Messenger College is a special place.  We are committed to developing world-changing Pentecostal leaders for the 21st century.  This means that at MC, you will be challenged in your studies as you learn more about God and His creation and mission.  You will be led in spiritual growth.  You will have the opportunity to gain skills and experiences necessary for leadership in our changing world.

One of the things that makes MC special is that the students who come to MC share a passion to make a positive difference in their world.  Their passion is met with kindred hearts in the faculty and leadership of MC.  Another unique feature of MC is that our size allows for greater access to your faculty and to world-class leaders within the Pentecostal Church of God.  Our students express gratitude for the opportunities they have to develop life-changing relationships with some of the best that our denomination has to offer.



Katelyn McCleskey • New Caney, TX

Katelyn McCleskey is from New Caney, Texas and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry – Intercultural Ministry. She is passionate about people and has a heart for building relationships to share the love of God. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in the spring. When asked about her time at Messenger, she stated, “It was a time of being remolded and built up. There were fruitful seasons and dry and scary seasons, but it was always encouraging to be surrounded by the people who became family. My time at MC was about more than getting a degree; it was a time of forming life-long friendships and ministry partners. I was able to discover things about myself and God that changed my life for the better. I also loved my time at Messenger College because of the experience and preparation that I was able to get from PCG leaders who love building up the next generation.”

“He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (ESV)

Michael Cardona • Dallas, TX

Michael Cardona enjoys life and the people in it. He loves to fish, hunt, spend time outdoors, and be active. He is passionate about the Church and wants people to experience their best lives. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry - Pastoral Ministry, and plans to continue pastoring at Calvary Church in Dallas, TX. Michael would like to start another church someday. When asked about his plans after graduation, Michael stated, “My time at Messenger College has been great, and I am ready to move full steam ahead in ministry with the skills and knowledge I have learned!”


“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” - Colossians 3:3 (NIV)

Bradley Wilson • Chandler, OK

Bradley Wilson was born and raised in southwest Missouri and originally came to Messenger in 2003. After stopping just short of a degree in 2006, Bradley returned in 2017 at the advice of JaNena, the woman who became his wife. Bradley and JaNena were married on January 6, 2018 and are thrilled to welcome a baby girl in July. Bradley wants everyone to know that “JaNena is truly a gift from God, an irreplaceable companion, and I look forward to raising our family together.” Bradley graduated with his Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry – Biblical Studies in Messenger’s online program. He shared that when choosing his life verse, he was reminded of how none of us are perfect and that the Lord is always applying the process of sanctification in our lives.

"Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth." - John 17:17 (NKJV)

Ira Smith-Lopez • Eaton, CO

Ira Smith-Lopez is from Eaton, Colorado where he attended Bethel Family Praise Center. He now lives Euless, Texas with his beautiful wife, Kaci. Ira is currently on staff at New Life Family Church in Euless, Texas as the Facilities Coordinator. After graduation, he plans to continue to serve and work at New Life, and hopes to pursue a master’s degree in Christian Leadership. While at Messenger, Ira served as the Resident Assistant as well as the Campus Ministries Intern. When asked about his experience, he stated “I loved my time at Messenger College. Not only was I able to develop great relationships here, but I achieved my goal of earning my Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry - Pastoral Ministry. I am excited to continue to chase after what God has for me and my wife! Thank you, Messenger College for a thrilling and developmental four years.”

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

Crystal Jennings • Jefferson City, MO

Crystal Jennings is happily married to her best friend and has two children. She attends Solid Rock Church in Jefferson City, MO and serves in the Prayer Ministry. She has a devout love for her church family and is committed to praying for them daily. She is a credentialed minister with the Pentecostal Church of God and earned her Associate of Arts degree in Christian Ministry from Messenger College. Crystal owns a home healthcare business called Healing Hearts and Hands through which she cares for people in need of assistance in different areas of their life. Through her business, she is blessed with the opportunity to share Jesus with her clients. Crystal stated, “I love God with all of my heart and He is the reason I do what I do. I am thankful to Messenger College for the education I received as it helped to prepare me to fulfill the call of God on my life. To God be the glory!”


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”  - Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

Chad Pond • Jefferson City, MO

Chad Pond met his beautiful wife of twenty-three years at Messenger College in 1997. They have four children, two girls and two boys, and live in Jefferson City, MO. Chad currently serves as the Children’s Pastor at Solid Rock Church, and has been in ministry since the age of twelve. Chad returned to Messenger College later in life to complete an Associate of Arts degree in Christian Ministry, and plans to pursue a Bachelor of Arts at Messenger this fall to continue his education. Chad stated, “Throughout my life, I have had my doubts and experienced fear at times. However, I have always depended on and trusted God and He has always been faithful.”


“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Arlene Morris • Dawsonville, GA

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
– Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)

Daniel Young • Tecumseh, OK

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

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