Staff

Meet the Staff

The IMPACT 360 team works, prays and laughs together in our mission to provide students with a loving, educational, adventurous community. Each of us is dedicated to the Lord’s service and desires a generation of young people who long to change the world through the love of Christ. So, whether you pop by one of our offices to chat, or join us for lunch in the dining room, our doors are always open.

John Basie

Director

John Basie

B.A. Christian Education & Psychology, Erskine College

M.A. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Ph.D. Church-State Studies, Baylor University

Known affectionately as “Basie” around campus, John came to Impact 360 to live out his passion of equipping students to become leaders and identify their godly calling in the world marketplace.

Before taking to the classroom here at Impact 360, John was a teacher, administrator, and researcher in various Christian higher education environments, including Erskine College, Erskine Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Columbia International University, and the Witherspoon Fellowship at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. He is also a graduate of the Focus Leadership Institute.

Among his many interests is the desire to teach world Christians to think in terms of God's sovereignty in all spheres of knowledge and inquiry. John resides in LaGrange, Georgia, with his wife, Marana, and their three children, Patrick, Rebekah Ruth, and Rachel.

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Eric Turner

Director of Operations

Eric Turner

B.S. Communications, Kennesaw State University

M.B.A. Mercer University

Eric has devoted his entire career working with missions organizations. Before joining the Impact 360 team, he spent five years with the North American Mission Board, and nine years with the International Mission Board.

He often found himself putting his communication degree to good use, on the road as a field producer, or traveling to remote locations around the world to tell the stories of mission personnel serving abroad.

For Eric, Impact 360 is an exciting way to help students live out their call and find the life-path Christ desires for them.

Eric lives with his wife, Amy, and their two children, Luke and Katie, in Newnan, Georgia.

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Ed Bort

Associate Director of Academics

Ed Bort

B.S. Kinesiology, California State University

M.A. Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Ed earned his master’s degree in philosophy and ethics at the Talbot School of Theology in 2007, before serving with Campus Crusade for Christ at California Polytechnic State University and working in recruiting at Hope University.

A referral from Dr. JP Moreland first landed him at Impact 360 in the spring of 2010, where he taught our students on the problem of evil and suffering. By the summer of 2011, God had brought him to us full-time from a high school teaching career in Simi Valley, California.

Ed was “ecstatic” about the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing through Impact 360. He and his wife, Dana, made the move to Georgia in mid-2011, with their children, Elijah, Elise and baby on the way.

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Jonathan Morrow

Director of Creative Strategies

Jonathan Morrow

M. Div. and MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University D. Min. in progress, Engaging Mind and Culture, Talbot School of Theology Biola University

As Impact 360 continues to expand its reach as well as its campus to allow for growth, the biblical worldview program has added to its team Jonathan Morrow, who will serve as Director of Creative Strategies. In this role, Morrow will design and implement new ways to take the Impact 360 experience and content to people beyond the Pine Mountain, Ga., campus. Morrow understands the value of equipping young adults to become Christ-focused servant leaders and believes the program could have an even wider influence on the emerging generation.

“Our world desperately needs young adults who are ready to engage our culture and influence it for Christ and his Kingdom,” Morrow said. “Impact 360 is vital for preparing students to impact their spheres of influence beyond graduation as they enter the marketplace.”

With a passion for helping Christians understand what they believe, why they believe it, and why it matters in life, Morrow looks forward to also teaching classroom modules during the year.

Morrow comes to Impact 360 from Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he served as the Equipping Pastor and taught worldview and apologetics to high school and college students. As founder of ThinkChristianly.org, he blogs on faith and culture issues and speaks to students around the country about how to think Christianly. He is co-author of “Is God Just a Human Invention?” and author of “Welcome to College: A Christ-follower’s Guide for the Journey.”

Morrow has been married to his wife, Mandi, for 12 years, and they have three children: Austin, 8, Sarah Beth, 5, and Madison, 2 months. The family has lived in Dallas and Los Angeles but, before settling in Georgia, they considered home to be Murfreesboro, where Jonathan and Mandi both went to college.

Trent Wilbanks

Associate Director of Student Learning and Living

Trent Wilbanks

B.A. Music, Mississippi College

M.A., Fuller Theological Seminary

Trent joined the Impact 360 team in 2008, after serving five years as director at the Lifeshape Foundation’s retreat center, The Summit. While there, he led outdoor adventure excursions at WinShape Camp for Girls – a great prep for his future of “Living and Learning” at Impact 360.

Before taking on the world of student residential programs, Trent was associate to the music and student ministers at Country Woods Baptist Church in Byram, Mississippi.

He has a true heart for students and enjoys “building meaningful relationships with the Impact 360 students, and being an encouragement to them in this critical season they have set apart to sharpen their hearts and minds.”

Trent graduated from Mississippi College with a degree in music, and might sing for you if you ask really nicely. He and his wife, Joy, live in Pine Mountain, Georgia, with their four children, Ashlynn, Anna Kathryn, Caleb, and Daniel.

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Daniel Horton

Student Learning Coordinator

Daniel Horton

BS Psychology
Indiana Wesleyan University

Focus Leadership Institute
Colorado Springs, CO

Spend a few minutes talking with Daniel, and you’ll understand just how deeply he loves his work at Impact 360. As one of two Student Learning Coordinators, Daniel lives on the Pine Mountain campus, and he considers it a joy to be able to mentor, laugh and cry with, and lead students as they embody biblical community.

Daniel is a native of Corydon, Ind. and a 2012 graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University, where he received a degree in psychology and served as a Resident Assistant and Unit Chaplain. He is also a graduate of the Focus Leadership Institute in Colorado Springs, Colo.

It’s probably no surprise that Daniel is a college basketball fan and especially enjoys watching the University of Kentucky Wildcats play. He stays active by playing sports but also enjoys reading books, playing music, and spending time with friends and family, including his identical twin brother, Nathaniel.

Karen Jordan

Student Learning Coordinator

Karen Jordan

BS Business Management
Auburn University

One of Karen’s favorite pastimes is reading a book with a good cup of coffee. Since joining the Impact 360 staff as Student Learning Coordinator, she is more often sharing a cup of coffee or tea with the female students as they share life together and build relationships in biblical community. Karen lives on the Impact 360 campus, and her door is open to the young women whom she mentors and leads.

In addition to reading, Karen loves running, spending time outdoors, and traveling whenever she can. She is from Winfield, Ala. and graduated from Auburn University in 2009 with a business management degree in human resources.

Karen previously served at Impact 360 as an intern with the Student Learning and Living team and also worked at Columbia International University in their Residence Life program.

Brad McDonald

Event Coordinator

Brad McDonald

BS Theology,
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Brad joined the Impact 360 team in 2012 but, as an alumnus, he is no stranger to the program. While studying theology at the College at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., he also worked part-time for Impact 360 helping with the Propel My Life program while interning with the social media marketing company Love it? Promote it! In his current role as apprentice, Brad assists Enrollment Manager Katy Thompson in recruiting Impact 360 students and continues to help manage Propel My Life.

Brad enjoys spending time with his friends and family, including his parents, who live in his native Arizona, and three siblings, including an older brother who serves in the Navy. He also loves reading, writing, and exercising and, as a senior in high school, belonged to a neighborhood boxing club.

Caleb Hand

Enrollment Coordinator

Caleb Hand

B.S. Supply Chain Management and Logistics, Auburn University

Caleb comes to Impact 360 fresh off his graduation from Auburn University. Being with us affords him the opportunity to explore different facets of ministry, while using the gifts and training God gave him to support the flow of daily life here on campus and behind the scenes.

He's enjoying being able to serve, while getting to know our students and encouraging them in their spiritual growth.

Caleb, a native of Hoover, Alabama, recently married his sweetheart, Haley. They have fun cooking, watching movies, and love traveling to new places.

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