Lance Flood, MA, PhDc serves as the President and Executive Director of Tennessee Valley Ministries, which includes the divisions of Tennessee Valley Pastoral Counseling, Tennessee Valley Ministry Institute, Tennessee Valley Community Chapel, and Tennessee Valley Christian Media. He is a graduate of Liberty University, holding a BS in Religion, MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, MA in Addictions & Recovery Counseling, and Graduate Certificates in the areas of Pastoral Counseling and Executive Leadership. He is currently in the dissertation phase for his PhD in Pastoral Counseling, and is the President and founder of the North America Christian Counselors Association. He has utilized his counseling expertise for such organizations as The 700 Club and has an extensive background in music ministry, having released several albums, and traveled with the renowned vocal group, Acappella. He continues to remain active in this area as the founder and director of several Christian performing ensembles. He also works as a chaplain for a local organization.

Deanna Flood, MA, CPC is the Executive Vice-President of Tennessee Valley Ministries and is also a graduate of Liberty University, holding a BS in Psychology, MA in Crisis and Trauma Counseling, MA in Addictions & Recovery Counseling, and a Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling. A professional member of the North America Christian Counselors Association, she is especially passionate about counseling issues which are related to women and children. In addition to her vital role as both a counselor and the Executive Vice-President at Tennessee Valley Pastoral Counseling, she has also served as a Clinical Intern for Decatur General West Behavioral Medicine Center where she was responsible for completing psychosocial assessments, developing treatment plans for various diagnoses, assisting with group therapy and case management, and discharge planning. She also serves as the Pastoral Care Director at Tennessee Valley Community Chapel, as well as regularly leads a women’s Bible study. Deanna is married to Lance, and God has richly blessed them throughout the years with five children and two grandchildren.

Cristian Chivu, MDiv, PhD is the head of our Global Missions Certificate Program. He was born in Piatra Neamt, Neamt county, Romania, and grew up in an Eastern Orthodox context without knowing Christ and without having an interest in Christianity. In 1990, immediately following the Romanian anti-Communist revolution, and while an Electrical Engineering student, Josh McDowell came to Romania and preached a large crusade in Bucharest. It was there and then when he heard the gospel for the first time and gave his life to Jesus. Three years later, he was called to leave engineering and serve with the Missions Department of the Baptist Union of Romania. In 1996, he began his studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and earned both his MDiv and PhD in the area of Evangelism and Church Planting. In addition to having served as a missions pastor for several congregations, he currently oversees RAM (Romanian-American Missions) where he strategizes, plans, and coordinates the international ministry efforts of the organization.


Clara Bushnell
Brandon Flood
Michelle Flood
Lori Merriam
Teri Partridge
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