Our Instructors


Phil Cooper about-thumb2is the founder of Kingdom Purposes Investment Planning in Morton, IL. He has spent more than 25 years in multiple areas of finance, 13 of those years running his own practice. Phil holds a Bachelors degree in Bible Theology from Trinity School of the Bible in Newburgh, IN, as well as an associate’s degree in electronic engineering. He has a strong passion for Bible prophecy and traveling to Israel with his wife Kelly. They have been married for 25 years and have 3 children; Carrie, Katie, & Mac, and one son-in-law, Kendall.


Ralph Wingate has been a pastor for more than 46 years, with over 30 years serving as senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Normal, Illinois, having retired in August of 2013. He is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Bible College in Pontiac, Michigan, with a Masters degree from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburg, Indiana. He and his wife, Sydney, have been married for 48 years. They have two married sons and six grandchildren. He authored the book That I May See Him, published in 2015 by FaithStreet, Inc. As a strong proponent of the teaching of Bible prophecy, many of his sermons have focused on this most important subject.


Sharon ClemensMrs. Sharon Clemens is well-known in the local area for her knowledge and insight of Bible prophecy, and has forty years of experience teaching eschatology. She is a published author, (which includes her book Spiritual Prepping For the Rapture), inspirational speaker, spiritual mentor, and Bible study leader. She also publishes an email newsletter entitled Prophecy Chat. Sharon earned a BS degree in Business Education from Bradley University and has taught business and continuing education classes for Illinois Central College. She and her husband Merle have been married for 44 years, and have two adult children, Dirk and Kelly, along with daughter-in-law Julie and son-in-law Adam. She and Merle are both now retired and residing in Groveland, IL.


Gary GilleyDr. Gary E. Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel in Springfield, IL since 1975, received his BA from Moody Bible Institute and his MBS and ThD from Cambridge Graduate School. He is the author of six books and has contributed to four other books, including Out of Formation. He is a frequent speaker at Bible conferences, writes the monthly study paper Think On These Things, and is the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Dispensational Theology. He is also a board member of Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission, Personal Freedom Outreach, and New Tribes Missions. Gary and his wife Marsha have two adult sons and are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.


Jim CoxDr. James E. Cox, Jr. is a Professor of Marketing Emeritus at Illinois State University in Normal, IL., having received his Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1981. Dr. Cox has served as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at both Virginia Tech University and Illinois State University, having garnered numerous awards and honors at both universities for teaching excellence. Jim is married with three adult children and four grandchildren, and currently resides in Normal, IL, where he is actively involved with Grace Church, both as a congregant and as a teacher of adult Bible classes. One of his deepest passions is studying and teaching Bible prophecy.


dave-fanningDavid Fanning is the new part-time Executive Director for Until He Returns ministry. He accepted Christ as his  personal Savior when he was twelve and was baptized two years later. David graduated from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary with a Master of Arts degree in Religious Education. He served as youth pastor and pastor  for five years before the Lord led him into federal service as an air traffic controller. Dave’s book, “Winning the Christian Race in  your Workplace” was published two years ago and is available on-line. He and his wife of thirty-four years,  Luanne, are empty nesters with three grown children, the youngest daughter serving in British Columbia to  native Indian tribes.


Michael Parsons is a local Bible teacher, lecturer and blogger, with a strong knowledge of Christian eschatology and an even stronger passion for lost souls. A 1982 graduate of Olivet Nazarene University, Michael spent 30 years in marketing and advertising before recently devoting his time to full-time ministry. Michael is a member of Grace Presbyterian Church, where he teaches a weekly adult Bible class, as well as  other Bible study groups in and around the Peoria area.