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Michael Zwolanek

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Humanities

“Mr. Z,” as he is called by his students, has been at Maranatha since 1995. He started teaching at Maranatha Baptist Academy, began teaching a few courses for the University, then transitioned to full-time University Faculty. He loves teaching in the Department of Humanities and says, “teaching humanities in the right way requires a framework of God’s truth and teaching in a Christian environment makes that possible.” Mr. Z’s love of history and art is quickly obvious to every student in his classroom as he teaches in a way that brings history to life. 

When asked why he teaches at MBU, Mr. Z responded, “Foremost, because I believe God called me to it, but apart from that, I love my field of study and really love the opportunity to share it with students. Teaching history is the tool I can use to do the important thing: minister to young people here.” 

Education and Credentials

PhD Candidate, Humanities, Faulkner University 

MA History, Clemson University 

BS Social Studies Education, Bob Jones University 


Recent speaking engagements: West Virginia Christian Educator’s Convention 

Organizations: Organization of American Historians 

Family: Mike’s wife, Lyssa, is a Maranatha graduate. They have been married since 1997 and have a son and a daughter who attend Maranatha Baptist University and Maranatha Baptist Academy. 

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Church Ministry: Mike is involved in the nursery ministry and children’s ministries of his church, serves as an usher, and occasionally teaching Sunday School. 

Other activities and interests: Mike likes to bike year-round (when it’s warm enough!). He enjoys reading and listening to podcasts. Mike and Lyssa love to travel, and as a history teacher, he delights in the opportunities God has provided for them to visit historically significant locations.