Dr. Joe Lightner has a distinguished background of pastoring growing churches and serving as an executive leader in parachurch ministries.  Dr. Lightner holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry degree from Liberty University and will complete another doctorate in biblical ministries from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He also has a Bachelor of Business Business Administration from the University of Arkansas, and business experience that has strengthened the ministries that he has served. Joe’s training and experience as an administrator, communicator, preacher and evangelist will be of immeasurable value to Jacksonville College.

He officially started with the college Jan. 4, 2021, but visited the campus in November and December to orient himself with the Jacksonville College family. Please be in prayer for Joe, his beautiful wife, Rebekah, and their two daughters, Hanna (15) and Julia (12) as they make this transition. 

“I’m excited and thankful that God has led us to Dr. Joe Lightner. He has the credentials, business experience, ministerial experience, and Godly leadership that we need.” Dr. Mike Smith, President.