Our Leaders

 

Explorer’s Bible Study is led by an Executive Director and a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is made up of individuals who are active members of Explorer’s Bible Study Classes or are active in our on-line program iStudy.

Michael Patrick Harding – Executive Director

Our current Executive Director, Michael Patrick Harding is the fourth director since EBS founding in 1976.

Michael has been actively involved as an EBS Teaching Leader since 2001. He became the Executive Director in 2018.

He has a Masters of Theology from Michigan Theological Seminary. He also received his under-graduate degree by attending Grace College, the University of Wisconsin and Spring Arbor University. He did his Doctoral Studies at The University of Southern California.

Michael served as Senior Pastor, Teaching Pastor, Associate Pastor and Interim Pastor of churches over the last 20 years. He has taught at colleges, pastor conferences, retreats, and churches around the world.

Michael also has a background in business. He has founded, run, and sold several successful businesses in the manufacturing and recycling industries. He is known for his relational style and entrepreneurial spirit.

Mike’s wife Cynthia is also very active at Explorer’s. She runs EBS social media efforts, provides leadership on special projects, is a copy and content editor, and is a key woman’s teacher in iStudy. Mike and Cynthia have been married for 30 years.

Melinda Burnette

Melinda Burnette serves as the Director of Training and Class Development for EBS. She is passionate about inspiring and equipping disciples who make a difference in the lives of others.

Melinda has served God and His people on 6 continents as a Bible teacher, trainer and leader. She served as a missionary in Nigeria and Thailand for 16 years prior to serving as the Chief Training Officer for BSF International. Loving and serving God’s people around the globe has been and continues to be the greatest blessing and privilege in her life.

Melinda grew up in Spruce Pine, NC where she personally met the Lord Jesus Christ at age 9. She graduated from the UNC-Chapel Hill with an undergraduate degree in Physical Therapy. A lifelong learner, Melinda continues to learn and grow through Bible studies, online courses, books, podcasts and everyday conversations.