A volunteer Board of Trustees from throughout the world govern African Christian College. The trustees set board policies and vision that guide the college, volunteer their time and expertise, and donate and fund raise for the future of the college. The board is actively engaged in its role and meets at least twice each year together.
Larry Carter, President-Emeritus
Larry, MS, was a successful business, civic, and church leader in Northwest Tennessee. In 2003 he and his wife, Susan, sold their business and moved to Swaziland where he served as CEO of Manzini Bible School and the first President of African Christian College. Larry and Susan were self-funded missionaries at the college through early 2013 bringing business and educational experience. Much of ACC’s growth occurred during the Carter’s tenure as president. Currently he serves as President-Emeritus of the college and remains actively involved.
Larry Harms, Chairperson
Larry has been an active supporter of ACC since 1996. Since 1973 Larry has been privileged to be involved in missions works on five continents and has served three congregations as deacon in charge of missions. Larry and his wife Paula are blessed to have two sons and four grandchildren. In 2015 Larry retired from ConocoPhillips as Principal Production Optimization Engineer after 38 years of service including assignments in Australia and Dubai. He has developed and conducted numerous training courses for hundreds of engineers, maintenance, and operations personnel. He is the author of numerous technical papers and a recognized industry leader in several technical areas. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Artificial Lift Research and Development Council. Larry and Paula now reside in Kerrville, TX and attend the Kerrville Church of Christ. Larry enjoys teaching Bible classes, leading small groups, singing, music, golf, pickleball and travel.
As a child, Henry was part of a missionary family to Nigeria (1953-1954) and Sierra Leone (1965-1966), West Africa. After earning MA degrees in Educational Leadership and Bible, he served as a teacher and administrator of two Christian schools in Birmingham, AL. Henry then served as a missionary to Nigeria from 1983 to 1991 at the Bible Training College in Onicha Ngwa, Abia State and at Nigerian Christian Bible College in Ukpom, Akwa Ibom State. He was appointed President of African Christian Schools Foundation (Nashville, TN) 1991-2007.
From 2008 to the present, he is Senior Producer – Africa at World Christian Broadcasting Corporation (Franklin, TN). He has served on the ACC Board since it began. After completing thirteen years as an elder at Hillsboro Church of Christ in Nashville, he stepped down to head Hillsboro missions. Henry and his wife, Jane, have three children and four grandchildren.
Kerry Lowery, Vice Chairman
Kerry is President of SupportMed, Inc., in Seattle, Washington and has deep experience in business, financial, and operations management. Kerry is a former elder and Bible teacher at the Montgomery Blvd. Church of Christ in Albuquerque, New Mexico and former trustee of Oklahoma Christian University. Kerry has made multiple trips to Swaziland and served as ACC Board Chairperson from 2012-2016.
Machona works with the Gospel Chariot Missions in Tshwane, South Africa and is a popular preacher, church planter, and leader in the churches of Christ in the Southern Africa. He has visited ACC multiple times and is an active recruiter and partner for ACC with churches throughout South Africa.
Jenene Marnach, Secretary
Jenene was a partner in a successful income tax preparation business in Newberg, Oregon, USA for 25 years. Her husband Jim was a third generation hazelnut grower. After retiring they made their first trip to African Christian College in October 2006 and they spent considerable time on campus in Swaziland through 2013. Jenene helped wherever she was needed, making curtains, painting, child care and hostessing, and more while Jim used his skills as a farmer and fabricator to help in the macadamia orchard and was a general contractor in the construction of several buildings. They continue to be very involved with ACC, Jenene serves as secretary of the Board.
Luke Mswane, MSc, MBA
Luke, MSc, MBA, has been employed by the Swaziland Electricity Company for over 35 years and currently serves as Head of Research and Development. He is currently one of the elders of the Fairview Church of Christ in Manzini, Swaziland and active as a well-respected community leader throughout the kingdom. His wife of 35 years, Thembie, live not too far from ACC and are blessed with five children and multiple grandchildren.
Biodun Owolabi, PhD
Biodun is currently President of West Nigeria Christian College & School of Biblical Studies in Abeokuta, Nigeria. He has studied theology in Nigeria and at Harding Graduate School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee, and has been a deacon and active church leader in churches of Christ in his home country. Biodun is fully dedicated to Christian education in Africa.
Joe has a long history of dedicated involvement with ACC. He operates several small businesses in the United States which brings experience in budgeting and operations. Joe is an active member and former elder at the Montgomery Blvd. Church of Christ in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
As retired CEO of Fleetwood Trucking, Mark is an experienced business operator. He has served as a deacon and elder in churches connected with ACC and has been heavily involved with the college since 1994.
David is a previous owner and President of Stewart Brothers Drilling in Grants, New Mexico and has applied his knowledge and skill in well drilling in several African countries. He has made several working visits to Swaziland, serves as an elder in his local congregation, and serves on the board of Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Texas.
Joy Lea Brazell, Founding Chairman
For over 17 years, J.L. served as the chief fund raiser and administrator for Manzini Bible School (MBS). He led the transition and re-organization to a Board of Trustees and served as its founding chairman when MBS became African Christian College. J.L. and his wife Lorene have made numerous trips to Swaziland and continue to serve as advisers and supporters of the college. He has served as a preacher and elder at multiple congregations and is currently an elder at the Southside Church of Christ in Lawrence, Kansas.
Ira Hill, PhD, Chairman Emeritus
Ira is a biochemist, inventor/entrepreneur and Co-Founder of WhiteHill Oral Technologies and WhiteHill Manufacturing with labs and factory near Houston, TX. His wife June is internationally well known among the churches as a trainer of Children’s Bible School Teachers. Ira previously served 23 years as a trustee for Abilene Christian University and 25 years as an elder of the church in New Jersey.
Ira and June came to the campus in 2004 to teach a semester, fell in love with the students and the school, and served as self-funded missionaries, each teaching a semester a year for a decade. Between trips, Ira and June traveled across the USA raising funds for the growing institution. During those years, Ira helped ACC become a degree granting college, organized its transition to a trustee system in 2007, and served as its Chairman until his retirement from the Board in 2014.
Phil Cheves, Secretary
Phil handles all the legal matters for ACC and is an attorney practicing in New Mexico. He is a member of the Alumni Board of Abilene Christian University (Abilene, Texas) and an elder at the Montgomery Blvd Church of Christ in Albuquerque, New Mexico.