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Thomas Graham

Dean, School of Education

Dr. Thomas Graham assumed the role of Dean of the School of Education in 2022. Involved in education since 1996, Graham brings a wealth of experience to the MBU classroom as teacher, administrator, and pastor. He has also taught courses for Maranatha’s Online and Distance Learning Program. Dr. Will Licht, Vice President for Academic Affairs, states, “Graham’s 20 years of experience managing a superb Christian school ministry from the ground up has prepared him well to mentor MBU’s future educators.”


Graham shares, “My desire to serve the Lord through Maranatha Baptist University’s School of Education is driven by a passion to touch eternity by fulfilling the imperative delivered by the Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 2:2, ‘And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.’ My purpose in coming to MBU is to invest my life into the lives of those preparing for a teaching ministry, that they too may go forth and touch eternity ‘to the praise of His glory.'”


Education & Credentials

  • EdD Educational Ministry, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MRE Religious Education, Temple Baptist Seminary
  • BA Bible/Missions, Pensacola Christian College
  • ThM Applied Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • MA Bible Exposition, Pensacola Christian College

Get to know Thomas Graham

Campus Involvement

Dean, School of Education; Leadership Council; small group leader



Tom and his wife, Cherie, have been married since 1994. Cherie earned both her bachelor’s degree and MEd in Teaching and Learning through Maranatha Online and Distance Learning. The Grahams have three children – a son and daughter who graduated from Maranatha and a daughter who is currently an MBU student.

Other Activities and Interests

In addition to studying, Tom enjoys hunting, fishing, and coin collecting.

Church Ministry

After completing 24 years on the pastoral staff at a church in Missouri, Tom currently serves as both a Deacon and Adult Sunday School Teacher at Rock Lake Baptist Church in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.


American Association of Christian Schools; Association of Christian Schools International; Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education; Wisconsin Independent Colleges of Teacher Education. 


Graham, T. (2017). Funding Christian Education in the 21st Century. Journal for Christian Educators, 23(2), 6-9.

Graham, T. (2018). Book Review of How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, et al. Journal for Christian Educators, 24(3), 15.

Graham, T. (2023). Rethinking Professional Development: The Meaning, Motives, Models, and Methods. Journal for Christian Educators, 29(3), 6-13.