positions at Church of the Living God in Muncie.

Jim Sandberg

Jim Sandberg

Tabor Baptist Church


Jim Sandberg has served the Church in pastoral ministry for 33 years, the last 25 of which have been at Tabor Church in southern Delaware County, Indiana. His passion is to teach and preach the Word of God so that the good news of Jesus Christ is clear and compelling. He has been married to Jennifer for 36 years; they have four grown children and four grandchildren. He loves fixing things, building things, and anything automotive.

Josh Holowell

Josh Holowell

City Hope Fellowship


Josh is a church planter in Muncie, starting City Hope Fellowship in the downtown area. He graduated from Ball State in 2009 with a degree in Architecture and will complete his Masters in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2017. Josh lives in downtown Muncie with his wife Whitney and their three children, Tyko, Finnigan, and Amelia. He loves to read, play board games, hang out with friends, and wear bright colors.

Neil Kring

Neil Kring

The Revolution


Neil has been in campus ministry at Ball State since the early 90’s. He is one of the pastors of the Revolution - a campus-focused church reaching Ball State and the community of Muncie. He and his wife Kelly have five children, two of whom are attending Ball State and the others are at Burris. He enjoys fitness, biking, meeting new people, and reading.

Robert Scaife

Pastor Robert Scaife

Union Missionary Baptist Church


Pastor Robert D. Scaife was licensed to preach the Gospel of Christ in October 1995 and then ordained June of 2005, under his mentor, teacher and Father in the Ministry, Pastor W. J. Jackson, Sr., at Union Missionary Baptist Church. Under Pastor Jackson’s leadership, Reverend Scaife served as leader of the Men’s Ministry and continues to give leadership to the Minister’s Classes (with a special focus on sermon preparation and leadership).

In September 2015, Pastor Jackson retired and became Pastor Emeritus of Union. On March 19, 2016 Reverend Robert D. Scaife, called by God, was voted to lead God’s people as the Pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Pastor Rob also served our community as a Detective with the City of Muncie Police Department (Until June 10, 2016 when he resigned to focus on ministry at Union) and led the task force that focuses on gang activity. As a result of his servant leadership and excellent character, Pastor Rob was awarded the Herman Freed Integrity, Loyalty, Ethics and Attitude Award in 2005, Investigator of the Year Award in 2010, Muncie Black Expo President’s Award for Community Service in 2014, and the “Champions for Kids – Civic Volunteer” Award from Prevent Child Abuse, with his wife, in April 2015.

Pastor Rob studied at Florida College and Ball State University and plans to further his education in biblical studies.

Wilisha Scaife

Minister Wilisha Scaife

Union Missionary Baptist Church


Wilisha Scaife is a passionate woman of God who describes herself as a Believer, dreamer, and life-long learner. She has been married to Robert Scaife for 23 years (June) and is the proud mother of 3 (Jauwan 25; Jayla 19; and Jasiah 12).

Wilisha earned her BS in Organizational Leadership from Anderson University and her MA in Executive Development for Public Service (special focus in adult and community education and family engagement), from Ball State University. She is currently employed at Ball State University, in the Elementary Education Department, as an instructor and a the Family-Community Engagement Liaison and Program Coordinator.

Along with her service as a child, family, and community advocate, Wilisha is a licensed minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She assists in preaching and teaching at Union Missionary Baptist Church where her husband, Robert, is the senior pastor. Wilisha has also presented at numerous conferences and professional forums nation-wide.

Wilisha enjoys spending time with her family, especially taking long walks on summer evenings. You will find her supporting her children, in their many academic and extracurricular activities, cooking, and entertaining family and friends in her home. Wilisha’s greatest desire is to live (and help others to live) a life that brings pleasure and glory to God!!! Phil. 2:13 (ESV)