History

PCC graduates and students use their training in remarkable ways. Read about how God is using them in their field of study.

PCC’s history major equips students with a biblical perspective to see God’s sovereignty in history and to wisely evaluate current events. Graduates are prepared to confidently serve in a variety of fields, including law, education, archeology, historical research, and museum preservation.

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Ginger Morgan ’02

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  • Counterterrorism, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) (Tampa, FL)

“I work with counterterrorism for United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Because CENTCOM covers Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, my daily activities involve monitoring databases and chat rooms. I deal with current historical events in the Middle East, studying Middle Eastern history and aspects of the Muslim religion to better understand the problem in my area of responsibility.

“The history degree at PCC gave me the skills needed to accomplish my job, skills such as writing, analyzing information, and researching. History helps me to understand the past to be better able to plan for future events.”

Kris McWilliams ’97
  • M.S. in Educational Administration: Pensacola Christian College
  • Vice Principal and High School Supervisor, Temple Baptist School (Herndon, VA)

“My daily responsibilities include teaching World History, American History, and physical education. I love the fact that I get to teach history from a Christian perspective and see God’s hand throughout history.

“My bachelor’s degree in History Education with a second teaching field in physical education helped prepare me to teach both subjects on the secondary level, while my master’s degree in Educational Administration helped prepare me for the administrative responsibilities that I have at our school.”

Zachery Michael ’15

Zachery Michael

“One of the greatest callings in life is a career in public service,” said alumnus Zach Michael. “That is something my grandfather taught when he ran for office over 20 years ago.” At the age of eight, Michael had an early introduction to politics when his grandfather ran for office in Cheraw, South Carolina.

His grandfather’s political stint piqued his own interest, and soon Michael found himself following in his grandfather’s footsteps. Throughout college, he spent two years as Chief Justice Roy Moore’s spokesperson and personal aide, conducting interviews with networks like ABC News and CNN. “Working for a legal and constitutional scholar like Judge Moore, I learned much about his experience as ‘America’s Ten Commandments Judge’ and his zeal to stand up for religious liberty,” Michael said.

Michael also quickly learned that politics is not about power or prestige. He saw the opposite—long hours, thankless tasks, and seemingly endless meetings. Still, he wanted to be part of something greater than himself, something that mattered. “Policy influences every aspect of our lives: what we eat, the medications we take, the cars we drive, the roads we take, the things we buy, and so on,” he said. “Why not be a part of the process?”

My prayer is to live a life of service and to help others. Politics is the arena in which I can do that.

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While earning his degree in interdisciplinary studies with a cognate in history at PCC, Michael remained heavily involved in politics. By the time he graduated in 2015, he had already worked nearly two dozen political campaigns, including those of Florida Governor Rick Scott, several congressmen, and state-elected officials. “PCC’s high academic standards instilled persistence in me,” he said. “No matter what was taught or what class I took, there was always a spiritual application or take-away. This has profoundly influenced my decision-making process throughout my career.”

Following his graduation, Michael spent over a year working as the principal aide and advisor to Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward. Then he started working as a Florida regional director, campaigning for the Republican presidential nominee.

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Once Donald J. Trump was elected president, Michael accepted the position of National Mall Lead with the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee in Washington. “As an event coordinator, I was charged with all public events along the national mall on inauguration day,” he said. “Those duties included organizing and managing volunteers, coordinating and delegating job duties, and establishing and implementing a plan for inaugural day activities.”

In Washington one can easily be influenced, so it is incredibly important to stay focused in the mission and to be a positive example.

Most recently, the Trump administration appointed Michael to the position Deputy Director of Speechwriting in the Office of the Secretary within the Department of Commerce. He wrote the first speech given by anyone in the Trump administration on the continent of Africa. “Having traveled to Africa on four occasions through mission work, I have a close connection with the continent. The U.S. is looking to expand exports to Africa within the next couple of years, and it was neat to play a small role in that policy position.”

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Only a small number of the some 1,000 appointees are asked to help advance domestic and international travel for President Trump and Vice President Pence. “I’ve been fortunate to be a part of that program on several occasions,” Michael said.

For Michael, the most rewarding aspect of working in politics is “helping others reach their God-given potential.”

I am often reminded of the quote, ‘Leadership is made for service.’ In order to be an effective leader, one must be willing to serve.

Sarah Stockman ’07
  • M.A. in Bible Exposition: Pensacola Theological Seminary
  • Membership Assistant, Home School Legal Defense Association (Purcellville, VA)

“I work in our membership department, taking phone calls from members, processing memberships, traveling to homeschool conferences to represent HSLDA, and assisting with special interoffice projects. I enjoy interacting with homeschooling families and having a small part in protecting the freedom to homeschool without excessive government intervention.”

“The most valuable thing to me about PCC is the Christ-centered focus of the faculty and course work. There are many places where students can learn the ‘how to’ of their field, but there are not many places where students are taught and encouraged to incorporate their Christian faith into their careers and lives.”

Jason Kellhofer ’98

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  • Juris Doctorate: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Lawyer/Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

“As a Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice’s National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section (DOJ NSD/CTS), I assist in the investigation and prosecution of those involved in terrorist-related criminal activity. This entails advising the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and then collaborating with other members of the U.S. intelligence community regarding highly classified investigations. This position requires a great amount of travel, both domestic and internationally.

“Although I had intended to go straight to law school after college, an unexpected opportunity to teach 5th and 6th grade Bible and English at Grace Christian Academy in Taipei, Taiwan, presented itself. This was an opportunity to not only broaden my horizons and earn some money before law school, but an opportunity to put into practice and pass on many of the principles I learned at PCC. After an amazing year in Taiwan, I submitted applications to a few law schools and was accepted into Cleveland State University with a full-tuition scholarship based on my academics and life experiences. I graduated from law school a semester early and with Magna Cum Laude honors.

“As a freshman, during the first day of my first History class, Dr. John Reese defined history as an account of the relationship between God and man. It was this type of perspective that defined my PCC experience and this type of perspective that took shape in all I did. PCC provided me an excellent education: my history major taught me to look to the details of the past and to apply these lessons to the future, and my classes as an English minor taught me foundational skills in communicating. Nonetheless, the most important thing I learned was perspective—to put God in the center and let the rest radiate from there.”

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