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Teachers for Grades 7-12th

Dr. Ken Riggs

-Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. Peabody College, Nashville, Tn; Curriculum and Instruction
  • M.Ed.; Middle TN State University, Murfreesboro, TN; Curriculum and Instruction
  • M.S., Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA; Guidance and Counseling
  • B.A., Welch College, Nashville, TN; Bible and Christian Education

-Educational Experience:

  • Bethany Christian School, Norfolk, VA, 1966-69
  • Welch College, Director of Teacher Education Department, 1971-1993; Adjunct Professor, 2011 - Present
  • Pleasant View Christian School, Pleasant View, TN, 2004 -2010
  • Adjunct Professor, Nashville State Community College, 1993 - 2003
  • Austin Peay State University; 2014
  • United Christian Academy, Dickson, TN, 2016 - Present

-Pastoral Experience

  • Interim Pastor; Free Will Baptist Churches in the Nashville area: Cofer's Chapel FWB; Cross Timbers FWB; East Nashville FWB; Richland FWB; Stony Point FWB; Sylvan Park FWB
  • Senior Pastor, West Meade Fellowship, Nashville, TN 1993 - 2003
  • Director of Adult Education, The Donelson Fellowship, Nashville, TN, 2004

-Presently Teaching at UCA

  • 7-12 Grade Bible
  • 7-8 Grade History
  • 9-12 Grade Personal Finances
  • 11-12 Grade Duel Enrollment Classes through Welch College with the following courses: Intro to Psych, Marriage and the Familly, and Life Span Psychology



Jo Williams

-Educational Background

  • University of Tennessee, Nashville Campus

-Educational Experience

  • English Teacher
  • Been at UCA since 1997

-Personal Life

  • Married over 52 years to Jimmy Williams
  • Active member of the United Free Will Baptist Church
  • Favorite scripture: Psalm 37:4-5


Karen Irwin

-Educational Background

  • B.S. ; California State University

-Educational Experience

  • Home schooled all three of her children
  • Involved in the opening of a Christian school in the church founded by her husband
  • Taught 4th grade for 7 years
  • Been at UCA since 2002
  • Teaches mainly in the areas of Junior and Senior high Science, Math, and Spanish

-Personal Life


  • Married to Eric Irwin; Eric was a Firefighter/Paramedic in Long Beach, CA; after he retired he became involved in Church Planting; he presently is pastor of a church he planted in Dickson, Calvary Chapel of Dickson
  • Three Children, two of whom are married; four grandchildren; all of their children actively serve the Lord
  • Enjoys Travelling domestically and abroad; recently led a group of their church members to Israel; plan to return to Israel in two years.



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