VIU Faculty & Staff

The most important asset of any school is its faculty. These are the persons who most influence the students through practical example as well as through instruction. It is the faculty who best model the purpose and philosophy of Vision International University.

Stan DeKoven, Ph.D. President
Steven M. Mills, D.Min. VP International Operations
Scott Rische, D.Min. Academic Dean
Joshua Reichard, Ph.D. Lead Academic Adviser
Tal Klaus, Ph.D. Associate Academic Dean
Dee Klaus, Ph.D. Associate Academic Dean
Delores Horsman, M.A. Assistant Director Christian Counseling
Johanes Horn, Ph.D. D.Th. Academic Adviser, Biblical Studies and Theology
Malcolm Webber, Ph.D. Academic Adviser, Leadership
Richard Walters, Ph.D. Academic Adviser, Christian Counseling
Maureen Kelley, M.A. Director of Student Services
Rebecca DeKoven, B.A. Director of Admissions
Johnny Carter Director of Development
Alex Colon, M.A. Director of Financial Services
Kathy Smith, D.Min. Director of Communications
David Richardson, M.Litt. Director of Information Systems and Online Learning

Academic Integrity & Spiritual Fervor

Balance is a keyword in describing the persons who make up the faculty of Vision. First, there is a balance between age and youth, between enthusiasm and experience. There is also a balance in academic ability and spiritual fervor, between the quality of scholarship and a warm heart, intellectual competence and in practical wisdom.

Vision has brought together a fine group of faculty and personnel who strive for excellence in their respective areas of instruction and are well able to take on the awesome responsibility of educating and training men and women for God’s service. Most members appointed to the faculty of Vision have a terminal degree in their field of instruction along with years of practical and professional experience related to their teaching field. All faculty members are also expected to be of high moral character and personal integrity, and firmly committed to the Vision International University Mission Statement.

Vision International University faculty are diverse in theological and philosophical persuasion and support debate, discussion, and the promotion of academic freedom.

Core Content Specialist Faculty (Curriculum Developers and Online Mentors)

Core Content Specialist Faculty are either full or part-time faculty members of the University who focus on cooperative curriculum development for distance education. These faculty members mentor specific online and correspondence courses.

Biblical Studies & Theology




Field Teaching Alumni

Many of the teaching alumni listed below engage in teaching activities internationally for church-based seminars and/or Resource Center cohorts; others are partners of the Vision International University. Some of the field teaching alumni are full-time administrators while others maintain a strong commitment to the Education Network and its mission.