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Marilyn Abplanalp: President

Marilyn Abplanalp

Prior to beginning her post at the National Offices on June 30, 2008, Marilyn served for 18 years at Bethany University in Scotts Valley, California – most recently as the associate dean for the School of Professional Studies and the Director of the master of arts in education.  Before her stint at Bethany, Marilyn worked with her husband, Bob, as he pastored churches in Lovelock, Nevada and Fontana, California.   Other ministries for Bob and Marilyn include working as youth pastors and acting with a street drama troupe – Resurrection Theatre.


Marilyn earned a bachelor’s degree from Bethany Bible College in 1972, which included a teaching credential for the State of California, a master’s degree from Santa Clara University in 1995 and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco in 2000.


She has been married to Bob since 1971, and they have 2 married daughters, Alethea and Hillary who have given them five astonishing grandchildren: Emma, Clara, Jackson, HollyMay and Hope.


Courtney Garcia: Administrative Coordinator

Courtney GarciaCourtney Garcia serves as administrative coordinator. She began working for the Alliance in January 2012.


Courtney earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Evangel University in 2008. After graduation, Courtney worked in the field of Human Resources. She then moved to the Academic Affairs office at Central Bible College before finding her place on the Alliance team. 


Courtney is married to the wonderful Chris Garcia and they enjoy exploring history and art museums together as well as finding treasures when they go “antiquing”.




Charlie Williams: Media Specialist/Editor/Web Developer

Charlie WilliamsCharlie Wiliams is a media specialist for the Alliance for AG Higher Eduction. Charlie's job centers on maintaining and updating the Alliance website to promote the endorsed Assemblies of God colleges. Charlie started work for the Alliance in January 2014.


Charlie is currently finishing his last semester at Evangel University and will graduate with a B.S. in Journalism with a minor in Advertising/Public Relations in May 2014. Charlie spent two years as the sports editior for Evangel's newspaper, The Lance, as well as has written for several print publications in the Springfield area.


Charlie's hobbies include playing sports, reading books and watching Netflix. One day Charlie hopes to work in the front office of a professional sports team.

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