Our Approach

Because all truth is God’s truth we reject the idea that reality is to be carved up into the artificial categories of sacred and secular. As Christ-followers we are called to live every aspect of our lives under God’s authority and for God’s glory. Classical thinkers referred to this as Coram Deo (literally “before the face of God”). How we think and how we live go together.

Three-pillar Philosophy: Know. Be. Live. ®

Know
Be
Live
1. Know Jesus More Deeply.
Grow in your understanding of what God has revealed about reality and why Christianity is true.
2. Be Transformed in Your Character.
Discover your identity in Christ and your God-given calling in authentic community.
3. Live a Life of Kingdom Influence.
A life of Spirit-empowered Kingdom influence as you cultivate a servant’s heart.

In everything we do as an Institute, our prayer and desire for you is to…

Know Jesus more deeply as you grow in your understanding of what God has revealed about reality and why Christianity is true.

Jer. 9:23-24; John 17:3; 1 Peter 3:15-16; 1 John 5:20; 2 Peter 3:18; Matt. 22:37-39; 2 Cor. 10-3-5; Heb. 1:1-4; 2 Tim. 2:15; Jude 3.

Be transformed in your character as you discover your identity in Christ and God-given calling in authentic community.

Gen 1:27-28; Romans 12:1-2; Col. 1:13-14; 3:1-3; 1 Pet. 2:9; 5:5; Eph. 1:4-6; 2:8-10; 4:29, Phil. 2:12; 2 Cor. 5:19-21.

Live a life of Spirit-empowered Kingdom influence as you cultivate a servant’s heart.

Jer. 29:7; Col. 1:10-12; Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5:18; 1 Peter 4:10; Matt. 5:16; 6:33; 11:28-30; 28:19-20; Col 3:17; 2 Cor. 5:19-21

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Board of Directors

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John W. White, III
CO-FOUNDER

John W. White, III

John White is the co-founder and president of Impact 360 Institute. Before co-founding the institute with his wife, Trudy Cathy White, he served in various roles with the International Mission Board, including 10 years of service living in Brazil. He and Trudy are passionate about encouraging and developing leaders, while intentionally maximizing their influence to impact culture globally. John and Trudy are the co-founders of Lifeshape®, an organization created to glorify God by breaking the cycle of spiritual poverty. He also enjoys serving on the board of directors for Global Gates. He and Trudy are the proud parents of four children, fifteen grandchildren and are members of McDonough Road Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA. John says that his focus in life is, “to know and love God with all my heart, mind and body, and to become more like Him in attitude and character each day.”
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Trudy Cathy White
CO-FOUNDER

Trudy Cathy White

First and foremost, Trudy Cathy White is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She and her husband, John White, are co-founders of Lifeshape® and Impact 360 Institute. Together, they are dedicated to impacting culture and are passionate about intentionally investing their influence in equipping young people to be Christ-centered servant leaders. Trudy served for 13 years as the director of WinShape Camps for Girls, a camping program started by her mother, Jeanette, and father, S. Truett Cathy. In everything Trudy does, she is led by her commitment to obey God’s leadership, nurture family relationships and promote Godly character in the next generation. She and John are the proud parents of four children, fifteen grandchildren, and are members of McDonough Road Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA.
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Aaron Graham
LEAD PASTOR OF THE DISTRICT CHURCH

Aaron Graham

Aaron serves as founder and lead pastor of The District Church in the heart of our nation’s capital. The District Church meets in the Columbia Heights and Capitol Hill neighborhoods of DC and is committed to growing and multiplying the next generation of leaders who have a heart for the city. Before moving to DC, Aaron started the Quincy Street Missional Church in a low-income neighborhood of Boston where he served for five years. He is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School and received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Aaron and his wife Amy are adoption and foster care advocates. They founded DC127 with the mission to unite churches to reverse the foster care wait list in DC. They live in Columbia Heights with their two adopted kids Elijah and Natalie.
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Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr.
PRESIDENT OF NORTH GREENVILLE UNIVERSITY

Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr.

Dr. Gene Fant and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of twins - Ethan and Emily. He currently serves as President of North Greenville University in Tigerville, South Carolina. Previously, Dr. Fant was provost and chief academic officer of Palm Beach Atlantic University, and former executive vice president and dean of faculty at Union University. Dr. Fant holds a certificate in educational management from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is a writer who recently published a book entitled “The Liberal Arts: A Student’s Guide,” and occasionally contributes blog posts to the Chronicle of Higher Education and First Things. Dr. Fant is an integral member of the Board of Directors at Impact 360 Institute and says he feels blessed to be a part of what God is doing with the next generation.
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Dr. Kimberly Thornbury
VICE PRESIDENT AT THE KING’S COLLEGE

Dr. Kimberly Thornbury

Dr. Kimberly Thornbury serves as vice president at The King’s College in New York City overseeing enrollment, marketing, and strategic planning. Previous to her work in New York City, Kimberly served as senior vice president for Student Services and dean of students for fifteen years at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Dr. Thornbury studies and writes about college student development. Her most recent work includes a chapter in the book Making a Difference: Empowering the Resident Assistant. Kimberly has served for over twenty years in Christian higher education and has a particular love for college student success. She enjoys serving on the board of Impact 360 as well as on the boards of Messiah College and Avail, the unexpected pregnancy center in NYC. Kimberly’s husband, Gregory Thornbury, is the Chancellor of The King’s College, and they live on the upper west side of Manhattan with their two teenage daughters.
Endorsements

I can't think of anything better between high school and the college years than to set aside time to discover God, explore the world and fine-tune your vision for the rest of your life. That's what Impact 360 is all about, combining great teaching with practical experience preparing your role in God's amazing story.

Louie Giglio
Pastor, Passion City Church, Passion Conferences, sixsteps records

Anyone can possess knowledge, but leaders are those who have been inspired to use what they know to do great things. Our world is in desperate need of the next-generation of Christian leaders that Impact 360 Institute trains both inside and outside of the classroom. If you are a young leader who desires to leverage your service to help the world come to know and experience Jesus, then Impact 360 Institute is the right place for you.

Dan T. Cathy
Chairman & CEO, Chick-fil-A
A brief history

After 20 years of working in International Missions, John and Trudy Cathy White recognized an increasing need for equipping young adults in the area of godly leadership. Impact 360 Institute was born out of the vision of the Lifeshape, Inc.: to transform communities with the message of Jesus Christ by equipping young adults to become Christ-centered servant leaders.

Aware that many people choose to abandon their faith when unable to explain or defend it against advocates of secular humanism and other misguided worldviews, the Whites began searching for ways to combat this critical shift in ideas and lifestyle occurring amongst college age students.

In September of 2006, Impact 360 Gap Year (Fellows) was born. The inaugural Fellows class of 18 students became pioneers in the world of academic gap year programs, studying Christian Worldview, living in community, and practicing servant leadership amongst their peers locally and internationally.
Impact 360 Fellows is now celebrating the twelfth year of the program and has had more than 284 graduates from 23 different states, four countries, and various educational backgrounds, creating a web of motivated “changers” on college campuses across the US, and in the world marketplace.
Today, Impact 360 Institute offers students and young professionals from all walks of life transformative worldview and leadership experiences like Impact 360 Fellows, Impact 360 Immersion, and Impact 360 Masters.
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After 20 years of working in International Missions, John and Trudy Cathy White recognized an increasing need for equipping young adults in the area of godly leadership. Impact 360 Institute was born out of the vision of the Lifeshape, Inc.: to transform communities with the message of Jesus Christ by equipping young adults to become Christ-centered servant leaders.

Aware that many people choose to abandon their faith when unable to explain or defend it against advocates of secular humanism and other misguided worldviews, the Whites began searching for ways to combat this critical shift in ideas and lifestyle occurring amongst college age students.

In September of 2006, Impact 360 Gap Year (Fellows) was born. The inaugural Fellows class of 18 students became pioneers in the world of academic gap year programs, studying Christian Worldview, living in community, and practicing servant leadership amongst their peers locally and internationally.
Impact 360 Fellows is now celebrating the twelfth year of the program and has had more than 284 graduates from 23 different states, four countries, and various educational backgrounds, creating a web of motivated “changers” on college campuses across the US, and in the world marketplace.
Today, Impact 360 Institute offers students and young professionals from all walks of life transformative worldview and leadership experiences like Impact 360 Fellows, Impact 360 Immersion, and Impact 360 Masters.
Lifeshape

Impact 360 Institute was born out of the vision of the Lifeshape, Inc.: to transform communities with the message of Jesus Christ by equipping young adults to become Christ-centered servant leaders.

Lifeshape®. continues to play a vital supporting role through such activities as providing grants for Fellows needing financial assistance. You can give to this fund and help a student by clicking here.

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Impact 360 Institute was born out of the vision of the Lifeshape, Inc.: to transform communities with the message of Jesus Christ by equipping young adults to become Christ-centered servant leaders.

Lifeshape®. continues to play a vital supporting role through such activities as providing grants for Fellows needing financial assistance. You can give to this fund and help a student by clicking here.

Leadership

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Phil Alsup
Executive Director

Phil Alsup

Ed. D. Doctor of Leadership and Education, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary M.A. Religious Education and Youth Recreation, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary B.S. English, Middle Tennessee State University Phil comes to Impact 360 Institute after serving as the Senior Director for Student Ministry with the WinShape Foundation. Phil oversees the businesses dedicated to developing biblical worldview and leadership among collegians and students for Impact 360 Institute. He is passionate about leadership training, Biblical teaching, discipleship and theology. Phil served fifteen years in various leadership capacities at LifeWay Christian Resources after working in family ministries at two large Baptist churches in Tennessee. Phil resides in Peachtree City, Georgia, with his wife, Vicki, and their three children.
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Eric Turner
Director of Operations

Eric Turner

M.A. Business Administration, Mercer University B.A. Communications, Kennesaw State University Eric brings five years working with the North American Mission Board and nine years working with the International Mission board as a story-teller and field producer to his operations direction at Impact 360 Institute. Wearing a hard hat, as he oversees new construction or imputing budget numbers in a spreadsheet, Eric handles the logistics of the day to day operations of the Impact 360 Institute experiences and facilities. For Eric, Impact 360 Institute is an engaging way to come alongside students as they 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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Trent Wilbanks
Director of Impact 360 Fellows

Trent Wilbanks

B.A. in Church Music and a minor in Business, Mississippi College M.A. in Global Leadership, Fuller Theological Seminary Trent joined the Impact 360 Institute 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 Camps for Girls - a great prep for his future of "Living and Learning" at Gap Year. 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 Gap Year students, and being an encouragement to them in this critical season they have set apart to sharpen their hearts and minds." He and his wife, Joy, live in Pine Mountain, Georgia, with their six children.
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Jonathan Morrow
Director of Cultural Engagement

Jonathan Morrow

Jonathan has been equipping students and parents in biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture for 15 years, and is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith. He holds a Master of Divinity, Master in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, and a Doctorate in Worldview and Culture from Talbot School of Theology. He is the director of cultural engagement at Impact 360 Institute and an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University. He is the author of several books, including Welcome to College, Questioning the Bible, and Is God Just a Human Invention? and also contributed to the Apologetics StudyBible for Students. Jonathan and his wife have been married for 16 years and live with their three children near Atlanta. Connect with Jonathan Online I Follow on Twitter.
John Basie
Director of Impact 360 Masters

Enrollment & Campus Experience

Karen Jordan
Manager, Organizational Cultivation & Development
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Kyle Dennard
Marketing Manager

Kyle Dennard

Kyle comes to Impact 360 Institute from being the previous Marketing Director for Adventures in Missions and The World Race. He is passionate about seeing the next generation live radical lives for Jesus. Kyle oversees marketing, branding and creative direction for Impact 360 Institute's experiences, media, and other digital presence. Kyle lives in Newnan, Georgia, with his wife.
Hannah Purdie
Lead Enrollment Coordinator
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Nikki Gentry Dutton
Enrollment Coordinator

Nikki Gentry Dutton

Hi! My name is Nikki Dutton. I have the privilege of serving Impact 360 Institute as an enrollment coordinator. I graduated from Liberty University in 2014 with a Bachelor's degree in Communication with a minor in Psychology. I am currently pursuing a Masters in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton College as a member of the Propel Women Cohort. My favorite things in life are my husband, Scott Dutton, our puppy, Scout, and making new friends. I also love to travel and speak at a variety of conferences, chapels and events (nikkiduttonspeaks.com).
Molly Baker
Enrollment Specialist
Ellie Grace Hughes
Logistics Specialist
Elise Griffin
Office Administrator
Robby Cook
Associate Operational Director
Mike Knoblauch
Executive Chef
Stephen Mitchell
Hospitality Line Cook
Lucy Scarbrough
Hospitality Assistant