Jonathan Ballard is the Founder of New Hanover College and a member of the Board of Trustees. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Fort Leonard Wood Army Engineering Academy, Missouri and a Doctorate in Divinity from Rhema Bible College in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He worked with the Wilmington District of the Army Corp of Engineers in the Geotechnical and Construction Branches before becoming a full-time Pastor of Church of the Living God in Leland, North Carolina in 1996. He teaches weekly through his television show that is aired on WWAY TV 3 and ATMC. In addition, he has also established ministries like Straighway Ministries, a youth outreach program in Wilmington, North Carolina, Mission Brazil which helps the people in Brasilia Brazil and started churches in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Holyoke, Massachusetts, and Marietta Georgia.