Michael Knight, DSL, PhD (in progress)

Professor of Gen Z and Urban Youth
Youth Faith and Culture Specialist
International Experience: Bahama Islands, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Canada, China, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, Philippines, South Africa, Syria, Turkey, USA



  • Doctor of Philosophy (in progress), Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, UK
  • Doctor of Strategic Leadership, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Master of Divinity, Church of God, Cleveland, TN
  • Bachelor of Science, Christian Education, Lee University, Cleveland, TN

Doctoral Dissertation (University of Birmingham - in progress)

  • The Science of Pentecostal/Charismatic Adolescents: the Z Generation

Doctoral Dissertation (Regent)


  • Board Certified Coach (BCC), International Coaching Federation
  • Class Certification for Masterful Coaching with Robert Hargrove, Harvard Leadership Forum

Teaching Specializations

  • Gen Z Faith and Culture
  • Urban At-Risk-Youth Culture
  • Youth Ministry

Academic Experiences

  • Adjunct Professor, Pentecostal Seminary, Cleveland, TN

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Senior/Lead Pastor, Covenant Community Church, Madisonville, KY
  • Corporate Board/Secretary Treasurer, Cutting Edge International, Rockledge, FL
  • Founder and President of The Never Before Project, Madisonville, KY
  • National Director for Church Planting, Church of God, Cleveland, TN
  • National Youth Director, International Pentecostal Holiness Church, Falcon, NC
  • Lead Youth Pastor, Lenexa Christian Center, Lenexa, KS
  • Director, Mission America, Nashville, TN
  • AODA Counselor, Department of Labor Job Corp Systems, Morganfield, KY
  • Associate Pastor, Victory Church,
  • Youth Pastor, Northwood Temple, Fayetteville, NC


  • Church Planting America, Why Plant New Churches?, Pathway Press, Cleveland TN, chapter one, 2011
  • "The Holy Spirit," in The Holy Spirit and the 21st Century Church, Pathway Press, Cleveland TN, chapter eleven
  • "Engaging the Mission Mandate," Evangel Magazine, Pathway Press, Cleveland, TN, 2011
  • "The Great Commission Connection," in The Great Commission and Church Planting, Pathway Press, Cleveland, TN, 2011
  • When Strong Men Wept, Never Before Publishing, Amazon, Madisonville, Kentucky, 2012
  • Engage Magazine, "He is in Control," Pathway Press, Cleveland, TN, 2014
  • Evangel Magazine, "How To Become A Church Planter," Pathway Press, Cleveland, TN, 2014
  • Engage Magazine, "How To Create and Inviting Church Image," Pathway Press, Cleveland TN, 2014
  • Engage Magazine, "The Uncommon Leader," Pathway Press, Cleveland TN, 2014
  • Lethal Faith: An Apologetic Resource for the Families, Never Before Publishing/Amazon, Madisonville, Kentucky, (release date 2018)
  • Thank God for Sally: A Historical Saga in the Church of God, Never Before Publishing/Amazon, Madisonville, KY, (release Summer of 2018).
  • The 500 Year Anniversary Martin Luther Bible, in Great Commission Next Generation Leaders: How to water the seed of renewal in every new generation, Billionsouls Publishing, 2017

Academic & Professional Memberships

• State Council of Kentucky Church of God
• The International Evangelism and Home Mission Board, Church of God
• The Billionsouls Network, Melborn, Florida, corporate board, Sec/Treasure
• The Kentucky State Youth and Christian Education Board
• The International Christian Education Board for the IPHC denomination
• The Family Interventional Board Johnson County Youth Detention Center
• Kentucky State Evangelism Board
• Chairman of the Church Planting Task Force, Church of God denomination.