Faculty & Staff Biographies

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Dave Young Ernie Rogers John Marselus Kurt Reesman Walt Reichard James Mashburn
Bruce Barnhart Don Childs Marc Curley Jason Hammond Peter Spahr Josh Clark












Dave Young

Hometown: Hanover Courthouse, Virginia

Current Aviation Ratings: ATP, ME, SEL, CFII, MEI.


Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration, Virginia Tech;

Masters Degree in Business Management, Central Michigan.

Prior military experience: USAF – 29 Years.

Joined the SOA: 2002

Aviation History: I began flying in the Civil Air Patrol as a teenager. I then received my formal pilot training in the USAF and have been flying military and civilian aircraft for 44 years. I have also been a flight instructor for 42 years.

Aircraft Flown: T-41, T-37; T-38; B-52C, D, F, G & H; KC-135, KC-10; T-39 Saberliner; C-131, Cessna 152, 172, 182, 310, 414; Piper J-3, J-4, PA-28, PA-30, PA-32, PA-44,   PT6-42; Socata TBM 700; Beach BE58 Baron, King Air 90, & 200; Boeing PT-18 Stearman.

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Ernie Rogers 

Hometown: Gallup, New Mexico.

Current Aviation Ratings: CFI,CFII, MEI, ATP, HELO Commercial


Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, Howard Payne University;

Masters Degree in Management, Salva Regina University;

Masters Degree in International Affairs, Naval War College.

Prior military experience: 27 years Navy

Joined the SOA: Fall 2002

Aviation History: 27 years in the Navy flying Helicopters and Fixed wing aircraft. I taught for three years at the USN primary flight school teaching beginners as well as advanced Instrument, formation and initial carrier qualification in fixed wing aircraft.

Aircraft flown:H-57, H-1, H-2, H-60, T-28 and S-2.

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John Marselus 

Hometown: Princeton, Illinois.

Current Aviation Ratings: CFII, Commercial, Instrument, Multi-engine and Single Engine Land


Masters of Divinity, Liberty Theological Seminary;

Masters in Strategic Studies, United States Air Force Air War College;

Master of Arts in Religion, Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary;

Bachelors Degree in Aeronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy

Prior Military Experience: 25 Years, Colonel, United States Air Force.

Joined the SOA: August 2010

Aviation History: Over 3400 total flying hours:

1800 Hours: F–15E                                                                                

1200 Hours: A-10

Combat in both listed fighter aircraft.

1400 Hours as Evaluator/ Instructor in F-15E & A-10.

Aircraft flown: T-41, T-37, T-38, AT-38, A-10A, F-15E, CF-18, AERONCA CHAMP, CESSNA 150.

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Kurt Reesman

Hometown: Beaver Dam, Kentucky.

Current Aviation Ratings: Commercial Certificate with Multi- & Single-Engine Rating, Instrument Rating, CFI, CFII, MEI


Master of Aeronautical Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University;

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Religious Studies, Western Kentucky University;

Prior Military Experience: US Air Force (retired)

Joined the SOA: January 2005 

Aviation History:

Private Pilot Certificate (Owensboro, KY), 

US Air Force pilot training (flew the T-38 & T-37),

AT-38 Fighter Lead-in Training (Holloman AFB, NM),

RF-4C fighter pilot (Boise, ID; Louisville, KY; Shaw AFB, SC),

T-37B Instructor/Evaluator Pilot (Sheppard AFB, TX; Randolph AFB, TX),

F-15E Instructor/Evaluator Pilot (USAF - Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC),

F-15S Instructor/Evaluator Pilot (RSAF - King Khalid AB, Saudi Arabia),

CFI/CFII/MEI (trained in Burlington, NC) at Liberty University since January 2005. 

Aircraft flown: T-37, T-38, RF-4C, F-15E, F-15S, Piper Seneca, Piper Aztec, Piper Warrior, Piper Tomahawk, Diamond DA-40, Cessna 182T, Cessna 152.

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Walt Reichard

Hometown: Huntington, N.Y.

Current Aviation Ratings: Air Transport Pilot, Airplane Multiengine Land, CL-65, EMB-120, L-382, Commercial Privileges, Airplane Single Engine Land; Flight Instructor: Airplane Multiengine; Instrument Airplane.

Bachelors Degree in History, The Citadel (1972); 

Masters Degree in Business Administration/Aviation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1988).

Prior Military Experience: USAF Retired (EC/C-130 B/E/H)

Aviation History: USAF (20 years) - Aircraft Commander/Instructor Pilot/Flight Examiner: EC-130E/H. Worldwide operational experience.                                     Chief, Quality Assurance, Chief Flight Crew Evaluations, Chief Flight Crew Training, Officer-in-Charge of the Functional Check Flight Program.

Atlantic Southeast Airlines (15 years)Instructor Pilot / Line Check Airman / Captain: Canadair Regional Jet; EMB-120; First Officer ATR 72. Simulator Instructor, Classroom Instructor. Part 121 scheduled passenger transport operations

Aircraft Flown: Cherokee 140 (PA28-140), Navion 1, T-37, T-38, EC/C-130 B/E/H, EMB-120, ATR 72, CL-65 (Canadair Regional Jet), Piper PA 44-180, PA-18, Cessna 162, Cessna 172, Cessna 177

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James Mashburn

Hometown: Denver, Colorado.

Current Aviation Ratings: CFI, CFII, MEI (Gold Seal)


Bachelor of Theology, Baptist Bible College West;

Master of Science Counseling/Psychology, Cornerstone University.

Joined the SOA: July 2006

Aviation History: I became a CFI while pastoring inner-city church in Denver.  Used this as a ministry opportunity at a secular flight training school before coming to Liberty.

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Bruce Barnhart

Hometown: Little Meadows, PA.

Current Aviation Ratings:  Commercial (Single and Multi), CFI, CFII, MEI, A&P


Bachelor of Theology, Minor in Aviation (including A&P School) from Piedmont Baptist College;

Bible College - Piedmont Baptist College.

Joined the SOA:  Summer of 2006

Aviation History: After graduation from PBC I worked as a mechanic in Binghamton, NY for almost a year. I then came back to PBC to flight instruct for 2 and 1/2 years.  Following that, my wife Karen, and I spent 15 years with Missionary Aviation Fellowship.  This included service in Ecuador, SA, Russia, and Kazakhstan.  I am currently in my fifth year with LUSOA as an instructor and check airman.

Aircraft Flown:

Cessna 150, 152, 170, 180, 182, 185 and 206; Piper Cherokee 140, 180, Warrior, Archer,  J-3, Pacer (PA20), Super Cub on Floats (PA18),; Aeronca 7AC (first solo); Bellanca Viking; Douglas DC3 (with Missionary Flights International); Stinson 108; Maule (M5, M7).

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Don Childs

Hometown: Seaford, Virginia.

Current Aviation Ratings:Commercial/Instrument/CFI - Helicopter; Airplane -SEL


A.A., University of Maryland;

B.S., Liberty University.

Prior military experience: US Army, CW3, AH-1 Cobra Attack Helicopter Pilot, OH-58 Scout Pilot, UH-1 Utility Pilot; (1983-2001 - active, guard and reserve)

Joined the SOA: May 2010

Aviation History: I started flying in 1978 out of PHF airport. I then joined the Army in 1983 flying the East/West German Border. Returned to the states in 1988 and was hired by the Virginia State Police/Aviation. Flew medevac/police missions from Abingdon and Lynchburg, Virginia for 21 years. Bell Factory Course in the 206 (B and L models) and Bell 407; American Eurocopter Factory Course for the BO-105LS

Aircraft flown: 

Helicopters: UH-1, OH-58 A&C, AH-1S Cobra, Bell 206B&L, Bell 407, BO-105LS.

Airplanes: Cessna 182, Piper PA28R-161/181, PA-23-250, Cessna-402 & 414

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Marc Curley

Hometown: DuBois, PA

Current Aviation Ratings: CFI, CFII, MEI           

Education: BSBA at Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA.

Prior Military Experience: Staff Sergeant Fuel Systems Technician on C-130 Aircraft in Air Force Reserves

Joined the SOA: January 2007  

Aircraft flown: C-152, C-162, C-172, C-172RG, PA28-180, PA28R-201, PA44-180

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Jason Hammond

Hometown, State: Ridgway, PA.

Current Aviation Ratings: Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (AMEL,  Commercial ASEL)  Flight Instructor Certificate (ASEL, AMEL, Instrument)

Joined the SOA: August 2010

Aviation History: Trained with Falwell Aviation for 2 years, then instructed and flew charter for 3 years-1700 hours.  Flew as captain for Cape Air for one year-900 hours.  Flew as first officer for Piedmont Airlines/US Airways Express for 3 years-2600 hours.    

Aircraft flown: Cirrus SR20/SR22,  Cessna 402, Cessna 414, Cessna 425, Cessna Citation 500,  Beechcraft King Air 90/100, Dehavilland DHC-8-100/200/300.

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Peter Spahr

Hometown: Havertown, Pennsylvania

Current Aviation Ratings: Instrument Rated Commercial Pilot, CFI, CFII, AGI, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic


Associates of Science Degree - Engineering, Delaware Co. Community College;

Bachelor of Science Degree - Missionary Aviation Technology, Moody Bible Institute.

Joined the SOA: On loan from Mission Aviation Fellowship August 2007 - May 2008. Liberty University - May 2008

Aviation History: Worked 3 years as an A&P mechanic after graduating from Moody Bible Institute in 1992.  Joined Mission Aviation Fellowship in 1995 and served in Indonesia as a pilot, mechanic and base manager.

Aircraft flown: Cessna 185, 206, 208

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Josh Clark

Hometown: Roanoke, VA

Current Aviation Ratings: PVT ME, COM SE, CFI-A, CFII


Masters Degree in Management Liberty University 2009; 

Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation, Liberty University 2006.

Join the SOA: Fall 2006 

Aviation History: I began flying in 1996 at a local high school that had a magnet program.  I received my Private pilot certificate in 1999.  I trained at LeTourneau University and received my tailwheel endorsement and multi-engine private rating.  Between 2001 and 2004 took some time off of flying to work, and finished my training with Instrument, Commercial, and CFI ratings at Liberty University.

Aircraft flown: Beechcraft Sundowner, Beechcraft Duchess, Citabria, Piper Meridian, Piper Warrior, Piper Saratoga, Tecnam 2006T, Let Blanik, Cessna 152.

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